In the last few blogs I‘ve been talking about how to experiment so that you can determine what you actually experience. In fact when you look at your experience in detail you find that it is different from what it’s supposed to be. These experiments are good because they show how your everyday experience is not different from the “enlightened experience.” The only difference is that many people look past their actual experience and thus take life’s experiences to be much too limited. These experiments offer you the opportunity to discover how amazing the experience of life actually is. Indeed you will find that you can see life in its full glory.
The other advantage of these experiments is that they are based on your direct experience and not on some intellectual syllogisms careening through your mind. It really is relaxing when your thoughts and experience actually match up with each other.
Before you come down, know yourself
But there is one piece of the puzzle that I left out in the last few blogs. It is an extremely important piece because without it, it will seem as if you are going in and out of the expansive experience that life has to offer. This piece is the who in who experiences life. The reason that you must know yourself is that your identity is the place that you come back to when you are not looking.
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As an example, I can take a nice long trip to Hawaii. But in the end I will come back to my home in California. The same is true of expansive experiences. You can have some lofty experiences; but in the end you’ll come back to the place you take to be your home, and in this case your home is your identity. For this reason you want to take the time to discover your real identity so that you don’t stand as anything less than that.
Find the one thing that is not an
So here’s the secret for finding yourself: In the last few blogs we’ve been discussing how you can take off the filters that seem to limit your view of the world, your body, and your mind. But did you know, there is one thing that you do not see and that is the seer. Now here’s what I did not just say: you cannot know the seer; you just have to find a different way of knowing.
The seer is still, ever-present, space-like, awareness. There are no hard edges or opposites like good and bad, high and low, for the mind to catch a hold of it. That’s why when you stand as the mind and attempt to capture awareness, it seems as if nothing is there. But just because you have the thought, “there is nothing here,” doesn’t mean that nothing is present. It only means that your mind is too crude of an instrument to find what’s really here.
Finding a different way
That’s why you have to find a different way to know yourself. You have to know yourself by being yourself. Here you might ask, “Why do I have to be myself when I already am myself, aren’t I? Yes of course, even now you are yourself. But you take your identity which is limitless Consciousness and Bliss and project it onto a limited object. And then you call that object, “I.” To know yourself, stop doing that. Cut the lines that moor the boat to the dock and float free. When you find yourself caught in the throes of limitation and suffering, find your way free. Rather than taking limitation to be reality, do as Ramana Maharshi suggested: Go back to way you came.
Limitation and suffering isn’t true
In your search make this your motto: If it feels like limitation and suffering, it isn’t true. Find out what you are taking to be your identity and let go of it. Continue in your search until you find the freedom that was always yours. This is the home that feels right. It is the home that you will never leave. Finding your identity, even at the time of death nothing changes. And in the end do you know what you will find? Your self-nature was your actual experience the whole time.
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