You think you can choose which direction your life will take. For example, take a spiritual seeker who thinks that it is ‘I’, the seeker, who chooses to discover the truth of my being, who thinks that ‘I’ can choose between being a separate self made up of the ever-changing attributes of the body-mind, or being the aware presence that knows the coming and going of all things, yet doesn’t come and go with them.
Your choice? Not exactly. You think, ‘I choose this’ and ‘I choose that.’ Before going any further, try to find this personal I that thinks it’s doing all the choosing.
Is it located in the mind, a series of random and transitory thoughts and images?
Is it located in the body, a tangle of ever-changing sensations housed in a perishable bag of skin and bones?
Is it located in the world made up of time-bound objects?
All of these qualities of the body, mind, and world are temporary and therefore can’t be considered real in the truest sense. Only the ever-present, unchanging element of our being can be considered real.
So where is it?
Our thorough investigation reveals that other than an ever-changing conglomeration of thoughts, feelings, sensations, and perceptions, no personal I can be found. If you think you’ve found it, think again. It’s just a passing thought or object.
There is no you to make any choice. Yet somehow we are able to move through this life. So who or what is making all the decisions?
You are life itself, and life lives itself. Life lives life.
It is awareness, the knowing presence that is at the core of our being, which chooses itself. So actually there is no choosing whatsoever. The sky doesn’t have to choose to be the sky. In the same way, awareness knows only itself, so there is no need to choose anything.
Just be and you will move smoothly, flawlessly in the world as choiceless awareness itself – unborn, undying, infinite and eternal.