Reflections of the One Life, by Scott
Non-duality is not a learned
Although many words are used to point to
enlightenment or non-dual presence, non-duality is not a philosophy or learned
subject. Although it is often treated as a philosophy, the
word non-duality is pointing to life itself. You are that
life. You are not a person separate from life who must learn
the subject of non-duality, memorize it, and tell the story that you have it or
get it. You are it. The pointers
are pointing the mind into a relaxation, an unlearning of all the positions,
philosophies, opinions, and beliefs that make up the "me."
Proof of awareness
Although it may be helpful to recognize
pure awareness so that there is confidence that awareness is what you are,
enlightenment is not a permanent state of total cessation of
thought. The notion of reaching some future state where
nothing is arising is a carrot the mind places out beyond your
reach. It is perfect fuel for the search.
Besides, even if there is an experience of total cessation of thought, it
is only an experience. Experiences are temporary.
They come and go just like every other temporary form.
is not a particular experience. It is a
realization. And every single experience is proof that
awareness is already here. The experience of reading this
reflection could not happen without awareness. Thoughts,
emotions, experiences, states, and all other things cannot happen without
awareness. These things arise in awareness.
They are not separate from
awareness. So every experience is proof positive of
awareness itself. Every experience is
enlightenment. That is either realized or it isn't.
Enlightenment is the seeing that absolutely
everything is arising from absolutely nothing. In that
realization, there is nothing on which the mind can fixate, including on the
idea of future awakening, the ideas of no self or nothingness, the idea that one
must have a particular experience or find some state of total cessation or on
any other idea. Yet, paradoxically, it is seen that every
idea is an expression of awareness.
In these reflections or other pointers, you
may hear words like, "allow thoughts and emotions to arise
and fall." But do you even
have control in allowing thoughts and emotions to arise?
Allowing still implies control, doesn't it? It implies
that there is a person who has control over what arises. Is
that true? When you see the word "allow" used in these reflections, the word
is pointing to the natural and effortless noticing of what is already
happening. The word has nothing to do with personal will or
Thoughts are arising. Emotions
are happening. There can only be a seeing that this is
already the case.
When you hear, "allow this situation to be as it
that really means is notice that this situation is already happening in exactly
the way it is happening.
In that way, noticing is allowing life to be just
as it is. Even when there is no noticing, that inattention is
also just happening. Life is living itself, whether there is
an awareness of what is happening or not. In that seeing,
seeking, resistance, and suffering end. Yet if seeking,
resistance, and suffering arise again, notice that these movements are also just
happening beyond your control.
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