"Tan1772" writes: I totally "buy" that I exist and I have awareness.
C: Please DONT! There is absolutely NO way to say a truth
that can be bought or believed; The truth that can be said is NOT the Real
Truth. Do not believe, accept or buy into ANY concept! As must be repeated
over and over until it really sinks in: These are conceptual POINTERS ONLY. Look
where the pointers POINT rather than taking them on board as some truth! And
have a look: WHO is it that buys this anyway?
Q: But that's exactly
where I am stuck:
C: WHO is this I that is stuck? That is a concept,
nothing more and nothing actually real. That I seeming to be stuck on itself;
and the stuckness (glue) itself, is just a habitual firm yet false belief that
what you are IS that I thought. You assume you ARE that sense of being a
separate me. No matter how much you try to get unstuck you stay stick until
and unless you root under that I: sense to find out if it is actually real!
The glue is your belief in that person, your mask that you wear to prop up a
sense of insecurity that you have been fighting since about age
Q: I feel that my awareness is a function of this body. When my
body is gone, my awareness will also be gone.
C: This is a confused view:
You do not "own" awareness; you ARE awareness. And yes, the body is required for
consciousness, for sure. The Awareness, the Timeless Being, is That which ALLOWS
consciousness, body, world etc to appear yet That is absolutely independent of
all that, including the consciousness of being-awakeness. That body and
its consciousness disappear in deep sleep every night while Awareness remains
ever present giving life to a sleeping body, breathing it, living it, growing
its hair, fingernails, being its heart etc., all with NO consciousness
whatsoever. So let the seeing be clear that awareness IS PRIOR and Eternal while
consciousness comes and goes.
Awareness IS, eternally free, nondual and
empty, clear and full in Itself; duality-consciousness is the first appearance
IN Awareness. Awareness is Eternal, while consciousness comes and goes. Dont
confuse or collapse these. Awareness ALWAYS IS regardless of the happening of
consciousness OR unconsciousness.
Q: Of course I can't say that with
C: Right. So that cannot be a timeless actual
truth, can it!?
Q: but it seems to be true by observing people who
died. They are no long aware of what happens. While I can't locate my awareness
(I can't because it's a function of the body rather than something solid), my
awareness is nonetheless dependent on the body. The best analogy I can think of
is actually the one often used in non-dual teaching: the body is the light bulb
that shines the light of awareness. The light is not specific anywhere, but if
you take away the bulb, the light also disappears.
Q: Can you 'enlighten'
me on this, literally?
C: No. But YOU can, the Real You, which is that
unperceivable self shining Light-Of-Knowing that exists forever, prior to,
during, and after any and all concepts, experiences and all the manifest passing
phenomena. That (Noumenon) is what IS; all else is what APPEARS. AND, these are
NOT TWO. Ungraspable for the mind, which can only understand opposites. Stop
trying to figure this out There is NO joy in the mind, the field of opposites,
positions and concepts and points of view are all useless for this. Stop. Now.
YOU ARE. That simple Isness-Awareness which registers consciousness and
unconsciousness is what You are. BE That and nothing else. Full Stop Period. And
the bottom line is, these are Not Two. You need NO "enlightenment". You already
ARE the Light of Being, Awareness arising as Consciousness. It is that
Thanks for writing; feel free to stay in touch until any and all
confusion is dissolved.
#3905 - Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - Editor: Jerry Katz