this is a call to
from the level of the abstractions which govern life
as the abstraction of gravity governs falling.
to get what you want from reading this, you ll have to
give up your resistance to your life working perfectly
warp your personal life around these abstractions
manifest your natural integrity.
i can only
of that which you have always known and
chapter one: basic mind structure
the mind is an organ system that includes all of the physical being. the purpose of the mind is
to survive and
to these ends
it will do anything.
the mind is an organ system which includes all of the physical being. the purpose of the mind is to survive itself through the passage of time and th this end it will do almost anything. sometimes, one thing ranks higher in importance within the mind, and that is
to be right.
the mind accomplishes its purpose of surviving by laying down memory traces of events as they happen and calling upon these memories as needed in survival situations. survival is involved in all functions of a d ay to day life. there are memories, not only about have happen happened in the past, but also about what could have happened in the past th threaten survival. you don t need to have a memory about being run over by a truck to avoid being in the way of trucks. the mind can conceptualize what could have happened an then store the conceptualization as a memory. man is man, the consummate survivor, out of this ability to conceptualize.
no creature on the planet can conceptualize and store conceptualizations as efficiently as a man.
so the mind wires itself up very quickly to avoid those situations that threaten its survival.
the mind further accomplishes its purpose of surviving by seeking out those basic supplies it must have in order to avoid death. this is such an automated function that few people can tell you accurately exactly what is necessary for survival.
obviously air is required
ordinarily the search for and the use of air is so automatic that you are totally unconscious that it is going on constantly from birth to present. an average of 18 breaths each minute total 9 460 800 inspirations end expirations each year alone.
almost automatic is the search for and the consumption of nutriments.
only when there is a shortage of air or food
the mind will become fully conscious of its function of seeking out and consuming these basic suplies.
the third and final survival need is not as obvious. however, you need love of others to survive physically.
so at the level of the mind
life is a game
the purpose of which is to survive.
to successfully play this game people put together a survival act.
everyone has such an act. it consists of the behavior patterns which have the end result of obtaining adequate
many false associations are built up over the years so that it is sometimes difficult to see that the way a person acts was originally related to survival.
neverthe less it all sprang from fullfillment of that purpose.
obviously, the way some people act
promote their survival.
however we often did not live now. often we lived then in place of now.
(now we life now. we are living now.)
you may have noticed that people have a certain need to be right.
this is an aspect of survival. to state it correctly, being right represents successful survival ploys of the past. when they do not work in present, what we see is a desperate effort to use them anyway because they are strongly associated with what worked in the past.
the truth usually is that being right and making others wrong does not promote survival in the present. being right then is the one condition which the mind will sometimes choose over survival: sometimes people ll die in order to be right.
another important aspect of the mind is that it comes from a condition of insufficiency. what i mean is that the mind says that there is not enough of the basics of survival, so what there is must be fought for. what this means is that within the context of insufficiency one person cannot gain unless another person loses.
this context is the basis of competition. the competition of course is with other minds invested with the belief in insufficiency. within the framework of competion rightness is given incredible survival value by the mind.
what is meant by "right" is nothing more or less than a judgement that the mind makes about itself, that its positions are right and the positions of others are wrong. the mind will use whatever circumstances it finds itself in to justify the conclusion that it is right.
if the mind is of certain nationality, color, religious background, sexual preference, economic condition, political persuasion, or vocational choice, it will use the material to make itself right. the mind ll use anything to be right.
now there is active rightness and passive rightness. passive rightness involves taking existing circumstances to be right about.
active rightness means the doing of sth to other people in order to be right. war is a gross example of active ways of being right in your own life. arguments make good examples.
"justification" is the process by which the mind takes the facts and interpretes them in a way that suits its need to be right. justification can do anything, including change your perception of reality. even murder can be justified by the mind.
so the mind is a
which has required millions of years to evolve.
it has the capacity to protect and reproduce itself, but
its most remarkable attribute is its capacity to remember.
it lays down a sequential linear order of all events which happen within the spere of its senses from the moment of cenception. although it doesn t have the capa city to call up these memory traces at will, under appropriate circumstances any of them can be reactivated. some memory traces are not available to ordinary consciousness and are known as "unconscious".
this vast memory bank, most of which is unconscious at any given moment, accounst for a very interesting characteristic of the mind:
if you stop being a conscious observer of your mind, you ll find that it survives quite well
it ll do this automatically, without your participation, for that is its sole function. in order to survive, the mind develops patterns of behaviour. when left unobserved these patterns run on automatic. in fact, patterning is such a strong quality of the mind that it usurps much of the experience oof life itself and leaves one wondering:
"why i am doing this?" or "why am i acting this way?"
