April 29, 2010
Because of the natural progression of development, a yogi will tend to spend a certain amount of time developing or fleshing out each stratum of mind. They are developed in order, one by one (and then again, at a deeper level, as in a spiral). And the “cutting edge” of your practice, the one that forms the temporary ceiling of how far up the spectrum of consciousness you can go in any given sitting, will color your experience all day long. That’s why a yogi whose cutting edge is the A&P thinks life is beautiful and getting better. And that’s why a yogi whose cutting edge is the dukkha nanas thinks life is dreadful and getting worse: it’s all about where you are encountering the stickiness of your own mind. In other words, the place you haven’t yet made peace with draws you like a magnet.
Some parts of your mind are inherently heavenly and some parts are inherently hellish. You won’t get rid of any of it, so you may as well abandon that project as soon as possible. The kind of freedom that will satisfy comes from being equally at home in heaven and hell. Make friends with your own built-in hell and be free. Reject parts of your own mind and only suffering can result.