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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Everyone’s Addicted

Everyone is addicted to a self, a ‘me’ and ‘mine’.
This is the only reason we are not enlightened;
the ideas about a self get in the way.

Until we truly realise this,
we will continue to believe in something
other than our actual reality of pure consciousness,
thus merely adding to a collection of ideas about our self.

Enlightenment is like the great “take away”
when we finally realise that there is nothing to “take away”.
Until then, we will pay for something that doesn’t exist.

Spiritual teachings aren’t meant to be a poetic charm:
they are meant to cut through ego’s games
to release us from addictions.

Expression then becomes limitless.

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The Moment Of Indifference, Before Indifference Sets In

Before anything is recognised, there is a very subtle moment of pureperception, of pureconsciousness in which no judgement takes place. This is the wisdom of one taste – indifference – which does not alter our pure inner state. It is the spontaneous moment of now. It’s like stepping through a doorway … opening a page … seeing someone’s reaction … the view is merely taken in. No judgement occurs – just the joy of seeing, of being alive.

When we miss this moment, we quickly move into memory and judgement, where we either react or become vacant.

Spiritual practice is catching that moment of pure experience, which is extremely subtle. That is the reality of what we are; the life force. A milli-moment later, judgement sets in and we become animated, ignoring that first instant of stillness and inner peace: we have become indifferent to our true nature. This ordinary indifference is, in fact, a unconscious decision that we previously made consciously when we decided to ignore certain aspects of our life and adopt others.

There are therefore two aspects to indifference; one is a momentary suspension within clarity, while the other is a darkness that can last a lifetime.

Indifference, from an absolute point of view, means that, whatever happens, we know it makes no difference to the viewer: it is neither good nor bad, and so we don’t contaminate the situation further.

This does not mean that we are indifferent to others’ suffering. Depending on our level of understanding, we will endeavour to realise the cause of that suffering, and start the healing process.

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Two Facts About Consciousness

All creatures are bornwitha sense of awareness or consciousness. This is how we survive. There is a uniqueness to this consciousness: it has natural clarity and is empty of contrivance, before anything is identified.

As humans beings, we can, through instruction, become aware of this clarity. When resting in silent stillness, this awareness of consciousness may be recognised. In looking and recognising consciousness, we become aware that there is nothing other than this consciousness. We suddenly realise that we are this consciousness, and have been so all along. Any further investigation is dropped in order to rest in that realisation, becoming more familiar with this ultimate reality as further analysis would simply confuse and obscure this pure state of consciousness. Words are not the truth: it is the experience of those words that realises the truth.

This is the realisation of the ancient, enlightened ones that has been spoken about for thousands of years. It is from this point of view that opinions about this realisation are irrelevant. All that chatter belongs to scholars and philosophers.

We need consciousness in order to survive,
to enable us to realise the nature of that consciousness.

That is the meaning of life,
and the reason for a precious human birth.
All enlightened ones know this.

The rest of us merely muck around in the collective consciousness, talking about how to survive and what ‘colours’ to adopt. It’s a bit of a shock to realise that our potential is enlightenment, but that we have become indifferent to this.

The more we value consciousness, the more enlightened we are,
as we become less distracted by appearances.

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Our Ultimate Reality
Is unelaborated consciousness.

No rules. No joining. No dogma, No fees. No attitude. No adoration. No -isms.

We are born in pure consciousness.
and we die in pure consciousness.
In between and after, we get muddled and forget.

If we do realise our ultimate reality
what better way to die than knowing
what it is all about?

When we know what it is all about
life becomes practical!

All we have to do is keep remembering…
and be kind to those who forgot.

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Imprisoned In Our Own Mind

We are each imprisoned in our own mind.
Have you discovered that yet?

We spend our time impressing other inmates.
Have you discovered that yet?

To be free, all we have to do is see.
Have you discovered that yet?

It is our habitual behaviour that locks us in.
Have you discovered that yet?

Sit quietly. See the seeing.
Have you done that yet?

Unadulterated seeing is pure consciousness.
Have you realised that that is what we are?

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The Joy Of Understanding Evil

It all depends on one’s point of view.
Evil misunderstands ultimate reality,
and wants us to remain in relative reality
because it is there where illusions are created.

