“You are not in the body, the body is in you! The mind is in you. They happen to you. All that a teacher can tell you is, ‘My dear friend, you are quite mistaken about yourself. You are not the person you take yourself to be.’”
― Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Our true nature is pure awareness, not the mind nor body, but the witness of the mind and body. This realization cannot be learned, studied, or believed. It must be directly experienced and intelligently investigated to discover for oneself. Waking up to experience with absolute certainty and a knowing clarity that your identity is not a separate self, but in actuality no-self, is awakening. There is no way to force or predict the moment of awakening. The best any individual can do is creating the right conditions to wake up within.
The way to awakening is a path of emptiness. Each time we turn our attention to the practice of seeing into the voidness of self and the intrinsic emptiness of our thoughts and emotions, the ego is dismantled. By a steady and continuous investigation into the nature of the mind and body, we uncover at the core a pristine awareness meeting itself as both the experiencer and the experienced. True investigation is designed to reveal what is real and what is illusion, what is eternal and what is transient. This type of Self-inquiry, a direct questioning into the basic assumption that I am somebody, is one of the most effective awakening strategies.
Awakening is never a process and almost always occurs as a spontaneous event, often in the midst of the most ordinary of circumstances. A full-abiding awakening is very rare. What is more common is a non-abiding awakening experience leading to a unique state, which characteristically fluctuates between times of resting in emptiness and times of re-identifying with form and ego. In as much as the moment of awakening is not a process, there is a definite process from the non-abiding awakened state to a full-abiding awakening. Traversing this territory between non-abiding and abiding awakening is often characterized by a strong experience of disorientation as one loses a core sense of relating to the world as a separate individual.
The way to abiding awakening is a path of fire. This is the total quenching of ego and egoism, the complete dissolving of “I” and “mine”, and an absolute resting in pure awareness. With steady and continuous attention turned inward toward dissolving the ego structures of aversion/attraction, attachment, and fixation, the persistent causes of unrest and suffering are permanently uprooted. At this stage, investigations reveal what is at the source of fixating thoughts and emotions. This type of Self-inquiry directly exposes the pervasive ego strategies of creating, maintaining and protecting a self-image and the constant survival tactics the ego employs to safeguard an imagined separate self. The path of fire leads us into relying more and more completely on Presence Itself, by bringing us back to what is really going on in the moment freed from past and future.
From an ego perspective, there is nothing to gain from awakening, only everything to lose. But if in complete honesty with oneself, if you truly are a seeker of truth and not only looking to feel better or to be happy, then what you will gain is a magnificent, indescribably experience of being life itself, open to whatever may arise in each and every unique moment.
[content_box width=”150%”][content_box_paper_white width=”85%”]Reason for wanting to share:
One of the best questions you could ask yourself is, ‘what do I really want?’ Some of us simply want to be happy. Some of us want Truth. If it is Truth you are seeking, then whether you realize it fully or not, you are on a path to make one of the most important discoveries that could occur in a lifetime, to find out who you are. That exact moment of discovery, of breaking wide open into limitless freedom, is often termed a spiritual awakening. My passion is to share this freedom of awakening with you!
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