What Is Conscious Practice?

Conscious practice is remembering that
consciousness is always present.

Realisation is the experience of practising, rather than the method itself.
Practice is simply the actual experience of the empty clarity of perception, before anything is perceived. Whatever we perceive is perceived through a veil of karmic propensities, and it is this that inhibits our seeing clearly. Seeing these obscurations is therefore our practice, which is clearing away the veil that imposes itself on everything we see.

We can either realise the confidence-wisdom of genuine, enlightened compassion, or we can continue being addicted to the ‘news’.

So practice is realising the perception taking place at this very moment; that perception is pure when we don’t indulge in fixations. Recognising karmic propensities is our teacher. This is how we can practise all the time, anywhere.

“But my teacher says I should meditate four times a day!”
Then upgrade your teacher.

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We Reincarnate At Every Moment

As sentient beings, we become addicted to a programme that we have created and which we relive again and again, unconscious of our true potential. It is the practice of awakening to consciousness that leads us to realise that we are both pure consciousness and enlightened.

We trap ourselves into reincarnating through clinging to thoughts. Instead of judging by using reasoning to think a thing through in the moment now, we rely on thoughts we have acquired – and we become judge-mental.

“There is nothing wrong with thinking:
it is clinging to those thoughts that binds us.”

It is important to note that, when merely perceiving, thoughts are not present. Thoughts come a moment later, creating the continuity of reincarnation, and off we go.

Meditation breaks this patterning of constant rebirth and frees us from being … well, us! We are so much more than money earners and spenders. We are pure consciousness that never changes. It’s amazing that we settle for anything less.

Whether we bodily reincarnate, we will never know as we can’t remember, but we can be aware that we are born with tendencies. The main point is that we can live afresh at every moment, rather than being tied down to a type.

We have to realise what thought is and what thought does. It can be either entrapment or liberation, depending on whether we recognise its reality. Consciousness, if acknowledged, catches demonic activity that obscures pure consciousness. Once pure consciousness is realised, there are three refinements in Dzogchen that offer release from thoughts upon arising:

Like recognising someone we know: appearances and recognition are simultaneous, and consciousness is liberated in that moment.

Like a snake untangling its knots: with consciousness present, a thought or emotion is naturally released.

Like a thief entering an empty house: when empty essence is realised, demons have nothing to gain and therefore do not dwell.

Our practice is recognising how we respond.
That recognition frees us,
and thoughts no longer have power over us.

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Two Parallel Realities

We live in two, multi-levelled parallel realities at the same time: one where consciousness relates to everything, creating dualities and complexities, and the other where non-dual consciousness is purely aware. The shadow and the light.

By recognising one, the other is known and, as such, they are inseparable. But first, we have to recognise the state in which consciousness is, now. Without this recognition, we have no possibility of realising the non-duality of original, pure consciousness.

Through lethargy and indifference, we lack the ability to discern what is true and what is seemingly true, because we ignore the truth that we see we are consciousness.

In realisation, there are no hardships.
When we know we are lost, we are not.
It is only the light that sees the dark.

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The Gap Between Thoughts

This is where we will find and realise emptiness – pure consciousness, the natural state of rest free of mental turbulence or dullness. We normally oscillate between thoughts and this gap of emptiness, but miss this process because we project consciousness into the future by memories of the past.

Emptiness is fully cognisant and aware, now. It is this moment of pure perception. Perception is ever present; it is without thought, opinion, judgement or memory. Thought comes a milli-moment later, ignited by memories, and we react. Off we go again!

Spiritually speaking – or rather, consciously speaking – we are dealing with this pure moment of nowness. Missing this precious moment, we indulge in speculations and set up a fabricated reality of constantly relating to ‘this’ as opposed to ‘that’.

If, on the other hand, we are mindful of the gap, the gap expands and consciousness relaxes into its pure state. We do not have to look for pure consciousness: it’s present all the time. It is timeless. We are that timelessness.

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I Am Nothing Without My Opinions”

It is our opinions and concepts that create the fixations with which we identify as a self. Because of these ideas to which we cling, we limit our true potential.

“But, I need to have opinions about things!” Before opinions is awareness. Something is seen and consciousness then reacts. As seekers after the truth, the recognition of this process is extremely important. It is awareness (consciousness) that has acquired opinions about whatever it sees. Here, we are talking about ordinary, conventional, human consciousness that is addicted to desires and aversions. We need to know that mentally, we can disengage from this cycle of existence.

Ordinary consciousness is our partial human reality.
Pure consciousness is our ultimate impartial reality.

We all need to be able to discern what is of benefit, what is harmful and what creates confusion.

Ordinary consciousness binds us.
Pure consciousness frees us.
In partial seeing, we lose this inner peace.
In pure seeing, we have inner peace.

We may ask what do we can do about the world in which we live.The answer is that karma (whatever presents itself) is our teacher, our life coach. We are not going to change the world – even though we’d like to – as the majority does not want inner freedom. We can, however, bring an end to our reactions, which are part of the world’s problems.

We must first change our attitude, before we can address worldly problems.

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If You Don’t Find What You’re Looking For … 😀
… just make a suggestion in the comments section
and we can see what manifests.

Or go privately to buddhainthemud@hotmail.com

Of course, you know the answer will be,
“You are what you’re looking for”!
But we all have individual concerns.

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Nothing Else

When we hear about enlightenment/pure consciousness, we are being enlightened about our true nature. We are being made aware of the potential of our true nature.

The next stage is to practise without distraction to become aware of our true reality beyond thought. We become further enlightened when the experience of insight releases us from our acquired ideas.

Small liberations occur as we remember whatwe are. The more we are aware, the more the moments between forgetting shorten.

Complete enlightenment is non-stop, undistracted awareness
suffused with compassionate empathy for others.

We realise we are satisfied,
and life has become fruitful.

The I cannot be enlightened.
There is only remembering, recognising, realising –
and nothing else.

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Life Of A Thousand Traumatic Cuts

Trauma is normally thought of as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience that leaves a long term effect on our mind. We may think that this is a rare occurrence of those in extreme circumstances but, when we look more closely, we see that everything we have encountered leaves some sort of mark, residue or wound in our consciousness. It is how we learn, after all.

This isn’t about being over-sensitive or playing the victim. It’s about being aware of living in a collective ignorance of our true reality. These wounds are actually our path to enlightenment, and manifest as an empathetic understanding for others.

Our problem is being stuck in an idea of our normal. We are so used to this normalthat we don’t realise that we all have a clear path to enlightenment. The path is clear because, through the practice of meditation, we see the cause of our confusion and the traumas that creates.

We arrive at a moment when we realise that what we were told by others was merely them holding on to their traumas. Although a trauma is usually a disturbing experience, there are also sentimental trauma, educated trauma, career trauma, relationship trauma … everything leaves a impression, and these impression are the cause of our pretend world. When we arrive at non-thought in non-meditation, there is a realisation that we have always been that clear reality.

Recognising trauma is a wake up call. Waking up is merely a sequence of realisations and letting go-es. We are not victims; we are authors of our destiny. We are authentic beings, not copies.

It is the recognition of imperfection that is the perfection.
Re-cognise = already known.

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We Really Do Need To Train Our Mind … First!

If we don’t train our mind to be still and silent, it will lack the clarity needed to recognise and realise the truth of the teachings. With training, we experience and gain inspiration and then, subtle questions arise from realisation. Teachings are generalised, and theory is black and white, static and fossilising; it is only through authentic experience that genuine questions arise. If we cannot form a precise question, we will not receive a precise answer.

