“Something is wrong. I don’t mean with you or me or with any person. I mean in general." --Ragle Gumm

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Suddenly Before Thinking Begins

Suddenly before thinking begins is going on right now. Unfortunately you are processing these words about before thinking begins and are therefore thinking. I write these before-thinking vignettes with the thought that one of them might thrust you into before thinking begins. Ridiculous I know, but that's what happens to a mind that has been ripped apart from here to Sunday. It only knows how to write things like this. It can happen suddenly right now, in which case these words drop off a cliff and you plunge right to the bottom into the root of your existence. That's when your ticket into life really gets punched.

Now such a moment is not illumination or enlightenment. Light is after thinking begins. God and truth are after thinking begins. If you receive some kind of illumination on the way to the bottom, well, that's good, why complain, but that just means you are still holding onto the thought that you are living in a world surrounded by stars and emptiness and suddenly it is very clear that the universe is so beautiful and life feels so good that you can spend the rest of your life thinking you've received some kind of grace, therefore forgetting the before place where it's all real, including your illusions. Too bad.

This kind exultation is not any more real than believing in the world of science, religion, and new age 5th dimensional ascension. "Believing in" and "seeing" are always a lie. This kind of illumination is still within the thought field, where lies thrive--the good, the blissful, the beautiful; the bad, the painful, the ugly. Still the world.

There is no world.

A direct plunge is best because then you don't get stuck thinking how great enlightenment is and how wonderful it would be if everybody were enlightened and the world would then be free of fear . . . you know the story. And if that scenario is true for you, then go for it. Most of what people experience is shit anyway, even when they like it, so why quibble? The question I am asking you is whether you can distinguish between what is "true" and what is "real." That's where suddenly-before-thought-begins pops in. There is no question. When you touch the root of your existence, you have touched existence itself. The before that always is. Where "What!" is not a question.

Now, is any of this true? If you think it is, it's not.