No more needs to be known, as pining for knowledge of Self is futile. It is the mind’s attempt to grab at something to define ‘nothing’. That ‘Suchness’ is not reachable with the limited topped out capacity of mind.
True Self is not definable, at least not in the conceptual way of defining things. Because it is not definable, then throwing more knowledge at ‘It’, is futility incarnate.
Waiting for understanding to arise through the vehicle of ‘more’ knowledge, is an activity that, by it’s nature, is pure distraction from ‘just’ Being. It is getting caught by the shiny objects that presumably have glory in the overplayed hand of ‘presumed’ higher knowledge.
The higher knowledge that is Present is not the higher knowledge of the mind. The difference is that the mind continues to posit the falseness of ‘separateness’ or illusion in it’s definition of knowledge.
The illusion of separateness is operating on the downgrading of Reality Itself into the ‘dream’ of self. There is no ‘there’ there as the ‘dream’ has no ‘dreamer’, just the illusion of a ‘dreamer’. Additionally, the temporariness of the ‘dream’ is in another illusion called ‘time’.
The ‘knowledge’ that is there, is essentially there for the construction of the dream and to point back to the act of ‘Dreaming’, which is the permanence of True Knowledge and is undefinable, at least in ‘dream’ terms.
Consider our habit of sincerely wanting to think our way out of our lack of a deep enduring satisfaction. It is the same view, trying out different degrees of effort and commitment, to changing paths of knowledge we encounter. These knowledge pathways are born in the field of illusion. Their source code is fleeting, changing, and cannot be the ‘undefinable Truth’. These paths are inherently limited given the limited field that spawns them.
The ‘seeking’ always puts the mind in play. To ‘not’ seek is considered heretical to spirituality. But “What Is” would not be “What Is” if we had to seek it! “What Is” does not need ‘seeking’ to survive. “What Is” Is timelessly permanent. To add to ‘It’ is to subtract and obscure ‘It’.
There is a beautiful simplicity in Being Here Now as I Am.Adding things to ‘It’ does nothing to enhance It’s ‘Isness’. Acquired knowledge is another ‘thing’. Having a need to be liberated is an idea that is a direct assault
on the fact and experience of “What Is” and It’s nature of being Eternally Present.
Having a committed allegiance to an idea like personal liberation is analogous to not seeing the sun on a sunny day. There is no improving the ‘I Am’. The ‘I Am’ is before even experience. ’This’ is where everything arises. And there is no ‘one’ there to give or get experience.
“The Knowing with which the mind seems to know objects, others and the world, belongs to our Self, ever-present, unlimited Awareness, just as the light with which the moon illuminates the earth belongs to the sun.” -Rupert Spira
There is no where to stand to accept experience and move it forward to some idea that does not exist. There is just falling into Self. The ‘falling’ is the rest, as it is free enough to let go.
There is no higher state than ‘I Am’. ’That’ which Sees ‘It’ cannot be seen.
The ‘alleged me’ cannot find the Ineffable, due to a mis-identity at the very outset.
When the ‘me’, that is suffering and looking for relief from the burden of oppressiveness, ‘it’ looks for escape to concepts of enlightenment, awakening, and Oneness.
The fact is , that the ‘alleged me’ is now still looking, without knowing, and that ‘it’ is still an imposter, despitethe new improved status that is presumably created to get meaningful spirituality. Immediately, the seeking status is compromised, as the ‘alleged me’ is dragged along.
Delusion has once again, firmly supplanted, the obviousness and directness of experiential ‘knowing’. That is, knowing Self through Self cannot be operationalized, due to the newly manufactured spirituality, to wit, a ’further’ departure from Self, by a better ‘spiritual’ imposter.
Continued or renewed, looking throughthe ‘imposter self’, changes nothing substantively, in getting closer to the realization of Self.
When looking from the narrow view of an ‘alleged’ me, for improved spirituality, failure can only become the assured destiny. And failure then ultimately becomes the new starting point where we may realize that ‘that’ well-treaded path is not worth resuming.
