‘Welcoming is a universal law. The night is welcoming, the sky is welcoming, the birds and the trees are welcoming. When we are surrounded by welcoming human companions, we live in beauty. Our shared presence gives us a taste of what the lost paradise might have felt like.’ ~ Francis Lucille, Eternity Now
“What is important is to wake up in the total absence of oneself; in this total absence is really presence.” ~ Jean Klein
“On the level of the mind, ordinary understanding, the nearest we can come to objectless truth is a clear perspective, a vision of the objectless. I often call this a geometrical representation. The contents of this representation are what could be called the facts of truth: that the mind has limits; that truth is beyond the mind; that truth, our real nature, cannot be objectified, just as the eye cannot see itself seeing; that truth, consciousness, was never born and will never die; that it is the light in which all happenings, all objects, appear and disappear; that in order for there to be understanding of truth, all representation must dissolve. When this representation, the last of the conventional subject-object understanding, dies, it dissolves in its source–the light of which the mind was informed but could not comprehend. In other words, understanding dissolves in being understanding. We no longer understand, we are the understanding. This switchover is a sudden, dramatic moment when we are ejected into the timeless.” ~ Jean Klein
“Deeply buried within you is the conviction that all objects and your surroundings are separate from you, outside you. In the same way, feelings and your body are just objects amongst others, which can also be considered separate from you. If we adopt this point of view, the ego loses its substance. You will come to see that your thoughts, your I-thought, emotions, likes and dislikes are equally only perceived objects. This standpoint will lead you to realize spontaneously that you are the ultimate knower, and your notion of being a personal entity will thus lose all meaning.” ~ Jean Klein
“We experience a beginning and an end to all objects, but we never experience a beginning or an end to Consciousness, to our Self.” – Rupert Spira
“Sooner or later, through an excess of suffering, through intelligence, or for no apparent reason at all, it becomes clear that what we long for is veiled only by the longing for it.” – Rupert Spira (Presence, Vol. I; p. 73)
It’s possible that we really have only one choice when it comes to seeking our true identity: will we identify with our physical body coupled with our complex, fickle mind, or with consciousness, that which knows our body and mind?
Our body-mind is a temporary unit, a cluster of thoughts, images, emotions, sensations, and perceptions. These qualities are always changing, coming and going, flowing through a cycle of birth, life, death, birth, life, death.
But our consciousness, that which observes all of these changes, never changes with them. You hear people say all the time, ‘I may be getting older, but I don’t feel any differently than I did ten years ago.’ Or you see someone you haven’t seen in years and they comment that you haven’t changed a bit, when you know that you look markedly different. That’s because they see in you, in your eyes, that unchangeable, unknowable, unnamable essence that is your true being.
Francis Lucille has said that our life is like a bridge between birth and death and that it’s never been a good idea to build your house on a bridge.
Build your identity on the rock-solid foundation of ever-present consciousness rather than on the temporary bridge of mind-body-world and you will always be. Period.
But even ‘period’ is saying too much: there is nothing to construct in the first place. Before any bridge is built, traveled on, and inevitably crumbles – before any individual body-mind is created, lives, and dies – you are.
You are That from which all arises. Once this is experienced, known, all doubts of your origin vanish in a flash, disappearing in the knowing beyond all knowing. And all that is left is . . .