Giving mind permission to stay identified

Giving full permission to mind to stay identified – whether it’s another person, oneself, or a subpersonality – is an act of love, and it’s also aligning with reality. Reality already gives mind full permission to stay identified.

As long as mind is identified with a thought saying that nonidentified mind is better, identified mind is struggling with itself, and there is – almost inevitably – a sense of ambivalence or stuckness.

And as soon as mind gives itself full permission to stay identified, or that possibility is considered, there may be some movement. Mind is disoriented by the sudden freedom. Notices that it doesn’t really want to stay identified. And finds a more peaceful and clear intention to shift its allegiance to non-identification.

Adyashanti will sometimes do this, and Barry did it as well in our last session.

Are you ready to shift allegiance to clarity? I don’t know. You are free to do it either way. I won’t judge you. You have complete freedom. Life (God) gives you complete freedom, and there is no judgment either way.

Note: As I mentioned above, life (God) already gives mind full permission to stay identified, and there is no judgment either way. This is not a “trick” in that sense, it’s just pointing out and finding alignment with what’s already here.

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Identified mind

I notice I like the term identified mind. It’s simple, clear, and fits my experience.

Mind identifies with/as an image or thought, and a few different things happen.

There is a sense of I, and of being that I. There is a sense of separation.

There is usually a sense of a me, a human being in the world, and identification as this me.

There is identification with/as the viewpoint of the image or thought. It’s held as true, to the exclusion of other – apparently contradictory – images or viewpoints.

A should, need and/or want comes out of this identification, and it seems real.

This identification may trigger a range of emotions – from happiness and elation (when the world aligns with the should, need, want) to sadness and anger (when it doesn’t).

And non-identified mind is still here. Love is still here. Intelligence is still here. A quiet guidance is still here. At most, it’s not noticed since mind is distracted telling itself it’s identified, trying to make the identity created from it appear real and solid, and getting caught up in a range of related images and thoughts.

Since mind is free of identification (clear, awake, love) and identified (caught up in images, thoughts) at the same time, it’s possible to notice both at the same time. And that brings about a shift. From being apparently completely caught up in identification, there is a shift into (a) noticing both there at once, and (b) perhaps a softening of identification (it tends to happen, although it’s not needed for noticing).

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