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If anything, "enlightenment" is pointing to the absence of reaching towards anything called "enlightenment." Or stated another way, it is the realization that you were only ever reaching for your own thoughts, which were arising now. Insane, isn't it? You realize that "enlightenment" is just an idea arising now, as is the notion of "you." So the word "enlightenment" is pointing to the complete stepping out of the self-centered dream that there is a "you" on a "path" to "enlightenment." When the dream goes, you see the whole. You see 'This.' You realize you are not separate from 'This' despite all your efforts to separate yourself through thought. You see all thoughts about 'This' are simply arising in 'This.' The seeking and finding arise and fall in 'This.' 'This' does not answer every question that gave rise to the illusion of the path. It merely makes them not matter. You realize that 'This' is what you were seeking on the illusory path.
Love's Quiet Revolution, p.78
posted to Wisdom-l by Mark Scorelle
Only Presence Recognises Itself
Yes, everything, everything,
everything, is only made of Consciousness. That
is easy to check in your own experience. Just ask yourself if you have ever
experienced or could ever experience anything outside of Consciousness or
made out of anything other than Consciousness.
Once this 'seamless Oneness' of Consciousness has seemed to be divided by
thought, into separate entities, objects, others and the world, then
desires, fears, motives, causes, effects, intentions, progress, achievement,
failure etc....the whole personal endeavour...becomes very real.
But Consciousness is already everything it could ever be. It is one seamless
homogenous substance that can never be depleted, added to, changed or
moved.....it gains or loses nothing from the entire human adventure.
From the point of view of the person there is bondage and liberation,
veiling and revealing, knowing and not-knowing, etc. But from the point of
view of Consciousness there is only 'knowingbeing' itself.
Imagine going to sleep at night. We lie down, fall asleep, dream that we
leave home, undertake a great adventure that lasts several years and then
return. Then we wake up, only to find that we have been lying peacefully on
our bed all along. It was a long strange circular journey for the one who
seemed to be travelling. But for the one lying on the bed, nothing ever
Ian: So much of life in general would seem to be Consciousness involved not
so knowingly perhaps in doing lots of other things, but here we have
Consciousness seemingly getting very close to exposing its own unknowingness
through these exchanges. Indeed it would appear to be desire of some
apparent entities (as Consciousness unknowingly) to achieve that very
exposure to become fully knowing.
Rupert: Yes. Consciousness takes the shape of a thought with seems to divide
its own Oneness into a limited entity and an outside world. It is this
entity, made only of thought, of mind, that goes on the great adventure of
seeking. The whole adventure of being a person, the whole human
adventure....it all takes place in the mind. It is just made out of mind.
And what is mind made of? Thin air!
It is the mind, in the shape of the apparent entity, that sets off 'into a
far country' outside of its own kingdom, away from home. It wanders around,
as this entity, in this apparent world looking for love and happiness in
relationships and objects. The whole adventure is created and enacted within
And while the mind is off doing its thing, searching, achieving, failing,
hoping, fearing, doing, thinking, choosing etc. etc., Consciousness is just
lying peacefully in bed. It is true that the mind is ultimately made of
Consciousness, but it is the mind that takes the adventure, not
How does the apparent entity know what to look for? It knows what to look
for because love and happiness are inherent in its own nature - it never
forgets their taste - but they have been veiled by the apparent entity.
Sometimes we look back with nostalgia and longing for the happiness and
freedom of childhood. But that is just an image. This happiness we long for
is not far away in time. It is deep down at the heart of this and every
experience. It is the presence of happiness itself in this very moment that
shines in our experience as the longing for a happiness that seems to have
been lost. Right there in the longing for happiness is the experience of
happiness itself shining through the veil of the separate entity.
Peace, love and happiness are inherent within Consciousness. They ARE
Consciousness, and because the separate entity is ultimately made out of
Consciousness, this Peace, Love and Happiness shine even in the apparent
person. Presence is never truly eclipsed.
This search for Peace, Love and Happiness is not initiated by the person. It
is Consciousness shining in and through the apparent person. It is the seat
of God in us. Sooner or later, in some cases, Consciousness withdraws the
projection of the mind (that is, the projection of the person and the world)
back into itself and, at that moment, it tastes its own nature of Peace,
Love and Happiness.
Exchanges such as these are the means by which Consciousness, as it were,
withdraws its projection, and comes to taste itself again. These exchanges
are made out of mind and that is why they can be tailored to meet the
separate entity who is also made of mind.
But their true substance is not made of mind, and that is why they sometimes
touch the heart of the apparent entity whose true nature is also not made of
Their source is Presence and it is this Presence behind, between and within
the words that is recognised. And who recognises Presence? Only Presence can
recognise itself. Not Presence 'there' recognising Presence 'here.' Just
Presence, the one Presence, recognising itself in itself, by itself, as
Rupert posted to OAStudyGroup
When the Shoe Fits
Ch'ui the draftsman
Could draw more perfect circles freehand
Than with a compass.
His fingers brought forth
Spontaneous forms from nowhere. His mind
Was meanwhile free and without concern
With what he was doing.
No application was needed
His mind was perfectly simple
And knew no obstacle.
So, when the shoe fits
The foot is forgotten,
When the belt fits
The belly is forgotten,
When the heart is right
"For" and "against" are forgotten.
No drives no compulsions,
No needs, no attractions:
Then your affairs
Are under control.
You are a free man.
Easy is right. Begin right
And you are easy.
Continue easy and you are right.
The right way to go easy
Is to forget the right way
And forget that the going is easy.
~ Chuang Tzu ~
(In the Dark Before
Dawn, trans. Thomas Merton)
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