I am serious about waking up from the dream world of thoughts, ideas, beliefs and judgments–the world of the mind that causes no end of suffering on this planet.
Have you suffered enough? Are you ready to be free from suffering? If not, then just stop reading and go visit some other blog, for what follows is not for the faint of heart. If you have the courage, then I invite you to take a journey into your deepest Self, where suffering is nonexistent.
Let’s start with some questions. If you have read this far, then do not shy from them! Read slowly, one question at a time. Let each question wash over you. If you experience fear, grief or pain, surrender fully–do not hold back–and find out what awaits you on the other side of those feelings. Here we go:
Are you afraid? Of failure? Illness? Disability? Of being unloved, unlovable, alone? Death? What does fear do to you? How does carrying it in your heart affect your daily life? How does it affect your thoughts about the future? Do you think your life would have been different without that fear? How real are your fears, right here, right now?
If you were told that you only had a limited amount of time left–which you do, of course, but let’s say three months–how would you feel? What would you do? What happens to your fears? What happens to everything in your life? Every thing. What happens to your worry about money? What happens to your worry about how you look? What happens to your concern about your health, well-being and physical fitness? What happens to your complaints about the political situation, global warming, poverty, famine, violence and persecution of others? What happens to your concern about your next meal? What happens to your thoughts about the things you think you lack? What happens to your thoughts about your friends? Your family? Your loved ones? Your most precious possessions? Your beloved animals?
Do you think you will just cease to exist when you die? Do you feel assured that you will be saved and live eternally in heaven? Do you fear that you will burn in hell? Does this life on earth feel like heaven or hell to you? Or does it just feel like a kind of limbo? Do you just put one foot in front of the other, day after day, making the best of this life because you’re pretty certain this is all there is and you may as well make the most of it while you can? Perhaps you are relatively happy–you just occasionally hit a rough patch in life–so you don’t really think about any of this, nor care.
Do you feel good about who you are and where you are, now, in your life? Do you feel good about how you have treated others? Yourself? If not, why not? Do the worries you have and does the guilt you carry prevent you from feeling good–perfect–right here, right now?
Are these questions you have considered before? Or have they never crossed your mind? Perhaps you have always been too afraid to even contemplate these things. Does reading these questions cause you to catch your breath? Does contemplating them cause your heart to constrict? When you ponder them, what rises to the top of your ‘priority’ list? What stands out as important? Why is it important? Was it equally important to you before you read these questions? Perhaps it was, and you just didn’t realize it?
Does your priority list include love, inner peace or a sense of fulfillment, and joy? Do you feel that those are missing from your life now? If so, what stands in the way of you feeling love, experiencing true inner peace and a sense of fulfillment, and being filled with joy, right here, right now?
Do you realize you can live a life that is filled with inner peace and joy? That living such a life has nothing to do with religion, tradition, the culture your grew up in, politics, your health, *shoulds* or *should nots*. It has nothing to do with becoming successful or achieving fame, fortune or recognition of any kind. It has everything to do with knowing who you really are, underneath all the layers of collective pain and conditioning that humanity has heaped upon itself for millions of years. Pain and conditioning that was heaped upon you by your parents and society, and that is embedded in your very DNA.
Who you really are is free from worry, judgment, thought, belief and fear. Who you are does not–can not–suffer. Who you are is fully here, Now, always and in all ways. Who you are is not your mind, not your worries, not your fears, not your beliefs or thoughts, not your body, nor even your DNA. Who you are is the intelligent awareness that hears and sees, tastes, senses, breathes life into your lungs, pumps blood through your arteries and veins, regulates your temperature, releases hormones and other chemicals, and keeps your brain synapses firing and your body functioning, without any help from your mind.
Who you are is not separate from that which controls your body. Nor is that which controls your body separate from that which controls the body of your loved ones, your friends, your neighbors, the plants and animals on Earth, the planets that orbit the sun, the galaxies in the Universe, the Universe itself!
Mind-blowing, isn’t it?
The mind cannot understand or conceive of something so vast, so deep. And it may try to convince you that what you just read is bullshit. Or it may try to convince you that you must understand this ‘concept’ before you can accept it. But don’t believe everything your mind tells you–there are some things the mind does not know. There are some things the mind can not know. The mind is limited. YOU are limitless.
The Truth is that you are One with all that is. All Life. Now. In the present moment. All there ever IS. All else is thought–thoughts about the past, thoughts about the future, or beliefs (thoughts) about some ‘thing’ or other… all thought. There is no life in thought, and there is no thought in Life.
Your suffering, and the suffering you inflict upon others, is caused by the thoughts you entertain and believe to be true.
It’s that simple!
Perhaps you didn’t know this. Or maybe you don’t believe it. No matter. You can find out for yourself what’s true. Choose Now and discover who you really are. All other choices eventually lead to suffering. No ‘ifs’, ‘ands’ or ‘buts’ about it.
Fulfillment is not found in any goal you attain, any dream you actualize, or any purpose a clever mind has imagined and continues to chase. Fulfillment is how deeply and vividly you are experiencing whatever you appear to experience, and how freely you allow what comes and goes, to freely come and go.
The entire article from which this snippet came can be read on Matt’s web site.
Love Be Thy Name.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
You can always cope with the now, but you can never cope with the future–nor do you have to. The answer, the strength, the right action, or the resource will be there when you need it, not before, not after.
The emergence and blossoming of understanding, love and intelligence has nothing to do with any tradition, no matter how ancient or impressive–it has nothing to do with time. It happens completely on its own when a human being questions, wonders, listens and looks without getting stuck in fear, pleasure and pain. When self concern is quiet, in abeyance, heaven and earth are open. The mystery, the essence of all life is not separate from the silent openness of simple listening.