Judy Cohen: “Inner” is a concept

“Inner” is a concept, a thought, a notion. It’s not real. There is no inner.
“Deeper” is a notion. “Levels” is a notion.

“The unconscious” is a notion.

These ideas are widely accepted without examination, and that doesn’t make them real, accurate or even helpful.

An entirely different, perhaps experience-altering perspective might arise if it was possible to consider, even a little, that these concepts taken so for granted are not real.

– Judy Cohen on FaceBook

Judy Cohen: What makes these sensations “negative”?

Anger, fear, sadness, heaviness, contraction, pressure.

What makes these sensations “negative”? What’s negative about them?

– Judy Cohen on Facebook

That’s what I have wondered since I first heard someone using those words.

They clearly have a survival function. They are selected for because they help us survive.

They have a function in everyday life. They help us navigate and communicate.

And “negative” is a label, taught to us from culture. Someone first came up with that label, and the attitude behind it, and – somehow – this “meme” caught on and was transmitted between people and generations in our particular culture.

Of course, I too somehow respond to these thinking they shouldn’t be here, or that something is wrong if they visit. That’s very normal having been brought up in a culture with these views and responses. I wanted to be a good boy, so I did as my parents and others did. I learned to see them in this way. And I can explore that – and find a different relationship with all of it – through inquiry. Either intentional and explicit inquiry, such as The Work or the Living Inquiries. Or inquiry that’s just an ordinary curiosity as part of everyday life, or kindness practices (towards these parts of me, and the parts of me responding to them as “bad”) such as ho’oponopono, loving kindness, holding satsang with what’s here, tonglen, the heart prayer, and more.

Judy Cohen: So many of us do inquiry to fix what’s broken in us

So many of us do inquiry to fix what’s broken in us. We’re intent on fixing. But at what cost?

Steve Jobs was a brilliant innovator. He was also an angry, bossy, opinionated control freak. The angry came with the brilliance. That was the package.

Can we know that “fixing” Steve Jobs and cleaning up that attitude wouldn’t have swept out the brilliance along with the angry?

Are we absolutely certain that fixing us is a good plan?

– Judy Cohen on Facebook

I can see this part of me, the one that wants to fix me, and even wants to put other things on wait until I am sufficiently fixed.

Judy Cohen: Feelings are just another thought

Feelings are just another thought.
– Judy Cohen

A feeling or emotion is here. I find it in my body, and bring attention to it.

I close my eyes and notice the mental image I have of that feeling or emotion. I notice it’s color, shape, texture. I place that image in a frame and put it on the wall, in my mind’s eye. That helps me notice it is really an image. It’s not anything else.

I bring attention to the sensations. What’s here in pure sensations?

In this way, I see that feelings and emotions is really a thought. It’s a label. It’s an image or thought that labels and interprets. It’s not what’s really here.

And it is what’s really here, as a thought, and as a full bodied experience when it’s solidified and held as true.