Nov 15, 2019
When used correctly, the mind can be a very helpful tool. It seems that it’s purpose is as an assistant, helping with tasks, reminders, and directions to get from point A to B. Once we’re done using a tool, it can be set aside, because the job for which it had been employed is completed. For example, once a GPS device has brought us to our destination, it’s no longer needed, it served its purpose and is turned off. We don’t fear putting the tool down, worrying that once that tool is inactive, that we die. That would be quite absurd.
For many, it seems that the mind never is set aside, or at rest. It’s always active, endlessly chattering away. Why is that? Because it’s believed if the tool ceases to be active, if thinking were to stop, then who we are would die. This is how identified many are with thinking, with the mind. It’s believed that if the incessant mental chatter ceases, so do we.
It’s true that when thinking ceases, the idea of being a person can no longer be fabricated. What you truly are though, doesn’t cease, because you’re not the idea which was being fabricated through thought. The thinking processes can occur, and they can also cease. It doesn’t matter. Neither their coming, nor their going, effects in any way what you really are, which remains aware throughout the comings and goings of thought.