Sometimes I will invite a client to stand at the window of my office and watch the movement of traffic in the street below. We are not interested in where these vehicles have come from or who is driving them. We are just watching. Later on, the client can apply the same divine disinterest to the movement of his thoughts. Thoughts can survive anything except our indifference. Indifference is what purifies the mind.
All of our suffering is self-created. This means that we use the mind to create difficulties where difficulties do not exist. Then we use the mind to try and alleviate the difficulties that the mind itself has created. Not to put too fine a point on it, but this is clearly nuts. No problem can be solved at the same level of consciousness that created the problem.
I think I am getting older. I’m wrong. My body is getting older.
In the cinema, an audience takes for real the images on the screen. Back on the street, same phenomenon—people feeling this way or that, taking for real the thoughts in their heads.
Help is not to be had by looking outside of ourselves. This is the folly of prayer.
The fool who persists in his folly becomes wise.
Do not all things work for good?