It is quite often difficult to write a new blog entry for this website. It is known that nothing which can be stated in words can be said to be True in any absolute sense, since all words and concepts are flawed dualistic tools and hand-servants of the mind only. Normally, there are no words which, in the hearing of them, do not become instant conceptual fodder for the mind to employ in its ceaseless activity of creating, defending and controlling its self-generated personal legend and heroic journey through time, space and reality. After all, These Are the Voyages of the Starship Self-Enterprise.
That said, there are occasionally hints offered, which may, in certain propitious circumstances, serve as beacons which can highlight ‘cracks in the cosmic egg’ which can sometimes offer an opportunity to deconstruct (or indeed explode) long-held constrictive and self-destructive worldviews, enabling glimpses of ‘Reality’ from a much freer and joy-filled perspective. This is an example of using a thorn(concept) to remove another thorn(self-limiting concept), and then discarding both of them in the end.
As an example, let’s consider the thorny terms ‘Liberation’ or ‘Enlightenment.’ Those concepts can only have meaning and significance to a mind which actively conjures a limiting self-concept conditioned and constructed of location, duration, and autonomous existence. In so doing, mind creates the only context in which such concepts as liberation or enlightenment could have any meaning whatsoever. For ‘The Absolute,’ the ultimate and only True Reality (beyond concepts of time, space or objective existence), absolute freedom is implicitly its nature, and is necessarily ‘your true nature’ as well.
Your identity or self is a thought believed into being in a fully-imagined mental realm, a self-referential delusional state. And by ‘inhabiting’ the concept of being a spiritual seeker embracing Liberation as a goal, you ensure your ongoing experience of that of a separate and limited entity– forever blocked by your fully ‘assumed’ identity, from ever knowing the Freedom which you eternally ARE. In the immortal words of Pogo’s famous cartoonist, Walt Kelly: “We have met the enemy… and THEY IS US.”
The resulting psychological damage and human agony caused by the viral, self-referential concepts about self-existence, life and death is incalculable. Their acceptance and embrace as the absolute true-human-condition has spawned eons of collective fear, dread and suffering, as well as virtually the entire history of philosophy, religion, mental dysfunction, and psychological sciences. The truth about life and death and selfing has been revealed for millennia by sages, gurus and mystics. Your true identity is the impersonal, immortal life energy itself which has always animated and sustained your only-apparent physical body. Your personal-sense (but a sense or feeling only) dies and is reborn with every thought and feeling which comes and goes– millions of times each day. You are not the ‘same person’ you were as an infant or a child or an adolescent. In fact, you are not the same person you were last year, last week, or even a second ago. Only holding the concept that you are a time-conditioned separate entity that had its birth at one particular moment, and who is destined to meet its end at another specific future moment, enables you to even worry or think about ‘personal life and death’ issues. But in truth you are only and always the life that “looks through your eyes” and is utterly birthless and deathless. Every moment you have ever experienced is endlessly ‘life after death,’ in which there is no beginning and will never be an end to YOU (i.e.- the Real and Only One). You can forget about reincarnation, or ‘the afterlife,’ or ‘spiritual growth’– THIS IS IT! You are here; you have arrived; the struggle is over. This Is Heaven, as Jesus helpfully pointed out quite some time ago. Very few understood him then, either.
You are on an eternal vacation in a conscious field of virtual existence. But you went ahead and mucked it all up by imagining all sorts of problems and absurd complications for a someone. [And a someone, no less, who never even really existed, at least in the way that you thought!] SO PLEASE — JUST STOP!! Rejoice and be Thankful– there is nowhere you need to go and nothing you need do to be FREE and fully AWAKE right here, right now!
Ages ago, Sufi masters taught that “everything upon which your eyes have ever fallen is the Face of God.” And remember… it’s only a reflection (…of what is looking)!
by Les Collins