it is not that there is nothing

It is not that there is nothing.

There is something – here and now, present. Something undeniably is, or, in other words, there is reality to this.

This reality, present, here and now, cannot be known other than through direct experience – for what do we ever have or know but a direct experience of our own reality?

It is the same nameless Being we all find when we look: there’s no other show in town.

Awareness is the fact of experience. We cannot deny, at any moment in space or time, the fact that we are aware. Everything else is subject to relativity; never Awareness itself.

Our infinite and constant companion, closer than close, it is our real Self.

It is not that there is nothing, for there is reality to this.

an embraced multitude of Self-perceived form

Listen to the world beyond name and form, and you will hear its quiet song –
as it sings to us, before it ever speaks of limits, of that invisible, infinite unknown…
Presence, Animator, unseen and unheard, is what we are, what Life is, the only Being that could be;
and its animation, life’s temporal creation, the infinite motion of That Which Is Free.

that which presents itself here in this world, the shifting mirage of seeming-to-be, is but Being’s embraced multitude of its own Self-perceived forms. it is an expansion out from an infinitesimal point, unthinkable by mind. no projection or mentation could accurately represent the source of itself; however, all projections and mentations are only, ultimately, their source-reality in myriad motion. it is the dance of the invisible, known to itself by itself: for this Knowing is what is truly primordial to all experience. it is pure Being – it is what is.

reality belongs to no realizer, there is no one to understand. the seeming personal development of spiritual knowledge (even if such a thing were possible) would be completely illusory – everything, always, is impersonal. there is no Buddha to be or become or sit like or to make friends with. there is only reality, and its events belong only to itself. this may seem challenging for the mind which is always looking for security in identity, but there is great joy in seeing the total impersonality of all arisings. there is no separation nor division, nor could there ever be from You, Your Self, Absolute Consciousness.

present moment perception seems divisible into world (perception) and mind (viewer location) – but all we know of mind, world, perceptions is objective. a collection of mentations seen from a personal POV, aka a mind, is completely perceived – therefore it cannot be the subject, only the medium through which the true subject perceives. world-and-mind (and body) are all on the same side of the equation: perceived mind-stuff. however, that which perceives all mind-stuff is consciousness, and where are its limitations? it is infinite, embracing and perceiving all its objects. an object cannot be known other than in Impersonal Knowing, other than as Impersonal Knowing, other than with Impersonal Knowing. consciousness is real, and verifiably so – it is experientially a-priori to know that we are conscious (‘prior to’ any mental projection or position or state). reality is conscious (as no thought, sensation, or sense percept has the ability to perceive). Awareness is real; reality is aware; there is only awareness. the seeming subdivision of awareness into constituent parts is mind-made (and body implied). first, somehow, we have a glimpse that our nature is infinite presence-awareness, then our mind is realigned along this new pathway, then our body is colonized in its feeling, then sense perception is seen as our Self too, then our actions and relationships are realigned in harmony. (it doesn’t happen in any one order, but for the sake of clarity it could be elucidated in this way). but, that is all from the perspective of mind! eventually all formulation, cogitation, mentation, projection, thought, word, concept-image must be offered to infinite silence – and nothing remains but peace and joy and any some-such impersonal arisings seen in celebration.

peace and happiness are the non-phenomenal experience of Being which streams through and into the phenomenal realm, rekindling the fire of enthusiasm. the experience of Peace and the experience of Consciousness are indistinguishable, as well as inexhaustible, for they are both words for the nature of what is. we share the same Peace nature, whether it is seemingly veiled by mind-stuff and body-stuff – or not. 

the path to the unveiling of natural Peace is to inquire into the nature of experience until the beliefs that generate psychological suffering are seen-through. a clue, always, is in what we mean by ‘consciousness’ and how, for instance, we think of ‘reality’ different than our ‘self’. 

suffering leads to investigation, leads to inquiry, leads to abidance-meditation, leads to expression. 

all the while, nothing truly changes to that which is.

on equality and harmony

as expressions of consciousness, all of our perceptions are completely intimate with consciousness’ perceiving of them – the experience of each seemingly distinguishable mind-form is completely steeped in consciousness. there is never any lack or absence of consciousness, ever, in any moment – and for that reason non-dual understanding is what Atmananda called ‘perfect communism’. there’s no hierarchy, no achievement, no appropriation possible except through a mental fantasy, which must at some point resolve itself back into the understanding that reality knows no levels.

this understanding Presence is the destiny of all the projections of consciousness.

since there is no lack of consciousness possible, each individual expression – for instance, each human being – is equal in consciousness. for, in fact it is only God’s mind which created, out of its freedom, each of us, and which guides our paths in life at each moment. it is simply through an act of ignorant thinking that we can come to see others as ultimately ‘others’ at all, to say nothing of putting seeming-others into an artificial hierarchy, of having or possessing entitlements, personal attributes of personal value, or qualities that belong to anything but the source. the only entity which can have is God. all credit is due to the divine. there may be relative inequality of relative possession – but since there is no absolute inequality – there is never any inequality of actual value.

if only our world culture took note of our shared being – what a different course life on Earth might take…

free of limits

Pure infinite Being is all there is to experience.
That which seems to appear is in fact Reality-at-Essence
for its being, and its existence,
is inseparate from the one Consciousness that Is.

The cosmos is known solely by that which can know,
by the eternal Presence that we are.
It has been created by our emission,
sustained by our contemplation,

and, at any moment, can resolve itself back into its source,

Emptiness-Fullness-without-object.

There is no self which can be experienced in the way we experience phenomena;
there is no phenomenal self, there is no objective self.
While the body-mind-world are passing, knowable experiences,
no mind-object could be anything but a temporal phasing of Aware Presence.

Consciousness is Free from all objective limitations.

maya’s kaleidoscope

the dream of our self-made illusion
spreads out high and wide
over the mystic cover of night-thought,
to the farthest corners of the sublimated mind.

and yet upon touching the unmistakeable,
the sheath of maya is seen

as the mighty charade of a cosmic love-dance…

there is nothing but Reality with which Reality could pretend to veil itself;
– and so –
there is nothing but Reality with which Reality could attempt to find itself.

seek not your Self with your Self;
simply know your Self as all that is True.

and in the clear seeing
that you are what you seek,
the cataclysm of the spiritual search
begins to resolve itself
back to peaceful ash,
now ready to flit alongside the motion of the wind,
it’s only flightpath, the joy of the soul.

for even the deepest contraction has not the power to shift one iota in the ever-present sands of your depth. consciousness is your base, your core, your reality, your home.

underneath all concepts lies an undisturbed truth:
we share the very same Being.

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knowing and not-knowing

we can only Know what we are not; we can only Be what we are.

knowing and not-knowing are ultimately synonymous,
as the knowing of consciousness is the un-knowing of the mind.

the mind can never know its source, its maker or its destiny…
consciousness is beyond its scope.

no thought, concept, or formula can render the Truth within its grip;
and yet, all there ever is, is That.

what is unknown to the mind is known to God, as God.
what is known as the mind is known by God, in God.

there is nothing to know,
except what you are not.

the sense of what you are – the Being-sense – is all-encompassing, universal.

there’s no duality between what you are and what you are not,
as there is always only Being.