‘Formlessness’ is not an idea. It Is. If we continue to think that it is an idea, we are still trapped in the contextual mind. Thought cannot get us there. To connect with It, is to Be It, effortlessly. “It” is already here Now. The subtle Silence and Presence, which is the source of ‘all’, including the mind and thought, predates every ‘thing’.
The assumptive thought we have that promotes separateness and suffering, is that we need to be ‘some thing’. That ’thought’ is just a thought, first. The root thought that thinks thinking is the be all and end all of life, is the ‘I’ we have manufactured out of thin air. ‘I’ is the 1st overlay covering up the ultimate connection, sometimes referred to as “The Formless”.
Our misstep is that we have manufactured a monster and gave it consciousness. This “Frankenstein” is untenable due to it being completely imaginary. This ‘fictitiousness’ is it’s asset and pretense. It does not exist but contemporaneously, it believes it does, while insisting that reality is essentially what we can see and feel externally. This apparent conflict with it’s own imaginary existence is one of the first things overlooked. The delusion begins.
At an early age, society conformance demands an identity to differentiate and become somebody. We are asked to become somebody when we already “Are”. That is not to say that we shouldn’t do anything with our life. Oh, No! It is our destiny to fulfill our soul’s code, however that may manifest for each of us. It is not to get lost in a delusional identity that most often does not foster a more ideal pathway to Being. The problem is moving from the undifferentiated to the differentiated, without the loss of whom we really Are, at any time. We Are the undifferentiated consciousness in differentiated form. Perennial Consciousness does not change. Form changes.
We are misinformed by both our external and delusional internal guidance, to unnecessarily struggle against the unstable, contracted, and manufactured little idea of self. We demonstrate that we are cut off from the guidance of the Formless connection that we have always been. This loss of connection can be regained at any Moment.
“I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat, and if it keeps it up, I change bats. After all, If I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?” Yogi Berra
Once the “I” is artificially created, it is birthed in struggle due to ‘it’ being a contraction from the fullness of infinite space and time. Establishment of the “I” is artificial due to the construct being pure imagination. This amorphous construct now requires additional content called self-image. Self-images are very unstable due to no infrastructure except thought. The amount of self-image structure needed is truly unfathomable because there is never enough content to sate ’some thing’ that is ‘unreal’. And we think we are so smart, rich, and know so much, while our core is as unreal as a passing dream.
If we are unhappy, our first urge is to bolster our self-image and go shopping, get a better job, commiserate with friends and relatives, and/or find some more meaning in our life. All without even considering our fraudulence of self i.e our Frankensteinish need to defend and empower our illusory self-image.
“If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be.” Yogi Berra
The ’thought’ of not having an ‘image’ that represents us is scary. This feeling and response is an addictive affirmation of our ‘stuckness’ and unwillingness to ‘let go. The “I” and the ego that maintains it, need the ‘red meat’ of more stuff, need the acknowledgement of other people’s opinions and affirmations, and need the constant iteration of ideas that make up our meaningless images of whom we ’think’ we are. If this isn’t a trance state, then what is? Snap out of it!
“You’ve got to be careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.” Yogi Berra
Just the consideration of not believing in the false created self is not marketable to most individuals, due to fear. This underscores the fact that this illusion is fear-based. Fear is a good motivator to continue to do ourselves the wrong way. Fear also marks the trail of egoic trance that keeps us in a trance without our knowing that illusory limits were placed on our Unlimitedness. It is not unlike a baby elephant being chained early on with a light duty chain. The chain remains the same in terms of thickness as the elephant grows to a size to easily snap it. However, the early image created is more powerful than the chain. It is no longer the chain that binds. It is the image we maintained through our life that binds powerfully.
It is not a matter of changing images and believing we are greater than we allow ourselves to be. It is losing any need for any image to represent us. No names or forms can successfully describe the Formless. “The Tao that can be named is not the Tao.” The ’no thing’ of Formlessness is our eternal reference to whom we have always been. Nothing can be added to It. It is always full. No overlays.
Seeing the Formless Awareness is seeing what is not and then seeing “What Is”. Seeing “What Is” is our most intimate and subtle Presence that is as much a thing as space itself can be. Infinite Potential is Awareness unbounded by limitations, to include ridiculous images. It is There in the spaciousness where there is unlimited freedom without contraction. Red meat is a diet for the hungry ghost, the ghost with a large appetite and small mouth that can never be satiated.
See what is beneath and before any thought in the spaciousness of infinity.