Reading about, discussing and studying the reality of the nature of mind will not help in realising and experiencing this. We need to still the mind into silence by focusing our attention and inner energies, otherwise the nature of mind will remain merely as a theory. In training the mind, we also have to refine our conduct to be more attentive to others’ needs, and gain what is called ‘merit’ – the beneficial qualities of receptivity, a peaceful atmosphere, good fortune, good karma – which brings a greater potential to receive and synthesise teachings.

In training the mind, we do not become carried away by our ideas and emotions. In other words, we apply discipline so that we don’t revert to our habitual mannerisms.

We have to return to basic mind training constantly, and take a low profile in life. If we become competitive, we will remain trapped in a samsaric frame of mind – and we will only be competing with stupidity. If we don’t train our mind to receive wisdom, then we are of no use to ourself or anyone else.

Training is simply valuing compassion that arises from pure awareness. There are no hardships and it’s not complicated. They don’t tell you that, do they? ;D

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Synopsis for Book

Thanks to Marcel who collated some articles a year ago with the idea of producing a book, we have recently completed this process (it’s taken a year with updates and adjustments), and the project is now being proof read. Unfortunately, the proof reader (Kathie, my wife) has just had a eye operation, so there is more delay – that’s life.

The following is the synopsis for the book, “Buddha In The Mud”:

This book offers an overall view of consciousness from a Tibetan Buddhist Dzogchen tradition.

Consciousness has two aspects; the ability to look both outward and within. In this way, we prove what is real and what isn’t, and identify what is merely a belief. The use of the word ‘spiritual’ in this context means pure consciousness that purely sees, without judgement. Our comments, which come a moment later, can express either self-interest or genuine compassion for others.

The Dzogchen approach, from the Tibetan Buddhist Nyingma tradition, introduces us to the direct realisation of our true nature, and the path to enlightenment. This realisation opens the door, and takes place within our own mind and within our own culture. When we realise this absolute truth of pure consciousness – which is what we are – we will realise the truth within all teachings.

Ultimately, we are the truth that we seek. It is because of pure consciousness that everything is known, so that comes first; that is where everything starts and finishes. Before thought, there must be consciousness, but before this outward-looking consciousness, there is pure, inner consciousness. Truth is never out there. It’s here, right now, and truth never changes.

The most important instruction from the Buddha is, “Do not take my word for it; test it for yourself”. Without this, teachings are merely hearsay or belief. As Christ said, “Seek and you shall find”. It is we who have to see in order to realise as opposed to just believing what we are told. As the Tibetan teacher, Tulku Urgyen said, “We are free in the moment of seeing”, and we do not have to be either religious or scholastic to experience this realisation.

When we realise our true nature, we will realise that those negative emotions which we try to hide are, in fact, wisdoms. These negative emotions are inseparable from pure consciousness, because recognition and realisation are simultaneous, like reflections in a mirror. Not knowing this, we remain asleep in our habitual programming of reactionary thoughts and emotions.

Spiritual teachings should be practical, and not merely beliefs that maintain our neuroses. Why? Because genuine teachings eliminate dissatisfaction and suffering, and reveal the genuine happiness and wisdom that has always been our essential nature. Only in this way can we be of benefit to others; from understanding comes compassion.

There are many levels to these teachings, where the same words are used but, through experience, their meanings change. At each level, the teachings are correct in themselves, but we may find that suddenly, they do not totally satisfy. This is a good sign. In seeking the absolute truth, we will eventually realise that we are the truth we seek. This truth is pure consciousness for, without that, nothing would be known: this is experienced and realised through the stillness of body, speech, and mind in meditation.

Pure consciousness isn’t something we create. It is always present but, for thousands of years, we have been misled to worship appearances and beliefs. The truth is in our understandingof those words handed down to us, rather than in someone’s interpretation of those words. Gradually, it all makes sense, no matter who said it. Pure consciousness – absolute consciousness – supreme being.

Exoteric teachings are for the many and rely on belief, whereas esoteric teachings are practical applications to realise the truth. Here, we start to understand the different levels: for example, the first two commandments in the Bible – “You shall have no other Gods but me” and “You shall not make for yourself any idol, nor bow down to it or worship it” can be seen from an esoteric viewpoint.

By turning the exoteric into the esoteric,
we realise that it is worshipping the outer that obscures the inner.

When consciousness worships a self image, it creates confusion.
When consciousness realises its true essence,
it is free of belief in that very moment of seeing.

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If The Truth Is That We Are One With God

If the truth is that we are one with God,
then we have never been separated from God.

It is belief that separates us.
To believe is to deny oneness.

When we are at one,
we are never separate from one another.

In oneness,
God and I do not exist.

When we lose God and self,
all that is left
is pure consciousness.

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Time To See Differently

It’s not that pure consciousness is extremely subtle; it is that conventional consciousness is so thick with concepts. We make up, adopt, cling to and build on an illusion that creates confusion and therefore, everything seems to be a mystery.

Look at it this way. There is lots to think about and discuss, right? But that which sees all this thinking and discussing simply sees. When pointed out, it’s not subtle at all – it’s obvious! It is this that is actually ordinary reality. Of course, at lower levels, it’s all a mystery, and some actually like it that way because means they don’t have to actually look closely at their life and question it.

This image is from US dollar bill: it is said to represent Freemasonry/Illuminati global control. If this is the way that they see it, then they misunderstand reality and are, in fact, functioning at one of the lower levels, being controlled by a belief in mystery.

Pure consciousness cuts through this illusory nonsense that we are led to believe in and to which we have become attached. Pure consciousness is the only reality, but we’re far too busy making our illusory life cosy to acknowledge this.

Don’t look up; look within.

Recognise and realise the all-seeing consciousness,
– not the all-seeing drivel.

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The Unity of Emptiness and Consciousness

Emptiness________________________ Consciousness

If we get too involved in consciousness and forget emptiness (uncontaminated essence), then everything will seem solid and real, and our minds will become heavy.

If, on the other hand, we get too involved in emptiness, we can become nihilistic and depressed, and not see the point of anything.

Our reality is in the middle, and is a unity of the two. We can then adjust this balance to suit the situation in which we find ourselves. As the Buddha said, “Not too tight and not too loose”. We constantly feel our way, as opposed to layering a situation with dogma we have learned.

It is when we are in balance (happy) that we can then be compassionate to all. In this way, emptiness, consciousness and compassion are inseparable. This is our natural being; this is wisdom. We are one in love.

Because of karma, some days are smooth and other days are rough. On some days, we encounter the rough and the smooth of others :D, so we constantly readjust with a flexible approach, carefree.

Buddhist teaching uses the word ’emptiness’ instead of ‘nothingness’ or ‘voidness’, as emptiness in this context means being pure, and describes the quality of the essence of consciousness. Consciousness is synonymous with cognisance or knowingness, so we are pure consciousness, rather than just empty space. The Sanskrit word for emptiness is Shunyata.

Pure consciousness is life that extends far beyond ‘me’. Me and my ideas are constructs: they are a series of thoughts that we have adopted through our interaction with others. This is our social I which moulds our minds and we (pure consciousness) forget that these thoughts appear on our mind screen; they are merely projections, while pure consciousness sits and watches. As we cannot be what we see, we realise that we are the seeing itself, the pure cognisance.

Wisdom is understanding how things work, and how they get broken. It is through wisdom that feeling ill-at-ease transforms to good mental health, just being happy.

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Social Engineering
It is for this reason that we need to be aware

Social engineering: centralised planning in an attempt to manage social change and regulate the future development and behaviour of a society. Also the use of deception to manipulate individuals into divulging confidential or personal information that may be used for fraudulent purposes. 

