What are you refering to as mind? The stream of thinking?
Um, the person who thinks that it’s thinking.
I haven't been practicing positive thinking. I struggle to think coherently, but out of interest how is it part of the problem?
Tell me what negative thinking is and why there is something wrong with it, and I’ll explain why positive thinking is more often than not mind deluding itself that its akchully choosing its thoughts which it isn’t. Mind splitting is the cause of suffering which is experienced (by mind) as resistance to itself. Positive thinking practices have nothing to do with closing mind splits or transcending mind, but in fact quite the opposite. Positive thinkers aren’t transcending thinking, their molding themselves into an ideal mind with an ideal experience, which will of course come to an end “at some point in time”. Why not now is the only question. It never gets old.
In the same way, mind can take the discovery that nothing could exist without “that”, and turn that into another belief to identify with
How? I don't understand this.”
Within the parameters of thought it can be recognized that what appears bounded (mind) only appears to be bounded because of its own imaginary boundaries. Boundaries keep truth out and delusion in, not the other way around. What transcends mind also transcends time. What “THAT” is, isn’t mind. I am not that. It’s not an object, and it’s not something “any person” has any experience with. IT transcends experience. Mind comes to believe it’s THAT by believing THAT can be experienced which it can’t. So how does that happen? Through spiritual practices and mind state cultivation, through believing freedom is a personal thing which it isn’t, by running from the fear of not having an experience to identify with, all fuelled by mind’s desire to hide from its own unconsciousness.
I'm now a bit more confused. Mind believes its mind while not believing it. Somethings being lost in translation here.
Mind can’t believe that “its not mind”, because the belief itself confirms the fact that mind believes that it is mind. There is no belief without a mind to believe it. Sometimes mind, or person, believes its awareness or something which transcends mind, or person. When these “contradicting beliefs” are held within consciousness, mind will remind itself of what it truly believes through what is sometimes called experience. It is the unconscious creation of bad experiences which no mind wants, and yet we could also say, it is the “bad experiences” which unconscious mind “clearly does want”. You clearly believe you are a person, yes? Does your experience not confirm that to you? Do you not uncontrollably emote as if you are a certain someone with a certain history? Are there not things which make you sad, which wouldn’t make someone else sad? What about preferences? Do you have those? Are those personal preferences or impersonal transcendent preferences? What does that tell you about what you, mind, believe about what you are? The question isn't why wou want to believe you are a person, but instead why you don't.
Karl, my south african friend from across the street, invited me over last night for “bunny chow”. A group of 10 heads from all over the world assembled into his studio apartment for what is apparently a big deally on the south african homefront. I was relieved to find out that bunny chow doesn’t actually include bunny meat, but rather, is a name given to the meal due to the way that its served. Basikly, you take a whole loaf of bread (unsliced), cut out a bunny hole in the top, burrow all the way to the bottom, fill it to the middle with curry, then add some funky pan fried chicken, then top it off with more curry. Kind of like a little tower or suttin. That shit was delicious, and a lot of fun to eat. Was a nice experience.
Some experiences aren’t so nice, which is why willingness to experience them isn’t always present. That’s what causes unconscious emotional energy to percolate, project, and distort, what causes consciousness to become unconscious of its own creation, what causes mind to seek control of its own spontaneous thinking, and what allows the process of closing mind splits to happen in the second place. All any mind is capable of doing is thinking however it wants to whenever it wants to. This is what everyone is doing.
Well I wouldn't mind feeling light and peaceful
I know what ya mean, but life isn’t always nice and peaceful. Sometimes everything isn't going to be alright. In fact, I would say this is the case at all times.