Still, starting from nothing, the imposter (aka the ‘alleged’ me) is the one that can start the journey into getting past itself, when not misunderstanding that ‘that’ starting point, ‘is’ the point where the ‘conceptual imposter self’ ceases to exist in any meaningful way.Losing the imposter means there is an unmistakeable clarity in seeing the imposter, as not permitted to journey to the Eternal Now due to it’s implicit falseness.
To suggest that an illusory self, that has hollowness at it’s core, is sufficient to travel to “What Is”, is to not have clarity. Clarity is always Present but not available when occluded by conditioned thinking and specious beliefs.
The clarity of true identity can be accessed when the “tornado of me” is not taking up all the bandwidth. The Silence, the “I Am-ness”, the Seeing without noun-ing everything, all can point to the implicit ‘Knowing of Self’. Imposters and delusions arise and fall. Beingness is eternally Present witnessing the arrivals and departures. Resting ’there’is the rest we were looking for, i.e. ’The Looking’.
Continuation of the mobile prison that was created by self to warehouse and incarcerate the same suffering self, is only the reinvestment of limited thinking and finite mind. The current ‘imposter’ will claim the ‘new’ spirituality giving seeming rise to another imposter. Here, the ‘one’ that is claiming is not the Silence but the now ‘cooler me’(aka another imposter).
The ‘claiming’ is the go-to methodology of the imposter. Beingness has no need to claim as it just ‘Is’. Seeing the ‘claiming’, can catch the stealing of identity. However, the stealing and claiming will continue as long as attention is being given to it. The spaciousness of no ‘my’ will give the distance necessary for all that claiming to become moot. No ‘my’ is no ‘alleged me’.
When we do not claim to have an epiphany, when we don’t claim to ‘get it’, and when we do not claim to ‘know it’, only then are we seeing the noun called the imposter.
Being, Awareness, Bliss are the verbs that never noun, except seemingly. See the ‘imposter’ claiming the nouns of identity. False identity is missing the ‘aliveness’ of Being.
Without the construct of time, we are already ’There’. The journey is ‘no journey’. Effortlessness makes sense here as there is nothing to do or get done when It IS. There is no necessity for any ‘thing’like an imposter, to ‘do’ anything. Being free is Being free of any nouns of identity.
“Right in the Heart of this moment, right in the Heart of Being is a bottomless wellspring of life, of freedom that wants to live through you unlimited, untamed and undefended in any way. The fountain of the true Self. It is this that is alive inside calling you to this Truth.” -Clare Blanchflower
Be the Moment of Now, as forever has no start or end.
There is nothing to add or subtract. And there is no-one to ‘do’ anything.
‘It’ just Is. ‘It’ Is complete. Fullness has no absence. To suggest more, is merely an inability to See everything. To suggest less, is to miss eternity Itself.
This is not a perspective. The mind has perspective. An unfiltered and raw stream Is the Openness We Are. “I like this” and “I like that” are always found with “I don’t like this” and “I don’t like that”.
If the above statements are not separation and ‘closed-ness’, then where is the justification of worshipping these idols?
Being a dictator is not benevolence and the acceptance of diversity. Controlling outer circumstances while inner circumstances are dismissed, is living an appalling life. There is no match-up to integrity. Acceptance is not present outwardly nor inwardly, under these circumstances.
Separation between ourselves and others and separation from our own inner Fullness, is the consequence of ‘pushing’ a dead agenda of ideas over substance.
The ground-less ground of Being is ‘not knowing’ and not presuming we ‘know’. Freedom from being bound by a concept of ‘needing to know’, is not possible when ‘pushing’ for the ‘knowing’. It only limits us to the confines of the prison called ‘things’. ’Things’ are what is perceived -not ’The Perceiving’.
When there is a ’no-thing-ness’ that cannot be put into some convenient box, why do we still persist in ‘doing’ just that, with likes/dislikes and presumed ‘needs’?
The willingness to let go of finding the ‘know’ or concluding a presumed investigation on the superficial evidence of ‘conceptualizing’, is letting go of dross. Seeing that the thinking mind cannot operate without objects/concepts is preliminary. Seeing the dead-end path of ‘this’ superficiality, is immediately followed by a natural ’letting go’.
