Even the Butterflies
Even the Butterflies
Never To Be Found
Never To Be Lost
Never To Be Ever
Never To Be Never
Most of us feel a need to connect with others – our loved ones, our peers and neighbors, our community and co-workers, etc. Some of us feel a need to connect on a global scale, to be global citizens, setting aside our preconceptions and dogmas and connecting in some small way with the diverse cultures found around the world. But what actually connects us? Many of us think that it’s our common ideas and beliefs, our deep feelings for this or that, or our shared experiences. On the surface this seems to be the case, but is it?
To feel a need to connect infers that there is a ‘you in here’ to connect to an ‘other out there’. Two separate entities. But when looked at closely, no division can be found between a self and other, an inside or outside, here or there.
We can verify this by looking at our own experience, the only true test of what is real. If we rely on or blindly accept what others tell us we’ll never get the correct answer, never come to the same universal conclusion.
Just as all waves are made of water, all objective experiences, including that of our own body and mind, which includes all thoughts, feelings, sensations, and perceptions, are only made of the knowing of them, the awareness of them.
And does anything come from outside awareness into awareness? Where would this outside be? Can you find any boundaries to your awareness or consciousness, a place where awareness ends and something else begins?
We cannot find any limits to our own awareness because there aren’t any. And the same goes for everyone else on the planet. And this being the case, there can’t be more than one awareness, one consciousness. Therefore, all things must arise in awareness, and it follows that all things must be made of awareness.
There are no dots to connect. It’s not even that we’re already connected. It’s that you, we, I, are manifestations of one indivisible whole. We are all made out of the same stuff, just as all waves are made out of water.
Once this is experienced, understood to be irrefutable fact, all our actions rise from the limitless, unchanging, and indivisible source. And what is the one thing that has these immeasurable qualities?
For one day only WE ARE GIVING AWAY CONSCIOUSNESS!
For one day only imagine that you are pure consciousness or absolute awareness.
For one day only believe that you, that is, you as a body-mind and everything that you think, feel, sense and perceive, is made of consciousness.
For one day only pretend that your essential being, consciousness, is invisible, indivisible, unlimited, and timeless.
For one day only believe that you are a manifestation of infinite and eternal consciousness and by its limitless and timeless nature think that there cannot be two.
For one day only, feel that you and everyone and everything else on the planet are made of the same stuff, consciousness, and that you, we, can’t help but act accordingly – a being pervaded by all-embracing consciousness does not distinguish between self and other and is kind, helpful, and loving.
And at the end of the day realize that this is not imagined, a pretense, a feeling, or a belief. As nothing can be found outside of consciousness everything must be made out of consciousness.
This is the reality of your being, of our being, our one being.
AND IT’S FREE!
If you are on the spiritual path in search of enlightenment, awakening, liberation, absolute consciousness, aware presence, divine spirit – whatever you might call it – there’s nothing to it. Literally. No thing to it.
There is nothing that will get you there, yet nothing is the answer.
First of all, there is no path. Well, that isn’t actually true. There is a path, the direct path, also called the pathless path, but once you’re on it, once you’ve discovered you are already on it, always have been on it, there’s no place to go. No distance to travel.
In what direction would you go to find your essential being?
In what direction does the wind blow to find the sky?
No thing will bring you any closer to the peace, happiness, and love that you crave.
No thing. Nothing. There is nothing to add to your essential being, whose qualities are already peace, love, and happiness, and there is nothing to take away.
What can you add to the sky to make it more sky?
And if you were able to take away a piece of the sky, where would you put it?
No word, no idea, no emotion, no sensation, no perception, no substance, no relationship, no object, no philosophy, no religion, no teacher, no teaching. Nothing will get you any closer to your true nature than you already are.
Where is this nothing?
What does this nothing contain?
What is everything?
So . . . who are you? We?
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, 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.