DavidB wrote:I have an example.
Thanks for sharing... good example.
I was waiting for an elevator to arrive, when the door opened 2 people next to me entered first, even though I was waiting longest. No big deal really but I immediately felt diminished, as though I was dismissed, invisible, unimportant, unworthy, I felt I had been wronged by their perceived rudeness, I felt anger and malice.
This is the image of victim arising as stream of discrete thoughts. All concepts have a polar opposite, so the image of a victimizer must also arise.
I felt like being rude back, saying something nasty like, "oh, after you", in a sarcastic condescending tone.
The fight or flight principle. The victim imagines the victimizer as a threat... therefore the need to "do" something to avoid the threat also arises.
All these feelings and thoughts arose in a matter of a few seconds, the mind manifested very quickly.
When our attention is outwardly attentive, we get caught up in the story of me (victim).
Being present however, enabled me to witness all of these things as they arose.
Realising that our true nature attends to these stories of victim/victimizer.... opens up space to allow other responses or reactions to arise.
I then felt a smile emerge as I was able to dis-identify with these automatic thought patters, only a small one on my face, mostly an internal smiling. I was able to witness this conditioned self arise, which provided me a wonderful opportunity to know this self better. I was then able to choose compassion and choose peace instead, helping to uncondition the past destructive behavioral patterns.
This is key, by realising our attentive nature is attending to these thought patterns allows new unconditioned thought patterns to arise which are more in tune with the Now.
Conditioned thought patterns can be viewed as a feed back loop into the unconscious mind from the conscious mind and back again. As we learn to uncondition destructive thought patterns by altering the way we respond to these patterns through present conscious awareness, eventually the pattern that will arise is an unconditioned pattern, rather than the destructive pattern that was initially arising. This actually makes the job of deconstruction very easy, as we do not need to do anything about the negative thought patterns, we only need to be present and compassionate and peace will then arise on it's own.
A feedback loop (recursive thought) arises because thought is not a continuous process, but is a rapid sequence of discrete snapshot-like observations (20 images/sec). "Between" successive phenomena or appearances, there is only our Attentive nature which is a continuous spherical wave-function, a very complex one (in/out standing spherical wave)
. By realising directly our true nature continuously attends to all these appearances, we break the cycle of "recursive" condition-thought-patterns.
You're right, there is nothing to do except be attentive to our attentive nature, which is our true nature.
A great quote...
It is the nature of the mind to wander. You are not the mind. The mind springs up and sinks down. It is impermanent, transitory, whereas you are eternal, To inhere in the Self is the thing. Never mind the mind, In the realized man the mind may be active or inactive, the Self alone remains for him. Ramana Maharshi