In ultimate reality, evil doesn’t actually exist; it only seems to exist to our conventional mind. Evil is just a trouble maker who is troubled.

Evil is anything that is detrimental to inner peace. Comprehending this will depend on our level of understanding. At street level, evil is a demonic abuser that causes and creates suffering and pain to others. On a subtle level, evil is anything that seduces us to be indifferent to our pure state of consciousness: it hates the idea of emptiness as it has nothing to feed off. The moment before the Buddha was enlightened, he was attacked by demonic forces and alluring goddesses, which symbolised the final aspects of fear and desire in his own mind.

Evil is totally governed by the three poisons of desire, aversion, and ignorance. That’s all there is to it. Knowing that, we know evil’s failings. Evil is banal and weak; it only projectspower. Evil cannot understand pure consciousness because there is nothing to be gained, whereas pure consciousness is naturally free from gain and fame. Once we, as pure consciousness, realise that, then evil has no power over us. All it can do is try to distract consciousness – and it does that very well on a relative level.

As like attracts like, we must first be aware that our own mind is governed by desire, aversion and ignorance. There are many stages to this accomplishment. We need desire and aversion to function in our daily lives, but when these rule our entire lives, we live in an illusion of freedom. Ignorance – not knowing – reveals itself in many guises: it lacks empathy and is indifferent. When evil is about, it is better to be aware than to ignore. Evil is so intent on gain that it cannot see the consequences of its actions.

This moment now is all we have, but evil wants us to believe in the past and the future, both of which are merely concepts and, as such, are obscurations to the moment now. Evil is not fully conscious – and certainly not enlightened – so it exists by feeding off our emotions. We have to be aware of the many stages to enlightenment because those distractions become more subtle within our own minds. The word ‘evil’ may sound extreme, but we need that shock to awaken us to the distractions taking place.

We are only awake in the spontaneous present moment, now.
There, we always find joy.
Don’t let evil steal your joy.

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We Have To Be Careful What We Wish For …
as like attracts like.
It’s unfailing.

Whatever is internal is also external;
if we have a certain disposition, so do others.

We are all three absolute qualities:
empty essenceand cognisant nature = pure consciousness
unconfined compassion= unconditional love.

These three qualities have corresponding negative aspects that control our reactions:
desirefear, and ignorance (ignorance means that we ignore our true reality of pure, compassionate consciousness in favour of the ideas we carry around).

The sort of blessings we attract will depend on our predisposition (karma) – the world in which we personally live. We can either attract blessings from en-darkened ones (conditional self-servitude), or blessings from the enlightened ones (unconditional, compassionate inspiration) which are attracted either to our relative neurosis, or the absolute qualities of unconditional love.

Some people take to spiritual teachings naturally while others have no interest, so that door is closed to them. In other words, karmic connections may or may not take place. This how teachings are self-secret so that they aren’t abused*. When it was said, “Knock and the door shall open”, this means that if we have genuine questions, we will find answers. Such questions are not born from scholastic achievement; they come from the acknowledgement of personal suffering or dissatisfaction.

This is why life seems to be easy for some, and difficult for others.

* These teachings are abused by some to gain control over others, but misusing such knowledge will have a detrimental effect in the form of bad karma. The teachings are not about gaining: they are about losing … the attitude!

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Sentimental longing for that time in the past.

We may learn from the past, but it is now when we realise what was learnt. This means letting go of the past. If we stay in that longing for a past culture, this will obscure the experience now. The past may have been alluring, fascinating and enriching, and may remind us of a quality of life, but it is in the now that we have to live, warts and all. Today’s disturbances may not be appealing or attractive, but it is what we have to deal with: any attempt to smooth over and make comfortable covers up letting go. We are not fettered by appearances and desire … we are fettered by clinging to appearances and desires.

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It’s All Very Enlightening

We are here to realise our enlightened reality. Life itself is our teacher, once we recognise that this is so. Human teachers can only help us recognise the inner teacher of our own recognition. The outer teacher of all phenomena then shows us our reactions that obscure our enlightened reality. True enlightenment is when recognition is continuous.

Milarepa, the famous Tibetan yogi, had nettles outside his cave that stung him every day when he went past. The thought arose, “Cut them!” but then he realised that cutting them was merely a pleasant distraction. To us, that may sound extreme, but then Milarepa did achieve enlightenment in one lifetime. If we cannot put up with stings (!) and arrows of outrageous fortune, but become distracted and attached to these distractions, then enlightenment will remain a long way off.