‘What we see’ is then replaced with Seeing from the vast Open-ness of ‘just’ Seeing. There is no reason to conclude anything as ‘it’ is constantly changing from the unchanging Source.
The stability, is not in making a ‘noun’ out of everything but in realizing the no-noun-ness of Being Itself and It’s temporary phenomena.
True Nature is pure not-knowing. It Is a no-definition of Self as ‘It’ Is not a concept and is not definable. It Is prior to the ‘somethings’.
Resting as ‘not knowing’ is counter-intuitive according to the mind. ‘That’ superficiality of mind may be compelling only if we allow the trance of ‘needing to know’ to continue.
Falling’ into the unknown of ’not knowing’ is uncertainty being welcomed fully. Having no certainty is having ‘nothing’. Nothing is the starting point of ‘everything’.
Falling’ into ‘nothing’ is at the same time falling’ into ‘something’, but ‘that’ Is not a thing. The ‘something’ of ‘nothing’ Is Everything. This Is the ‘Aliveness’ we feel Present.
The ‘Aliveness ‘ needs no ‘doer’ as there Is only Being. We are being lived from the ‘Priorness’.
“In you, as in each human being, there is a dimension of consciousness far deeper than thought. It is the very essence of who you are. We may call it presence, awareness, the unconditioned consciousness.” -Eckhart Tolle
What is often, the ‘go to’, in the seeming opportunity of ’future’ ? We tirelessly look forward to getting ‘something’ from the concept of ‘future’. It is as if the Present is not enough and we, therefore, are needy for the parts that appear to be missing in our lives right now. These two guideposts are inherently false when tested by our direct experience.
The act of looking past Now and the act of denying the fullness of Presence, Now, is inherently a compounding of suffering. Oddly, this suffering for that seemingly missing something, takes place in the Fullness of Now.
To seek, is to not See Presence. Presence only abides in the eternal Now. Not Seeing Presence is essentially not ’Seeing’. ‘Not Seeing’ is only possible with Reality creating unreality. Unreality is conditional, temporary, and a covering up of Reality, with cooperation of ‘our’ Reality.
See the intentional ‘Not Seeing’.
We have knowingly mis-directed our attention to a conceptual creation We created, in order to experience the illusory finiteness of past and future. See the movie of time actually take place in the caldron of eternity and no time. The ‘movie of time’ has taken place in ‘time’ after timelessness. In other words, the illusion of time, appears to have standing after eternity, while all of conceptual time, which is illusional by nature, has occurred in timelessness, and never, ever left the field of timelessness.
‘Seeing’ is only possible from the point of view of Self. It is not possible to ’See’ from an illusory self. If the illusory self seeks to ’See’, then it is akin to asking the impropriety of illusion to ‘do’ something that illusion can never accomplish, due to it’s inherent falseness.
The ’seeking’ is a compounding of problems. One of which is going to an illusory future with pure illusion. That ‘view’ is clearly insufficient to render what Is already Present Now. It is a movement, when there is no need for a movement, to an another insufficient ’idea’ (seeking), expecting to find something that has been Present even before the search began.
Being the Moment is recognizing there is no real future. Any movement to past/future can only be away from Presence.
Seeking and ’Not Seeing’ is believing that we can carry over ‘something’ , which we presumably created, into the nothing of ’Nothingness’.But there is no doer that can seek, ‘See’, or create anything. The doer is wrong view. It is the presumptive doer that is ‘Not Seeing’ and wants ‘something’ that only the imagined future can provide.
Having these ‘time’ zones is convenient for the doer and for the completion of the motion picture. The doer and the movie are not real. But the movie is a real movie with the ‘doer’ playing a role in the production. The movie is always found in timelessness despite it’s start and finish in a period of time.
Our direct experience of ‘I Am’ is not a thought, if truly experienced. It Is. It Is other than thought and before thought, always. The add-on of a doer, seeker, or want-er, is not part of the existential Self.
“To invest one’s identity and security in something that appears, moves, changes and disappears is the cause of unhappiness.” -Rupert Spira
The ‘getting’, is a false start. We already Are. There is nothing to ‘do’, ‘get, or ‘understand’. That is all future and all illusion. There is no one to get an experience. There is only ‘Experiencing’ with the actor channeling without any act of claiming any ‘thing’.
