TRUE NATURE is not a new state or experience that will
arrive in the future. It is already present, though we may have
overlooked it. It has been called awareness, existence, spirit,
essence or the heart. It is simply what you are, that knowing
presence that is the basis and support of all thoughts, feelings
and experiences and their manifold expressions. We have been
looking elsewhere for the answer, yet is has been right with us
What could be simpler than being present and aware? It is
totally effortless. The fact of our being and its nature of
awareness cannot be doubted. Try it! Even such a doubt appears
right here in clear, doubtless awareness itself.
our identity as this presence of awareness, a clarity and joy
naturally reveals itself. From here, life unfolds as a
spontaneous expression, without reference to a limited, separate
person. It is the natural state.
In the end you see that the mind's questions are based on
imaginary problems. Even the question, "Why did ignorance ever
arise in the fist place?" is a last attempt by the mind to grasp
onto a doubt, rather than simply acknowledging the clear and
certain presence of the heart. No harm. Nothing is lost or out
of place. The questions come up, but they must dissolve back
into this undeniable clear light of knowing and being. You are
what you are. This cannot be doubted. Being is. Awareness is.
You are that and nothing but that. Not in the future, but now.
It is simpler than we ever imagined. Know this and live in the
peace and joy that are your natural birthright.
Art from: Hartford Courant, Oct. 30, 2001
Q: How can I better understand this? A: Well, it's not a matter of taking up a
new theory, but there is a conceptual structure at play here
making you think you are separate and walled off. Without this
structure in the mix, there would be no presumption or
experience of separation. Let me ask—to you right now, what is
the difference between you and me?
Q: You're sitting over there, and I'm right here.
A: And this couldn't make any sense unless you thought of
yourself, as well as me, as bodies with awareness inside them.
The great Advaitin, Krishna Menon, said, "What we take ourselves
to be is what we seem to see." If you take yourself to be a
body, then the world seems to be made up of physical objects. If
you take yourself to be a mind, then the world seems to be made
of subtle essences including minds. And if you take yourself to
be awareness, then the world is experienced as nothing but
Q: But I know I'm not the body. The body changes over
time, and I am what watches it, and I have remained unchanged.
A: Yet you feel like you are "inside" the body? Q: Yes, I can see things only from this angle. If I were
not inside this body, I would be able to travel anywhere, and
see anything from any angle.
A: Do you feel like you
are in any specific location inside the body? Q: Umm, let me see....
A: Do you feel that you
are above the waist or below the waist? Q: Above, definitely.
A: Okay, do you feel you
are above the neck or below the neck? Q: Above the neck.
A: Okay, above the nose or
below? Q: Above.
A: Can you narrow it down any more? Q: I feel like I am behind the eyes.
A: How big
are you? What shape? Q: Oh, about an inch wide, maybe round.
Behind the forehead? On the left, right, or in the center? Q: I feel like I'm in the center behind the eyes.
A: How far back from the eyes? Q: Oh, about an inch.
A: Okay, we've found
you!! A marble-sized ball about an inch behind the center of the
forehead! Q: I guess so (smiling).
A: Now, what is it
that this marble appears to? Q: What?
A: Well, as we talk about this, does
the little marble seem to appear as an image? Q: Yes it does!
A: So if this image is
appearing, what is it appearing to? That is, it doesn't
seem like the marble is doing the seeing; it seems like the
marble is being seen. Q: Yes, I understand. The little marble isn't the seer,
it is being seen. I guess it's just an idea I have of myself.
A: Yes, based on a few habitual things, such as the
prominence of the visual sense over hearing, taste and smell.
It’s also based on the association that arises over time between
thinking of one's self and the subtle muscular contractions in
the forehead region. It makes us think that this is where we
are. But now think of the marble image,
and that which is aware of the marble image. If you had to place
your true self on one side or the other, would you be on the
side that is seeing? Or the side that is being seen? Q: The seeing side, definitely. I feel that I'm looking
at this marble. So how can I be over there inside the marble?
A: Okay, the seeing of the marble; think about this
seeing. As the seeing arises, does the seeing have a location? Q: No, it isn't experienced as being in a location. I can
say it must be in the brain, but that's just an idea. The
experience itself doesn't have any location at all. Aha!
A: That's it! Nothing else has a location either. And that
awareness in which experience arises is your Self. It is the
non-separate Self of all.
very religious man lived right next door to an atheist. While
the religious one prayed day in, day out, and was constantly on
his knees in communion with his Lord, the atheist never even
looked twice at a church.
However, the atheist's life was good, he had a well-paying job
and a beautiful wife, and his children were healthy and
good-natured, whereas the pious man's job was strenuous and his
wages were low, his wife nagged him more every day, and his kids
wouldn't give him the time of the day.
So one day while deep in prayer, the pious man raised his eyes
toward heaven and asked: "Oh God, I honor you every day, I ask
your advice for every problem and confess to you my every sin.
Yet my neighbor, who doesn't even believe in you and certainly
never prays, seems blessed with every happiness, while I go poor
and suffer many an indignity. Why is this, my Lord?"
And a great voice was heard from above, "Because he
doesn’t bother me all the time!"
● One Heart
● One Love
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