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Why release everything you believe?

 

Because belief is the only reason you cannot experience True Happiness.  Let go of belief and Happiness is all there Is.

The first thing to know about beliefs is that they are made up of “concepts”.   Concepts are ideas formed by conditions that feed the mind.

 

  • For example, a child does not have any idea of “right” or “wrong” until that child is taught “right” and “wrong”.  So, the conditions that taught the child right and wrong are the conditions that form the concepts of right and wrong and likewise form the beliefs about what things are right and what things are wrong.


Concepts are like clouds; clouds block the sun and concepts block the direct experience of the True Self.  

 

  • The sun is not gone when clouds block it, it’s just that the sun cannot be directly experienced because it is being blocked by clouds.

 

  • The True Self is not gone when concepts block It, it’s just that the True Self cannot be directly experienced because It is being blocked by concepts.

(It is helpful to Realize that the True Self is Complete.  Being Complete, there is no sense of separation from anything/everything.  So, without a sense of separation, there is no use for concepts about a mind-made world.  As concepts dissolve, the mind-made world dissolves and the Actual World is revealed as Complete Perfection.  Complete Perfection does not believe in concepts like the mind does because Complete Perfection is Complete Perfection.  Instead of “thinking” about a world, Complete Perfection simply Is the World.)

 

  • The clouds clear and the sun is right there.
  • The concepts clear and the True Self is right Here. 
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Let’s look at the concepts in the example beliefs below to get a better sense of how this works.

example belief #1:

You are a good person if you __________.  (For the sake of this example, let’s just say, recycle.)

So, “you are a good person if you recycle.”

 

Let’s explore that belief by looking at the concepts within it.

concept 1: “you”

“you” assumes that “you” are what the mind thinks you are: the body, its appearance, its upbringing, etc.  (This is not actually True.  The mind thinks that it is you and if you are paying attention to the mind, then this may seem true, but just because something seems true does not make it so.)

concept 2: “good”

Somewhere along the way the mind learned that some things are “good”, which implies that other things are “bad”. One mind’s idea of good is another mind’s idea of bad, or strange, or wrong, simply because it isn’t that particular mind’s idea of good. Therefore, “good” is a concept because it is a mental idea that is dependent on a particular condition.

concept 3: “person”

“person” is a concept used to identify the bodily form that the senses recognize.

concept 4: “recycle”

“recycle”, in its simplest term, means to reuse something.  Seems innocent enough, right? Well, it isn’t.

Put all those mental concepts together and you have a belief that “you” are the body and its beliefs and you are good or bad depending on something that you do or don’t do, particularly something that other minds have deemed good or bad for you.

This is where the hurting part comes in. The most basic hurt is the hurt of identifying with something that you are not (the mind and all of its beliefs).  Everything else after that gets added on to that basic hurt.

In this example, if you recycle, then you are a good person. The hurts beyond the hurt of identifying with the mind are:

Your goodness is dependent on conditions, which means you can go from good to bad, bad to good in a hurry. Which also means you’ve got to know what’s considered good and bad so that you stay the course. Which also means some people are good and some are bad and usually, you are better than some and less good than others. Which also means that cycle goes on and on and on.

That cycle does not feel good. That cycle feels like something’s always got to change, like something’s always missing, like all the effort in the world is pointless.  At least that’s how it felt for me before I stopped engaging.  Let’s take a look at example belief #2.

     example belief #2: 

                                                                       “Gravity is a fact.”

Let’s look at the concepts within the belief that gravity is a fact.

concept 1: “gravity

“gravity” is a word used to describe a phenomenon of interaction between physical bodies.  The word “gravity” is simply a made-up word used to describe a phenomenon.  The word “gravity” is not the phenomenon, the phenomenon is the phenomenon.  If you call gravity some other made-up word like, “bloopity,” it does not change the phenomenon, it simply changes what a mind calls the phenomenon.

“Gravity” then, is a mental concept and not an actual thing.  When clearing all mental concepts, even concepts like “gravity” get released.  Releasing “gravity” does not mean that the body no longer experiences “gravity” once it releases “gravity”.  Releasing “gravity” simply means that the mind no longer possess a concept about a phenomenon.  The phenomenon formerly thought of as “gravity” is simply free to be itself, whatever it is.

It may seem strange to release something so seemingly innocent as a term called “gravity”, but when the mind possess even one belief, it acts like a drug addict.  The mind needs that belief like a drug addict needs its next fix.  The mind has to find ways for that belief to make sense like a drug addict has to find a way to get high.  The mind defends that belief, fights for it, argues for it, and gets angry when it is challenged; a drug addict defends the need for drugs, fights for them, argues for them, and gets angry when something gets in its way.

Just one mental concept in the mind is enough to keep the addiction going.  That’s why every mental concept gets released, every single one.

concept 2: “fact”

“fact” is one of those sneaky concepts.  It acts like it’s real and true just because it’s called “fact”.  Concepts are only called “facts” because enough minds have agreed to call them “facts”.  But just because a mind says something doesn’t mean it’s true.  In Actuality, nothing a mind says is true.  Only the direct experience of Truth is True, not the words used to describe It.

Let’s check out example belief #3.

example belief #3:

                                                  insert one of “your” mind’s beliefs here.  

 

Look for the concepts within the belief.  (Look for thoughts that have been learned.)

concept 1:

concept 2:

concept 3:

concept …..

Spend some time with the belief and the concepts within it.

Notice how it feels to possess the belief.

Notice how it feels to have the belief challenged.

Notice how it feels to not have the belief at all.

What if you never learned that belief?

Would the sun still feel warm without being called a sun and without a word used to describe it?

The Clear Mind recognizes that the material world is an illusion and possessing beliefs about that illusion causes pain.  Without a mind full of mental concepts, mental possessions, the Clear Mind experiences a material world that is still an illusion, however, it is an illusion without pain.  Contrary to what a mind might think, pain is not a necessary experience. Pain is simply an excuse to stay addicted to thought.

 

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