It seems that the lens of inquiry leads to some shared insights…
- Thoughts leads to emotions
- Discrepancy between beliefs and what is leads to stress
- or – Discrepancy between what is already true for me and my beliefs lead to stress
- The world is my mirror
- The world is my teacher
- Even beliefs that almost everyone agree upon fall away when questioned, such as I am a human being, I am, I
And maybe most surprisingly for many, the whole human drama appears as simply pretending.
There is the pretending of believing in thoughts. The pretending of taking the consequences of beliefs as real, including the emotions, confusion and actions that come out of it.
What is, distinct from any stories about it, is already alive in immediate experience – just temporarily and apparently covered up by beliefs in thoughts. And since this is already alive here now, there is simply just the pretending of believing in thoughts. There is the attempt to believe in thoughts, and a great deal of energy goes into this attempt.
What is, distinct from any stories of it, is alive in awareness right here now. Yet, there may not be awareness of this awareness. The pretending is alive here now, and in the same way there may not be awareness of this awareness. That is the mechanism that allows the pretending to go on for a little longer, until there is the inevitable (?) waking up.