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"The whole universe moves and turns upon emptiness."
Featured is the introductory page to Gilbert Schultz's new website, Seeing - Knowing: Everything is contained in the seeing.
Seeing - Knowing Everything is contained in the seeing
This website is presented to
assist in the re-discovery of your true nature.
It cannot be forced upon anyone. If something resonates as being
true, follow it, so long as the resonance is there. The
resonance is life - the concepts are empty 'pointers' to this
immediate life or living-ness.
The AXIS of BEING is the invisible fulcrum of (your) life and it is not yours - it is central to every activity on every plane of being.
This axis does not exist it is a concept and as a concept it may be useful as a tool for revealing something.
The entire universe moves upon emptiness - and the essence of it all remains beyond the appearances of things - just as the axis of a wheel remains beyond the physical matter of the wheel.
This axis is the sense of I in the I am-ness and is singular in its total simplicity and yet functions throughout the Universe as the heart of the myriad expressions. It has no perceivable or conceivable substance. It is what you are. You cannot find it as an object and yet you cannot deny that you exist - you are THAT singular reality.
The Mask, the persona seemingly divides this wholeness of being into two. This division is an illusion but one must uncover this oneself before a clear understanding can reveal itself fully.
Nothing separates you from what you truly are. No concept can encapsulate THAT pure existence and it lies forever beyond the grasp of thought. No matter how long you think about it, it remains as the knowing, beyond the grasp of thought. The Mask is composed of nothing but thought and image.
This natural presence is wordless, thoughtless.
Understanding is silent knowing.
This understanding is ever present - it neither comes nor goes.
There is no self-center to be found in a sentient being - it is a conceptual notion and when investigated it is found to have nothing of any substance apart from thought. Thought itself is also empty of substance. There is equally nothing to be found at the place called the axis of this or any planet, star or heavenly body. One can discover this easily by observing a rotating wheel. On extremely close examination, the evidence is clear that the axis cannot be said to exist in or of these 3 dimensions, which we are so familiar with. Every atom of this planet rotates around that invisible axis of the planet and yet no one can find the axis itself because it does not exist as a physical thing, it cannot be found, not even with the strongest microscope. The axis of the magnetic poles is equally ephemeral.
It is the same equation with self-inquiry.
Everything moves upon emptiness.
The most well know investigator of the self was someone who became known as the Buddha. The word Buddha means awake. He discovered that he was something beyond matter - No Thing- one could say that 'he' discovered his own invisibility - and that which discovered that fact was itself made of nothing. The discovery is that that which is investigating its own nature and doing the cognizing is naked awareness. It is unmediated knowing. No medium. The instrument through which awareness appears to happen is NOT separate from the awareness, or the cognition. It is an expression of awareness-cognition. Awareness is not an event - it does not happen everything appears to happen in awareness or on awareness as a movement - this can be called 'consciousness'. Consciousness and Awareness are not two different 'things'. The eye through which seeing takes place is not the naked seeing. The ear through which the hearing takes place is not the naked hearing itself. These things are merely instruments. The body is not what you are - it is an expression of what you are.
There is awareness of the body
just as there is awareness of the content of mind. One may say
this is my body - these are my thoughts.
The puzzling question is who or what is
it that owns these things?
In looking for an owner and in dropping all the concepts that arise about such an owner, one discovers a spaciousness. It is not an empty void - it is full of knowing presence. On further investigation, one finds that this activity of knowing, does not actually have any substance of itself at all.
It is completely empty of all concepts, including time. The cognition is forever instant and timeless. Our belief in cause and effect loses its meaning without time, which is duration.
Every phenomenal event is like a link in a chain and not one of them can be exclusively called a cause or an effect. Thinking and meaning cannot be separated. In the usual sense, it is as though each event is both cause and effect - or in common physics terms, both are, at one moment a wave and the next moment a particle. At the core of all substances lies the constant, empty space. Each minute particle is suspended in space. A scientist may attempt to convince you that space is made up of very small things or even strings (String Theory) but such particles, no matter how small they are, they must be suspended in empty space after all is said and done, where else could they be?
Where are you in all this? Isnt it true that what you are is a mystery for the mind? Are you the particles or the con-science? The origin of the word science means knowing. Con means together.
Omniscience is All Knowing or All Intelligence.
What you truly are is one being - one knowing - one awareness - space-like in its nature. It is easily known that this clear and empty space-like awareness contains no separation - no duality whatsoever.
That knowing, which has never ceased, is not divided into parts (space-volume) or into fragments of time (duration). It is indeed one without a second. All that appears in this space of knowing may well appear as parts but each one of them is contained by the unity, the wholeness, in that space-like awareness, which by its very nature is all inclusive. Everything that you have ever perceived has appeared nowhere else than in that space-like awareness. All arguments for or against this or about anything at all, must appear in that space-like awareness.
What is the axis of your being? Is it not that constant presence, within which everything moves? The whole universe actually appears in that knowing that you are. The habit of taking oneself to be a limited creature is not necessary and in stepping beyond those limitation of mind, we discover something most extraordinary. Something beyond belief.
The AXIS of BEING is central to every activity on every plane of being.
It is the I of all sentient beings and is singular in its total simplicity and yet functions throughout the Universe as the heart of the myriad expressions. I and the Father are one, a quote from a well known historic figure, is an expression which communicates the essence of One Being.
The Duality of life as we know it can only be perceived as forms in motion, matter, which all moves upon the invisible axis of being.
The axis of being cannot be found because it is like space, absolutely stable, yet unreachable via the instruments of investigation.
It is where you are Seeing from.
Like the self it remains un-provable and unattainable and yet the fact of your own being is the singular factor that remains, forever, undeniable.
Nothing separates you from what you truly are. No concept can encapsulate THAT pure existence and it lies forever beyond the grasp of thought. No matter how long you think about it, it remains as the knowing, beyond the grasp of thought. The closest one can come to it in mind is the I am. I am in words or thought is simply a translation via the mind.
The presence, that I am-ness, is wordless, thoughtless.
Understanding is silent knowing.
All manner of expressions may come out of this understanding, yet it remains untouched and totally undiminished by the flourishing activities of the mind.
The whole universe moves and turns upon emptiness. Everything without exception is an expression in this Singular Presence.
THIS singular, all encompassing, undivided Presence, is what we call Non Duality'.
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