We have a root too, my friend. The mandala of the soul has a center.
The shamans knew about the full mind. Do everything counter to the way that everybody else did. This is the path of the Heyoka. Sacred clown. They support their tribe by showing them how things are undone, keeping them alert. They were tricksters, but because they went backwards. They just “undid” things. People kept aware of what they were doing and why.
Shamans need power to heal, and they need to counter the fear of the one they help. Genghis Kahn was a shaman. They were men of power, for good or ill. When Kahn underwent the rite of initiation, rather than swim the ice water he pulled in his predecessor and drowned him.
You say red. They say no, black. I say red and black. I blame you for your problems, then I accept your apology for hurting you. Let’s all be miserable! Hell can be enlightenment, but then hell ceases to be hell as people define it. Hell becomes just a condition.
You don’t drop thought by telling yourself “don’t think”. This just makes you think about not thinking. Then you get frustrated because you don’t like not thinking. It is the nature of that thinking portion of your mind. It’s really pretty limited, and is the definition of thought, concept defined, experience remembered. But not necessarily factually, it’s all overlaid with concept.
Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean the world isn’t really out to get you. But when they get you, then what? That seems the ultimate question, not “what you know”. The question is, “Then what?” We suffer more when we think we shouldn’t suffer. We are more angry at the idea that we were wronged, than at the wrong done.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.