“Positive thinking is the temptation to think
without questioning the activity
of thinking, itself!”
You really must begin to notice just how much spontaneous thinking you engage in—especially positive or “creative” thinking. I say this because there are no safeguards in place against such thinking. You are perfectly willing to engage in it, and once you’re in that mode, you get in the groove . . . and any kind of thinking can happen!
I know that at times you don’t feel that Listening can possibly be as interesting or rewarding as “creative thinking,” but you will not find the truth of it until you do it. You indulge in creative thinking to make the time spent feel meaningful—to make “being conscious” meaningful. That’s the hooker. That’s your downfall. The fact is that “thinking” is as meaningless as “not thinking,” but the activity seems to contradict that fact. You have had enough experience Listening, however, to have learned that that is where Meaning lies. It is also the place where vulnerability and fear are absent, together with confusion and doubt.
You can see that at the bottom line “creative thinking” doesn’t just suggest the presence of Meaning. It is used to give you meaning! It seems to validate you . . . while you are not joined. It would seem that the void of silence, in the absence of thinking, is what is meaningless, uninteresting. But the fact is that it is the absence of the ego hit of self-validation which defines the meaninglessness, and it is the single essential element necessary to Awakening—the return to Sanity. Interpret it correctly and you will no longer pursue the “hit.”
You don’t voluntarily choose to engage in negative thinking, but you do voluntarily choose to engage in positive, creative thinking, and you do it quite purposefully. You must stop! And you must purposely substitute joining with me or the Holy Spirit instead. There is Meaning to be experienced, but it must arise out of the movement of Mind—the Father’s Will. Be curious about that!
Let me tell you something else. At any point when you feel disinterested in joining, whenever it feels pointless or useless, realize that those feelings are inseparable from the negativity of the unjoined state, and there is no truth in them. Of course there will be no ego hit forthcoming! But remember . . . that is the single essential element necessary to Awakening.
Yes, this is going to take work, diligence. At times it will feel laborious because you are going against a beloved habit. Do it anyway!
December 22nd, 2015