“Ignorant of what he is most assured of, his glassy essence.” – William Shakespeare
Even though it is invisible and because the ordinary point of view cannot possibly grasp it’s essence, the most obvious essential nature of existence is still clearly obvious and has always been so. There is no ‘self nature’ anywhere.
One Essence – without a second.
The intelligence (potential) allows us to learn language, apparently in order to actualize communication – it is all within the scope of intelligence, with no ‘right or wrong’ to it. Intelligence through movement expresses as everything beyond the limited perceptions of the intellect and in the realm of intellect it appears as a limited belief, a collection of sensations and an image…..as ‘the believed in’, a superimposed image of ‘I’ or ‘me’.
The meaning of self-centeredness: The unquestioned assumption that at the center of all this activity, there is a self (me).
In the appearance of things, it appears that very few notice that the image is based on nothing other than an idea, a concept. Even though the image is vulnerable and the cause of all of our problems, very few notice that the image of self is not real. It is not real in any way, shape or form.
Dulled by belief in words, the same intelligence appears to enter into a bondage to words, AS the believed in ‘me’. The psychological suffering of that me may be acute or relatively passive. If it is acute a way out of the suffering is searched for because it is basically a parade of unpleasant sensations.
The habit of pacifying the drama of the ‘me sense’, the avoidance of anything that disturbs it, is slavery to ‘belief in concepts’. […]
“Ignorant of what he is most assured of, his glassy essence.” – William Shakespeare
There is a not so subtle difference between perceiving and seeing. What appears in the seeing is what we might call ‘what is’. What appears in perception is what we might call ‘what appears to be’.
The being-ness is not psychological. The apparent becoming of a ‘person’ is entirely conceptual, psychological. The interior is filled with ‘internal considering’ about everything and ‘people’ believe it is real. It never was real. We ignore the pristine clarity of non conceptual being-ness, the thoughtless reality of being and wonder why we are uneasy.
You might notice a ball on the grass in a park. No one else is in the park. The ball is not close by, so you take a walk to collect it. On closer investigation you find that it is not a ball at all. It is a round stone. The belief that it was a ball disappears. You were quite convinced it was a ball. If you had not investigated it, you might have announced to a friend ‘I saw a ball in the park today’. Your friend may ask ‘Did you go get it?’ You might answer ‘No, I have no need of a ball’.
What appeared in the seeing was a stone. What appeared in the perception was a ball. Unquestioned beliefs have no chance of revealing their true nature if they are not questioned. It is the same for us.
How much of your personal world is composed of words and concepts? All of it? None of it?
Is there a personal world in reality? Does it have a ground?
Where is the one who believes in some theoretical ground?
Where is the one […]
What is, is what is.
The nature of what is remains as it is and yet in the appearance ‘what is’ appears to be ever changing.
In other words what is, is the basis of what appears to be. What appears to be is what we can describe as ‘appearance’.
A mirage is an appearance of water where there is no actual water.
There appears to be an infinite foray of endless details to the appearance. Take a microscope and look at the details of cells in a leaf. Thousands of cells each containing millions of seeming parts and each part plays a role in the life of the cell. The complexity in one cell is beyond calculation, except in terms of limited descriptions. We may believe we understand how a leaf’s cells transform light into useable energy for the plant or tree but the miracle of such details is a wonder beyond the intellects capacity. What kind of intelligence is at play?
The universe is full of examples of intelligence in action. Getting lost in details does not bring us closer to understanding completely the what is-ness of what is.
What is, is not what was or what will be. What is, is not limited to any time realm.
As the moments of time ‘appear’ to tick over, all the seeming parts of what we call ‘living things’ and all the parts of inanimate things are unceasingly in movement. ‘The appearance’ is energy expressed AS the appearance of form. All the myriad forms are all one energy expressing in the immediacy. What is, is this immediacy. What was is dead and gone. What will be has not happened. The […]
Q: Can you say anything about dense body energy and it’s sense of mass appearing as a stuck self ?
How to deal with mind/body contracted state?
Basically no one wants to let go of the ‘image of me’. Why? Because they are afraid that if they let go of that image (cease to refer everything to it) they will have no idea of what they are.
