The root of the suffering in the world is the mind and its creation. Although we believe that we perceive the world in an objective way through our five senses, the reality is different. Our senses are very limited, having a very limited range of perception like an old radio that has a short bandwidth and is unable to catch the majority of the radio stations. All the parameters that come through the senses are gathered and interpreted by the mind in a twisted way. Why twisted? Because the mind is creating an image mostly based on past experiences and beliefs and also on the limited sense perception. So we already have a distorted image created in front of our eyes, and that is without mentioning the last ingredient that distorts even more the image about the existence and how we perceive it. This last unfortunate ingredient that is making us drown more into illusion (self-created) is the emotions.
The world around us is neutral in its pure nature, there’s nothing good nor bad, nothing ugly nor beautiful; it all just IS. The world is like an empty canvas, untouched yet, or we can say that it’s a very plain image without too much of anything in it. How does the image get created? The “drawing” appears through interpretation (of the mind – of course). Fake colors and images are added onto the canvas by misinterpreting and judging the neutral image through our previously mentioned altering elements. The reason for our suffering is our constant analysis and interpretation of life through emotional distortions and past programs (computer-like), cunningly implemented by Maya (the illusion) to capture us in its snare.
Let’s say we see the cloudy sky. Automatically the mind starts creating thoughts: “it might rain”, “I don’t have the umbrella”, “I might get wet”, “I hate it when I am wet, I’ll be cold”. It’s almost like you can feel the cold of your wet body! But hey, it’s all a fantasy, it didn’t happen, or at least not yet, and you have already created a drama out of just some normal event which already alters the way you feel because the adrenals already secreted cortisol because the mind already created a “threat”. So, our mind is very good at projecting and complicating things, therefore our life is a mere projection of our insecurities, emotions and past experiences which get replicated over and over again because we can’t let go of everything and just observe, without interpretation, without whining, without complaining – just pure acceptance.
All the good and bad in our life is created by the mind. It all starts with a thought. All the thoughts are detrimental to our true evolution. True, perfect(-ed) beings are thoughtless, just flowing with their being. There are less perfect people, still more advanced than the average, that are aware of the flow of thoughts, of the mechanics of their creation, they can’t (yet) be thoughtless yet they are not allowing them to proliferate, to alter their beings anymore. They know that thoughts are not theirs, they don’t identify themselves with the lower mind projections, so they continuously discard the thoughts as they come, no matter what type of thoughts.
The so-called normal person is unaware of this aspect of their mind, hence they go with whatever thoughts they have, assuming that they are the creators of the thoughts so they are going to act upon “their” thoughts. The thoughts are waves created by the powerful mind which in its essence is boundless, omniscient and omnipotent, yet that capacity is not known yet, therefore remains unused. Thoughts can be easily picked-up or forced upon us by people or other entities. Being of a wave-form construct, the thoughts can be hacked and influenced. The influence can come willingly and unwillingly. The willing type of influence is happening when someone exerts willpower to manipulate the flow and direction of your thoughts based on their agenda. These people are either magicians, sorcerers or any other person who uses occult ways to manipulate reality and the second type are the corporations nowadays and governments who are manipulating public opinion through the mass-media and any other means.
The unwilling type of manipulation of thoughts is happening when we are affected by egregores. Egregores are invisible big clusters of thoughts and tendencies that are specific to a group of people, country, ethnicity and so on. In bars and pubs there are egregores which will make it easier for us to drink, gossip, take drugs, or crave for sexual activity. In a mall and around we will feel like buying and spending time there or we feeling like doing whatever that egregor influences us into doing.
So we are in continuous war. A war of our higher Being, which is thoughtless, pure, made of light, and devoid of interpretation and the whole illusion. That’s why the true spiritual paths are always recommending us to become thoughtless.
From my experience all the addictions and desires have their origin in a thought. If we pay attention to that thought, the mind will create another and another that will make you say or do something towards the agenda behind that thought. Mainly the agenda is to keep us busy and in a low frequency. If we have thoughts but we discard them, not acting upon them, they will eventually vanish.
Remove distraction if you chose to perfect yourself. Slowly eliminate everything that imposes a flow of emotions and thoughts that are pulling you in the illusion. Music, TV, playing games, Netflix; the desire to constantly entertain ourselves is detrimental and should be gradually removed.
Constantly be aware of the flow of the thoughts (I avoided on purpose to say “your thoughts” because true existence is thoughtless). If we are aware and on the observation mode we can find a way to figure out their mechanics. Thoughts are keeping us in stress, it appears that there’s always something to do, something to say, to plan and to solve. In reality life takes care of everything. Do 100% of what your duties are, but forget about them as soon as you finished. Live your life by serving others – knowing that we are all a representation of the Divine Ultimate Being, so that’s the explanation why the ego is detrimental, because it separates things, when we are all One!