Floating in Space

Imagine empty space. Nothingness. No walls, no foundation, no borders of any kind, just infinite emptiness – a blank mind perhaps. Within that space, a concept is introduced. But of course, this concept isn’t anchored, it just floats there. Yet upon this concept, more ideas can be added. The original concept becomes a floating foundation. There’s nothing solid keeping any of these ideas together, they’re just regularly associated with one another. Any idea, including the original concept, can morph – but of course, such change alters the way in which the ideas connect to one another. And whenever an association isn’t maintained, an idea simply fades away.

Aren’t we continually told to appreciate stuff? What we have, who we are, our relationship to others? Yet if those circumstances were “real” and “solid”, we wouldn’t need to go through these routines. In life, we’re repeatedly reminding ourselves who our character is and how he fits into the world. “You see, your name is Rich and you were born into a family, these are your relatives, you’ll visit them periodically to refresh these associations.”

This is because there isn’t a foundation and there’s no way to record what’s what. All we have to maintain the world we live within, is the continuous recitation of who we are, where we are, and how our character fits into it all. It’s a brain-in-a-vat type situation. At some point, you realized consciousness and it sparked a flow of ideas. But because you’re a brain, you can’t write anything down, you’re stuck trying to keep this information in the forefront of your awareness through repetition.

Over and over you tell yourself who you are, where you are, and how you relate to this fabricated world. And unfortunately, if you begin with some dumb ideas, you’ll likely perpetuate and expand upon your original stupidity. Eventually you’ll find yourself in a very unpleasant daydream. But what happens when you stop telling yourself all that nonsense you made-up at the beginning of consciousness? Without periodically refreshing the story, the associations fade – and that’s a good thing. This means you can start fresh.

There’s no foundation, no solidity – the only thing that maintains the world you experience is constant repetition within your thoughts. But once you stop perpetuating all those old ideas, they disappear. So your task is this: stop replaying junky old ideas within your imagination. In addition, think of more enjoyable concepts – contemplate those, building a new foundation upon which to add even more higher quality ideas. What works, replay – what doesn’t, allow to fade away.