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Limited versus Limitless
Jake: I’ve been recently experiencing this life and having a glimpse, apparently without an “I.”
Daniel: You are the “unchanging I” without the story. Life, and the “little I” (Jake), appears within you, limitless awareness.
Because you are applying the teachings, your focus/identification is shifting from the “limited I” to the “limitless I,” that which is your true nature. You are appreciating the “I” that remains ever free. Good for you, Jake.
Jake: Very tiny moments, but certainly in my awareness to see Jake’s world and the world.
Daniel: Jake’s world (microcosmic object) and the world (macrocosmic object) appears to/within you, awareness. You are the ever-present subject, and everything else is an object arising in your limitless, unchanging scope. You are free from Jake and the world.
Jake: Not even close to what you call limitless awareness… although I “think” I understand what is being related, but I’ve not experienced such a shift, which sounds to me that once this shift is experienced there is a certainty and absolute clarity about it.
Daniel: There are not two different awarenesses, one limitless and another limited. Awareness is awareness. You are totally close, so close that it’s apparently missed. Actually, you are neither close nor far but rather already this very awareness that you seek, whether you know it or not.
When you, limitless awareness, mistakenly identify as a limited body-mind entity, then awareness will appear to be limited or separate. This is the crux of existential suffering and the core motive, why we embark on this quest of liberation. Once ignorance has been removed by self-inquiry then your limitless nature will become clear and utterly obvious. This very ordinary awareness is all there is to experience. More accurately, you can’t experience it, because you are it.
Sorry to say, but there ain’t no fancy experiential fireworks that will result in liberation. Indeed your experience will shift from a sense of limitation to a sense of fullness, but there is nothing magical or mystical waiting to happen, as what much of the spiritual market sells.
Jake: “I” still find myself identified with my stories and see myself playing in other people’s stories.
Daniel: Ignorance is hardwired. This will eventually flake away as you continue to apply the teachings.
Jake: “I” still am experiencing worries, exhaustion, boredom, etc.
Daniel: These are guna-driven. Jake and his environment will always experience the play of the gunas. Gunas are the “energetic ‘ropes’” that colour in the experience of life. Though these will not cease to stop, your identification with them will cease. This is a profound shift for the experiencing entity. Eventually it will become clear that you are actually free from the gunas and all states of qualities. In scripture we call this triguna-atita.
Jake: I’m now reading How to Attain Enlightenment.
Daniel: This is the most valuable investment you could have gifted yourself.
Jake: Thanks for being out there, holding a space for this awakening.
Daniel: You’re welcome to contact me anytime. But I do suggest that you finish the book first, as it delivers a logical flow and resolves doubts with each chapter.
Jake: Daniel, thank you for the dissection. Limited versus limitless… hmm…
Daniel: Exactly. Limited versus limitless is what it’s about.
Discriminating your limitless nature from the limited forms/objects that arise in you is what it’s about from start to finish!
In other words, we discriminate the real, you (satya), from the apparent reality (mithya). Mithya refers to the changing objects (including the object called Jake) that arise in you, awareness. This is liberation. The conviction and solid confidence in the knowledge that you are the limitless subject is enlightenment.
Here is another subtle point to bounce around: the limited (appearances/objects) depends on and is made of the limitless (you), yet the limitless is always free from the limited (objects).
Jake: I am not looking for fireworks.
Daniel: I’m glad you’re not seduced by all the poetic spiritual fireworks that get sold as enlightenment. Fireworks may come or they may not come. What’s important to note is that they are not necessary for enlightenment. Enlightenment is not an experience but simply firm knowledge. I mention this because many seekers are wanting/expecting some sort of spiritual orgasm to set them free.
Jake: I know that I am already embedded in what you are calling limitless awareness, but still ignorant… but trusting the opening is close… The hardwired density apparently is a huge stubborn object for me to observe as just another object.
Daniel: You are not embedded in anything, rather everything is apparently embedded in you, awareness. You are not a doer, so there is no embedding or activity of any kind for you, awareness. This is a subtle point. But it’s important that we clear up the language and meaning behind each word. Yup, ignorance is stubbornly hardwired, but the very fact that you know it (ignorance) to be an object is great news. As you continue to apply the teachings this will become more clear and more solid, and eventually ignorance will have no grip.
It’s clear that your axe of discrimination is getting sharper by the moment.
Jake: Daniel, your coaching is a true gift. Thank you for the time you take to respond to my inquiry.
Daniel: My pleasure.