FRESNO, CA—When it comes to spiritual development, I’m a big fan of negative reinforcement. If it sucks, you’ll tend to avoid it. So un-Buddhist of me I know, but it works (I’m not a Buddhist).
In this forum post, I respond to micherts comment about the analytical mind and how I use my dislike of the mind to strengthen the Love/Light in me.
Turns out, Thomas Merton might have been a fan of negative reinforcement too:
In humility is the greatest freedom. As long as you have to defend the imaginary self that you think is important, you lose your peace of heart. As soon as you compare that shadow with the shadows of other people, you lose all joy, because you have begun to trade in unrealities and there is no joy in things that do not exist.
Volumes have been written about what Merton says in just three little sentences. Beautiful.
As long as you have to defend the imaginary self that you think is important, you lose your peace of heart.
In other words: If you keep defending your personal self (imaginary self), then your life is going to suck.
Bad dog! Bad! Drop that right now! You bad dog.
Negative reinforcement: Bad for dogs—good for you.
(All silliness aside, read those three sentences again. Powerful words.)
It's Time To Wake Up
Mystical Oneness and the Nine Aspects of Being is a step-by-step guide to enlightenment and beyond.
It's Time To Be Happy
It's Time Let Go
Imagine I have only seven days left to live.