Monday, April 18, 2011

The Mind is Quickly Cornered

It's amazing how quickly the mind is cornered during nondual investigation.  If you are open to investigating the personal identity, you are likely to discover, in a relatively short time, that this personal, limited entity you've believed in for decades is a phantom.  It's nothing more than a thought about a separate "me."

No matter where you look, or how you look, you can't find a locatable, personal entity inside the skin line of the body.  A skilled nondual teacher, or even a well written nondual book, can reveal this to you in one sitting.  Your logical mind is no match for this inquiry.

And yet the vast majority of seekers continue to act and feel as if they are a separate, limited entity for years after the mind has been cornered.  This is a strange game indeed.

When we begin self-inquiry we get very excited because we get a quick understanding that we are not what we took ourselves to be.  We see through much of the mind's trickery.  And we expect the mind to go quietly into the night, surrendering to our new understanding and allowing us to realize our true nature.

But it doesn't happen that way.

The mind is quickly cornered, but its deception continues.  It has a lot more tricks in its arsenal, the most potent of which are FEELINGS.  No matter how convinced we are at the level of thought that there is no "me" -- the level of feelings present a different challenge.   We continue to feel separate and we retain the feeling that we are still located inside the body.

It's frustrating because we can see so clearly that the individual does not exist.  It is obvious that it is a thought that comes and goes.  Yet we seem to be imprisoned by our feelings, many of which are deep rooted. We feel separate or insecure even though these feelings make no sense to us anymore.  Why won't these illogical feelings just go away?

This may continue long after we see through the THOUGHT that we are a separate entity.  Allow the feelings to be there.  Fighting or resisting the feelings only strengthens them.

It's an important step to corner the mind and to see through the belief in the separate, limited entity.  But it is by no means the end of the investigation, so don't start your celebration dance yet.  If you've been doing self-inquiry for a while, you know exactly what I'm talking about.