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Therefore, be Consciousness.
May 08, 2008 15:00

From One Taste
Sunday, August 3

People typically feel trapped by life, trapped by the universe, because they imagine that they are actually in the universe, and therefore the universe can squish them like a bug.  This is not true.  You are not in the universe; the universe is in you.

The typical orientation is this: my consciousness is in my body (mostly in my head); my body is in this room; this room is in the surrounding space, the universe itself.  That is true from the viewpoint of the ego, but utterly false from the viewpoint of the Self.

If I rest as Witness, the formless I-I, it becomes obvious that, right now, I am not in my body, my body is IN my awareness.  I am aware of my body, therefore I am not my body.  I am the pure Witness in which my body is now arising.  I am not in my body, my body is in my consciousness.  Therefore, be consciousness.

If I rest as Witness, the formless I-I, it becomes obvious that, right now, I am not in this house, this house is IN my awareness.  I am the pure witness in which this house is now arising.  I am not in this house, this house is in my consciousness.  Therefore, be consciousness.

If I look outside this house, to the surrounding area—perhaps a large stretch of earth, a big patch of sky, other houses, roads and cars—if I look, in short, at the universe in front of me—and if I rest as the Witness, the formless I-I, it becomes obvious that, right now, I am not in the universe, the universe is IN my awareness.  I am the pure Witness in which this universe is now arising.  I am not in the universe, the universe is in my consciousness.  Therefore, be consciousness.

It is true that the physical matter of your body is inside the matter of the house, and the matter of the house is inside the matter of the universe.  But you are not merely matter or physicality.  You are also Consciousness as Such, of which matter is merely the outer skin.  The ego adopts the viewpoint of matter, and therefore is constantly trapped by matter—trapped and tortured by the physics of pain.  But pain, too, arises in your consciousness, and you can either be in pain, or find pain in you, so that you surround pain, are bigger than pain, transcend pain, as you rest in the vast expanse of pure Emptiness that you deeply and truly are.

So what do I see?  If I contract as ego, it appears that I am confined in the body, which is confined in the house, which is confined in the large universe around it.  But if I rest as Witness—the vast, open, empty consciousness—it becomes obvious that I am not in the body, the body is in me; I am not in this house, the house is in me; I m not in the universe, the universe is in me.  All of them are arising in the vast, open, empty, pure, luminous Space of primordial Consciousness, right now and right now and forever right now.

Therefore, be Consciousness.

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