A regular reader writes…
“I have a thought that I’ve had many times. Is thought random, or pre-planned? And, when we experience a ‘negative’ thought, why does no one question the origin? Are there etheric Lizards hurling thoughtforms into our awareness? The Gnostics said so, that the seed of human error was ‘the mind parasite’ or the ‘foreign installation’ that Don Juan described to Carlos Castenada.
This is also Buddhism’s biggest oversight (in my humble opinion)…it seeks to end suffering via various concepts, disciplines of the mind, and actions, but never asks about the origin or causes of the “why” of the human condition. It ignores the deeper mystery in other words.”
Good points all, though I see the World differently.
I certainly agree that the mind is a (useful) parasite, but I don’t think we need to project our Xenophobia on it and make it foreign. I believe we need to “own” its machinations as we need to “own” all of our Projections and Introjections.
I’d say that not only are there the equivalent of etheric Lizards hurling all manner of thoughtforms at us, but there are also etheric Amphibians hurling all manner of Emotions at us, all of which are impersonal. We glom onto and Personalize the ones that resonate with our Unfinished Business. However, I’d regard all these images as metaphors. I don’t believe anything coming out of our minds or mouths is ever anything but metaphor.
There are so many different layers to, and (legitimate) Perspectives on, the Onion of “Reality” that I believe the Onion itself to be ineffable. Many consider it Illusion. I don’t usually think directly in those terms (it’s inconvenient to think of my desk as 99.999…% “empty” space), but I do believe that it’s Energy that’s “Real,” and Matter that’s insubstantial, held together by mass hypnosis and Emotional Energy. Thought and Emotion are “Real” forms of Energy.
When asked why we don’t all see Psychic Energy, my first teacher relayed the metaphor that as children learning colors, we’d point at our mother’s friend’s Energy Body and say “Red!” Mom would reply, “No honey, that’s a Blue dress.” We don’t actually need etheric Lizards if we need to attribute Cause.
As for Buddhism, I’m quite sure that the omission of Why is purposive. Why is the occupation of Monkey Mind, while Buddhism strives for Beginner’s Mind or “Don’t Know,” which is similar to the state of Awe and Wonder that I often refer to as Perpetual Curiosity. Prior to making Conclusions, Curiosity like Unconditional Love eschews Judgment, so I consider it “next to Godliness.” Metaphors are just word pictures; Conclusions, Certainties, Dogmas, and Either/Ors are Judgments.
Now, I hope everyone notices that this is an Either/Or Judgment. A better alternative would be…
“When you see someone making a choice that you would not make for yourself, let it go. Show that person love and compassion, but do not feel the need to correct him or her. Instead, be the leader that you are and the wayshower that you always intended to be by choosing for yourself the path of love, compassion, and unity.” — http://danielscranton.com/the-way-of-the-wayshower-∞the-9th-dimensional-arcturian-council/
But it’s a Discernment I use to differentiate Spirituality from Politics – Spirituality is Both/And; Either/Or is Politics. I find that this particular Either/Or Judgment is a very useful Heuristic as a bs meter. A Heuristic is a methodology “that solves a problem quickly but is not certain to arrive at an optimal solution.”
As Michael Roads says, “It Is What It Is.” Not more nor less. The rest is just mindstuff. I often refer to Cause and Effect as The Great God Causan Defect. It’s a challenge to think in terms other than Cause and Effect. A heresy even! It’s merely our Patriarchal Programming, mass hypnosis. See if you can go a day – or ten minutes – without seeing the World through the Glass Darkly of Cause and Effect.
Jung for one postulated an alternative sort of Relationship between Observations which describes many aspects of “Reality” far better than Causan Defect (Jung and Pauli, The Interpretation of Nature and the Psyche). We see what we Expect to see. Seeing the World without Expectations would be hugely Confusing – that is, Growthful! But not easy.
And there’s no sense in which Buddhism “ignores the deeper mystery,” quite the contrary. Buddhism believes that the Mystery lies not in the mind but in the Heart. It sees the mind as Destroyer of Mystery. The Matriarchy agreed.