Is being restless a result of repetition of irresolvable issues? Are these issues being repeated because you feel lacking in some way? What causes these feelings of restlessness and lacking? Just because you feel them does it mean that they are valid? Or is it that you identify with them so much that they are integrated into your belief system? We choose to either accept or reject our feelings based on how real they are to us whether they are truly real or not. Following is a continuation of the interaction between the student and the master based on theKung Fu TV characters:
Master: Why are you restless, Grasshopper?
Grasshopper: I feel that I haven’t done something that I should have.
Master: And what was that?
Grasshopper: I should have learned to move to the left instead of the right.
Master: Then, why does that make you restless?
Grasshopper: Because I didn’t do what I should have.
Master: How would you have known what you should have done unless you did it the way you did it?
Grasshopper: I wouldn’t have known it.
Master: Then, why are you restless?
Grasshopper: Because the thought of not doing what I should have keeps repeating itself in my mind.
Master: Then, why don’t you dismiss that thought?
Grasshopper: Because it keeps repeating itself so much that I now believe that I am lacking in some way.
Master: And why are you lacking?
Grasshopper: Because my belief tells me that I am.
Master: Then, why don’t you dismiss that belief?
Grasshopper: Because it feels right to me.
Master: And why does it feel right to you?
Master: Can you change the fact that you moved the way you did?
Grasshopper: No, Master.
Master: Can you change the belief that makes you feel restless?
Grasshopper: I don’t think so, Master.
Master: And why don’t you think so?
Grasshopper: Because I moved to the left instead of the right.
Master: Isn’t the thought and belief that you didn’t move correctly causing you to be restless?
Grasshopper: Yes, it is.
Master: Then why don’t you remove that thought and that belief for you to have peace once again?
Grasshopper: I can’t, Master. It just keeps repeating itself over and over again in my mind.
Master: And why do you think it keeps repeating itself?
Grasshopper: Because I won’t let it go?
~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)