When we reach the same stage as Milarepa, all social comforts, acquisitions and occupations have dropped away. As town yogis, we do what is necessary but avoid indulging in more than we need.

The path to enlightenment isn’t to create comforts: it takes cheerful discipline.

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We Do Not Need Love

We do not need love.
We are love itself.

Everyone cares to some degree about something.
The quality of understanding illuminates the quality of that love.

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The Secret Is… We All Know!

The secret is that we all know!
That is the cosmic joke.

All sentient beings know, are aware, and are conscious
but they are unaware that they know, are aware, and are conscious.

Could it be more ridiculous?

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The Problem With Identifying Fixations

Realisation of our natural, true nature is only obscured by conceptual fixations in the mind. These aren’t easy to spot because it’s what we think we are. Fixations are obsessive attachments which we carry around, and they create our persona, our mask, our fear.

Meditation is the method of stilling the mind to see clearly what the mind is up to; it’s the ability to discern those thoughts and expectations that distract us from being quiet. All we are doing in meditation is noting the state of play where awareness or consciousness is able to be seen clearly. This is the precursor to the realisation that conscious awareness is our only reality, and it is then that it is referred to as pureconscious awareness, as it is free of adulteration.

Once this clear view is established, our behaviour when interacting with others becomes our teacher – our spiritual teacher. In that moment, we become selfless. ‘Spiritual’ is nothing other than pure consciousness or empty awareness: we are reminded that we are not just this physical body or concepts in the mind, as these are merely a vehicle for consciousness.

When we can recognise whatever is taking place in our mind – the programmes we have adopted – we may become angry or feel guilty but, with a little help, we start to see the funny side of being stuck in a groove. It’s no big deal any more – everyone is stuck in some sort of groove and repeats the same things, over and over again. This is where empathetic compassion arises and we can be generous, patient, conscientious, disciplined, focused and … wise … as we now know how we all hold on to a self image.

All we need is honest courage:“To thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

Fixations create fear, and fear creates dis-courage-ment.

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What If We Do Take It With Us When We Go?

Take what?
A quality of consciousness, an inclination.

If consciousness can come into this body,
could it not also leave?

Are we just electro-chemicals,
or consciousness within electro-chemical bodies?

Is deja vu a hallucination or re-cognition?
“Hallucination!” “Re-cognition!”

Light for some is darkness for others.
No one can tell another how it is:
it’s a personal inclination.

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All Appearances Are Mind Images

Images appear in the mind, which is our essential nature of pure empty consciousness, free of contamination. It is only when we see this that emptiness can be realised. This is the only reality we can trust because it can be proven, by seeing that this is what sees: it the mind that sees, rather than the eyes. This clear view is present before we start judging and thinking about those images in the mind. There is nothing higher.

We aren’t used to seeing that we see because we usually get excited, chasing after the experiences of these images. Once we realise this, we stop chasing and allow appearances to arise and cease naturally by themselves. We learn to let go because if we don’t, the mind becomes crammed with biased ideas and then we cannot see clearly. The opposite of emptiness is desire, and it is desire that fills our mind with concepts. There is always something to learn if we remain open and clear.

Through meditation on emptiness – pure awareness – we then know what to come back to, when the mind chases after images.

This brings new light (or original meaning) to “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them nor serve them”.

The recipe’s that simple.
No religion needed to add flavour.

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Spirituality Is Real Science

We have been led to believe otherwise – that science is real, and spirituality is a fantasy. This is a misunderstanding. For science to exist, there must be a conscious observer throughout: science is all about observation.

All esoteric levels of spirituality refer to perfect spirit of consciousness. This is the scientific approach of realisation as opposed to the exoteric, which is for the many to believe. The esoteric levels have the same completion stage – that we are, and have always been, pure absolute consciousness. It stands to reason that this is how we can knowanything.

True spirituality is science: it is the psychological, practical and systematic study of behaviour through observation and experience. In meditation, we experience our true reality through the microscope of the clarity of mind, which is consciousness itself. This consciousness observes thoughts, so we realised that thoughts are not what we are. We are pure consciousness, but have forgotten this – or ignore it.

