Healing my images

What happens when I do tonglen, ho’oponopno, or something similar?

I can notice all sorts of shifts in me, of course.

HEALING MY IMAGES AND RELATIONSHIP WITH THE IMAGES

One of the things that happens is that I am healing my images. I suspect this is what leads to or supports the other changes.

I am not only healing my images of others, myself, parts of myself, and so on. I am healing my relationship with these images, and that’s as or more important.

The shift is a shift from a painful relationship to one with a little more ease and compassion.

I RELATE TO IMAGES – OF SOMEONE, THE WORLD, AND WHATEVER IT MAY BE

The world, to me, happens within and as my sense fields. It happens within sight, sound, smell, taste, sensations, the mental field, and so on. This mental field creates an overlay – of mental images and words – that makes sense of the world for me, and to a large extent creates it.

A big part of the world, as it appears to me, is created by my own mental images and words.

The world, as it appears to me, happens within and as what I am.

That means that when I see someone – whether that’s me/I or someone else – I see my own mental representations of the person, and these come with stories, interpretations, and much more.

When I relate to someone in a certain way, something else is really happening. It’s all happening within and between images. There are images of me and the other, and stories about what all that means, and that brings up a certain way for the me to relate to the other.

TONGLEN AND HO’OPONOPONO

If I have a challenging relationship with someone or something, that’s where it’s found.

So it makes sense that explorations like tonglen and ho’oponopno can heal my images and my relationship with those images.

There are, of course, many similar practices: Metta, sincere prayer for the wellbeing of another, and much more.

WHAT I AM FORMS ITSELF INTO MY WORLD

In an even more immediate and essential sense, what I am forms itself into my world.

The consciousness I am forms itself into all of it.

Noticing that helps it shift too.

Image by me and Midjourney


DRAFT FRAGMENTS

This noticing – noticing that all of it happens within and as my sense fields and what I am – is helpful in itself. It helps me take it all a bit less seriously. It’s the consciousness I am forming itself into all of it.

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And one of the things that happens is that I am healing my images. It’s all moving as one system, and if I am to pick out some causalities, I suspect this is what leads to or supports the other changes.

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The world, to me, happens within and as my sense fields. It happens within sight, sound, smell, taste, sensations, the mental field, and so on. This mental field creates an overlay – of mental images and words – that makes sense of the world for me, and to a large extent creates it.

A big part of the world, as it appears to me, is created by my own mental images and words.

When I see someone, I see my own mental representations of the person, and these come with stories, interpretations, and much more. Even my sense of a me or I is created by images and stories.

So when I relate to someone a certain way, it’s really something else happening. There is an image of me and an image of the other, and those two together bring up a certain way of relating to that person.

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When I relate to someone in a certain way, something else is really happening. It’s all happening within and between images. It’s images of me/I and the other and other images and stories creating a certain way for this imagined I/me to relate to the other.

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