Experience seeking is natural. It’s all we know how to do, until and unless we come to understand that experiences (no matter how profound or blissful) come and go, but the truth, which is ever present, and totally accessible here and now, does not come and go. It cannot.
So, if one has an experience, and it goes, then my advice would be to try and find out, who is it this experience occurred to? Is there ‘someone’ always there? That’s the first step, the first question, in atma vichara, (inquiry into the nature of the self.)
Always I am
Always I shine
(from Advaita Makaranda [the Nectar of Nonduality])
Find Durga’s complete article at The Nonduality Highlights #3607
Here’s the secret.
It’s totally open and available to everyone, yet it seems to be the last thing one can accept. (Too simple, to easy, too immediate!)
Creep up with cunning on anything you can see, feel, think, believe or do.
(You must be cunning because the default position is to be blindly absorbed in the “anything.”)
Ask yourself: Is this an experience?
It’s not a trick question. It just wants a simple answer: yes or no.
If your answer is yes, fine. Enjoy your experience and whatever it brings.
But just be aware of this: the joy and peace and freedom you seek cannot be experienced.
This is a kind of a koan. Keep chewing it. The sense of its nonsense will never be known, but a eureka moment is in the wings.
– miriam louisa
Image: Georgia O’Keeffe – Ladder to Heaven
If I was going to symbolize the God-idea (why not – isn’t that thought’s job?) it would be as a question mark.
I don’t mean a ? as in mystery – although that fits too – I mean as a dynamic.
It seems to me that the unknowable unspeakable whatever-it-is that lives this lifestream moves on the well-oiled wheels of curiosity. It’s the ultimate sticky-beak and nosey-parker, insatiably wondering about … everything that can be experienced and known in the infinite arena of existence. Ceaselessly wondering, but never, ever, reaching a conclusion.
Questions fuel my life and determine the choices ‘I’ make, the paths ‘I’ tread. One of the lovely things about senior-hood is that you can look back over a life and catch those questions. I marvel at that, and at the questions that laid out my lifepath.
In a back-to-front way it’s like you’re standing at the stern of a boat, watching the wake and suddenly seeing it as an arrow, an arrow frothing and surging with shoals of questions… an arrow propelling the lifeboat with your name on the prow towards an eternal horizon of possibilities.
Image source: National Geographic