The default fixation of the mind is constructed by the human animal. This is all about survival and avoidance of pain. An innocent but ineffective attempt to meet our most basic needs.
Approaching spiritual matters from the perspective of need and survival simply amplifies this need for survival.
It doesn’t actually change the fixation, and doesn’t actually change the brain.
The mind is of course very useful, but we must completely re-learn how to use it from a totally new vantage point.
Putting down the mind is only a temporary maneuver until it’s recognized that the mind is not the true identity. But it is still useful.
Dreaming gives us a sense of our True Selves, beyond rationality. This is the area where we must pioneer new pathways, which nobody can do for us. This pioneering is in defiance of the conditioned identity we have mistaken as ourselves. Becoming a skilled Dreamer is beyond an ordinary concept of self-love.
One of the most confusing and counterintuitive aspects of Dreaming is the fact that it relentlessly gives us what we need more than what we want.
If we perceive comfort as being fulfilling, our Dreaming goals like anything else will be skewed toward avoidance.
If our mind is open in a spirit of collaboration with our Dreaming process, we can surf the edge of our being and allow it to inform and update our identity based on the actual Truth of who we are.
Choosing our Holy Will over our Mental Will pioneers the new pathway necessary for entering the Lucidity we deeply Know to be the True Self.
Learning to Trust our mind again is an enormous feat when it has been lying to us for eons. And yet, if we humbly give of ourselves in the process of generating mental imagery and honest desires, the mind can indeed be utilized for building the Force of our Holy Will.
Insisting on and learning to play nice with ourselves makes the system work, so as not to throw yet another wrench in the spokes of our becoming. This is a non-ordinary type of play.
This Holy Play demands a ruthless Seeing, a constant inquiry of finding what is more True, combined with the honest compassion held in discovering our denial.
Giving ourselves the gift of sanity entails visiting uncharted territory. Even though we may be living fairly ordinary lives in some regards, it cannot be accomplished through an ordinary approach.