The act of getting and keeping is essentially the act of keeping the false self relevant despite it’s erroneous view. Once a view is established, limitation becomes part of the deal.
‘No view’ is the view where the illusion and the Ineffable can exist. ‘No view’ is ’not two’.
What a thought! Is the protection of the heart not necessary, lest we personally break?
Our ability is strained, to tolerate in a ‘normal’ way, the breaking of our heart. That is not something that is looked upon as an opportunity, to progress. Our true heart, for the above reason, is often not revealed, so that some protection is afforded.
Subsequent life events are often affected in the recovery from a ‘broken’ heart. A contraction, a closing up, of the heart is generally the conditioning we find necessary to persist in finding our way back to some utility in expressing the love within us to the outside world.
But this conditioning, is a compromise. What is compromised is Self. We clearly lose our child-like freedom to express ourselves and our unedited feelings, in our rapprochement back to normality.
Contraction is not freedom. Contraction is not ‘unplugged’. It is a sanitation of feelings and expressiveness. We have adapted to a lesser, more limited idea of self. The ‘new’ normal is not really normal.
However, the ‘idea of self’, whether improved or defiled, is still conceptual. Conceptual is in fact, removed from reality in that ‘it’ is an artificial construct. Constructs surely are not alive and clearly cannot tell us much, as they are an abbreviation of the infinite bandwidth of experience and experiencing.
The point being, that to ‘improve’ a concept (self) is not tenable due to artificially limiting Self to an idea, no matter how improved. Conversely, to be able to ‘hurt’ a concept (self) is equally foolish, in that ‘that’ illusion cannot really have consequence. The illusion of self remains an idea, no matter the degree of pain we seemingly feel.
All that drama around the heart is truly ‘what’s not happening’. Feelings, thoughts, physical perceptions/sensations, say otherwise. Our belief system compounds the illusion cementing further separation from Self and others.
All ‘that’ emotion is happening in ‘what’s not happening’. But in ‘what’s happening’ aka Reality, none of that stuff is really going on.
“Happiness is the absence of resistance to what is. It is the highest spiritual practice. However, it is not a practice of the mind; it is the ever-present nature of Myself, Awareness.” -Rupert Spira
The ‘high’ bar is ‘what’s happening’. There is no illusion in the moving verbiage of ‘what’s happening’. Conditioning does not have a say in ‘what’s happening’. The refresh rate of ‘what’s happening’ is too fast in that it’s speed is prior to illusion.
The broken heart has the advantage of being cracked wide open with subsequent accessibility not available otherwise. Accepting the openness, is availing oneself of unprecedented Love behind all the crashing. The contraction has played out to nothingness. There is nothing to hide, cover up, or to protect. The ‘rawness’ is the Truth that needs no defending.
Our instinct may be to defend self but our Truth is waiting and has been waiting to be Seen. And can be Seen when accepting the ‘what’s happening’ in this golden opportunity.
There is no pushing in Awareness.
Accepting the depth of pain is moving past thoughts, ideas, and perceptions, into the holding of nothing, falling effortlessly into a depthless Love. The groundlessness of this Love is unbounded and eternally Present, as It Is Presence. The ground of thoughts, ideas, and perceptions is as meaningless as it is illusory. When falling fearlessly and holding nothing, as nothing is needed, Love’s groundlessness and freedom catches us by the heart.
The unchanging undefended Self is found in the heart, ever present. It teaches yes, yes, and yes to even‘what’s not happening’. The ‘what’s not happening ‘ has essentially taken us to Us.
Self has nothing to defend. It Is the freedom of fullness accessed through the nothingness.
There is no dictator of Love. Only the self tries to dictate Love.
The felt sense of longing for completion resides in the heart. The solution of a full acceptance of everything, opens the heart and sates the longing.
The open heart realizes it is home as it always has been.The longing was ‘Us’ reaching out to ‘us’.
Now available, in the heart of hearts, is the unprecedented unrestricted connection to “What Is”. Heart Acceptance is constantly happening in every Moment. This view is no view.
