Consciousness is spontaneous – uncaused

All of the concepts about ‘my existence’ are based on assumptions.

The mind is ‘me’.  The mind is memory.  The mind, even though you cannot find anything that you can call mind, is a realm of many, unquestioned, believed in reference points, all being displayed as ‘a seeming field of cause and effect’.  

It is all a fiction.  A belief is not a fact.

Consciousness cannot be the result of its own content.  Even the most (apparently) persuasive thought is spontaneous and without any ‘past’, without any cause or substance.  Assumptions and belief go hand in hand with delusions of self.

Without a thought or belief what are you?


This is an excellent quote from Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj:

“The entire universe contributes incessantly to your existence.

Hence the entire universe is your body.

Coming back to the idea of having been born: You are stuck with what your parents told you, all about conception, pregnancy and birth, infant, child, youngster, teenager, and so on.

Now, divest yourself of the idea that you are the body with the help of the contrary idea that you are not the body. It is also an idea, no doubt; treat it like something to be abandoned when its work is done.

The idea that I am not the body gives reality to the body when in fact, there is no such thing as the body; it is but a state of mind.

But here and now, through all your bodies and souls shines awareness……..hold on to it unswervingly.

Without awareness, the body would not last a second.

There is in the body a current of energy, affection, and intelligence which guides, maintains, and energizes the body. Discover that current and stay with it.

Find the spark of life that weaves the tissues of your body and be with it. It is the only reality the body has.

There is only life. There is nobody who lives a life.

The very notion of doer-ship, of being a cause, is bondage.”

  1. Thanks for the amazing clarity of your blog Gilbert, I love the newer free audio with startlingly beautiful insight from Sailor Bob, If i may quote from you guys: Without a thought or belief what are you? – Searching (focusing into the appearance) is the problem taking you away from Beingness – Emptiness itself has the capacity of knowing, is suffused with that innate intelligence. That same Intelligent energy is expressing as everything – no centre in the body but intelligence is still going on

    • Yes. No centre in the body or outside the body. It is easy to see that phenomena is empty yet most forget to include their own body. In seeing the absence of any centre, there is an automatic seeing that there is no centre anywhere – no boundary. All of ‘our problems’ are due to ‘identity’ and ‘boundary’. So simple – everyone misses it or so it seems. There is no one to miss it since everyone is THAT boundless, centre-less existence.

  2. Many Thanks,