Meet Divine Awareness

‘The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware,                                                                    joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.’                                                                                                                        ~ Henry Miller (1891-1980)*

Not just ‘to be aware,’ as that infers that we might be something other than that, but to recognize that we are awareness itself.

You, I, we, are divinely aware of all things that come and go, yet this divine awareness, our essential being in which all appearances arise, are known by, and made of, doesn’t come and go with them.

To be aware is to be our self – our indivisible, unchangeable, ever-present self. And it is the same for all of us. Everyone on the planet is a manifestation of this Divine Awareness.

Look into the eyes of a stranger and say to yourself, ‘Divine Awareness, meet Divine Awareness.’

*Thanks to good friend Steve Donoso for sharing this quote.
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Don’t Get Ahead Of Yourself

‘Don’t get ahead of yourself.’

We’ve all heard this advice; usually given by a family member, close friend, or co-worker.

Don’t worry, you can’t.

Can the sky get ahead of itself?

It’s impossible to get ahead of your true Self. Of course, your Little Self, your personal self, can and does get ahead of itself, or behind itself, all the time. Thoughts of the past and future flood the Little Self like endless waves crashing on the shore – we anticipate with excitement or dread what may happen down the road and, conversely, pine for or regret things that have come and gone.

When you abide in your original nature, as your original nature, which is all you really can do because you are that to begin with, you can’t get ahead of yourself because there is nowhere to go. Your ever-present Self is found everywhere – limitless, boundless, infinite and eternal. It neither comes nor goes. It exists prior to all appearances, permeates all appearances. It is the source and substance of all appearances.

And if this is true for you, it has to be true for everyone else – there is no room for two in something that is infinite and eternal.

There is only one thing going on, not two, and you, I, we, are each a unique expression of this not-two-ness.

When you see this in yourself, as yourself, and recognize it in everyone else, all that is experienced, that can be experienced, is inseparable love.

By All Appearances

By all appearances, there is an individual self, a ‘me’ made up of a body-mind, in here, and a ‘world’ of people, places, and things out there.

By all appearances.

And then there’s that other old nugget: appearances can be deceiving.

By all appearances, it looks like there are two or more things going on – me and you, us and them, inside and outside, this and that, etc. But is this our actual experience?

Not only can appearances be deceiving, they are deceiving.

Just as a magician pulls a coin from behind your ear and then makes it disappear in his hand, all appearances of the mind, body, and world appear and disappear. Deception at its finest!

Check it out. Thoughts come and go. Feelings come and go. Sensations come and go. Perceptions of the world are constantly coming and going. But what one thing does not come and go with them?

The presence with which they are known.

Ask yourself the question, who or what is this knowing presence that is aware of the coming and going of all things – thoughts, emotions, sensations, and perceptions of the world – yet doesn’t come and go with them?

You don’t have to search for this knowing presence, because you are this knowing presence. Relax in this, your essential nature, and its qualities of peace, love, and happiness will permeate your entire life, especially when it comes to relationships and actions.

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.