If you have reached this point, after reading the five previous article, you can probably already notice an increased sense of alertness. There is a huge difference between the alertness that the thinking machine creates in you – a sense of constant tension and unease – and the alertness of the free mind that wouldn’t allow any thought to put it in a cage of suffering. And we do need to be alert – positively alert: Forever aware of our free choice to move away from the thinking machine and to fully live inside reality. It is important to understand that we don’t need to observe every single thought to perfectly bring our mind to order. If that were the case, it would be pretty tedious and tormenting: all day long to be aware of every tiny thought out of the fear that we might get caught. Obviously, this is not even an option. The good news is that as soon as you understand the general mechanism of the thinking machine, you lose interest in it. It can go on and on, murmuring and begging for your attention, but if you have understood, all thoughts will seem to you like one big thought, and all the different forms of suffering will seem like one suffering. If you understand one, you have understood them all, because there is just one thing that thought does, and that is to keep you troubled about things that do not exist.

The alternative reality that ruins your life

Whenever you resist listening to the thinking machine, you get real reality instead. And in real reality, everything you have been searching for, regardless of what is happening, can be found. No matter what thought tells you that is missing in your life, what should have been and what could have been, you realise that in real reality, life is complete at this very moment. I know that this may sound like a cliche, but when you look through and beyond and beneath the thinking machine, life is a true glory to behold. Recall what the thinking machine is all about: Constantly and tirelessly producing a state of dissatisfaction. It produces this state, because it has an idea of what a perfect reality could be like. Essentially, it is in a constant state of daydreaming, creating a wish for a life that you will never have. For this purpose, it invests a great deal of energy. It exploits much of your energy to find problems to struggle with, control outcomes in ways that it cannot, compare what you have and what you should have, and search for alternative realities.

No doubt, being under the control of the thinking machine is like being a prisoner of a dream. As long as you are caught in this dream, it feels right to dream it, since it promises you great things. But all this dream does is make you suffer and forever wait for something that never comes. This is one of the most significant activities of the thinking machine that has kept humanity in prison ever since the birth of thought. It creates future or alternative images, to which it compares your true reality, every given moment. In this way, it denies your reality and doubts it, because it really makes you believe that in another time and place, under different conditions, you would feel differently. This mental activity will forever hide away the truth, that as long as you are walking with the thinking machine over your head, it would create for you an alternative reality even if you were in heaven. Yes, even heaven can become a hell – because that’s what the thinking machine does. It first feeds on your attention, but as soon as it receives your attention, it begins to feed on your constant dissatisfaction.

Happiness is born when tomorrow dies

When you stop listening to this “comparing machine,” you realise that it is not so important what actually takes place in your life. What is truly important is the state of your mind, the degree of your clarity. When the mind is clear, your sense of future is dropped, since you no longer wait – and what a glorious state it is to not be waiting anymore! This is the cruel game that the thinking machine plays with us throughout our entire life: it makes us wait, wait, and wait, and then we die. “Tomorrow it will happen,” it whispers in our ear, “Tomorrow it will come!” But when you reject the whisper and drop all sense of future and waiting, you realize that you have become the happiest being on earth. Without the control of the thinking machine, life opens widely at once and you see that what really troubled you was not that you were not living this dream image, but that you were having this image at all. Please let me say it again: your biggest problem is not that you are not where you supposedly should be, but the fact that you have this feeling that your life could improve and should improve – this feeling that if you only tried hard enough now, you would eventually be somewhere better. It is the “better” and the “still” and the “not yet” that is your true problem.

The true cause of suffering

Are you really missing out on something? There is no way to convince the thinking machine otherwise. Remember, by its very nature it can never be improved. But surprisingly, the true answer to the question: “Am I missing out on something?“ is “Yes!” What you are missing out on is your true life right now, your life and the entire universe around you that lives only now and never in the future. The future is a dream in your head; the past is a dead memory. The thinking machine doesn’t simply want you to be safe and free from danger. In fact, it is much more greedy. Originally, it just wanted you to avoid bad conditions, but then it wanted you to have better conditions, and now it wants you to have the best conditions. It wants you to feel the best – better and better until you feel the best forever. But guess what – you only feel worse with the thinking machine, depressed and lifeless. How can anyone feel great when someone next to him or her keeps telling them: “This is fine, but you know that it could be better, and it would be better one day – but not now…“ This sounds funny, but we really do have someone telling us exactly this all day long. “You’re missing out…”; “This could have been…”; “This should have been…” – but not yet, never yet. Horrible!

Even when we are unconscious of it, it infiltrates our mind and colors our reality. And again, as much as it sounds unbelievable – at least as long as we listen to the thinking machine – it is not the reality of your life that disturbs you; it’s the image of that other life that creates your conflict and suffering. You will never have it as perfect as the thinking machine wants it to be. Your life becomes perfect only when the dream of perfection disappears from your life. Here is something that you can do to better grasp this insight: make a list of all the other lives that the thinking machine promises you. How can you find them? For the most part, they do not appear in an explicit form; instead, they take the shape of your complaints and frustrations. So simply think: “How could I be better?” “How should my partner be better?” “How should my career be better?“ “How should people behave?” “What would my ideal life look like (after my hard work has paid off and I have reached perfection and rest)?” Reveal the perfect image that conditions your present reality. Describe it in as much detail as possible. Look at all your complaints and turn them over to reveal the images of a better life or a better future life. Realize that these images, that seem so convincing, are just the way the thinking machine fools you. This is nothing but the thinking machine, torturing you. Wake up!

Author: Oliver Bartsch

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Seit dem Jahr 2000 ist er internationaler Referent, Autor und spiritueller Lehrer. Von vielen er als einer der führenden Experten und Innovatoren Europas auf dem Gebiet der Chakren und des feinstofflichen Energiekörpers angesehen. Derzeit mit Sitz in Berlin, bereist er Europa ausgiebig und leitet Seminare und Retreats in Deutschland, der Schweiz, Österreich, den Niederlanden, Kroatien, Spanien und Griechenland. Früher Leiter des Berliner Zentrums ‚Ganzheitlich Chiro-Yoga‘, hat er nun das neue internationale ‚Human Greatness Center‘ gegründet: als Modell einer ganzheitlichen Lebensweise im Lichte der Chakren, das auch die vielen von ihm entwickelten therapeutischen und meditativen Methoden vorstellt. Sein Traum ist es, dieses Wissen über das integrale Leben in alternative Modelle des Schulsystems umzusetzen.

Als vielbeschäftigter Autor seit 1996 hat Shai 23 Bücher in Englisch, Deutsch und Hebräisch veröffentlicht, die nicht nur hoch originelle spirituelle Sachbücher beinhalten, sondern ebenso Prosa, Poesie und bald auch akademische Forschung. Mehrere seiner Bücher erschienen in noch weiteren Sprachen, darunter Chinesisch, Taiwanesisch und Koreanisch. Einige wurden zu Bestsellern und zwei wurden bereits bei Buchwettbewerben ausgezeichnet.

Gleichzeitig ist Shai als begeisterter Doktorand an der University of Leeds in Großbritannien gerade dabei, sich im Rahmen seiner Doktorarbeit mit dem Gebiet der Philosophie der Mystik zu beschäftigen. 2018 experimentierte er auch mit Filmproduktion, also dem Schreiben und Regie führen des Kurzfilms ‚After the Future‘, der auf Dutzenden von Festivals gezeigt wurde, vier Preise gewann und nun von einem US-Verleiher vertreten wird.

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