nothing that arises lasts;
but nothing that disappears is lost –
for there is only one substance in reality,
that of Awareness itself.
if there were more than one substance,
there would be more than one reality,
because the substance of the thing is the reality of the thing,
when you boil it down to its essence.
that there is only one reality cannot be proven through words
(though if there were more, would they not arise in a greater One?)
however, it is a suggestion to explore, to investigate, to muse over,
and to follow this deep intuition and enthusiasm,
that leads to openness, and to the possibility that –
everything and nothing,
formlessness and form,
Being and Existence,
are never opposed,
and always not-two.
our reality is unstained by separation:
there is no possibility of separate selves.
separation is simply a suggestion provided by a weary mind
collapsed under the weight of a simple conditioned belief.
in terms of That Which Has No Opposite,
we can but offer a word to the experience,
and a word is a pale object indeed
compared to what it stands for.
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…
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,
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.
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.
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.
it’s the nature of things.
it’s what we are.
nothing wakes up in the morning –
consciousness is already and always awake.
there is no alternative,
no person, no mind,
to ever lay claim to it.
peace is our reality,
and perception is how she dances.
welcoming is not something a mind can practice,
it is a word that takes us through its doorway into harmony with life,
it is an attribute of consciousness.
in a moment of genuine welcoming
of all the elements of our experience,
the totality of that which appears to us,
we are grounding ourselves in the reality of our Being,
even if unknowingly at first.
there may be a great softening of the edges of things
when the mind realizes there is nothing to fight,
when the body realizes there is safety in this welcoming presence,
when the world ceases to seem alienating and strange.
there may be a deep relaxation which leads effortlessly towards stillness and silence.
all that’s required is to genuinely welcome this –
whatever perceptions are here right now.
we can still say ‘No’
we can still think
we can still consider the past and future
we can still get involved in political issues (or whatever)
there is no bypass because in the true welcoming of consciousness
all our experiences are met as they are
without the agenda of assumptions about the way things ought to be
a moment of welcoming
is a moment of innocence
the doorway is always open
we are really this imperturbable, infinite welcoming presence
and to welcome is to remember again our natural stance
towards the life we have emanated out of our stillness