September 3, 2015 11:18 AM
My (partial) response to an email from Jerry Freeman this morning:
Very cool though that we were both writing about the same thing at about the same time. This too was reflected in my student’s life (I was offline and didn’t know about her experience until after I had published that blog post). She had a friend visiting who had a psychotic break-down during her visit. Michelle, my student, was witnessing someone who’s Interior world was more real to her than her Exterior world was which, synchronistically, was a key part of my blog post (though unbeknownst to me at the time I was writing it), and was exactly what Michelle needed to hear:
> “To strengthen the Witness Level, one must learn to see (and therefore distance oneself) from their thoughts—one must learn to see the difference between the Interior world of the Mind and the Exterior world of Reality.”
I thought at the time of writing the above that it was a little clunky, that it was really only step 1 in strengthening the Witness (step 2 being one must see their Interior in the same way as they see their Exterior), but I heard Her (TaoGodHer’s) whisper and left it as is. As it turned out, confusing the Interior world with the Exterior world was what was being reflected in Michelle’s friend’s experience (though I didn’t know that at the time). Amazing how this stuff works.
When I wrote that grammatically incorrect (yet, unknown to me, perfectly timed) paragraph/sentence—where the two clauses are completely disconnected (seeing thoughts versus seeing the difference between the Interior and Exterior worlds)—I knew it was a clunky and malformed sentence. Normally, I would have examined it, seen it was digressing, and simply deleted the last clause so it read: “To strengthen the Witness Level, one must learn to see (and therefore distance oneself) from their thoughts.” Period. Yet I distinctly heard Her whisper, “No, leave it as it is.” So I left in, “one must learn to see the difference between the Interior world of the Mind and the Exterior world of Reality.”
Which leads to a wonderful and easy-to-do practice:
Anytime during the day, practice being the Frog Master.
I didn’t say it was complicated.
Step 1 of strengthening the Witness is:
One must learn to see the difference between the Interior world of the Mind and the Exterior world of Reality.
You see, the Frog Master doesn’t have an Interior world—he’s just a dumb, cold-blooded amphibian (no disrespect, oh great Master). When he sees that tree over there, he doesn’t say to himself, “Oh, that’s a quaking aspen. It’s called that because of the way it seems to shiver when a breeze blows through its leaves.” No, that’s not what the Frog Master sees. He just sees a beautiful, shivering object. He doesn’t overlay Exterior Reality with Interior thoughts and explanations.
But we’re too smart for that, we—being smart—very stupidly overlay Reality with our inner thoughts. We paint over Reality.
Michelle’s friend “painted over” her Exterior reality with her Interior so powerfully and dramatically that her mind couldn’t distinguish between the two and her emotional system could no longer handle it. We all to this to an extent—we paint over Reality with our thoughts and judgements—but by practicing being the Frog Master, we can quickly see where Reality ends and the “paint” (our Interior noise) begins and thus learn to distinguish between the two.
The more often we do this—the more often we practice being the Frog Master—the more easily we’ll be able to see our thoughts (Step 2) and the more easily we’ll be able to step back from them and dis-identify ourselves from them.
In other words, we’ll be able to witness our thoughts, transcend them, and thus become I, the Witness.
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