True clarity
November 27, 2011, 10:29 am
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“Many speak of the mind without ever investigating it for themselves. It’s easy to spend years studying spiritual concepts and eventually, one might feel they’re getting somewhere when they can speak freely about a topic, such as mind, without actually knowing what is true about it. If you wish, stop whatever you are doing, and close your eyes. Look within this head of yours, and before you speak about mind, see if you can find it. Without assuming it’s here, or imagining what it looks like, close your eyes and simply see if mind is something that exists without speaking or thinking about it.

By grace or good fortune, you’ll experience a level of insight that requires no more than two seconds of your time. You may, in fact, see there is no such thing called a mind, but only a sense of spaciousness within yourself whenever you dare to look within. If there is no mind outside of ideas describing mind, then mind is just an idea. It is a wonderful idea that acts as miraculous or as dysfunctional as your ideas about it suggest. If you wish to be clear and know the truth for yourself, relinquish all needs and necessities to speak about mind, blame mind, or even correct others who mention the idea of mind. Allow this moment to be simple and direct: if mind cannot be found directly when looking within, then it is no longer spoken of, nor is it even considered.

You may see right now how there is no mind, while wrestling with the experiences of mind. Such experiences of mind merely reflect how often you believed and identified with this idea called mind. When you no longer speak about mind, or blame it for anything, including thoughts, the experience of mind begins to subside without your constant effort of reinforcing it. Why speak about an idea, as if it’s something more than an idea, when you cannot find it beyond ideas? This is an essential step.

Without a mind here to be found, there is essentially nothing to blame for any of this. Without blame, something to overcome, or anything else to deny, there is simply an open-ended opportunity to face life directly. This delivers you directly into the heart of clarity. Just like many speak of a mind that cannot be found, there is a drastic misunderstanding that confuses true clarity with ideas imagined about it.

True clarity is the absence of understanding. Many unknowingly avoid this realization by pursuing some form of understanding, or maintaining a previously imagined level of understanding by repeating it, either to themselves or others. Any form of understanding offers you a fixed position of observation, which then becomes the perspective through which a world is viewed only to confirm whatever understanding is being assumed. True freedom and true clarity are one in the same.

It is freedom from the need to understand, or believe something needs to be further understood, that invites you to explore the miracle of life directly. Nothing is in the way of anything, but ideas about a mind that cannot be found, or a need to understand what will only be further misunderstood in the process.

Your need to understand may have led to some aha moments in the past and offered you support whenever you needed it most, but the big aha is revealed the moment you’re free from seeking it. When there is no mind to find, there is no understanding to seek. When there is no understanding to seek, there is nothing left to fear, avoid, define or deny. This may destroy all conventional ideas of spirituality. In doing so, it reveals the true essence of spirituality, which turns the compulsive burden of endless seeking into a celebration of a lifetime.

During this celebration, the real mind is revealed, and it’s not even a mind at all. It is the universe. The universe freely contemplates whatever is imagined — simply for the joy of considering the endless potential of infinite possibility. There is nothing to believe, nor is there anything to disbelieve. There is only the experience of whatever is being momentarily considered. Meanwhile, every idea being experienced blames ideas on other ideas, such as mind, ego, world, karma, etc…The universe has no problem with anything ideas suggest because every idea is a part of experiencing whatever possibility has somehow been imagined.

Ironically, you cannot experience the mind as the universe until you stop calling it the mind. What is essentially more important than holding your world of organized ideas together is letting it all drop away and noticing what remains. It is accepting the invitation to explore life on life’s unimaginable terms, simply by daring to experience this moment — without anything to prove or disprove about it.”

~Matt Kahn

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