All life and thus all consciousness exists at the cellular level. You are just a colony of cells designed by evolution to carry around this amazing brain which serves as a kind of lens, that is a means of focus and concentration of consciousness into a tight beam of self awareness.
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comegudincoa asked: Hey, I also have a question. Sometimes when I try to clear my mind and let my thoughts just fly around me and just observe them, i get flooded by these really weird thoughts like..gore-ish stuff and these i push away, but they return even if i try to let them go or if i try to push them away. So I have to stop and try clearing my head another time. Do you have any suggestion on how to stop this or what it could mean? Thanks
Firstly, please check out a response I wrote yesterday regarding the fallacy of “clearing the mind.”
Secondly, during meditation the nature of a thought doesn’t matter. Just as you do not need to scrutinize each scrap of garbage when taking out the trash, you do not need to evaluate your thoughts during meditation. All you have to do is witness them.
Thoughts are not reality. When we confuse thoughts with reality, we start fearing and rejecting certain kinds of thoughts while clinging to other kinds. So long as you enact that confusion, you will remain confused.
Right now you are reacting with aversion toward these gory thoughts because you are either afraid of the thought itself or you are afraid of what that thought may indicate about who you are deep down.
Thoughts, be they conscious or subconscious, have no power to reveal who you truly are. They cannot purify you nor can they stain you. So what does their presence or absence matter? What matters is whether you take yourself to be your thoughts and whether you take thoughts to be real.
I know of many people who, when coming into the presence of a saint or guru, often experience a tumult of sexual or violent thoughts. This is a churning to the surface of that which has been repressed. If you don’t try to control the experience but simply witness it with mindfulness, it will purify them. If you struggle with such an experience, rejecting those thoughts and feelings, then they will persist.
To truly let go of a thought does not mean that the thought disappears. It means that you abide as you are regardless of whether or not that thought arises.
There is no such thing as an unacceptable thought. Violence, fear, incest, jealousy, whatever. They’re all just thoughts, aggregates that come together out of nothingness.
Knowing this, you do not need to make them go away. Instead, you change the way you relate to your thoughts.
When a repulsive thought arises, you stay with it. You give it space and you witness it so long as it is there. You don’t analyze it nor wonder what it may mean. You remain attentive and composed without preference.
As a result, the thought will not stick to you nor will you get caught up with that thought. This is not a goal that you should aim for nor something you should try to do. I am simply stating this so that you understand the impermanent nature of thoughts.
The first aim of meditation is to be where you are, relaxed and alert. The second aim is to change the way you relate to your thoughts. You don’t prefer one thought to another, nor do you direct your thoughts in any way. You abide and witness with no goal. Think of it like observing a piece of art for the first time. You just look.
Lastly, meditation is silent and still. You are the silence and stillness. Even if thoughts arise, you remain as silence and stillness. Then the thoughts will go the same way they came.
All of these aspects occur in various combinations. Some meditations are silent and peaceful, others are chaotic, and others are peaceful amidst the chaos. Regardless, there is no difference between them. You are you and the meditation is the meditation.
This becomes self-evident with daily practice. There is no goal to meditation other than sitting still long enough to see things as they are in this moment. All of the “benefits” of meditation manifest as a side-effect. Don’t worry about them, don’t seek them. Once you have decided to take up a meditation practice, surrender to that decision. Then just meditate.
Namaste :) Hope this helped.
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