When we step back from observing the physical universe, we realise that it has no permanent reality: the only reality is the the constant observation of pure consciousness. Esoteric spirituality is therefore real science.

To see clearly, there has to be clarity present without the scribbles of judgements and thoughts of gain that contaminate whatever is looked for. This is how humans generally work, seeking personal wealth, power, reputation or happiness.

In the exoteric stage, we investigate our spirituality in the hope of something to gain. When we transcend to the esoteric, there is nothing to gain but realisation that we are what we seek. Mechanical science, on the other hand, is all about calculations, manipulations and consequences.

In Buddhism, there are eight worldly concerns that drive us:

Happiness and Suffering

Once we have happiness, fear arises for we are afraid of losing it. When suffering arises, no amount of wishful thinking makes it go away. The more we hope for it to be otherwise, the more pain we feel.

Fame and Insignificance

We are obsessed with fame and afraid of our own insignificance. When it dawns on us how hard we need to work to be seen as someone special, our fear of insignificance is only magnified.

Praise and Blame

We need to be pumped up constantly or we begin to have doubts about our worth. When we are not searching for praise, we are busy trying to cover up our mistakes so that we don’t get caught.

Gain and Loss

Just as we are about to congratulate ourselves on our success, the bottom falls out. Things are hopeful one moment and the next they’re not; in either case, we are anxious.

The more we create, the more the consequences … and so the more we have to create. We are all scientists, much like any animal that has the ability to feather its nest, but when we realise true confidence and inner peace, we can stop looking for yet more feathers.

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We Are The Product Of Others’ Ideas

Product: the result of a process.

For millennia, humanity has been the product to generate wealth. In recent years, technocracy – the control of society by the elite – has made this even easier. Sentient beings are subject to desire, fear and indifference, and are therefore easily distracted on to a conveyor belt of subservience.

Very few want to escape the entertainment of commercialism: we enjoy the drama, while not knowing that we are being played for fools. We need a shock to wake up from this dream state and realise how we are being processed. The creation and maintenance of distraction has to be intense (which is the job of the media) as, at any moment, we can wake up.

We have to make time to see! This is not about waking up to the trouble we’re in; it’s a matter of waking up to our holding on to the charade. In one moment, we can be free by simply acknowledging that we have been ignoring this predicament. Knowledge is important, but it is clarity that is imperative in awakening to our true being of pure consciousness.

We are actually here to upgrade awareness and realise that we are enlightened – although, as yet, this is unrecognised, as the world around us has downgraded consciousness.

In taking time to meditate on awareness,
we will see that we see,
and have always seen and always known.

We see, in the seeing.
We are the divine mirror of enlightenment.

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A Troubled Mind Is Due To Attachment 

‘Attachment’ is holding on, which becomes a habit and then an addiction. We attach our selves to a our self identity and subtle experiences: subtle attachments will occur until the moment of enlightenment.

We are, first and foremost, consciousness – unadorned consciousness – which is detached from everything, and so sees clearly. We can look, touch, smell, taste, hear and play but, if we cling to the experience, this will cause us sorrow of some sort. There isn’t anything wrong with attachment itself, but it limits the experience and slows our evolution to realising what we truly are. In letting go – or being detached – we can look at things afresh, rather than in the same old habitual way.

Our mental health is affected by our attachment to ideas in the mind, rather than the ideas themselves. These fixations create a troubled mind, bringing about distress and unhappiness.

Detachment means that we let go. We stop clinging. It is clinging to ideas that causes us suffering due to the emotions it creates. In meditation, we get a chance to detach ourselves from ideas and emotions: these ideas still arise, but we no longer follow them, allowing them to govern our lives. We note … and let go. This ‘remaining reserved’ allows us to see afresh and maybe approach situations in a different – and more skilful – way.

We are not fettered by appearances in the mind;
we are fettered by attachment to those appearances.

Detachment brings clarity,
which cuts through habitual, conceptual thinking.
Detachment means that we can move on,
which makes life worth living!

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The Nature Of Confusion

The nature of confusion is being unaware of our true nature

When we ignore our absolute nature – the timeless presence of pure consciousness which actually sees – we enter a state of unconsciousness consciousness or vacancy, where primitive brain of fight, flight and freeze takes over and runs the show. In other words, we are governed by desire, aversion and indifference. We become so involved in perceptions and associations that they become our reality.

