Doubt is a thought. Thought is a sensation. On its own a thought or concept is too fleeting and too subtle to grasp. The experiencing of a single thought appears to be impossible and it may well be so. Do you know if it is so or not? Truly? Here is a sentence: “Are you fooling yourself with an attitude that doesn’t fool anyone but yourself?” A cluster of words have an apparent meaning and it seems that we can get a general grasp upon a sentence. But do we truly understand what a sentence of words is pointing at? The ‘pointer’ in the sentence (in italics) is right where the sense of judgement appears as a reaction, or the sense of being offended appears (if it appears). It is only a me that can appear to be ‘judge and jury’, appear to be offended, angry or depressed. It is only a me that ‘believes’ it is a highly evolved spiritual being. That is another unpleasant potent pointer that no one wants to hear. No seduction of the me will be found on this site.
Taking on so called understanding from what you read or hear is not true understanding. As social beings we communicate through sound and gestures. Sound is a sensation. When you see someone make a gesture, it is a sensation that registers ‘somewhere’. We could say it registers in the instinct. If the gesture is recognized instantly the mind can interpret it into a ‘narrative’. Watching Marcel Marceau performing his mime act has given great joy to thousands around the world. All based on gestures, which transcend cultural boundaries.
Your ‘personal narrative’ is ‘private’ until a reaction (gesture or words) is displayed for others to see. Nothing is actually hidden. All the senses are functioning spontaneously.
What is limited is the imaginary world of me. It is limited to imagination. It cannot exist in reality because it is NOT real. How more simple can it be pointed out?
The me knows absolutely nothing at all. It is simply a realm of thoughts, feelings, emotions, ideas and belief, all woven into a blanket that hides nothing at all. It is all psychological, ephemeral. It is belief and a belief is the acceptance of an alleged fact WITHOUT positive knowledge or proof, without any clear evidence in the immediate and totally accessible present, which we call reality.
In the ordinary scheme of things, no one knows what you think. How much you reveal of your ‘personal narrative’ is ‘up to you’ or ‘down to you’. Metaphors are shared as if we all have ‘a common experience base’. Someone may be struggling to get across some point of view and we spontaneously say, ‘I know what you’re saying’.
There is an extremely subtle ‘realm’ of experiencing going on most of the ‘time’. Whether we are ‘conscious’ of it or can articulate it well, or not, seems to depend on our understanding of our mother tongue, our native language. But is that an assumption? The question that seems to beg to be answered is this – ‘Does the limit of my understanding of my own native language limit my world? Can I perceive anything outside of my language?’
Remember that ideas, concepts, feelings, images and words are sensation…..a vibration of elements. The vibration registers somewhere. Exactly where is ‘up to you’ to discover.
Language is useful. Intelligence ‘brought about’ language as a ‘means’ for communication. Animals, birds and water creatures like whales and dolphins all use language to communicate. They don’t suffer from ‘thinking’ like mankind. We can be told many things and belief remains as a useless tool. We must come to know directly for ourselves. You can be given the secret to all and everything but it will be useless to you simply because belief is smothering the clear and obvious.
In the scheme of things we all communicate with others around us, whether we wish to or not. If you walk into a room full of strangers it doesn’t take long to register who is open to communication and who is not. The fearful will demonstrate their ‘position’ by their response to your entrance. All these impressions register spontaneously. It may take awhile to ‘think about’ and put words to it, but the registering is always unswerving, ever fresh. Cognition is not conditioned by anything. Call it ‘grace’ if it helps. There was never an entity bound to phenomena and recognizing that appears to be ‘liberation’. But who or what can be liberated, if there never was any bondage in reality?
Gestures cross cultural borders. We may not understand what someone is saying if the language being used is foreign to us but with various gestures accompanying the words, we might get a hint of what they are talking about.
If some event takes place and it does not matter to you one way or another we say ‘I don’t mind’.
We use metaphors a lot more than we possibly realize. When language and memory uses us, it is as though we are trapped in a world of words.
Settle the matter now. Tomorrow never comes.
So what is left after reading all that? Did any of it make sense or was it just a bunch of tricky psychology? Any insights happen? Maybe just the metaphors click in an abstract way. What exactly do you know beyond any doubt? Is self-knowledge just some abstract ideas about the ‘me’ or is it something that has some reality? Who knows, if not you, then who?
The basic message:
The most simple and the most obvious.
The natural oneness.
One, without a second.
Balanced and wide open.
This immediacy of knowing.
Knowing is the only thing that is happening.
Non-conceptual knowing. It is unchanging, always that.
You Are That!
Questions from Chris: Gilbert, you got time for some non-duality talk?
