Words to Wish Through
Words mean many things to many people. Often, there is sort of a common or ordinary meaning of words that people absorb through societal media-tion, like television. Of course, as J Krishnamurti said, "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
So for some, especially those shifting to a more Heart-mind journey, the words we use have a greater significance in that the Heart-mind has a substantially different quality than the Head-mind.
So let's look at a phrase and discern how to view it through the Heart-mind. The phrase will be "infused with the core values of integrity/1, respect/2, and compassion/3."
1. Integrity. In society (which is predominantly Head-minded) this word implies moral honesty,...which to a Heart-minded person is an oxymoron. Thus, a Heart-minded person would look for the root of the word for better clarity.
Integrity arises from the word integrite, which points to soundness or wholeness,...thus integrity would describe a quality of honesty or uncorruptedness.
Morality to a Heart-minded person would fall closer to Osho's definition. Osho said,“Morality can only be imposed from without when we are asleep. It can only be pseudo, false, a façade, it cannot become your real being…morality is bound to be nothing but a deep suppression. You cannot do anything while asleep; you can only suppress. And through morality, you will become false. You will not be a person, but simply a “persona”—just a pseudo-entity. . . . Only a dishonest person can be moral.
The preachers have convinced the whole world that “you are all sinners.” This is good for them because unless you are convinced, their profession cannot continue. You must be sinners; only then can churches, temples and mosques continue to prosper. Your being in sin is their success. [Churches] are built on your guilt, on your sin, on your inferiority complex. Thus, they have created an inferior humanity.
We condemn the real and we enforce the unreal, because the unreal is going to be helpful in an unreal society and the unreal is going to be convenient…A child is born in a society, and a society is already there with its fixed rules, regulations, behaviors and moralities which the child has to learn.
When he will grow he will become false. Then children will be born to him, and he will help make them false, and this goes on and on. What to do?”
2. Respect. Oddly, in today's society a footnote of the definition of respect says, "Archaic . a consideration." Consideration would be the definition that a Heart-minded person would use. Today's society appears to use the term as showing respect for the flag, for religion, for a persons perceived accomplishments, or respect for anothers judgments when they coincide with our own, that is, what we were media-ted to believe.
3. Compassion. This is a word that has a much different meaning for the Heart-minded than the Head-minded. The teacher Chögyam Trungpa had a decent definition. He said, “Compassion is not so much feeling sorry for somebody, feeling that you are in a better place and somebody is in a worse place. Compassion is not having any hesitation to reflect your light on things. That reflection is an automatic and natural process, an organic process. As light has no hesitation, no inhibition about reflecting on things, it does not discriminate whether to reflect on a pile of shit or on a pile of rock or on a pile of diamonds. It reflects on everything it faces.”
For a Heart-mind person, words like integrity, respect, and compassion implies non-avoidance, not appeasing,...consideration of root essence over learned behavior,...Righteous Intolerance of anything that steps between people and their direct experience, not a tolerance of beliefs.
A hall-mark of a Heart-minded person is that they are emancipated from hope. Those on the Heart path realize that to access the heart necessitates healing the heart of the barriers built against it. Hope is perhaps the most significant barrier to an open heart. No one with hope can ever access the Heart-mind.
Hope is a one-way, masculine view of reality. To allow the Heart-mind to be comprehensible, you must let go of all that steps between you and your direct experience. Our culture however, honors moderates and appeasers for their activities in supporting ignorance, injustice, dishonesty, and the perpetuation of fear and hope.
Is there a more pernicious word than hope? Hope is an expectation, an anticipation of some future event or an expected payoff. No matter how we view or define that word, hope is false, and unless we acknowledge the false as the false, then we will experience no transcendence to fuller spiritual awareness.
A wish is not a hope. A wish, as in the bodhisattva’s wish for the liberation of all sentient beings, however, is not synonymous with hope. Hope belongs to an anticipation of the future, something that is not. In the reality of light and love, there is nothing that we do not already have. However, our conventional, ego-bound beliefs attempt to keep us from that understanding. Hope originates from memory and beliefs, yet memory and beliefs are nothing more than conditions endlessly repeating themselves, and thus they keep us from realizing truth. Hope sustains a hollowness or falsity of the heart. A wish, on the other hand, is an impulse towards fruition or realization without predisposition, an intentional invocation that allows spirit to flow and the heart to be open.
A wish can open us to shamatha. Shamatha is the effortless tranquility upon one’s centers of gravity through which luminosity is realized. Once one has transcended the illusions of fear and hope, ease is wholly accessible. Any intention that arises from or is filtered through fear or hope maintains a fundamental connection with the false or pseudo-centers which are barriers to Heart-mind.
Letting go of hope softens us and nurtures ease. A mind in fear, a mind in hope, a mind caught up in the impermanence of duality cannot be at ease.
Letting go means letting go. Let go of beliefs. Let go of the past, future, fear, hope, and all the object-ive views of what you think you are. The path of object-ive reality doesn’t lead anywhere. It is simply a life of continuous effort to feel almost satisfied.
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