Imagine Yourself as a Puppet Master

Today we will continue our discussion regarding observation.  We will extend our analogy by adding the idea of being a puppet master.



We started this analogy on Monday when we began talking about observing ourselves from a balcony.  Yesterday we looked at why we jump off the balcony.

Today we will look at an analogy that can help us stay on the balcony.


Practice observing

Let’s go back to our initial analogy about observation.  Imagine that you are standing on a balcony that is a little above and behind you body.  You are watching that body as it goes through the daily routine.


At this point you are only observing.  You observe as your body eats breakfast.  You observe as your body goes through the day at work.  You observe when your false self gets mad when it has to sit in traffic on the way home from work.


You watch all this but do not get involved.  Gradually you will develop a sense of separateness from your body, but not a disconnection.  You will see that you are still connected to your body but that your point of observation is outside of that body.


A limited role

At this point you start to understand the role your body is supposed to play.  The only tasks your body is supposed to perform are to be your physical eyes and ears.  The body is supposed to move itself around as you need it to move.  Those are the only tasks that the body is supposed to do.


The last thing your body is supposed to do is get involved with a bunch of complicated thinking.  What most of us consider as thinking actually comes from our false self, which is a part of the physical body.  False self is supposed to do what true self tells it to do.  The tasks false self performs are strictly related to being the physical interface for true self within the physical world.


An example

Let’s use the example of going to a meeting to start to understand how these roles are separated.  You are at work and you have a meeting to attend at 10:00 AM.  Let’s watch to see how true self and false self are supposed to collaborate for this common task.


You get to work and check your calendar before you get started on any work.  You note that you have a 10:00 meeting to attend.  You file that thought and get started on your work.


As you work, false self monitors the time and notes when it is time to go to the meeting.  You stop working five minutes before the meeting to allow yourself time to walk to the meeting.  You tell false self to take the body to the meeting.


True self does not need to know how to get to the meeting.  True self does not need to know how to walk.  These tasks are done by false self.  False self walks the body to the meeting.  False self sits the body in a chair.


Once the meeting starts true self listens to what the body is hearing.  True self is the one that decides on the correct answer when we are asked a question.  True self decides when to comment, and what the comments should be.


False self does not have a lot to do while true self is participating in the meeting.  At the end of the meeting false self walks the body back to your desk.


The puppeteer

Let’s put all of these ideas together.  True self is standing on the balcony observing false self operate the body.  True self is watching all the false self thoughts go by.


Most of these thoughts are about fear, anger, and unhappiness.  True self does not want anything to do with that kind of unhappiness so it stays on the balcony and lets the attachments go by without grabbing on to them.


Once true self has gotten comfortable with observing, we decide to take a bit more control of our body and our false self.  While we are standing on the balcony we rig the body and the false self with strings – just like a puppet.


Now we stand on the balcony and move our false self based body where we want it to go.  We want it to get in the car and drive.  We manipulate the appropriate strings to maneuver the body into the car.


As we are driving we notice that false self is getting upset.  We yank on the string that lets go of the attachment and false self calms down.  A little later false self starts to get afraid of its financial situation.  We manipulate the string that is holding on to that attachment and the fear is gone.


We gradually learn that we have this tremendous control of how we interface with the world.  We stand in our calm, quiet, and happy place on the balcony and confidently manipulate our false self and its body as if we were a master puppeteer.  You know what?  After a bit of practice doing this we become that master puppeteer.


That is all for today.  As always, thanks for reading.


Until tomorrow –


Es kava turen hai

We work towards an identical goal.



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