Chris: Awareness, I see this word stressed frequently amongst teachers, but depending on the teacher it gets used in a different context. Are we awareness and what is that? Is awareness something that we are or is it a pointer? I am still a little hazy here.
G: The activity of knowing is called awareness, wakefulness and ‘you’ cannot separate anything from that because it is one, without a second - not even one because one implies two – just this immediacy and nothing else.
(Added note: Another word for it is ‘cognition’. The mind takes ‘time’ to conceive of clusters of concepts – the naked cognition is not ‘in time’, not measurable in ‘time’ because it is not limited by anything. It is not ‘made’ of elements interacting.)
Chris: Do we not even need the word awareness, just knowing that everything is THAT?
G: Who needs it? A label is never what it describes.
Chris: Goddamn, this is beginning to sound like a Nisargadatta book. I have no idea who needs it, apparently, from what I have read, there is some false self which is the source of all our problems.
G: Can you find the false self? You can’t even find a true self. The mind divides the natural oneness and creates a fictional problem, where no actual problem exist in reality.
Chris: That’s the problem, I have tried and tried, but I can’t find it – but apparently this is the culprit.
G: So, if you can’t find it, why talk about it? What can you say about it, in truth, if you can’t find it? All conversations about it, as if it is real, rely on belief (in a me) and a belief is never the actual.
Chris: There’s a sense that something is out of place and I can’t put my finger on it. For example, I don’t know how I am able to move my fingers, but I can. When I read Wei Wu Wei with him speaking about this false self being, the cause of our problems, it seemed to make sense on an instinctual level. I guess I feel that if I can see through it things will become clear. Everyone seems to be talking about this false self.
G: The finger moves – there is no entity that moves it. So what is trying to put its ‘finger’ on what?
Chris: I have no idea.
G: Well, find out.
Chris: You can’t though!
G: Who can’t?
Chris: I don’t know!
G: So, you don’t know. How do you know that you don’t know?
Chris: I have no idea how I don’t know.
G: Knowing is the only thing that is happening. The imagined ‘you’ is nothing but belief in a concept. That ‘me’ can’t know anything. It only appears to be the knowing but it is just belief. Belief is the culprit. A belief can disappear as it ‘faces’ reality – However, awareness never disappears. Awareness never appears or disappears, except as a display of so-called phenomena – and all phenomena is appearance only.
Chris: Who is this you (me)?
G: The believed in entity – it is a thought or memory of an ‘old thought’ with images attached. It is ‘the me of memory’. In the immediacy of knowing, there is no me.
Chris: So there is a false self? – but it’s just a thought I have come to believe in?
G: It is named as false because it does not exist but who is this ‘I’ that has apparently come to believe in it, or believe in anything?
Chris: I say ‘I’ and it feels like a reference point of sorts, that’s the best I can come up with.
G: Where are you SEEING from?
Chris: I’m not sure about that either.
G: Seeing is happening, so, with a clear intent, have a look – see for yourself. The mind (time) will never get this (timeless). The mind is just a series of ever changing subtle patterns. How can mind content capture anything except more mind content? It can’t even do that. It is all energy appearing as subtle patterns in the naked seeing. Non conceptual awareness is the great perfection – it is overlooked due to belief in a self-centre.
Chris: When you speak of seeing, are you referring to the awareness in which everything is contained but it itself cannot be perceived?
G: Yes – it is sometimes referred to as ‘space-like awareness’ – it has no center. Awareness, seeing, knowing are all aspects of the same non thing.
Chris: I’ve heard people say that, that is me – but how could you ever recognize that as yourself?
G: You can’t. There is only one seeing happening. Every recognition spontaneously happens and is nothing other than this immediate non conceptual knowing. No separation – It is unchanging, always that – at all so-called ‘times’. Un-deviating, un-mediated, presence-awareness.
Who can or can’t grasp this? There is no one that can. There is no one that can’t.
You Are That!
Chris: That’s true, no one could grasp that which is perceiving. How does one then make the assumption that it must be me then?
G: As Nisargadatta says: “You try to grasp it with a concept and you fail….and you are bound to fail…”etc.
It is not me. ‘Me’ is a label that is put upon it. You can call it God, or call it Awareness or Consciousness or you can even call it ‘me’. The Label, no matter how grand it is, is NOT the thing. If there is a me, it has to be the totality, one without a second. The problem with me is it implies a ‘not me’. Seeing that the me and the not me are the same ‘thing’ they cancel each other out. That is sometimes called ‘self-realization’.
It may seem too much for the intellect to cope with but no label is ever the thing that the label refers to.
