At the end of the day, you will reach a point of knowing that there is nothing to learn and nothing to experience. However, there is something that makes itself known to you, and in that realization there begins a slow loosening of the habit that has you pretending to be what you are not.
Whatever your experience is of what you are, this is but a playful unfolding taking place within the totality of what you really are.
Mind can fake it up to a point; it creates the most subtle experiences. Do not stop at experiences and do not stop with any conclusion.
The moment you think you have spiritual knowledge or that you know how it works, identity is present, mind is active, and further identification is taking place. How does one know when mind is involved? Simply because the mental capacity always has a personal agenda. With real discovery, Silence is beyond description, the personal “I” is nowhere, nothing can be said, there is nothing to be said.
~ Jac O’Keeffe
A selection from Born To Be Free
“… nothing to be said.” Yet we look forward to Jac’s new book-in-progress, and send heartfelt prayers for her speedy recovery.
Post Script July 28, 2011 – Jac’s new book will be titled ‘From Awakening to Liberation.’
You can sneak a preview of Chapter 3, Desire, at Non-Duality America blog.
I’ve been having a few problems with my laptop of late. It’s amazing how everything life throws into the day can be grist for the blog-mill. I liked the notion of a Safe Mode (mind is always looking for safety, no?) and sat down to see what would get written . . .
When awareness rests as the disengaged observer mode of consciousness – what some refer to as being ‘present to awareness’ and some call the ‘I AM’, but what I prefer to call the ‘IT IS’ – there is serene impartiality to all the activity going on in the mind-field.
Resting in – or rather, as – ‘IT IS’, one is in Safe Mode. There’s no possibility of identification with thought’s images, memories and feelings. They still appear, as is their nature, and are responded to, but they cannot happen to a personal ‘you’ because the thought-bundle (software) that creates ‘you’ isn’t operating.
Starting your computer in Safe Mode is often advised when there are problems with the operating system. Likewise, resting in Safe Mode as ‘IT IS’ is a good way to avoid problems with mind’s operating system and be free of its endless tragedies and comedies. And if that sound s a bit boring, know that mind will resist. Safe Mode renders it redundant; naturally it will protest. (Until it swoons in wonderment, at which point it will want to know why no one told it to back off before. LOL.)
Resting in the sanctuary of Safe Mode is the ultimate relaxation, the greatest luxury. Whether you’re engaged in the busyness of the world or in quiet contemplation, life takes care of ITself with remarkable order and graciousness. You notice this – it’s not a fantasy.
You discover that in Safe Mode the self-shining light of awareness that you ARE is beaming brilliantly. And you smile, for you recognize that this has always been the case – way before mind conceived the idea of a Safe Mode. . .
~ miriam louisa