I wasn’t my ‘full’ self, yesterday; I recognize this and understand the reasons. I am doing much inner processing, and sometimes allow myself to still try to seek perfectionism when none exists. When I do that, I try to seek perfectionism in others. All I say about someone else is a direct reflection of me. So in reviewing yesterday’s post I discover a bit about me. It’s not fun and it’s not not fun. It just is. I do this review of me without judgment. I am human and that is that. I may be a spiritual being having a human experience, but I still have this brain, this body, basic needs, and some lingering desires, and thusly I still project myself upon others. There are a few things going on with me. But even in “seeing” myself clearly, no matter the view, I remain the observer and not the judge.
I was more prone to slipping into moments of brief fear yesterday, because my husband is heading out of town to see his mother who is close to death. Normally, death would stir up multiple loops for me. I would have likely, before, spun on death and illness, worried about my husband being out-of-town, thought about the money the trip was costing, stressed and agonized over the pain of the sufferer, created and recreated future scenarios, guilted myself up for not being good enough while his mother was alive, chased down thoughts like a dog after a cat, had trouble sleeping, and so on. Now with the dismissal of fear, the repeated dismissal—as I still have fear—I don’t get lost in my mind. If I do slip out of the present, it is for clear reasons:
1. Thinking of a desire
2. Thinking of the reason I have the desire
3. Wondering how to detach from the desire
4. Wondering if I am presenting myself authentically and coming from a place of love
5. Wondering if I have said something that misrepresents my true heart
6. Wondering how to help more and love more
7. Analyzing my desire to see if the desire truly erupts from love and no other source
8. Catching and feeling the fear, and gently releasing the fear
9. Reminding myself not to self-judge
10. Checking in with my body about how I feel and how I am responding to my environment
11. Watching myself to see if I am in the present, past, or future
12. Briefly glancing ahead if I have to prep for an appointment or outing. (What to where. How long to tell my son I will be gone. What to bring. Etc.)
13. Checking in with myself to respond in a way that does not teach, dictate, or come across as ‘knowing the answers.’
14. Reminding myself I know nothing and that I am an accumulation of my perception, exposure, and experience.
Other than these thoughts above generally I am:
1. Listening to the deep self while I write.
2. Listening to the guiding voices that used to seem like angels, but now feel a bit different.
3. In the act of creation, e.g., writing, poetry, painting.
4. Focusing on what another is saying, doing
5. Experiencing a deep depth of knowledge that comes as images, words, and what seem to be lessons.
6. Experiencing the now–the moment–the present
Today, I awoke ‘rawer’ than the last few days; primarily because a change is occurring with my husband leaving town, and also because I feel somewhat unsettled from my post yesterday.
When fears come, they come briefly. Usually only a second or two, sometimes a minute, and very rarely more than an hour. The fears I have looked at this morning come in the form of self-messages, which I recognize as a temporary lie disguised as a truth.
1. People don’t see my heart.
2. I am over-stepping boundaries and speaking too much.
3. I am not good enough to be sharing my journey.
4. I ought shut up.
5. People don’t get me.
6. I am fat.
7. I am not desirable.
8. I am crazy.
9. I was wrong.
10. I am a bitch.
11. I still have impure thoughts.
When I look at the fears, they dissipate. One or two might linger and try to keep popping up but when they do I have disciplined techniques. One such technique is to ask myself if I am in the past or present. Whenever there is fear, I am in one or the other.
Another is to remind myself no one’s opinion of me is a truth, not even my own.
I also tell myself I am light and love and in that I am exactly enough.
If one of the fear messages is about a desire, such as to be a perfect body shape and/or size, to look pretty, to sound smart, to appear sweet, to be rid of unclean thoughts, etc. I look at the desire two ways. First I recognize it is a desire and in doing so this frees me of an obligation. Desires feel like contracts with fear to me. So, I simply wave goodbye to the desire and decide I don’t wish to desire. The bliss of the moment and the absence of fear beats any and all longing for desire. In this way I substitute in my mind the desire for desire with the peace of the present moment and the state of love.
The second thing I do is look at the desire and recognize what the attachment is beneath the desire, e.g., to be loved, to be seen, to be accepted, to be right, to be perfect, to be a good example, to achieve the state of enlightenment. When I can pinpoint my desires to exact attachments, I am able to slip the weight of longing off of me, and free up more energy for love. I have to, at this point, continually remained disciplined. Even thoughts of being too disciplined or too focused on awareness pop up. I then remind myself that is okay. It’s where I am at. And see this as an attachment I cannot yet remove, but will someday.
