A Knotted Rope

Your essential being is ever-present Awareness that only knows itself.

You exist prior to anything manifest in the phenomenal world.

Anything you can observe, you are not.

You exist prior to your heartbeat, during your heartbeat, and in the space before the next heartbeat.

You exist prior to space.

You are before the are that you think you are.

Just as a knotted rope is still a rope, a tangled Awareness is still Awareness.

You can tie a hundred knots in a rope and it’s still a rope, just as you can flood our shared essential being, the infinite and eternal space of Awareness, with countless objects – from fleeting thoughts and painful feelings to flowing rivers and shooting stars – and it’s still Awareness.

What we crave most is going home to love.

Love loving Love.

E Pluribus Unum

During Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech for presidential candidate she talked about ‘working together so we can rise together.’ She said, ‘Our country’s motto is E Pluribus Unum: out of many, we are one. Will we stay true to that motto?’

If we do stay true to that motto there will be a problem. Or, more accurately, the ongoing (for millennia) condition of worldwide divisiveness and conflict will continue to be a problem.

With a slight shift in perspective, we flip the motto to E Unum Pluribus – out of the One comes the many. Isn’t this closer to our actual experience? In fact, isn’t this our actual experience?

We are not the many coming together to create oneness, be it of thought, word, and deed, or the pursuit of happiness. We are each a manifestation of oneness, or, as the sage might say to erase all confusion, we are each a manifestation of that which is not two.

As long as there is an individual self who holds a belief, opinion, or position over another individual self, the human race will remain on its dubious and often desperate path.

Look at your experience and see that there is no division between self and other – where is the borderline between not two? – and you quickly see that working together, rising together, is not a problem. It’s no longer a joint effort. In fact, it is no effort – it is oneness being oneness. Love loving love.

In closing, our candidate for President of the Universe and Beyond implores us to ‘Vote today, and every moment, for E Unum Pluribus!’

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‘It Makes Me Feel Happy’

Addiction. It’s all about identity.

Barring a serious physical condition or extreme psychological problem, the source of all our suffering can be distilled down to our identity, or more precisely, our mistaken identity.

Listening to a radio show on opiate addiction, the host asked a young caller, an addict, why he was attracted to drugs. ‘It makes me feel happy,’ the caller said. This was a person raised by loving parents under decent economical and social circumstances. This begs the question, why didn’t they feel happy in the first place?

If you or someone you know has an addiction – be it drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, eating, porn, shopping, you name it – there is a way out. Or better yet, a way in: discovering your true identity.

If you ask someone what he or she most wants in life, the answer is invariably some form of happiness. But the personal self can never be satisfied or happy because it is the false seeking the false. It is like trying to catch the wind in a butterfly net. When you examine the assets of the personal self, all you can find are ever-changing thoughts, feelings, sensations, and perceptions, hardly qualities to invest your identity in.

Our essential nature, Awareness – that which knows the coming and going of all things yet doesn’t come and go with them – needs nothing to be happy. It is eternally without desire because it is the source of all things. Nothing arises outside of Awareness. It needs nothing to be itself.

Identify with this aware presence that is always with you, is you, and be happy. Be happiness itself. Relax in this knowing presence, as this knowing presence, and know, feel, that nothing is missing, nothing is lacking.

Your addiction is nothing but a thought. Your confusion is nothing but a thought. And thoughts, when looked at thoroughly, are . . . nothing. No thing. Put thought aside for a moment and recognize the aware presence that you are and watch as cravings evaporate like a little puddle in the hot sun.

If you are interested in learning more about how Non-Dual Awareness can dissolve cravings, visit Scott Kiloby’s website (http://kiloby.com). Scott is a recovering addict and teacher of non-duality. He has dedicated his life to pointing out to others that our essential being lacks nothing, and therefore, our addictions, when seen for what they truly are – an imagined panacea for an imaginary self – lose their meaning and disappear.

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Such Is Life

A dear old friend died recently, and when the news was relayed to a mutual friend, he said, ‘Such is life.’

