CONTINUING THE SOURCE OF THOUGHTS…

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CONTINUING WITH THE SOURCE OF THOUGHTS…

FOCUS ON ALLOWING THE THOUGHTS TO PRESENT THEMSELVES…. As thoughts present, investigate: IS THERE A SOURCE OR PLACE OF THEIR ORIGIN? Do they abide someplace? Do they go somewhere? Relax any effortfulness you notice, TRYING TO ANSWER THE QUESTION – GETTING ANSWERS ISN’T NECESSARY.

It gets tricky looking for the source of thoughts. Rinpoche seems to be pointing us toward a ‘space’ from which thoughts emerge… and what does he mean, “Getting answers isn’t necessary?” Normally, when I work with this exercise I’m looking for that space… where is it in my experience? I go searching through my memories of when I saw this space. It’s precisely what I do when I’m looking for answers to questions I might pose. But my memories are largely thoughts, they’re objects I’ve categorized and classified, labeled and evaluated… they’re objects of thought. Thoughts are coming from a space that is not an object, but I unwittingly keep making this source-space a thought-object. I realize thoughts ABOUT the space are NOT that open-source I’m looking for. For this exercise, Space is not a thing, or an object… it’s the present moment experience of openness Rinpoche is really pointing toward.

So how do I ‘answer’ a question where answers aren’t necessary? Is there a source of thoughts? I think it may require a shift from conceptual constructions to FEELING in the open moment. It’s something like when practicing the Giant Body exercise and trying to see the partitioned areas from all sides at once… and you suddenly shift to being open. Another example might be if you’re walking along lost in thoughts, you look up and you are thunderstruck by a magnificent sunset… color and form seem to explode in the heart… the world of thoughts you were lost in simply dissolve in the full-open feel of the moment. Could this openness be the source of thoughts? Constructing the answer isn’t necessary…

About David Filippone

For more than 25 years I’ve been a 'student' of the Time, Space, Knowledge vision (TSK), not a teacher. And I write from an inquiring student's perspective neither proclaiming nor declaring. I figuratively sit in awe at the feet of a master, Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. For the past 12 years, my personal TSK guide has been Jack Petranker, founder of the "Center for Creative Inquiry" (CCI), past dean of the "Tibetan Nyingma Institute", and author of "When It Rains Does Space Get Wet?", "Inside Knowledge", and other TSK related books and articles... I've also received TSK instruction from the late, Carolyn Pasternak of the Odiyan Retreat Center... As a volunteer for the past several years, I've been curating the TSK focused, CCI Facebook page at... https://tinyurl.com/ybyfolcf
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