"Do Not Care About What You Think" January 1, 2014
This can be radical to the way we have been taught to be in the world; to not care about thoughts in a world where what we “think” is given so much importance. If someone were to come up to you and say “I don’t care what you think” you might become offended as if it is a personal attack and yet … you are not what you “think” and we are going to take a look at how this is possible.
Let’s use the thought “I am wonderful.” First, do you have any idea where it came from? If you do not know where it came from then how can you take it personal if someone else doesn’t “care” about it. You cannot be the thought “I am wonderful” if you didn’t create it, but was only aware of it. Now, if you can slow down enough to put the attention onto what is “Aware” of the thought “I am wonderful” you can you begin to see something here that you didn’t before. You can see that if you are Aware of the thought, you cannot actually be the thought.
You may now see that you are not the thought “I am wonderful” and since you aren’t sure where it came from … let’s come from the Awareness of the thought and look at the thought itself “I am wonderful.” Who is the “I?” If one is not the thought, but one is Aware of the thought, who is the “I” referring too?
The more this is looked at … the less power the thought “I” has in making you believe that you are what can be thought. If the thought “I” is seen as false then the word “Who” becomes revealing. The thought “who?” does not need you to care about it; the thought “I” does. “Who?” clears the thoughts to the revealing of what is Aware of the thoughts. “I” creates a sense of an individual and separateness from what is Aware of the thought “I.”
All thoughts that come can either be clung to by keeping the “I” thought as real or dissipated by replacing “I” with “Who?” which clears all thoughts and leaves only the Awareness of what is actually happening.
For today, do not care about what is thought. Watch them come and watch them go. When you see a thought that says “I am so wonderful” question “who” to that “I” not expecting an answer, just as a referencing back onto the thought itself. “Who is so wonderful?” “I am.” “Who am I?” Let the circle be there, the circle leads one to discover that it cannot be understood; it has to be left alone. This is where the watching/Witnessing comes in, you simply watch all of the thoughts come and go and if you are believing a thought is real, question it with “who?” To whom do these thoughts come? The impetus at first will always be to say “I/me” but you are not a thought “I/me” so use it as another opportunity to drop the thought “I/me” and be empty in “who?” Eventually, it will apparent and when someone says to you, “I don’t care what you think,” you will agree. :o)