Affix No Labels or Names

Words and poster design by Brian Thompson.

Practice the art of not naming things.

Practice moving throughout each moment of every day through pure awareness alone, empty of any preconceived classifications. No longer pride yourself on the distinctions which you believe separate this from that, me from you, us from them, should from should not, and right from wrong.

The labels you hold within mind only distract you from both their truth and yours. They keep you focused on their mental image, rather than their truth.

Once you have dissolved the walls of mental conceptualization, only one truth remains, which all things share, and that is the presence of consciousness in which all things seem to exist—your Self.

This practice of affixing no labels or names helps break the illusory bond between you and the story you tell yourself about yourself, about others, about the world, and about all of the sensations you perceive.

No longer name your feelings. Feel whatever feelings arise, but don't attach a label to them such as anger, sadness, depression, or anxiety. Notice the feeling fully, without adding any unnecessary mental descriptions or dialogue, just feel with pure loving awareness. Embrace whatever seems to be happening within you, feeling the energy which appears to be coursing through you. Observe without judgement.

Realize that whatever feelings arise, you remain as nothing but their empty, witnessing presence—free.

No longer allow the mind to project its subjective limitations onto the world. Quit living in the ego’s dream.

Realize that it’s your thoughts that create your problems and it’s your stories that create your suffering. All of which are false. The mind projects itself onto the world so that everything you see is only your own reflection. Therefore, everything you experience is your Self.

Love yourself, and then without any hesitation or forethought, you will love the world.

You presently see differences, separation, and division because that's where you are focussed. But, where are these imaginary borders between this and that? They exist only in the egoic mind. Blur the lines. See beyond the obvious and notice the subtle—the awareness of Self in which all things appear. No longer isolate yourself behind the gross limitations of a closed, fearful mind.

Everything you see is your Self. You are one with everything.

Be quiet within and affix no labels onto anyone or anything. Your job isn't to find imperfections in life. Life has no flaws, but you imagine there are, which is why you suffer—you suffer from your ideas of things. Instead, see things as they are, not how you think they are.

Be empty of opinion. Be the unadorned presence of compassionate understanding that you already are, that sees life clearly, that quietly rests underneath all false beliefs. Believe nothing, love everything.

Love life—all of it—and life will love you in return.