Unlearn nonacceptance

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I am not saying to accept anything; you need not learn acceptance. You need only un-learn non-acceptance. Stop struggling; be still. Be what you are. Abandon the ghosts of the past and spectres of the future. Leave the phantoms for the dead.

— Omkaradatta



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And ultimately what it amounts to is releasing one's attention on the matter altogether, so that it is niether a matter of acceptance or struggle. Our focus of attention is extremely relevant.

Phroggy | Sat, 11/29/2008 - 08:06
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Yes...

Our attention oughtta be on our cup of coffee, on the zipper of the bag we're opening, on the food we're eating, on our peaceful sense of Being in tandem with perception in the moment, i.e. totality.

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Omkaradatta | Sat, 11/29/2008 - 20:00
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An open attention of Awareness finds beauty and wonder and freshness in everything, but I think we must be careful because what most folks see as attention is a constricted focus of mind. This constriction is what forms the impression of a 'me' here and something else 'out there' and the stimulation of thought focused narowly on it's object. This is typically a problem solving mode.

For example, we may be sitting peacefully with a relaxed, open attention that is all inclusive, and so there is no thought of self or other. Let's say a car suddenly backfires, and the attention immediately constricts and focuses on the source, and mind begins to analyze the 'danger'. This is a 'normal' survival mechanism and is appropriate, but this narrow focus becomes habitual because it makes us feel safe.

And so the focus of attention is almost always narrowed, continually giving the impression of subject and object, as though viewing the world through a tube or tunnel, and the mind is always asking 'what does this mean to me? Is it safe? Do I like it? How can I use it, improve it, change it?'

A suggestion would be to take the perceived 'risk'; and allow the attention to expand so as to include everything; all sense input, all body sensations, all feelings and even random thoughts that arise. One's attention can even include that which is beyond the senses and the mind/body, which is the way to access intuition.

Phroggy | Sat, 11/29/2008 - 20:36
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Nice post...

This 'expanded attention' is indeed what it's about, and at some point we no longer differentiate between 'inner' and 'outer' -- it's all perception arising here, now. We may also notice that we are in fact this attention, this bare, open and expanded space in which the world appears. This non-division between subject and object is what we refer to when talking about 'oneness' or apperception -- perceiving in which subject and object are one.

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Omkaradatta | Sat, 11/29/2008 - 21:01
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"This 'expanded attention' is indeed what it's about, and at some point we no longer differentiate between 'inner' and 'outer' -- it's all perception arising here, now."

Yes, there is initially a space in which all is happening, and it can be seen how mind steps in and begins to bifurcate. Only then is there a 'here' and a 'there', a 'me' and 'other', an 'inside' and 'outside', a 'now' and 'then', all very clearly conceptual notions based on imagination and assumptions and not on actual observation.

It's a little like we were talking about before where it's not really about acceptance but rather ending the unacceptance. In this case, it's not about apparent separations somehow merging, but rather ceasing the false notions that there was any separation to begin with. Once the mind is engaged in working out whether it's perceived boundaries are true or false, the reality has already been lost because mind cannot conclude that it doesn't see what it sees. Mind sees separation simply because it has the notion to look at it, so again it's about removing mind's attention on it's odd notions of everything being broken apart. There's no basis for believing it's true until mind starts pointing to it's own assumptions.
(I hope I'm making a little sense to you at least. Hehe.)

Phroggy | Sat, 11/29/2008 - 22:03
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Making sense...

Making sense?? It's all a mind trick! E=mc2! 2^Y divided by X times ninety nine divided by Pi equals three! Analytical mentation! Pshah! Go meditate! ;-).

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Omkaradatta | Sat, 11/29/2008 - 22:19
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:::::Hanging head and going off to cave to meditate::::

Phroggy | Sat, 11/29/2008 - 22:25
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"We may also notice that we are in fact this attention, this bare, open and expanded space in which the world appears. This non-division between subject and object is what we refer to when talking about 'oneness' or apperception -- perceiving in which subject and object are one."

As I notice that all temporal and spatial distinctions are made up, it's somewhat clear that the distinction between perceiver and perceived is also made up, though it seems very deeply entrenched and fundamental to mind's analysis. I see that awareness arises as perception itself..... I guess I'll just hafta let it 'cook'.

This is an excellent discussion that cuts through a ton of BS and gets right to the heart of the matter. Thanks.

Phroggy | Sat, 11/29/2008 - 22:24
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Guess

My pleasure. I'd guess this one may be spontaneously noticed, perhaps at a time when the mind is suddenly shocked into silence. Dunno if it can be consciously noticed or not, as even the decision to look at something is a movement of mind.

Omkaradatta | Sat, 11/29/2008 - 23:33