What we are is not an altered state, but an innocent original unmodified stateless state and yet many of us are trying to get enlightened and have ideas of merging with the cosmos or experiencing great energetic states, but those are altered states.
What we already are is the natural state, and so the idea of arriving to where we already are by altering something is an absurd trick of the mind.
We are taught since childhood to identify ourselves as thinkers and to always be thinking about something, so we miss the fact that who we truly are is the awareness from which the thoughts originate. But you cannot be your thoughts, because your thoughts are seen by you and not the other way around.
This understanding is deceptively simple, and so it is often underestimated. The mind thinks, “This is too simple; that just can’t be the answer,” and so the mind will want to dismiss the idea altogether. When this happens, we are back off running around again searching for answers.
This postponement is a tactic of the mind to delay any disidentification with thought, because then the mind would have no purpose or job to perform. So the mind continues to fabricate all kinds of images of what “it” will be like when “it” finally happens, and all the while the reality of the situation remains hidden.
Many, many seekers are searching, purifying, growing, awakening, stabilizing, deepening, and so on. Years later, they are doing the same thing because they do not realize that they have bought into a conceptual prison with no exit.
The way to get home is to recognize that you are already there.
Those who are actively seeking enlightenment will not find it because the act of looking for it is the distraction from it.
The idea that you can become enlightened implies that this is not already so, that you are not free enough or complete enough, that you are a limited being with a problem, and that problem is that you are not enlightened.
This is incomplete contradiction to the basic position of the great non-duality traditions that say that there is a reality and “thou art that.” I invite you to search long and hard in these traditions to try to find anything suggesting that you need to “become” that or even to “deepen into that.”
All of the world’s greatest spiritual teachings say the same thing: “I and the Father are One.” “You are That.” “Your own mind is Buddha Mind.” “The eye by which I see God is the eye by which God sees me.” Do you recognize these phrases?
Many people expend much effort trying to remove what they believe to be obstacles to enlightenment, all the while never realizing that the first and largest obstacle is the belief that there is an obstacle.
The second largest obstacle is the belief that it’s difficult and you have to struggle to reach it.
What’s needed is to take all the energy and attention that goes into maintaining those beliefs and shift it to turning the attention back in to itself. This means we can simply stop, pause, be still, and not entertain any thoughts or beliefs. We can actually turn the energy around, turn it inward, and be present with ourselves. Just by stopping all those cluttering thoughts and ideas you begin to tap in to that stillness and into what is here now in the present moment.
Absolute freedom is available to you right now. Everything you have been looking for is that which is reading this page right now.
Who or what is reading these words? When I speak of “awareness,” I am speaking precisely of That.