May 16, 2019
Who hears thinking happening? Is it a thought that’s hearing thoughts arise? If you have an idea of who you are that’s hearing thoughts, well, that idea is really only a thought.
Whatever thoughts are arising, it’s assumed that the one who is thinking them, is this me-idea. What’s actually happening is the me-idea is linked to and arises with whatever the present thought might be. This creates the illusion of a thinker who is thinking a thought.
When a thought arises, even regarding something non-personal, such as: “The sun is shining.”, that idea of who I am is linked together with this thought, and it’s assumed that it is I who thinks the sun is shining. There is no issue with the idea of the sun shining, the issue is with taking the idea of an impersonal process of the mind, to be a person thinking. That would be equivalent to believing the voice of Apple’s Siri or Google’s Alexa, to belong to a real person.
With that belief, there arises conflict, because thoughts are then taken personally, being judged as good or bad, ‘me’ or ‘not me’. In reality, there is no ‘me’ there to be judged. The ‘me’ is only a fabricated idea, as are the ideas of good and bad. There are just thoughts arising, neither good nor bad, neither ‘me’ or ‘not me’.
Seeing through the idea of presently arising thoughts as being anything personal, they stop being taken personally. What may have at one time caused distress, can now only be looked at humorously.