The Power of Open Intelligence

If you want open intelligence to be stable right now for you and it isn’t, that’s just the way it is for you. Thinking about that can become an afflictive state too: “Oh, I want it to be stable; it isn’t stable right now. Look at so and so, it’s stable in them, and it’s not stable in me. What’s wrong?” Well, this is just another story to pierce with the power of open intelligence. Pierce it with the power of open intelligence; don’t allow it to go on and on. Rely on your own inner clarity to see through these stories that bring so much pain. This is very important. There is nothing better you can do for yourself.

The Most Important Choice

It really is a choice. It’s definitely a choice, so make no mistake about that. You can choose open intelligence or not. To rest or not to rest, that is the question! It really is. The more you take advantage of short moments of open intelligence, the more open intelligence there is. It’s just as simple as that. Then even though these afflictive states return for a while, over time they diminish.

Maintaining Open Intelligence

You need to encourage yourself to maintain this one hundred percent commitment to short moments of open intelligence, just like you would encourage a small child to do the right thing. You say to yourself, “I don’t want to live this way. I am one hundred percent committed to open intelligence, and even though I may have the compulsion to harbor these stories, I’m not going to harbor them anymore. Instead, I’m going to use all of my power and energy to maintain open intelligence for short moments.”

Complete Freedom in Immediacy of Perception

The more you are involved in the story—in the data streams—the more there is the perception of suffering, but that’s not what we are really talking about. What we are really talking about is the efficacy of short moments many times. Now, what is initially a distraction or an enormous story about whatever it is—your personal history, someone else’s personal history, or the nature of the universe—by the power of short moments many times, you attain mastery over the story. Initially the story is very compelling, but eventually there is complete freedom in relation to the story. It doesn’t matter if the story is there or not. You can have endless stories about the nature of the universe, endless stories about the nature of yourself, but there’s freedom in the immediacy of the perception of all of those.

Key Points and Pivotal Instructions

In Balanced View we offer a wealth of instruction, very key points and pivotal instructions on exactly how to maintain open intelligence. What I have seen over and over again is that every single person who does receive clear instruction, understands exactly how to rest, and then it is easy.

The Ground of Human Nature

What we are saying here is that the ground of human nature and all of nature and the fundamental condition of existence is open intelligence itself. The skillful means for bringing that about in one’s own experience is to maintain open intelligence for short moments repeated many times until it becomes automatic.

Complete Mastery

Within us we have complete mastery over all thoughts and emotions and experiences; that’s our natural state, and if we don’t know that to be the case it’s simply because we haven’t become familiar with that.

Commitment to Open Intelligence

Once you know what open intelligence is, then the second step is to make a commitment to that. It needs to be a 100% commitment; it can’t be going back and forth. It is a commitment that has to be to open intelligence and to its power in our lives rather, than to buying into all the data and stories and the thinking about everything.

Free of All States

In gaining confidence in open intelligence, we find ourselves free of all states, positive and negative states. We don’t need to rely on descriptions any longer to assure our well-being. Instead we are relying on open intelligence itself.

Thoughts Vanish Naturally

In open intelligence there is incredible power. First of all we notice that when we gain confidence in open intelligence by maintaining open intelligence for short moments repeated many times, we find that we are not as affected by our thinking anymore. We find that our thoughts vanish naturally like a line drawn in water, or like the flight path of a bird in the sky. There isn’t anything we need to do about the thinking; it is spontaneous and free in its own place. It resolves itself. It is spontaneously self-releasing with nothing needing to be done about it.