How do we accept? (Part 3)

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Mind's conditioning changes only when it comes to a new understanding, which alters beliefs, which alters the mind's spontaneous activity. New beliefs means new clarity from beyond mind's current understanding.

Ultimately, there is no ego person or separate mind present. What is present is Awareness, and Awareness does not function by thinking, it 'functions' in a timeless realm of realization. We can call this intuition, clarity, direct perception, awareness or even the "AHA!" moment. It is a 'looking' which is neither ego directed nor mind directed.

So, we can challenge our beliefs by looking directly at 'what is'.

* I need to improve myself.

The need for self improvement comes directly out of self judgment, which implies also, judgment of other. A major step is self acceptance, which is self love. The goal is not to fix the self. The fixing is endless and ultimately pointless. Mind creates problems with the self the same way it creates all problems; by inventing a dualistic polarity and siding with one pole and rejecting the other. Stop inventing problems and you won't have to fix them.

The goal is not to create change as such, but simply to accept, and in this acceptance is an undoing. It is the need to improve the self that needs to change. The mind/body through which you are presently focused is functioning spontaneously. There is nobody controlling it, owning it, responsible for it. It's functioning is fully integrated with that of all other mind/body organisms. There is just Awareness peering through the eyes of that particular vehicle of perception with certain karmic attributes and certain conditioning, none of which you (the ego) had anything to do with.

The ego itself is merely a set of self referential thoughts which is part of the conditioning. At some point it occurs to 'you' that improving an imaginary identity is utterly pointless.

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"Mind's conditioning changes only when it comes to a new understanding"

I am doubtful. We acquire so many new understandings, listen to words of sages we have trust in, hear that even science through Quantum Mechanics now claims what these sages claim for eons and yet our old conditioning are not impressed, they keep on ruling (it is especially true when it is intellectual understandings).

I think there is a need for something deeper than understanding, somethink like the third level described in

solo | Sun, 01/18/2009 - 13:20
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Real understanding

From here, real Understanding is intuitive in nature, and related to emotion/feelings. The mind really means little to us, except how it is connected to our emotions. Nobody gets attached to thoughts about cement trucks, but most people get attached to thoughts about themselves. Attachment is emotional in nature.

I think emotion is discussed too rarely in spirituality. People decide almost everything based on emotional and intuition, not surface mind stuff. Yet spirituality usually only talks of 'the mind', as though intellect were actually the main issue. Obviously it's not.

Emotion is the 'elephant in the living room' of spirituality.

Omkaradatta | Sun, 01/18/2009 - 14:18
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I see intuition as originating from a depth of both mind and heart. The superficial mind is a thinking mechanism only, and circular in nature; supporting and justifying it's own prejudices. It has a stale, dry, repetitive quality to it. A depth of mind is open and expansive, even explosive, and yet relaxed and highly alert.

A shallow heart is sentimental and childishly emotional, driving mind's thoughts with a kind of whiney neediness. A depth of heart is not an emotional 'mover' but an open receiver of a feeling level mind cannot define or control. What we call inspiration, that may ignite creativity or bring one to tears, is an example of this depth of heart.

Mind supplies the focus for an open heart to receive beyond the limited capacity of thought and feeling.

Phroggy | Sun, 01/18/2009 - 20:33
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Yes, but I talked about clarity from beyond mind's understanding, and about awareness as opposed to conceptual underdstanding. I also talked about the difference in the first two parts.

Concepts and beliefs won't do, as you suggest. An intuitive clarity is required, and this 'knowingness' does get translated into mental understanding. For example, when you see very clearly on an intuitive level that ego is a false set of thoughts and the potential 'improvements' are endless and fruitless, mind loses interest in this activity.

Phroggy | Sun, 01/18/2009 - 20:17