Nisargadatta says: ”There are no customers for this knowledge”. (end quote)
No one wants to be nothing. Fear of being nothing keeps the illusion of being something in place. But that place is ephemeral, no substance. Suffering the angst of juggling a hot potato (me) for eternity is all an illusion of mind. Who cares about your complex belief system? Who understands it? Spending your life converting ‘others’ to belief in your self image (me) is slavery to a myth.
Everything is energy. Nothing exists without energy. Energy cannot get stuck anywhere. Energy is not static. Energy can never be static. Every ‘particle’ of the universe is composed of energy moving.
The ‘mass’ of the image of self is a seeming solidity which appears to some real thing due to belief….. and its companion is a constant referencing of experiences and events to that image. Without the energy of belief it dissolves. Fear of that dissolution keeps the wheel of suffering turning. It is all about ME!
Where do all experiences and events register? Is there a separate identity that can be found anywhere?
All descriptions of what awareness is are conceptual. Concepts appear and disappear upon awareness. How can a definition be what it describes? Awareness is not a thing. There are no particles, small or large, to awareness. […]
The mind divides everything up into parts and com-part-ments. It does this through the use of words. Belief in words is not reality. In the actuality words or concepts cannot divide anything. Knowing is not something in the mind. Knowing is a natural resonance with what is. Belief is a mere vibration that is empty of resonance. The intellect will follow the resonance in being, so long as the addiction to belief in ‘me’ is put in its place.
If there is such a thing as mind, then surely it must be self-knowing mind. The content of mind is an expression and it obeys the nature of the manifestation – it is expressed AS dualism. The nature of the manifestation is the expression of dualism.
Not two. It is one manifestation, one appearance.
In ancient Hindu cosmology it basically says: ‘The All knowing One manifested itself and became many – and thus ignorance came about’.
It is still One Cosmos! No matter what any mind appears to declare the wholeness remains whole.
No thought ever divided anything, except itself – and it cannot even do that.
Much talk goes on about big Self and little self.
If there is a self, surely it must be self-knowing – no need for words or explanations. Innately we all KNOW this.
It is simply overlooked via belief in words.
In brief: All our problems are due to belief in words.
The natural state is wordless and silent.
That is where you need to stay and really taste your true nature.
There is NO answer in the mind.
Our true nature includes a pristine intuitive understanding and yet it functions naturally without being noticed (by almost everyone). No labor or effort is necessary to reveal what is already so.
The ‘reason’ for this obvious clarity of pure natural functioning (understanding) to be ignored is due to our ‘indoctrination’ to the habit of adhering to words and the constant narration about ‘me’. We have become accustomed to believing that words are somehow real. We do not notice that we add specific ‘personal meaning’ to words. This habit must be put aside, one way or another. The habit of belief appears to be very strong but in actuality it has no power whatsoever.
The tyrant ‘me’ is the central feature of suffering and yet it has no true centre or substance. It is ideas, concepts and memories strung together on a ‘string’ called ‘inadvertence’.
As soon as the ‘me fixation’ is investigated it begins to fall apart. Reacting to this falling apart appears to leap into something we label as ‘fear’. It is all a fiction. In fact, the whole story of me is a fabricated account that must avoid detection at all costs for it to continue. As social beings, we all appear to take part in this avoidance of what is true and real by supporting each other through the drama of believing in being a ‘person’.
Society has no place for naked truth.
The irony of the situation is that we all appear to be trying to find a way to truth via those who promise fulfillment (teachers or gurus) – yet betrayal of trust appears to be the most usual result, even after many years of complex devotion and strenuous methods, methods that do not […]
The attention is free to move anywhere. Is it not? The attention does not have a static point or location. (Where are you seeing from exactly?)
The ever-fresh quality of awareness (attention) is not noticed due to a habit of fixation on ‘me’ and the ever-fresh nature of awareness is overlooked by the fixation on ‘me seeking’ something that appears to be missing. Nothing is missing, nothing is hidden and there is no secret knowledge. There is no esoteric realm. Ordinary everyday awareness is the overlooked gem.
Awareness (attention) is not limited to time or dimension. Awareness does not move. The moving aspect of awareness is called ‘attention’ and the attention ‘appears’ to move but it never strays from awareness because it is awareness. Awareness and attention – not two.
The linear sense of time passing is due to memory. Mind is time, mind is me and mind is memory. In the actuality there is no entity that has to learn to live in the now. There is no entity that can get lost or come home. The display of phenomena is the display of awareness. The apparent movement that appears to happen for the attention is actually stable and without deviation. It is only the fixation on an idea ‘me’ that appears to waver, come and go. What you truly are does not move. The definition of reality is ‘that which never changes’.