Writing about consciousness is difficult because there are two aspects to this subject; the essence of consciousness and that which obscures consciousness. If we go too far down the road of talking about pureconsciousness, we may become light-headed whereas, if we talk too much about the nasties in the world, we may become heavy-hearted. And if we stay in the middle, we won’t acknowledge either the rawness of life (suffering) which will wake us up, or the joy and relief that it’s all really an illusion. In order to get a complete picture, we have to move up and down the ladder. The Buddha did say, “Not too tight and not too loose”: we constantly have to readjust to circumstances by making subtle adjustments. Because of our diverse backgrounds, we will all see things differently anyway, but theactualseeing, the pureseeing is the same. We all have that in common, thank goodness.

It’s important to recognise that we are being engineered and manipulated, with the aim of not only deceiving and controlling humanity’s behaviour, but also confusing consciousness into reacting, which distracts it from knowing the truth of its natural, free state. This is what was meant by Tulku Urgyen when he said, “We are free in the moment of seeing”. When we forget that consciousness sees purely in the first moment of now, consciousness comes to be involved in something other and forgets itself, thus becoming trapped by making things seem real.

As long as we are aware of awareness, consciousness will always win over deceit. In becoming more aware, we recognise when we and others are fixating.

Using certain words too frequently can cause them to lose their power, so we must take a closer look at meaning; in this way, we transcend the levels.

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Catching Demons That Don’t Exist

Demons are consciousness clinging to ideas that create ‘myself’; this is demonic because these ideas rob us of knowing our true reality of pure consciousness. Demons distract consciousness away from itself. That’s what demons do – they feed off our ignorance. Human behaviour’s like that, isn’t it?

We can easily see demonic activity in others, but watching demonic activity within our own mind is interesting. This demonic activity is our own likes and dislikes about which we obsess. We, as humans, have to know what is harmful and what is of benefit but, being caught and held by these emotions, we lose control. The point is that demons cannot be said to exist as they are just lost consciousnesses confused about reality. Human behaviour’s like that, isn’t it?

Demons aren’t something to be avoided as that only makes them seem real when they are merely crumbs on the path to enlightenment. I say ‘crumbs’ as they are the sustenance on the journey. If we react to them, they take us down to their level – but in noting this reaction, they become our guide and teacher. The Buddha experienced demonic encounters right until the moment of enlightenment.

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Release From The Collective Consciousness

We can’t think ourselves outside the box because it is thinking that keeps us inside the box 😉

Outside the box, there is merely pure observation of pure consciousness. That is our reality, rather than thoughts of how clever we are inside the samsaric box.

‘Samsara’: the vicious cycle of existence, the constant craving and raving

If we are bound by a set of ideas, we are religious, as the word ‘religion’ comes from the Latin religiare ‘to bind’. We might think that we aren’t bound, but we fixate on our ideas and beliefs; we are all stuck in some sort of mud. We’re part of the collective traffic in the box.

Shouting to be free from Tyranny! Governments! Religion! Those over there! Those over here! Anyone who isn’t like me! … will never set us free. Freedom is knowing our true essence which isn’t bound to the collective consciousness.

So how on earth do we get out? We aren’t going to change the world view – the collective way of thinking – and if we react, we immediately become part of the collective way of thinking again … tricky.

In meditation, there is release from our self, our set of ideas. Once we see, we are free. It’s that simple. Our only problem was that we bound ourselves to the collective consciousness – samsara, the vicious cycle of ups and downs.

We cause the problem and it is we who solve the problem, by seeing and not holding.

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Is Spiritual Practice Confusing?

The point of spiritual practice is to come to rest in the primordial purity of the spontaneous presence of consciousness. In other words, just to be what we truly are. We can all do that, if we just stop our mind from wandering and fixating.

Through practice, we can encounter ‘nyam’; a temporary experience of bliss or clarity which may present a problem. These ‘nyam’ may be signs of progress, but they can also become traps because we like them – and that can turn our practice into a desire. In order to stop relating, we drop the method, as relating maintains a duality. We can become fixated on methods and rituals while, by dropping attachment and just being, we know where we are and what we are, being just primordial purity of the spontaneous presence of consciousness. There is no knowing whowe are, as that splits consciousness into a duality again.

If we want more teachings in the hope of gaining realisation, we may miss the opportunity to experience for ourselves primordial purity of the spontaneous presence of consciousness, which is empathetic spaciousness. Our practice is simply to remember this realisation.

If we obsess on a method,
we will lose the ability to communicate with others.

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The More We Become Involved

The more we become involved in a material world,
the more we become involved in the mental world,
and the more we will become captivated.

The more we talk about what we’ve done or think, or what we have been captivated by,
the more we create our own unhappiness
as we fixate on whatever we say and think.

To undo this captivation and see clearly, we merely have to listen. We listen to whatever we are saying and thinking, and we do the same for others. That is allwe have to do: be aware and be conscious.

We will gradually find that this listening is pure listening, pure consciousness. It is that which puts everything right. How? It creates a natural space of kindness.

The more we control our subtle energy,
the more we are able to focus,
and the more effective we become.

This is why we meditate – to see clearly. Getting out of the ‘human race’ to nowhereis such a relief,

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We Can’t Just ‘Get it’

We can’t just ‘get it’: we have to keep on ‘getting it’. It is through genuine experience that we understand and realise our true nature, and that of every one and every thing. To keep on ‘getting it’, we traverse the deeper levels of ‘getting it’. In this way, we can empathise, and be of benefit to others.

Keeping on ‘getting it’ also means that we drop the subtler levels of delusions that we have held onto. We ‘get it’ by dropping the ‘lot’. At its deepest level, pure consciousness is extremely subtle; it’s beyond words and concepts. It is perfect stillness and clarity. It is emptiness itself.

‘Getting it’ also means getting inspirations, as emptiness is totally receptive. We’re talking about the ancient line of transmissions on emptiness handed down through timeless compassion.

If we give ‘it’ a name, that only causes conflict. Transmission is conveyed in the silence of a smile; we can all see that. The deeper we go in this silence, the deeper the connections. All appearances in the mind are inseparable from pure consciousness, and this is what meditation is all about. In this way, appearances and pure consciousness are inseparable.

‘It’ is the indestructible realisation of pure consciousness. We are here to ‘get it’. When we ‘get it’, we know it, and we pass it on, and let go. This is why life is so precious.

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Feeling Superior Or Inferior

There are those whom we think are superior; we will one day realise what they realise.
There are those whom we think are inferior; they will one day realise what we realise.

It is only a matter of time, and effortless effort. Through meditation, we become aware of awareness which, when investigated, is realised as pure awareness. This is why compassion is so important, as it means we understand our obstacles to enlightenment. In this way, pride and jealousy become wisdoms:

Pride is the wisdom of equality; we all have the same potential.
Jealousy is all-accomplishing wisdom; that quality which is recognised in another is within us already.

In the same way, the other negative emotions are also transformed into wisdoms:

Anger is mirror-like wisdom; it sees an imbalance, without judgement.
Desire is wisdom of discernment; precise clarity identifies whatever is beneficial or harmful.
Ignorance is a vacancy of not knowing; when analysed, this becomes the wisdom of spacious knowingness.

We are all wise beyond compare, as long as we drop attachment to our obsession with what we think we are.

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The Simple Way To Deal With Confusion

We deal with confusion by
simply being aware of that which is aware of the confusion.

That which is aware is pure consciousness,
and this has never been confused.

“But I’m still confused!”
The conventional world of our mind will always be confusing
because it keeps making things up!

That is why the Buddha said,
“Don’t take my word for it; test it for yourself.”
He meant practise and see.

But Practise What?

