Rodney: Well, awareness is certainly real!
Q: Thanks for the reassurance! (Laughing). In theory, I see what you are saying.
Rodney: Precisely. And the "I" or sense-of-self, is the phantom. Again, there is only a sense-of-self there, not an actual one. And that fact alone has a very powerful resonance.
Rodney: So on one hand, there can be this careful reasoning which can lead to direct understanding or recognition of your natural state. And other the hand, your thoughts or notions about awareness really don't matter. They may be incorrect or dead-on. But fundamentally, they are of little consequence because--
Q: They are just thoughts and ideas. Right.
Rodney: And all beliefs and debates surrounding self-knowledge (whether the perspectives are Buddhist, Zen Buddhist, Taoist, Christian, or nondual) are operating on a conceptual level. And yet, all of the previous frames of spiritual references have their nuggets of truth. They aren't the truths themselves, mind you. They are simply pointing to your very own radiance.
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