From this misunderstanding, our lives result in a multiplicity of complexity that maintains our confusion and unhappiness. The effect is that we cannot think straight: we can only calculate and manipulate, which becomes our way of life. We cling to our accumulations for a sense of security, but this is a mistaken security as it can be upset.

At any moment, we can step out of this illusion and know knowingness itself. All we have to do is be aware that we are aware; be conscious of being conscious. When we realise that this awareness or consciousness is all there is to know, we will never be confused again. Because of being unaware of our true nature, we do crazy things to fill our lives, which merely compounds confusion and creates suffering.

In truth, we have never been confused, but merely distracted. Once pointed out to us, the moment in which we recognise distraction is the very moment we recognise consciousness that perceives.

Reflecting on this consciousness,
we realise that it is indeed a reflection of pure consciousness:
no confusion, no cry.

Compassion then arises for those who are confused:
know confusion, know cry.

In knowing the nature of confusion, love emerges.

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The Importance Of Feeling Jaded

When we feel jaded about our spiritual practice – or any activity for that matter – this is often thought of as being negative. We feel bored or lack enthusiasm, and it all seems pointless: we may even experience depression. And what are we usually told? Try harder! Stick with it! In feeling jaded, we might assume that we’re being lazy because that is what we’re told – but still we find that we just aren’t as wide-eyed and full of awe as those around us.

There is a reason for everything. Gradually, we realise that a particular approach isn’t doing it for us: we may not notice that this jadedness is a precursor to the next step. It is here that something very important is happening. We are either not being taught completely and are just going through the motions, or we have outgrown that orthodox approach, the exoteric approach. It is time to transend to a higher level – something more esoteric – where we move from the exoteric to the esoteric which, in turn, becomes the exoteric for the next stage of esoteric … 😀

Remember that teachings are never just on one level; there are many levels. The God without now becomes the God within. The Buddha out there has become the Buddha within. This means that we now take on responsibility. When the Buddha said, “Do not take my word for the truth; test it for yourself”, these were precise instructions to deepen our experience and realisation.

Feeling jaded is wonderful
as it means change is taking place,
when we have shuffled off ‘this mortal coil’
that is strangling us.

We are not giving up …
we are letting go!

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First Moment, Second Moment

The first moment is spontaneous nowness of pure consciousness.
The second moment is commentary on the first moment.

The first moment is non-material essence; it creates nothing but space.
The second moment is temporal; it creates a ‘temple’ within that space.

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Prayer is a reaffirmation of an ideal, a psychological perfection in our outlook.

To remain in an altruistic attitude towards all, to remember our true nature of unbiased awareness, and to do no harm – rather than make things worse.

To wish that all beings find happiness, are free from suffering, and dwell in equanimity.

To aspire that the minds of all beings – including ourselves – might find inner peace.

In this way, we remain confident that we are in facing the right direction, and can find a sense of joy in life.

We are not going to be able to change the world but we can change our view of the world by understanding why it is the way it is.

We can write our own pray!

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When We Recognise The Truth

When we recognise the truth,
we recognise what isn’t true.

So when we recognise what is untrue,
that very recognition is
the unity of the two truths.

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God and Vajrayana

In Vajrayana, there are many devotional deities to choose from, each representing a different quality. Deity devotion and inspiration is as old as humanity; indigenous people know all about spirit qualities of the seasons, for example. In Vajrayana, we choose a deity (or our teacher suggest one for us) that suits our need and that symbolises a certain quality, beit protection, inspiration, compassion … it’s ‘psychological’ Guru yoga. Until we mature, it sometimes helps to have an imaginary guide that we think has superior qualities to our own. As a group, we may pray and chant to one particular deity. Does being given one deity to believe in sound familiar?

It isn’t necessary to do deity practice but it may help some temperaments. We can start at pure consciousness and bypass deities, or we can do both: as individuals, we may choose whatever practice(s) work for us.

The outcome of all practices is inner silence of non-duality where we drop everything – including the deity. Vajrayana is devotional practice but the completion stage at the end of every practice is to rest in emptiness – pure consciousness. Deities are symbolic: they are not an end in themselves but rather, a means to an end. Devotion to any deity – or God – is a duality. If we bind ourselves to a deity, that becomes a religion and is dualistic.

