“To be or not to be“; Shakespeare wrote this so well. Thought processes about “being” are constantly overshadowing our existence. This is not what “being” is about. The mind left to its devices such as creative intelligence, emotions and mental conditioned reactions can be very damaging to our form consciousness. These elements cause patterns and habits to develop. Most of which are not usually compatible with our state of consciousness. I have been doing some research lately on our tendency for searching.
The mind demands, wants and needs. However does the seer demand to know? Does the seer insist on developing concepts, ideas or desire? Additionally does the seer then frantically attempt to find any of these imposed concepts or desires. I feel that “no” it does not. The seer that appears to be in each of us is not really “in” us; we are in “it”. Here again the word “seer” has been established to define something that can not be defined. This is what we humans have been doing for millenniums as the mind repeated attempts to explain the unexplainable.
Being the Tao
We insist on categorizing something that can not be defined and definitely not categorized. Also nothing that I write here can be seen as truly real; it is definitely not absolute. Lao Tzu wrote something very appropriate concerning the above statements. Chapter one of “Tao Te Ching” assures us that:
“The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named is not the eternal name
The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
The named is the mother of myriad things
Thus, constantly without desire, one observes its essence
Constantly with desire, one observes its manifestations
These two emerge together but differ in name
The unity is said to be the mystery
Mystery of mysteries, the door to all wonders”
Does Lao Tzu suggest that we find the balance between what we “think” we know; thus have named it and what we “feel” (Life energy and consciousness) but can never be truly named? Releasing our frantic hold on “searching” and “knowing” would elevate us far above the minds frantic attempts to hold us as a slave to its devices. There is one particular area of spirituality that has been plaguing me recently.
Awareness and Being
This use of the word “plaguing” is to indicate that I began to question my own insight into a word that is often used in spirituality. The word is “being”. I; as is true for many others, use the word “being” to signify something that we “feel” “is” but we generally still don’t know how to be, “being” or to experience it. I began to question my own understanding of “being”. However I didn’t so much question my understanding of it as much as I questioned my awareness of “it”.
I hope that this is not becoming too confusion. I wish to say that similar to many “words” or “objects” in our existence we started to concentrate more on the word or meaning of “being” instead of its actuality (just being). Humankind’s difficulty (loss of inner form balance to life) results for this very fact.
Do we really “need” to determine what “being” implies? I have a feeling that here again it is the mind mental chatter that irritates our natural act of “feeling” what “being” is in our existence. It might be more conducive to practice mind / thought release skills. These will ensure that our form consciousness will not become entangled in mind produced complexities.
We all know / feel beyond any doubt what “being” is; we do it in every second, in every moment. It may be much more significant for us to expel the useless mind derived structures and behavior patterns of our form existence. “Being” will then prevail as it is; universal.