And yeah, just talking about the mind and
its intoxication of us, isn’t it? Thought arise, and if we’re not paying
attention we become them. And something I pointed out was like, actually it was an
interesting angle on it, have you ever been walking down a street late at night
somewhere, and there’s a drunk coming your way, somebody who was clearly belligerently drunk? And they start talking at you, and they’re
rambling. It might be pleasant might not be pleasant. They might appear to be sober until
their next sentence comes out or they stumble. What do you, what do you do? Do you start the conversation? Do you get
involved in a conversation with them? Do you start really listening, to see the depth
of their consciousness? Or if you’re alone at night, and it’s a big drunk person, for example, do you just sort of gently steer your way and not make eye contact? I know that’s what I would do. Because you don’t know what’s going on
for this person in that moment. And in the past, that’s what I used to do
because this person’s not conscious. They seem to be okay, they’re finding their
way home they should be okay. They don’t want help. So what was saying to this person was, well, why do we keep making eye contact with the belligerent mind? Why don’t we start looking at as a drunk wandering down the street, that cross is our path? We don’t need to make eye contact. We don’t need to hold a conversation. We should know by now that there’s no really, quality insights going to come from a belligerent mind. So when our mind starts up we can
understand “Oh I’m having a conversation with a drunk now.” Yeah? Unless we’re doing
functional thinking, trying to get under layers, dividing a meter by two to do a cut, working out the best way to work, whatever we’re doing. Whatever it requires
requires to get this body through the world. The dysfunctional thinking is a
drunk. There’s no difference. And just because the drunks really close to you,
and the voice sounds familiar, and you’re used to it, doesn’t make it wise to
interact too much. And we can have that detachment- “Oh, this is something over here, making a noise, that’s a potentially risky situation for all involved.” “I understand this doesn’t go anywhere good. There’s a threat here.” “This is not safe.” And it’s not safe.
Because the mind will eventually take you down. It will take you down. It’s not
higher consciousness. It will take you into lower consciousness. It doesn’t
matter how pretty and eloquent the words. And it’s not the words themselves that
are the problem. The mind is not the problem itself. It’s our paying attention to our mind, and following it around and believing it and layering up on layering within it, and following it around and believing it and
layering up on layering within it, and complicating things. That’s the problem.
The mind itself can do whatever it wants. A belligerent drunk walking down the
street can do whatever it wants, it’s okay. That’s, that’s their business. If
that’s what they’re choosing to do, that’s their business.
They want us to come and help that’s a different story, maybe we can refer them
somewhere, but it’s their choice. And it’s our choice to let the mind go also. If you want to go out and having a
conversation with the drunk, and start talking to him, and all the rest of it,
then you say the wrong thing, and it starts getting angry, or abusive, or
threatening; it starts telling you all about deep love and all these things- know Well, that was your choice. That was your choice. You invited that in. They want to babble
on about how special they are, because their inhibitions are down, or how unspecial they are, etc. etc. It’s your choice to enter that conversation.
There’s somebody that knows better now. You’ve been lucky enough to find some deeper teachings, and finding that silence is a doorway. Just as I found deeper teachings,
and I used to be noisy, and I found a better way. Silence is the doorway to peace, and happiness, and contentment. It’s the doorway home. It really is that simple- are you going
to engage the drunk, or not? And whenever you do, you’ll notice you’ll
end up in the same place. Until you stop doing it. Oh, not the same place, there’ll be
varying depths of darkness you end up in, or fraudulence. And when we’re at our lowest is when
that when the drunk likes to talk the most. When we’re at our most ignorant is
when the drunk, is when we want to go and entertain the drunk, and have a conversation with the dangerous drunk. That’s when we want to do it the most, that’s when we need to start honoring ourselves a bit more, and not crossing over the street. Don’t, they’re gonna find their bed, they’re fine. There’s nothing you can do. They’re going to wake up with a hangover, that’s their business too. So, stay on, stay in your lane. Stay on the conscious mind, or the
functional mind lane. Don’t cross over into dysfunction. And then reduce the function to its bare minimum. So, as Ramana Maharshi would have said:
“It’s using a small thorn to unpick the big thorn (the dysfunctional part)”.Use the
functional loop to undo the dysfunctional. Then you throw away the
small thorn when the job’s done, also. And more, and more silence pervades. More and more space pervades. You change your life and everybody’s life around you begins to change. And some of the people around you early on may not be around you later. But new people will come in, or not. You keep going, it won’t it won’t be a bother. That’s your choice really. The belligerent drunk walking down the side of the street isn’t the problem. It’s your engagement with the mind that becomes the issue. You’re not that mind.
You’re not the belligerent drunk. It’s obvious when you’re walking down the
street and seeing that, but I’m saying it’s the same thing as the mind. There’s no
difference. That’s an object this is an object. There are physical objects, etheric objects. Of course, we’re stripping out all the humanities out of this. Just, this is a metaphor. Just in case any white knight saviors wanna come rushing in. You know, if this ever is live, you know. “What sort of spirituality is this?!” Well, it’s not. It’s just reality.