We have to be alert that we don’t have a subtle definition of Awareness that colors its nakedness. That means we make Awareness into a state of experience. That would be like: “Awareness is a clear openness that is spacious and serene”. We then have defined Awareness and by doing so we have made it possible to lose the “state of Awareness”. When we aren’t feeling that “clear openness that is spacious and serene” we feel we have lost Awareness.
But Awareness has no definition, all experience is the experience of Awareness. Awareness has no form or state of its own. That then allows Awareness to be every state, every feeling,every emotion,every thought, every perception.
That being so, what is there left to achieve? Every experience, happy, sad or neutral is the appearance of Awareness. We give up completely the notion that Awareness has to have some particular flavor or color. Oh my god, we can finally really relax! Its over!
Every experience is equal in Awareness! What could you possibly practice? You are already aware, so you don’t need to become aware. Everything is already happening however its happening, so there is nothing special to do. No special “state” to attain! If you experience a special state, that’s fine, but it will never become stable. The only stability is your unchanging perceiving of whatever is experienced. That unchanging perceivingness is Awareness, the heart of the Dharmakaya (Pure Being).
~ Jackson Peterson
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Happiness happened when my back was turned.
It flowered in the absence of desire or need for it.
It crept up uninvited when I stopped imagining how good it would be.
How strange that no one ever tells us this secret –
When don’t-mind mind is the default mind,
happiness is another word for Being
May all beings be happiness.
– miriam louisa
No matter what you do, your Awareness is always the same in each experience. Good actions are of no benefit to your Awareness. Doing negative actions has no negative effect on your Awareness. Your Awareness is not subject to the laws of “cause and effect”. Your Awareness has no karma as it is the pure and perfect Buddha Mind as it is.
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And your pure and perfect Buddha Mind, your perceiving awareness, has no preference as to what those experiences should or should not be, it makes absolutely no difference! Awareness as pure Being, just is. The experience of hell or samsara is just fine! The mirror is never affected by the reflections that appear within it. If you’re in a hellish state, your awareness of that experience is not the least bit affected. Your ego may freak out, but then you’re noticing of your “freaked out ego” experience, is just another harmless experience.
This is the supreme View, the most excellent View, the View that can assuage all suffering without ever acting to change anything in body, voice or mind. Even though no View can be said to exist, our own Awareness is the View! How amazing!
~ Jackson Peterson