How do we work? And how do we awaken from our programming? In order to do this, we have to understand how the mind works – both our mind and the minds of others. Even more importantly, we have to understand what we actually are.
We have unconsciously accepted being programmed. By whom? By others who are also programmed. So who programmed them? Is there anyone in charge? No! Some robots think that they’re in charge, but that’s only their programming 😀 We have been told to hail our maker – but we are the makers.
Until we realise our true nature, we will chug along mechanically, thinking that we have choice. As long as we obey our programming, we will remain in the same identity, with the same personality. Some of us are skilled; some are very clever; some merely entertain themselves – and others.
We have sense receivers. Information is sent to the perception centre that registers this information; the memory bank provides recognition, and then judgement takes place. Is it pleasant? Unpleasant? Neutral?
Buddhism explains this through the five skandha, and the eight consciousnesses. The description of the six psychological realms helps us understand that, like a chess computer, we have adopted a style of programme that might be anything from passive to aggressive … or any other emotional state.
We are shown words or images, and our buttons get pressed. We, in turn, relay those words and images to others, thus pressing their buttons.
How do we get out of this cycle of existence?
Meditation shuts the programme down – and we wake up! We now have choices. But we have to be careful how we approach others; waking up can be annoying and they will temporarily blow their circuits. We are no longer the same as them; we have made effort, and this reminds them that they need to make an effort, but are too busy playing a role.
Unfortunately, shutting down the programme may seem boring, because we want to be up and doing. Gradually, through meditation, we become familiar with pure conscious awareness – our true nature, inner peace – our true nature, happiness – our true nature.
We can now express wakefulness creatively through compassionate activity.