There Are No Pieces

We all want to feel connected to others and the world. Isn’t that one reason we cling to our wonderful devices so dearly? Send endless emails and texts? Spread our personal news via Twitter and Facebook? Broadcast ourselves on YouTube and write furiously in our blog? Get excited when we hear about Google Glass and the possibility of a microchip implant? And what about all those aps?!

When we’re connected we feel a part of something bigger than ourselves, embraced by the larger community, by the world, by all of humanity! It’s also very egocentric, all about ‘me’ having the personal power to make this connection – in today’s culture of social media the epitome of this is the ‘selfie.’

And why do we seek this connectedness? Because it is our inherent nature to be connected, though that isn’t saying quite enough. It’s not that our inherent nature is to be connected, it’s that there was no disconnect to begin with and now we desperately want to get that feeling, that reality, that oneness back.

As a pristine, unstained, open and innocent newborn, our original nature of pure awareness is quickly replaced with a personal identity – a name, gender, age, likes and dislikes, etcetera – and the separate self is born. And then, as we are further conditioned by our family, friends, and culture, we are taught to distinguish and distance ourselves from other separate selves, until we feel perfectly isolated as human beings – one individual self making its way in the world among other individual selves. And no one is comfortable with this because it’s not who we really are.

We then spend the rest of our lives trying to reconnect to our seemingly lost innate sense of peace, happiness, and oneness through relationships, substances, and the acquisition of things. And this is the rise of all conflict, on both a personal and global level – if we can’t have something to fill the emptiness in our hearts, we will take it.

The irony of this search for wholeness is that the concept of connection or connectedness is just that – a wonderful idea. To say that we’re connected infers that there are separate parts to be connected, as in pieces of a puzzle to put in place before the whole picture is revealed.

In the only reality, the truth of our own experience, there are no pieces. There is only one substance, call it awareness, consciousness, nature, or emptiness, from which all things arise, are known by, and therefore, must be made of. If this is truly the case, where is the division, the separateness between anything? It can’t be found. There is nothing to be connected because there is just wholeness.

See clearly that no evidence has ever been found to refute the understanding, the knowing, the experience, that all there is is wholeness, or oneness, and therefore no possibility that there is any separation to begin with.

Nothing to search for

Nothing to connect

Nothing to become

Only one thing going on

And you, I, we,

Are It.

Why Does Happiness Come and Go?

Happiness doesn’t come and go. Our essential being, some call it our original nature, is what comes and goes, or at least that’s how it appears. In fact, our essential being never goes anywhere and happiness is a quality of essential being-ness, so happiness always is.

So why are we often unhappy? Again, happiness is not a state that comes and goes. It is merely veiled by our identification as a separate individual, which is subject to the whims of cause and effect, to different states of mind and feelings – the separate self that thinks it gets its happiness from objects, relationships, substances, and activities.

But this isn’t our true experience. Happiness reveals itself in that moment of stillness when all desire ceases. For example, you covet a jacket and order it online. It arrives in the mail, you put it on, and you are instantly happy. Not because you have the jacket, but because in that moment, you, the individual self, are not seeking or desiring anything and in this emptiness the true self is revealed. But desire quickly rises up again in the separate self, which once again sets out to seek happiness in objects, relationships, substances, and activities.

Why does this happen over and over again? Because we place our identity in an individual self, which upon examination only exists in the form of a thought, feeling, sensation, or perception, which are all temporary, and thus illusory objects.

Lasting happiness can never be found in any kind of object – states of mind come and go; feelings, sensations, and perceptions all come and go. All things come and go except for that which knows the coming and going – that which exists prior to any manifestation of phenomena, during its existence, and after it has gone. Just as the sky exists before, during, and after the cloud has appeared, lingered, and dissolved back into the sky.

It is a simple misidentification with a separate self – an illusory being made of thoughts, feelings, sensations, and perceptions – which causes all suffering and, at best, sometimes finds fleeting happiness.

To find lasting happiness, you must first investigate deeply the one who seeks happiness. Find this so-called individual self, this ‘I’ we call ourselves. Isn’t it just a thought? Set it aside for just a moment and, in the stillness, peace and happiness are revealed. As Buddha said, ‘There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.’

Something Else Is Happening

Something else is happening, but you’re not quite sure what it is. You have moments of absolute clarity, brilliant flashes of understanding, of the incredible oneness, fullness of all things, and then, just as quickly, the moment vanishes and you are left scratching your head, to muddle through your day, your life, as Thoreau said, in ‘quiet desperation.’

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could hold on to these moments, catch lightning in a bottle? It’s entirely possible. Not only is it possible, this pureness, this brilliance, this fullness, is our true nature, there for the taking if we, you, I, can just get out of the way. Actually, no taking or getting out of the way is required. We are already that.

Just stop.

Just stop stopping.

Realize that there is nothing to do, nothing not to do.

There is no question, no answer.

There is nothing but this everything.

Everything but this nothing.

No inside. No outside.

Just this.

And with this realization that there is nothing to realize, the fullness explodes, bursts wide open and spreads throughout the boundless, limitless, embracing emptiness of eternal and infinite space.

This experience, which is happening right now, always right now, overwhelms, takes over, dominates all senses, all thoughts, all perceptions of what was once a human being and reveals a shimmering, pulsating light of pure vibration, and this pure vibration vanishes in the blink of an eye, and all that is this nothingness is left suspended in profound silence, and this silence is you.

The Great Pretender

“Thought creates the thinker.” – J. Krishnamurti