‘But the thinking mind says this, but the thinking mind says that’, you tell me. Why don’t you understand that the thinking mind is Satan and that there is no benefit to be had from listening to it? Who cares what Satan says? Was there ever a time that Satan didn’t lie? Why be interested in what a liar says? Why would you take Satan so very seriously, more seriously than anything else in the whole wide world?
Satan isn’t the red guy with horns, a pointy tail and a pitchfork, Satan is your everyday thoughts. Satan is that voice in your head – the voice in your head that never shuts up. Why else would he be called Shaitan the Whisperer? Why else would he be known as the Great Deceiver, the Father of Lies? Leave the Whisperer to his infernal whispering, the Deceiver to his deceiving, the Father of Lies to his own poisonous lies.
Deception belongs to the deceiver, lies to the liar – don’t enter into that circle! Don’t fall for it, don’t rise to the bait. ‘But, but, but…’ you say, ‘but the thinking mind says this, the thinking mind says that…’ Straightaway you invoke Satan, as if Satan can save you from Satan! Satan will promise to save you from all evil, he will promise you anything you want, but what of it? Are the promises of the Great Deceiver worth anything? Is the advice of the Great Liar something you should be following?
Satan isn’t really the red fellow with horns and feet like a goat. That’s just a story by which we are deceived. That’s the externalization. How much easier it would be if this were the case! How simple things would be then. How very convenient this would be. Satan isn’t convenient however – he is very inconvenient, the most inconvenient thing of all. Religion can’t save us from Satan either because religion comes from our thinking and our thinking is Satan. You must fight against the devil and all his works we are told, but all fighting comes from our thoughts, all fighting comes from the divisions with make with our mind. The rational approach can’t save us either therefore – rationality is the source of our neuroticism, not its cure. Rationality is the Dark Father who eats his own children. CBT can’t save us either therefore because CBT is also Satan, because CBT is also the Dark Father…
Fighting and striving come from our notions of right and wrong, good and evil and ‘good and evil’, ‘right and wrong’ are the categories of thought. Outside of thought there are no categories. Outside of thought there is no right and no wrong. Outside of thought there is nothing to fight against. To fight against Satan is to make Satan stronger, as the mystics always say. To fight against the Demon Sticky Hair is to get stuck to him all the more; when we try to strike the Tar Baby or pushing him away from us we get drawn into his embrace all the more. ‘Desired separation forges a connection’, says Douglas Flemons. What we least want we always get.
Satan is created by resistance; Satan is our resistance. Thought is resistance. If you want to be free from Satan then don’t rise to the bait. Don’t fall for it. If you want to be saved from Satan then don’t pay heed to his tricks, don’t listen to his whispering. Don’t ask for him to save you. Don’t keep quoting his lies to yourself and holding them close as if they were Nuggets of Sacred Truth. Don’t look to rationality to help you – don’t look for its guidance. If you want to be released from the Prison of Thinking then you must leave all thoughts to the thinking mind…