Do you remember when you were a child? Every day you woke up without a to do list. You were open to what came. The universe provided for you in the form of your parents or some other caregiver. You spent the whole day running and playing and enjoying whatever came up. If you grew up in a decent home, It was a time full of happiness and light.
Then one day you are given things called responsibilities. At first these are even fun. You make a game out of helping mommy clean. You go to school and learn fascinating things like colors, shapes and numbers. As you get older, you are given more and more of these "responsibilities". People start telling you that you must decide what you are going to do with your life and you must work hard towards it. You must decide who you want to be. You must forge an identity.
They tell you that being productive and finding a purpose is what makes us happy. But how can that be? Happiness and freedom were experienced as a child when we had none of those things. Most adults are not all that happy. There are moments of happiness but most of the day is spent doing and being so immersed in activity that we don't really have to feel. As children, we fully enjoyed every activity now we do stuff to get stuff done and there really is not joy in it. So how is being productive making us happy?
There is this idea that the whole world would fall apart if people just did whatever they wanted. There would be mayhem, crime, the economy would collapse or maybe just extreme boredom. If people are still guided by their egos, false sense of self, their past & negative self talk, then, yes, that is what would happen. However, if we realized that what we are is so much bigger than our thoughts and that consciousness still moves through the body, our world would be okay. In animals, we call it instinct. Somehow they still eat, find shelter, have relationships, take care of their young and move throughout their day.
The Dog Whisperer, Ceaser Milan, often talks about how dogs that run in packs and do not interact with humans, have no psychological problems. They develop those problems by interacting with humans and picking up on their psychosis. That is how powerful the human mind is.
In asylums, you find people so caught up in their psychosis that they don't even realize that there is a world outside of the one they have created in their minds. The reality is that the majority of humans are insane. We are so caught up in our thoughts, that we don't realize they are not true. What makes it so heinous is that it is an accepted insanity and in many ways encouraged. In the asylum, the psychologist diagnosis the problem and comes up with treatments that could possibly heal the patient. Our world wide egoic insanity is harder to stop because the diagnosis has to come from us. There has to be a moment of realization and a driving force to change. For most of us, that is not going to happen.
If we realize our global insanity, the fabric of society will change because most of our lives are about maintaining an identity and greed. Working for a dollar that is not backed by gold and essentially worthless and trying to maintain an image of who we are and what we represent. Nature, which is really what our bodies are in tune with, does not value any of these. That is why we go through periods where we feel out of sync with life. We search for meaning in religion, spirituality,possessions, identity, jobs, titles and other people because we have lost touch with nature and what we intrinsically are. We are so lost that we destroy our own planet and health through industry in the service of greed. This constant need for more, more, more is there because we are trying to fill the huge void our own minds have built.
Our freedom will never come by doing more, and being more. You cannot be more. You are complete already.
We honor activity as a virtue. You are not the doer though action occurs through the body.
What to do, what to say is mind.
The mind cannot intimidate the pure self, only the idea of who we are.
The absence of ego is freedom & pure joy.
Find that which cannot fall away.
Mind can only bring a doubt when there is a possibility of doubt.