Chris: I’ve heard that this realization is embarrassing-ly obvious, but at the same time I hear of things such as maya, space and time not existing, no freewill, and all those concepts do not make this feel like a simple deal.
Is it really simple and obvious?
G: It is the most simple and the most obvious – that is why everyone misses it. There is no centre to space and no circumference. It is the same with Awareness. Self centeredness is belief in a centre where there isn’t one. That is why the ancients called it ‘space-like awareness’. You cannot separate awareness from space. In fact you cannot separate anything from anything else – it is all the same ‘substance’, without having any substance.
Hi Gilbert, I visit your site a lot. It’s a frustating contradiction to constantly read the brilliant and concise pointing on both your site and Randall’s, and yet, here “I” still am. I was amazed, when I first became interested in non-duality, to see how common it is for people to say “I understand this intellectually, but….” I’ve often wondered why, when everything pointed out makes so much sense, it’s so hard to get.
Fear of ceasing to exist? Ignorance of the fact, or refusal of the fact, (same difference) if I understand all this correctly, that I can’t be enlightened, or happy? That for this state to be realized, I have to disappear or be seen through, or however you wanna phrase that? - David
Reply: Hi David, Enlightenment is a myth. Everything is illuminated as it is. There is no state to attain or lose. What we call the natural state is NOT a state at all and that is why no one can get it. You don’t say that nature is in a state. The natural state is always and ever what you truly ARE. You are already THAT. You are NOT what you think! Where is the need to ‘get’? How can you ‘get’ what you already are? No need. It is the conceived notions about something that is missing that makes it impossible, not what is true. What is true is always true. What is true cannot become false and what is false cannot become true. Start with what is true. You KNOW that you exist. That is not a belief. Start with that. What you are, this very instant, is actually beyond the limitations of mind. The ‘personal problem’ is the habit of belief in being a ‘person’. Fixing up a fictional character is impossible. The fixing is a fiction as is the faults of the fictional character. And above all else this person is only a belief .
Belief cannot be the actuality. The acceptance of an alleged fact without positive knowledge or proof is what a belief is. Because it is not real, as a mere concept or image, it is obviously vulnerable and constantly needs to be bolstered with new (energy) stories of experiences to give it some sort of apparent substance. The more dramatic the experience, the more emotional turmoil there is, the ‘better’ this fictional character can ‘have’ apparent substance. This is why those who are exceedingly self-centered have always so much drama going on. It is as though they create the drama themselves.
Try telling a ‘dramatic person’ that they are just a fictional character and watch the fireworks.
The only way out of the mind is Full Stop. Thought is easily dismissed but an emotional state cannot be dismissed so easily. Because of the chemicals rushing around the body the reactions in the body don’t disappear straight away, even if the thought is dismissed or shown to be a fiction….and so the tendency is for the emotional state to fire up new thoughts centered around the drama and so a new version of the drama carries on or extend the same drama. It displays itself as a cycle of drama that keeps the emotions fired up. Even the brightest of intellectuals can be baffled by their own irrational personal dramas. It is what we call being caught in a vicious circle.
With a clear seeing that the fictional character is not real, then the belief is cut through, undermined. Energy ceases to flow into the reference point ‘me’. You must understand what self-centeredness means. It means that all the experience is referred almost instantly to an image of self, me. Everything revolves around the me sense and it is a fiction.
One needs a good taste of non-conceptual being. If there is a resonance in being, where the interference patterns of confused beliefs causing the ‘me’ to flap around from one thing to another is not happening, then a natural confirmation comes from the insights of not being overtaken by the drama of the me……and by realizing that I am not actually caught in the drama. As with any habit, the habit of belief in me can be broken.
The endless pretending does bring frustration and for a lucky few, they will drop the imaginary pathway (in their mind) and find their own genuine resonance in being.
It is so common to recognize in so many ‘seekers’ a pattern of subtle belief. They get accustomed to the ‘pointing’ and believe they have acquired some ‘true understanding’. In such cases it looks like the old ‘position’ of me is just replaced with a new ‘position’ of me. Listening to them expound their understanding is like listening to an orchestra that has the string section playing out of tune. Lead violin is played by the me (is the me) and all the other facets of the personality follow suit. The fixation on me is called self-centeredness.
Self-centeredness distorts everything into a fabricated point of view. Self-centeredness pretends to be important where there is no credit for self importance. The mind translates all the sensations into a story around a self-center and there isn’t one!
