There is no such thing as “the Witness”. There is only awareness. There is seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting, and smelling. There is no seer, no hearer, no feeler, no taster, and no smeller. At best, you might say there is witnessing, but there is no witness.
Saying you are the witness is a subtle way for the ego to sneak in through the back door. The ego says, “I am the witness of my thoughts, feelings, experiences, etc.” This is true…for the ego. What you really are is “awareness-ing”…in which there is thinking, feeling, experiencing, etc. There is no noun. To use a noun – as in ‘I am a witness’ – is a way to have an object to identify with. In reality, you are the witnessing itself without a who/witness. Continue reading Should I just stay as the Witness? The Self is the Witness…right?
Some people talk about feeling an inner knot or feeling contracted. We often identify with this sense of contraction. We also try to expand or open ourselves. Whether we feel contracted or open does not matter, who/what we really are is beyond both feelings. Do not be fooled by the illusion of thought…but also do not be fooled by the illusion created by this feeling of contraction or expansion. It is the same inside this bubble as outside this bubble…and the film barrier is only a thought and feeling.
Cease struggling against the feeling on contraction. Just recognize it as a passing feeling within awareness. It has nothing to do with a “me”. You are That…which includes any feeling of contraction, expansion, or any other feeling. Continue reading I struggle with feeling “contracted” & wonder if there is something there to unravel.
Who is this “I” that will become selfish and who are the “others”? This question comes from an egocentric mind that is trying to grasp concepts it encounters. The enlightened are not attached to people, places, things, etc. So the ego incorrectly concludes this would mean selfishness and not caring about others.
The enlightened know that there are no others…there is only the Self. In this way, the enlightened care for “others” just as much as the Self. The enlightened know that to help others is to help the Self. To love others is to love the Self. Continue reading If I am detached, won’t I become a selfish entity…uncaring about others?
There is a distinction I want to make between thinking you are a separate self and believing/feeling deep down that you are a separate self. Only you can say for certain which it is for you.
Thoughts of a separate self may always return. Thoughts are not you. Thoughts are largely not controlled by you. Thoughts just happen. The brain/mind creates most of the thoughts in relation to a “me”. The brain/mind is trying to protect this organism from danger and to continue living. And so thoughts about “what could happen to me” may arise…even after enlightenment. Awakening just means you have seen through the illusion of “me” and so although the thought “what could happen to me” may arise, it simply is not believed. You do not suffer from worry after the initial random thought. Continue reading Why do my old habits of thinking I am a separate self keep returning?
The idea of partial or incomplete awakenings is a refuge of the ego by creating progress. It feels good, egoically, to say I partially awakened. I have taken another step to “full awakening.” No, that is just being stuck in a new illusion…a new set of chains.
How can there be a partial or incomplete awakenings? It is like saying you can partially know that 2 + 2 = 4. Can you incompletely know 2 + 2 = 4? Both versions are really not yet knowing 2 + 2 = 4. You either know 2 + 2 = 4 or you haven’t quite figured it out yet. Or it is like saying you can partially or incompletely see a person entering the room. You either saw a person enter or you did not see a person enter the room. If you didn’t see, you are not sure a person is in the room. If you did see, you know a person is in the room. Partially seeing doesn’t exist. Continue reading Are there partial or incomplete awakenings?
Whether in the dreaming or waking world, I hope we can agree that there is a happening and events. I do not deny the world’s existence (or the existence of dreams…they happen). Those events are not predetermined and it is not fate and it is not clockwork/mechanical. There is a will creating what is in the moment…ad-libbing and doing improv. There is only the eternal now, which is the Self, and even the Self does not know what will happen. Continue reading Is there free will or is there no free will?
Motivation is something the ego wants. Ego needs motivation and drive to do things it doesn’t really want to do. Motivation is something you need in order to do work. Ask a child “what is your motivation or drive for playing?”…and you will have a very confused child. Or you might get the simple reply…”because it is fun.” What is play, really, but to have fun. So what is being said is “I’m having fun to have fun.” It is having fun for its own sake. This is play…no motivation needed. Continue reading What keeps you motivated after awakening?
Enlightenment is sometimes called Liberation. However, enlightenment means realizing that you were never in bondage to begin with.
Now the ego could try to adopt the belief, “I am enlightened” and try to play the part of someone who is not bound…because you (the ego) will still feel that you suffer, have problems, etc. (i.e. in bondage). Continue reading Can adopting the belief ”I am enlightened” make someone enlightened?
As I define spiritual awakening, the seeing through the mirage of ego is a sudden and deep insight that can not be denied. As such, you either have had the deep, undeniable insight or you have not. There are no stages when it comes to understanding. You either understand, or you do not yet understand.
For example, you know that 1 + 1 = 2. It does not matter how much I might try to convince you that it equals 4, you will not believe me. Isn’t this so? When I show you ” 1 + 1 = ” and ask you what does it equal, you will always say 2…wouldn’t you? Could it equal anything else? Continue reading Does awakening come all at once or in stages?
Engagement does involve duality. I do not deny the appearance of duality and I do not say that duality ceases after Awakening. Nonduality is not some separate state where there is no other only and duality ceases to exist. That would just be another form of duality.
Let us say that one night while you are sleeping, you have a dream in which you realize you are dreaming. This is known as lucid dreaming. The entire dream comes from your own mind, so you are ultimately the creator of the dream. So when you realize you are dreaming, you also realize it is not real…it is an illusion. Also, everyone in the dream…including the dream character you are controlling…was created by you and is an illusion. This does not mean the dream stops. The dream can continue and as a lucid dreamer you can really enjoy the dream. Continue reading Who is engaged? Doesn’t engagement involve duality?