Oh! What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.
The poem Marion by Sir Walter Scott and moreover his quote can be helpful in the awakening of human consciousness. This is possible through aware observation of our relationship with the mind. Our conversation today relates to Sir Walter Scott’s insight. So, let’s focus our awareness on conditioned behavior. We often blame life for causing difficulties and suffering. However, our unawareness to mind activities causes the tangled web we weave.
We can compare this to domino’s that fall one after the other. It seems impossible to stop domino’s from falling once the chain-reaction has begun. Likewise, our mind is literally a madhouse of thoughts and emotions. The level of this madness corresponds with a person’s level of conscious awareness or the lack of it. How complicated is this moment for you? Can you answer this question? It is wonderful if you can because this suggests that you are consciously awakening. Thus, you know that you are not living in balance with life. Additionally, this gives an indication of your true relationship with the mind, consciousness, and life. Your daily activities probably seem very tangled and even frightening if the mind dominates your state of being. So, let’s paraphrase the quote from Sir Walter Scott to help clarify our discussion.
The web we weave becomes more tangled each day because the mind can distract and deceive.
Additionally, the web of life is naturally and universally woven. But, non-attachment and acceptance are essential to allow free movement within this web. The complications increase when we are not able to accept the moment as it is now. Please reflect on this last sentence before you read more. The moment is never a tangled web nor is it ever deceitful. Life is what it is now.
Furthermore, thoughts, people or things are details of presence and not presence itself. The moment is absolute and life is unconditional. The now, without the details of any object existence, is the totality. I realize that this is too much for the mind to comprehend. Therefore, please consider what I have shared without letting the mind take you down a conditioned path. The mind uses thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions as signposts on this path. Our Practice is to dismiss focusing on mind signposts during our inner journey. Perhaps this will help to move beyond the mind.
The mind dominates our state of being. This creates falsities and illusions. But, the supposed tangled web we weave will fade away as our focus shifts from mind to conscious being.
P.S. Would you like to read about the experiences shared in Sir Walter Scott’s poem? Here is the link for Marmion.