Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Practising Transparency - Dissolving Programmes

In the film, Groundhog Day, Phil (played by Bill Murray) is stuck on Groundhog Day that keeps repeating itself over and over again. Even after committing suicide, he wakes up on the same day. Phil decides to use the time to get to know humanity. Only when he falls in love is he released from that day.

In the ordinary reality of thoughts and appearances, we are constantly putting experiences into boxes and categories. That's what the mind does. You end up linking thoughts with like-thoughts, coming to conclusions etc. Mind is also the realm of cause/effect. When someone says something, mind immediately thinks of consequences. You think "Doesn't she realise that what she's just said will lead her to have such an experience?" You end up judging someone thus adding more weight to their thoughts.

On the other hand, when I practise transparency by being in silence no matter what, silence dissolves the power of words and thoughts. Put another way, words and thoughts are like reading a film script where the words are just words. It is actors emotions that bring the script to life. In silence, words and thoughts revert to their original intent which is formlessness. So let's say someone is saying stuff that most people consider to be offensive, when I listen in silence, I find the words have no impact, and no power.

I have also noticed that my body speaks a lot in thought forms that we collectively define as pain. For instance, when I've been sitting in one position for a long time, my neck has something to say about that. What I do is I listen in silence and it soon passes away.

I believe we are only experiencing the one "Groundhog Day," which is going round and round like a revolving door. We've all gone through the human programming where we've been taught to rely on our senses. Each "day" gives us the opportunity to be the One Self. When you are the Self in every circumstance, you are released from the human programme.

With love,

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