This is really a key piece—that open intelligence is not separate from the thoughts. The thoughts cannot take you out of open intelligence. It just seems like that’s happening, but by gradually gaining more familiarity with open intelligence, what will occur for you is that you will see that open intelligence is present. It will be your experience that open intelligence is present as the source of the thought train. In that way, the thought train won’t be a problem any longer. You will have complete freedom in the midst of that rather than feeling overcome by it.
When we gain confidence in awareness, we are engaging in a power that is really beyond the comprehensive powers of thought alone. It can only be experienced, to verify its existence. When it is experienced and verified in our own existence then we have a new understanding of ourselves and the world we live in.
When we’re managing, regulating, or controlling our thinking, it’s really like being a robot, because whether we’re conscious of it or not, we’re spending most of our day sorting all of our thoughts into good and bad thoughts and wanting to get more of the good ones and get rid of the bad ones. But, we can never get enough of the good ones and we can’t get rid of the bad ones.
If we try to put open intelligence into a category like philosophy or spirituality or whatever it might be, then there will be a lot of opinions and perhaps things that are not necessary. All that’s necessary for gaining confidence in open intelligence is to remain as open intelligence for short moments repeated many times until it becomes automatic.
It’s a very powerful resource practically for us as individuals and as a species. It is not something that needs to be marginalized in any way whatsoever. What I am saying is that open intelligence is a human experience and it doesn’t need to be put into any smaller categories of human inquiry like philosophy, spirituality, religion or psychology. We can just say it belongs to the category of human experience.
Open intelligence is the source of all thoughts. There wouldn’t be a thought without it. Open intelligence is the source of everything we know. There isn’t a single thing we would ever know without open intelligence. Open intelligence is where we want to be and it’s what we want to know about ourselves that is pivotal.
Open intelligence is not a state to get into that is separate from thought. The point of gaining confidence in open intelligence is to simply remain as open intelligence for short moments repeated many times until it becomes automatic. That’s the only instruction. Short moments repeatedly become continuous. What that means on a practical sense is that the first day there might be a few moments of open intelligence and you might ask, “Well, what is open intelligence?” Open intelligence is simply that which isn’t distracted by thinking. Open intelligence is the source of all thinking that isn’t distracted by any of the thinking.
Thus the single practice in the Balanced View Training is short moments of open intelligence, repeated many times. By engaging that instinctive realization of short moments, repeated many times, the already accomplished, already present, instinctive condition becomes obvious. It’s not going to come about by trying to change yourself in any way. It’s only going to be realized by settling into what you already are. This will either come about for you in a single flash, or gradually, or by quantum leaps, or whatever you perceive it to be. Whatever that is for you, it’s just the way it is.
Every single thought we have has two aspects. It has the aspect of its description, the way we describe the thought whatever it might be, and it has a fundamental aspect that is shared by all thoughts, the fundamental aspect that is shared by all thoughts is open intelligence.
Every single thought requires open intelligence. It is not possible to have a thought without open intelligence. Most of us have never learned that. Most members of the human species have never learned that all thinking has these two aspects. In order for thinking to be lucid and clear in all situations in life, it requires familiarization with open intelligence and gaining confidence in that open intellignece rather than focusing on the thoughts themselves as creating a reality.
Open intelligence makes it very simple. We don’t have to get into all kinds of classifications and categories and definitions: “This means this and that means that; if you look at me the wrong way it means that you don’t like me. If I look at you the wrong way, it means this, that and the other thing. If you don’t make my coffee hot enough, it means you’re going to abandon me.” All these nonsensical sorts of things that we dream up about our life and the way things are; we find that it simply is not that way at all.