Putting these two words together creates an automatic dichotomy. It doesn’t feel good. One word compromises the other. Both words together create conflict that neither word presumably wants.
And what is ‘it’ that wants? The craving or the contentment?
Contentment does not want. It is not in the nature of contentment to plead or bleed over ‘things’. Contentment is an ultra-balanced security of Now.
Craving is missing some presumed essential piece. A piece that ‘one’ cannot do without. The pushing is self-evident, especially in attempting to secure the ‘idea’ of a lack, due to some missing temporal object (thing).
Craving will go past peace, love, and happiness to secure this conceptual need. Rationality left this wanton idea long ago, in some past lack of fruition, now carried into the future. The Present was/is summarily skipped over, without a thought.
It, craving, does not exist in the Present. Only the past and the future. In Presence, the insanity of going to an imaginary place, would be more obvious. And by ‘Presence’, it is not to conclude that we can ‘know’ Presence by a momentary glimpse, and then back to the insanity.
Only by resting in Presence, can we make anything close to a conclusion, about not being Present. Proportionally we must be living in Presence to secure any feeling of Presence. To lurch back and forth between the urgency of falseness and peace, cannot be defined as peaceful or Present.
And then there is the ‘doing’ of Presence, which by definition cannot be Presence. There is no doing Presence. There is ‘being’ Presence and being Present.
‘Doing’ Presence is tantamount to ‘pushing’ Presence. And there is no ‘pushing’ in Awareness or Presence, ever.
Craving is extreme ‘pushing’. Intelligence and discrimination are even held hostage to assert this irrational craving. The results yielded -only the pillaring of Presence/Awareness can occur under these circumstances. Presence is seemingly forced out of one’s life to appease desire and/or fear.
The other outcome in this craving madness is never arriving at the object of craving. Craving never delivers.
What ‘was’ and what ‘will be’ are never actually happening in this yielding to craving. The happening, in this case,died with the craving. The ‘aliveness’, is certainly missing as a result of this choice.
Experience of the past cannot be carried forward to Presence. Presence has no space for the falseness of the unreality of ‘over’ to be in the Now. Exceptions occur only in the ‘non-happening’ of ‘happening’. Happening, Us, gives seeming reality to the unreality, without compromising Reality. That is non-happening, an artifice in time.
Craving abides only when Reality gives the space of non-reality for this activity to seemingly go on. What’s happening remains the only real game in town.
Contentment recognizes the Fullness of Now and contemporaneously the futility of leaving contentment, for some foolish unbalanced errand. Understanding contentment is understanding that. There is really nothing outside this understanding of Fullness, that can make one any more Full. Knowing ‘that’, why would anyone leave the full integrity of ‘this’ space?!
So contentment is an experiential understanding. The pointlessness of ’seeking’ or ‘craving’ is glaringly obvious. To ‘crave’, is to mis-understand. To go outside the Now, is to unnecessarily burden Ourselves with the patently false. To indulge in ‘what’s not happening’ , is to automatically lose the aliveness of the Moment. Where is the fun in all that?!
“Be neither the knower nor the known; be only the knowing of experience, and you will find your self as everyone and everything.” -Rupert Spira
There is no improving the false ‘me’. The illusion cannot get the message. Trying to ‘know’ the “Not Knowing” is futility incarnate, as we Are the Knowing and the “Not Knowing” of the Knowing. Craving or effort cannot secure the “effortlessness” We already Are Now. Be the contentment.
Are we done? Understanding won’t help. And how can we get anything when there is nothing to get, literally.
To get something presupposes that we do not have that ‘something’. Is the presupposition correct?!
But why does everyone seem to be looking for that something that is missing in their lives e.g. peace, happiness, and/or Truth?
Looking for something, that is clearly and experientially present, would be spinning our wheels for no good reason with zero movement on the pavement of progress towards a lofty goal.
If ‘Its’ right in front of our nose, why can’t we see it?
We are looking from a view that is not a valid view. But we and our conditioning believe ‘it’ to be so. But, but have we looked at how we have been looking? Or, more probably, have we acquiesced to the “tornado of me” and resigned ourselves to believing our current view has got to be right?
If its got to be right, why hasn’t ‘it’ yielded results after a lifetime of effort?
