Pay Attention to This
- "The solution is ATTENTION, attention instead of intention.
Attention to What is, in place of striving for what should
be. Attention to how things already are, without any attempt
to improve them. The fact is that total attention is surrender,
and total surrender is attention.
Attention to precisely what? To what's given right where you are
at this moment, regardless of other places and times. Just to
read about this attention is no good at all. To get the point,
dear Reader, look right now at what's taking in this line of
print, at its Seer, its Readerif any. Isn't it a fact that
there's no-thing where you are, nothing but space for the scene
(for a pair of hands holding an open book, surrounded by
vague colored shapes) to happen in? Nothing where you are now
but this speckless Awareness or Capacity, itself lacking all
smell, taste, sound, color, opacity, movement, and
therefore perfectly fitted to take in all these, and more?
How marvelously accommodating you are!
This inseeing, this attention to What one always is, this
discovery of What is beyond all improvement of deterioration
(because there's nothing here to change or be changed)this alone
is total surrender. It is the giving up of every attribute
and function that one had claimed, the end of all one's
pretensions to be anything whatsoever. Not an atom of substance,
not a twinge of feeling, not the shadow of a thought can survive
in the rarefied atmosphere of the Center. Here remains
only Attention, simple Awareness, pure
Consciousness-of-consciousness without content or qualification,
and This can never come or go. Here is Abandonment itself,
including the abandonment of all time and change.
One doesn't achieve this abandonment. One is it eternally."
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