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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