The current view is essentially lame. It cannot yield the results we are looking for precisely because it is an incorrect and/or faulty view. Success here is assuredly not going to happen.
We are trying to kick the door open when in fact the door can never open because the door is not made to open in the direction of our travel.
The fact is the door is already wide open. More essentially, we are already ‘there’. Our searching and looking has not succeeded because we do not even See where our standing is. Often, our standing is more illusion hiding as discrimination.
Our standing Is groundlessness. But we clamor for ground. Importing ground only grounds us in the muck of suffering and limitation. The view of ‘no ground’ is a view we resist because we not only want the ground of whom we think we are but also the myriad ideas, hopes, aspirations of hollowness that is this seeming ground we so pine for. When we hope for a status that is currently present, the ‘hope’ becomes unreachable.
We need a u-haul truck to drag all the narrative, beliefs, and identifications we have, to seemingly feel complete, from one moment to the next moment.
Completeness is already Present without the hoarding of ‘stuff’ we ‘think’ is necessary. The density that is necessary to carry all that garbage, is precisely the ‘stuff’ that precludes us from Being ‘Us’.
Instead of ‘looking’ for what cannot be found, we would do infinitely better, to allow ‘the Looking’ to find us. Just resting, just not pushing, but being with the Openness, to allow “What Is” to make the movement, to merge with the ‘Us’ in us, is enough.
The vast openness and spaciousness is not freely associated with rat pack mentalities. Freedom is not the storage of any ‘thing’ but the liberation of ‘things’. The Priorness is the Fullness, Is the infinite potential, where all ‘things’ eventually arise from. To focus on ‘things’ is to completely miss the point of Being.
“The greatest form of Seva/ Service is the humility to receive all of life and see through the illusion of separation. When we let go of serving the individual which is all about getting ‘my’ needs met we let go into something so much greater, the Self.”-Clare Blanchflower
The ‘Priorness’ is accessible when being Being first in all Moments. Then phenomena comes second as ‘it’ is a created ‘after’.
They are both a stretch. The illusions have to out of timelessness and in time, in order to be illusory. The reference to a past and a future cannot coexist in the Now-ness of timelessness.
In Reality, the ‘was’ and ‘will be’, immediately disallows the immediacy of the experience of Now, as neither distortion ispermitted in Presence. To compromise the ’Now’ with these false presences of non-existence, is absolutely and unequivocally, to seemingly leave the Now. If the Now were to entertain these distortions, then the Now would cease It’s Now-ness.
The Now is absolute. Absolute-ness cannot be moderated even for a nanosecond. Time is a false belief if believed to be true. There is the appearance of time which can be experienced as distortion or a modulation of timelessness. That is an appearance, not a Truth.
The “I Am” is in timelessness. It can be no other way. Timelessness is not conceptual like time. Timelessness is time removed. Timelessness is free of time. The ‘I Am” abides there, which is nowhere and everywhere; no point and all points.
When 90+% of our resting is in time, then time consumes Us. When We Are timelessness, we consume time and all other appearances. Consciousness is always primary even when obscured.
The “false I Am”can only reside in the apertures of past/future, which are both aberrations of Reality. They are the ‘dreaming’of Reality with only an appearance of nouns or things. Reality is never compromised as the ‘dreaming’ never really ‘nouns’.
The ‘nouns’ that appear are really not permanent. Their temporariness is the give-away appearance of non-Reality. They cannot exist as Reality. These ‘nouns’ have as much permanence as a dream.
So when we say to ourselves or others, about what ‘I was” and/or “I will be”, we are overriding the overriding principle of whom We really Are. What Is existing Now, can never stop existing, even for a second, except in ‘time’which is a distortion of timelessness. To not ’See’ the Truth of Self, is to pretend to be the mind/body before the ‘Prior-ness of Self.
Time appears to trump timelessness. But timelessness cannot be trumped except in an illusion. See the illusion and See the truth of what we Are not.
Again, what can be perceived cannot be Perceiving. What Is Perceiving cannot be perceived. There Is no noun in Perceiving, ever.
Resting in Priorness or Awareness, Is always, as the always never gives way to time. Time is distortion/illusion.