Practice isn’t rituals, chanting, visualisations, memorisation of text …
These are merely a support.

Practice is compassionate, non-dual realisation of emptiness.
In simpler words – empathic wisdom.

When the Buddha said, “Don’t take my word for it”,
he meant we find our own words.
Don’t all traditions use words in their own way?

We can adopt words and phrases,
but we have to apply them with empathetic wisdom
that comes from our heart.

Through experience, the meaning of words changes.
Words are not the reality;
the reality is pure experience.

To the right person, at the right time and in the right place,
they get what you mean.

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Misdirecting Consciousness
Now we see, now we don’t.

Now we see … consciousness simply sees, never changing and never commenting.

Now we don’t … because consciousness became involvedwith whatever is seen, it lost sight of itself and took on a human form. It then began commenting on whatever is seen, and when consciousness gets involved, it gets chatty 😀

Consciousness is present in all our thoughts and actions. In fact, consciousness is right on the tip of whatever we are doing or saying – and it is awareness of this that can make every moment conscious. When consciousness clings to a thought, it distracts itself and becomes misdirected.

Consciousness goes where it is focused. It is this very faculty that can lead consciousness to enlightenment and the realisation of its true nature and that of all phenomena. We start by placing the attention on an object. In meditation, we usually focus on the breath, in the practice of taming the mind and stopping it from wandering: this is consciousness directing itself. In being aware of the breath, we notice that we are being aware. That is being conscious.

When consciousness is directed to look into itself, it finds nothing … but pure consciousness, which is empty of contaminating comments and chatter. We have found what we have been looking for – our true essence. Now we see it. But we have to remember, lest we forget. This is what spiritual practice is all about.

We are now no longer misdirected by others.
Misdirection is what magicians do to deceive us with illusions.
We meditate to become dis-illusioned! 😀

Now we see it but, through habit, we ignore – and so we lose sight of it, even though it’s always present.

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Belief: The Satanic Plot

Being told to believe turns us aside from truth. How is that satanic? The answer is that belief obscures knowing and promotes a false view.

Satan: Hebrew śāṭān, literally ‘adversary’, from śāṭan ‘plot against’. Satan, also known as the Devil, is an entity in the Abrahamic religions that seduces humans into sin or falsehood. 

Belief is accepting something as being true, without proof. The opposite ofbelievingin the truth is knowingthe truth, which is only realised through personal verification. Being led to believe, we switch off reality; we inadvertently become satanic followers. If this sounds a little far-fetched, just look at what belief has done to the world. Don’t look at the words; look at the actions.

Spiritual texts – if not tested, experienced, and realised – lead to misunderstanding and perpetual delusion. This is why the Buddha, in his wisdom, said, “Do not take my word for it.” It’s not the Buddha’s words that are the truth; the truth is in the realisation of those words. The truth actually does set us free – free from belief in concepts – because pure consciousness realises that all creation is an illusion, an impure manifestation. The line between believingand knowingbecomes blurred because merely hearing something and believing it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true for us. One person’s understanding is another person’s poison … and one person’s poison is another person’s understanding.

The Solomon Asch experiment reveals how conformity works; when we fall in line with the group, we fulfil the function of conformity. As long as we are reacting, we are conforming.

In saying prayers, we have to know what we are doing as this could be a danger to our sanity: our prayers may be deceiving us. Wishing for something is psychological, and although this could create a good intention, it can also give rise to wishful thinking, when we hope that ‘someone else’ will do it for us. Same prayer … but one experiences an open mind while the other closes it.

Our true reality is not a belief. It is uncontaminated consciousness. Truth is knowable, otherwise what’s the point?

Our mind plots and obsesses, liking some things and therefore disliking others, and that is the source of demonic power. This is why we need to be much more aware and alert. We have natural leanings of knowing what is beneficial and what is harmful and that guides us, but we do not obsess about it. We learn to make do and mend – ordinary enlightenment for ordinary people. We accept karma and realise our true nature of pure consciousness.

Believing what others believe is total madness.

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Living In a world Of Opposites

Hell and Heaven.
Samsara and Nirvana.
Duality and non-duality.
Awareness and whatever awareness is aware of.

These are all the same thing
within the realisation of mature awareness.

The more we notice reflections in the mind, the clearer the reflections become. If one does not interfere, then those reflections and consciousness are spontaneously seen as one and the same. Suddenly, it’s no longer theory: seeing and the reflections become a spontaneous revelation.

The practical side of this is that we are no longer part of the conventional programming.

On one level, this conventional programming is samsaric hell. On a mature level, realising this programming is the way to enlightenment.

Everything appears within the emptiness of consciousness; the good, the bad, and the ugly are simply seen without comment, name, modification, fabrication or emotional discharge. Duality becomes non-duality. Two becomes one.

The world is created by thoughts, words, language and concepts which manifest a world of opposites. Up and down, this and that, inside and outside, right and wrong, black and white, true and false, positive and negative, me and you. Ours is a dualistic world of apparent opposites but, in reality, do opposites exist? Do dark and light exist? Isn’t dark merely the absence of light, to varying degrees?

What we are really pointing to is something that goes beyond all these mind-made opposites. Non-duality is difficult to describe or put into words – in fact, it’s impossible. Even talking about non-duality is dualistic. Using the expression ‘non duality’ creates the opposite – something called ‘duality’ – and so we go round in circles.

When we feel that we are beneath a situation, looking up at it, we have a problem seeing clearly. We may feel inferior, unworthy or guilty, thinking, “It’s going right over my head”, so we switch off subtly and just accept what we are told.

In the clarity of emptiness, anything can appear, just like reflections in a mirror. When we truly realise this, meditation would be a hindrance. Once we realise reality, we do not need to meditate: we only meditate when we forget that appearances are due to the clarity of emptiness. There is no hell and heaven, or Samsara and Nirvana: there is only the clarity of emptiness – pure consciousness. There is only light that dims when we forget that we know.

To keep our self in check, however, we still meditate, just to be sure – and that meditation could just be a single moment of recognition. There nothing religious or ‘spiritual’ about reality. It is plain common sense.

Appearances are literally all the same in pure consciousness, and in pure consciousness, there is nothing other than empathetic compassion for those stuck in opposites.

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Walking With Angels

Walking with demons is easier than walking with angels. It’s much less challenging to recognise demonic qualities in others than to see their good qualities. We have to go beyond our ordinary samsaric mind in order to first realise our potential before we can recognise the potential of others.

‘Angels’ refers to the potential of all sentient beings at all levels, culminating in supreme beings. In essence, all beings have good hearts because they have consciousness, but the mind can and does become pretty dark and selfish. No one actually wants to be unhappy; we all seek everlasting happiness.

We are afraid to show this good heart, so we hide in the luggage we carry around with us. Our luggage is our set of ideas that we think protects us. If we look, we can all see this good heart although it is hidden in aggression, pride, jealousy, fear, indifference …

It isn’t easy to see others as angels, is it? But we are not only angels; we all have the potential of realising our supreme, divine qualities. Mistakenly, we only look at the human side and, of course, that’s flawed because, at this moment, we don’t recognise our true originality. We look at others’ flaws and say that is who they are, but this is a great error on our part, and one that turns us into demons.

When we say ‘good heart’, we mean the very essence of consciousness; pureconsciousness. The mind can also have good intentions, but it doubts. It doubts because it has learned a few tricks for combat, whereas the heart just longs to love.

We aren’t being asked to see the good in people but to know that, for them to even exist, there has to be consciousness present: in essence, that consciousness is pure.

For many of us, however, existence is just about mind and body … that’s all, because we haven’t yet noticed our wings – two of them. One represents emptiness or pure state, and the other represents release from fixation. When these two work together, we are lifted by a pure atmosphere.

