In exploring the Living Inquiries (Scott Kiloby) I am reminded of conglomerates.
When words, images and sensations appear as one whole, one conglomerate, and is taken as real, it appears very real, and it has real consequences in my life. I perceive, feel, think, act and live as if it’s real.
When this conglomerate is examined and seen for what it is – as words, images and sensations – and each of these are recognized as words, images and sensations, the sense of reality goes out of it. It’s recognized as not reflecting reality. It’s not as, or not at all, sticky anymore.
It’s quite amazing.
It’s amazing how real a combination of words, images and sensations may seem when it’s taken as real and not examined. It’s amazing how we can perceive and live as if it’s real.
It’s amazing how simple it often is to see what’s really here. It’s already here, just waiting to be more consciously noticed.
It’s amazing how the stickiness goes out of it after it’s examined.
For instance, I dread the future.
At first, it appears as just a feeling of dread. Then I notice it’s fear.
Then I notice the words associated with it. Something terrible will happen. My life will be terrible. My life will go down hill. I will be alone. I will be miserable. I won’t have enough money. I won’t be able to function well. I will live on government support in a small apartment in Norway without any friends. I will live a sad life.
Then I notice the images. Me alone in a small apartment in Norway. Me in misery.
Then I notice the sensations associated with these fears.
And for each of these, I look for the threat. Is there a threat in each of the words? Each of the images? The sensations? In each of these, is there a me there that something terrible will happen to?