Thoughts on Thoughts

“You’ll see from the silence that every way the mind moves is just a movement of thought that has no reality to it and becomes real only if you believe it. Thoughts are just moving through consciousness. They have no power. Nothing has reality until you reach it, grab it, and somehow impregnate it with the power of belief.” Adyashanti in Emptiness Dancing

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A couple weeks ago, the thought floated by, “I wish money wasn’t such a big deal.” Immediately following came a response out of nowhere, “Then don’t make it a big deal.” Click! If I don’t believe it, and therefore make it something, it’s not. This applies to every thought, no matter the label – good, bad, scary, joyful – they have no meaning aside from what you give them. Now when I notice myself getting worked up over believing untrue thoughts about money, food, body, sex, the kids, and on and on, I’ll pause to remind myself, “You don’t have to make this a big deal. What are you believing that’s not true?”

There are so many thoughts on thoughts circulating out there. What is the truth? If words and thoughts are all untrue in this dream we call life, then what’s even worth saying?

That’s why I’ve put down this blog twice before. I realized what I was sending out to the universe wasn’t really true. And it’s the reason why I’ve narrowed in on one teacher, filtering out the rest. I used to read tons of books on spirituality and the power of the mind. I subscribed to all kinds of spiritual-ish blogs and newsletters, searching nonstop for truth. It was exhausting and confusing. Not that some of those teachers or teachings weren’t pointing to truth. But there was something telling me to focus, stop the endless searching and be still. Silence is the ultimate teacher. I unsubscribed from all of it and stopped buying books on spirituality. Then low and behold, I was lead to a book I already had on my shelf for years called, The End of Your World by Adyashanti. And well, here we are.

I don’t have the answers. The mind never has the answers. No spiritual teacher has the answers. They can lead you to the door, point the way, but ultimately you must walk through the door alone with nothing, as nothing. That is what feels like the ultimate truth when I connect with the silence that is who we truly are, not thoughts and words.

So, your thoughts on thoughts?

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