Our misunderstanding is that we haven’t realised that our angel essence is inseparable from our demonic selfishness. By virtue of one, the other is known. The more we recognise our demonic ways, the more we realise our angel heart, and the more we can empathise and the more we can love – but that recognition has to be an honest realisation and not just theory.

Sounds mushy? We all know how we truly feel, and how we actually act. We may ask – as we are talking about angels – where God is in all this. In our supreme being of pure consciousness. Buddhism has its own version of angels, and that is pure consciousness.

When we read or hear something,
we all want to get to the ‘good bit’ when,
in fact, we are the ‘good bit’.

Be it.

Don’t just read about it.


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Walking With Demons

We all walk around with demons inside our minds in the form of negative emotions or criticisms. These demons may originate from trauma in early years which exaggerate our existing likes and dislikes. At first meeting, people all seem okay, but the demons soon appear – in others and in ourselves. Every emotion – pride, jealousy, fear, desire, indifference … – are all there, lying in ambush.

Demons come about because we do not notice or acknowledge our true reality of purity. The word ‘purity’ may give us the creeps, or seem like something unattainable that others have;“It’s million miles from me! I’m not that holy!”

Purity is definitely not someone who’s dressed up for the occasion. We don’t realise it, but purity is what we are. Consciousness itself is pure, and always has been; it isn’t something special that we have to achieve. It is pure because its nature is emptiness. It is naturally empty of contamination. It’s crystal clear, but we don’t notice it because we see only reflectionsin the mind.We do not notice the consciousness of mind itself. We don’t know it because we don’t look. Looking and seeing is the practice of realising the truth, rather than learning something we might read in a book … or here on this blog! 😀

Corinthians 13:12
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror/dimly/darkly; then when we see we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall fully know…”

When we cloud the issue* with our emotions, we see dimly and react to these ghosts, these reflections, these demons. On the other hand, when we face the demons which create negative emotions, we actually see what we are doing to ourselves, confronting these reflections face to face. It is then that we become fully free.

Demons are all in the mind, and so demons are an illusion. We have to look down objectively on a situation, scanning it in order to see all the elements in play clearly. If we are looking upat a situation, then we feel under it, and we can become confused; the situation is controlling us.

To exorcise our demons, just take them for a walk, see how they feel, get to know them, realise that they do not truly exist and therefore we do not have to let go … they’re gone!

*“cloud the issue”: to distract from the topic at hand by introducing irrelevant and/or misleading information.

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The Really Uncomfortable Truth

Pure consciousness in Dzogchen is called the The Great Perfection. Our essence is the Great Perfection; we are the Great Perfection. To want to look at this subject, we have to have had some blessings from the enlightened ones. We looked, and then we see. We seek and find. We attract attention. We are receiving blessing all the time but, unfortunately, we choose distractions.

If we’re not interested in our essential nature of pure consciousness, then that Great Perfection becomes obscured by The Great Imperfection, and we have been blessed by demons.

Demons arise due to ego-clinging – which is fixation on ideas – and they also attract attention. Demonic atmosphere is anything that obscures the Great Perfection, our Great Happiness. This demonic activity comes in the guise of desire, fear and indifference.

The length of time we can stay in or remember our perfect nature without distraction determines our progress to full realisation. We don’t realise that this has always been our choice. The world around us isn’t interested in perfect truth, but only ‘righteous’ distractions. It is uncomfortable to realise that we are so easily pulled in other directions. That very recognition is our salvation however, as we are truly free in the moment that we see this happening. It’s that simple.

If we really want a shock to motivate us, then we can just look at everyone around us. What motivates them? They are controlled by desires and fears, and indifference to their true reality, and very few are living examples of impartial, pure consciousness.

People want to be happy but they do not recognise their true essence is already the Great Happiness, and so they remain slightly (to say the least … :D) demonic.

To ease the demonic pain of others, we apply compassion as we know both unhappiness and true happiness.

Simply resting in silence eases the pain of demonic mind as the atmosphere is charged with selfless kindness. Demonic mind needs to find rest, and can either be attracted to the stillness of meditation or wander off, trying to find satisfaction by feeding off others’ demonic minds. We can also act either as the enlightened or as demons. We all have this choice: to be attracted to the wisdom of pure consciousness or to something else.

When someone asks a question about truth, doesn’t it attract our attention? If someone wants to gossip, doesn’t that also attract our attention? Our propensity will determine whether our own actions are beneficial or harmful.

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The Second Coming of the Messiah

Interpretation of words is not the same as interpretation of realisation. Words have many levels of meaning, which is why we may all see things differently. We can take teachings as being literal (religious) – or metaphysical (transcendent wisdom).

The chosen people are those who choose to listen and realise that the truth is within them: that is the second coming.

The Greek New Testament uses the Greek term parousia (παρουσία, meaning “arrival”, “coming”, or “presence“)

The Indian guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, offers an interpretation of the Second Coming that is understood to be an inner experience, something that takes place within the individual heart. The true second coming is the resurrection within us of the infinite Christ consciousness, awakened consciousness, Buddha consciousness.

The second coming is genuine realisation of the teaching that our true nature of pure consciousness will defeat sin (mental obscurations and fixations) for all eternity.

Religion offers ritual and study; a discipline to keep to the path.
Transcendent wisdom; the revelation that the path never existed.

First we hear the teaching.
Then we re-cognise.
Finally, we realise that we are the teaching.

The truth is beyond belief.

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Reptilian Consciousness Is Buddha Consciousness

The primitive brain – also called Reptilian brain – controls the fight, flight and freeze reactions of all creatures. Beings instinctively know what to do in a situation in order to survive but, of course, this doesn’t always work out, as other creatures are also governed by the same three reactions.

Humans have more of a choice than just using reptilian brain: those same three instincts translate as desire, aversion and ignorance.

So how is this Buddha consciousness?

These three basic, negative emotions of desire, aversion and ignorance control all our reactions. They are ‘negative’ because they interfere with the spontaneous moment of spacious awareness or pure consciousness. Although reactions are aids to survival in the physical form, we can also transform them into wisdom. In fact, transformation has already taken place: without noticing, we turned wisdom into an emotion.

The very first moment of perception – of pure perception, pure awareness, pure consciousness – is always present because it is what we are. That perception illumines any appearance in the mind, just before that appearance turns into a reaction stemming from memory and judgement.

That very first moment of luminosity is Buddha consciousness,
or awakened consciousness.
Missing that moment, Buddha consciousness turns into Reptilian consciousness,
while awakened spontaneous presence turns Reptiles into Buddhas.

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Happiness And The ‘Illuminati’

The more materialistic and conceptual we become, the less happy we are because of our reliance on conditions; we cannot stop ourselves wanting more, which leads to unhappiness, a lack of wisdom and a loss of contentment.

The less materialistic and conceptual we become, the happier we are because of not relying on conditions; we stop wanting more, which leads to happiness and wisdom, resting in contentment.

Happiness is being governed not by wealth and power but by wisdom of our true nature, which is our genuine wealth and power, and is all we need to achieve illumination/enlightenment.

We know that conventional wealth and power corrupt as they are insatiable while, at the same time, we recognise that we are under the influence of these demonic forces that have spread throughout the world. We are playing their ‘games’.

Let’s assume that someone like the Illuminati and the New World Order built the Georgia Guidestones*. They want only 500,000 people to live on this Earth. The Illuminati must think that this will make them happier. Would that bring enough wealth and power for them? Will most merely be servants of the few? It is obvious that such a thing will not bring about happiness, as nothing lasts and those motivated by this view will suffer greatly, as do all who live in the God realm. The God realm is a sentient realm where beings believe they are entitled and can have it all – but, as nothing lasts, they soon find themselves back in the Hell realms … again.

