Have you ever been able to gather all your forces together and just get all those thoughts and emotions that really make you feel good about yourself and conclude that this is who you are? No, because there isn’t any juice in these data; they don’t have any power, and they’ve never had a vigor of their own. The central vigor and vitalizing influence is the power of reality itself. It isn’t in data.
If you put your energy and attention into proving the validity of data in any way, then they will seem real. It’s just the way it is. Here it’s very special and it’s very unique, because it’s really easy to understand the nature of reality. It’s really easy to free yourself up from all of your constructs through maintaining open intelligence.
Have you ever been able to gather all your forces together and just get all those thoughts and emotions that really make you feel good about yourself and conclude that this is who you are? No, because there isn’t any juice in these data; they don’t have any power, and they’ve never had a vigor of their own. The central vigor and vitalizing influence is the power of reality itself – open intelligence. It isn’t in data.
By the power of gaining confidence in open intelligence through short moments, many times, you start to see that you don’t really need to do anything about the data. First they seem to be like a friend rather than an enemy, and then pretty soon you start to see that you don’t need to do anything about the data because they undo themselves. This is where you start to gain more stability and confidence in open intelligence, because you see that there is no one to do anything about data. You start to see that the data are self-freeing. They are free in their own place. They are spontaneously self-releasing and nothing needs to be done about them.
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.