Please explain, “it’s all in the mind.”

The mind is through which we see the world…typically.  Of course, there is what the world looks like when there is no thought…which is something else.  The world, as we see it, is tinted and filtered by the mind.  Mind is just another word for thoughts that arise.  You see what your thoughts allow you to see.  So, it’s all a matter of thought.  Based on our thoughts and beliefs, the world we see is tinted and filtered. Continue reading Please explain, “it’s all in the mind.”

The Self has always been free. The Self is always awake. Right?

This is really a nasty question.  If I say “yes”, then you will think there is nothing to realize and remain stuck in suffering.  If I say “no”, that is not correct and limitations on the Self could be inferred.

You see…it is not as simple as saying “the Self has always been free.”  While true, the question is do you feel free?  Also, are you free from suffering?  If you do not feel free and are not free of suffering, then you are not awake and are not free.  However, it is a figment of your imagination.  An illusion of the mind.  You are hypnotized…and hence asleep…within a prison of your own thoughts.  As long as the illusion is attached to and believed…it is a delusion of being trapped and that delusion has effects. Continue reading The Self has always been free. The Self is always awake. Right?

Can you really speak about nondualism? Isn’t that duality?

In speaking about nonduality, you can only point at it using words.  Words are inherently dualistic.  Chair only has meaning because there are things that are not chairs.  But when I say “nonduality”, I mean that which does not have an other.

Now, you can logically and linguistically say there is duality and nonduality – as if they are opposed and that it is dualistic.  Quite right.  But that use of the term “nonduality” would not really be nonduality.  That would be pointing at something with an other or opposing view.  If you focus too much on the words and take them literally, then you will not understand what is being pointed to. Continue reading Can you really speak about nondualism? Isn’t that duality?

What is the importance of not being attached to things and people?

None.  No importance what so ever.  The ego is what is looking for “shoulds” and “should nots” and rank by importance and trying to do something (like – not being attached).

It is true that the enlightened are not attached to things and people.  When there is a seeing through the illusion of “me”, the illusion of attachment also falls away as it is founded upon an illusory “me”.  However, there is no such thing as “the importance of not being attached”.  There is no need to try to not be attached.  In fact, the enlightened don’t really think about attachment or detachment. Continue reading What is the importance of not being attached to things and people?

How can the world not exist? I just kicked a rock!

The world is an illusion, but even illusions exist.  I would never say that the world does not exist.  Illusions get a bad rap though.  Some people use the term “illusion” to put down the world.  Illusions are great things.  Movies are illusions.  Virtual reality games are illusions.  Dreams are illusions.  The game of life continues because the illusions are believed.

I don’t like using the terms real and not-real.  Are dreams real?  Many westerners would say no.  To many of the aboriginal people, dreams are real and sometimes more real than the world itself.  So during this post, please don’t add any kind of real versus not-real context to anything said.  Let us keep the topic to existing or not existing…and also illusions. Continue reading How can the world not exist? I just kicked a rock!

Would you say there is no doer and no choice?

Really, it does not matter if you call something choice or fate/scripted/preordained.  Either you can say you chose it all or you can say you chose none of it.  I find the “no choice” side tends to promote distancing and escapism.  Distancing and escapism is contrary to nonduality.  You are this and you can’t get away from it.  So I tend to speak from the choice side.  This tends to promote more intimacy and engagement with what-is.

Really either stance is fine, but the problem is when we say we chose something and other things just happen to us…that is duality.  We want to pick and choose…some things are my choice and some things are not my choice. Continue reading Would you say there is no doer and no choice?

Should I just stay as the Witness? The Self is the Witness…right?

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?

Does the Self have emotions or is it part of the body/mind experience?

Duality does not exist outside of the mind.  There is only the Self.  This question is already coming from a dualistic perspective – Self or body/mind.  The body/mind is within and not other than the Self.  So if you experience emotions…the Self experiences emotions.  You are not other than the Self.  As Alan Watts once said, “you are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.” Continue reading Does the Self have emotions or is it part of the body/mind experience?

I struggle with feeling “contracted” & wonder if there is something there to unravel.

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.

Why do my old habits of thinking I am a separate self keep returning?

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?