Enlightened to a thought in two ways

As Byron Katie says, we can be enlightened – or not – to a thought. The thought that is right here.

Those thoughts come in different forms. One is the verbal self-talk which can be in the foreground or as background murmuring. Another is images which includes the images of a me and I, a human self with certain identities and an I in the form of a doer or observer.

And we can also be enlightened to a thought in different ways.

First, we can be clear that a story is just a story and not what we are. (AKA enlightenment.)

Then, we can be more clear on the dynamics around the thought, including when and how it may be helpful and not to use as guide for attention and action.  (AKA embodiment.)



  • awakening, enlightenment, embodiment
    • each one
      • awakening, can be stable or not
      • enlightenment, when more stable
      • embodiment, how it is lived through this human life (which can always be more mature, sane, wise, kind, skillful etc.)
    • but really three aspects of the same
      • how we relate to stories
        • story of I seen through, clear about, then awakening
        • story of I clear about in most or nearly all situations, then enlightenment (that label, using broad strokes, generalization)
        • clear about whatever story comes up, then embodied
          • clarity, through investigation, that is just a tool, helpful in some situations and less in other, truth in reversals etc.
          • familiarity with living from it, as a guide, taking feedback to heart, mature in how and when use that story as a guide

clarity + familiarity w. whatever story comes up
– recognize is just a tool, don’t identify with/as its viewpoint
– familiar w. living from it, when useful and not etc.
– stories of two types: discursive/words + images (including images of me + I)

if investigate this far enough, all breaks down (as it should)
– too many valid + helpful perspectives
– too many connections (b/c all is movements within one whole)

good to investigate until it all breaks down, and then also explore how to use these stories in a practical way, as tools for daily life


enlightened to a thought, in two ways
– not identified with, recognized as a tool of temporary, limited and practical use only
– and clear + familiar with the story, clear through inquiry, familiar through experience (when + how useful) (taking feedback to heart, maturity in how and when use that story as a guide)

and two forms of thoughts
– discursive, self-talk
– images, including images of me + I (doer, observer) (imaginative part of the psyche, as Simone Weil put it)


enlightened to a story
– clear that story is a tool, not what I am
– clear about dynamics around + when/how helpful + truth in reversals etc. + familiar with using it as a guide (maturity)

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