“As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.” Lao Tzu
There is a whole philosophical system, a complete holistic model of reality contained in this quotation from a great master. It simply says you are the creator of your experience and that includes all of your thoughts. The world is as you see it, but your experience of it is filtered through your data … your beliefs and your thoughts.
Often, people look at the world around them—all the challenges, all the problems, the conflicts, the misery and suffering—and they want to do something about it. But they go about it by trying to fix someone or something else. It’s always about the other person, the wife, the husband, the enemy. And yet you cannot change something unless you first change the belief that is causative to it. If there is conflict in your world it’s a reflection of the conflict in you. Rather than trying to fix the world outside of yourself, go to the cause. Go to the creator of that world, which is you, and resolve the conflict in yourself.
As soon as you think a thought, as soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it. Just consider, how much of a thought is really serious? If you are identified with the thought, if you have minimal self-awareness and are not even aware that you are thinking the thought, and especially if you’re the creator of the thought, then your suffering continues as you experience a virtual reality that isn’t real.
Progressively, as you evolve and your awareness increases, you will recognize you’re thinking the thoughts, creating the thoughts, and making the thoughts. In other words, your beliefs are self-created.
When you realize you’re responsible for your thoughts, you can begin to question them. You can begin to ask if they are true, if they are real. Quickly you’ll discover what the great sage Socrates learned -- that 99 % of what you believe and think isn’t real.
It’s just a bunch of fantasies, illusions and lies. When you dismantle them you open yourself to the exploration of the experience of who you are without them. That’s where you can begin to laugh at them. For in the experience of who you are without all your silly beliefs there arises your true nature, which is blissful, joyous existence—the experience of blissful, joyous consciousness delighting in itself for no reason.
So consider that your consciousness in this moment is just a laughing energy. There was a time when dentists gave laughing gas for anesthesia, and people just started laughing for no reason. What if laughter is your true nature? What if every cell in your being in this moment is just laughing for no reason? Truthfully your thoughts (and that includes your beliefs and all of your data) are the most absurd experience you can have. They’re hysterical, and if you are wakeful, you can stay in touch with the laughter that is your true nature.
So Lao Tzu is a very great sage. When you have made a thought, laugh at it. Of course! Stay with the laughter. It’ll keep the thoughts and beliefs in proportion so that you can dis-identify from them and become more wakeful.
Wakefulness allows you to relinquish your attachment to your thoughts and dwell more consistently in stillness, in the emptiness, the peacefulness, and blissfulness of existence in each new now moment, as you as consciousness create the future of yourself. As a great sage once said, “Life is purposeless energy going nowhere for no reason. Nothing could be more non-serious than life.” So stay with the laughter. Stay wakeful, and be blissful consciousness.
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