Releasing True Nature

Since the dawn of time, humans have felt the need to create images or effigies in the material world. The most ancient surviving examples are around 13,000 years old and were quite recently unearthed at Gobekli Tepe, thought to be the first monumental building, in south-eastern Turkey.

It is useful to think about why we do this.  Before we could read or write, before the emergence of technology or pottery, our ancestors were moved to create something on the material plane using materials of the Earth to focus their attention on. Protection from the unknown?  Celebration of the invisible? Markers to send messages into the sky?  

We can make a beautiful image or effigy as an outward signal, or as a representation of something inside. We can create an image for ourselves or for others.  Our motivation to do this may come from a profound sense of gratitude or awe, or to communicate with something invisible, or perhaps to convey some message or display as a badge to our communities.  It may separate or unite us with its audience.

But there are some image makers who sculpt uttering a prayer or mantra for each strike of their chisel or each rub of their file. Their motivation is to release the true nature of all beings so that the planet will become a land of permanence, of bliss, of true self and purity.

These sculptors etch the divinity of each being into the hearts of all spectators with a wish to transport them into an eternity of purity and true happiness so that universal balance will be restored or maintained.  

Look out upon beautiful images with your physical eyes, then look inside upon your own unique permanent beauty.

Images courtesy of megapixyl.com (all licenses at lindenthorp@gmail.com) and Mariko Kinoshita

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Beliefs

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Why do humans lay such store by what they believe? ‘Belief’ seems to be the ‘real thing:’ it has the weight that makes ‘opinion’ flippant.

It asserts that something is true or exists, even in the invisible or unknown, which is converted into ‘faith.’ Then, you are forced to choose between faith and no faith, and each has its social consequences. This is the paraphernalia of belief.

But what you believe is of the Mind, born from thoughts which die the moment they are thought. It is a complex delusion because there is no ‘I’ to believe, and no other ‘I’ to believe in.

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Belief is fretted with arguments and comes from ignorance: it is actually hiding what you do not know.

When you know something, you just-know.

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The moment ‘you,’ the ‘believer,’ disappear, the divine enters because reality is One, not two.

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6th Point of Atisha’s 7 Point Mind Training

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1. Preliminaries

a) You are truth

b) Mind is Barrier

c) No-mind is the Door

2. Think that all phenomena are like Dreams

3. Examine the Nature of Unborn Awareness

4. Let the Remedy itself go free on its own

5. Settle in the Nature of basic Cognition, the essence. Relax. Do nothing.

Above are the first 5 points covered in previous daily posts. Read them calmly and swallow them into your unconscious mind. It is of no matter if you cannot ‘recall’ them or feel you ‘understand’ them completely: ‘recall’ and ‘understanding’ are functions of Mind and as we can see above, Mind is Barrier. Instead, just inhale the fragrance of them.

If you would like to see all the points in one article, then you can read Atisha’s training and my response (not commentary) at https://niume.com/post/212645; and http://lindenthorp.com/2017/01/04/atisha-and-the-7…-it-for-yourself/

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Point 6. Between Sessions consider Phenomena as…

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Soul Management: Atisha’s 3rd Point (7 Points of Mind Training)

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Point 1: the 3 Preliminaries

a) You are Truth  (https://niume.com/post/213775)

b) Mind is Barrier (https://niume.com/post/214873)

c) No-mind is the Door (https://niume.com/post/215633)

Point 2: Think that all phenomena are like dreams (https://niume.com/post/216613)

Those are Atisha’s Points so far. Keep these gems close to your heart not in your memory like knowledge! Feel the effect they have as you read them once more.

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Point 3: Examine the Nature of Unborn Awareness

You have experienced going beyond subject and object now. Now you know there is more to existence than just knowledge and thoughts. You have a tiny glimpse of your higher mind, your consciousness, your full awareness – an unaccustomed feeling of awe, of the unknown perhaps.

Your awareness is a crystal mirror, so look deeply into it pushing yourself to be as aware as possible, and you will speed away from any habitual thinking…

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