Music by Kevin MacLeod
Knowledge is one of the things that prevent us from awakening. Why? We think we know many things and knowing these things keeps us from being awake. To gain awareness we need to unlearn what we know, or think we know. We need to let go of every piece of knowledge and just be. In the East they call it the way ‘neti neti’ which means ‘not this, not that.’ In the West we refer to it as ‘via negativa’ which means a way of nothingness.
We should see our lives as a passing of events without getting attached to anything. We should witness those events as they pass, but not lay claim on them. Rather, we should be a part of them without identifying them. We should experience them without saying, “This is mine” or “This is who I am.” … Read More »
Ironically, one of the main things that keeps us from awakening to our true nature is knowledge. We think we know things, and knowing these things keeps us from being awake. Our belief that we have true knowledge keeps us caught up in our perceptions, labels, and opinions, making them appear as realities rather than the biased points of view they actually are. If truth is a matter of perspective, can we call it truth? If situations change depending on how we look at them and on who is doing the looking, can we really trust our judgments to be true knowledge?
Getting past the assumption that we have all the answers is the first step in moving toward a higher, more inclusive truth than the one we currently perceive. In the Far East, they call it neti neti. It means … Read More »
Before anything can be known, before anything can come into existence, there must be someone who is the background to all that exists. When we wake up in the morning, everything blooms in our awareness. But would it all be there if we weren’t around? Can there be anything without us first being aware of it? The “I am” is present before anything else exists. Thus, you are before everything else can be.
Once we start giving labels to the “I am”, problems arise. Food, clothing, shelter, personality – all of these things exist only because we have identified with them. But before we identified with them, who or what, are we?
We are the background on which everything occurs. Although we identify with the body upon waking, we are not the body. Even before identification with the body and any labels … Read More »
#29 Enlightenment-The Journey Towards Enlightenment
The infinite reality of now is what life is really all about. In many ways, we have created a prison around ourselves. The walls are all those limiting ideas of who we are, who others are, and what life is. Practice neti neti: not this, not that. Let go of all the false identifications you have for yourself and everyone around you who limits both you and everyone in your life. We create a prison not only for ourselves but for everyone else, through our limiting attitudes and thoughts. Let’s allow the walls that encase our minds to crumble. It’s time to let the prison doors swing open.
How? We do this by being with what is. When we let go of the labeling, the judging, the attaching, the craving, and the identifying, what’s left is pure I am-ness. In that … Read More »
#28 Enlightenment-How Do We End Suffering & Find Happiness
#27 Enlightenment-The Importance of Just Being & Stop Creating Mental Opposites
#26 Enlightenment-How to Live an Egoless Life Without Labels
#25 Enlightenment-Spontaneous Living-How To Live an Enlightened Life
#24 Enlightenment-Our Suffering Stops When We Identify with Our True Selves
#23 Enlightenment-Who Are We If We Wake Up From Our Lives
#22 Enlightenment-Silence, The Royal Road to Enlightenment
#21 Enlightenment-Not Identifying with Our Desires & Just Be
#20 Enlightenment-”Total Recall” of Who We Are
#19 Enlightenment-Rembrandt’s Self-Portraits & Discovering Who We Are