Allowing Things to Be and Withdrawing From Thought

Hello. So I just want to predict some questions, a very simple question like, how do I allow things to be? So I’d like to answer that in the best way I can, by dancing around it by dancing around it. So allowing things to be, is withdrawing our willfulness, to change it to change things, however they are. So things are being experienced in a certain way. Okay, allowing them to be that way, is withdrawing the willfulness to make it any different than it is. It’s accepting things as they are, as they are being experienced. It’s aligned with gratitude. You know, being grateful for whatever we are experiencing. Being happy, being happy to experience whatever being, whatever it is being experienced being joyous about it, laughing about it. These are all forms of allowing things to be not allowing things to be, is resisting them, wanting them to be different, trying to change them. More subtly, it’s thinking about them. Right? Because So thinking about an experience is actually a form of resisting it. It’s a form of trying to make things different than they are. But it is a subtlety and I’ll tell you why. So you’ve got to think of it as a layer, right? There’s two layers. The foundational core of it, is the actual experience. So it’s what you’re experiencing right now. Then On top of that, the additional layer is commentary about it. I think of it like, like a soccer match, right? So you’ve got the actual game, you’ve got the actual game going on the actual game being played, that you’ve got that pot, then you’ve got the commentary about it, then you’ve got the actual commentators talking about it. So that’s what thoughts are like thoughts, commentary, thoughts, actually, needless commentary, okay. But if we look, if we actually look at the analogy of a soccer game, we see that why do we listen to commentators? Well listen to commentators, because it’s entertaining, isn’t it? It’s entertaining to hear someone talk about that game that’s happening even though we can see it ourselves very clearly. What’s going on. It’s entertaining, to have commentators talk about it. It’s the exact same with thought. So there’s the actual experience itself, which needs nothing to be said about it. It’s just the experience is that nothing can be said about it, actually, nothing can be said about it. And then there’s the commentary. Then there’s the thoughts which come in and begin commenting about the experience, began judging it, forming hypothesis, forming opinions, creating storylines, creating story arcs, villains, heroes. And what is that? It’s really simply just entertainment. That’s what it is. It’s entertainment. It’s the entertainment layer that we get entranced by. That’s a good way to look at it. We get entranced by that entertainment. It’s the same way how I’m watching a TV show right now. Right? And when I watch it, there’s a really good hook and I’m like, Wow, what’s going to happen next? I don’t want to I want to watch the next episode. That’s the same thing that thoughts do to us. Thoughts are like really good TV shows. Is it really a hook you, they hook you? And they make you want to know more? They they want to keep engaging in the thought patterns in the commentary. It’s like an endless drama with, like a really complex plot. That’s what that’s what thoughts are. And that’s all they are. So why do we get? I mean, what’s the meaning of a TV show has no meaning. We just it’s out of our curiosity that we get hooked, right? Because we’re curious what happens next? We’re curious, same thing with thoughts. We’re curious what happens next? What happens next, even though we’re experiencing it ourselves, we get hooked. We get entranced by these, this additional layer of commentary about it. We get hooked there. And when we get hooked, that we’re not with the actual experience, we are with how we how all these thoughts are about it. Were with the storyline, not with what’s actually happening. Not with the actual raw experience. That’s what we’re trying to do here. We’re withdrawing from imagination, we’re drawing from that entertaining script, better to own that it is entertaining, and to deny it, if it’s not entertaining, if you weren’t entranced by it, you wouldn’t be there. You just, you wouldn’t be aware any thoughts actually. So if we’re aware of thoughts, and we know where we’ve got a way to go, where we’re still getting hooked, we still want to listen to it. And that’s okay. It’s important not to kick ourselves Oh, for that, for that better to be gentle with ourselves. And just that’s, that’s part of human nature. It’s part of human nature. So what we’re doing is we’re withdrawing from interest in the commentary, again, withdrawing from interest, not like forcing us to be interested in something else. That doesn’t work, where we’re withdrawing our interest. And this has to be an honest withdrawal and honest withdrawal from interest in that and this might take it might be spontaneous and be like that, in my Take a little longer might take a lot longer, who knows, however it is however it is whatever it takes whatever it takes. That’s what we’re doing here, or withdrawing interest from the commentary layer, going to the actual experience of what’s actually going on. And that those are the sensations and not the imagination. The way we do that, again, just to clarify familiarity, were were withdrawn to interest in it. And and just by hearing these things, again, it’s loosening the foundations upon which your interest in the commentary is hooked upon, anchored in because now when you see what you when you see it for what it is, it becomes sort of absurd, and you naturally become less interested in it. So you don’t have to force it, you just naturally become less interested in. And that’s, again, that’s the point of this course, to bring your awareness to these to these certain insights that naturally loosen your interest in The commentary layer and you begin becoming more interested in your sensations. Naturally. It’s a natural process, no force. There’s no to do list just happens on its own. It’s all spontaneous. And you’re just kind of witnessing and having fun all along. So that’s this lesson and I’ll see you in the next one.