Imagination and Frustration

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NEWPORT NEWS, VA–So far the Truck Project has been a powerful teacher of Reality and the mind’s interpretation of it.

The project has constantly thrown in my face two very different views of the same thing: The Real World and the Mind’s World.

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Many things have gone “wrong” with this truck project. By “wrong” I mean, “not the way the mind expects.”

When I believe the mind’s version of events, I often get frustrated: “The vent should have been installed by now. The title should have been sent already. It shouldn’t have taken me three tries to get the battery isolator right.” Frustration is an emotion of the mind.

Reality has nothing to do with the mind. Let me say that again, “Reality has nothing to do with the mind.” Reality goes about its day whether there is a mind to interpret it or not.

The frustration comes from when we believe the mind.

The mind throws this big veil over Reality. The mind tints Reality. It clouds Reality. It bends it.

The mind takes what is Real and messes with it. This “messing” with Reality is what is often called “imagination.”

Right? I don’t want to preach here, I want you to look carefully at this and see if you agree. I’m simply trying to point out something that is often overlooked. The mind adds to Reality. It adds its own interpretations. It adds its own judgements. It adds its own prejudices.

The mind takes what is Real and coats it with imagined stuff.

It imagines a different world than the one right in front of us.

And it does this so often, so consistently, so powerfully, that we often fail to see the pure, untainted world the way it is. We fail to see Reality.

Frustration comes in when we believe the mind’s imagined world to be real–and events in that world don’t go the way we expect them to.

Because of this, frustration can be a very useful emotion in helping us to see Reality. We can use the swirling emotion of frustration to remind ourselves that we’re taking our minds too seriously–that our conditioning is running things. Just like that, we can step back and see Reality clearly. We can step back and see the veil that the mind has thrown over our vision.

Just like that, we can see the difference between what is Real… and what is Imagination.

When you see Reality this way–untainted–you’ll see what sages throughout the ages have seen: Clarity, Luminescence, Light, God, Oneness. You’ll understand that enlightenment is not something gained, but simply the “removing of the veil of the mind.”

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4 thoughts on “Imagination and Frustration

  1. Hi Wayne,

    I’m wondering IF your use of the word mind, could be substituted with the word ego ?

    Have you heard of Albert over at The Urban Monk? Here is a quote from an article he wrote
    on the ego….

    “The ego now covers your consciousness, and it filters everything you sense and do. It’s like trying to look through a pair of glasses that has been splashed with different colours of paint – you can’t see anything the way they truly are.”

    Another useful tool that I use is stepping back and being the observer. For me, it takes the
    emotions out of the picture. Life – it’s all a learning and truly sometimes an UN-LEARNING of
    the way we have previously RE-ACTED. 🙂

    Here is a link to that article on Albert’s site:

    XO XO

  2. @Deb: I intentionally try not to use the word “ego” as it has so many connotations. In this post, I use mind to say that your mind is adding a lot to the picture that isn’t really there. From these illusionary thoughts often arise emotions, emotions that wouldn’t be present without the false thoughts.

    The false thoughts, the emotions that come from them, the personal story of who we are, these things I lump together as the “personal self,” but many would call that the ego (and I’d agree). Ego is just too vague a term for my liking.

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