Attacking the Pattern Doesn’t Work
The practice of the Way of Divine Ignorance is founded in paradox. There is no direct method for removing either behavioral tendencies or the obsessive stream of thinking.
Nonetheless, these patterns must be mastered and undone, since they are the essential content of the motivated, compulsive, and illusory display of egoic suffering, or subjective differentiation.
It is simply that they cannot come to rest by attacking them directly. Such only reinforces the subjective pattern itself, by establishing a double bind pattern in which the subjective being works against itself.
To try and stop thinking itself is the same as trying not to think a particular thought. Try not think of a tree. It is impossible, because you must keep the thing in mind in order to try and not think it.
The same is true of the strategic attempt to control the entire thinking mind itself.
Try and not think.
It is impossible, because the thinking process must be kept intact in order to intend not to think. If you remember not to think, you may keep up an effort that makes the mind blank, but you will not bring an end to the intention of thought itself. You will only frustrate your own intentional and automatic thought process.
This simple functional observation is the ultimate key to actual control of obsessive subjective activity, indeed, to responsible control of all life processes. To seek to control any living process directly only reinforces the process itself.
This is felt as an irreducible double bind, the tacit sense of dilemma. Such a state is constantly motivated and remotivated to seek its own solution, but it remains forever in the condition of the problem.
Adi Da Samraj
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