No Way Inn

No way in.

No way out.

What are you?

You are like space.

Where are you?

Everywhere.

If you were in, where would you go to get out?

If you were out, where would you go to get in?

For space, there is no in or out.

Space contains walls, but walls don’t contain space.

Just as there is the illusion that walls contain space, there is the illusion that the body-mind contains consciousness.

Space exists in its fullness regardless of what appears to exist in it. You can take things out of space, but you can’t take space out of things.

Space appears to be the background of all things.

Recognize the space-like element of your being – that which is ever-present, aware, and unchanging regardless of what comes and goes within it.

But you are not space. Space is also a thing.

You exist without space, but space doesn’t exist without you.

Who are you?

Breathing In

‘Breathing in, I know I am breathing in.

Breathing out, I know I am breathing out.’

~ Buddha

 

Breathing aside, as it is happening by itself, ask yourself the question, who is this I that knows it is breathing in and out?

It can’t be the personal I, the separate self, the body-mind we call ‘I’ made up of the temporary attributes of thoughts, sensations, and perceptions that are always coming and going. So perhaps a better question might be what is this I that knows it is breathing in and out?

‘What’ infers an object or thing, and all things are bound by the limitations of time and space – they appear and then eventually disappear.

So if the I that knows it is breathing in and out is not the personal I made up of fleeting thoughts, images, memories, moods, sensations, and perceptions – all subtle objects in themselves – or things ‘out there’ in the world, all of which are subject to the limits of time and space, what is it?

You know what it is because you are it. Not the limited personal you, but the limitless knowing presence that has always been with you, aware, unchanged, and untarnished regardless of your experience.

It’s hopeless to try and think this through. The ‘it’ we are talking about is prior to mind, prior to the body and the world. It is that part of you, we, I, that remains ageless as the personal self, the body-mind, is born, lives, and dies, as things out in the world age and disintegrate.

To say that it is a part of you is not entirely accurate. It is not a part of you as a body-mind in a world. You, as a body-mind in a world, are a part of it. ‘It’ is that which contains all things, yet is not itself a thing. It cannot be found because it has no objective qualities, but it is never not here. Call it consciousness, awareness, or Divine Spirit. Whatever you call it, it is the undeniably present and aware essence in which all things arise, are known by, and made of.

It is consciousness that knows it is breathing in and out, and because all there is is consciousness, consciousness is breathing itself in and out, although in reality there is no in or out for consciousness, so consciousness is just breathing.

We, as individual body-minds, are the manifest breath of consciousness. Yes, we appear to come and go, to be born, live and die, but in reality there is no place to come from and no place to go to. There is only infinite and eternal consciousness breathing itself, or more accurately, consciousness just is. And we are that. 

Consciousness Only Knows Itself

Can you have any experience outside of consciousness, outside of awareness, the knowing presence at the core of our being that has been with us unchanged, untarnished, since we were infants?

Look at your hand. Is it outside your field of awareness?

Feel the weight of your body on the chair. Is this sensation outside your field of awareness?

Listen to any sound that occurs. Is it outside your field of awareness?

Take a thought, an image, an emotion, a memory. Are any of these appearing outside of consciousness, outside your field of awareness?

Is it possible for anything to exist outside of consciousness, outside our field of awareness?

If you say yes, how would you prove this? You must be in consciousness, in awareness, to experience anything, even the erroneously labeled ‘outside of consciousness’.

Nothing can appear outside of consciousness, outside our field of awareness, because that is all there is.

What are the implications of this discovery?

All things that arise in consciousness must be made out of consciousness.

This being the case, if we, everything, is made out of the same stuff, there can be no real division or separation between any thing.

When there is no separation, no division, when all we experience is indivisible oneness, don’t we call that love?

The Chosen One Walks Among Us

The Chosen One walks among us, and that Chosen One is you.

That’s absurd, you say. You can’t possibly be the Chosen One. That would not only be an arrogant statement but a dangerous one. There are too many people in our checkered human history who have claimed to be the one to save us from disaster and ended up leading us down an even more horrific path.

But it is you, Chosen One, who can lead the rest of the human race to a place of peace, happiness, and love – the placeless place where spontaneous acts of loving kindness occur.

It starts with you recognizing your essential nature – the knowing presence within you that is made of infinite emptiness, profound silence, and eternal light.

Don’t look at yourself from the limited point of view of a body-mind that is made up of temporary qualities – what lasting value has a fleeting thought, memory, image, mood, sensation, sight, or sound? Is there anything there that you can count on to give you enduring happiness, impeccably clear thinking, or a spontaneous and correct response to any given situation? No. Anything that comes and goes cannot be counted on when real and true answers to difficult questions are desperately needed.

And what is it that remains objective and calm in the face of desperation? What is not affected by the passing whims of haphazard thoughts or reckless actions? What remains still, clear, open, and loving regardless of what is going on around it?

The element within you, Chosen One, that knows the coming and going of all things but doesn’t come and go with them. Whatever you call it – awareness, consciousness, the absolute, divine spirit – know that your essential nature is ever-present, all knowing, unalterable, and untouched by whatever happens in the body, mind, or world.

Look at your experience. Don’t you, as consciousness or awareness, exist prior to any appearance of a thought, sensation or perception of the world? If you didn’t, how would you know them? All things arise in you, Chosen One, are known by you, and made of you. As no limits or boundaries can be found to this awareness it has to be infinite and eternal, and there is no room for two in the infinite and eternal – where would one infinite space end and another infinite space begin? So this must be true of every living being on the planet.

You, I, we are the Chosen One, and there’s nothing we need to do to be this, as we are already that. If we are open to this possibility, we will begin to see the evidence of the true non-dual nature of reality – the inherent oneness of all experience. Speak to this oneness in everyone and see what happens.

Chosen One.

I Think

I think . . .

Stop right there.

We think we think, but actually it’s a thought that thinks it thinks.

There is no ‘I’ that thinks.

Think about it.

Can you find this ‘I’ that thinks it thinks?

This sounds rather silly (frightening?) when you think about it, and it gets even sillier (more frightening?) when you try to find the ‘I’ that thinks . . .

. . . and can’t.

This ‘I’ that thinks it suffers, that thinks it prevails, that thinks it’s happy, depressed, sad, or lonely, where is it?

And if you can’t find it, who is the one looking?

This Becomes That

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.

It Is What It Isn’t

We sometimes use the well-known phrase, ‘It is what it is,’ to express resignation, as in, ‘Things may not be going my way but it’s what’s happening, so I just have to deal with it . . . or not.’ Or as a reprimand, as in, ‘Get over it.’ Or to show moving on with a shrug of the shoulders, as in, ‘Oh well.’

To all appearances, all experiences, all objects, subtle and gross, be they thoughts, images, memories, emotions, sensations, or anything that you can taste, touch, see, hear, or smell, be they good, bad, or neutral, we can say, ‘It is what it is,’ and it would be the perfect description.

To discover the source of our essential being, that which knows ‘I am,’ we can say, ‘It is what it isn’t.’

Just as the sky exists prior to the appearance of any clouds, you, the eternal and infinite aware presence, that which knows ‘I am’, precede all thoughts, sensations, and perceptions.

You are not.

Everything else is.

As far as appearances,

Nothing is more or less than it seems.

As far as the source of our essential being,

There is nothing to remember, nothing to forget.

There is just that which knows I Am,

And all that can be said about it is,

It is what it isn’t.