Attachments and the Quivering Me-Thing

Openings Closed Because of Attachments

Openings Closed Because of Attachments


March 8, 2017 10:22 AM

In The Mystic, the major plot line is (will probably be) discovering and achieving the purpose of the Apprentice’s life. Initially—when the Apprentice first meets the Mystic—it will be to overcome her sorrow, but later it will be to overcome any attachments that contract her into a quivering Me-thing (I may not use those exact terms).

I don’t like to google things that I’ve not developed an opinion on yet. You’re too vulnerable to authorities at that point. What do the nondual traditions mean by ‘attachment’? What do they mean by ‘reality’? What do they mean by ‘enlightenment’? If you google those things when you don’t have a clear opinion, wham! you’re imprinted.

Not my style.

I’d rather ask myself these questions first. Then I look at how these concepts relate to my past (or how they affect my present). Then I look for patterns. Then I form an opinion. Then I look up what other’s say. Then I try not to dismiss their opinions outright (that doesn’t always work) and see if I need to make refinements. This is how I come up with such unconventional terms and definitions that somehow (usually) make sense.

So you see my problem? How do I—Wayne—define ‘attachment’?

My BELIEF is that the purpose of life for all spiritual seekers is to not be involuntarily torn from the Light (TaoGod/the Divine/…) after death (see the excerpt from Fading Toward Enlightenment at the bottom of this link). The thing that rips us apart from the Light is any attachment we have to our previous life.

So how should I define ‘attachments’—these things that involuntarily rip us apart from the Divine? Because attachments are the real villains in The Mystic (though the Mystic has some serious issues with the Priest, the Scholar and the Guru). So I really need a clear definition.

Here’s my current definition of attachment:

Any recurring pattern of thoughts that reduce you to a quivering Me-thing.

Or to put a more SC (spiritually-correct) spin on it:

Any recurring pattern of thoughts that pull you out of a state of bliss, happiness, or contentment.

Some examples: What if something bad happens? What does she think of me? I really hate those type of people. I can’t believe no one takes me seriously. ….

I think the key phrase in both of those definitions is recurring pattern of thoughts. I could be wrong. It may be any thought that involuntarily pulls you out of the state of bliss/happiness/contentment may be enough to pull you out of the Light/Divine/TaoGod. Actually, the more I think about it, the more I believe that might be true.

Either way, if I die right this moment, I’m pretty sure I’m (involuntarily) coming back.

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5 thoughts on “Attachments and the Quivering Me-Thing

  1. Humm, interesting. My first thought on “attachments” is that I’m attached to things or people I need. I think many of us out here don’t have a lot of attachments, because we’ve learned to live without so many things and have downsized to only what we need. I was surprised when I had my estate sale at how little I missed the things that were sold, if at all. When I drove away in my rig, they were gone and I didn’t think about them. So, no attachment.

    Is this in line with what you are thinking?

    • “Is this in line with what you are thinking?”

      Probably not. What I was thinking is what inadvertently pulls you out of your bliss (or states of happiness/contentment)? Maybe it is the loss of “stuff” for some people, but I was thinking of things more subtle.

  2. Don’t all thoughts pull you out the state of bliss, happiness, or contentment? Is attachment always relates to thought? I mean can you not have attachment without thought, like the attachment to thought itself?

    • “Don’t all thoughts pull you out the state of bliss, happiness, or contentment?”

      Nope, pretty much just me-me-me thoughts (and those that support the me-me-me story). Think about it(!), when you are immersed in a project you love, you almost certainly have thoughts about what it is you are working on, but they don’t necessarily contract you into a me-me-me thing. For example, I used to write software. I’d have thousands of thoughts on what to do next, how this fits in, whether I should create a subroutine or not, etc., but none of these contracted me into a me-me-me thing unless I made them personal (“What if this breaks and deletes everyone’s data? I’d lose my job!”).

      Make sense?

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