Many thoughts arise without you even knowing
it. You usually end up identifying with these thoughts and that defines your
experience. So you have many worries, many troubles which do not seem to be
going away. Even though you are not conscious of your identification with your
thoughts, you still suffer the consequences.
Say you have to get your car fixed. You know
you have to get your car fixed but that thought keeps repeating itself asking
to be resolved. You carry the thought which seems to have a hundred pound
weight on your shoulders. Now your thought tells you life is not the way it is
supposed to be and will not be as it is supposed to be until the car is fixed.
All of a sudden the mechanic calls to tell you, â€śI cannot come until Monday.â€ť
This hurts you as you have to carry the hundred pound weight around until
Monday. Many thoughts arise fast in your life â€“ car fixing, appointment with
the doctor, office work with deadline, rent payment. When you are asleep in the
night, you are in a state of deep peace and you are free from all your
identifications. You wake up. Boom! Mind activity resumes and the mind at a
terrible speed looks for something to identify with and quickly finds the car
to be fixed, the appointment with the doctor, the office work with a deadline,
the rent. While you were asleep you were at peace but now you are awake and
thanks to your mind, your life appears miserable.
It is not as if you do not have what you may
call good thoughts. The presence of the â€śgoodâ€ť and â€śbadâ€ť thoughts creates
conflict. You want one over the other and the result is stress. The remedy is
not to have one thought over another but to stop identifying with your thoughts
altogether. You can witness your thoughts by being the watcher of your
thoughts. You can bring your attention to what is here and now. And by doing so
you break the thought pattern and your identification with thought.
Right now you are breathing. It is happening
in this moment but you are hardly aware of that. In your natural state of being
you have peace. This peace is not some emotional experience which takes place
on the surface. This peace is deep within you and you have it regardless of
your life situation. The activities of your mind however obscures you from
experiencing that peace. To experience that peace means you are no longer
identified with thoughts. The car still have to be fixed, you still have to see
the doctor, office work has to be completed, rent has to be paid, but you are
no longer wearing these like a hat. The hundred pound weight is off your
shoulder. What you may not know is this: When you lose your identification with
thought and experience the peace that is an aspect of the nature of your being,
you have opened yourself up to the creativity that lies within you and this
brings up ideas and leads you to take steps that will be helpful in changing
the situation you consider undesirable.
So we are hindered and kept down in many ways
when we believe that our thoughts are literal representations of our
circumstances, people, ourselves and things around us. That is an illusion. If
I say, â€śOrange,â€ť you know what I am referring to but the word â€śorangeâ€ť is not
what the thing is â€“ orange. In the same way, your thoughts about your parent,
sibling, friends, situation, or anything else, are not what those people or
things are. The mind which produces thought is a wonderful instrument helpful
in the creative process. It is also necessary for practical day-to-day living.
But to use the mind as an interpretative tool for situations, people, and
things can be highly misleading. It can trap you in an illusion where you think
what you think is real.