Give something close to you to charity. Make sure you don’t tell anyone about it, no matter how much you are tempted.
Try this for one day. Go where you would normally join in. It might be social media, pub or anything else you do, and just observe.
Try not to like or dislike anything or anyone. Don’t join in. Just be there without getting dragged in. You can see it best if you go out drinking with friends. I promise you will see how society works. They will try to get you to join in, over and over again. Resist.
If you are brought up with the machine, everything you produce is of, for and by the machine, not you. You become an extension of the machine. The machine being the established system of thought.
If you use a prism of like and dislike on people, you reduce your consciousness to that of a reptile. At a certain age, you crawled on your belly and lived with a like/dislike food prism for survival. Like a lizard. But this was acquired a long time ago in our evolution as survival need, so to reduce oneself to this takes you back through evolution millions of years.
I’ve been considering cause and effect. They seem to be a human construct, although constructed because the universe ‘seems’ that way. The so-called ‘Big-bang’ happened “in the past” and we are in the future, when in fact this is the continuation of that event as a whole, one thing happening eternally now.
Our minds work in subject-object pairs, and our scales of measure are between two extremes, even mode of showing affection (like/dislike) and even religious doctrines highlight this dual paradigm, such as Yin-yang, good and evil and so on.
But consciousness seems to contain trinities. The physical parts comprise:
- Fight-or-flight survival faculties (r-complex, decisions without emotion)
- Limbic brain (Socializing and emotions)
- Neocortex (Higher functioning brain)
But it’s all one object.
Consciousness seems to contain:
But all in and experienced by one thing.
The Aum symbol is a representation of this trinity within one thing and this is also found in Christian trinity representations. The real you, i.e. consciousness is one thing, observing the various faculties which project the image of ourselves, which we then stitch together as one continuous personality, but reduced to a thought system of a reptile in most of the decisions we make about others. Like or dislike. Love or hate.
The real you experiences the eternal now, one thing, and not future and past which are merely further human ego constructs. Suffering is found due to the ego being created and suspended between the two points of wanting better in the future, and avoiding the state of lacking in the past, which appears to be just a framework of ideas based around a thought system of extreme opposites.
Suffering exists because we refuse to review our lives and weep at what we have become, process the trauma we have experienced, and been guilty for that which we have caused to others.
A man or woman must demonstrate their might, but from an unseen weakness. If they merely rely on a description of strength and power to themselves and others, when they need inner psychological strength, they will crumble.
As any idea of being more powerful by mere thought is a delusional state, I wouldn’t want to base my frame of mind on a few concepts which can be swung from one extreme to the other, just by the way society decides they should be viewed.
Only a fool accepts an idea of more power if offered it. As our paradigm is capable of viewing life as good or bad, more power eventually leads to a realization of one’s own insignificance.