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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #3176, Saturday, May 24, 2008
By being clear about confusion, you become clear of confusion.
- Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to ANetofJewels
Confusion is natural, and is only the mind trying to make sense of it all. Let go of trying to make sense.
Seeing confusion as the four kayas is unsurpassable shunyata protection.
Shunyata is the best protection because it cuts the solidity of your beliefs. "I have my solid thought" or "This is my grand thought" or "My thought is so cute" or "In my thoughts I visualize a grand whatever" or "The star men came down and talked to me" or "Genghis Khan is present in my mind" or "Jesus Christ himself manifested in my mind" or "I have thought of the most tremendous scheme for how to build a city, or how to write a tremendous musical comedy, or how to conquer the world"-it could be anything, from that level down to: "How am I going to earn my living after this?" or "What is the best way for me to sharpen my personality so that I will be visible in the world?" or "How I hate my problems!" All of those schemes and thoughts and ideas are empty! If you look behind their backs, it is like looking at a mask. If you look behind a mask, you see that it is hollow. There may be a few holes for the nostrils and the mouth-but if you look behind it, it doesn't look like a face anymore, it is just junk with holes in it. Realizing that is your best protection. You realize that you are no longer the greatest artist at all, that you are not any of your big ideas. You realize that you are just authoring absurd, nonexistent things. That is the best protection for cutting confusion.
from Seven Points of Training the Mind, translated by the Nalanda Translation Committee under the direction of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.
Note: (the four kayas are the four aspects of Buddha mind, and shunyata means emptiness or voidness - also meaning infinite fullness or release)
Who Brought the Clarity?
Effortlessly, awareness is here. Falling into ease, what is there to do? Finding no body to be concerned with, I float. Nothing exists, yet within this floating arises a noticing of consciousness. All that is noticed is that noticing is clear.
All thoughts, feelings, and sensations that arise are seen clearly: the clarity is common to all. How is this possible? This clarity is before the thoughts that are seen clearly. The clarity is already there. There - where? With you. You brought it.
Nothing can be seen un-clearly. When clarity is sought, the clear light of seeing shines on the seeking of it; seeking is seen clearly. Even confusion is seen clearly. It is seen in perfect definition, no detail left out. We forget that this is what is going all the time - clear seeing. Who brought it? You did.
You are the clear light of seeing that is already there when a thought arises to be seen. You are the clear light of seeing that is already there when the idea of a body arises. Where are you? You are prior. You have to be, before the thought "I am" can be.
- Annette Nibley
Our true nature is that simple and undeniable presence of awareness that illumines all thinking, feeling and perceiving. Always present and radiantly clear, it is never obscured by time, circumstances or thoughts. The body, mind and world rise and set in awareness and have no independent existence apart from awareness. Awareness, your real being, is all there is. You are not the limited person you have taken yourself to be. Look for the separate self and you find it entirely absent. Seeing this, suffering, doubt and confusion effortlessly drop away, revealing your natural state of innate happiness and freedom. Understanding who you are is immediate and always available - here and now.
- John Wheeler