Thinking has become a disease. Disease happens when things
get out of balance. For example, there is nothing wrong with
cells dividing and multiplying in the body, but when this process
continues in disregard to the total organism, cells proliferate
and we have disease. Note: The mind is a superb instrument if used
rightly. Used wrongly however, it becomes very destructive. To
put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind
wrongly -- you usually don't use it at all. It uses *you*. This
is the disease. You believe that you *are* the mind. This is the
delusion. The instrument has taken you over.
[Q: I can still use my mind to accompish things.] Just because
you can solve a crossword puzzle or build an atom bomb doesn't
mean that you use your mind. Just as dogs love to chew bones,
the mind loves to get its teeth into problems. That's why it does
crossword puzzles and builds atom bombs. *You* have no interest in
either. Let me ask you this: can you be free of your mind whenever
you want to? Have you found the "off" button?
[If not] Then the mind is using you. You are unconsciosly
identified with it, so you don't even know that you are its
slave. It's almost as if you were possessed without knowing it,
and so you take the possessing entity to be yourself. The beginning
of freedom is the realization that you are not the possessing
identity -- the thinker. Knowing this enables you to observe the
identity. The moment you start *watching the thinker*, a higher
level of consciousness is activated. You then begin to realize that
there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought
is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that
all the things that matter -- beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner
peace -- arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken.
-- Eckhart Tolle, from 'Power of Now'
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