The rest of the iceberg

From the outside, The Work may seem like a play with thoughts at the thought level only.

And yet, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

What’s really happening – and more and more as we get familiar with the process – is an inquiry at much deeper levels. At the levels of images, wordless thoughts. At the level of emotions. At an energetic or physical level. And noticed and lived in daily life.

What I find is that a thought may be seen as not true at a conscious level, yet it’s held as true in other ways. It may be recognized as not true in a conscious and general way. And it may not have been explored in a more finely grained way, through a thorough inquiry. It may still be held as true at an emotional level. I may still, to some extent, live as if it’s true. And that’s where a more thorough inquiry can be very helpful, used as meditation, and taken into and lived over time in daily life.

The tip of the iceberg may be thoughts in a conventional sense. These thoughts are used to point to a deeper inquiry, and reflect back what’s seen, felt and noticed. And the rest of the iceberg is wordless. It’s wordless thoughts in the form of images. It’s wordless emotions, energies, and changes in the body, reflecting beliefs or clarity on the same thoughts. And it’s a life lived as if a thought is taken as true or seen more clearly.

And that’s how it is with most or all explorations. What’s visible to others, and even what it initially may seem to be about, is just the tip of the iceberg.

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