Buddhism is the approach to ultimate truth, which is non duality. This is ‘not two-ness’ and has its source in the Vedas and Upanishads. There is one thing that we all have in common and that is consciousness – the very subtle consciousness of non duality, where there are absolutely no differences.

We all have consciousness, because we all have awareness. Subtle consciousness is being aware of this consciousness. Very subtle consciousness is the pure state of consciousness itself. Realisation is recognising that seeing and the thing seen (or thought of) are inseparable.

When we (very subtle consciousness) identify with objects or imaginings in the mind, we become caught, held and bound. The simple solution is being aware that we are free of this in the moment of seeing. We are outside the box, and this can be unnerving because there aren’t many outside with whom we can communicate.

If we fixate either on a deity or an idea of self, we dwell in a realm of fantasy, and this becomes a false security of belief. Both believers and non-believers hold dualistic ideas, and would like us to share their conviction.

We have been led to believe and, as such, are mistaken. Such beliefs – that we are reliant, and not able to free ourselves – have affected our social and political lives to this day.

The idea of one God and one teacher is a little limited, to say the least. As long as we belong to a group, we will remain separated.

We belong to one another:
rather than taking advantage of the weak,
the strong serve the weak.

It all depend on our view.

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Fixation: It’s Why We Meditate

Fixating is obsessive attachment, especially to a self identity. We meditate to recognise and acknowledge fixations that limit and cloud our judgment and understanding. We meditate to see clearly and to realise that that which is conscious of these fixations is our true reality. Fixations create our darkness, while pure consciousness is the light that recognises the darkness.

In simple recognition, we become free of darkness.
Realising seeing is enlightening.

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The Spirit Of Consciousness Isn’t Something Imposed

The spirit of consciousness isn’t something imposed.
It’s what we are.

It is seeing in the opposite way to the way in which we think.

Pure consciousness has no dogma attached: it is organic, having a harmonious relationship between the elements, the senses, mind and consciousness itself.

We are not original sin. We are original goodness. We merely have to tame our thinking, and avoid being fixated and dogmatic, thereby doing no harm.

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Don’t Be A Buddhist; Be A Buddha

Don’t be a Buddhist; be a Buddha.
Don’t be a Christian; be a Christ.

If we fixate on history,
we won’t realise what we are now.
History is a subjective narrative.

We are not subjects who have to obey;
we are sovereigns over our own mind.

To understand Christ, study what the Buddha said.
To understand the Buddha, study what the Gnostics said.
Don’t be confused or be divided.

Truth is the “father” of all knowledge.
Love is the “mother” of all knowledge.
They are inseparable.

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How Are You?

“How are you?” is a personal inquiry about someone’s health or mood. It focuses on that person’s state of mind and how life feels to them, and has the potential to be an intimate moment of genuine interest.

All we usually get in return, however, is “Fine” or “Okay” and then we quickly move on to a generalised topic. We don’t like to feel vulnerable, so we project an image of everything being under control, and may think that the question wasn’t genuinely meant because no one takes the time to listen anymore.

Wouldn’t the world change if we really meant, “How are you?” and then took the time to listen. For a practitioner, that is a spiritual moment of open generosity, because ordinary consciousness has taken a back seat. Generosity is the first perfection (paramita) on our way to enlightenment: it starts with empathy, recognising the cloud that obscures pure consciousness. Pure consciousness is merely original, unconditional happiness that is not subject to any conditions. When we loosen, we become free of conditions and realise that we arefineand okay, and we mean it.

It’s good to blow off steam, and to have someone to whom we can blow off steam before we explode. 😀 Meditative space allows the steam to escape and cool down. This is genuine, practical practice.

The Five Regrets of the Dying

I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

I wish that I had let myself be happier.

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Methods and Awakening

There are two approaches to the realisation of our essential nature: we can either approach it through mindful methods, or realise that we are already awake – and if we forget that we are already awake, we then use mindfulness to remember. When we realise that we are awake, we cling neither to mindfulness nor meditative vacancy.

We can spend our whole life engaged upon methods, and never realise that we are already awake. Conversely, we can spend our whole life thinking that we are awake while we’re actually in a vacancy, just going through our routine.

