#4875 - Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - Editor: Jerry
presented the following at last
night's Nonduality Satsang
in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
The way my life has been unfolding in recent weeks can
really best be described as perfect. As
100%, purely perfect. But it's not
perfect in the way you might first think. It's not perfect because everything is
working out perfectly for me. No, it's perfect because I've stopped believing
that I need anything at all to work in a certain way in order for my life to be
okay. I've stopped believing the story that I've been telling myself for more
than 30 years about who I am, why I am the way that I am, and what I need to do
next in order to become a complete, whole, fully-healed, perfect
I've stopped believing in that whoooooole story. That
personage I've been trying to protect all this time is a complete illusion; a
piece of outright fiction, dreamed up out of the ether.
There is no other way things could be than the way they
Everything, absolutely everything, is unfolding exactly as
We are here, now.
There is nowhere else we are meant to be right now other
Ask yourself, after you've been silent for a few moments:
do you accept the knowledge that you are already that which you are seeking? Do
you accept this as fact, or do you continue to question it?
If you continue to question it if you say, "Yes, I
understand this intellectually, but I just don't believe it experientially yet"
then ask yourself this simple follow-up question: Who are you,
Boil your personality down to its most basic, fundamental
element. Can you see who you are with any clarity? Is it not more plausible that
you are NOT a flawed individual who has something inside themselves that needs
to be FIXED and who won't be ENLIGHTENED until they WAKE UP to the essential
reality of all that there is?
There IS no enlightenment. And there is no "enlightenment
moment," after which everything in life becomes crystal clear and unfolds
perfectly, without causing any undue stress or pain or conflict or
As we learn to trust this fact, the pleasant byproduct of
the experience is that the stress and conflict dry up and blow away like dust.
Once we realize that the so-called "stress" and "conflict" are just names we've
assigned to a physical or psychological state THAT WILL PASS, we can let go of
our need to FIX EVERYTHING. It cannot be fixed, it JUST IS.
To be at peace with that, we must surrender our wish for
things to turn out a certain way. We must let go of our incessant need to be
right. And we must release our expectations about living up to some perfect
standard that was probably never realistic in the first place.
There is nothing to be stressed about, AT ALL. You arise
in stress, stress does not issue forth from you. YOU, the so-called YOU, are
indelibly BEYOND stress and conflict. You are pure, unadulterated BEING, and you
have no basis to be tense about how "life" will turn out for "you."
~ ~ ~
Dustin is a married stay-at-home Dad to their three young
children. Contributing to the above understanding was a nutritional undertaking
which resulted in Dustin losing 125 pounds and achieving his weight goal. In the
process he lost identification with one fixation after another.