You have to believe a gun is more powerful than your awareness; your spirituality. It's a mental delusion to believe in this sort of nonsense. You THINK awareness is empty, worthless, but that is the minds delusions. You have no idea how powerful you are in being and you aren't going to KNOW until you actually enter into the spaciousness of not knowing to realize the truth of this.
On another note:
"We had a lot of trouble with western mental health workers who came here immediately after the genocide and we had to ask some of them to leave.
They came and their practice did not involve being outside in the sun where you begin to feel better. There was no music or drumming to get your blood flowing again. There was no sense that everyone had taken the day off so that the entire community could come together to try to lift you up and bring you back to joy. There was no acknowledgement of the depression as something invasive and external that could actually be cast out again.
Instead they would take people one at a time into these dingy little rooms and have them sit around for an hour or so and talk about bad things that had happened to them. We had to ask them to leave."
-A Rwandan talking to a western writer, Andrew Solomon, about his experience with western mental health and depression.
This is one of the reasons why I chose not to become a psychologist. I was sitting in cultural anthropology class one day and had this inner vision, of being in deep water, observing people on the bottom, half way up was a psychologist. I saw this woman rise up from the bottom and break the surface, thrashing and splashing about, panicking. I then saw the psychologist swim up and grab hold of the woman's ankle and pull her down to his level. This vision was all less than a minute, but the realization was like reading a book. I knew without knowing why and am glad I trusted that vision.
Today, I realize that breaking the surface is a metaphor for waking up, and it can seem like one is going to drown, to not make it, and panic ensues, but it is not authentic being that panics, but the mind freaking out to maintain the delusion; which in affect is living at the bottom of the ocean. The therapist is someone who doesn't break the surface either, but rather has an intellectual conceptual understanding of spirituality, but it is not actually being awake.
That is not to say there aren't therapist who are aware, but the model in colleges is an intellectual one, taught by intellectuals, who have not seen outside the boxes of their own minds. The more one does the work, as Byron Katie and others allude to, the more one realizes the limitations of thinking one KNOWS. It's a prison. Bravo for these people to see beyond that mental trap.
When you listen to the audio, the shamanic steps they take to heal, are actually community gatherings for healing, and while it may sound absurd to someone from another country initially, when you listen to the realizations he has, you realize one must look with awareness at their own culture, and in my case it is here in the U.S. There are many who are lonely, isolated, lost in the head addicted to one thing or another, pretending to fit in pretending to KNOW, pretending to be something that others expect them to be, and at some point, one must begin to wonder as to how fucking absurd, neurotic, and delusional the culture is living in the head, taking pharmaceuticals to suppress feelings and emotions, when in fact they need to discharge them, release them, let go of them with awareness; and that sure isn't going to happen by stuffing them, nor is therapy in general, ever going to get anyone anywhere outside the mental thoughts, beliefs, and stories that imprison one in pain and suffering from the idea of THINKING they KNOW; yet the many continue this line of reasoning THINKING it will work; I don't THINK so, because if it actually worked, there would be a huge reduction in pain and suffering and that sure isn't happening friends.
"If you're not sure where you're going, you'll probably end up somewhere else."
- Laurence J. Peter
"The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back."
- Ram Dass
“Focus your attention on the Now and tell me what problem you have at this moment.”
- Eckhart Tolle
Developing Inner Stability
"This is about being able to find a reference within yourself for a sense of peace or well-being, or love, or compassion, or resting, or welcoming -- something within yourself that can be its own resource of peace. That inner resource of peace is actually your own true nature.
Until we find those qualities within our self, we’re either consciously or unconsciously demanding that the world give us that resource.
Sometimes we need someone who can help us begin to give coherence to our turmoil. But the way I’m approaching this emotional work is that it’s dependent on having some sense of your own inner resource of stability.
Your resource could be the clear space of awareness. It could be a sense of calm or peace. If you hang out with any of these essential qualities of being, they have a way of restoring a sense of balance or calm within your own being."
- Adyashanti - Way of Liberating Insight Course
Love is not a thinking process, it's an accepting process...
When you accept the world as it is, you accept yourself. When you accept yourself as you are, you accept the world as it is. Both are one in the same; no exceptions; just acceptance.
“The greatest roadblock to solving a problem is the human mind,”
- Gabe Brown
"If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it? "
"The mystery of being is a permanent mystery. "
- John Updike
"We are like the spider. We weave our life and then move along in it. We are like the dreamer who dreams, and then lives in the dream. This is true for the entire universe. "
size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost
somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home… I
believe our future depends on how well we know this Cosmos in which we
float like a mote of dust in the morning sky. "
"The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door, if you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door. "
- Clarissa Pinkola Estés
"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. "
- Carl Jung
are the eyes of the one single seer and this seer is freedom itself
have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and
books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.
"You know, people build all sorts of things; but the thing they are best at is building walls. The kind you can’t see. People use them to keep from getting hurt mostly, but sometimes they go overboard and they build their walls so high and so wide that they block out a lot of good things too. Sometimes, walls have to be taken down for someone to grow and get better. Just like tearing down an engine so you can get at the stuff that went bad and make it run better again. It’s not an easy thing to do, but like anything that’s worth doing…."
"When life speaks to us through truth, it is guiding us toward our individual, unique nature. As children the truth is so easy to follow. When it gets overpowered by knowledge, thoughts and ego, it becomes nearly inaudible. With awareness truth becomes a whisper, with attention, it becomes audible. Again it is able to guide us back to our truth..... Knowledge laced with wisdom."
-don Jose Ruiz
"Those who are free don't want anything. They don't want anything from their mind, they don't want anything from their emotions, and they don't want anything from anyone, and they don't want anything from life. They don't want anything. If you don't want, all that's left is an incredible sense of being free."
-Adyashanti - The Impact of Awakening