The Reactive Mind

Through Gnosis we come to understand the link between our inner state and external events. Our individual psychology creates our reality. We view the world through spectacles tinted with the color of our moods and thoughts. How a person behaves and the situations he attracts are flavored by his own psychology. The outside world is a reflection of the inside. Thus reality may be quite different from our experience of it.  

Example, a friend, whom I haven´t seen in ages, turns up at my door at 9pm. We go out and have a few drinks together. After some drinking and reminiscing, I crawl home much the worse for wear. I forget to set the alarm and wake up late for work. Then I realize I forgot to put gas in the car, which puts me further behind. By the time I´m on the road, rush hour traffic is heavy. I get irritable, turn into an aggressive driver, and in a split of a second  I drive into the back of the car in front me. Eventually I arrive to work only to be told that I had requested the day off! Our consciousness is asleep. We operate as automatons, reacting to the circumstances that life presents us. Ninety percent of our life is the outcome of our reactions. It is time to wake up and cancel our obligations with the wheel of samsara!   

A great master said: “Seek enlightenment for all else will be added on to you.”

Enlightenment’s worst enemy is the ‘I’. It is necessary to know that the ‘I’ is a knot in the flow of existence, a fatal obstruction in the flow of life free in its movement.

A master was asked: “Which is the way?” 

“There it is, right before your eyes,” the master answered him.

“Why can I not see it?”

“Because you have egotistical ideas.”

“Will I be able to see it, sir?”

“As long as you have a dualistic vision and you say: I cannot and so on, your eyes will be blinded by that relative vision.”

“When there is no I nor you, can it be seen?”

“When there is no I nor you, who wants to see?”

The foundation of the ‘I’ is the dualism of the mind. The ‘I’ is sustained by the battle of the opposites.

All thinking is founded on the battle of the opposites. If we say: so and so is tall, we want to say that he is not short. If we say that we are entering, we want to say that we are not exiting. If we say that we are happy, with that we affirm that we are not sad, etc.

The problems of life are nothing but mental forms with two poles: one positive and the other negative. Problems are sustained by the mind and are created by the mind.

When we stop thinking on a problem, the latter ends inevitably. Happiness and sadness; pleasure and pain; good and evil; victory and defeat, constitute the battle of the opposites on which the ‘I’ is founded.
The entire miserable life that we live goes from one opposite to another: victory, defeat; like, dislike; pleasure, pain; failure, success; this, that, etc.

We need to free ourselves of the tyranny of the opposites; this is only possible by learning to live from instant to instant without abstractions of any type, without dreams, without fantasies.

Hast thou observed how the stones of the road are pale and pure after a torrential rain? One can only murmur an “Oh!” of admiration. We should comprehend that “Oh!” of things without deforming that divine exclamation with the battle of the opposites.

They asked the master Bokujo: “Do we have to dress and eat daily? How could we escape from this?”

The master replied: “We eat, we get dressed.”

“I do not comprehend,” said the disciple.

“Then get dressed and eat,” said the master.

This is precisely action free of the opposites: Do we eat, do we get dressed? Why make a problem of that? Why think of other things while we are eating and getting dressed?
If you are eating, eat; if you are getting dressed, get dressed and if you are w on the street, walk, walk, walk, but do not think of something else, do only what you are doing, do not run away from facts, do not fill them with so many meanings, symbols, sermons and warnings. Live them without allegories, live them with a receptive mind from instant to instant.

Comprehend that I am talking to you about the path of action, free of the painful battle of the opposites.

Action without distractions, without evasions, without fantasies, without abstractions of any kind.

Change thy character, beloved, change it through intelligent action, free of the battle of the opposites. When the doors are closed to fantasy, the organ of intuition is awakened.

Action, free of the battle of the opposites, is intuitive action, full action; where there is plenitude, the I is absent.