Awareness is Absolute. You absolutely need awareness, in order to see, to know or to experience anything. It is infinitely there – first. It is the true foundation of existence.
The mind is also experienceable. The mind is not equal to awareness. If you are sitting in meditation and you want ‘the lights to go out’ you’re fighting an uphill battle. The light of awareness never goes out.
If it was possible for the light to go out – how is any other ‘first’ thing going to be known? Even doctrines which extolle ‘emptiness’ as the ultimate realization or true state of pure existence, omit the obvious consideration, that any emptiness which is known, is known by that in which it appears.
Emptiness is a subjective experience of non-object.
Whether in sleeping or waking dreams – all nightmares are the result of interpretation only. Each message provides clues, aiding in revealing to you your nature. Only your agitation with what is occurring, will create a sleeping or waking nightmare for you.
I have had a number of powerful dreams, which have served their roles in the building of an evolving understanding of our conscious experience. On occasion I have entered into a description of these, and watched as people squirm and tense as I unfold the details, as examples of evidence of a particular aspect of universal law and consciousness.
In a particularly telling dream, the message was distinctly one of “you are every element of the dream.”
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An experience beyond the active mind, in a post-satsang silence.
At the end of the first satsang I attended in India, I chose to remain sitting in silence, and had an experience which I later came to understand, was a ‘vision of non-duality.’
There were several other people who were also settling in to continue their engagement with silence. I opened my eyes briefly, noticing the relative proximity of others. I closed my eyes and the knowledge of the others remained with me. I began an inquiry into whether or not we can, would or should ‘feel’ each other while sharing space in this way.
It was then, that a cool breeze blew through the covered roof space, which I felt distinctly as blowing directly ‘though’ me. In that moment, everyone and everything around me, that a moment before, I was considering and holding in my mind, instantly disappeared!
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“Oh my God! What’s this?!”
The first time I experienced sight of the world as an exceptionally perfect, beautiful and complete place, it came quite by surprise! The intensity of this experience was incredible. The beauty observed was jaw dropping. I was in a state of utter and complete astonishment!
Somehow I have recognized in fractions over the years, that I was in some way personally responsible for holding myself outside of everything, separate from any believable sense of belonging or being worthy, welcomed or loved.
On this evening, in response to boredom, I desperately felt the need to discover and engage in some form of potential distraction and entertainment.
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An Experience of my Life passing before my eyes.
While sitting quietly in front of a campfire, doing nothing but looking in the direction of the flames, my awareness jumped out of association with the body and the environment I was in.
A single visual image, of a moment from my life appeared in my view. Then another. And another. And more. And faster than the time it takes to write these words, the acceleration surged to a cascading of images from my life. It was all there, a galaxy of the individual moments that have made up this earthly existence.
I recognized, that I was involved in each of those moments, that each of them was what it was – because of my actions and any choice in how I interpreted the contents. There rose an impressive wonder and gratitude for the immense scale of it all. This has been my creation!
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