Nothing has the Power to Make You Feel Anything

“No person or event has the power to make you happy or unhappy.” Adyashanti in My Secret is Silence

83cd6038-1303-421d-b7dc-85a0df2d576fIt’s a cold, drizzly, foggy day here in Waverly, Nebraska. And it’s just Tuesday. What image in the mind does that bring up for you? What feelings arise with that image?

Whatever the image brings to the surface is only a passing emotion, from an imaginary thought, being projected onto literally, nothing. “It’s just Tuesday” is a completely made up thought about a blip in infinity that we’ve all agreed to call Tuesday. And that thought, or false label, evokes different emotions within each being depending on how they view Tuesdays – dread, joy, indifference – which is determined by their past conditioning, a collection of untrue thoughts.

It’s the same with anything someone else could ever say to you or about who they think you are. Whether someone says, “I love you” or “I hate you”, they are not telling you anything about You, but about their view of life. You have no control over their view, words or actions. It’s not about you. Nothing is.

You may not be able to control thoughts or the feelings that follow, but you can see through them. They are transparent, and futile, with no intrinsic value except what is projected onto them, which is never the truth. This is why nothing is personal, except if you believe it to be so. But even that doesn’t make it Ultimately true. I’m not sure any of this makes sense…but I don’t think it has to.

“While you may not be able to choose the next thought that comes into your mind or the next feeling, you may not choose the next reaction you have, but you can choose how present you are, how aware you are.” Adyashanti

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The Toolbox Mind

“The brain and mind offer a toolbox with tools that are great for getting practical things done. But any thought outside of toolbox mind is a story that has no truth to it. There is no objective reality to it. Everything that is happening between the ears is not the truth; it’s just a story. What are you without your story?” Adyashanti in Emptiness Dancing

Adyashanti open gate sangha life SoulBEarth Right now, the mind is helping the body type these words, drink coffee and breathe. All wonderful, essential operations for Life in this form. The brain truly is a magnificent creation. But even with all it’s amazing potential, the mind still knows nothing about the truth that these words are pointing toward, and never will. Trying to figure out the truth of Ultimate Reality with the mind is a complete waste of time.

The mind is a collector of experience, that knows only what it has seen, heard, smelled, tasted and touched through the senses. Then those experiences get filtered through past conditioning – what the mind already thinks it knows – which helps interpret what it has just brought in to process. This is useful for remembering how to drive a car, singing your favorite song, and teaching your kid how to ride a bike. But as far as perceiving Reality, it’s just not a function of the mind that can be programmed.

So the mind asks, “What can I do? How do I know?” There’s nothing to do. Nowhere to go. No one to be. You won’t ever know because really, there’s nothing to know. Go silently into the abyss of not knowing. Only there will everything be revealed.

There’s Nothing You Can Do To Awaken

“The truth is here in every single moment of your life. That’s the truth. It’s not separate from your life. You can’t run away from yourself and your life in order to awaken to reality. Your life is your path to awakening. Stop and open your eyes: You were free from the very beginning.” Adyashanti in A Total Commitment to Truth

There’s nothing you need to do to awaken. Actually there’s nothing you can do to speed up or slow down the process of unfolding Reality. The “me” is just a collection of familiar thoughts that has no control over anything. To think otherwise is dreaming, wishful thinking.

Like a flower blooming in its own time, you could shout at the flower, “Bloom already!”, but will that command it to open? You can’t force the petals open without damaging the flower and perhaps stunting the flowering process. All you can do is wait. Watch. Water. Wait. Maybe it blooms. Maybe it doesn’t. It’s not for you to decide.

Trust the experience of Life happening right now, the only moment that exists. It’s the only way enlightenment will recognize itself and awaken naturally in human form.