16 August 2014

Is “Separateness” Real?

Are you really separate from others, and objects in the world? Or is that simply something you have said to yourself (i.e. believed deeply) for so long, it is now an entrenched belief? If you believe deeply that you are separate from everything else, then that is the way the world will appear for you. Can you see that any belief is not necessarily true?

The earth appears to the senses as flat. But is it really? Can you see that most beliefs are not grounded in reality? And when you look for proof, the belief (for example, the belief in a divine entity, or Santa Claus, or the tooth fairy) what is discovered? Notice:

You can find no proof whatsoever. 

Seek the evidence for your truly being separate from me, from the world. Tell me your proof. What can you offer? Nothing. Nada. Zip!

Separateness is a master illusion, a lie perpetrated over millennia by the race called human, despite the clear lack of evidence for its reality.

Crazy, isn’t it?

So take a good look within what you call “your separate self”. Seek evidence for this notion of being separate, until there remains NO doubt that there IS none! Go to it. It’s worth looking into.

Once we believed the earth was flat. Now we know better; the belief shriveled and died when it was proved to be a persistent idea of truth but nonetheless, it’s a falsehood. A LIE.

Find out: ARE you actually separate?

Certainly the way things appear to us, appear as separate from us; that is how the senses function. Even our bodies appear to be separate from our self, don’t they? (We say “my body”, right?) But as in the case of seeing a flat earth, the senses are NOT reporting what really is so. It may take some deep looking to uncover the falseness of our senses. But just maybe, it is worth it. Rather than accepting the false as real, find out what is really going on if you can!

It is worth a good long look, my friends. I assure you of that: there is freedom, joy, peace and a deep affinity at the other end (I have experienced that here). So have at it and be in touch if you like.

It is a great gift to rediscover the Silence that we are. It brings peacefulness that surpasses language, surpasses “understanding”.

“Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must remain silent” ~Wittgenstein

(I am indebted to Landmark Education, who inspired this essay).

23 July 2014

Show Me The Person

If I ask you to send me a picture of the person you are, I suspect that you will send me a picture of that body mind apparatus you take to be your self.

Is that really who you are?

The identification of the self as a person happens at about the age of two. Then, as I am other me and not me this and that, in other words, dualism.

What we point to here has been labeled many things: oneness, pure light, universal self, one without a second. That one is my favorite.

The word person comes from the Greek persona, or mask. But if I ask you to send me a picture of the mask, or the persona, what can you come up with? A dear friend once said his ego was driving him crazy. I asked him to send me a picture of that ego. A little later, I got an e-mail from him, a delightful e-mail, wherein he describes what had happened when he contemplated taking a picture of his ego and realized that there was no such animal in the body mind. He summed it up by saying "I am bankrupt with a smile." 

I still love that, because when he said bankrupt, what he was talking about is that the ego which she had been saying was bothering him drastically, was seen to be completely and utterly false. So the ego was bankrupt. He went on to see and share that this bankruptcy was the most welcome phenomenon. Indeed.

Can you find in the body mind anywhere and ego or a person? When I had open heart surgery, I was tempted to ask the surgeon to see if he could find a person in there when he had the body opened up. Through investigation, prompted for me by sailor Bob Adamson, it became clear as a bell that there simply is no such thing as a person as a separate entity. What we call ourselves or person is merely a story more like a graphic novel, words and pictures in the mind that we have mistakenly assumed to be our self. Hence the word history: his story. Everyone or virtually everyone mistakenly believes themselves to be there story; that ever evolving story of a me that on investigation is bound to not exist at all. And if it is found to not exist now, could it ever have existed at all?

A little investigation will show you, for yourself, that what you consider yourself to be is a fiction. Like a character in the story or novel, which you have identified with the same way you might identify with a character in a novel. So the invitation here is to challenge these assumptions which you have taken on board since the age of two, and by challenging destroy the assumptions leaving you only present unaware right here right now.

That is all there is to this really. Here now you are, and that you is a fiction, which can be seen through with a little work. I invite you to take it on. In fact, to go all in with it. 

16 July 2014

who is in charge here?

Who is in charge of your life? Or what?

What follows is not the truth. So do not ask yourself, is that statement true? It is not absolutely no. 

And, you could say, it is true as a pointer to what is.

You see, the truth is that you can speak ain't the truth. Sorry about that. But that is the brutal reality of non-duality. Just ask Lao Tzu. The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.

