Neither Here Nor There

We use ‘neither here nor there’ to dismiss a subject as irrelevant. But we can also say that our essential being, Awareness – that which knows the coming and going of all things but doesn’t come and go with them – is neither here nor there. Some say Awareness is ever-present, which makes it here and there, but it can’t be found, so it’s also neither here nor there.

Recognize this knowing presence that has always been with you, always is you, regardless of the circumstances, good, bad, or neutral. Whatever is happening is not happening to you as a body-mind, but in you as this aware, knowing presence, the origin of all things.

As no limits or boundaries can be found to your awareness, recognize that this must be true for everyone – if something is limitless, where is there room for two? If this is understood all confusion vanishes like darkness exposed to light. And we can rightly conclude from this discovery that we are all unique expressions of this infinite and eternal oneness whose qualities are stillness, spaciousness, happiness, and love.

A Drop Of Water

‘So the remembrance of our self is said to be

the direct path to peace and happiness.’

~ Rupert Spira

Talking about non-duality with my wife, Dana, she said, ‘This teaching, the direct path, is like a drop of water falling into the ocean instead of a river.’

A drop of water that falls into a river gradually meanders its way towards the ocean. It takes time.

A drop of water that falls into the ocean is immediately absorbed into its source. It takes no time.

For the spiritual seeker, the gradual path contains an endless array of enticing practices, rituals, and tools – meditation, shaktipat, reciting mantras, chakra alignment, yoga, spiritual texts – which all claim to lead, providing the seeker is dedicated and diligent, to the end goal known by many names – Awakening, Liberation, Enlightenment, the Ultimate Understanding, etc.

These practices and tools can give results, sometimes astounding, sometimes ecstatic, sometimes profound, but always temporary. And it is this temporary nature of all our seeming successes that keep us going on the path. We feel deep down that the end, the final understanding, is just around the next corner . . . or the next . . . or the next. Turns out, it’s always the ‘next.’

The spiritual seeker can travel the gradual path for many lifetimes, be enlightened thousands of times, but never be quite satisfied. All of the experiences that happen to the seeker happen to none other than a separate self, made up of the temporary qualities of an illusionary body-mind, and therefore happen to no one at all.

The direct path is an immediate recognition of our shared original nature as unchanging, unlimited, pure awareness. Just as a drop of water that falls into the ocean is immediately absorbed back into its source, so to, the individual self, when seen for the illusion that it is, disappears immediately back into its source of pure awareness, whose timeless qualities are that of peace, happiness, and love.

A Glimpse

When you take a moment and set aside all that you think yourself to be, you might get a glimpse of IT, whatever you happen to call it – be it the Ultimate, Absolute, Divine Spirit, Pure Consciousness, God, or Ever-Present Awareness.

With this glimpse you might have a momentary feeling of peace – you know without a doubt that all is well.

You might perceive that there is no separation between you and any other being or thing in the world – you see all things as one.

You might think that it is you – a body-mind made up of temporary thoughts, feelings, sensations, and perceptions – that experiences this profound bliss, this clear seeing and unencumbered perception.

But no, this is not possible. This is not our actual experience. Something that is temporary cannot experience the unchanging. The temporary is in the unchanging, arising from the unchanging. The unchanging is not in the temporary. Our actual experience is that the unchanging is prior to all appearances.

It is not possible for a separate self to catch a glimpse of the Infinite. It would be like a character in a movie trying to catch a glimpse of the screen.

It is the Infinite that glimpses itself, that knows only itself.

Identify with this infinite, ever-present awareness within you, within all of us. Then recognize that this awareness is not actually within you, but that you, as a limited, and thus illusory separate self, are within it. In this instant all seeking ceases and you, I, we, recognize that our essential being is the Ultimate, the Absolute, the Divine, the Infinite.

With this recognition, all division, all divisiveness, between self, others, and things falls away. Our actions are spontaneous and correct. We communicate through understanding, compassion, and love.

Ocean Of Love

Each Second An Eternity

Eternity But A Blink

Of An Eye

 One day our body-mind is here in this world and the next day it’s not. The ‘here’ portion of our so-called ‘existence’ is a blink of an eye compared to the eternity that we’re ‘not’ here. This is not intended to be a morbid observation, but a pointing to the unalterable presence of awareness in each one of us that knows the coming and going of the body-mind but doesn’t come and go with it. Have you, as this knowing presence, ever experienced your own disappearance?

And because this ever-present awareness has no limits or boundaries, no beginning or end, no ‘time’ when it is not present, it is beyond time and space – actually contains time and space – and is therefore infinite and eternal.

This eternal and infinite ever-present awareness is our essential nature. The essential nature of each one of us, as there can only be one. Where is there room for two in the infinite and eternal?

Look at your own consciousness. Can any limits be found? Can you find a beginning or end to your ever-present awareness, the essence within you that knows I am? Can you find a boundary where your awareness stops and something else starts? No, no, and no.

To say that there are two things going on is like saying that the wave is not the water. Yes, a wave takes on a distinctive shape for a while, but it is made only of water, is a temporary manifestation of the water, and eventually dissolves back into its source, the ocean.

We may think we are separate beings with our own personal consciousness, but we are merely unique expressions of the one consciousness, the source of all appearances. When this is recognized, and this is the supreme realization, conflict and confusion dissolve in an ocean of love.

You Can’t Get There From Here

When a lost flatlander drives up to a Vermont farmhouse and asks for directions, the crafty Vermonter will often respond with, ‘You can’t get there from here,’ then laugh and give them impeccable directions to their destination.

‘You can’t get there from here.’ The same can be said of the spiritual seeker in search of awakening, liberation, enlightenment, satori, salvation, or whatever name they give for the never-ending quest they have been on for years, possibly decades.

A ‘you’ that seeks enlightenment through whatever chosen means is doomed to fail.

THERE IS NO ‘YOU’ THAT CAN DO ANYTHING.

Recognize this irrefutable fact and the thought of liberation becomes a joke, granted, a wonderful joke – because you realize the joke is on you, and there is no you, so . . .

You can’t get there, that is, to liberation, from here, because ‘you’ are an illusion. ‘You’ can’t go anywhere or do anything. Just as a shadow, inextricably linked to its source, cannot take off on its own, the fictitious ‘you’ cannot separate itself from its source, ever-present awareness, to seek anything. ‘You’ is made up of temporary manifestations of pure awareness, the source of our being, so, in fact, ‘you’ are already there, or here, or, as the Beatles sing, ‘Here, there, and everywhere.’

Here, there, and everywhere obviously encompasses everything. In other words, you are IT. And at your core you are no different from anyone else, so we are all IT.

Time to CELEBRATE!

Sending Love, Peace, and Happiness from All of Us to All of Us.

All ONE of us.