Thoughts causes energy in the body and can make us feel good or make us feel bad, that energy can feed our ego are it can feed our true self either one, It causes emotions that cause vibrations that affect the body and create our reality .
Here are some pointers on knowing weather you are feeding your ego with thoughts or your true self, your consciousness .
There are 3 ways of thinking; that will lead you to suffering
1. dwelling in past
Thoughts about the past while feeding the ego might bring about thoughts like:””
“Why did that happen to me, why did she leave me, I should have got that promotion, he screwed me over, my parents divorced when I was young, I was in an accident, I went through a hard time, I was attacked, I didn’t go to college” .
The body reacts; with depression, crying, sadness, not wanting to do anything, blaming others for everything that goes wrong in your life, unhappiness, and procrastination. Health Problems might be heart disease, fatigue, asthma, addiction etc..
Your reality will continue to bring about and manifest more things to continue those vibrations. People will step on you, use you, jobs will pass you by, relationships will go badly and there will be little change in your life.
2. Denying the now, while feeding the ego and fighting against what is , might be thoughts like this
“This should not be happening to me, do they know who I am, how dare them make me wait, I don’t have time for this, I can’t deal with this right now”
the body reacts with yelling, stumping feet, Being rude to people. frustration, irritation, and tension. Health problems might be headache, high blood pressure upset stomach, heart burn .
Your reality will continue to bring about situations where nothing is going right, people will not want to be around you, people will cut you off in traffic, accidents will occur mistakes will be made,
3. dwelling in the future: feeding the ego might be thoughts like this;
“I will be rich soon, tomorrow will be better, I will move up that latter soon, when the house is paid off, when we have more money, when I get my business in order, when I lose weight, someday soon, Then I will relax, and then I will spend time with my family, go on vacation etc.
The body reacts with worry, fear, anxiety, tension, stress, missing life, and regret. health problems may be addiction, heart problems, high cholesterol , obesity.
Your reality will continue to bring about things that get in your way, things that keep you down, things to fix, things that never get done, missing out on life, missing out on events kids growing up and you not noticing, cheating, relationship problems, divorce. etc…
The hardest part of changing any of these three thought patterns, outside of chronic disease is going to be addiction and I will explain why in a minute.
we cant stop thinking of the past it’s impossible… but we don’t need to hold on to the negative energy of the past, we can use the past as a knowledge base, for useful information. to remember experiences, that make us feel good to think about, we can use the past for knowing what not to do, like putting your hand in a fire, we know it will burn, we don’t need to keep doing it or reliving it.
We can’t live in the future there is no life in the future there’s only life in the now tomorrow will not come because tomorrow will be today again. its fun to imagine the future if your not missing out of what’s fun right now.
When we fight the now, push it away, resist it, it just persist. It’s silly to think we can change what’s already happen like somehow its going to change, back up, and go in reverse.
We only cause ourselves suffering , so what can we do to stop the madness . Stop thinking! that’s not likely to happen for any length of time although meditation is a wonderful option to clear the mind without thought if you can master it .
I would like to share with you the first verse of the Tao Te Ching it reads: “The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao, The name that can be named, is not the eternal Name.” Which mean we cannot be named, we are not our thoughts, someone may say: you are old, you are rich, you are poor, you are a big jerk, but that is not who we are.
A child only knows that the grass is called green, because they were taught it was called green . the true essence of the green grass cannot be named, like an infant seeing their hand for the first time, looking at it in awe, what do they know that we don’t.
Its more about what they don’t know… how to judge, label and name. When you look at a person without naming, judging, labeling, you will see a different person .
Krishnamurti once said, “When you teach a child that a bird is named ‘bird,’ the child will never see the bird the same again.
So how can we begin to choose to think in a way that serves us ? Can you change the past? can you change the future? In a sense yes. you can change it by changing your perception of it. without labeling it good, bad, unfair, giving up the fight against it.
Without preconceived perceptions, present in the now, without judgement, without attaching and Identifying it to self or previous perceptions of life experiences.
Many people look for love with a preconceived idea of what it should be . true love cannot be named, it’s not a thing to be given nor received. love is like a promise you keep.
People are truly happiest when they are in a state of alignment, balanced it their true self. present in the moment gives that feeling of balance and peace… that is why addiction may be your hardest challenge.
Many people will use drugs, alcohol there’s many different addictions besides drugs and alcohol , food , hoarding, cutting yourself, etc… whatever the high: Addiction will be your hardest fight against the ego (false self), because it feels like you might feel when you are present of coarse only momentarily so we are drawn to it. The more you drink or take the drug of choice the more the ego makes you think and feel present . But in reality you are so gone in the ego you can’t be present at all. Addictions cause a false sense of self many of us know the occasional drunk state, depending on how much you’ve have had to drink of coarse. We know this later when we sober up, you might remember thinking you could dance like Saturday Night Fever, or maybe you were god’s gift to every girl or guy at the bar, or you suddenly thought you should quit your day job and become a Karaoke DJ, yes the ego has taken you over completely.
Thinking is also an addiction:
being present is relaxing peaceful , even if it’s just a pretend presence. So the addiction continues. Causing its own problems of resentment, abandonment, loss, and the ego is there to tell us; feel guilty , you’re a loser, you don’t deserve to be loved, your thoughts will make excuses, I can’t cope, I’ve had a hard day , somebody screwed me over; I deserve a drink, I do it to unwind, I do it to relax. There’s nothing else to do. I can quit when I want. It’s not a problem, And the addiction goes on and on. It takes practice to stay present. But the more you do it the easier it gets. And the longer you practice the easier it gets. start with things that are not stressful like at home in the shower, relaxing. Try enjoying something without thought. And you will start to see things as you have never seen them before. Later you will be able to do it walking through a busy mall. And soon you start to feel true peace not the imaginary false peace of addictions.
The best things in life were created from a present mind .
Any creative thing in this world, a song, a great painting, a great movie script, anything that last in this world came from being present. And that is why we love music movies, painting, and other creative things, even creative places. We love activities that take presence like sports or rock climbing … things that take focus are appealing to people. We love sunsets, trees, blue skies, mountains , storms, snow and rain. These things are the creative presences of the universe. People tend to find cures, love, fame, success, by accident. Your car breaks down and someone stops to help you, suddenly you’ve met the love of your life. You find a rock, keep it as a pet, the idea sells, you make millions, food is left out and Penicillin is discovered and saves millions of lives. Many of our most important discoveries were found accidentally, discoveries just presented themselves, and the person that has discovered it was just present enough to notice it. Be in the now be present and see what you … notice.
What is an addiction:
Its a lie, its false, its like a person masqueraded as a friend, a friend making you feel better, a friend that’s always there for you, all along secretly trying to destroy you, giving up an addiction can be easier if we change our perspective of it, understand it’s intentions,
Give up the thoughts, stay present, stop dwelling on the past, future, stop resisting the now . Be present without judgment once you find the appreciation of the moment, with clarity, the momentum will increase and it will get easier and easier to find appreciation in the now the addiction will no longer control you.