The Dawning Of Our True Nature
When in meditation, thoughts subside and stillness is found. Stillness, if not observed, can easily turn into a state of vacancy, of not knowing, of being oblivious, of suspended animation. We have gone from one extreme to another, from being aware and interested to falling into emptiness, a voidness.
Understanding the relationship between emptiness and awareness is of utmost importance – and a bit of a shock.
Emptiness is absolute reality.
Awareness is relative reality.
These two need to be seen as a unity, in order to understand the precise of subtle truth. The Buddha said, “Not too tight and not too loose.”
Noting this state of vacancy, look into that which is aware of this vacancy. It is empty awareness itself: that empty awareness is the unity of emptiness and awareness, and is therefore pure awareness. When empty awareness is experienced, by resting without modifying or contaminating, our true nature dawns. The experiencer dissolves into pure experience.
If we are looking for something more than this, then we miss the whole point. Feeling guilty, half hearted, unworthy, unhappy and cold, we look for something easier, something more familiar. We get involved with something ‘else’, and become excited, worthy and hot – which eventually creates more dissatisfaction. This our samsaric existence.
One day, the truth will dawn.