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M: Hi, Daniel.
That seems to be where I am now… there is a play being watched. Are my actions reactive or proactive? I think it depends upon from where I am seeing or playing the role… from the stage character or the seats? Lately there has just been awareness… flowing, doing its thing. It’s been nice, a home of sorts.
Daniel: Yes, it definitely depends upon your view. There are two view options: the “limited jiva view” and the limitless view.
Taking yourself to be the jiva offers a limited view and is the number-one cause of existential agitation.
Claiming your true identity as actionless awareness translates to a very different view, an experience of ease and loving unconcernedness.
We’re going for the latter.
You describe awareness as something other than yourself. But this awareness that’s “lately been flowing and doing its thing” IS YOU, and this you has always been available.
This is where the work of self-inquiry comes into play. Vedanta offers the methodology that allows the mind to reclaim its true identity as free awareness so it can enjoy this limitless view as itself for itself. We call this resting in awareness as awareness. But this resting only occurs when ignorance (identification to/as the limited entity) has been removed.
Here’s another thing to contemplate: it’s not the jiva (the person reading this) that knows awareness, but rather awareness (you) that knows the jiva. The person named “M,” like the tree outside, is an object known to you.
M: Amazing points!! I like the last one. Yes, I am the awareness that knows M. I have always signed off memos as “Love pretending to be… M.”
Daniel: That’s a good sign-off. ☺
M: I had an explosive shift and opening five years ago… it was an experience, a satori, that lasted two months; it was just day after day of continual Oneness… no me, no anything… just everything as clear boundless vibration. It faded, then slowly opened more gracefully.
Daniel: This is why in Vedanta we clarify between experiential enlightenment versus knowledge-based enlightenment. We are all about the latter. Knowledge is always available and is not subject to change, whereas the former type of “enlightenment” is at the mercy of the clock. Actually, experiential enlightenment is not enlightenment to begin with. Here’s a link that distinguishes the two.
We do not give much concern to the world of objects (mithya) – which includes spiritual experiences. Moksa is not an experience (no matter how “spiritual”). Moksa is freedom FROM experience.
M: Now, years later… I am just this… presence… life is smoother and feels like a different dimension.
Daniel: You, awareness, have always been just this presence. You are never not present. Textures and dimensions are objects appearing to/in you and only apply to the jiva. You, awareness, are free from all qualities, including the jiva reading this.
M: I express its beauty with music as I play guitar and sing to seniors, and have discovered the Native American flute to be the closest instrument to express this place.
Daniel: The “it” is actually you. So let’s rephrase: “I, formless awareness, use this jiva as another vehicle to express my beauty in apparent forms.”
M: I don’t see the place as something seperate from me or anyone… rather everything and everyone is a pattern of this place… yet most are unaware.
Daniel: I know what you’re trying to say, but awareness (you) is not a place. You are timeless, dimentionless, borderless and simply the non-dual light that knows everything that is. Actually, everything is only dressed up in apparent form.
M: I had dinner with a girl last night… who was talking about her job, etc.… I will say her energy felt as though she was literally in a different place… than I was. It was like she was the icing and I was the cake. She was pure story and individual. She described her stress-reduction seminar as mind-body experiences… I could barely express who I was to her… and didn’t even bother. It felt like a glass was between us…
Daniel: Yup, Isvara sure enjoys creating storytellers. Good for you, it’s best to zip the lip and not talk about spirituality or inquiry if the person is totally trapped in dualism.
M: Others… in this world… are completely lost in story… I know there really isn’t any other… and can see that… but knowing this experience and Truth… does offer a warmth, a freedom from the mind continually striving to make a story perfect. This offers perfection all the time. So I can even see this girl was perfect in her thin view of life.
Daniel: When you understand yourself to be non-dual awareness, you then love everything because everything is you. You are perfect in all forms and in all ways, always (including in the form of blonde samsari babes!).
M: I have another friend that, on the other hand, is a complete vibration of grace… fully awakened… and beautiful. I spend a lot of time with her. It’s just easier.
Daniel: This is nice.
M: Question… I am interested in teaching… I wrote two books about this… I don’t call it Vandatta [M must mean Vedanta] though… I don’t call it anything, really. One book is a poetry book, the other is a path book. It teaches pointers… uuuugg. I fought that one for a while, then wrote it and found it to be so fun.
So… in teaching… I was gonna charge, but decided… hmm… I’d prefer to offer this for free… what are your thoughts?
Thanks for writing. It’s good to connect with others… who get it.
~ Peace… pretending to be… M
Daniel: I suggest pausing on the teaching idea and first establish the mind firmly in self-knowledge. I suggest that you invest in James Swartz’s book The Essence of Enlightenment. Read it over and over. Digest each page. And then read it again. The best way to teach is through dharmic action, and if Isvara demands that you teach then the appropriate timing/situation sure will arrive. There’s no rush. Here’s a link to James’ book.
Feel free to write to me after you’ve read it.
~ Om for now, Daniel
M: Hi, Daniel…
Thanks for the great feedback. I totally understand everything that was pointed out… the awareness is all… always, and even appears as a separate story at times… to know itself… I am all of this, it’s beautiful. I really don’t read books… I watch videos here and there, maybe read poetry… I like James reading his stuff.
It’s nice to talk to someone who is in this place too… who is this place… this endless place.
I am finding the teaching takes place… I don’t do it… it happens within my flute-journey talks or guitar gigs… or at the store buying coffee.
And it doesn’t need to happen also…
~ M ☺
Daniel: Easy day, friend. ☺