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A conditioned thought / emotional response is, in essence, of the same nature as a consciously directed, forced one. Both are forms of a fragmented impulse, originating in a fragmented mind-set (the first state), resulting with fragmented perception and experience.

Within the second state, thoughts / impulses are integrated and exist in balance: trained reflexes and spontaneous sparks work together.

In the mosaic (perceived reality) of the first state, the pieces are jumbled up. In the second, they fit together – without trying, just by being …

 

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In the first (fragmented) state, one battles with reality – striving to achieve / compete / move forward.
This is rooted in the illusionary notion that such fragmented movement leads to progress. But in actuality, what is achieved is the modification or exchange of one set of parameters (values, beliefs, thoughts, emotions etc.) with another, on the surface – while the roots / framework stay the same. In other words, the fragmented mode of existence is perpetuated.

In the second (whole) state, one is.
Being is an end in itself. One cannot ask for anything in return. The ultimate realization is that life is perfect as it is, when not interfered with. When there is nothing to improve, reality is perceived and experienced without strife. Then, the only thing to do is to follow the universal path – by letting it unfold in its specific way for each one of us.

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Whole = Part

Since fragmented thought does not partake in the essence of the second state of mind, the latter is experienced as undivided / whole. But at the same time, such a mind frame spontaneously aligns itself with other levels of integration (e.g. the environment / world / universe …). In other words, it becomes a part of a bigger whole. Thus, part and whole are two complementary aspects – two ways of looking at being.

Being is alignment.

Part = Whole

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Being is primary. Imposed thought/emotion is secondary. The ultimate place is not somewhere you get to – one is already there. Staying in it is the ultimate. Stay back – watch fragmented impulses approach and drift away – don’t make them stick. This is all one needs to do – everything else flows spontaneously from here – the primary starting and ending point …

 

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What was said about thought also applies to emotion: a fragmented movement of the spirit necessarily results with a fragmented experience and consciousness. But, any such impulse is a “light-switch” that we can not turn on. Stepping back in this way (i.e. non-action, or pure action), conversely, leads to integrated understanding / consciousness.

True integration on a personal level opens up other levels of integration – with the immediate environment, and expanding further, the world, the universe …