Everything is composed of elements and it is through the ‘chemical’ interactions of those elements that ’cause’ sensations. Everything is sensation, except pure being and/or reality. You cannot conceive or even imagine anything that is not a sensation. Contrived notions about what you are, are nothing but concepts based on the mind translating sensations into words. The sense of separation is obviously a sensation based on belief in concepts of being separate. Remove the belief and the sensation of a self being separate or in bondage disappears. It disappears! If it was real, how could it disappear? Try it and SEE for yourself. Obscurations are fixations in mind. They all need energy and belief is the ‘means’ of keeping them hanging around. They will evaporate all by themselves if they are truly recognized (naked cognition) for what they are.
The me sense is constantly changing because it is nothing but a network of images and concepts. It should be noted that these ‘pointers’ appearing in these posts are just a way of using concepts to point beyond concepts.
The light that illuminates it is not from within that fictional me. It cannot have any light of its own. It is like the moon.
To use an analogy, the me is like the moon and the mind-body is like the earth. The naked self shining awareness is like the sun. Being identified with the body and the mind appears to limit awareness but the sun is shining in the sky ‘far away’ from the clouds and the obscurations of any identified notions in body mind organisms.
It appears that there is a ‘you’ that keeps trying to capture something the ‘you’ has fabricated. It will never happen. Equally true, is the fabricated trying to capture your true nature with concepts. It will always fail because non-conceptual awareness is spontaneously ever fresh….. and naked awareness knows nothing of time realms.
This true nature is timeless non-conceptual pure being. It has no conditioning and no burden. The imagined entity is seemingly laden down with ‘time bound’ notions. That is nothing but concepts and (remember) mind is time.
How much does a concept weigh? How can you possibly be a concept? The true insight is totally empty of concepts, ideas, philosophy, afflicted emotions, beliefs and there is not one reference point for the mind to grasp upon.
This is why anyone who claims to have ‘become enlightened’ is nothing but a deluded imagined soul indulging, in a gross manner, in self-centeredness.
If there is still doubt in what is being pointed out…….recognize that before language was learned there was no ‘me’. The word me was learned and used to identify the sense of presence. This sense of presence is ‘prior’ to words or descriptions. Words and descriptions are, at best, pointers. The word is NEVER the thing it describes.
There is a knowing that I am ‘that’ but the mind seems to know all kinds of stuff, and it likes to get involved in various debates etc.. No matter what the mind thinks, I am still that, but my question is how does the mind stabilize in this knowing?
Will the mind ever stop getting lost in the content of awareness?
Best regards, W.
There is no one in the content to get lost or to find itself. The seeking never actually started. But you have to discover this for yourself. Without discovering this, then the apparent seeking will carry on, as if it is something real. It never was real. There is no entity lost in phenomena.
You are not the body nor the mind. It does not matter what the mind does or does not ‘do’. It is energy appear as subtle patterns that we call thoughts or as images, memory or as expectations, anticipations and imagination. The mind translates through words and all words have been ‘learned’. The mind appears to ‘construct’ meaning and the energy of belief in it seemingly turns it into pseudo reality.
The mind will always operate in the same way. We all think in the same way but in fact we don’t actually think. Thoughts appear in the thinking. Thinking is a function of the intellect. There is no ‘thinker’ of any thought.
There is no peace of mind simply because mind is a movement, it is naturally restless. No one can create silence of mind. Thought can be paused for a brief moment. In that brief moment there is a (possible) clear insight into the nature of mind, without content. We can call this ‘no mind’ or simply presence-awareness, non conceptual awareness. It doesn’t matter what label we give it and in the moment of no content of mind there are no words at all.
Recognizing that what you are is NOT in the mind is what I call a cutting insight. The mind ‘appears’ to stabilize and have less conflict simply because the belief in the ‘me fixation’ and the content ceases to have any hold over what you truly are. This is because the insight shows that what you are is non conceptual. You already know this innately but most commonly belief clouds the naked truth through belief in words and through belief in being a thinker.
EVERYTHING is SENSATION. You cannot conceive of anything that is not a sensation.
A cut diamond has many facets. What gives it apparent beauty is the absence of internal obstructions (clarity) and of course the light which displays into the various rays of color.
At no point does the light ‘become’ anything other than light. At no point does the light contaminate the diamond. The diamond remains clear and empty.
Through belief in being a seeker, we imagine there is something to gain. It is the loss of belief that signifies the apparent arrival of clarity. Clarity is always present. It is the clouded mind that cause clarity to appear to be something to seek or gain. Such activity is only an obstruction to the clear and obvious clarity that is ever present. Many foolish ‘teachers’ make a god out of the word ‘clarity’ and their followers are encouraged to believe that they can achieve clarity through various methods. Of course all methods and practices are only mechanical mind games which cloud the ever present clarity through belief in them.