The ‘was’ and the ‘will be’ are ‘doings’ that have departed from effortless acceptance of ‘What Is’always, that is, Beingness (no-thing verbing).
Consciousness has things. Things are not conscious. Time is a thing that is perceived.
Falling into the Moment of Now has never stopped It’s Nowness. Nowness catches everything.
“I, Awareness, cannot be known as any kind of an object such as a thought, feeling, sensation or perception yet in all of these it is I alone that am being known, just as the screen is never found in the movie and yet is all that is truly seen.” -Rupert Spira
Rest in the falling where there is no-thing or no-noun. Crashes only take place when we distort non-permanence into seemingly permanent ‘was’ and ‘will be’. The falling never stops falling. Find rest ‘there’. Be Free.
Mind, that is, the mental process of thinking and sense perception, is an activity that assigns and defines our identity as whom we ‘think’ we are. It is a process that is incessant in constantly defining and claiming falsely, our doing, thinking, seeing, and experiencing.
It is like the clown following an exquisite performance by a ballerina, who bows before the audience to receive the accolades that rightly belong to the dancer. It’s falseness is gross and misleading, but apparent, if one does not get caught by what just happened.
The whole process must be taken into account. If we left the show before its incipient conclusion, and the clown showed up to take the bow, as we returned, we may be convinced that the clown’s bow was deserved.
Only seeing parts of the performance and not seeing or understanding the whole process, leaves one to making conclusions that have no experiential validity.
Believing that only the clown is untenable, as ‘it’ had nothing really to do with the performance, is a start but not a finish. And at the same time, the clown is not to be resisted, as ‘it’ is part of the show to be enjoyed. No good reason to hate (resist) the clown.
Seeing the clown as a clown relieves us of any real threat to the enjoyment of the entire performance. Not seeing the clown properly can create a bad evening. Yet a greater understanding is the knowledge of the dance as the progenitor of the movement and all the subsequent characters and their development.
That knowledge is prior to any show.
The mind is stagecraft, not dissimilar to a carnival, where trickery is part and parcel of the charm. Seeing through the craftiness kinda ends the fun of it, as well as the thinking we can ‘honestly’ win.
The mind is a one-trick pony that rules us like a carny, getting our chump change and making chumps out of us.
The one-trick is one good trick, working in keeping us imprisoned in a little box that is pure illusion.
Thoughts cannot be controlled or determined by the illusory ‘us’.Controlling thoughts or attempting to control thoughts, is always futile. If the thought of whom we are as identity, tries to control thoughts, then that is one thought trying to control another thought. How silly! Good luck on that endeavor.
Before thoughts is Silence. After thoughts is Silence. Silence never leaves and is never affected by thoughts.
Instead of giving attention to thoughts and content, give attention to Silence and context. The deafening noise of thoughts is a result of giving our undivided attention on thoughts rather than Voiceless Silence.
Thoughts trick us. Silence Is always first. Thoughts arise when thoughts arise, in Silence. Mind claims thoughts with ‘m’ and ‘y’, creating identity and personal narrative through memory. After identification with thought, reaction is spawned. The illusion of identity is now bonded to thoughts that affirm/deny the quality of the identity. The identity is needy, in that affirmation must extended by more claiming of thoughts, ad infinitum.
This process must be seen so we will no longer be victimized by it. It must be Seen by the Seeing. The process, to be seen by the process itself, is not to see the process. The Witness must witness the process.
The problem comes in again, with the mind claiming the Witness, then falsely making the mind the witness, which is the one-trick pony. Not Seeing ‘it’ victimizes the illusory self as really feeling like it is the illusory self (again and again) despite the claiming of witnessing .
It’s a cute trick that works like magic. Except suffering is never really abated. Mind claims everything after it happened. The Happening just happens, always happening. The stopping by the mind is just ‘not happening’ and the creation of an illusory state.
The mind cannot stop the Happening. Mind creates the appearance of ‘happened’ to the ‘me’. There is no ‘me’ and nothing ‘happened’. Time, when there is only Now, is created, in order to create the ‘happened’. Illusion is in mind with ‘my’ thoughts aiding and abetting. Hence, we believe the mind in accepting the hijacking as a normal part of life.
