“The choiceless truth of who you are is revealed to be permanently here permeating everything. Not a thing and not separate from anything.”
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If you rely on your mind to tell you about how things are, you’re asking for trouble. Because it’s the mind that divides, compares, judges, and evaluates.
It tells you that you’re not good enough, that you’re better than, that you’re lacking or insufficient. It makes you feel confused and anxious in your daily life. It seduces you into thinking that others are here to threaten you, annoy you, or withhold the love you long for.
It makes your feelings spin out of control.
Misunderstanding Who You Are
When we define ourselves by our thoughts, we forget the truth: that we are immeasurably vast, that peace is our very nature, that everything is connected, arising from the one universal source.
We forget that—before any thoughts have taken hold—we are awake, aware, and fully alive. We are pure existence minus the content of thoughts, without any form or personal definition.
So how do we go from this idyllic state of infinite awareness to these limited, separate, troubled entities we believe ourselves to be? Why don’t we live what is actually true?
Through the power of conditioning, limitless awareness gets glued to thoughts.
- We are told from birth that we are separate and individual.
- Our personal view of ourselves is reinforced by others and by our own thoughts.
- We identify as a person with a name and gender who has goals, needs, fears, and desires.
- We live this misunderstanding of who we are, incorrectly believing that thoughts are the true description of our reality.
The joy of simply being present is lost as we scramble to protect ourselves. We think we are lacking so we try to find happiness in the future that never comes. We strive to get our needs fulfilled—our thoughts deterring us from realizing that everything we want is right here, perfect as it is.
The Practice: Becoming Unglued from Thinking
How to unglue your lovely essence from thinking? How to live the truth of who you are?
Lose interest in thoughts. Ignore them. Don’t take what they say as truth.
You simply let go of focusing on the energy and content of thoughts. And you realize that you are aware and free, boundless and awake. You have no personal identity to protect or condemn. It’s so relaxing, so effortless to give up focusing attention on anything.
You flow like water.
Losing interest in thoughts is an invitation for your attention to disengage from thinking. You don’t need to stop thoughts or change them. These are strategies that take way too much effort to sustain.
Instead, see that thoughts are simply appearances in the expansiveness of presence. They don’t essentially mean anything—unless you believe them.
Losing interest in thinking means you turn off the switch to everything you know. If you’re honest, it hasn’t been working for you anyway. Then,
- You can’t feel inadequate.
- You can’t be caught in anxious thinking.
- You can’t worry about what the future might bring or ruminate about the past.
- You have no capability to doubt, analyze, judge, or ponder, no repetitive mental patterns to distract you.
When you rest in presence as spacious awareness, thoughts may appear, but they don’t agitate you. They can be present or not—but either way, here you are…aware, undefended, peaceful.
This is true freedom. Reality re-created fresh in every moment. You: innocent, pristine, whole, undivided.
Always Here: Unattached and Free
The habit of thinking is so powerful that forgetting will happen as awareness again attaches to thoughts. You may miss the pure aliveness that you are many times. Be concerned only with freedom in this moment.
Your clue is that you suffer. Be patient—it takes time to erode this connection. Be kind—take a breath, and let the thoughts go, every time.
You are instantly, consciously, gloriously aware.
You already know that peace is right here waiting for you. Deep happiness, joy for no reason, gratitude that can’t be contained, wonder, awe, stunning clarity…these are glimpses of a crack in the thinking armor that lets in the light of conscious awareness.
Notice these. Live here.
The challenges of life still happen. Practical thoughts will appear just as you need them. And here you are—unattached and free.
What About You
Have you become unglued from thinking? Do you think your thoughts are real…or not? I’d love to hear…