If you watch a bird in the open sky you may notice that the bird leaves no trace in the sky. You cannot predict where the bird will fly. There is no perceivable pathway stitched into the sky.
Observe the ever-fresh quality of the attention and let the observation dissolve into the attention.
All of […]
Many folks walk on the shady side of the road, unhappy with themselves and unhappy with many facets of their life. ‘My life is not going so well’ might be a common phrase they repeat to themselves, even if they don’t admit it openly to others.
On the bright side of the road, the light and warmth of life itself can be appreciated naturally.
The phrase ‘the gift of life’ isn’t heard a lot in recent times. The world appears to be focused on conflict and the media brings what seem to be endless reports from all around the globe right into your home via TV and Radio or via the internet.
In stark contrast to this, many could walk in a big city park or in the countryside and spend many hours without a hint of conflict to be found in nature.
Overload of so-called negative news in the form of ‘entertaining’ newscasts can cause some serious desensitizing of our instincts. Many forms of computer entertainment are also based on violent behavior. It seems we are losing our intuitive symbiotic faculties in exchange for cheap entertainment and endless gloom and conflict.
Depression is a growing problem in society and a little more light can do a wonder of good – bring a new balance to everything. Depression is creeping into the lives of younger and younger age groups. What 18 year olds were grappling with, 13 year olds are now experiencing. Time to wake up folks.
I would encourage anyone who can do so, to regularly spend some time in nature and possibly bring some fresh insights into the simplicity of their lives, in recognizing I am life, now. The simplicity of ‘being alive’ can open up the […]
One of the clear pointers that Bob Adamson has been expressing for decades is that the ‘person’ is not reality.
You can’t expect to keep in tact the personal dream of being a person and abide as self-realization at the same ‘time’ except as sheer imagination.
In effect, the belief in being a person is the assumption that there is a center called ‘person’, ‘me’ or ‘I’ and that it has some permanence, some private fixed point of view.
It is constantly pointed out that an investigation is necessary. The fixated ‘seeker’ complains and asks ‘Who is going to do the investigation?’ This is typical of the mire the self-centeredness bogs itself down in. In the appearance, a flavor of impotency is a common feature of seekers.
The intelligence that is also the seeing, the knowing, is not and can never be caught up in fixations or concepts. Recognizing that is imperative. Pausing thought, to see if there is anything wrong with right now, without thought, is a key to recognizing that the ‘person’ is not real.
No one can do it for you.
Without seeing that the person is not real, the mind will carry on. Methods and practices will keep the mind busy for a life time – yet freedom is always potentially present. We just ignore it.
Nature does NOT have a self-center. Nature does not fight with Nature.
The natural state is free of any self-centre. The natural state is always present. It is only seemingly obscured by belief in concepts. Concepts will always appear, just as clouds appear in the sky. You KNOW that the sun is not truly obscured by clouds. You would not even know that there are clouds in […]
The basic problem is belief in ‘word’ (words).
The wind does not tell lies. The air does not tell lies. The voice does not tell lies. It is the believer that tells lies. The one who knows for certain has not reason to lie and so a resonance suffuses the message.
We add ‘personal meaning’ onto words and belief in that meaning is most usually not questioned. As soon as it is questioned the so-called personal meaning dissolves.
NO word is ever what it describes or points to.
As Bob Adamson says “You cannot drink the word water”. Many have heard that simple ‘pointer’ but they don’t seem to recognize what it means. Yes, it is simple to understand that you cannot drink a word…..but the implications of what the pointer is demonstrating are far reaching, if we can put it that way.
The story of me is composed of words and images, memories and ideas. All of which are ephemeral in nature. You cannot weigh an idea or concept. You cannot measure the duration of a concept appearing. You don’t know what concept will appear next. It is belief in the story of me that keeps one from recognizing its non-reality. Self-centered belief in the story of me obscures what is most clear and obvious.
You have a name. Are you that name? No. Does the name define what you truly are? No. Does any word or set of words define what you truly are? No. The word is not the thing. The word ‘fire’ does not burn the page it is written on, unless we are talking about fairy tale stories. The ‘story of me’ is a personal fairy tale. A […]