AllowingLet go of everything and simply allow awareness of the boundless, endless here and now.
Lucid Dream of II is a lucid dream within a dream, within a dream, within a dream -- infinitely reflected and refracted through the prism of boundless, timeless awareness -- the Net of Indra. Simultaneously dreamer and dreamed, yet neither, I is ineffable, overflowing emptiness. You are that!
Breath of EternityI is the nameless, spaceless, sourceless breath of eternity.
ThoughtsThoughts are like bubbles or waves on the surface of the boundless, timeless ocean of awareness. Allow them to come and go unencumbered, free from attachment or identification. That is the meaning of "take no thought."
Light ConsciousnessWe do not exist "within" light-consciousness any more than light-consciousness exists "within" space and time. Light-consciousness boundlessly encompasses all that is, both subjective and objective. I is that!
PresenceIn presence there are no moments -- only the changing landscape of awareness of the eternally here & now.
Ocean as Drop Metaphor
If a drop of water in an ocean were conscious (i.e., self conscious of its own existence), it would be unable to distinguish where “it” started or ended vis-à-vis the remainder of the ocean, since it is one indistinguishable substance. In order to make such a distinction, it would be necessary for water to separate and distinguish itself from water, which, of course, is impossible except as an imagined or illusory mental construct--which is precisely what we have done. Certainly, ocean can be expressed and experienced in the conceptual form as drop, ripple, wave, etc., just as God/consciousness can be expressed and experienced in the conceptual form as universe, planet, tree, individual, atom, electron, neutrino, quark, ad infinitum. The important point, however, is that the ocean is in the “drop,” not vice-versa. Just as every “part” of a hologram is an indivisible extension of the entirety of the whole, the “drop” is not “in” or “part of” the ocean--it “is” the ocean expressed as “drop.”
The world is a reflection of my thoughts, projected by my mind (the mirror). Space is defined by the boundaries of my thoughts -- the limits of my preconceived ideas. Time is the apparent change arising from the movement of my attention from one thought to another. When I free my mind of preconceived ideas, my world is limitless. When I still my mind, I enjoy the wondrous and boundless beauty ever present in each moment of NOW.
Questioning SelfWho are you" -- I asked myself. Why, I'm you. But, who am I? -- I asked. Precisely! -- I responded.
Screen of Awareness
“I” is: a) awareness/consciousness; b) association with the ego (subject) which believes it is distinctly unique and separate from all that which seemingly appears in awareness (objects); and c) the subconscious which frames the perceptual field of our awareness in conformity to the conceptual beliefs upon which the ego’s seeming existence depends -- the Trinity of “I.” As in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, we are enslaved by our limiting beliefs and blinded from Our Boundless Self. We are our own prisoner. We hold the key to our own freedom -- here and now. “I” is not a viewer in the movie theater of life. “I” is the theater, the screen, the movie, the producer, the director, the actors, and, yes, the popcorn.
Paradox of Nothing & IThe paradox of nothing and I: Nothing is not inside of I. Nothing is not outside of I. There is no inside or outside to nothing or I. Nothing, in all its plenitude, is I. I is nothing.
Is I AM or I IS?
Is it “I 'AM’ God” or “I 'Is' God?” “Is” (“asti” in Sanskrit) is 3rd person singular present. “Am” (“asmi” in Sanskrit) is 1st person singular present. “Am” is personal, while “is” is intra-personal or trans-personal. To say “I AM’ God” is to personalize God “within” my “self.” To say “I’ is God” is to recognize that the same God which constitutes the awareness and life force of everything in the universe, “is” the “I” which constitutes the identity of all that is, including “me,” i.e., the true “Self.” In other words, my “I” and your “I” are not just “related” or “connected” -- it is the one and only “I.” This “I” is singular, but it is not in any way restricted or limited in time or space (or otherwise). In fact, it is simultaneously singular and plural -- perhaps “singural.” For reasons which will take an entire book to adequately address, use of the 3rd person verb “is” with “I” enables one to get in touch with the transcendent aspect of his/her “Self” (“I”) which is both “personal” and “impersonal” (or neither “personal” nor “impersonal”) -- hence “intra-personal” or, perhaps, “transpersonal.” It allows one to “feel” that nature of his/her “Self” which exists at all levels of one’s personal being (down to the smallest conceivable, albeit ultimately non-existent, subatomic, partless particle), yet which also transcends one’s personal body, mind and emotions to encompass the entirety of the “I”maginable, infinite universe of consciousness. One cannot observe this “I” of which I speak, and it is not that which “observes.” “I” is not an it, “I” is not a “who” or a “what,” and “I” is neither subject nor object -- “I” is no-thing. Yet, strangely and beautifully, “I” is all there is or ever shall be. It is egotistical to create boundaries for “I,” i.e., “I” am ______ or _______ (self-imposed constraints and limits we ourselves impose). To be truly ego-less is not to limit or belittle our true nature, but rather to fully accept the boundless nature of the “I” that is.
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