Our Problem Is Fascination
Fascination creates the noise of our delusion
Fascination: interest, preoccupation, passion, obsession, compulsion, captivation, enchantment; allurement; charm, attraction, intrigue, attractiveness, appeal, magnetism, pull, draw.
We have to balance our understanding of spiritual essence, and our functioning in a physical form: “not too tight and not too loose.”
We are spiritual beings embodied in a human form (there are other forms), and trapped by our own fascination with our world, our bodies, our senses and our minds. Spiritually speaking, this fascination is laziness that dulls our realisation of reality. In reality, there is no noise.
Fascination is the distraction. We can even be fascinated by that which repulses us. Pure awareness forgot its spontaneous wakefulness, and became so fascinated with the whole of phenomena as its own experience that an imaginary ‘I’ was created: phenomena became my mind, my senses, my body, my world, my self: ‘my’ implies a holding on to something. We are easily excited because we are, in truth, fully aware – but not aware of this fact.
The opposite of fascination is boredom. Boredom?
Boredom: a feeling of being uninterested, unoccupied.
Now isn’t that interesting?! 😀
The key to ending entrapment is boredom, being uninterested, unoccupied. We are so used to our programming of ‘doing something’ which we think is reality, that we fear ‘doing nothing’. It’s a self fulfilling prophecy of a never-ending chaotic story in a dream state. This state is so familiar that we fill up space every chance we get, becoming fascinated and obsessed with family, work, leisure … there is noise everywhere … that programmed, insidious muzak is everywhere!
Muzak: Elevator music, any generic. commercially produced music for public establishments such as dentist offices, grocery stores, restaurants etc:“Dude, this muzak is giving me a friggin’ headache, I’ve gotta get me a smart phone.”
And we think that will solve our problems? 😀
We keep filling space. Outer space and inner space. In pure meditation, there is no interest, no occupying, no occupier, but just the cool boredom of reality. Give yourself a break. When we come back from our meditation holy-day, awareness itself will bring our attitude back to balance, and we can enjoy without clinging – without being too fascinated.
Fascination really is the problem.