Whatever you imagine that you have gained through spiritual practices will be taken away from you – because it is all imaginary. There is no entity that can ‘do’ any practice or gain anything in reality.
When it is truly known that you are not the body or the mind, what can be truly gained and what can be truly taken away?
You are already complete. Self-contained. What more do you need? The seeking is the main problem. It is like an interference pattern in the otherwise natural ease of being.
Psychological suffering is UNNECESSARY.
See how much drama unfolds because of the belief in the ‘me fixation’. The erroneous belief of being a separate entity is full of investment in things that do not actually exist, except in the mind. Nothing stays in the mind for more than a moment. Belief in me and the constant referencing to the image of self, seemingly gives the ‘me’ a sense of permanency but on closer examination, it can be seen to be an idea that requires a constant energy feed. That is slavery to something that does not actually exist. An image of self is an image. It is not permanent and if you investigate it, it will be seen to be constantly changing. The false can NEVER become real.
You are reality – you are not what the mind ‘tells’ you.
This natural ‘presence’ or livingness is actually wordless, thoughtless reality.
True understanding is a kind of ‘silent knowing’. The words are added by the mind. The mind is time. Awareness is timeless.
The truth of what you are is ever present – it neither comes nor goes. It is concept-less and that is why it is not noticed easily.
There is no ‘self-center’ to be found in anyone – it is a conceptual notion, an image and when investigated it is found to have nothing of any substance apart from thought and time. Mind is time. You cannot get to the timeless from a limited sense of time. You cannot get to non duality from duality.
Thought itself is actually empty of substance. Feeling is added to thought and so thought appears to have substance. An emotional state appears to have the most substance. What is at the core of an emotional state? An image? An entity? If that entity is real and you believe in it, then you would naturally know every detail of it. But the fact is, you don’t know anything but stories about that seeming entity. You have no idea what it looks like or where it actually is. You don’t know where it is because it does not have a location. It is like a mirage or a rainbow. No actual point or location to the ‘me’. The definition of a ‘point’ is zero dimensions. It is what we add conceptually to the ‘I’ or ‘me’ that brings conflict. On it’s own, the ‘I’ is just a word or a sense of being present.
The natural state or naked awareness does not need words to be what it is.
Everything, including the entire universe moves upon emptiness. The wonder of this actuality is ceaseless.
Your ‘self importance’ along with all your theories, hopes and despair are just energy appearing as concepts, concepts moving upon emptiness.
What is your point of view?
Do you own a point of view? Do you defend a point of view? What substance does your point of view have? Is it located anywhere in particular? How well do you know your point of view? Surely, if you claim to have a point of view, you must know it VERY well. Investigate these ‘things’ and be open to recognizing the truth of your point of view. All of our problems are due to belief in being something that we are not. Denying our true nature and defending what we are not is a kind of madness. Would it not be wise to investigate. Stop believing in the spiritual nonsense and really investigate for YOURSELF.
As long as you believe that there is a solid ‘someone’ who is going to become enlightened in some future time, then a subtle shroud of ignorance clouds the mind.
‘When’ this someone is seen as a transparency, a pattern appearing within this direct and immediate seeing (that I am), then it is known in an un-mediated way to be an appearance in this knowing presence (that I am) and so it is known directly and immediately that I am not this appearance. This pattern of belief commonly called ‘me’ is not what I am.
‘Then’, which can only ever be ‘this immediacy’ of now, this habitual belief pattern has already lost its hold in the mind.
Even so, it is just belief and never has had any real grasp on anything but itself. It can vanish without a trace so very easily. No matter what happens, it disappears every night in deep sleep.
(This univited guest does not have to sit in the seat of consciousness. Kick it out).
Belief in me re-appears due to it being a long-standing habit, a ‘pattern of recurrence’. With its roots cut, effortless seeing is known to be happening spontaneously. The afflictive emotional identification of ‘old mind’, the belief in being a limited creature, a mask (persona) naturally falls away.
Paradoxically for the mind, there is ‘no one’ making any effort to bring about anything.
SEEING is already happening.
‘Pure Seeing’ is pure being and this seeing is not limited to some instrument of seeing. The eyes are an instrument of seeing. On their own, as in a dead corpse, there is no seeing happening through those eyes. Seeing is actually everywhere and it is certainly not limited by any locality. It is not limited by the minds interpretations, which are only ever transient content of mind (stories), acquired mind – memory or translations of whatever events and experiences that have ‘appeared’ and disappeared in that seeing. The words ‘I see’ cannot see. Everything appears and disappears in the seeing and you cannot separate anything from the seeing. Seeing does not discriminate. What is, is what is.