When we point at the truth, we are asking you to look at where we are pointing, rather than try to figure out the words, and try to fit them into what you know or even what you do not know.

The unchanging reality is simply indescribable and unknowable with the mind. But you probably know that grand idea. But just in case you do not, here is a reminder.

Ask yourself this question: who is in charge of this life of this body, mind that I claim as myself?

Ask yourself, who is pulling the strings of this puppet. I called me? Is it the light, or is it a someone or something or what?

Have you ever inquired into this? And if you have, have you gone all in with the inquiry?
If not, you might want to go for it. But then again, maybe not. If you find it in the least frustrating. Just pass and let the Pointers sink in in their own time (assuming that there is such a thing as time)!

I found something that really lit me up when I read it recently, and I am going to share it here: it is from a really good book called "The Last Good Man." One of the characters is sharing an insight that is so spot on, as I said, it lit me up. Here we go:

"In the understanding of goodness and the good deed, we think from an existential point of view that we have a choice. But you do not. Just think of the story about Job. Your piece and a bigger puzzle, and someone else – or rather something else – has made up the rules of the game. What is paradoxical in the Job story is that there is nobody else God thinks war about the Job even though he takes everything away from him. It is the same thing with all of you. With you personally, Niels. You have also been stripped of your free will and the possibility of moving freely." By A.J. Kazinsky

Like I tried to point out before, that is not the truth. Is a pointer, a signpost. Do not focus on the words, focus on where the words are pointing. As a metaphor, considered the dog: if you point to the dog's bowl, the dog will stare at your finger instead of the bowl. 

Do not get trapped trying to figure this out. It will make an nutty.

Simply be with the pointer. Know that the Pointers are coming from the very same consciousness that you are. Knowing that, relax and enjoy it. 

Thank you, I love you.

11 July 2014

Where does Presence begin?

Where does Presence begin?

Have you ever noticed that everything that appears and disappears arises Presently?

Have not you ever noticed that it is always now now now? Have you ever been out of the now in actual experience rather than in concept? 

If you think you have been out of the now is not that thinking happening now?

There is something changeless, is not there? Does the now ever change? Where does now began?

Just simply notice where does presence began? Where does it end? Just noticed this right now. When else could you notice it? The Unchanging now is ever present and always completely fresh. Is it not?

Enlightenment is simply noticing that you are always in this presence, and that this presence has never changed one iota. Super simple. Got it?

So keep it simple seeker! Kiss! Can you really argue your way out of now? Katie really dispute that it is always now? This simple presence, suffused with awareness, is your true nature. 

Even if you argue against it, that does not change it. Super simple. Got it?

I could go on and on with this, but I trust you got the point. Actually, the pointer. 

What we’re pointing to is what is always so. As the sage Lao Tzu put it, to know the always so is to be illumined. Does awareness ever change? Where is awareness began? 

Can you find a beginning or an end to awareness? So simple. 

You are that!

18 June 2014

Source of Source?

What IS The Source of 'I Am' 

This is a final question. After all the inquires, practices, satsangs,all the books, poems, travels back and forth, and so on, what are you left with? I AM.

Stay with the sense of I AM. The quiet natural knowingness that you are, here and now you are, is incontrovertible, isn't it?

Before the words, before the phrase-thought 'I Am', there is the constancy of natural knowing of the non-conceptual I AM-NESS that every human being shares.

That I AM is natural, always on, and staying with that (not repeating 'I Am" but staying present to its essence) can reveal the SOURCE of that I AM.

What IS that Source? It has many names, none of which can be "it" because "it" is NON conceptual!

So although the mind can never know "it", nevertheless allow yourself to sit quietly, and allow the attention of the mind to feast gently on that sense of Being itself, the ever present I AM. Allow that to show you its unfathomable, unlimited Sourceness. That, the singular Source of I AM, is the truth of what you really are. Let's give That a chance to find you now.

As Sri Nisargadatta said, "That knowledge 'I Am' is yourself. Abide there only. How can you ask any questions at this point? Because that is the beginning of knowledge." ~From "The Ultimate Medicine" edited by the great Robert Powell

30 May 2014

What NEVER Changes?

This question, deeply contemplated, CAN bring forth the obviousness that you ARE That Which NEVER Changes. Try it on. Don't take anyone else's word for that; investigate and discover, then it is yours!

That is Love for Self. The only true love!

17 May 2014

What Is Eternal?

To die now to every moment and every experience is the death that is ETERNITY ITSELF.
Ramesh Balsekar