ordinarily patterns are of no particular concern to us. our mind (includes body) machine simply does what promotes its survival. however sometimes our behavior patterns cause us pain in our relationships. some of our behavior patterns relate to relationships which we have had in the past. around these nuclear relationships behavior and feeling patterns are formed. the common feature of these relationships is that the mind has made an association between the characteristics of the relationships and survival. the primary survival needs associated with relationships are those of food and love. therefore relationships that involve fulfillment of one or both of these survival needs are carefully recorded by the mind for the purpose of figuring out how to put together fulfilling relationships in the future, thus insuring survival. your mind machine really works overtime on this one. the results are mind patterns based on what the mind thinks happened before, and these will then reach out to incorporate new relationships. naturally, parents and loved ones form the nucleus around which survival patterns are formed. now people who come into your life tend to be viewed by the mind machine as essentially similar to your parents.
now, no matter how fulfilling your relationship with your parents is or was, you are in big trouble if you become unconscious about whom you are with now. i promise you that the person you are with now is different and wants you to notice that.
if you treat him or her with automaticity, you are in danger of losing the quality of the relationship if not the relationship itself.
a mind does not have the capacity to experience or love others directly.
it can merely record and react. a relationship if it is to work, requires your participation. your mind ll not fill in for you successfully. it can only go through the mechanicalmotions of a relationship. the mind "needs" and you can not love from the condition oof need.
you can not love whom or what you need.
so to stay in the experience of loving a person, requires accurate and vigliant observation of the mind.
you become unconscious, treat others with automaticity and love dies for lack of your participation. this is the natural outcome of the unobserved (unconscious) mind patterns.
only you have the ability to observe. you can not depend on your mind to do it for you since it is not in the scope of the mind s power to observe itself.
chapter two: stuff
stuff is the very substance of unreality. it is your attachment to the illusions of life.
stuff is the term i like to use for
all the content of the mind that we carry around which
we don t like
would rather not be responsible for
yet which is undeniably part of the mind for which we are responsible.
it (stuff) consists
of all the beliefs, opinions, positions, judgements, prejudice,
all the mind structures which serve the function of making others wrong
and keeping us in a condition of no responsibility.
there is no changing your stuff. it ll change very much as a kaleidoscope image changes. however, there is no willfull changing of stuff.
moreover, you are not your stuff.
you are responsible for it.
what does that mean? responsible for what? it means that you are responsible for observing your stuff, and although you can t change it, you are responsible for
having it and not mistaking it for the truth.
this is called transcending your stuff.
please don t make the mistake of thinking that you can change the stuff in your life in any particular way.
you can t.
also it isn t necessary to change any of it. for, you see, if you know that it is just stuff and not the truth, is it not who you are, then stuff becomes inconsequential. really unimportant. your stuff is not important.
not only is stuff unimportant, more than that. it isn t even real.
stuff is the substance of unreality. carried to the extreme, stuff which is interpreted as reality
is transformed into what is ordinarily referred to as "delusion".
what is interesting about intense stuff is
that everyone can see the unreality of it
except the person responsible for the mind that invented it.
at a less intense level a phenomen called
comes into play, which obscures the fact that the stuff you have is unreal.
what this means is that other people share similar stuff in their minds and support your belief that your belief that your stuff is real.
this creates a condition in which extraordinary integrity is required to transcend your stuff. in the process of transcendingyour stuff, you ll go out of agreement with others and feel the loss of support.
this tends to keep stuck in your stuff.
however, it is this very stuff which your are attached to which keeps life stuckin a condition of not working.
you may be asking yourself
if my stuff isn t real, then what is real?
what is real has certain attributes. all that is real in this universe has a certain physical substance to it.
that is, you can
or detect it in some conventional real way.
another characteristic of what is real is
that the mind tends to deny that reality when it comes into conflict with what the mind wants.
the mind s favorite method of denying reality is to ignore it.
how does this relate to stuff?
stuff would not exist if what is real were noticed and given proper credit.
you see, you don t need
a judgement, belief, opinion, position or prejudice
for what is real.
you need those things only for what is NOT REAL.
the existence of life in this universe is real.
you don t need to believe that life exists; you only have to check out your direct experience that there are living creatures around here. no belief in the matter is needed.
you don t have to have an opinion that life exists or a position on the matter. in fact, if you developed a belief that life exists in this universe, your belief would make a terrific joke. your stuff is a teriffic joke, because it is composed of belief, opinion, position, judgement and prejudice about what doesn t exist.
when you come to appreciate what a terrific joke your stuff is, then we say that you are enlightened.
the way you feel about it is light. you know that it is not serious. you are on your way to winning through enlightenment.
others love to be with you, for you give them permission to be. in the next few chapters we are going to go through stuff from several different angles. the purpose of this is to allow you to experience the fact, that stuff is not serious.
in other words,
the purpose is for you to become able and willing to drop the extra baggage you carry through life, that prevents the natural condition of joy in life.
we want to make life available to you as it is instaed of as it is not. we want you to become enlightened.