In looking into things carefully, one may recognize clearly that all of our repeating referencing to a self-center are just a display, a series of appearances, in the clear and empty nature of mind. They have NO power to bind anyone.
There is no entity with any substance that can be bound. How much does a thought weigh? Do thoughts have substance. How can anyone beat themselves up with a thought, a concept or a belief?
Whatever happens, recognize that the seeing is still present, uninterrupted.
Mark: Gilbert, I am struggling to pay no attention to my mind and believe all of this is just happening to me, sometimes though I get days where I just let thoughts come and go without getting caught up in them and I feel good…. and in touch and I feel the ‘I don’t care about what happens’ is that the right track to be on – just not follow ones thoughts as though they don’t mean anything…. but it seems like an effort sometimes to not follow them – could you clarify this for me. – Mark.
Paying no attention to mind cannot be a ‘doing’. Watch the mind with an open clarity, with no agenda. If you try to follow thoughts, it will drive you mad. (It will lead you consistently away from what is real) Investigate who it is happening to!
See that they are NOT ‘your thoughts’. A conviction (real conviction) is required. Contrived stances in the mind are empty.
Thoughts appear spontaneously and they also disappear spontaneously.
What you truly are can not be a thought. Thoughts are illuminated by the light of consciousness-awareness, not by a dead image of self, an identified, fabricated entity, appearing in the mind. (Thoughts come and go – what you truly are cannot come and go)
Thought is subtle energy appearing as a pattern. (You have no idea what thought pattern will appear next) There is no thinker of a thought. Try and think a thought but watch the mind very closely with fine attention. This will reveal an unexpected insight.
You do not choose thoughts from a bag of thoughts ‘out the back’.
Really see that you do not have any idea of what thought may arise next.
So, relax. Stop trying to ‘do’.
Just notice that everything is happening (with or without your permission).
Observe quietly as you go about your activities, without labeling anything. You will notice a lot more. ”Oh, that is interesting – the milk carton was taken out of the fridge – no one doing it”.
Carrying a fictional emotional burden, of belief in being the ‘thinker’, the ‘doer’, always leads to conflict and constant conflict is not a good way to be.
Truly recognize that ‘the thinker’ is just a thought. A thought can’t see. So if the thinker is seen to be what it is, a thought, then the seeing must be non conceptual.
Whatever ‘comes up’… let it be – let whatever appears (as thought) be as it is. Don’t buy into it. Don’t judge it or want to alter it or change it. You can change your attitude to thoughts. Thoughts will always disappear, all by themselves. That is what they do naturally. They appear…..and because they appear, they disappear. They disappear because they have no substance. Belief in thoughts give them an apparent substance. Investigate the apparent substance and they will reveal their illusive nature. No thought has any duration. Thought is a flicker of energy and gone. With an attitude of ‘letting them go’ insight are bound to happen.
Where are yesterday’s thoughts now? They all disappeared spontaneously, even if you tried to hang onto them.
See everything as it is. What needs to be recognized is that any point of view is unstable. Points of view change constantly and all points of view will betray you because they are empty of substance. Watch the mind – do not follow thoughts.
There is nothing to do – just be the seeing.
Mark: Thank you so much Gilbert for your help, you clarify so much, so simply, with no bullshit.
What you are sharing has now become so clear to me that I wonder how I didn’t see it before – I know now I am just a thought away from the old me, but even if I tried I could not be anything other than awareness. It is so simple, the amount of gratitude I have for the likes of you and Bob (and others) is beyond words – I have now seen my true nature and know now I can never lose That, my warmest thanks to you Gilbert. - Mark
Seeing – Knowing.
This note was published on 28th April 2009. It has been cleaned up slightly and re-published today 3rd Dec 2013 (with the date 28th Nov 2013)
Can anything exist outside of this seeing, this knowing?
Doesn’t everything appear in this immediate seeing, this immediate knowing?
Elemental space appears as ‘the world’ or the universe. What it all appears upon is pure space.
It is ALL-SEEING, it is ALL-KNOWING.
The apparent limited view of an individual is due to believing in a division of a singularity. The ‘seer’ and ‘the seen’ or the ‘knower’ and ‘the known’ are composed of thought, reference points in the mind. Thoughts are a vibration of elements. Thought is elemental space vibrating into patterns.
Seeing does not move from a ‘you’ out to ‘things’ and bounce back again.
Knowing does not move from ‘you’ out to ‘things’ and bounce back again. The pattern of belief in such ‘events’ is conceptual, is elemental space vibrating into ever new patterns. You cannot hold onto a single one of them. There is no ‘single one’ of them and holding onto a concept is impossible, except in the belief of holding, which is just a pattern of ever changing appearance.
