Fake it until you make it

 

A sometimes useful tool in embracing our wholeness as who we are, and discovering what we are, is to fake it.

We can visualize ourselves as someone mature and awakened, whomever that may be for us. Our teacher. Buddha. Christ. A dream figure. In this way, we connect with the qualities we see in these, and find them in ourselves. We invite these qualities to come alive, see them in someone else, and then find them right here, in ourselves and our own life.

In daily life, we can imagine how a mature and/or awakened person would respond, and then imitate it. If I was such as person, how would I act?

Most practices are done in an approximate way, at least in the beginning. We do approximate shikantaza. Approximate stability practice. Here too, we fake it, do it as best as we can, until it falls more into place.

And in noticing what we are, we can use practices such as headless experiments and the Big Mind process to get a taste of it. Even if it feels fake at first, it is a pointer to the real thing. It helps us reorganize within it at our human level, and it guides us in noticing it more clearly.

Faking it is a great tool, especially when we are clear that we are faking it, until it falls more into place.

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