We can rule ourselves quite happily – and that is what spirituality is all about. Taming our mind. Taming our self image. Taming our desires and fears, and realising the inner wealth and power that comes from the wisdom of inner peace.

Or we can follow the fools on the hill who claim to speak for everyone.

*The Georgia Guidestones are a granite monument erected in 1980 in Elbert County, Georgia, in the United States. A set of 10 guidelines is inscribed on the structure in eight modern languages and a shorter message is inscribed at the top of the structure in four ancient language scripts.

  1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.

  2. Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.

  3. Unite humanity with a living new language.

  4. Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.

  5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.

  6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.

  7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.

  8. Balance personal rights with social duties.

  9. Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.

  10. Be not a cancer on the earth. Leave room for nature.

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What Is Consciousness Conscious Of?

This question deals with and illustrates the type of restricted world in which we find ourselves. Most of the time, we are aware of our environment and what we are doing in it – but we forget about the awareness or consciousness itself. We just use consciousness as a tool to get what we want. From a conventional point of view, this sounds fine and we live our lives accordingly: we work, have a family and then die … but we all think at some time, “Surely there must be more to it than this?!”

Here, we come back to the question, “What is consciousness conscious of?” We forget that consciousness comes first. Before we are aware of some thing, awareness or consciousness is already present. It is this that we ignore.

When we investigate this through meditation, we become aware that we are, in fact, consciousness itself. The deeper we go, we more we realise that this consciousness is all that there is, and it is, in reality, pureconsciousness. That is pretty wow! We have just stepped outside conventional thinking … wow! We are free of those restricted assumptions … wow!

When we talk about freedom, this is the freedom we should be seeking, rather than being free to do whatever we want. That sort of freedom leads to suffering as it promotes desire and fear.

Religions and spiritual practices are but reminders or inspirations – ortheyshould be. There is absolutely no magic or mystery in words, images, or sounds. The magic is resting in pure consciousness: that is where everything begins and ends. If we believe that there is magic in the words, images or sounds themselves, then we are restricted because the effect is only psychological. It’s a play in the mind, like a toy. Experiences are playthings that imitate reality.

Being free means being free of everything. The question now is, “Has our life moved towards the toys or reality?” Worship is either a reminder, or a trap of spiritual materialism that is difficult to get out of!

Realising reality – or pure consciousness – re-freshes our view of life.
We can then play with all the toys, knowing that they are toys.

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Difficult Students

Some cannot follow blindly as they need to know why.
Difficult students should make teachers better teachers.

Authentic spiritual teachings are not to be merely repeated and accepted: these teachings are practical methods to investigate the nature of reality and bring an end to the suffering of humanity – and all sentient beings. These precious teachings instruct us how to realise that the difficulty in which we find ourselves is an illusion, however real it may feel.

Spiritual teachings have to address life as it is now, for each individual. They’re definitely not about hoping people just follow along and ‘get it’. The Dharma is a practical method to clear away the confusion of the culture in which actually we find ourselves. It is about now, for all beings.

Teachings about consciousness are meant to bring an end to suffering for each and every one of us at whatever level we find ourselves, once we acknowledge that we’re having a difficult time with life.

A very difficult student.

PS Thank goodness nothing lasts! 😀

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Inspiration Is Blessing

Inspiration is blessing,
but be aware.

Inspiration usually comes from someone we have seen or heard about, or something we have seen, read or heard. It connects to a certain quality within, so the blessing is re-cog-nised.

This is what is known as outer blessing creating a feeling of confidence, but we notice that we can start to rely on this outer inspiration and that can become ‘sticky’. To be honest, these blessings may be either divine inspiration or demonic inspiration depending on our predisposition, so we have to be aware of our motivation, as like attracts like. Until enlightenment, we will swing both ways.

We have to be honest about how we see life, and what motivates us. If it’s truth we seek, then we will see life one way, whereas if we seek self-aggrandisement, then we will see life another way. Both ways are, in fact, spiritual because we are talking about consciousness; pure compassionate consciousness or common, self-interested consciousness. In truth, we are a little of both – and that is the key to progress.

We all know where common, self-interested consciousness leads – to confusion and misery – and unfortunately, most accept this as a way of life. We read about confusion and misery in the news and we are addicted to it. It becomes our entertainment. That is demonic forces at work, blessing anyone who believes anything.

On the other hand, when we talk about divine inspiration, that true wisdom is what we are … wisdom itself. Once we have connected to the outer inspiration of purity in some form, then something truly inspiring happens; genuine inner inspiration and true, unshakeable confidence. When we realise that our reality is just pure consciousness, then that is our inner teacher conversing with the outer teacher of all phenomena. Any disturbance (in the pure force!) is clearly seen and we no longer just react. The mind has become tame. The mirror and its reflection are one.

Now, demonic forces cannot become anything other than our ally.
Ally: to bind together without separation.

All blessing are now good blessings.

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How Do I Find Truth?

Truth cannot be read about or discussed:
it can only be experienced through
the recognition in the stillness of mind
which reveals the clarity of pure being,
pure consciousness.

It is we who decide that this is the ultimate truth.
Until then, truth will remain a mystery,
and something to speculate about.

This ultimate truth is already present
as it is our essential nature.
Without it, we can know nothing.

All science can do is finally realise that science
is all about the observation that all phenomena
and ‘self’ have no permanent reality.

Truth is seeing clearly without dust on our lens.
This dust – our fixations – prevents clear seeing.

When consciousness recognises these fixations,
we realise that what we think we know has no reality,
and merely spin us round in circles.
When we realise this, we will find peace and fulfilment.

Until then, we try not to make life worse for ourselves and others.

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‘I’ Has An Expiry Date
Every thing has an expiry date.

Our ‘I’ will cease to broadcast gossip
when consciousness wakes up and realises
that it already knows.

You will hear of wars and rumours of wars,
but see to it that you are not troubled.
All things must pass…”
 -Matthew 24:6-8

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Fully Being

Fully being means nothing obscuring our experience. No ideas, no concepts, no fixations, no obsessions, no habitual judgements. No shadows. The true nature of our mind is totally clear of any neuroses concerning self and the world around us. In other words, fully being is what Buddhism calls ’emptiness’; that which is pure consciousness, pure awareness.

When we are not in the present moment fully, we are caught up in images, postulations, expectations and theories that we act out, limiting this complete experience. Through assumptions, we only gain a partial understand of truth, and so we confuse ourselves and others.

Truth is indestructible, never changing and constant. Every thing, including thoughts, is temporary. The word ‘temporary’ comes from the word time: every thing has a time limit (expiration date 🙂 ), while complete being is ever present, and it is this clear presence which tell us everything we need to know about everything.

We get glimpses of this impartial view, this clarity, this luminosity, but we do not give it its true value. We become more excited about what this luminositysees,rather than recognising that we are this luminosity, this light, this seeing.

This is – and has always been – the ‘mystery’ that scientists, philosophers and the religious look for. It is they who maintain the mystery, while the wise realise actualised fulfilment. There is no mystery to luminous cognisance. As long as we remain deluded, everything stays a mystery.

We are the completion of the picture, being pure consciousness which is what looks and realises that nothing exists without the recognition of pure consciousness. That is why we are the Alpha and Omega.

Realisation that all things are impermanent is the end of attachment to all things, and thus we go beyond. We are the great perfection – Dzogchen.