Such is life. Impermanent. Fleeting. Our body-mind is made up of temporary thoughts, feelings, sensations, and perceptions, all bound by the limits of time and space.

Not so Awareness.

If we look closely at our experience, there is an unchanging presence from which we actually view this life. A presence that cannot be denied. An unchanging presence, without beginning or end, without limits or boundaries. An unchanging ever-present knowing that is infinite and eternal.

While alive, or as Mooji likes to say, ‘while our body is still warm,’ recognize this Awareness, this being-ness that exists prior to, during, and after ‘life’ as we know it begins and ends.

Acknowledge the aware presence that knows the coming and going of all things – including the body-mind with its ephemeral qualities and so-called birth/life/death cycle – but doesn’t come and go with them.

Everyone’s essential being is this unchanging, knowing, aware presence that exists even before we utter the words ‘I am.’ Recognize this, and then discard the notion of any presence, even the thought ‘I am’, as ultimately we are prior to the idea of . . . anything.

Whatever

Whatever you perceive you are not.

You perceive a body that experiences pleasure and pain.

You are not.

You perceive a mind filled with thoughts, images, and memories.

You are not.

You perceive a world outside full of beings and objects.

You are not.

You perceive the wonders and horrors of humanity and beasts, nature and the universe.

You are not.

You perceive the observer of all these things.

You are not.

If you are not any of the above, what remains?

You.

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All Good Things

All good things must come to an end. So the old proverb tells us, and we appreciate its wisdom. What it doesn’t tell is us that all the bad, sublime, and ugly things must also come to an end.

All that we perceive, all that is experienced – thoughts, strong emotions, bodily sensations, or anything else that can be named – must come to an end. In other words, all ‘things’ come to an end. But that which is not a thing, that which knows all things, in fact, that from which all things arise, does not come to an end with them.

If you know the coming and going of all things, yet don’t come and go with them – for example, a thought comes and goes, yet you who are aware of the thought remains – who are you? What are you?

You can’t be a temporary body-mind made up of fleeting thoughts, feelings, sensations, and perceptions, as these all come and go. If you look closely at your experience, there is something about you that is aware of the coming and going of all things, yet doesn’t come and go with them.

Become aware of the ‘you’ that exists prior to, during, and after a thought, feeling, sensation, or perception has come and gone. This knowing presence is unchanged by anything that comes and goes in its field of awareness, and its essence is that of peace, happiness, and love.

Understand that this knowing presence, the awareness with which you know any ‘thing’, is all that can be found when we look for the background of our experience. Then recognize its limitless, ageless nature – for no edge or boundary, beginning or end, can be found – and realize that there can be only one.

Therefore, we must conclude, and rightly so, that you, I, we, are each a unique manifestation of this one infinite and eternal source.

One source for all appearances, all things.

Not two.

 

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Scrambled Or Fried?

(Conversations with Rad Dad)

Q: I can’t seem to rid my mind of negative thoughts.

RD: Scrambled or fried?

Q: Huh?

RD: How do you like your eggs?

Q: What?

RD: Over easy or sunny side up?

Q: I don’t like eggs that much.

RD: Everybody likes eggs. Hard or soft boiled?

Q: This isn’t very helpful.

RD: Poached or basted?

Q: Okay, I’m leaving. Basted?

RD: Cook sunny side up, add a tablespoon of water and cover. How about an omelet or frittata?

Q: Frittata?

RD: Quiche?

Q: Okay, okay, okay! What do eggs have to do with my question?

RD: You are the egg.

Q: I am the egg?

RD: The yoke and albumen in a shell – an egg.

Q: And?

RD: No matter how you fix the egg – scrambled, fried, poached, or boiled – it’s still an egg.

Q: What does that have to do with ridding my mind of negative thoughts?

RD: It’s really quite simple. Let me give you an eggs-ample. Our timeless and limitless essential being is like the egg in its shell. Your negative thoughts are like the scrambled egg. Ergo, all egg. Nothing to get rid of!

Q: Ergo?

RD: Eggo!

Q: Grrrrrrr!

RD: Perhaps I’ve laid an egg?