Butterflies have wings and fly; we have a mind and our thoughts fly. So far so good. Difficulties arise from believing that those thoughts actually get us somewhere. Trusting in what you think can lead to difficulty. When you believe the dream is real, nightmares are more likely.
Granted the mind can drive us crazy, but it isn’t really the mind’s fault; it is the trust we place in the mind’s thought. We believe that the ‘cover’ we see is the whole ‘book’ of reality. You can avoid much of that by simply viewing everything you see as a symptom of the deeper ‘shape that has no shape‘, as chapter 14 hints.
People’s thought mirrors their innate nature — their life. Their thoughts focus a great deal on sports, or politics, or work, or relationships, or food, or sex, or their physical beauty, or their body, or… you name it. Again, so far so good. Our suffering comes about when we put all our emotion’s marbles in our favored thought basket. Chapter 71 points to this common fault in its first two lines:
Even acknowledging this, what can we do? Do we have any choice over how much trust we place in thought? Trust is a curious thing; you trust something, e.g., people, actions, knowledge, beliefs, etc., until you deeply, thoroughly ‘realize’ your trust was misplaced. ‘Realize’, means having a visceral emotional experience, and not just understanding the principle idea — although that is a good place to begin. Plant the seeds today, reap the bountiful crop of emotional peace tomorrow.