“ ... It's just a thought
But I've noticed somethin' strange,
Gettin' harder to explain;
All the years are passin' bye and bye,
Still I don't know what makes it go;
Who said to wait and you'll see?
It's just a thought
But the word has come too late
That a bad idea will take
Just about a lifetime to explain,
And don't you see,
Good one's gonna be much longer;
Who's gonna wait, just to see? ... “
~ Creedence Clearwater Revival ~ It’s Just A Thought ~
Those moments when you move past the body, past the surface and you face the mirror of your own faults, your own limitations, your own darkness. Your responsibilities, your choices ... everything in your life is all down to you.
How do we learn to deal with this revelation and how do we move through it. We keep going, acknowledge it and own up. And we tend to measure our strength by it. Yet our minds will create doubts and escape thoughts when the mirror is reflected back. Unless we shift from thinking to awareness.
Thinking is thought intensive while awareness is presence or simple attention in the moment. Thinking is when our mind creates thoughts about the situation we are in. Awareness is when our attention is focused on the situation simply observing with our senses. We are aware thought what we see, hear, feel, smell and taste. Thinking separates us from the immediacy of the situation as awareness gives us direct perception of the situation ... allowing us to perceive it more accurately.
... thought does not have an existence that is independent of awareness ...
And so do we attempt to deny thinking? Not possible. Denying any form of thought is denying awareness itself. To deny thought is to make an assumption that is not based on reality. Awareness is empty and not a form or a thing. IT has no qualities, no beginning and no end. It is neither good or bad, right or wrong, here or there. It is non dual.
... Your entire story, your body, and everything else that happens to "you" are merely objects appearing and disappearing in timeless, non conceptual awareness.
The objects themselves are empty ...
Awareness is awake right now, always, ready and present. It is prior to anything you think about yourself. The thought based, time bound story of you is fiction. It is peaceful and still. it is presence awareness.
And so if we take a moment to suspend thought in order to directly recognize awareness, we reveal who we are. In that moment, we allow ourselves to fully arise ... and observe ... non conceptual awareness.
Through non conceptual awareness, we view the final seeing, pointing away from attachment to the intellect, form, thought. We realize that thoughts are not separate from awareness. The distinction itself is a creation of thought.