C’est la Vie

The natural unicity of awareness is non dual.  

Awareness is self-aware and all inclusive.   Naturally including all that appears AS awareness and all that appears to appear upon or within the infinite scope of awareness.  No belief or concept, idea or image has the slimmest chance of separating this natural all inclusive awareness, no matter how subtle or gross, no matter how simple or how elaborate the concept, idea, image or belief is.

All is sensation, registering upon non dual awareness.  Thoughts, feelings, emotions and all experiences register prior to the translations of mind – before words, explanations and definitions.

This all inclusiveness, the nature of awareness, applies to everything, to all thinking, to all religions, to all philosophies and to every formatory appearance in ‘mind’.   There cannot be any thing that is outside of that.  Even the concepts of ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ are simply labels appearing as expressions of awareness.

Nothing the mind can come up with can ever be outside of consciousness because there is no outside of consciousness.  To imply that there ever could be something outside of consciousness is merely imagination.  

The idea of ‘Mind’ is a label, an appearance, appearing ‘upon’ or within the natural all inclusive nature of this ever present non-dual awareness.  

What mind is there if you do not think about mind?

The moment that a believed in entity appears to claim this natural and unencumbered awareness as it’s own is the moment of apparent separation.   Fiction!

There is NO separation in reality and there never can be any separation in or of reality. This is why the ancients named it ‘Non Duality – One without a second’.

All those who divide this obvious clarity into parts, such as ‘Neo Advaita’ and ‘Traditional Advaita’ are already ‘operating’ within the realms of duality – mind stuff. 

In the appearance of things, some adherents appear to have a preference for emotional content, while others have a preference for heavily invested beliefs in conceptual constructs and then others have a preference for what I will term as ‘body consciousness’.  One loves mental stuff, another loves emotional stuff and another loves the body and all its stuff.  Examples are the professor, the love addict and the fitness fanatic.

All these realms are appearance, appearing in the natural functioning.  They are nothing other than a display of consciousness.   

There is NO static point anywhere, not anywhere, in any of it.

Imagination weaves ‘synthesized meaning’ out of experiences and the obvious fabricated ground of the experiencer is not recognized as merely conceptual.

In the appearance of things, no one wants to give up the mental addiction to belief, even though there is not one single belief that can ever be ‘the actual’ or ever become real.  There is no becoming for any self-center – only the appearance of becoming and the future time of deliverance recedes beyond reach – as any truthful ‘seeker’ will admit and knows full well.

The stream of self-centered activity, the energy going into beliefs, can only ever be stopped by a clear recognition of the illusory nature of ‘me’.  The ‘me’ is fixation on an image of self, an ignorance of our true nature, appearing as a contemptuous avoidance of anything real.  It is the self-center (me).   Self center is an assumption that at the center of all this activity there is someone called ‘me’.  

It appears that very few have any genuine interest to actually seeing through their own self-centered mind games.  Even that appearance of there being a ‘mind game’ has no substance in reality…….and the concept, idea or belief in ‘me’ disappears without a trace, every night in deep sleep.

Clinging to the idea that there is a ‘me’ who suffers is the chain of bondage, a seeming bondage of self, where there isn’t one. 

C’est la Vie

  1. The light of consciousness, the light by which seeing and knowing happens, provides the cutting through of the apparent mix of that pure light with so-called personal experiences – the fiction of someone identified with being ‘a person’ – a mere shadow figure. The ‘experiencer’ (me) cannot actually ‘do’ anything and it is the impotency of that belief in being a ‘doer’ (me) that collapses in the full light of knowing. The undeniable evidence of witnessing the collapse overthrows all future belief in the apparent ‘doer’ (me), thus leaving the light of consciousness as it is, as it always is and ever will be. Pure light of being. Always right here, right now.

  2. Part of an answer to a friend who practices breathing techniques: Breathing is natural, an instinct. Your first breath was taken without any interference from the intellect. The intellect does not have the job of ‘doing’ the breathing. Trance states of mind induced by breathing techniques will naturally fade away. The imaginary narrative about how it calms the mind and about how the believed in entity is ‘getting somewhere at last’ is fabrication. Slavery to techniques has to be accommodated into the ‘life-style’ of the ‘self-image’ and what good is any of it? Calming the mind won’t cure the problems of the ‘me’. Calming the mind is useful in allowing some spaciousness to reveal itself.

    If you run, the breathing will adjust itself instinctively. In sleep, the breathing adjusts itself. Many ‘teachers’ use breathing techniques to induce a particular state of mind. As I see it, when the ego sense tampers with the instinctive functioning, it will bring about erroneous beliefs about ‘me controlling the body’ and that will play havoc with the imagination.

    Breathing is natural and easy when the mind is not grinding upon some thought or concept about ‘me’. Running off with every concept that comes along is not freedom, no matter how much you try to convince yourself that it is.

    If you insist on ‘doing something’, my advice is let the mind rest on nothing at all. For a short period each day (or several times a day)..allow the spacious nature of pure existence itself to pervade your whole being – without thinking about it. Wordless knowing comes to the fore.

    Do this by being totally open, letting thoughts come and go easily, WITHOUT ‘going off’ with any of them. Do not imagine yourself as some ‘spiritual being’ – that is ego!

    Thoughts are ALL spontaneous appearances and like every breath, they will disappear all by themselves. In fact thoughts have an obvious lack of ‘duration’ if they are left alone.
    Witnessing thoughts come and go is easy and effortless. No struggle!

    Referring all experiences to the image of self is the common problem.

    The uninterrupted ever-present experiencing does NOT have an experience or an experiencer. The experiencer is a thought up ‘entity’ which has no substance. An experience is an ‘intellectual account’ of something registering upon the experiencing and being associated to the ‘me of memory’.

    Even though sensations appear to give that believed in entity some substance, those sensations, just like any other sensations, they will move and change by themselves. If you recognize a trying to alter them, change them or hang onto them, take a look at ‘who’ needs to, alter, change or hang on to them? The basis is a fictional character, ‘me’.

    No one wants to be nothing. The ‘seekers’ imaginary problem is the constant insistence on being some ‘thing’, someone, a ‘person’ – but that ‘person’ is persona, the mask.

    Drop the mask and recognize that life is effortless.

  3. C’est la vie.
    Oui, monsieur, et dispose de son propre mouvement naturel de la source d’origine.

    Stream of consciousness…..’One Moment of Self Realization’- CD – beautifully supportive.

    Thank You, with love, Divo.

  4. “The familiar, precisely because it is familiar, remains unknown”. ~ Hegel

    • love this.

  5. Meditation techniques, being physical, physically calm body and mind but go no further than that. It gives a respite from a restless, relentless thought stream, but nothing more.
    As you say they may allow an attentive mind, some seeming ‘spaciousness’.
    It may be helpful to separate thought from body initially, but goes no further.
    For that, true self inquiry (neti-neti) needs to be diligently applied. Only that ‘will separate the wheat from the chaff’, the true from the untrue.
    Who am I? (What am I? Where am I?)
    There is no answer beyond knowing I am.
    There is no I to be found anywhere but in the mind.