”The eternal now, when seen through the narrow slit of the mind, appears as time. The infinite here, when seen through the narrow slit of the mind, appears as space.” -Rupert Spira
The real normal is just happening, period.
Fear/desire and past/future are not extant in the Now. The Now can receive anything/everything and never be affected/effected. Fearlessness and desirelessness are found in the Fullness. Time is a permutation of mind. Timelessness is part of the Nothingness of Being choiceless effortlessness.
There is nothing to understand and there is nothing to do. To ‘do’ seemingly precludes ‘Being’ which already Is forever Prior. Be the Prior not the afterthought, as ‘that’ thinking is NOT happening.
Omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence is ‘space’ metaphorically.
If there were no space, where would we be? Where would we put everything? Can we find room somewhere else? Is ’space’ really that important?
How can space be so useful when we can’t even nail a peg on it? Precisely so.
But, really, we don’t even give ‘it’ a whole lot of consideration. Is that too, it’s usefulness?
Also, does ‘space’ hold so-called other frequencies or dimensions of light, vibration, sound, matter, et al? Can we consider this breadth as another signature of space?
Buildings come and go but space remains. Does space ever need to be renewed?
The earth’s orbit is changing it’s location in space, moment-by-moment. With all this space changing on earth every second, are we ever concerned that the different space we get, is not going to be good enough? Or perhaps it is not a concern because space is uniform and unchanging, no matter where we go in the solar system?!
What about the amount of space? Is it unbounded and infinite? Does space even have an edge or an endpoint? How does space feel? Have we ever been able to feel space?
We certainly have felt density and lack of space. Apart from the ‘external’, how is our space internally? Do we feel we have the analogue to external space, that being ‘no edge’ and ‘infinity’? Or are we bunched up with no room, crowded by our excessive thoughts, wants, and demands on others?
And is there really an experiential difference between external and internal space, aside from the ‘thinking’ and ‘believing’ that brokers that separation? Can we truly see the edge of our internal awareness and our presumed external world? What happens when we close our eyes? What happens when we dream? Does space disappear?
The space that is labeled as internal and the space that is labeled external, are those distinctions enough to say that the space is really a different space?
When we say “we are holding space”, does that mean that the space is then a ‘thing’? Can we see a photograph of someone holding space and a pic of someone not holding space?
If space is not a ’thing’, what are it’s characteristics?
Perhaps if we measure space, or count space-lets, or research space itself, we can find a more efficacious way of using space? Not!
When there are no objects in space, how would we measure space?
Are we actually separate from space? What is separate, space or us? If the presumed ‘us’ is only conceptual , then perhaps what is more real, permanent, and unchanging is space. If space is us, but without the ‘us’ as identity, what is left?
What always remains is space.
Do we have to struggle to see space? Would it be more useful if we saw space? Do we need to really intellectualize and understand space? Would space care if we did? Is space tolerant of anything and/or everything we put in it?
Omnipresence (infiniteness and presence everywhere) is space.Omniscience (infinite knowledge and always ‘knowing’) is space. Omnipotence (powerfully Present) is space. ’Space’ is the metaphor pointing to the Ineffable, unquantifiable everything/nothing that Is.
Much like ‘space’, Beingness (existence of the “I Am”), has the ’no-thingness’ of space. All ‘space’ does in this context is point to what can not be thought of but only experienced by Self aka Awareness.
Every one of us accepts and allows the ubiquitousness of space to enter our lives without a thought. There are no issues with space, ever. Not having space is inconceivable.
If we can so blithely accept this ‘space’ non-thing, why do we struggle with accepting ourselves as Ourselves. The capital Ourselves is just as Present and eternal as the same space that allowed the universe to be birthed into manifestation.
“The belief that the mind perceives or is aware, doesn’t make sense. Mind is perceived; it does not perceive. Only Awareness is aware.” -Rupert Spira
Appearances in our life are specious and temporary and meritless, relative to our identity to be ’that’, rather than ‘That’ that cannot be Seen or described despite it’s ubiquity.
Presence (space) is context that never changes. Content is what is contained. There is no containing Presence.