What could be better than to be married to someone where you’re not depending on that person for your happiness? It doesn’t matter what they do, you’re happy. Well, that’s an ideal relationship. That’s really an ideal relationship, because you’re self-contained. It’s a drag for the person you’re with to think that they need to provide your happiness. That is way too much of a burden for anyone to carry. The ideal relationship is for both people to be confident in open intelligence. This brings great strength to the relationship; it brings great enjoyment.
By the power of short moments, many times, we come to see that everything is equal; no matter what the appearance is, it is absolutely equal. No matter what the label or word is, it is equal. In the radiant clarity of open intelligence, all of these symbols, no matter what they are, are absolutely equal, and they pose neither no threat nor no promise.
We don’t really want to be engaged our entire life in radical ups and downs, the roller-coaster ride of afflictive thoughts and emotions. Then there might be a peak of happiness, and whenever we have that peak of happiness we think: “Oh, now I am going to be happy forever!” but before we know it, boom, the roller-coaster goes down to the bottom, and we don’t see any up from there. What we really want is this balance. We want this balance that is free of ups and downs. By training in short moments of open intelligence, repeated many times, we train ourselves in a brilliant clarity that is free of ups and downs. It’s forever free of ups and downs.
It could be anything, because whenever we are trying to force ourselves into a tight little space called a descriptive framework or a data stream, we’re going to feel that something is wrong. We’re going to feel into discomfort in some way. If we’ve been trying to change the make-up of our thoughts, emotions, sensations and other experiences to try to get them into a separate place or into a place where they’re manageable, then when we hear about short moments, many times where nothing is changed—no flow of thoughts, emotions, sensations, or experiences are essentially changed—then it turns the apple cart upside down. It goes against everything we’ve been training ourselves in. It goes absolutely against every single part of our training program.
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.