Our mind (mental) continually bases itself on beliefs that if finds reassuring.
This information is stored in memory and becomes the basis of what we think we know. To form itself the ego assimilates what is perceived like a neurotic eater. Everything is taken, stolen from the world, to become “his” or “her.”
By appropriating itself what is seen, somehow, the ego builds himself comfortable limits by eliminating “what is not known” and what is a source of anxiety.
Thus, a new experience, when it is possible, will be likened to another that we already have in memory. What is new, different or too far from what we know, will be transformed to be acceptable. This phenomenon, invisible and concealed, is of an incredible finesse that makes it difficult to consciously experience.
The practice is often paved by attempts of news, direct experience, that can enable us to get our head out of our prejudices, to see things differently.
From our childhood, we record information that shape our ego. This “box” will become “what we believe.” Environment, education and our genetics define this “character”. With all this, we lay the ground for the prejudices that allow the ego to take over the world.
Reality, “what is”, is interpreted by our perception and becomes “what appears to be.” We perceive, this is matched with our personal database, the ego takes it over, and it is stored in a familiar form so as not to disturb the stability of our character. So we do not see a tree, a sunset or our companion, but just a reminiscence of what is already in memory. No novelty, therefore we get bored, so we start thinking.
If we try to explain to someone what we believe we perceived it often becomes “what we tell (ourselves)”… and then a deep divide creates itself over the initial perception.
What was already interpreted by our mental assimilation suffers another ego interpretation through the regurgitation: it is the photocopy syndrome, the more copies, the further away from the original the copy is.
When referencing to what we have in stock (memories and beliefs), and not to what we see, we cut ourselves off from reality. Moreover, by this habit of always referring to the known, we get to the culmination of prejudice: the guesstimation.
Knowing “what we believe” we offer the world a few sorted possibilities based on the acceptable things we deign to perceive. We project so much about the universe that we perceive only what strengthens us mentally, what flatters our ego.
We put in this jumble our moods, our hopes, our brooding and all this “obscures the light.”
We can summarize by saying that the source of all this pathological functioning is Fear.
This operation will spread to the world and especially to others. Thus, we expect from our relationships and from our exchanges that everything goes in the direction of our ego. If this is not the case, we will filter the collected information enough to keep only what reinforces our sweet madness.
We also have the ability to avoid certain situations, more or less consciously, in order not to perceive what bothers us.
The Practice tends to eliminate prejudices, in order to perceive clearly. It will go in the opposite direction of everything that has been listed.
We will discover “presence” and confront us with our fear, if we can bear it, to wake up a little and go from a viscous unconsciousness to a light version of it.
In this state of “waking”, we will have, through the teaching, moments of clear perceptions that will be a new basis for the beginning of the rest of our lives.
Traditionally, we start with ourselves. We will look beyond what we believe and we will try to know ourselves. This encounter with our mental functioning and our dissociation with it, will be a first approach.
Then, through specific exercises in a gradual evolution, we will go towards a liberation of perception.
This ability to perceive is incredibly pleasant, the benefits are numerous, for example, the disappearance of boredom and the ability to continuously discover what is already know…
After this groundwork, we are surprised to see that there is something else than we: the World. After having developed this ability of self-discovery, we will apply it to “this that is not us.”
We have a series of exercises that will enable us to perceive the world and others with this acquired freedom. Exchanges with others, our ability to communicate and respect the world will change because of these practices.
In an opening where I do not take my mental mind as a reference, in this release of a new perception every second, all of my practice will “crystallize” to get a coherence.
It is tedious and unrealistic to believe that a spontaneous work without structure can free the mind. In most cases, those who work without a teacher only manage to reinforce their already suffering ego.
How can we reduce the power of the mind if we can not even rely on tradition and alleviate the organ of thought?
Some speak of a fear of being manipulated, but in reality, it is often just Fear