As I mentioned in the last blog, when you examine your experience closely, you find that what you experience is more expansive and joyful than what you might have imagined.
And best of all you don’t need a PhD. in science or some abstract or abstruse theory to understand this. Furthermore, you don’t have to hook up a bunch of fancy digital measuring devices to your body in order to measure your direct experience. You only have to look at your experience afresh as if through the eyes of a child, and notice what you actually experience as opposed to what you are supposed to experience.
Your mind is actually a friendly place
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In the last blog I talked about how you actually experience the world in here, in the mind, and not out there. If you took the time to trace the steps back to where you experience the world, you will have verified this. And it turns out that in here is much friendlier than experiencing it out there. That’s because the more separation you feel the scarier it feels. After all you can never be quite sure what’s out there; is it friendly or not? But if the world is made up of the same substance as you, then you can feel right at home in oneness. That’s why discovering your innate oneness puts an end to fear.
Today, as promised I am going to propose another experiment that you can try. The purpose of this experiment is to take a fresh look at another object that is supposed to keep us separate. It is called the body. So do you actually experience a body? Let’s see. Here is a simple experiment. Just sit comfortably in a chair or lie down. Close your eyes if you need to. What evidence do you have that you are experiencing a body?
Do you actually experience a body?
You may see parts of the body or hear your heart beating. But the main evidence that you experience a body comes from what you feel, right? So now it’s time to notice what you are experiencing. Do you actually feel a body? You may feel the breath go in and out; or a sore knee or back. Perhaps you feel the beating of your heart. But does this all add up to a body? Do you actually experience a body? This could turn things around for you! Look into this deeply and you will find that the assumption that you are limited to a body is just an assumption; it is not reality. So going by your actual experience, do you experience a body? Even now before you lose the body, you can find that it was never your direct experience.
In other words it is only a flying rumor that we are divided up into various bodies. This means that even now we are free of the limitations of the body. This is great news because when you discover this, you find that old age, disease and death do not occur for you; they are not your direct experience. And that means that you can discover what the Buddha knew.
Find your freedom right in this state
Here’s a secret that will help you with this meditation. If you start wondering how you can now get out of the body, notice what you experience even before you attempt your escape. You will be surprised to notice that your natural ever-present state is already free of the body.
You do not free yourself from limitation by creating a new state. After all, any state that you create will be limited by the bounds of time and space. Rather you freedom comes when you recognize what you experience even now; and you might have just overlooked it. Free yourself from the dullness of limitation by challenging the assumptions that you have about your essential nature. Do this by looking deeply into your actual experience. Then you will wake up to the freedom that was there before you were born; and even when the body passes away, this freedom remains!
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