all is one

at no point in time or space (or that which is beyond it) has there ever been a multiplicity of realities. we have this deep intuition within our bones: we know, somehow, the interconnectedness of all things within the scope of Life’s singularity. one life, one love, one being, one reality. what is less obvious, perhaps, is that the perceiving consciousness, which cannot be removed from experience, is an inexhaustible and fundamental element of this unifying reality. we know the universe is one, but somehow we manage to ignore the fact that We are that one, too. it is a belief about consciousness, an irrational and superimposed tying-in of the subject of experience with certain objective elements that present themselves.

we are consciousness – we are that which is aware of our experience. when we think ‘I am the body’ or ‘I am this feeling’ we are really thinking ‘consciousness is limited to the body’ or ‘consciousness is limited to this feeling’; and this assumption is irrational. why would the consciousness perceiving our experience be limited to a body or a feeling? what could a body-feeling tell us about consciousness? it only tells us about the content of consciousness, i.e. in that moment, what we are aware of, but consciousness itself always remains independent. nothing that is perceived can tell us anything about the perceiver – no object tells us anything about consciousness. independence and freedom come from the same understanding – that consciousness is not subject to the dream of its creation.

there is only one reality and it is a conscious reality. it is not a body that is aware, it is not a mind that is aware, it is not a world that is aware – it is reality itself, eternally aware, conscious, and absolute. simply discern that you are conscious of your experience – and see that the nature of this consciousness you are is the one universal reality.

nothing needs to be done

nothing needs to be done
there is infinite peace already…

we simply have to notice
that in some ill-advised moment
we have made an assumption
about the nature of things
that continues to haunt us
until we bring it to the light.

the assumption is simple
but its ramifications run deep –
into the systems of thinking in the mind,
into the habits of feeling in the body,
into the patterns of interacting with others,
into the make of our everyday life.

it only takes one moment of openness
to realize that Presence has always been here…
but it takes sometimes a lot of love,
a lot of time and a lot of life,
to allow that Presence to infiltrate every realm.

We are that Presence at every moment,
but to understand and feel that,
even in the midst of life’s full effulgence,
can be a challenge.

nothing needs to be done,
there is infinite peace already…

and the infinite calls us at each moment,
even through the alleged troubles we face;
until the troubles are outshined by a grace
that cannot be perturbed in its perfection.

the flame of consciousness’ being

the infinite contains no fragments.
it is one entirety, one seamless, indivisible whole…
knowing itself, conscious of itself, made only of itself.
to know this as our true nature is freedom.

there is no hierarchy in Being,
there is only perfect equanimity and equality.

when we know that we share the same consciousness,
everything else becomes less important.
at some point, we celebrate our differences
and bond over this,
our common reality.

simply being what you are is enough.
no need to get lost in the myriad and endless ways of becoming
for what could you ever become other than what you already are.

you can rest, here and now, as Peaceful Presence.

it may take some time
upon the recognition of consciousness’ universality
for an individual body and mind
to become a creative expression of happiness –
but it’s inevitable,
the process can be surrendered to,
the bell has been struck,
and all unhappiness has its expiry date.

at some point,
all form
is blown out
like a candle
by the wind of reality…

and the true flame of
consciousness’ being
outshines all its
seeming shadows.

to see with eyes unclouded

this pure Being, limitless Awareness,
self-evident and evident-in-reality to itself alone,
a cosmic echoing chamber for the thoughts of the Infinite,
resolves in its nature to unfold
like flowering morning petals in the sunlit mist.

without the veil superimposed by the belief in fragmentation
the experience of Presence is revealed:
now the thoughts spring forth from a new source,
soon the body comes to rest once again in its natural satisfaction…
and slowly, slowly, the remaining elements of dynamism
– like relationship, interaction, and activity –
become ever more harmonious expression of this Love-of-what-Is.

with the eyes of insight, all it takes is an instant
to look clearly at the evidence on the docket –
to realize that this Consciousness shares none of the limitations
of any object we can ever perceive,
and yet, it is inexhaustibly Real.

its undeniable Reality is the essential Reality of all there is…

Consciousness is Real;
Reality is Conscious;
there is only one Reality.

it’s not an intellectual exercise,
it’s to see-without-seeing,
to recognize what is really here,
perceiving our experience all the time,
perceiving Itself, in fact, eternally.

this is the journey
  to see with eyes

“The Infinite Cannot Know The Finite”

“The Infinite Cannot Know The Finite”

I would have to condition the statement by saying ‘the infinite cannot know the finite at its own level of reality’ – in that, inasmuch as we give this mirage of Being called Life a provisional reality (not absolute reality), we, consciousness know it, as an expression of our own Being.

