Awareness and Consciousness

Q. I want to be aware of my consciousness.

A. You already are, otherwise that question would've been impossible to ask. To ask that question requires some presence. You are already awareness.

Q. But how can I stay in this awareness?

A. There is nothing for you to stay in. You are already awareness itself. Can a shadow "stay in the awareness" of anything? The "you" (ego) is a construct and is a shadow. It doesn't exist in reality. It is simply believed in through the power of awareness and consciousness. It it taking place in YOU. Without AWARENESS, "you" wouldn't have existence. Therefore, you already ARE AWARENESS, not something that has to stay in awareness.

Ego Begone!

Q. I want to get rid of my ego.

A. That is an illusion. The "you" that wants to get rid of ego is the ego.

Unconditioning the Mind - Not Required

Q. How do I uncondition my mind?

A. Why would you want to do that?

Q. Because my conditioned mind gets in the way and obstructs the true seeing of what is.

A. You do not need to uncondition your mind to get into true seeing. You are already in true seeing right now, at this very moment. In this seeing, it does not matter whether your mind is conditioned or not.

You are untouched by all conditioning. You are the space in which the conditioning of mind takes place and plays out.

Randall Friend Excerpt - Watch from I AM

The following is a powerful excerpt from Randall Friend's blog:

"Stay right in that I AM-ness. From there watch as the thoughts come and go, telling stories about this or that. Watch as the body manifests as various sensations. Watch as the world situation or experience changes constantly. Watch how the mind makes the changing experience good or bad. Watch how the body tenses in resistance to that which is disliked."

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Knower of Bondage and Liberation

You are bound. What knows this?

You are liberated. What knows this?

The one that knows is beyond both bondage and liberation and itself is never bound nor liberated.

What knows this?

"I Have Lost it" - Trick of the mind

Q. I have lost that wonderful feeling of the Self and I want it back.

A. What makes you think that you have lost it?

Q. I don't feel the same way I used to. I am bugged by a lot of things going on around me.

A. The mind has got you tricked again. You say "I have lost that feeling." Realize that the "I" that you are using in your statement "I have lost it" is itself the feeling you are looking for. So how could you have lost it when you are using it right now?

You are it right now and are even saying that you are it by using the word "I". The only thing that you are doing right now is to link up this "I" with the thought that you have lost it. Remove the thought of losing or gaining and realize that the "I" is ever-present, ever-self-shining. You can't lose it, you are it and in your statements you say so yourself!

The "I" is ever-present. Don't link it with anything. Or even if it is linked up, don't believe in it. Simply remain as "I". It doesn't get simpler than this. Don't complicate it. You don't have to do anything to be yourself. All that requires effort is not you. You are the one prior to all effort and the seer of the effort. Effort happens within your presence. You are the screen on which all appears.

Scriptural Abuse

Don't misunderstand, misquote, and misuse the Scriptures. Reading them repeatedly without knowing what they are pointing to is futile. "I am Brahman" the scriptures say. Why repeat this? By repeating this a change doesn't come about. In fact you are not looking for a change!

Your natural state IS AS IT IS. The scriptures are simply stating what is and not what you have to BECOME.

NO modification is necessary to be that which you already are!

In fact ANY MODIFICATION that is made will only serve to perpetuate the illusion that you're NOT THAT ALREADY.


Always Here and Now.

I hear you are agitated about not being in the present moment.

Where else could you have been? Where are you right now? Aren't you always here and now?

You say that you are agitated about not being in the present moment. That throughout the day you could feel a sense of anxiety about being too preoccupied with what is going on.

The anxiety was present, were you the anxiety? No. Then what were you?

You were the one aware of the anxiety. Where is the problem in that awareness? What happens if anxiety is seen and that it is also seen that you are not the anxiety since anxiety can be seen? If these two things are seen, where is the problem in that?

Anything that you can see is not you.

Let's go back to the beginning.

You said you were agitated about not being in the present moment. Where else could you be?

The only problem at that moment was that you turned what you were witnessing- the agitation- into something you were identified with ("I am agitated"). You weren't resting as yourself - the noticer of the agitation. You put yourself into the game. The mind grabbed a hold of that and then began to put more thoughts into your head such as "You shouldn't be agitated. Why are you so agitated? Oh no, you're not in the present moment. Your practice has failed."

