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Alert to the side effect of alertness

Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 10:39 pm
by weichen
Taking a walk on the street, a thought came to my mind: this is already a new Earth, nothing needs to be done to arrive at 'A New Earth'. Then I realized that I have stopped watching my mind long time ago, I switched from watching my mind to being alert at some point, and then I abandoned being alert also long time ago.

Being alert has a very slight assumption that thoughts are something bad. So it is not totally neutral. It has a tint of negativity (very slight tint)

A thought such as 'this is already A New Earth' is also not totally neutral, it is leaning towards joy.

There are very little mental in the case of being alert, or in the case of having a thought "this is already A New Earth" (and stay with this thought). Boy, I clearly prefer the latter.

Re: Alert to the side effect of alertness

Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 11:01 pm
by garuda
Who is it that makes the “slight assumption?”

Don’t you think feeling (being) “joy” is acceptable — so long as you don’t inadvertently create a mental construct that discriminates between “being joy” and “creating an object called joy?”

Also, is having a thought and sticking with it preferred? Are you the “thought” or merely the “awareness of the thought?”

You may want to examine the "alertness" closely.

Re: Alert to the side effect of alertness

Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 11:19 pm
by weichen
Thanks for the feedback, garuda

Very much appreciate that indeed.

It reminds me to make a point that I always wanted to make: once I realized who I really am (the deathless one life), then words (I, my, mine, etc) would always refer to "little me" unless it is self evident that I was talking about that deathless one life.


This issue is the core issue of spiritual growth and spiritual teaching: it is always about little me, about what mental rewiring happens inside the little me. As nothin needs to be said about that deathless one, it is total clarity. Only the little me is worth discussing, whether in the context of little me growth or in the context of a teacher help a student to grow.

Re: Alert to the side effect of alertness

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:01 am
by heidi
it is always about little me,
and that's the paradox about this entire discussion forum. ;)

Re: Alert to the side effect of alertness

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:49 am
by garuda
Good insight, Heidi.... and honesty. Being that I am the “new kid on the block”, I didn’t want to risk saying that myself. But it’s true. Which is why I often catch myself smiling at my own foolishness frequently. As you might suspect...... I am smiling at myself right now saying this. :wink: