Realization includes everything, the mundane and the transcendental. In true awakening, nothing stands apart and nothing is excluded. If we find ourselves in a state where something is excluded, that state, however amazing it is, is still a dualistic state.Enza Vita
Awakening experiences are glimpses of our true nature. True awakening (also called realization or enlightenment) is the authentic, direct, non-conceptual realization of our true nature. Enza Vita
Awakening, or enlightenment, is what happens when we realize that what we are looking for is what we already are, the actual awareness perceiving everything right now. Anything other than that is just a concept.
You don’t have to see fireworks or have lightning shooting out of your eyes. There will be no special audience with God, and you will not be lifted into the sky by hosts of angels. It will be just you, the same as before. I’m sorry to fizzle out all your mind’s projections of what will happen when this special state visits you, but this is just the plain truth. You are already what you are seeking.
Even after awakening, you’re still you! You will not go through a miraculous change and have a complete transformation of your personality.
Individuals that are normally sullen do not start running around smiling and laughing all the time. Neither does enlightenment mean that you won’t ever have troubles again.
You still need to work, keep your job, and pay your bills. You still have car problems, and your children will get the flu. You could still be passed up for that promotion at work, and your partner may forget your birthday.
Your friends will not look at you and say, “You look different today. Were you enlightened over the weekend?” Others will not necessarily recognize you as a special person, especially if they are your family and friends.
You don’t become a special, higher being. In fact, it’s the opposite. You realize you are the same as everybody and everything else.
How do you know if enlightenment has happened? How do you know when you have had a good meal? You know because your stomach is full and you are satisfied. Realization is similar to that. You have swallowed everything. You have swallowed the entire world. Everything is in your own consciousness now.
You don’t need others to tell you this fact, or for others to recognize this fact, or even to approve it. Whether others believe you or not, it doesn’t matter, because your stomach is full and you don’t need anything else.
Being enlightened ironically means realizing that there is no separate entity that can be enlightened or unenlightened. Enlightenment is the experience of no experience. At that moment, everything is dropped—body, mind, all states, all things—everything. Enza Vita
There is no separate entity that could be enlightened or unenlightened. There are only innumerable expressions of the One Being (which we call people, animals, forms), mirror-like facets, reflecting being-ness back to itself.Enza Vita
We are the same. The only difference between you and me lies in the ever-changing perceived, not the never-changing perceiver. That perceiver is only One. The One that experiences itself as your body-mind is the same One that experiences itself in every other body-mind, form, or appearance that exists.Enza Vita
Just because someone is enlightened, it doesn’t mean that whatever they happen to be thinking is the truth. Thoughts are thoughts and they are false whether in the enlightened or the unenlightened.
Just because we are awake, it doesn’t mean we are never going to be tempted by certain thoughts, emotions, or feelings. Enlightened awareness is eternal and incorruptible. However, the vehicle is not.
The true guru is a manifestation of your true nature, as it exists internally and appears to exist externally. The true guru is actually you made manifest, not as you think you are but the real you, presence/awareness itself. Since who you truly are is the totality of being, you are capable of generating many forms, both human and non-human, to bring the focus of the illusionary seeker back to itself. "Guru" is really another word for awareness.Enza Vita
You are the ocean, yet you have believed yourself to be just one of its limited waves. As a wave, yes you are limited. You have a birth and you will suffer a death, crashing against the shore, never to be seen again.
As long as you take yourself to be something contained within the temporary, you will never know the limitlessness that you are.
In truth, you are never limited, only seemingly so. Just as the ocean taking itself to be a wave does not actually divide the ocean into parts, so taking yourself to be a limited entity does not limit the totality that you are.
Realization is not about you, the wave, realizing it is ocean. The ocean realizes itself in you and reveals itself to have never been just a wave. Nothing changes except the falling away of a false belief.
There are two approaches to realizing our true nature. The first is to discover the truth of who we are. The second is to discover what we are not.
If we get rid of the false thoughts of who we think you are, the remainder is what we really are. And when we realize what we really are, all thoughts of who we thought we were drop away and we are free of the suffering of misidentification.
These two approaches are actually the same thing, two ways of expressing the same idea. The famous Indian sage Sri Nisargadatta once said, “You can either push the cart or pull the cart. Both are fine as long as you keep the cart rolling!”
You aren’t actually a someone, a person, who is conscious. Rather, you are the aware space of consciousness itself, within which all the “thought up” entities in your world appear. Out of all these imagined entities, you have simply made the mistake of thinking that one of them is you.Enza Vita
Awareness is that which is reading these words right now, whatever “that” is. You know without a doubt that there is something reading these words right now, and awareness is precisely what that is. This has to be your true self. You are this awake intelligence that is aware of every idea, every emotion, and every event. Enza Vita
Awareness, our true nature, is like the sun in the sky. The sun’s rays are the pathless path we travel back and forth between our original nature and its expression, thoughts, emotions and objects.
Without encountering an object, the light of the sun wouldn’t be visible. It is only visible when it reflects back off an object. Manifest reality, the world around us, is the object, a mirror like-reality that reflects back the sun, allowing its light to be seen. Just as a reflection in the mirror, it may look very real, but it is only a reflection. Although it might look like there are two realities, the sun and the mirror, there is really only One.
When you first start to inquire as to your true nature, you might begin to see that you are not the body-mind. Then you might identify yourself as the consciousness or witness that perceives everything. But then from that vantage point you begin to realize that this consciousness is just your universal body, the body of the absolute, and that your ultimate nature is actually before consciousness.
At the level of absolute truth, you are already enlightened, free, and complete. At the level of relative truth, you experience suffering because you haven’t yet realized this.
Both truths apply. They are inseparable, two sides of one coin, and the goal is not to pick one or the other but to embrace both.Enza Vita
True realization is a full stop un-grasping of any perspective and the ability to see all perspectives at the same time. The mind can never open like this if it is clinging to one perspective. Only awareness, our true complete natural state, can reveal this.
If people say that no practice is needed to awaken, awareness sees the truth in that. If people say that you need a practice to awaken, awareness also sees the truth in that. To see truth in all beliefs, without having to believe in any of it, is true freedom.
The practice of presence is an opening, a relaxing of your focus (while maintaining alertness) and letting everything come to you, instead of you chasing after something (even though the reality is that awareness doesn’t “come” to us because we already are that). The words “relaxing into it while maintaining alertness” seem to point to a mind-made effort, but what I’m talking about is to leave the mind as it is, without giving it anything to do. Enza Vita
The habit of always flowing out into thoughts, emotions and outer manifestation distract us from our natural self and the distractions seemingly cover this awareness. But all that it is happening is that attention has flown outward, chasing objects. In reality awareness has not gone anywhere. It is still the background, the perceiving of everything. Without awareness, you wouldn’t be aware of anything, including the distractions. Enza Vita
. Awareness is something that is absolute, without degrees. It is not a relative concept.
My experience is that sometimes it seems as if I am in a deeper state of awareness at one time or another, for example when I am by myself, and there is just this absolute vastness, absolutely no separation, because I don’t have to exteriorize myself in order to relate to another. But this is only from the relative viewpoint of the body-mind.
The natural consequence of awakened beingness is a clear and simple expression of presence in each moment, unobstructed and undiluted. In this expression, the creative impulse comes to the fore; all things are now done for the joy of it, to simply express the “beingness”of our true nature by living it through all we do.Enza Vita
In recognizing the illusion of continuity, we have the opportunity to stop fearing death and to know the deeper reality that exists underneath and beyond death. We realize that we are not the one that is frightened. We are That which is witnessing fear. We are not the one who dies. We are the One that witnesses death.Enza Vita
We are all born to fly. Instead, we sit on the branches afraid of the leap into the unknown but the unknown is where enlightenment lives. Our true nature is the unknown.Enza Vita
The realization of the "I am" is an advanced realization and many will stop here to enjoy living as the universal beingness. Only very few rare ones keep going past his lofty state and come to realize that even beingness is still a form of duality.
This is sometime called the “The Great Death” or even "The Great Suicide" because to move past this stage, we need to give up the high identity as the universal "I am" and surrender to the final and terrifying realization that “there is nothing”.
This “nothing” is not an absence but a “something” which is not a thing, pure awareness unaware of Itself. This is the only ultimate reality, the final step.
Even though now it is realized to be a dream, it feels like the most amazing precious gift that out of all the infinite possibilities, I am here now, in this body, in this life. The impermanence of life makes it all that more precious. This simple ordinary feeling of being here now is the biggest miracle of all.