Your natural state couldn't be more
Back up, back up! You are overlooking your
everyday, self-shining awareness. Your thoughts, body and consciousness are only
appearances in that awareness.
Or to re-phrase it in the form of a
question: What is it in which your thoughts, your body, and your sense of being
awake (or drowsy) are appearing at this very moment?
Pointers help you to see
what you already are. In addition to being verbal, they can be
musical (e.g., Mozart's "Agnus Dei" in his celebrated Requiem) and visual (e.g.,
17th-century Zen artists Hakuin Ekaku and 16th-century swordsman-samurai
Miyamoto Musashi both produced bold, elegant, and thought-stopping masterworks
that should not be missed).
Even silence can be a powerful
pointer--when it is completely natural, and there is no imagined person
attempting to be quiet.
Finally, there is the stillness of being
in the presence of the self-realized. That, perhaps, is the grandest "pointer"
of all. For in such a setting, you feel the depth and resonance of the speaker's
words and pauses. Something stirs within you. It is not a surface emotion at
all. It is something pristine and intuitive--a heartfelt knowing that
unequivocal clarity is at hand.
from A Vastness All Around: Awakening
to Your Natural State