Recognizing your own self-created drama

words & design by Brian Thompson.

What happens to a sentient problem-recognition device that is unable to detect any problems?

It creates one—and such is is the nature of the human mind, continually haunted by its thoughts—the sole cause for all of our emotional suffering.

Most of our thoughts have no apparent cause, they just spontaneously appear. The appearance of a thought is no different than how we might suddenly find ourselves to be in the middle of a dream while sleeping. The dream had no apparent beginning—we just unexpectedly found ourselves in the midst of an imagined reality.

However, there really is no difference between the dream state and the waking state—they’re both manifestations of consciousness, neither of which should be taken very seriously, nor implicitly trusted.

Everything we experience is a modality of our own consciousness—we just need to be careful which manifestations we choose to invest our mental effort and energy in.

Every thought is an autonomous by-product of mind, memory and its vivid imagination—each thought appears without any conscious volition. We have no control over what appears within our mind and what doesn’t. The only conscious choice we have is whether or not to give a thought our attention.

The mind is incredibly adept at recognizing patterns and predicting potential future outcomes, to aid in problem solving and our physical survival. And so, in many ways, the mind is primarily a problem-solving device.

But what happens when a problem isn't detected by mind?

Without a problem to solve, the untrained mind becomes restless and it relies upon its imagination to keep itself occupied, creating the false perception of a problem for it to become enamoured by, which we then feel a need to ponder and try to solve.

But we can’t solve a problem that doesn't actually exist, so the mind is kept busy conceptualizing false solutions to false problems.

The only way to stop this cycle of manifested madness is to put an end to your reliance upon mind and all of its ponderous ideations. As long as you continue to debate back and forth with your egoic-self, its illusions will continue to overwhelm you.

No thought should be trusted outright.

In fact, most thoughts that spontaneously appear should be altogether ignored. They serve no purpose whatsoever. It’s a mental fog that needs to be wiped clear. Observe your own pattern of thinking—train yourself into recognizing your mind's own imaginings so that you can promptly dismiss them without any further harm or needless consideration.

Use your mind as the amazing tool that it is—but employ its intelligence only for critical problem solving and for your creative expression. Refuse to engage with its inner subjective commentary—it only seeks to divide you from the truth of your being and from reality itself.

Since our minds are no longer busy defending us from sabre-tooth tigers that might be lurking in the bushes, it instead tends to create the appearance of problems where in fact, there are none. As underhanded as this behaviour may appear, it does serve a purpose—to protect its most valued assed and creation—the ego.

But the ego is nothing to protect—it should be dissolved altogether.

Apart from the mind’s concern for its own safety, its primary focus is to protect its own self-identity—but that sense is only a thought. The personal self we imagine ourselves to be does not actually exist. The self we presume to be is merely a collection of memories and emotions attached to a concept of mind—it has no independent existence of its own. It needs no protection.

Question your thoughts. Investigate their source.

When vexed by a worrying thought, ask yourself, from where did this thought arise? To whom does it refer? Who is the ‘I’ this thought is concerned for? Is it concerned for merely an idea of me, one that I’ve created as my perceived social identity? Does this thought have any true validity? Or is it only attempting to conjure a problem where in truth, there is nothing to fear?

Recognize when your mind becomes entangled in its own self-created drama.

The many so-called personal problems you perceive are merely dreams of mind, caused by a relationship problem between you and your thoughts—one that can easily be corrected.

Realize that no matter what self-critical thoughts you have of yourself, they are not true; nor are any of the highly subjective opinions that the mind projects onto the world around you.

When you learn to ignore the over-thinking, over-analyzing egoic-mind, life becomes happier, more joyful, less stressful and more carefree. It also rewires the mind with healthy new behaviours, ones that promote emotional wellbeing rather than destroying it.

When the world is no longer be divided by your judgemental concepts of it, you no longer fester in a dreamworld of ignorance and mistaken beliefs. Be tricked by illusions of mind no more—see through the illusion of all your perceived problems.

Awaken from the dream of divisive thought.