I would immediately ask, “where are you looking?” And then follow that up with, “what is looking?”
Looking anywhere or anywhen else than here and now would be pointless. The Self is here in this very moment. The whole idea of seeking means to look somewhere else and find in the future. When you seek your keys, you look for it everywhere but where you are. You wouldn’t think to see if they are in your pocket. When you seek your keys, you expect to find them in the future…but not now. In this way, seeking is an egoic way of delaying finding…or more accurately, realizing what-is right here and right now. Continue reading What advice would you give someone seeking the Self?
If you want seeking to cease, then don’t focus on the seeking. The seeking is just the greenery, and so go to the root. Inquire into the “me” that is seeking…the “me” who wants to stop seeking. What is this “me”? Continue reading How do we stop seeking?
Don’t “try” not to identify…it is not a matter of trying not to identify. In asking this, you are admitting you are already identified…and so you must accept this – not resist it. Instead you need to clearly see you are not what you are identifying with…then you automatically cease identifying with it. Only through delving into the identification, seeing it thoroughly, and understanding it can you realize the error in identifying with it and ever believing it was who you are.
The focus is not on “trying not to identify” but to clearly see and understand. Ignorance only continues when uninvestigated. So I am saying investigate the identification thoroughly. Do this and you will find you no longer identify with whatever it is and you know exactly why it was in error to believe you were it. I don’t want to create a practice of “trying not to identify”, so I am attempting to be very clear that you need to cease trying to do anything about it and just look at it deeply. With understanding, things change on their own. We see through the illusion and we cease to be fooled by it any longer. Continue reading Should I try not to identify myself with any of the roles that I play?
You want to know how that realization will sink in and how to keep the knowing when the body/mind is full of fear or suffering. You say you have awakened (per ‘what I am is obvious’), but I must tell you that you really don’t know who you are. Maybe on some intellectual level you are trying to believe something, but in your heart and bones you “know” otherwise.
The same kind of thing happened when (for example) a devote Christian told me he was absolutely sure that when he died he would go straight to heaven and enjoy everlasting bliss next to God. And yet he was terrified about his own death. Why? If death truly is going to a “better place”, then what is the problem with death? Continue reading I do self-inquiry and what I am is obvious. How will that realization sink in?
Enlightenment is also called liberation, but enlightenment is realizing that you were never bound to begin with. So although nothing was gained by enlightenment, what was lost was the delusion of bondage (an illusion of the mind). In losing the delusions and illusions, we realize our natural state.
As there is nothing to be gained, that is why I think some people mistakenly say “everyone is enlightened.” Or some mistakenly say “everyone is enlightened” because “enlightenment is out natural state.” This too is mistaken because enlightenment is realizing our natural state instead of continuing to think who we think we are…with all of our problems and suffering. Continue reading Isn’t everyone enlightened?
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?