Are You Experienced?

‘But first, are you experienced?
Have you ever been experienced?
Well, I have’ ~ Jimi Hendrix

We are all experienced. We live our lives one experience after another. We hopefully avoid repeating old experiences that were unpleasant and often seek new experiences to keep life interesting. We might even go to extremes, thrill seekers in search of the ultimate experience, one that will take us beyond ourselves, like feeling the adrenaline rush of skydiving or meditating ten hours a day to reach a blissful state. If we have a particularly powerful experience we may spend a tremendous amount of time and energy trying to duplicate it.

Not only are we all experienced, we ourselves are an experience. For starters, each of us is someone else’s experience – the ‘subject/object-object/subject’ paradigm.

What is the nature of an experience, of all experiences? They are temporary events, arising and passing away. Experiences don’t linger, and the individual self is made up of experiences of ever-changing thoughts, emotions, sensations, and perceptions of the world.

The individual self thinks that it is experiencing all these experiences, but is itself an experience being experienced by something beyond itself.

What experiences all experiences, yet itself is not an experience, cannot be experienced?

There is an element of our being that is aware of all experience but does not share the ephemeral quality of all experience. What is this? Where is this? It can’t be named and it can’t be found, but is undeniably present at all times.

It is unquestionable that we know that we are. We are aware beings that know we are aware, but often overlook this fact and identify with the fleeting qualities of our ever-changing thoughts, moods, sensations, and perceptions. Identify with the unchanging, dimensionless awareness that is always with us and experience the changeless, formless, all-embracing source that we all share, as there can be only one. (Where is there room for two of something that is dimensionless and unchanging, infinite and eternal?)

This is the ultimate experience. No need to seek any further.

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.