Right Action core edit
|March 22, 2014||Posted by Koanic under Learning Koanic Soul|
It has been well understood for 2000 years that faith without works is dead. But hearing this leads neither to greater faith nor greater works. Rather, it stresses, pressurizes, creates anxiety. If my works are not sufficient, then is my faith neither? The mind introspects, anathema to right action.
I have carried my anti-dissonance koans to the pitch of perfection, yet my goal was never to eliminate dissonance. Rather, I sought performance – dissonance-free right action. But even after eliminating all dissonance, I still found myself lacking an impetus to right action. I needed some tiny push – too large a push and dissonance would return.
Previously I’d attempted to solve the problem with a combination of hiiperdoro and rest-relaxation. Two modes, work and rest. But hiiperdoro is better suited as a method, not as a koan – it bears too much stress and urgency; generates waves of dissonance.
There seemed to be no trick, no hack, that could lead to pacific right action. Everything I could think of operated by generating stress directly, or else generated it indirectly as a byproduct. Yet I would not accept this inner tensing as a necessary component of right action.
What the hell, I figured. I’ll try swapping in “right action” for HD/RR at the bottom of the heart koan. Previously I’d tried similar things, so I figured this one would fail too; it would create too much dissonance and pressure to perform.
Surprisingly, it didn’t. Instead it gave a directionality to the entire meditative structure – an endpoint. It was all about the location.
Just as faith without works is dead, so meditation without action is dead. That is the fundamental Buddhist error.
There is never any meditative state that is good enough. One could always be more x. And peaks are not sustainable.
Likewise, there is never any action that is good enough. One can always find shortfalls to generate dissonance waves.
Neither on its own can be psychologically complete, but together, they can be psychologically complete. Right action, as the tip of the spear, with a long dissonance-canceling meditative shaft behind it, permits a steady, sustained thrust through life.
Imperfect action becomes calm iteration. Imperfect meditation doesn’t matter – the objective action justifies the internal state. Neither is forced to bear more than its allotted weight.
Right action becomes the distillation, the gestalt, of the meditation. Instead of being an ephemeral chimera, meditation is continuously crystallized into a history of action – a durable record of triumph.
Thus I have analyzed and systematized what so much useless self-help only vaguely hints at, describes symptoms of, or addresses only in part. Meditation is the dissonance-smoothed, fully-processed inflowing of the mind towards a single point of action. Amen.
I think the final trick was that I would attempt to enter a different mode when switching from meditation to action, which obviously created dissonance. This at last unifies the two modes.
The result is neither meditation nor action, as I previously understood and lived them. The sum is greater than the parts. I have no name for it. The psychprint is so different, I do not recognize myself.
It seems there’s one more component to motivation. Already installed, just didn’t know its importance. Protagonistic awareness, emotional primacy of one’s own psychodrama and life path. Basically, being interested in yourself versus some outside entertainment, subject, person or thing. To do otherwise is a basic ingenopathic trap, due to the external locus of ego.
In fact, it needs to be right down in the heart core next to right action. It’s not enough to focus on the deed; one must focus one’s passions on it as well.
The danger is that putting it into words creates instant self-reflective dissonance. The solution is to think the way an animal does, in images only. As usual, words are poison.
The resulting mental movie, when combined with the rest, is the solution to the need for entertainment to provide emotional stimulation.
Enlightenment is seen by one neuroscientist as an activation of left amygdala (positive affect, reward-seeking), deactivation of right amygdala (basically fear, negative affect), deactivation of left hippocampus (verbal thoughts, which tend towards the negative) and activation of right hippocampus (visual thoughts, which tend towards the positive). Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqrpKUTMXgY I’m not sure how accurate it is but you might like it. Talks a lot about the temporal lobe.
That sounds pretty close to what this is. Except I wouldn’t call this enlightenment, just adaptive functioning.
The “think in images, the way animals think” thing I got from The Ultimate Fighter, Nelson vs Carwin, the prefight talk of the heavy occipital TM who bit his opponent whilst getting guillotine submitted. Good inner game.