Simply experiencing being occupied or vacant isthe moment of realisation. We wake up! We had been caught and held, and now we are not. This realisation enlightens the darkness. It is because of the light that the darkness is known. It is because of recognising the darkness that the light is known.

It’s a win-win situation.
Recognising the enlightened state is beyond thought.

We miss the mark through doubt and lack of confidence,
and thus cling to the security of method.

We may find that we spend more time on method
than being awake.

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Truth Is The Opposite To Ideas About Truth

Truth is common to all.
Ideas divide us.

It doesn’t matter what we think truth is, we all have one factor in common: truth!
We are all conscious, and that consciousness is the path to realising our ultimate awakening of pure consciousness.

When consciousness relates to ideas, consciousness becomes contaminated and impure, and gives rise to suffering. Instead of thoughts, they become mythoughts. Relatingto ideas about truth is not truth: that becomes our prejudice whereby we divide and manifest hostility to others’ views, whereas the truth is our common experience of pure consciousness that has no prejudice. We see someone stumble and we want to help … but then, ideas get in the way!

When these ‘ideas’ become the orthodox view accepted by the many, then anything contrary to that is considered to be wrong view. The common experience of truth – pure consciousness – has now become an irritant, as it is guilty of being original. Crazy world 😉

Throughout history, humanity has sought truth, but ideas have been placed in humanity’s consciousness to distract it from the realisation that it has always been free of ideas and beliefs. We have unconsciously become attached to or repulsed by these ideas. When these ideas are strong, they are the foundation of religious fervour in its broadest sense, and this isolates us from each other. We lose our commonality of pure consciousness, and so we lose the truth.

Although we have a commonality of pure consciousness, the way in which we express this is unique. That uniqueness should inspire us rather than divide us.

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Humanity Suffers Because It Believes In Something

We suffer because we believe in something.

The essential nature of mind is perfect, crystal clear cognisance. It’s what we are, but it remains unnoticed as we are usually occupied with ‘self’ and so we ignore this reality. This self knowing awareness is our absolute nature that, when realised, sets us free from the layers of belief inherent in ideas.

These acquired beliefs become our reference point, something to which we refer for security. This, however, is a false security that actually causes us to feel insecure and vulnerable, and perhaps hostile to other’s views. We have implants in our mind, which are ideas that programme our responses. For thousands of years, humanity has been programmed to believe, rather than know. The knowing is knowledge of our true reality, whereas belief is the acceptance of ideas that keep us in an imaginary reality. The word ‘knowing’ comes from the Greek ‘gnostic’,relating to esoteric mystical knowledge.

The idea of a self and what this relates to is a manifestation of propaganda, in that we consent to whatever we are told. We are led to believe that everything is real and permanent, and that there is either a creator or we are the creators.

Our beliefs are whatever we refer to. Whatever we refer to is our reference point. This creates a duality of consciousness and that which consciousness is conscious of. It’s all we know – or so we think.

Belief leads to imagination. Knowledge leads to wisdom. Wisdom is the realisation of our enlightened state. Our enlightened state is perfect, crystal clear cognisance. Our path is recognising that we still believe in something. Our practice is being honest.

To be a creator, we have to have a desire.
Perfect, crystal clear cognisance does not desire
as it is original primordial awareness.

So who is this creator?
Creation distracts reality.

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Good Meditation, Bad Meditation; Identical

The mind is a jungle of concepts: whether there are clearings or tightly tangled undergrowth, this jungle simply abides in space. In meditation, whatever takes place in the mind, know that awareness, empty cognisance, pure consciousness, space is ever present. We can become so engrossed in the contents of the mind – both pleasant and unpleasant – that we lose insight into the obvious by becoming so involved in the details that we do not pay attention to the most important part, which is consciousness itself.

In understanding this, we do not have to try so hard, but merely be aware of whatever arises. The danger of misunderstanding meditation could result in us giving up, or being lulled into sweetness and light … headedness. 😀

The real practice of meditation is notpractising meditation, but merely resting in awareness, anywhere, anytime. Meditation is the method to arrive at non-meditation, where there is merely a clear view of whatever appears. In that way, we realise that following thoughts is futile because that entangles us again.

An indication of our progress is our ability to have empathetic compassion. It is not about how good we are at meditation, or how still we can be: it is in our conduct. Has it become less self-serving? We can meditate to a very high standard and yet miss the point, by becoming so entangled in our personal understanding of emptiness that we withdraw empathy and true compassion. It happens.

