Do you have some place where you are more yourself than anywhere else? Do you have some place where you really belong?
The universe is showing us how to be ourselves. Just for a moment drop the idea of a world ‘out there’ and a you ‘in here.’ Stop all thought. Without using memory, ‘Who are YOU?’ While maintaining no thought, no memory, notice a presence is here, and whether you are being a memory of ‘you’ or not, that unchanging presence is witnessing all that is happening. While mind is constantly changing, awareness remains perfectly unchanging. As life transforms between each moment, awareness observes what is changing but remains unchanged. A canvas is not primarily affected by what is painted on it, just as silence is not changed by what music is played. So it is we know change, by that which does not change. We experience relativity, time and space, by that which is absolute, timeless and spaceless.
I am Not, but the Universe is my Self.
Abiding in the heart is pure awareness. It is here that soul is present, reaching out behind the construct of mind, communicating through our emotions, thoughts and body, informing us when we have wandered off course. Soul is guide and protector, map and compass; it illuminates the way, so we remain true to our chosen path. Fate is not entirely conditioned by upbringing or circumstances; soul has already mapped its course and we shape and create our own destiny, moment by moment, by what we think and how we act.
On a clear mind, we sail over the horizon of ordinary awareness. Where thoughts incessantly rise, the sea is troubled, and the waves prevent a passage to peaceful shores. All is calm when mind is withdrawn from the world and we look into our heart.
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
— Carl Gustav Jung
Awakening is recognising all appearances are illuminated from the light that shines in our heart. When subjective mind ‘in here’ has ceased objectifying ‘out there’ we realise we are, at the centre of ‘no-being,’ the source of all that is.
‘Who are YOU?’
We are everything, everywhere, and simultaneously, there is no who, no you, anywhere to be found. Having transcended our personal objective existence, we realise the inconceivable is-ness of being.
Released from this conditioned idea of our personal objective existence, we are FREE.
—Wei Wu Wei
We are, in essence, the sea of pure awareness and waves are the changing world of our perceptions, thoughts and feelings. To know pure awareness is to know the meaning of the words: What we are looking for is what is looking. Mind is a wave looking for the sea. In dissolution of the wave—we walk on the still waters of pure awareness.
To be yourself, stop imagining yourself to be this or that. Just be. Let your true nature emerge. Don’t disturb your mind with seeking.
— Nisargadatta Maharaj