What if you didn't give names to anything? What if you didn't
label everything? What if you didn't recognize a separation between
what you consider 'you' and 'not you'? What would it be that is
'Experienced', free from even a subject and an object?
In the beginning of our search for freedom, it is necessary to
make some distinctions. Because we have spent our lives attached
to and identifying with our bodies, our minds, and our environments,
we have become confused and it requires some discrimination to determine
what is real and what is not real; what is permanent and what is
The inquiry, "Who am I?" is meant for this purpose. As
we inquire into what is that which we call "I", we, one
by one, let go of all those things that are "not I".
We recognize that whatever we are aware OF is an experience or phenomena
and therefore not "I". We are aware OF the body, the
mind, the world, feelings, sights, sounds, concepts, beliefs, and
so forth, so all of these are temporary objects that come and go,
changing from moment to moment.
What is left when all objects are removed is simply consciousness,
pure beingness without any form or limitations. That substratum
now shines as the All. It is what is permanent and never changes.
Whatever arises is simply coming FROM and IN That consciousness.
It is very much like the dream state where all of the people, buildings,
situations are nothing but a world projected from dream matter.
Upon waking, we realize that it was unsubstantial and only a projection
of ourselves - one consciousness happening. But while in that dream
state, we are sure that there are separate items.
Similarly, when we wake up from this dream of duality, we recognize
that there is only one thing happening - consciousness. Our recognition
becomes unified with the wholeness of that consciousness, rather
than being identified with individual images which arise in it.
That doesn't mean that those 'things' necessarily disappear, but
all is seen, tangibly, as arising in the Self, with the Self in
all things. All experiences, all perceptions, are only the Self
experiencing the Self. We let go of the labels of seer and seen,
subject and object. The ideas of "I" and "not I"
are only old thought patterns in consciousness. Those patterns
may still arise from time to time, but as the inquiry, "Who
am I?" is continued, the patterns themselves dissolve in that
fire of awareness. There is not one thing separate from another
thing, but only Self shining. Then you see only the Self everywhere!
Love & Blessings,
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