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Monday, January 31, 2011

Relationship With Thought

That state of consciousness that is not caught in the compulsive state of mind, compulsive thinking, that state of consciousness which is outside of compulsive thinking, that is the state of awakening. That is the state of enlightenment. That’s why they call it pure consciousness. It’s just pure. It’s  just pure perception. Pure awareness. No compulsive labeling. To most human beings we have to label everything. Everything is good or bad or beautiful or ugly or everyone is right or wrong or safe or not safe.

Everything in the dream state of consciousness is compulsively labeled. We know what should and shouldn’t be happening. We know what should and shouldn’t have happen. It’s all the sort of compulsive nature of thinking. And the simplest way to talk about awakening is one wakes up from that. And as soon as we wake up from that, what we realize, not intellectually realize, our whole being realizes….there’s no truth in it. There’s no truth in that compulsive nature of thought.

There’s no truth in ones thoughts about themselves, or others, or the world, or anything else. It doesn’t mean you can’t think. You can still think. It doesn’t mean a thought never comes through your brain. Thoughts can still come through your brain, but it means that your sense of reality of what is true is no longer derived from the compulsive movement of thought. And then there is pure perception, pure consciousness. There is no interpretation. This is what unconditioned is.

Unconditioned in a practical way, in a way that relates on a human level just means not translating, not judging, not getting caught in the minds matrix, because the mind is always translating experience, and so the pure state of consciousness is when we’re perceiving from outside of that whole movement. Whether that movement is happening or not doesn’t much matter. 

~by Adyashanti

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