Recognise To Cognise
Recognise: to know again, to recall, to remember.
Cognise: to know.
Recognition is relative reality.
Cognition is absolute reality.
Once cognition occurs, recognition is no longer needed,
until we forget.
As we progress, subtle changes occur.
We may find that we can recognise what is going on in the mind, acknowledging whatever appears and the mind’s reactions. However, if we keep recognising, this actually obscures cognition – pure knowing, pure awareness. The tool used for clarity has become a tool for concealing clarity.
Recognising is remembering.
Once we remember, we know, we cognise.
We don’t have to keep remembering.
We can rest awhile.
Funnily enough, even though pure cognition is present, we still keep trying to remember it. Spiritual practice is to practise remembering. Once we remember, we drop the practising. We have arrived. No need to keep banging the drum! Actually, it’s more like ringing a bell: we strike the bell and the sound resonates for a while and then fades away. We then ring the bell again. Likewise, we recognise the nature of mind, rest in cognition of the nature of mind, forget the cognition of the nature of mind and re-cognise it again. It’s actually just like that – a moment of recognition and resting. A moment of recognition and resting. Short moments, many times.
A moment of knowing dissolves not knowing; it is instantaneous, like a light that illuminates a room that has been dark for a thousand years. We seem to have become so used to the dark that the light appears too bright, and we don’t trust our own clarity, our own knowingness. We continually refer to a reference point of safety because that’s what we see everyone else doing. We don’t trust our own knowingness. Every time we try to copy, we obscure spontaneous presence, and deny our freedom.
Sit straight but relaxed. Eyes open but relaxed. Recognise the mind recognising and reacting, and relax. Allow cognition to barely surface: bare cognition, bare awareness, bare knowingness, bare perception.
We only recognise to cognise.
When we forget, we re-cognise again.
Barely rest; “Not too tight and not too loose.”
It’s that simple.
Maybe nowadays, that simplicity is an obstacle in itself?