Realisation is our perfect space of being,
inspired by obstacles that do not exist.

No obstacles, no path, know realisation.

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We Know Everything

When we know good, we know evil.
When we know what is natural, we know what isn’t natural.
When we know light, we know dark.
When we know truth, we know what isn’t truth.

It isn’t knowing of opposites that matters:
It is perception itself that matters.

Pure perception of phenomena is non-conceptual.
There is just seeing, smelling, touching, tasting, hearing,
without judgement.

That is the non-conceptual emptiness of pure consciousness.
That is our natural state; it’s what we are.
That is the good, the natural, the light, the truth.

All else is a temporary play in our imagination,
while pure consciousness just watches.
In this way, we no longer become enslaved by culture;
we can be playful, relating with good humour within this illusory world.

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Meditation Has Nothing To Do With Religion

Meditation has nothing to do with religion.
Religion turns meditation into an occasion.

Meditation is the practice of simply resting in awareness
to realise that we are that awareness.

Meditation is not an occasional event:
it’s every spontaneous moment.

We step aside from our usual routine
of being aware of some thing.

We drop all thinking;
we can do that later.

There is nothing inherently wrong with thinking,
but being attached to thoughts fossilises our mind.

Able to meditate, those thoughts now become significant inspiration.
Once acknowledged, drop the inspiration as there is more coming.

Take a break. Relax. Be aware.
Know we are awake.

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The Garden Of Eden Is Now

We don’t have to harp back to the past to realise truth. If truth was true then, it stands to reason that it must be true now. We are not talking about stories that influence our judgement; we are talking about truth that cannot be interpreted. It just is. The truth is our own pure consciousness. It just is. We cannot deny it, can we?

Whatever happened in the past is happening now, and will happen in the future, and that is that we are deluded into thinking we are free. We are only free when we have the knowledgeof seeing and realising that we are not free. That is transcendent knowledge; the secret knowledge of pure consciousness beyond ordinary, human, physical existence. The majority of people in this world are denied this knowledge.

Not knowing, we are kept in a paradise of delusion that obscures our reality of pure consciousness in favour of an existence based on ‘toys’. We are denied knowledge of our true potential, and are captured in our own imagination. The true knowledge of our reality is the wisdom of the enlightened: the purity of inner consciousness that does not obsess or blindly believe. In this way, we do not give away our precious power. There has always been a battle between inner and outer knowledge; wisdom and ignorance of that wisdom.

We are encouraged to enjoy the physical, material world and rely on the wonders created for us – the Garden of Eden! Our true reality is within consciousness: all else is an illusion conjured up for us to believe. This the Matrix – a cultural, social, religious or political environment in which our ignorance develops, and which creates our confusion. Are we here merely to obey beliefs?

Gnosticism was a second-century ‘heresy’ (heresy?) claiming that salvation could be gained through secret knowledge. The word ‘gnostic’ is derived from the Greek ‘gnosis’ meaning “to know” or “knowledge”. From a Buddhist perspective, the secret knowledge is that we are what we seek, and so we are free in the moment of seeing.

Was the serpent a symbol, showing us the secret of naturally untying the knots of confusion? We are free in the moment of seeing. The truth shall set us free … but there have always been those who don’t want us to know that.

The Gnostics called God the creator ‘the demiurge’, the craftsman. The demiurge is the dark side of our nature, our self. We create our illusions, and want others to agree with these misunderstandings. This is pure make believe, whereas knowledge tells us to look within consciousness itself and realise the transcendent wisdom that is our nature.

We have always been what we seek. It is the seeing that sets us free. We have a right to know. Fake news is nothing new. See for yourself that this self identity is but a reflection of others’ ideas.

Knowledge is to know, to recognise.
To recognise is to re-know what is already known.

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Know One, Know All

There are thousands of teachings about our reality;
they all result in the realisation of non-dual, pure awareness.

Without that, nothing would be known.
Once realised, there is no further need for theories.

Sin is a word conjured up to confuse.
Knowledge awakens us from our dream of paradise.

Unaware of our reality, we speculate and argue.
When we know, we can never not know.

Acknowledging confusion, empathy arises naturally.
What else can love be?

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