All of these are just thoughts. Not something to hold on to. They can simply be witnessed and you will simply see that you can never be any where else other than in the present. If you believe the mind, you appear lost. But you are always here! Always now As awareness and not as what occurs in awareness, be they sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touch, thoughts, or emotions.

ENLIGHTENMENT: THE OTHER SIDE

So you want to get enlightened?

Why?

Have you ever asked yourself this question?

What are you going to get from enlightenment that you don't have already?

Here's what you're not going to get from enlightenment:

1) More money (unless you parade "your enlightenment" to people who don't have a clue what enlightenment is and believe they can get some from you by paying for it).

2) A better life

3) Powers over the world.

Here's why you're not going to get those things from being enlightened:

1) It's not about that
2) It's not about that
3) It's not about that

Then what is enlightenment about?

It's about waking up from your dreams of (1), (2), and (3) and all the rest of the world that you are taking as yourself.

It's about waking up from the dream and not about accumulating more in the dream.

It's about waking up from the dream and not about becoming a better person in the dream.

It's about waking up from the dream and not about changing any particular aspect of the dream.

IT'S ABOUT WAKING UP PERIOD! AND THAT DOESN'T CHANGE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO CHANGE BECAUSE IT'S ABOUT WAKING UP FROM THE ONE THAT WANTS TO CHANGE THINGS TO THE ONE IN WHICH ALL IS HAPPENING.

IT'S ABOUT WAKING UP FROM BEING A CHARACTER, TO REALIZING THAT YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WHOLE SHOW.

IT'S NOT ABOUT ADDING ANYTHING TO YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU CAN'T BE ADDED TO.

IT'S NOT ABOUT GAINING POWER OVER ANYTHING OUTSIDE OF YOU BECAUSE THERE IS NO THING OUTSIDE OF YOU.

ENLIGHTENMENT IN THE SIMPLEST OF TERMS IS SIMPLY REALIZING THAT YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD AND NOT JUST A CHARACTER IN IT.

The Eternal Moment: NOWHERE--NOW HERE--HERE NOW--

Each moment is new, fresh, it is here and now. It has never been like this before and it will never be like this again. Can you see that?

It is the YOU that blocks you from seeing it. The YOU is the past that is brought into every moment making it seem like one continuous story. On top of that, the running commentary of your thoughts which you are completely identified with makes you miss the new-ness and freshness of this moment right now.

It is new and fresh, regardless of whether you can see it or not. It is here and now. There is no past to carry into this moment, there is no future to fret about in this moment.

All of the words here are pointers. You'll never find the truth in these pointers. These pointers are not pointing to anything outside of this moment and therefore they fail miserably in pointing because it either has to point everywhere all at once or nowhere. No-thing can point to now-here. It is here and now. Ever-fresh, ever-new, ALWAYS (without the continuity).

Continuity implies a story and there is no story in this moment other than the one the mind comes up with. If you believe the story, you're trapped. If you can see through the story, you're free. Either way, you're always free here and now! What a relief!

The Is-Ness of NOW

This moment is the only moment there is in all of eternity. It is eternally stretched out. Even the word eternity means nothing and falls into only a word that fails at pointing out this truth. No pointer can ever show you the truth. The truth is not something that can be shown. It is something that is. Just as you can never see the present moment, yet everything takes place within it. You will never be able to see the truth because this moment and the truth are synonymous.

What blocks you from seeing the truth of this is the identification with the movement of the mind. Your mind moves within the presence that is you, but you attach yourself to the movement of thought believing it to be true. The moment is as it is. Your thought doesn't change the moment, but it will definitely change your experience of this moment.

Saying something is bad does not say something about the situation. It is simply a thought that is out to analyze the situation. The situation IS or ISN'T. Everything else is added on by the thoughts that randomly occur.

Look to see that you create your own experience. Experience is created when situations or events (form), triggers thought, and you identify with that thought. A thought does not become real until you believe in it. It requires belief. The highest form of belief is complete and total identification with it (thoughts, images). When you are identified you are no longer living in reality but in a fantasy.

Take a step back. Identification itself can also be noticed. You are the noticer of the one being identified. It is all taking place in you. Stay there and realize the dawning realization that YOU, TRUTH, and THIS MOMENT (the only moment there ever is) are (IS) ONE!