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Ordinary Enlightenment For Ordinary People

Ordinary enlightenment for ordinary people requires
ordinary mind,
ordinary consciousness
and ordinary dissatisfaction
to see the truth that we are the truth we seek.

If, on the other hand, we want super-duper extraordinary enlightenment which is wonderful and impressive – rather like an ice cream sundae with five scoops, five toppings and whipped cream – this may give rise to indigestion.

Could it be that we feel this super-duper, wonderfully impressive, extraordinary enlightenment is not really for us, thus giving us a subtle excuse not to bother seeing and cutting through our mental obscurations directly, as we prefer the ice cream choices provided for us?

On the other hand, we can decide that we don’t need an ice cream at all; we simply walk away and live an ordinary life which, nowadays, would be extraordinary.

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Seeing That We See: That’s What It’s All About
Being conscious of being conscious.

We are here in a human form to realise our true nature of ethereal reality. The pure conscious nucleus of intelligence. To accomplish this, we need merely food, shelter and the company of like-minded people who can share inner knowledge.

We have, however, been born into mysterious, complex cultures which promote the idea of improving our illusions to achieve happiness. This attraction to desire turns our attention away from our ultimate goal of self-realisation, and we learn to accumulate, argue and mistrust. This mistrust creates divisions, -isms and dependency.

In realising that we are consciousness itself, we reduce our need to be led by others into a complex life. When we rely on others to tell us their truth, we lose our power to actually realise pure spontaneous consciousness of independence.

As long as we consent to being treated like four years olds, we will remain subservient to others.

Better to see that we can see for ourselves.
Best if we realise that we are what we seek.

The Buddha did say,
Don’t take my word for it; test it for yourself.”

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Meditation Means ‘To Measure’
To consider carefully and restrain.

Meditation is a boot-camp for the mind:
once trained, the mind is free from contaminates,
and measures out enlightened, compassionate activity.

Once the mind is under control,
we drop considering and restraining
in order to rest in the light of compassion.

What else are we here for?

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The Moment Before The Moment Now Is Now!

The moment before the moment now is now.
By the time now is perceived, now has already passed.

Why is this important?
Non-duality doesn’t lose itself in duality,
and being remains in stillness.
Anticipation and subtle stress are eliminated.

Why is this important?
Rather than jumping in with habitual responses,
our reply is measured within stillness,
maintaining an open atmosphere of nowness.

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Our Propensities and Tendencies

We each have intuition and a conscience. All creatures have this ability, this knowingness that is more than merely awareness. This inner knowledge comes from deep within our essence, our essential nature of pure consciousness. It is an inner voice which is our teacher, connecting us to truth, near-truth and untruth, and comes before the inner chatter: it is an expression of essence.

The closer we look at our tendencies, the more we recognise the possibility of previous work, activity and realisation having taken place. This intuition brings clarity to whatever we are doing now.

Becoming part of a tradition – a culture of philosophy – may help in the beginning, but it is our inner tutor that will see us through to the end. No teacher, Buddha, spiritual text or religion can do this for us.

Knowing that the Sanskrit word for suffering is ‘dukkha’ doesn’t help relieve suffering. It is the inner realisation that nothing truly exists, and that things are conjured up and come to pass that vanquishes suffering.

We are all, in truth, enlightened beings, either gradually waking to our full potential or choosing to go back to sleep. We know there is more to us (and that isn’t just wishful thinking) but we need help seeing this. The realisation of pure consciousness intuitively reveals itself.

It is our responsibility to recognise that pure consciousness is our true nature. We are answerable for everything that happens to us. We all know, because we are knowingness itself before anything out there, in the mind or in the worldis known.When we pay attention, we repay our karmic debt, using karma as opposed to karma using us.

Some paths are beautiful, full of softness and love. Some paths are stony and grey. Some paths are full of wonder and mystery. Some paths are plain. We are not all on the same path, but we are still on the path to enlightenment.

We do not have to be like others, or follow others; we are merely tracing our tendencies (steps) back to our essence. The secret is that we are already here! Our so-called path now becomes an expression of empathy and compassion for all, as we each know inherently what every emotion feels like.

We know quite a lot!
All we have to do is be aware of our corruption.

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If There Is No Reincarnation

If there is no reincarnation,
then there can be no enlightenment.

If there is no enlightenment,
then there is no point to unconditional love.

If there is no unconditional love,
then our short life is futile.

If life is futile,
then we remain loveless while searching for happiness.

Our greatest barrier to enlightenment is doubt.
We have to choose whatever makes life worthwhile:
to remain in doubt
to have confidence in the wisdom of compassionate understanding.

Have doubtless confidence that no one wants to be unhappy!

Knowing makes life worthwhile.

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Courageous Intelligence

The more we recognise the reality of consciousness,
the more we are aware of whatever covers this up.

The more we expose this covering,
the more the recognition that the covering is an illusion.

The more we recognise the illusion,
the more the empathetic compassion.

The more empathetic compassion,
the more courageous intelligence.

The more courageous intelligence,
the more the energy to accomplish.

The more we accomplish,
the more we see our duty.

The more we understand duty,
the more joy manifests.

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Hmm … Reincarnation?

In studying the Dharma, one continually reviews what is meant and how it works. Investigative spirituality is a sustained refinement, which means that whatever was satisfying and comforting becomes no longer so, but is replaced by something more accurate … until another comes along!

We do not remember previous incarnations, although some may claim to.

The point is that, if we cannot remember past incarnations now, then in a future incarnation we will not remember what we are now. So if consciousness does move on, we wouldn’t know it, and we will be in the same dilemma then as we are now 😀

We can only hope or believe that rebirth will be a refinement, but belief is not satisfying – I do not believe in beliefs! This consciousness may be reborn without detailed memories, but there will be a propensity of some sort, as we have propensities now; we are inclined in certain directions.

We cannot know, but there is an implied proposal. Whether others see it one way or another is up to each individual.

It maybe useful psychology to be aware that, in the future, this consciousness will have a better start in life in order to continue to undo all confusion and realise what is called complete omniscient enlightenment. In the meantime, we can be enlightened about out reality, and live in that reality rather than a dream state of concepts.

“But reincarnation is a concept!” True … unless I died a moment ago and am now renewed. It all depends on how we view the life of consciousness. It is this moment of consciousness that is the precursor to the next moment of consciousness: if we live in this moment now, we constantly drop what we know for the next moment to arise. We therefore die to live. This moment of enlightenment paves the way for the next moment of enlightenment: conversely, this moment of confusion paves the way for the next moment of confusion … is life getting better or worse?!

Whatever will happen in the future is happening now: the good heart of pure consciousness never changes. In the meantime, this consciousness can be happy with whatever occurs now, giving future consciousness more enlightened opportunities.

The future is dictated by the state of our mind.
The future is always now.

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Kicking The Crap Out Of Oneself!

Crap is the stuff we no longer need – useless, unwanted nonsense.

This manure is the source of happiness.
It’s the Great Relief!

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Cocooned In Spirituality

We come to the subject of spirituality when all else has failed us. Authentic spirituality is not escapism in to a fantasy world: it is a genuine wish to know the ultimate truth. The truth of our being. That is the very nature of consciousness itself, before we were introduced to distractions.

The degree to which we investigate will depend on the degree to which we are dissatisfied with life. Authentic spirituality helps us to see life as our spiritual teacher: it isn’t something to attain: it is the realisation of what we are.

The Buddha said that the foundation of our spiritual journey is the recognition that we are suffering/dissatisfied. It’s quite a step to admit this, and it is the main motivation to progress through the levels.

