May 21, 2006

Things happen. The mind, or thought, slaps a label on it. Interprets what happens, maybe even gives it meaning. A story may start, the stringing together of several thoughts, until a whirlwind of “reality” is “created.” People say we create our reality with thought, but I would say that reality is…..and then thought attempts to translate, explain, own, or label what is.

All that time we thought that we were in charge, that we were “creating” our circumstances. But it was just what was happening! Then, looking at it through our particular lens of conditioning, habits, and patterns, stories were created to define, or explain what was happening. But none of it was true. What happens is just what happens. And our “story” of it makes it feel good or bad, right or wrong for the “me” that we think we are.

What if the thoughts that come up about life, happenings, people, etc,. were just allowed to pass through, without holding on, resisting, or rejecting? What if “what is” in the moment was just registered….allowed to be? What if we did not believe the thoughts that try to translate what is happening right now? What would happen to reality, to “us?” Would the whole shebang just dissolve into nothingness?

Now I understand why B.K. says that “reality is always kinder than our thoughts about it.” Without an investment in the “translation,” what is, is simply experienced, registered, so to speak. It’s the story about it that causes problems….or not….but I see that what thought has labeled as meaning this or that is completely wrong! It’s just a label, it has no reality whatsoever. It is not what is happening, it’s a definition of what is happening, based on what is known from the past, from what was learned, heard, memorized, etc….a dead image of no substance at all! Reality IS kinder than our labels, and I don’t know how I know that.

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