This false world

March 25, 2016 § 1 Comment

Morning Commute III

I wish to briefly touch upon my assertion that thought does not represent anything real.

Certainly no one should think this remark applies to simple statements like, “The sky is blue,” or “It is spring.” Such descriptions are quite proper. Nor should one think it applies to abstract thought as expressed in fields of logic, science or mathematics where thought is rigorous and precise. The remark applies to false thoughts the ordinary mind has when it attributes qualities to things that they do not properly have, qualities that ultimately result in unnecessary suffering.

We may call the world experienced via the senses primary. When we give this world qualities that it doesn’t actually possess we superimpose an imaginary secondary world upon it.

If we suffer abuse, that is a fact of the primary world. If we then conclude that the abuse arose because we are bad or unworthy, we begin to create a false world. The trauma of the abuse may lead us to further superimpose a vision on the real world that it is unsafe and lead us to conclude that we must protect ourselves at all times. This engenders life strategies to which we cling out of the belief they will keep us safe. These strategies, however, only add to our suffering as they isolate us from others and our self.

We do not have to suffer trauma or abuse to create a secondary world. Any time we attribute qualities to the world that it does not have we create a false world. In fact, the greater mass of humanity lives in a shared secondary universe that is entirely false and causes much of humanities suffering.

The very assumptions we make about our selves and the world go to create the false universe that we all share. Assumptions like, “I am this body,” or “ Things exist outside me.” These lead to beliefs and actions that the universe must be controlled and dominated lest it overwhelm and destroy us.

It is this false, secondary world that is destroyed when our true nature is realized and that is why mystics and seers say; “Everything’s different, yet nothing has changed!”

So the statement that “thought does not represent anything real” refers to the ones that create and sustain the invidious secondary universe that we all live in, and the personal one we have created for our self, alone.

Much of our thinking is of this secondary type and if we could quit it now we would know a freedom long since forgotten. But over the years it has become second nature. So rather than spend time trying to figure out which thought is true and which is not, approach all as if they are false, especially those around your core issues and habits. Do not waste time trying to figure out which part of your dream is real when the solution is to just wake up.

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§ One Response to This false world

  • This was a very interesting read. Really nice. And I like the conclusions you’ve drawn. Unfortunately, the terms of grammar in the English language seem to represent one of the most frustrating obstacles to overcoming these notions of perception, along with the fact that these grammatical rules have been beaten into us since infancy. Such as that a thinker must be behind the thought or a feeler behind the Feeling in the same way a verb is produced by a noun: “the lightning flashed”, though the flash and the lightning are the same happening. Undoing the preconceived truths of these concepts as they’re represented linguistically is a very difficult step toward expanding consciousness for westerners. Especially since we’re also very inclined toward finding solutions to puzzles, and unlearning much of what binds our awareness seems a lot like unraveling a knotted ball of yarn to get to the center and eventually discovering when you’re finished that there’s nothing there. Even obtaining that insight can be a hindrance to a mind focused on completing the mission of obtaining that prize of a new understanding. So how can we approach it in a way that’s more beneficial to our particular mode of understanding? I think you have the right idea in that sense: just assume it’s false and move on. Brilliant.

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