The Interval Between Thoughts

May 30th ~ Now, I say it is definitely possible for the mind to be free from all conditioning–not that you should accept my authority.  If you accept it on authority, you will never discover, it will be another substitution and that will have no significance. . . .

The understanding of the whole process of conditioning does not come to you through analysis or introspection, because the moment you have the analyzer, that very analyzer himself is part of the background therefore his analysis is of no significance. . . .

How is it possible for the mind to be free?  To be free, the mind must not only see and understand its pendulum-like swing between the past and the future but also be aware of the interval between thoughts. . . .

If you watch very carefully, you will see that though the response, the movement of thought, seems so swift, there are gaps, there are intervals between thoughts.  Between two thoughts is a period of silence that is not related to the thought process.  If you observe you will see that that period of silence, that interval, is not of time; and the discovery of that interval, the full experiencing of that interval, liberates you from conditioning–or rather it does not liberate “you” but there is liberation from conditioning. . . . It is only when the mind is not giving continuity to thought, when it is still with a stillness that is not induced, that is without any causation–it is only then that there can be freedom from the background.

February 10th, 2020 ~ This space between silence, this interval, is something we often avoid.  When speaking in public, we fear that we will blank.  Isn’t that silence a form of emptiness?  Rather than dread or fear it, maybe knowing the importance of emptiness might allow us to have compassion towards ourselves and others.  Great if we come up with something to say.  Okay if we don’t. . . .

The analyzer K is referring to is an interesting one.  I am blanking on what I want to say.  Oh well. . . . Emptiness.

Reference

As in most posts on Zentrepreneurial.com, italicization of words refers to the words of either Jiddu Krishnamurti or Albert Low.  The website writer’s words are in regular text.

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