“Listen to your being. It is continuously giving you hints; it is a still, small voice. It does not shout at you, that is true. And if you are a little silent you will start feeling your way. Be the person you are. Never try to be another, and you will become mature. Maturity is accepting the responsibility of being oneself, whatsoever the cost. Risking all to be oneself, that’s what maturity is all about.” ― Osho
You can’t escape your thoughts, no matter how hard you try.
You might think you can manipulate them — negative to positive — but that’s delusional…on so many fronts.
And, you can’t turn them off.
But are you your thoughts?
Hold that for a moment.
How do you know you have thoughts? What!
Something or someone witnesses those thoughts. But there’s something beyond that: the awareness of the awareness, i.e. G_d.
In any event, who cares about all this thought analysis? Not enough people judging by what we see in the world. In case you hadn’t noticed, we live in the experience of our thoughts and wrong-headed actions rather than a place of peace, harmony and love.
For me, as someone who’s crossed all manner of personal development paths, I no longer have any doubt that the moment I become aware of my thinking self is the moment I find myself, not the egoic version but true self (as Thomas Merton would say). But it’s a fine line: you can easily become egoic in seeking, just as easily as you can in not seeking.
Although I’ve not quoted Osho’s most famous quote, “Be. Drop becoming”, it is for me the perfect metaphor for me and my work. The moment we stop chasing the next fix, grasping hold of the next positive experience and always wishing the un-wishable into existence, is the moment we relax into our inner wholeness.
Is there a technique for any of this ‘no mind’ stuff? No, not really. Observing is a start but the truth is until we disidentify from our thoughts, we’re going to be lost in one story after another. And most of them I’m sad to say take us further away, not closer towards, who we truly are.