We’ve read books and heard stories about a grand “enlightenment.” This is the ultimate spiritual trophy. A goliath and golden 8 ft. tall symbol of achievement. It is the ultimate war story to show off and brag to friends.
The stories of monks meditating in the Himalayas for twenty years letting out a thunderous laughter imply that this “spiritual” seeking must be an arduous and painful journey. That seems to match what we’ve read about the Hindu yogis that starve themselves and chant endlessly, hoping to one day figure all of this out. And because the seeking of enlightenment was such a difficult path for those special few, enlightenment must be a flowery, holy and permanently blissful state of happiness and permanent high.
This is a huge and heaping pile of bullshit.
Recognize that any experience that pops up is just another transient experience-- just another event that comes and goes. It is rather obvious that what comes/goes. Any experience, no matter how ‘grand’, ‘profound’ or ‘spiritual’ is just another experience that will inevitably pass.
As this ‘mystical’ experience passes, recognize the psychological suffering that arises:
“I want to achieve that state that I worked so hard to get”.
Notice that every single time (without exception) that there is psychological suffering it is referring to an individual, separate ‘I’. It is this ‘I’ that wants more, needs more, needs to become something, needs to be protected against something, is quietly waiting for something to happen and most of all, needs to become enlightened.
What if this fundamental assumption, “I” is completely false—a fiction
What if a ‘person’ is NOT always here?
So we question…
To whom does this thought “I” appear to?
It cannot be “I”? Isn’t this just another thought?
Where is this witness? Where is the seer of thoughts?
What are we really pointing to when we refer to this “I”?
If this “I” is merely a concept that is coming and going…just another transient image, then I am not thoughts. What I am never changes….but this “I” thought is ephemeral.
Thoughts are just appearing/disappearing…..
If I am not the thought “I” then clearly, the opposite of “I” (as an individual) not-“I”, (we can call this “the world”) must also be false. Boundaries (only conceptualizations) fall apart because both are false. Where can you find limitations? Where are there beginnings and endings? Isn’t it only in concepts? Concepts are merely fleeting labels with no substance.
So if there isn’t a person there….who has the problem? Who would be there to suffer psychologically? Who would be troubled by thoughts? Who would be there to make choices?
Whatever your name (or persona, which is Latin for “mask”) is a fictional character perpetuated by conversation, much like our favorite superheroes. We can talk at great lengths about how Lex Luthor is going to expose Superman to kryptonite and jeopardize his ability to save the world—but does Superman really suffer from kryptonite? It’s all fantasy, just stories supported by other stories. This is why we say “nothing is happening.” Whatever you dreamt last night, did it really happen? Did you really show up to class absolutely naked? Did you really get chased by monsters? Is the dream state any different than the waking state?
But to say that “Nothing is happening” falls short in its description. If there is no “I” here that can suffer psychologically, how in the hell is this all happening if there is no ‘doer’ of actions?
We can also say that Life is functioning. Life is expressing itself, spontaneously and miraculously.
No one is driving the bus. And with no one to suffer, all we can say (which still falls short) is THIS.
Without conceptualizing what can be said?
But the fiction keeps on rolling….
As Bob says, ONE essence expressing itself as the many.
ONE (without a second)
How could there be something lacking in ONENESS?
Or, what could be added or attained in ONE (without a second)?
THIS wakefulness loves itself and loves to exist.
We can call it the Infinite because it is unborn; beyond time and space.
The closest we can come to an accurate description in words is “I AM”
You are not the words “I AM”, what are these words pointing to?
This HERE-ness, this CERTAINTY that you EXIST is an undeniable FACT!
A wordless, silent confirmation of existence…
No one walks around and questions their existence, or says “I am not.”
It is not a hypothesis that you are present. It is not something that you theorize and will present at an upcoming conference and reveal your findings to other scholars in the field.
The FACT of BEING is not a concept, yet a 100% certainty.
This is why the Buddhists call what you ARE: “non-conceptual Awareness.”
It does not require a concept to know that you are awake.
How is this known?
Is this KNOWING ALWAYS radiantly shining?
How is this known?
How is this known?
This wakefulness is ALREADY happening effortlessly.
What effort does it take for the ocean to become water?
Are ‘you’ present?
Without conceptualizing, how is this known?