I shall destroy this house

 

I shall destroy [this] house, and no one will be able to rebuild it.
Gospel of Thomas, verse 71.

This house – this sense of a me and I – is built of beliefs. It is built of stories taken as true, identification with content of experience.

And when what we are awakens to itself, this house is destroyed and cannot be rebuilt.

Stories can no longer be taken as true, although we may try.

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Initial outline…

  • destroy beliefs, taking stories as true, identification with content of experience
  • when clearly seen through, cannot be rebuilt, cannot take stories as true again (although may try!)

This house is a house of beliefs, and that is the house destroyed by what we are awakening to itself. When it is clearly seen through, it cannot be rebuild. Stories can no longer be taken as true, although we may try.

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If the awakening is a glimpse, we may continue for a while to pretend stories are true, but we also know – somewhere – they are not. And if the awakening is stable, the house cannot be rebuilt apart from in the most rudimentary way, through acting as if a story is true out of habit.

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The house is built of beliefs. Of stories taken as true. Identification with content of experience.

When what we are awakens to itself, this house is destroyed and cannot be rebuilt.

Stories can no longer be taken as true, although we may try.

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2 thoughts on “I shall destroy this house

  1. Isn’t it great that the greatest and most reliable spiritual teacher of all time charges not one single penny?

    Homage to impermanence, the most compassionate teacher.

    (Excellent blog, by the way. Most inspiring.)

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