greentara wrote:Andrew, Presence is good. So is awareness and just being, not this or that but just be.
The trouble is we can't just be. The latent tendencies and emotional thoughts come bubbling to the surface so 'presence' is obscured but not lost.
When you know that latent tendencies and emotional thoughts are not separate from the natural state then what harm do they cause? If you recognize them as being separate and harmful then it's hard to let them go and you get stirred up.
Meditation isn't about keeping these thoughts under wrap. When you do Rushen practices in Dzogchen you let these thoughts hang out. You bring them up and look at there nature. When you do Mahamudra you can bring up these really strong thoughts and emotions and then suddenly look at them and see their nature. So the point in the end is to see that thoughts and emotions are in formal dharma terms 'self-arisen awareness'. Sounds complex but it just means that you just let it be and have confidence that it's just the natural state display. Obviously you don't become a monster and use these emotions or give the display any fixed importance. Airplanes can fly through clouds and in the open sky. In that sense they are unobstructed. So are you.