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How do we project reality?

Q&A: How do we project reality?

Master Culadasa discusses how we can change reality in regards to an event like being robbed.

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Student: [00:00:00] The projections of the mind and the mind creates reality. I have still a lot of trouble to apply this to situations in my life. Like I told you this morning, our house was broken. And how do you deal with that? Do I change my perception of this reality? It's not a burden it's not in there. There was no danger or how do I do that?

Confronted with something like that.

Culadasa: Okay. It's not that this is a simple formula that, your mind creates your reality. So you want a different, you just change it because it's not gonna work that way. Okay. You have to understand why it is that your mind is creating the reality. And that's your starting point.

That's how you're going to get to the place of experiencing reality differently. And so your house is burgled. You examine you, you be mindful of your reaction and you you'd be, you go as deep in that as you can of observing the saying this is, what's behind that. Tablet attachment, what fear, what desires, what versions and so on and so forth and understand them as well as you can't.

You had an incident like this. It's not over with, you're going to keep experiencing the anti rational and emotional repercussions of it for a number of days. At least there's things that you're going to have to go through. Insurance claims and deciding whether or not to put an alarm system on your house or, sweater, he didn't end up thinking about it and doing a lot of feeling.

So these are all your opportunity while you're doing the thinking. And while you're doing the feeling, while you're reacting to observe yourself and begin to understand. How it is, why it is that your mind is generating a particular kind of reality that it is now. If you are suggesting that you going to change your reality in such a way that you don't ever your house will never be broken into again, that's not how it works.

If your house ever is broken into again, it can potentially be a totally different experience for you. It need not be the unhappy and uncomfortable experience that it has been.

Student: Yeah. I hear what you're saying and I didn't even feel it this way. It's just I even thought about. We were in, I'd heard, there was not much stolen became their flag before we came in. So there was many to come comic thing. It was actually a moving outcome on that level. So I felt actually.

And nothing worse happened. So yeah, I hear what you're saying. And maybe that is, and the observation where the fear comes from, it's not just related to that incident and it's about this my space thing, and so yeah. Okay. That helps too.

Culadasa: So yeah you applied the Buddhist guidelines to this.

You look at this situation and you see some of the mental states that arose were upon. And he wants to sustain those. And you want to encourage well to the extent that some of them are not positive on wholesome, then you want to examine them and see if you can release them and perhaps not need to experience in the future.

That's exactly the way it works.

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