Everything elemental is contained in the seeing, it is NOT separate from the seeing, so it must also be the seeing. Not two.
There is no locality to the activity of seeing. There is no actual see-er – there is no center and no boundary to what is.
There is no locality to this activity of knowing - there is no center and no boundary to what is.
Do not be concerned with what others think.
In the scheme of things ‘pointers’ appear, pointers that encourage an investigation of the ‘place’ where seeing is ‘happening’ (in ourselves).
One could say that a revelation opens up naturally as the elemental identification with a false self-centre dissolves.
Where are you seeing from?
You don’t need to do any expensive workshops or seminars to realize your true nature.
There is no teaching and nothing to teach. There is nothing to sell.
Pointing is simple. Be open to this information and let it ‘sink in’. The unexpected is a breath away. Liberation is the natural state. It is not liberation from some thing. It is not possible to put any concept on it. Even to call it liberation is not true. There is no entity anywhere, so there can not be an entity that gets liberated, except in the appearance of elemental space shifting and changing. The bondage of self is an illusion.
There never ever was anyone or any thing that has been or will ever be caught in phenomena.
Insights come and go. Do not try to hold onto insights. Recalling old insights expecting to reap benefits from them is a kind of ‘holding or clinging onto insights’ AND such activity occupies the mind with unnecessary considering…. and on occasion vanity shows up as self-centered preening of the imagined self image. Self-centeredness is never satisfied.
Eating cardboard or low quality food does not satisfy the bodies needs.
All these words being used are ordinary words. Words appear to be a medium for a message of some sort. The same words rearranged in a different order will mean something else or even the opposite. Language is a living, changing aspect of consciousness. Does language use you or do you use language? Does memory serve you or are you a slave to memory? It may be useful to explore these things.
All self-centered activities, along with looking for benefits from old insights block new possible insights and set the habit of mind to unwittingly focus on the ‘past’ (which is obviously gone).
The clear and present evidence is here now, not a moment ago or yesterday, last year or at any time in the past. ’You’ cannot gain any status from any insight and if you are genuine there will not be any impulse or wish to acquire anything at all.
A true insight is empty – empty of impulses, impulses that apparently belong to an entity (All mind stuff).
Psychological insights are not insight. They are nothing but the appearance of concepts, concepts that appear to fit together with other concepts. Geometric patterns in the psychological belief system have no substance. Such patterns may entertain the intellect for decades but in essence they are empty. It is all nothing but energy appearing as a display of patterns. There is no centre to the display (universe) and no boundary.
The brain has been described as a pattern recognizing computer. You recognize the way home because of the patterns appearing in the ‘appearance’ (world). In the same appearance, the appearance of belief in things, we imagine that we put concepts together, believing we invent something special, something real. We even believe it gives the patterns a special and significant meaning. Thoughts spontaneously appear without any contrived entity doing anything. Anyone can recognize this easily – however few take a close look. The meaning of anything is intrinsically abiding AS whatever it is. The meaning of Life is living. The meaning is not ‘outside’ of the ‘thing’.
An insight is a ‘relative moment’ of clear seeing.
Clear Seeing is already and always happening. What needs to be recognized is that the believed in ‘you’ or ‘me’ cannot actually see anything. It is a conceptual-image in mind. You say ‘I see’ but neither the words nor the supposed ‘I’ can see. It is a translation of mind. eg: Ancient texts are translated into a new language but the translation is never the original.
The ‘you’ or ‘me’ is a concept, an image, believed in only because it has not been investigated! Make no mistake about it. Investigate for yourself! …. because it is useless to ‘take it on board’ as just another belief! The cage of belief is made of concepts, is conceptual. It does not actually exist! Just like the ‘sacred path’ people believe they are on – it is all conceptual.
What is true cannot be turned into something false.
What is false cannot be turned into something true.
The truth of what you are is never false. What the mind translates from the actuality can never BE the actuality. A thought up identity can never become real. A thought up identity can never ‘become’ real. It seems no one gets this obvious fact. It would seem that everyone hopes that the fragmented sense of being separate will, one day, blossom into the fullness of reality. It can never do that.
What is false can only disappear. It disappears because it is an appearance. All that appears, disappears. What is true is not an appearance.
NO concept can see, hear or do anything. Who would argue about that? ’Teachers’ brazenly feed seekers with concepts about a future time…… and the only reality is NOW.
There is no ‘becoming clearer’ to this immediate clarity-reality. The relative sense of ‘becoming clearer’ is due to the disappearance of belief (a momentary lapse of reasoning). Since the core belief is not cut through (for the seeker), the habit of belief returns and the relativity carries on ‘as if’ it is real. It is NOT real, it NEVER was real, and it NEVER will be real. No two ways about it. Reality is non dual – not two! The mind say ‘Yes but…..’ through habit and belief in a self-centre.
