The brain can be likened to a computer: it only knows what has been fed into it. Therefore, every image, form and concept is based in the past, in the brain, even what is called the present is a pattern or cyclic process of energy/consciousness being registered in the brain. Indeed, the literal perspective (duality, sensory perception, ego) is a delusion. But how so?

Consider a dream. What is true of any dream (split-consciousness) is that every person, place and thing in the dream is not really there. What is happening (moving) is delusion, but being captured by the sensory perception that is the substance (quality) of the dream, the dreamer believes that what he is experiencing is reality. But, in fact, the dreamer is still in bed–he hasn’t gone anywhere at all. With the mind so fragmented, the dreamer has unconsciously deceived himself for a time that he has. In a way, a kind of self-hypnosis takes place when losing wakefulness, consciousness suppressed (split) becoming the subconscious mind. In relation to whole consciousness then, the subconscious, seemingly complex, can be likened to the ego: it’s not all there.

Modern science has shown that everything experienced in the external world (literal perspective) is only a sensory perception, an electro-magnetic signal coming from the object in space going to the brain. One does not therefore experience the external world itself but the image the brain creates, and, consequently, what he does experience is not really there–but in his mind. Thus every thing-event experienced by the senses can be likened to waves on the ocean: the wind (world) breathes against the water (mind) and produces the waves (thing-events), as well as, the sense of continued outward motion. But the ocean itself has not moved unilaterally. The same can be said of space: all phenomena comes out of space and has its time and then returns into space, but the space, in being space, remains whole, complete in itself. Such is not another phenomena, that is to say, not another image, form or concept (duality). Accordingly, whole consciousness (totality of being) is the nonliteral perspective (oneness, nonsensory perception, nonego), a totally open, natural and spontaneous happening, or infinite stream of energy-consciousness.

A human being is a isolated point (separate entity) in space, and like all phenomena, has its time and then is no more. But the real (seeming) problem that all human beings get caught up (lost) in is in having (keeping) a literal interpretation of life and the world outside. For in remaining literal-minded, schooled from infancy in the dualism (abstraction) of language, human beings see, and thus interpret, everything in separation (everything being outside everything else) and think the actual, literal and partial world is reality. Thus in believing every verb must have a subject, they live the image, form and concept (sensory perception) of life and the world outside in place of the full reality (nonliteral perspective) behind and within them that gives rise to it. They are stuck in the past.

But how does one get unstuck?

By seeing and interpreting everything in separation (literally), one believes that one thing leads into another. And holding onto his past experiences, seeking his identity in them, one creates the sense of a personal continuity from birth to death. Yet this continuity is all in the past…all brain-based (sensory perception). What is totally now, that is, ever-present (whole consciousness), cannot be contained by any thing-event (partially) and remains lost to the literal mind. And even if he understands this matter intellectually, one will still get in his own way by trying to achieve the goal of living totally now…for the main obstacle he faces is himself as ego…and the need to step out of the past!

There is no lasting peace in a split-consciousness, in a divided mind (duality). When one desires to possess something or to achieve something apart from (and thus is not) himself, the self automatically interferes with the open, natural and spontaneous act of doing (being), of living totally now. So, if one is to be the nonliteral perspective, ever-present (the happening itself), one must surrender the need (ego) to be so. For the ego, being by nature of its own seeming partial, subjective and relative existence (literal perspective), is not capable of enlightenment (liberation)–of being whole consciousness. Thus one must step out of the past without needing too, as the ego must be taken out of the equation without any effort on the part of a separate self.

How is this possible?

This is where everything gets extremely subtle. When one spends the day meditating (living meditation), beginning to realize (not just choosing to believe but actually realizing) that every one of us is really whole consciousness (nonliteral perspective), that there is only the timeless now (no past or future in reality, no duality), without knowing how, suddenly the selfless realization of it all becomes him: that is, he is not having a realization, he Is the Realization! The pure understanding Awareness that just Is! The ego or split-consciousness can be said to turn in and pass through itself, living (being) through every thought, emotion and experience, but not holding onto or identifying with (possessing) any of it! Thus there is only the pure understanding Awareness (Whole Consciousness) itself, or in itself (Intubeing). It’s as though one is seeing from behind the eyes and from Within the thing-events of the day, through all his thoughts, feelings and personal experiences, but not desiring any of it for himself…for there is no separate self to hold onto! No personal claim on anything. There is only Now, the ever-present self that is Selfless!

Like the vampire being asked to meet the dawn (liberation), the ego is terrified of the thought, of total freedom. To the vampire’s literal mind this would be his own annihilation, and frightened to (living) death, desperately hurries back to his coffin, to his seeming safe shelter (protracted life). Likewise, the ego clings to the body, to the past. Identifying with the senses, believing what is brain-based is reality, the ego cannot see (live) the nonliteral perspective through himself and realize the whole consciousness (nonego) that just Is…Is the very essence behind and Within everything, yet is not anything, literally speaking!

Such is the human condition: desire, fear and death. Yet one is not really lost, only seemingly so. Stepping out of the past is why any of us are here, why any of us are anywhere. Like the vampire, each of us struggles as long as we think we must. But once we are ready to fully accept the truth about the human condition, in the process, stilling the mind, the selfless realization (nonliteral perspective) that Is becomes us, and living faith is now our strength and peace our refuge…even as Our true self Is Selfless, the Eternal Now, ever-present Totality of Being!