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Those thoughts you have that go by all the time, one after another, bringing all kinds of other thoughts and reactions and sensations, have nothing to do with Reality. This is not something that you can take someone’s word for (although taking someone’s word for it, at first, is a great helping hand in beginning to see for yourself).
You must be willing to investigate whether or not, thoughts have anything to do with Reality, or do thoughts appear after the fact.
It is not only possible, but actual, that everything you think, is after what happens, is after the event. Even your arm moving or your eyes reading this, is after the fact of it happening. The body registers the information and then the brain receives it and then thought(s) appears and it is all very instantaneous, instantaneous and yet still behind the action.
Why would you want to begin to see that thoughts have nothing to do with Reality? Because then you will begin to see that you are not the thoughts. This will lead to beginning to ask, if I am not the thoughts, then who am I? Or “if they are not my thoughts, who’s are they?”
Did you ever wonder where a thought comes from or do you just blindly follow them? The funny thing is … the blindly following is even before the thought. Awareness of this, will begin to shed light on a darkened state of mind. Until someone turns the light on, no one even knows they are in the dark.
It’s like fish at the bottom of the sea, they do not know they are in the dark, if you went down there and said to them … ”hey … fishes … you are in the dark” they might say … “what the hell is dark?”
How would you describe it to them?
However, if you took one (fish) in your arms and started swimming north, up and up and the dark became lighter and lighter, until the fishes eyes burned and it said “oh … I see … it is so warm, it is beyond warm, it is behind kind, I didn’t know what cold was until now, I don’t know how to explain this, but I know how it feels to be out of the dark.”
Then you start to go back down and the fish doesn’t understand why would you bring him back down to the darkness and you explain that the Light would obliterate him because he comes from the dark, but as he now Knows the Light … Knows where all are going and that it is not out or in or north or south or up or down but it is IN everyONE, that everyone is IN It, now that fish can point to it with others that are in the dark and Lighten their world.
The fish goes back down to the deep sea and it is not easy to tell those that have not seen something, something which cannot be explained but can be Known and yet he starts in spite of that. He begins to help move the other fishes that Hear him up slowly into lighter gentler waters and as they move up, others move up with them and they all begin to see that what once so dark and scary and unknown, is not that at all. That they have been in it all along, they only thought they were in the dark. But the Light was/is always Here.
Thoughts are like Dark waters, you can share with one that they are not in Dark water but only paying attention to Dark water/thoughts, but the only way for one to See they are/were in Dark water, is to begin to stop pay attention to the thoughts. Not trying to stop the thought … just not paying attention to them. One must begin to pay attention to what is before the thoughts, what thoughts appear In, the space between thoughts … this space right here ( ).