A Still Mind Reflects The World

A still mind manifests pure subjectivity.

Michael Papas
Mind Cafe

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Bessi from Pixabay

Alan Watts, in a lecture from the deepest audio archives, reported on the wisdom of a spiritual master.

The master instructed: a still mind reflects the world. Let the mind be still, and become the world. Still the mind, and note the barriers between you and the world break down.

With those barriers dissolved, see that you are the world. You’re not an object in it. You are it.

You didn’t come into the world. You came out of it. When you still the mind, your experience resolves in this way, as pure subjectivity.

Let me explain in more grounded terms.

You look at a tree. If the mind is bustling, you don’t just see the tree. The tree triggers a thought. Which triggers another thought. Which triggers a feeling. Which triggers an action to respond to the feeling. Which long-term produces a patterned response to emotion. Which is explained away by the mind by weaving a fiction about why the action was taken in the first place. Which fiction is incorporated as a feature of the character that is ‘you’. Which produces illusion, or otherwise a psychic break from the world as it is.

But let’s say the mind is still. Then the tree just… is. It’s not even a ‘tree’. ‘Tree’ is a…

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Michael Papas
Mind Cafe

Insights from neuroscience, non-dual mindfulness, and psychedelics to upgrade your awareness. For gigs or just to chat, get me at michaelpwriting@gmail.com.