When we burn ourselves on the stove as children, we immediately pull our hand away; but, when we hurt ourselves through painful beliefs, we often keep our inner "hands" of attention with them. As living organisms, we all have an instinct to shy away from pain, so what had to change in us to keep us loyal to painful, repetitive thinking?
How often do we see a face tired from over-thought, or disturbed from an image or idea in their own mind? When did we stop relying on our instinct to avoid pain internally? Especially since we still use that instinct externally. For example, when we come into contact with a hot plate, we recoil. So, the question is: why do we not recoil when we come into contact with a destructive thought?
This question is of the utmost importance if we are to come to a profound sense of self-understanding. We must entertain the possibility that holding on to painful thinking is a compulsion that is contrary to human health: it is a disorder of the consciousness. By truly entertaining this possibility, we must then apply this theory to a painful thought, image or belief. That means that we cannot cherish a painful thought, but must reject it, instinctively. We must pull away.
Just as we would reject running into a burning home, we must recognize that our house is burning down internally, and stop walking over the embers that cause us harm. The centers that carry and hold on to pain are our enemies, and they must be put out. Simple recognition that we have gone against our instincts, that we are willingly harming ourselves, will lead to a true understanding. That understanding will bring about a natural healing of the fires within. Simple understanding leads to simple, light happiness.
Idea credit to: @doctordoon
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