Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Call off the Search

Running towards the horizon trying to catch the sunset


There isn't an "answer" or "solution"

It cannot be understood because it is KNOWING

Monday, June 23, 2008

The Movie Camera

What you ARE is much like a transparent, invisible movie camera; it is recording absolutely everything spontaneously without exception. But, it is not an object, yet contains all objects.

Does a movie camera make a judgment on what is good/bad?
Does a movie camera create labels or comment on what is happening?

Isn’t everything recording effortlessly right NOW? Isn’t everything IMMEDIATE?

A miraculous spontaneous unfolding…

A witnessing-being-presence…

Ranjit called it the bird’s way. Does a bird leave a trace as it flies through the sky? Everything is happening NOW!

No past, no future – those are just stories.

Aren't stories a desire/fear about what will happen or what has already happened?

AWARENESS is recording all of this NOW.

When you are watching a movie at the theater, all of these appearances on the movie screen come and go – no exceptions. It is all a beautiful play of shimmering energy appearing as forms. You would never check to see if the screen is alright after the building exploded in the movie! Doesn’t the constant shifting appearance imply a changeless background?

What must be perfectly clear is that the SEEING/KNOWING (movie camera) is not separate from anything (any apparently ‘separate’ object). Seemingly two - there is only ONENESS, because there must be a KNOWING for anything (any ‘separate’ object) to exist -two sides of ONE coin.

You ARE SEEING-ONENESS! This is Randall Friend’s invaluable, profound pointer.

When a bird is chirping….

Isn’t there an effortless spontaneous KNOWING that happens? No one tells you about it, this is direct experiencing. Doesn’t a story shortly follow thereafter: “Oh…that’s a beautiful song the bird is singing…I wonder what kind of bird this is?” Remove the story - what is happening NOW?

Be brutally honest, is it happening to a “me”, or is it just happening spontaneously?

Isn’t there only the chirping?

Now remove the story of the movie camera or SEEING-ONENESS…and what is left?

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Direct Experience vs. Belief

To KNOW without a shadow of a doubt the Truth of what you already ARE there must be direct experiencing. It seems that there are many ‘seekers’ clinging desperately to concepts without conducting a full investigation. All that is necessary is recognizing what is happening RIGHT NOW. You are probably SEEING words on a computer screen RIGHT NOW. You are 100% certain of this. Nothing could convince you otherwise.


What is happening?


What do you see?

Perhaps it is raining and you see the droplets falling, crashing against the window. This is direct experiencing not a belief.

Anything that requires a story to exist – is immediately false.

This is belief.

When you were a small child your parents told you the story of Santa Claus. Without any reason to doubt or question, you trusted your parents. They told you that he lives at the North Pole, has a team of elves that work endlessly and has eight tiny reindeer…

What if you were to conduct a full investigation? What if you went to the North Pole and searched for this toy factory? What if you did the math and calculated the number of houses he would have to stop at all over the world? What if we rounded up a group of witnesses and recorded the lack of physical proof? The evidence would surely be mounting against the jolly elf but what if we just stayed up very late on Christmas Eve and watched what happened around the Christmas tree?

As you stealthily hide behind the couch, you directly SEE your parents placing presents underneath the tree! The whole story crumbles. Everything attached to that false belief of “Santa Claus”… must also be false!

No Santa Claus.
No elves.
No reindeer.

It was all a story that was believed in – just forms of hearsay and conjecture. Direct experience instantaneously destroys belief.

If you conduct an investigation of the story of “me” thoroughly, isn’t everything a story? Aren’t there stories to verify other stories? Follow these stories backwards until the point of no return: no questions, no answers and nothing to say about it. No label (word or concept) can stick because it is THAT which is witnessing these concepts arise. Simply rest in that open space of KNOWING.