Spirituality is definitely not about covering up that dissatisfaction or suffering in a cocoon of words and exotic displays in order to feel good. It is simply experiencing the rawness of life and emotion, shining a light on our hidden, guarded neuroses. Authentic spirituality takes no interest in providing us with nostalgic stories. It does not promote us acting out our feelings: it’s only concerned with this moment, now.

Authentic spirituality does not provide us with a covering to protect ourselves. Rather, it utilises our pain, wound and trauma to recognise what it is that experiences that suffering.

Pure consciousness can never suffer. It can only be distracted.

But from a cocoon comes a beautiful butterfly!”
Correct … if you want to be a beautiful butterfly.

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The Unattainable

In looking for the truth,
the truth will remain unattainable.

We may seek the truth – the ultimate nature of our reality – believing that we do not already know this truth. It is precisely because of this belief that the truth remains hidden and unattainable. Why? Because we are seeking something that we already are: we arethe ultimate truth. That is how we know – we re-cognise – but we are constantly misled about truth. That which is looking for the truth … is the truth.

Religions and organisations create a premise for us to follow: “Seek and you shall find”. We build something that represents the truth, and this representation then has to be maintained. It is organisations that make realisation complex, intriguing and mysterious as they rely on both nostalgia and hope, rather than the truth that we are pure consciousness now.

Pure consciousness is like empty space; it doesn’t matter what we do in it or how elaborately we dress it the space up, space remains the same, as does pure consciousness. We can fill our minds with teachings and elaborate visualisations, but this all takes place within the emptiness of pure consciousness.

Spiritual groups rely on us seeking: we become seekers, rather than realisers. The realisation is that our nature of pure consciousness is already present – and perfectly aware – so, in truth, there is nothing to attain, or achieve other than recognition.

Language can be misleading. If we spend our precious time adorning another’s expression, we may miss the beauty within our own essence. As long as we are told to look elsewhere, the truth remains unattainable.

Once we know and realise this, we can just get on with life, as life is now our spiritual teacher, our guide and reminder to stay within pure consciousness. Any distraction is recognised as a distraction.

If we rely on organisations to give us new tricks, we merely delay undoing the looking, the acquiring, the mystery. Once we see that we see, we can drop the seeing and remain suspended in pure consciousness.

Truth will remain unattainable if we do not realise
that we are pure consciousness
– the ultimate truth.

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Beyond Human

Even though we may appear to be human and identify with being human, we are not human in essence. We are, first and foremost, pure consciousness embodied in a certain form, under certain conditions, at a certain time. We don’t notice this because we have learned to occupy ourselves with the sort of human we are – or want to be – and this limits our freedom.

‘Limit’ hear means adopting a persona; fluffing it up, polishing it, protecting it. In this way, we obscure realisation of our enlightened reality, which is able to express far more freedom as there is nothing to fluff up!

Our illusory human existence is called ‘Samsara’, the cycle of running around looking for happiness but not finding it. This illusory existence has no permanent reality as it relies on certain conditions and, by being dependent on the ‘right’ conditions, our happiness is limited.

Unfortunately, if we adopt the idea that we have to workat being conscious, this prevents us from actually acknowledging that we are consciousness itself. We always have been such but, as seekers, we adopt a refined human persona and language which binds us to becoming one of many followers.

We are consciousness. The only thing to work on is recognising and remembering, in order to release ourselves from our own confusion. We live in the world, but are not of the world. Conscious spirit sees the illusion for what it is, and plays with it.

Freedom is the release from fear.

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Meditating With Eyes Open

As we were saying yesterday, the senses are non-conceptual: in the milli-moment when we see, smell, taste, hear and touch, there is just perception – pure perception, pure awareness, pure consciousness. That is what we are!

I used to think, “Well, there must be more to this”, but no. There, we simply just rest; we do nothing.

We are already pure consciousness, enlightened pure consciousness, but we simply have to realise that. Spiritual work or spiritual practice is simply ‘un-doing’. 😀 What we are ‘doing’ is breaking the habitual programming that runs constantly in the background of our mind – those ideas we hold onto that control us.

With the eyes open (or barely open), there is just seeing. We aren’t lookingforanything or atanything; we’re just allowing sight to be present, slightly de-focusing and taking in the whole scene at once. That is relaxing in pure consciousness.

It’s the same with just hearing: if we recite a mantra, we are just hearing sound. Of course, we may endow the mantra with secret meanings which inspire us and that may be good psychology, but there is a deeper meaning and experience. Let’s take ‘Om Mani Peme Hum’ which isthe mantra of Avalokiteshvara – the Lord who looks down with compassion. We may feel that it imbues us with compassion – all well and good – but that mantra describes the path to enlightenment via the six perfections of generosity, patience, conscience, discipline, concentration and the sixth wisdom of the realisation of pure consciousness. In fact, the first five concern conduct – being a decent, compassionate person – and gradually, we open up and may become receptive to wisdom. That is one approach.

Another approach is to start with the sixth perfection of wisdom gained through the direct pointing out instruction of the nature of mind – pure consciousness. Then the other five perfections support that wisdom in daily life through our conduct, as an expression of pure consciousness.

In reciting a mantra, there is just hearing, and that ‘just hearing’ is pure consciousness, if we become aware that it is that which is taking place. There is no secret mystery.

This may all sound complicated, but it comes down to just being aware of awareness. When the eyes are open, there is just seeing without comment. The realisation of this open awareness or consciousness brings with it an open heart of empathetic compassion.

If we close our eyes, we are more likely to drift off. With the eyes open, we can return to stillness more quickly, and then we can meditate anywhere at any time. When there is just awareness present, then we can drop the idea of meditating. When just listening to someone, we are meditating. Just hearing – silent, open and receptive – we rest in pure consciousness.

Ah … the joy of pure communication.
Open eyes.
Open mind.
Open heart.

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We Meditate When We Forget

Meditation is for when we forget that
we are pure consciousness:
pure consciousness doesn’t need to meditate.

Meditation is the method to recognise and realise the silent openness of pure consciousness. Once this is experienced, we drop the meditation and simply rest in openness. In fact, when we stop in the very moment after a meditation session, that is it … pure consciousness.

We may be led to believe that we have to keep on meditating – or even wonder whether we are meditating or not. This causes confusion, and attachment to practice. Our natural state is simply being. Honestly, that’s all.

When we forget to recognise pure consciousness, we return to meditation of some sort. This is why Tulku Urgyen said, “Short moments, many times”, so that we do not indulge or get caught up in the method.

Forgetting is becoming lost, being occupied by thoughts or by vacancy. When consciousness is just aware through the senses, there is no thought present: upon recognising that, we rest in pure consciousness while being aware. It’s quite natural. We don’t have to go into a ‘state’. When resting in pure consciousness, meditation becomes a distraction. They don’t always tell you that, do they? 😀 We can meditate for years, without knowing why.

Meditation, if not properly explained, can keep us bound in a duality – me and the meditation. Me feeling good. Pure consciousness is non-dual, not two, one with everything. Just like a mirror and its reflection. It’s quite natural; pure consciousness is empty, and the reflections are also empty of any true existence.

In just seeing, we do not indulge. We do not make real that which has no reality. In the very first instant of an emotion, before it becomes a problem, there is just noting, awareness, consciousness. When looking into that which is noting, we find nothing other than seeing, pure consciousness. It is that simple and natural. No intelligence needed. Intelligence can cause problems …

Pure consciousness, being emptiness, has no attitude. Whatever we do, whatever we think we lack, we will always be pure consciousness which requires no special skills. We simply look, see, drop whatever is seen, and rest in the seeing.

Even though we are pure consciousness
and pure consciousness doesn’t have to meditate,
we have to be honest in our balance between
meditation and non-meditation.

When in nowness, do not meditate.

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