Ultimately reality cannot know non-reality, Being cannot know non-Being, however, within this one reality arises the objective universe, and eventually too the facets of human experience perceiving our objective realm – seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, thinking, feeling – the collection of these objects arise within consciousness, are known by consciousness, are made of consciousness…and so from the perspective of consciousness it could be said that there is only consciousness, there are no objects, and the infinite (consciousness) cannot know the finite (anything other than consciousness).

However, we can only call consciousness infinite in relation to finite objects, and so it makes no sense to discount the borrowed reality that these finite objects owe to the one consciousness itself…in other words, if you’re going to call consciousness infinite, you really need to acknowledge the objects from which you’re referring to consciousness’ infinity, otherwise the statement makes no sense. In fact, if you say consciousness is infinite, you are implicitly acknowledging the existence of the finite from which you set the bar for your statement! We just have to say that the existence of the finite is wholly dependent upon the reality that perceives. The finite exists and it doesn’t exist – it exists as an expression of reality perceived by reality and made of reality – but it doesn’t exist as reality itself.

Therefore – ‘the infinite cannot know the finite at its own level of reality’. The absolute level of reality is object-free, but that’s not the only level of reality we experience. We cannot deny that we know life, that we know experience, if we do it’s one of those neo-advaita traps – we must acknowledge all levels of our Being.

We don’t know anything real of this life other than the reality that life borrows from consciousness; but know life we certainly do!

In R.S. terminology – Mary can’t deny that she knows Jane’s mind while she’s dreaming it, even though it is all made of Mary’s mind, ultimately.

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A Mirage of Being

Nothing that arises is independent from its Being, and of Being, there can be only one. We know that there is only one Being, because if there were two or more Beings, what could they all arise in but a greater Being? The great-est Being must be the one true Being, because it is the one in which all the seemingly smaller beings arise. We could say this Greatest Being is the Real Being, and what other Being would we be interested in – an alleged one, which has no reality of its own?

Anything that arises is made of Being, there being only one substance to reality, consciousness itself. Yet we could grant an ‘objective existence’ to the things which arise as we perceive them. In that sense, perceptions exist, as objects rising in consciousness, known by consciousness, made of consciousness. However, these perceptions never truly separate themselves from, nor can be they be ultimately distinguished from the one experience that ever is: consciousness’ knowing of itself. At the same time, for something to exist it needs to be independent – for if it depended on something, then that which it depended on would be the real thing that exists – and no object is independent from the consciousness that perceives it. Thus, no object truly exists.

The only thing that ever arises is a mirage of Being, a play of light and sound and all the rest. The body, the mind, the world, the elements of human perception experienced as feeling, thinking, seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching – are like an oasis in an infinite desert space. This oasis is completely full, variable, moving, and ultimately always transparent to its real Being, the peaceful emptiness of a desert wild.

the indomitable ocean

these perceptions, experienced momentarily, inevitably resolve themselves into Being. who can say which way the wind will blow? the future, abstract object of the imagination, never comes; we find always the same indomitable Presence wherever we look, even in time and space. the changes of life through its seasons, days, movements and motions, arise always within…everything is within.

how could the captain of a boat decide upon the movement of the ocean? particularly if his boat has sprung a leak, and slowly his weary bark is returning to the depths of the sea. the captain is a limited will – it may seem that he sets sail on his schedule – but even unknowingly he always obeys the sea. and if the ocean so desires, the captain’s controlling belief may meet its maker, as he sinks into the waters of the unknown. the leak sprung in the boat is the mark of grace, the love of truth, the path to reality.

where does a perception arise from – and towards where does it point in its existence? the source and the destination of all objects are the same. before you fall asleep and dream you know the waking mind, after you wake up you know the waking mind. likewise, before an object arises there is consciousness, and after an object dissolves there is consciousness. the reality from which an object borrows its being, without ever separating itself out from the Being which sustains it, is the same conscious reality which perceives only ever itself.