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Excerpt from A Vastness All
Around: Awakening to Your
Your natural state couldn't be more obvious.
Back up, back up! You are overlooking your everyday, self-shining awareness. Your thoughts, body and consciousness are only appearances in that awareness.
Or to re-phrase it in the form of a question: What is it in which your thoughts, your body, and your sense of being awake (or drowsy) are appearing at this very moment?
Pointers help you to see what you already are. In addition to being verbal, they can be musical (e.g., Mozart's "Agnus Dei" in his celebrated Requiem) and visual (e.g., 17th-century Zen artists Hakuin Ekaku and 16th-century swordsman-samurai Miyamoto Musashi both produced bold, elegant, and thought-stopping masterworks that should not be missed).
Even silence can be a powerful pointer--when it is completely natural, and there is no imagined person attempting to be quiet.
Finally, there is the stillness of being in the presence of the self-realized. That, perhaps, is the grandest "pointer" of all. For in such a setting, you feel the depth and resonance of the speaker's words and pauses. Something stirs within you. It is not a surface emotion at all. It is something pristine and intuitive--a heartfelt knowing that unequivocal clarity is at hand.
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