Each one of us is a unique manifestation of Oneness, the aware knowing presence at the core of our being. Embrace this fact and all will be well. Actually, all is well regardless.
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.
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.
‘Present moment, wonderful moment.’
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
All that is.
Saturated with love, peace, and joy.
And we are that.
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.
We love our stories. We live and die for our stories, especially our own personal story – who we ‘think’ we are – which, when looked at closely, is the purest of fiction.
Here’s the real story:
A subject’s object becomes an object’s subject. This becomes That, and That becomes This.
A self’s other becomes an other’s self. That becomes This, and This becomes That.
No separation occurs between . . . anything. If you can find a division, you are fooling a self that doesn’t exist.