My dog ‘Cookie’

‘Cookie’ by Philip Dodson

My dog, Cookie, has a great life. For her it is always now, always the present moment, there is no projection into the future, care-free, no repeating mind patterns, no opinions of herself or me or others, no judgements, just unconditional love.

Amazing though as humans we look at animals and say things like ‘oh it must be boring’ or ‘it’s tough for animals’ and so on. Of course, any living soul has its challenges and for animals, they have to seek food to survive. Well Cookie doesn’t, she simply looks cute, scratches at the cupboard door where her food is kept, and boom, there is another sachet of dog food.

Animals, if they maybe look at us, might say ‘look at those humans, off to work, stuck in traffic, always wanting more and suffering all their lives from their minds’. Cookie doesn’t lay there on the sofa anxiously thinking ‘oh, that was the last sachet of food in the box, what if they don’t go to the shops, I’ll starve, I might even die’ or ‘him, the big one he’s not working, what if they can’t afford to buy more food?’ and so on. She sleeps soundly on the sofa enjoying the moment with inner peace.

Humans live mainly in the unreal unconscious dimension of the mind and its endless thought patterns and resulting suffering, never appreciating this moment and the joy of it. Animals live in the conscious real-world dimension of now, free from the burden of thought and interestingly we can choose to live in that dimension too.

With no self

With no self, there is nothing to fear, there is no calamity, no worry, no pain.

Self is a creation of the mind and is not from our soul. It is a collection of mental forms, labels, memories wrapped in fragile tissue paper in our mind, it’s what we falsely identify as ourselves.

It is a delicate thing easily injured or hurt and if we identify with our self, then we suffer the hurt and injury both mentally and physically.

It is self that causes suffering within and without. The collective suffering is the collective self.

The state of pure conscious being is free from self. Our essence is not driven by a story of ‘me’.

Our soul is hidden from us by identifying with self.

With no self comes liberation, freedom, life, joy, love and the power of creation and the universe.