reply to post by Harman
Excellent point! In fact, a variation of this is how I was able to, after years of trial, "break through" to where I wanted to be... which, is
nowhere but "in control".
The uncontrollable thoughts were so bad at first that they seemed like demons, intent on holding fast a barrier between me, and myself.
To me, this "barrier" is like a maze. When viewed face on, it appears as a solid wall. However, when viewed from above, the way becomes clear, as
the pathways are no longer camouflaged by the patterns and textures of the walls.
Armed with this new concept, I began my sessions by visualizing myself flying, looking down on my thoughts. I imagine my thoughts as vehicles on the
highways of consciousness, from the perspective of a bird flying high above. I would then begin to follow one of these thoughts. At this point, the
thought is not distinct, it's just one of the random thoughts flowing through my mind. As I follow from above, I gradually descend, getting closer
and closer to a particular thought. As I come down, fewer and fewer thoughts remain in my visual field. Sooner or later, I land "inside" the
thought I had been following. I visualize this as a high-tech vehicle of sorts, something out of the movie "Tron" for example. I can see a very
limited number of other thoughts, still zipping along the highways through the windows of this vehicle. Slowly, I extend my hands out in front of me,
grasping the control mechanism of this vehicle (steering wheel, joystick, whatever you like...). Once I have a firm grasp, I glance down, and see a
blinking button, on which is written "Auto-Pilot". Keeping a firm grip with one hand, I reach down with the other, saying to myself "here I go.",
and press the button. A display on the control panel indicates "Auto Pilot disengaged. Full manual control and navigation restored.". At this
point, I gently pull back on the controls (as you would in an airplane), and my thought-vehicle gradually begins to ascend, leaving all other thoughts
to race around the highways. Soon enough, no other "thoughts" are visible, and I'm free to "drive" anywhere I want.
Essentially, the mind is like a horse: better not to put it away wet. Your extra household junk doesn't just spontaneously appear in your storage
unit, it must be packed up, prepared for, and brought to storage. So must our thoughts. With practice, we can all achieve this with lightning speed.
As in my case, I rarely spend much time anymore observing my thoughts racing around on highways, or even go through the steps of taking the controls
and disengaging the auto-pilot.
Great thread! See you all on the other side!