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It Doesn’t Matter

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It doesn’t matter what happens in this life, only how you react to it and what that says about who you think you are. Yet, what many fail to realize is that living life isn’t about who we think we are…but who we really are. But, in order to realize that, one needs to drop the concept of oneself and just Be the Awareness itself, that is to say, Ourself as a Whole.

With matter being what it is, the world outside, or universe, is only a means, not an end in itself. For there is nothing essentially solid or absolute about matter, according to science. As a Buddhist would say, “emptiness is form and form is emptiness.” But what does matter in the short run is what is really going on behind the appearance of creation…and through us. Who are we, really?

Do any of us, as persons, actually control our lives? Or, does the sensory consciousness that we think and feel we are, and identify with, do us? Indeed, are we not captive to this partial consciousness? To our own fixation of being a separate entity in space? An isolated self? And if personal consciousness, as well as, all form, is emptiness, then it is the happening itself within, and as, emptiness, being consciousness itself, and not anything outside of it, that is the doing. So, if one truly realizes that all is emptiness, then why hold on to anything…to any form, image, concept or personal identity? Being awareness itself would be liberation, enlightenment, the kingdom of heaven.

Therefore, facing the emptiness that we are is the path to salvation.

In watching the mind, one notices a stream of thoughts arising and passing. But who is it that is aware? Not the thoughts, for awareness is before the thoughts. Not the person, for is not the person also just a thought? A projection and creation of the mind? And just because we have a material body doesn’t mean we have to be consciously centered there, establishing a separate self. Indeed, if this is truly understood, then there is no essential quality grounding the person, or body, not to mention, the thoughts. All is emptiness.

So, who is the awareness at the heart of all the emptiness, but awareness itself, whose center is everywhere nonliterally speaking and nowhere literally speaking. And never naming anything, nonbeing the knowing, the doing, the creating itself, such does not need an other…a knower, doer or creator, to tell it what’s what; like evolution, everything would seem to be knowing, doing, creating itself.  In reality then, there is only One Consciousness, Ourself as a Whole. Thus, from the viewpoint of nonbeing or consciousness itself, there is just one happening, not many happenings. There is just one life, not many lives. Multiple thing-events are a creative illusion and projection of the literal mind. There is just emptiness. Emptiness is all!

It doesn’t matter what happens in this life, only that you wake up from the trance of a separate self, seeing through the appearance of things, and selflessly realize We Are Awareness itself; thereby living, even while still with the body, an attitude of nonattachment–and thus remaining free in relation to what arises and passes.

Think on this, and then drop every concept, even the concept of emptiness, or, if you prefer, God, and Be the Totality of Being, Ourself as a Whole.

 

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We Are Awareness Itself

22190635kbxuadnffv_ph3Watching the mind, one observes thoughts arising and passing away, coming and going, the mind being ever restless. Thus, in realizing that this cycle and stream of activity cannot be stopped, short of death, one continues to focus the mind inward, remaining still in spirit, and fully accepts the fact that a higher power wills out. One just ceases to control his thoughts arbitrary, allowing himself to just Be. Actually, one never has controlled his thoughts…but only thinks so.

Thus one becomes aware that his thoughts all along have been doing him, he has not been doing his thoughts. And they will not stop…there is no escape from this cycle. Yet, in continuing to watch the mind ever more deeply, one realizes it is awareness that recognizes the thought or sensation, not the other way around…and thus awareness itself comes before thought, before sensory perception. Indeed, penetrating ever more deeply into this, his own consciousness, the sense of being a separate self fades away, the mind becoming completely open, natural and spontaneous to direct or nonsensory perception…to awareness itself. And now, without need of a secondary consciousness or self to tell one who he is, the selfless realization of awareness as a whole, or nonawareness, rests as one’s true nature, being nonattached to things, thoughts, feelings and experiences. One still experiences life as it appears with sensory perception, but though still in the world, still in the mind, he is not of it.

It is like waking up in a dream, and even as we are dreaming, realizing that the dream has been controlling us all along. Therefore, we, as partial minds, do not control the dream; that is to say, we have been caught up in and held captive by the sensation of our own suppressed consciousness or subconsciousness. But now, having woken up to whole consciousness, there is no longer a dreamer, only the dreaming itself…the dreaming as a Whole. For everything happening in the dream is within us and is us…there is nothing outside. We as a Whole Are the higher Power…We Are Awareness Itself.

 The literal and the nonliteral, the sensory and the nonsensory, are now one and the same awareness or I amness, and always have been, no split or division in mind ever resting between them…only the illusion of the senses. Thus the world, or dream, as it appears can be likened to a magic show or mind game, having no lasting or real substance…though nevertheless entertaining and stimulating. But, when being fully awake, nonattached and holy indifferent to all thing-events seemingly outside, one remains free to experience self openly and directly as Awareness itself, that is, as One, Whole Consciousness who just Is. Even suffering can be fused with the joy of such Freedom, as everything becomes positive-negative, not positive or negative, not this or that…for there is no true division or duality in Wholeness or I Amness.

Like a dream, the things of this world pass away and become as if they never were, but Awareness itself, that is, the Totality of Being is always here and Now, the one and only true solid or nonsolid and absolute that Is.