What Recognises, And What Is Recognised?
To cognise: to know, to be aware.
Re-cognise: to know again, to recall to mind.
We first have to distinguish between re-cognising and my re-cognising: the first is simply the knowing of knowing, while the second reinforces a conceptual judgment based on a bias of ‘I’ and ‘my’. My cognisance, my awareness, my consciousness, my knowingness is a judgemental contamination which arises the moment following pure cognisance, pure awareness, pure consciousness, pure knowingness. When we drop the ‘my’, pure cognisance, pure awareness, pure consciousness, pure knowingness remain.
Then cognisance recognises cognisance, awareness recognises awareness, consciousness recognises consciousness, knowingness recognises knowingness.
What recognises? It is knowingness itself. Consciousness itself. Awareness itself. Cognisance itself. Knowingness itself.
What is recognised? It is self-knowingness. Cognisance, awareness, consciousness, knowingness … empty of any modification.
‘Realisation’ is realising the self-existing nature. Our true nature.
‘Enlightenment’ is knowing, rather than a belief. Dwelling in a belief is not knowing.
When we know, we are confident in knowing. If we rely on a belief, then we will never find true confidence; we will be forever hopeful, wishful, caught in the conundrum or trap of “Better to travel than to arrive.”
The moment we see a flower, it is just seen without comment, without judgement, without entertainment, without emotion. There is merely pure awareness.
All we can know is what we know. The simple recognition, experience and realisation of pure awareness, pure consciousness is profound and far reaching.
Perhaps there are many levels of enlightenment. However, when we are shown something that we re-cognise, we are enlightened. This, in itself, is extremely profound. Being introduced to our true nature – pure awareness, pure consciousness – we understand that this has been obscured for a very long time. Through empathy, we realise that everyone else also has these two aspects to their being, that which is true reality and that which is obscuring that reality. Our choice is to take one of two directions: to use this knowledge against others, or to feel compassion for their predicament.
If we think that there must be something more to enlightenment, then we will never feel ‘right’, and will always be wanting. Is there anything more than familiarising ourselves with compassionate, pure awareness, and the effect that this has on our lives, and the lives of those with whom we come into contact? There are fantastic stories, but such activities are not taking place nowadays.
Perhaps religions elaborate in order to attract and give comfort, but we will never feel worthy and that is the dilemma. Is religion actually having the opposite effect to the one intended, making us live in hope and fear?
In this age, we have to know in order to be confident, and we have to keep it simple so that it is clear: We are pure awareness, aware of awareness that is uncontaminated with concepts. At the same time, we have to acknowledge that our minds are contaminated, and that is the path to freedom. We are what we seek.