The introduction to your true nature is uncompromising. All questions and doubts are demolished. Echoes of past patterns of belief naturally continue to appear but they cannot be believed in, because the core belief has been demolished. So, don’t tell me how wonderful and clear some ‘teacher’ is. The clarity that you perceive in another is an illusion of mind and that illusion is an apparent obscuration in your own clear functioning. The fictional affirmation of another is a denial of your own eternal clear potentiality. Stories are stories.
In the scheme of things, it appears that few (if any) understand how concepts require a supply of energy and that if that energy is cut off, through actually seeing that the entity (me) is a fiction, then the ‘wanting something’ from ‘someone or something else’ actually disappears completely.
There is no way of pretending to be anything in reality. You are what you are! No concept can divide or separate what you are. Belief in the ‘me’ is the (fictional) problem….. and there is NO belief whatsoever that is the actuality.
Intellectualizing everything is like clouds in the sky. The sun (itself) is NEVER obscured by clouds. Awareness (itself) is NEVER obscured by the content of mind.
‘You’ as a believed in entity, do not want to hear any of this. The ‘me’ is resistance to what is. ‘You’, through a subtle belief ‘want’ so many ‘things’ and ‘you want’ something that can never happen. What is, is not relative, not two.
Reality is that which never changes. NEVER changes! What do you know of that does not change?
If you want, compare what is written on this site, with so-called popular spiritual teachers. You will notice immediately that they weave seductive concepts for the believed in entity to add to itself. They offer an empty hope based on belief in being a ‘person’, even when they deny it. The implications always turn up as ‘prescribed activities’ for a believed in ‘doer’.
However, things are not what they appear to be. Reality is ever here now and it could not possibly be anywhere else.
The natural state is here now and it is not laden down with words or beliefs. Words and belief are all in the mind (or appear to be). The true nature of mind is clear and empty. Because it is clear and empty thoughts appear and disappear in an instant. Awareness is not ‘in the mind’. There is awareness of mind content and this awareness is clear and free of obstacles. It can NEVER be obscured. Just like the sky is not contaminated by clouds or dust storms. They appear and disappear.
The natural state has no words or beliefs. It is naturally free of conditioned mind. It is subtle to recognize at first, because we are so accustomed to believe in concepts and words. There is no ‘person’ here telling you anything. It is just some pointing at what is innately already known. It just doesn’t have any words. You can talk about it for a 100 years and not one word will touch the natural state. There is no one who ‘gets’ realized. The entire appearance is self-realizing just as it is. Nowhere to go, nothing to get. What a relief!
It is (so-called) important to make a point of one thing here.
No one is asked to believe anything that is written on this website.
Many ‘pointers’ appear throughout the hundreds of notes on this site and in my eBooks and in the various audio files.
Belief is useless when it comes to knowing your own true nature. No belief is ever the actuality. Just like no word is ever what it re-presents.
The only value in any of this is through an insight or a spontaneous recognition.
No methods or practices are implied.
Seeing is happening. There is no entity seeing anything. A concept cannot see. The image of self is an image. The idea of ‘me’ is a thought or idea.
The only value is seeing or knowing for your self.
The true insight is something that cannot be forgotten or remembered. The ever fresh seeing-knowing does not rely on a past or a future and the so-called ‘present’ is a concept re-presenting the wholeness or the totality, which of course, cannot be reduced to a concept, image or memory.
Be totally open in every sense and the spontaneous nature of consciousness-awareness will reveal its ‘apparently hidden secrets’.
In recognizing your true nature, there is no one to claim anything. To make a claim is like buying a ticket back to the distorted realm of beliefs.
Cease to put concepts upon this natural openness and let everything be what it is. In one instant the ‘thing’ that everyone seeks is revealed as ‘no thing’.
So many spiritual and religious ‘groups’ and their leaders require belief and faith. No emphasis is placed on a simple way out. (It is as though the leader doesn’t want anyone to be set free – Maybe because they are not free themselves. They want company in their little realm of spiritual specialness). They all suggest many complex ways to overcome suffering. However, whatever is true is always simple.
The maze does not exist and offering fake maps of the territory and long winded methods and practice do nothing but fortify the belief in being someone trapped. Any energy given to the ‘trap’ keeps it there. Even resistance to ‘the mind trap’ keeps it in place.
So, the advice is, see for yourself. Do not depend on belief in any way shape or form.
SEE for YOURSELF!
Belief will keep you trapped in an imaginary time zone in the mind.