Monday, May 31, 2010

Pointers

The mind can raise the question of who and what you are, but it can't answer it.


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Awareness is self-existent. Yet, because of its subtlety and clarity, it is easily over-looked. But there is nothing difficult about recognizing your natural state at all. And why should it be, given that you
are that awareness, that limitless-sense of spaciousness?


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Insights aren't synonymous with understanding. Self-realization isn't a conceptual issue, nor is it arrived at by intellectual sparring and conclusions. Rather, it is a fundamental understanding that all is Presence. And that understanding is immensely-alive and penetrating. It is not up for debate.


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Our essential spaciousness is translucent and knowing. And you
are that Knowingness. This is the understanding to which all of the true sages have pointed. You are that Beingness, that immaculate presence of awareness. Allow yourself to be paused by this simple and doubtless fact.


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What is it, right now, that is not coming and going? It is not your body or your sensations or your mind or even your consciousness. What is it, at this very moment, that is
not moving? Look closely, and you will see that there is a bare-presence of awareness from which all thoughts, feelings, and sensations are rising and disappearing. Again, what is it right now that is not changing? Come back to this question, if you so choose. Let it be with you throughout the day or throughout the next few minutes. Allow the answer to present itself. Of course, it is already doing just that. But you must see this for yourself.


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In reality, there are only perceptions. There are no distinct and separate objects in existence. All is awareness, however many variations, dimensions, and manifestations awareness may take.


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The spiritually-inclined often beam when they declare that they have been meditating for 10, 20, or 30-years or more. But why is that something to be proud of? At what point is there an end to the seeking? Further, meditating your way to enlightenment is simply one of the false and numberless folk tales of spiritual literature.


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Some people's central occupation in life is to "save the world." My response to that--which is neither here nor there--is to "save" (understand) yourself, though without willfully neglecting others. Then you will be in a better position to know how to assist the world.


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Awareness is always "choiceless." So there is absolutely no need for you to
cultivate or practice choicelessness. Besides, who would be doing the practicing? If you say that you would, that assumed-person is not real. It only comes up occasionally (or often) as an "I" or a "me" or a "mine." It cannot help you to see, cultivate, or practice anything. It is a thought, a response, a piece of information that may be either correct or incorrect. Presence is already there, of course. It the spaciousness within which those concepts and responses are occurring. Again, you are the spaciousness, not the appearances within it. See the beauty, immediacy, and simplicity of this stunning actuality.

3 comments:

No One In Particular said...

Hi Rodney, many lovely examples of concepts that clear the cobwebs again.

Colleen Loehr said...

These pointers turn up the dimmer switch of noticing here. Noticing "that immaculate presence of awareness" and "allowing myself to be paused by this simple and doubtless fact." Just noticing...Noticing...feels like that's what I'm here to "do". Noticing happens in the humble little moment, and yet it is the true spice of life. Thank you for opening noticing here...

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