Inaccurate Balance In Life
We have two aspects to our life: material consciousness and spiritual consciousness.
Material consciousness is our ordinary thoughts, while spiritual consciousness is that which perceives ordinary thoughts. To put it simply, our reality is the knowingness of knowing.
It is the misunderstanding of our reality that is the pernicious trap in which we live, especially when it comes to considering the unveiling of enlightened essence and the use of meditation.
Merely reading and hearing about consciousness doesn’t mean we are conscious. Such activity is just part of our material consciousness. To understand consciousness accurately, we must first realise the experience in everything we do and say. We not only do things mindfully, but with conscious awareness. We can recognise the truth, but that is not the same as realising the truth.
Imagine a see-saw; one end represents material consciousness and the other, spiritual consciousness. If we are only concerned with material consciousness, then the see-saw at that end goes down and spiritual consciousness goes up-in-the-air! Conversely, only being concerned with spiritual consciousness, we become ineffectual in the world – and our material life goes up-in-the-air! 😀
These two extremes are termed ‘eternalism’ and ‘nihilism’ – everything either feels permanent or is not worth bothering about: in this way, we end up either in fixations or depression … or we see-saw in between.
When our material consciousness and spiritual consciousness are in balance, it’s like seeing a reflection of the moon in a pool of water: the moon and the reflection are simultaneous, a unity, non-dual. We can enjoy the senses and, as we are in balance, we no longer have to hang on to either the experience or the experiencer. We remain in experiencing.
At the start of our journey, the see-saw is long. As we progress, the see-saw gets shorter and shorter, until there is only the fulcrum left. We are on a sharp knife’s end! 😀 “Not too tight and not too loose.”
The unknowing of knowingness:
Knowingness experiences at first hand
rather than second hand.
We constantly feel the situation.