Re: Enlightened Unity.
Posted by Butcho on 4/2/2009, 8:10 am, in reply to "Re: Enlightened Unity."
: Re, "Is not enlightenment simply
: experiencing without prejudice? "
: If this is so, then don't we cultivate our
: minds to weed out the prejudice?
: Since weeds of prejudice spring eternal, gar
: uses a quiet mind to hoe the garden.
: in peace,
gar and assinity,
The ego is the conditioned mind. The identity that we have been taught to believe in. A rather narrow sense of self that all too easily cuts one off from the rest of existence. The ego is fundamentally solipsistic. Self-centered. Out of balance with the whole.
If we are to be true to whatever arises as being natural then I suppose that would include the unnatural when it arises... Seems to me that we have a mind for a purpose. To discriminate. To distinguish between what is good and what is bad. Hemlock bad. Hemp good. That sort of thing.
Fire good. Put finger in fire bad.
The problem with the rational mind is when we use it for making existential distinctions without the use of our other faculties of being. The rational processes are not in themselves necessarily bad. The problem comes in when they become our exclusive means of relating to existence. I say this is a problem because it is an inherent aspect of our rational processes to divide what is by nature whole. Thus the conundrum of cultivating what is by nature whole that takes up so much of our time here.
We think too much about some things, and yet not enough about others. Often thinking when we should feel and feeling when we should think. We are, at least I know I am, more confused than I like to admit.
So I cultivate not to extinguish my mind, but to help bring it into accord with the rest of my being. There is a time and a season for every aspect of being. Each of our parts has its natural use(s). Cultivation, for me, is about integration, not elimination. I still have a sense of self, but I like to think that it is a more wholistic self than my once extremely piecemeal one. I could be kidding myself, but I don't think so. In my bones I know I have changed. Even if my words do not always reflect that change.
Steve argues, or at least it seems to me that he argues, that it does no good to point at the moon. That pointing at the moon is a complete waste of time. Or at the least unnecessary. That eveything is perfect just the way it is and there is no need to cultivate. For Steve, there is nothing to do for everything is already perfect just as it is. He must be a great sage.
I am not. I have a problem with Drive-By shootings. I have a problem with those that make money off of other people's vulnerability or social position. With AIG executives getting paid bonuses with taxpayer money. I see a fundamental distinction between the Democratic and the Republican Parties. Republicans think people are no damned good. Democrats keep hoping otherwise. When they give up hope they become Republicans.
Most of us are so very small in our thinking... I am clinging onto my Democratic Party status. Yes, I know the sage does not cling to anything. Like I said, I am not a sage. A coriander perhaps, but not a sage. I choose to make distinctions. It is just that I like to think I am not so quick as I once was to make distinctions where right and wrong are concerned. I like to think I am more thoughtful. I may be kidding myself, but I don't think so.
For me Enlightenment unfolds in stages. Perhaps I am more simple-minded than Steve and some others here. But I too have to be true to myself. The ego is a hard nut to crack. Kind of like the Terminator made of liquid metal in Terminator 2 it has a way of putting itself back together even after being shattered. The ego is a resilient thing. And so I cultivate for that day when I no longer have any need to cultivate other than to be an example to others. The first step of the Journey to the Interior is best taken while in a seated position. Relaxed, not stiff. Breathing easily, not straining.
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