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I was considering my meditation the other day, and it seems to me that to arrange one’s inner world along the same lines as the outer would be moderately insane.
In meditation my mind sometimes runs away with me, and the week before last I had a session where I came across a band of energy inside my forehead that spoke and identified itself as “NATO”. Which seems silly, but if you think of it in terms of emotional value, it is a name that has a certain weight and respectability. I just carried on witnessing as usual and it passed.
But it set me to thinking, on and off. My normal way of being has been to consider myself equal to other humans, irrespective of money, status, power, all those things. My preferred way of governance has been the democracy. My focus in life has been self sufficiency, I have no children or wife. Now what if there really is an inner world? With other things in it that speak?
To assume equality might be dangerous to one’s mental health. It seems reasonable to assume, from a Buddhist perspective, that you are the sole proprietor, the suprememost sovereign of your internal space. One might also assume that the other things that speak can be purely temporary, that just witnessing them and letting them pass is the right response.
Anyway I found it really interesting how in an inner world one has to re-value oneself.