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Jan Cox Talk 2566 - Aug 18 2000
Copyright Jan Cox, Jan’s Legacy 2015
Suggested Title: Wasting Time/Waking up
Begin: If you can ever stand far enough away from yourself - you will “wake up”. “Being asleep” is standing too close to yourself. So what can you do? Force your thoughts to return over and over again to see what the mind is when engrossed with thought.
It will become clear for a millisecond, when the above is done repeatedly, what “being asleep” and standing too close to yourself is all about. Ordinary minds have a natural firewall that serves as protection for the passive medium of thought.
But to The Few, as long as the mind is serving as a passive medium for thought, the mind can’t ponder itself. The mind stands far too close to itself (stays involved with thought) to gain understanding of itself. The intelligence that comes with enlightenment can not be talked about.
Ordinary minds look to other minds for explanations of life. The mind that looks to its own for explanations, is a vain endeavor, because the machinery that runs the mind is not located in the same place as the mind.
05:00 All meaningful/interesting operations concerning the mind occur off site - which explains the near impossibility of the mind ever understanding itself. “The endless turning of the carousel” does not disturb the horses there on. Nor neither the mind (or even awareness) of its own similar situation.
A man asleep is an endless dance. If you stay too much at home it becomes too familiar. The more you stay at home, the dumber you become. A man feels most secure in his own home. Safety and stupidity can quickly become the same thing if you stay at home too much.
Allowing the mind to be a passive medium to whatever thoughts presented to it, is what is meant by staying at home too much. To see this through you have to give some space between you and the thoughts that flow thru you.
A man does not wake up suddenly in Buddha Land. He awakens in the middle of a mentally, meaningless, dance step he was having with himself. Getting to the bottom of things takes you off the dance floor. (The dance floor being the familiar arms of thought.)
10:00 Who is life the most proud of? The people who pretend the dance is important or the people who criticize the dance? Study your own mind and if you persevere and are lucky, you have been on the correct and incorrect (for lack of a better word) path.
15:00 Your mind can believe it has a sizable collection of facts about its mind - but it’s not true. The one and only thing for sure is the mind knows nothing about the mind. After many years of observation I realized this. Easier to see is “what good has it done?” (Its slippery)
20:00 All attempts to look at your mind produces nothing. The apparent somethings it does produce are simply words. Whatever is running the mind is outside the mind. We are not talking about the freudian subconscious mind where you were mistreated by a parent.
25:00 Whatever is running consciousness (thoughts) is not located on site. Information at the conscious level is fed from many sources. (ex. senses such as touch that makes you remove your hand from an object that could cause blisters/burns if you do not remove your hand.)
30:00 The senses are located outside the cortex. The senses fuel the cortex but are located off site. This explains why the mind can’t understand itself. The machinery that runs the cortex is located off site. If true, it’s either a great relief or a great setback for the few.
35:00 Linguists have pointed out “how do children learn to talk?” They can go from saying Da, Da, Ma, Ma, to using abstractions within days. (ex. where, soon, being late, etc.) What does “soon” look like to the mind? I find it to be of great benefit to consider.
It is not getting anywhere but maybe dizzy - like looking at the horses on a carousel. The average child can put together languages and abstracts by age three. Imitation learning or they just suddenly learn it? This innate ability of language is being looked for in the brain.
40:00 It may be a waste of time looking for aspects of consciousness in the nervous system. The whole machinery of consciousness is run off site and not where we think it originates. (Ex. frontal lobes, cortex) It is all shipped in to the cortex.
But I say looking, relentlessly, at the mind is the only way you haven’t wasted time. It is a reasonable, intelligent, and alert effort, to get a glimpse and then its gone. And to ask “What good has it done?" But cheer up.
(This part reminded me of Pablo Neruda’s “A Dog Has Died” for whatever reason I included it. No, my dog used to gaze at me, paying me the attention I need, the attention required to make a vain person like me understand that, being a dog, he was wasting time, but, with those eyes so much purer than mine, he’d keep on gazing at me with a look that reserved for me alone all his sweet and shaggy life, always near me, never troubling me, and asking nothing)
45:00 All the thoughts, enjoyable and not enjoyable, light and dark, I still do not know thoughts, but now I know thoughts are shipped in from off site. The mind is the dummy/showcase. And it is divided into two parts to make sense. (silence and talk).
The ventriloquist is every other part of the body that is not the brain. And the other parts of the body (the ventriloquist to the cortex’s dummy) are the dummy to life’s ventriloquist. No burden, no free will, no self accusation.
This factory (the mind) I have been studying all these years, are the passing tail end glimpses of thoughts, being shipped in from somewhere else. Nobody knows the mind. It is vacuous.