Rodney: Very nice. :)
Rodney: The treasure lies in the essentials. For it's very easy to talk about nonduality or to utilize the terminology in an off-hand or breezy fashion. But you are not necessarily moving inwards during those times. And I use "moving inwards" conditionally and hesitantly. For coming to this understanding involves no movement whatsoever. You are merely seeing what you always have been: Your ordinary, everyday awareness. You just haven't noticed its fullness and actuality; indeed, its extraordinariness. And there is nothing that needs to be watched, purified, perfected, or attained. You are not your body or your thoughts. You are the that which is aware of your body and your thoughts.
Q: Right, and the issue never really moves from being, "What is that awareness"?
Rodney: Correct. But you have to be careful with all of this; for you don't want to remain with that question stringently. If you do, you're keeping it on a mindful and therefore conceptual level. Just forget the word "awareness" itself and focus on this innate presence of serenity and spaciousness that is directly within and before you. And I assure you, it is absolutely there for the seeing and understanding. And you never move away from this. And why would you? It's your nature! And the nature of things don't change. You aren't awareness today, consciousness tomorrow, and your emotions next week.
Q: So the question is, "What is it that I am never moving from?"
Rodney: Precisely. See the lightness and beauty of that query and pointer. You are naturally and inexplicably drawn to the direction in which it is pointing. And you also, no doubt, are moved by the stillness that--for however long--that it engenders in you. For the question is directing you to what all the great sages and anonymous authors of the Upanishads were pointing. Everyone from Buddha and Nisargadatta were signifying This. Ditto in the Bob Adamson present-day. But with that said, you have to be careful about giving an inordinate focus on the teacher. For he or she is simply a mirror that is radiantly reflecting your innermost nature.
Q: Yes, I can briefly but definitely feel the "This" that you are referring to.
Rodney: And that is your treasure-trove: Your ordinary, everyday state, seen in all of its glory and fullness. Now, all of this may sound like it is a muti-step process or operation, but it really isn't. It is all one seamless seeing and understanding. Also, it is nothing that you have to integrate yourself into. There are no dramas here, no strange asanas or imaging or esoteric chantings required. All that is necessary is a quick and simple understanding that you are awareness itself. You can call it God, Presence, Buddha-nature, or even Consciousness. The label doesn't matter. For awareness is there even before you can attempt to name or dispute it! So just see what is fully present, at this very moment--at this very moment. As I say in my talks, if I could hand this to you, I would. But it would take more time and energy for you to reach out to get it than it would for you to simply see it for yourself.
Q: Once again, Rodney, lots of great things to ponder. Take care, my friend.
Rodney: And you, as well!