Even all of this I see as slipping out of the present, and recognize in over-analyzing my ‘path’ I seek refuge in the fear of the future and past. I see this all at such a depth that the observer in me tires, my body pigs out (for body fears being disowned and no longer in power), and my emotions become more evident. I feel more vulnerable and behave in a more attached way.
It is a fascinating cycle to watch. Overall, my mind is 95% calmer and lighter than a month ago. Even with these thoughts of analysis and discipline spinning round, I am able to step back and stop. To breathe and be witness to the moment. I am learning to do things repeatedly without effort or want of outcome, including my thoughts about no thoughts and thoughts of the way I focus on the now. The best moments are when I am in the now without want to be in the now. That is tricky, and something that can hurt my brain, if I think too hard on it. The layers of desire fascinate me, as does the fact that I am much more an audience to my life than an actual player.
With all that said, I had a spike of fear from reading a recent comment. I thought to myself: “Well, yes, I know that. Why do you have to point that out? Why are you focusing on that?”
I felt a huge rush of feelings; all this fear at a masquerade ball dressed as emotions.
8. Not enough
One simple comment, and boom, I was swimming in fear. The key for me now is I feel the fear so instantly, it doesn’t really have a chance. And I feel it at such depth, it has even less of a chance of remaining. Plus I show it to the light which is you, another person, and/or myself, and that light exposes the fear for mere shadow. It has become a kind of hide-and-go-seek game. Except fear has so many guises, sometimes he switches gears in the middle of the game.
From reading my post yesterday, I recognize in myself that I am still struggling with the desire for:
2. Understanding my interests
3. Being heard
4. Wanting to relieve others blindfolds
5. Self-fulfillment in the form of enlightenment
It truly is interesting, because now whenever I share my thoughts, I see a whole underlying event occurring, like an undertow, or the molten lava beneath the surface, or the paint beneath the paint beneath the paint. There are so many vast layers of illusion. I am learning to make fun out of the illusion itself.
Now to spend some quality time in the moment with my coffee. The liquid amber golden swirls. The richness…the depth…..
Until the next time my brain opens and releases. Much love and light to you my fine lovely friend.
11 thoughts on “406: Fear, Desire, and Attachment”
Oh, to be human! We struggle and feel and analyze….. Then, we grow, Let’s celebrate our growth! 😀
I like to celebrate. Let’s celebrate the green of the grass, the blue of the sky, the deep hearts that abound. 🙂 and giggle and wear hats. hugs and thanks for the gift of your words
Well apart from being bombarded by CME solar flares in the last few days and this Taurus eclipse tonight affecting us, I have very much battled with anxiety and feeling frazzled. Like I should be grateful for certain things but far too anxious and irritated by the world and find it hard to relax. I think if there was a button I’d definitely switch it off in my brain!
So sorry for your frustrations related to nature…. I am, too. Especially the moon cycle. Brain buttons…. imagine the money in that! Calling all aspies hehehe thanks for the comment
It can be fascinating sometimes, the crazy ways in which our brains and bodies think. It seems, more often than not, we are being pulled in conflicting directions and it can be hard to get to the root of what the real issue is. But the ability to take a step back and really analyze things can be a bit cleansing as well, to realize that we are all human and that we all go through moments like this. I think that females often are faced with the more malicious inner voice, telling us that we should do this, or not do that, go to the gym, work out more, pay more attention to things, etc. But being able to reflect and pen out your thoughts is a wonderful thing to help quiet that voice 🙂 Hopefully your husband is able to spend some time with his mother during the trip and that he returns home safely.
Much love and hugs-
Hello Anastasia 🙂 So wonderful to see you. Waving. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. My husband is with his mom still. Thank you for your kindness and concern.
Oh boy Sam!! I like the way you think (as you know) I can come here and see my own thoughts, if I’m unsure, all I have to do is read your blog and I know exactly what I myself am thinking (99%) Your description of the self doubt that briefly passes through you upon another’s comment, is so very real..I think that the type of stuff that those types of feelings stir up, may be the biggest part of anyone’s ability to thrive here on this planet.
Do you? Really? you haven’t said that before. bahahahaha Just reading your comments bring me calmness. You have such a soothing energy. Thank you, and purple hat dancing coming your way.
Sam, not only do we think alike, but we kinda look alike. Strange, huh? When I first saw your picture, I jumped a bit, did a double-take and initially thought, “What’s my picture doing on this blog?” Ha!
But great article, thanks.
Hi there. That is funny. I used to have hair like you, the same cut and color. Good taste, yes? I will be starting a new blog soon. Just spiritual. Thanks for commenting. 🙂 appreciate your presence