These are some general questions that can be used to weed out fixed ideas:
Some of the possible "Whys" follow:
If you can clearly see a truth, then it no longer sticks in the mind. A fixed idea is based on some sort of untruth, something that's not being seen clearly, some resistance. That which is resisted tends to persists, as attention sticks on it, even if subconsciously. So the next step in clearing fixed ideas is to locate the "Lie" - what was untrue that resulted in the above Why being perceived? Was it based on one of the following factors?
|Wrong evaluation?||A changed sequence of events?||Cross orders?|
|Wrong sequence?||Copying another?||Incorrectly included data?|
|Wrong time?||Admiration for the originator?||An assumption?|
|Omitted time?||Sympathy with something?||A presumption?|
|An over-generalization?||Thinking "always" or "never"?||Something inaccurate?|
|A wrong source of information?||A misperception?||A self-invalidation?|
|A threat?||Omitted facts?||An altered importance?|
|A wrong target?||An added falsehood?||Contrary facts?|
|The wrong place identified?||Something Else?|
The basic idea is that if one feels confused, then one will try to find an idea that helps to clarify things, so one can then move out of the confused state. But if one chooses a wrong explanation, because one hasn't realized it has faulty logic, then the idea does not resolve the confusion. One holds on to it anyway as some sort of solution and continue to see the world through this distorted filter.
Try working through the Why and Lie lists above. Provide several examples - from your own experience or imagination - of each item in the lists. Then do this in combination, i.e. the why and then the lie. Also note that a further why and lie may undercut the first pair, i.e. these may go in chains.
Nobody said the mind wasn't complicated. That's why it sticks there - unraveling that labyrinth of lies helps you to see the underlying truth, which on the contrary is always simple and aligned with love, the nature of your being. Bon voyage!
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