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The World is Inside You – The Next Step


Awareness has no next steps. The only entity who cares about next steps or what she/he might “get out” of this realization exists exclusively on Level Two identification, the self, the individual, the thought that cries out – that’s me!

This is the fear-based life of belief. The human being who believes she is a thought labeled “me” is living exclusively out of uninvestigated belief. It’s no different from believing in the tooth fairy or santa claus.

Once it is fully realized that we are not a thought, then there is truly no one who could ever be enlightened. That is a huge joke. It’s perfectly okay to be the butt of that joke, for he who is a butt, is also a thought, so who could possibly care?

Every thought that asserts that it is you is false. Thus you can never be improved.

The entity that you refer to as you is just a procession of thoughts that we might label as good, bad, neutral, active, dull, etc.

Everything we experience is just another thought. There truly is no place we could go. The very best the mind could ever formulate, would just be another thought seeking to discover a better thought. Isn’t is ridiculous – absurd? Let’s get off this merry-go-round.

It is all turbulence celebrating a non-entity.

The game of seeking the self – of pining for enlightenment – ends the instant it is truly realized that there is no self that can be contained within thought. None – Zero – Null Set. Yes the personality continues, how could it not????? And why would that ever be a problem? If you hate yourself, then it’s just a case of one thought hating another thought and playing out their theatrical performance … for the benefit of whom????????

All thoughts, especially we must know – those thoughts about the self, are just bubbles passing through a field of awareness. When we pin any identity onto them, then we have invoked the authority of ignorance in our lives. It really couldn’t be simpler than that.

So then, is there anything to do?

NO!

The only impact this realization could have for us is that we stop doing what is ignorant. We stop seeking a better me. We stop dreaming of an enlightened me.

Also, we stop believing in an ugly me – a bad me – or an “anything” me.

Our minds respond to realization with grace, connection, pleasure, and love. Ignorance returns and we softly smile, for we have seen it arise in our lives countless times. Emotional pain arrives and we greet it with appreciation (with the same openness that awareness offers everything), for knowledge of emotional suffering allows us to unite with all others who similarly suffer. Thus suffering is a gift – it is essential for authentic compassion.

For we never leave Level 2. Our personality continues in this life, but it is now free to love itself just as it is – or not. It’s all just thought doing its thing. Thus the highs and lows will continue, but they will be free from the enslavement to seeking a better me, an enlightened me. That is the only difference. It becomes bored with such talk, for it has traversed that field a million times and now it’s time to move on.

Our own aliveness is one with the aliveness that is seamlessly everywhere and holds everything.

So what is the freedom of liberation? It is freedom from the running after an alluring me that isn’t real. That’s it in a very small nutshell. Reflect on what that means!

Now you really are free!!!!!

What more can one say? The more we say, the more questions the ignorant false-self will produce. So enough for now. It’s time for coffee and bagels.

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The World is Inside You


Reflection in Rain Puddle by the Author

This phrase “the world is inside you” is often repeated in spiritual circles. But what does it mean? How can we take this profoundly powerful statement from mere words to direct experience?

First, let’s take a look around. What do we see? What can we hear – touch – feel?

We can notice that our sense impressions are recorded by our brain. We can also realize that our brain is also “inside us”. Everything we experience can be experienced as “inside us”.

But there is a deeper realization here. I have noticed three discrete levels to experience. We can call our experience of our senses as Level One.

For each sense impression there is also a “me” that is sensing. That “me” occupies the center-point of our immediate experience.

So far, so good.

Now let’s take a careful look at this center-point; me. Can’t we also see that this oh so personal me, with its countless thoughts and experiences is also inside us? As we quietly observe this personal me, we realize that it too is an object of awareness. What we have taken as the center point of our experience is, like everything else, on the periphery of the world.

What is this “me” that attracts all of this attention, that seems to anchor our experience? Is it not the body with its drives – this conditioned mind with its fears and hopes – is it not this thoughtfulness that assesses many moments for their value or irrelevance? This me is a compelling zone of energy molded by our physical self and our personal psychology.

From the perspective of Liberation from the Lie, this me is, primarily, one of several “fear-selves” each of which possesses its own cluster of fears and desires. Each is rooted in the underlying stratum of inadequacy and, deeper still, the Wound which gives birth and life to all our Fear-Selves. This rather complex cluster of beliefs, needs, ideas, and all the rest constitute our personal sense of self. But, if we carefully read this book, we can see that they are really an adaptive construct designed to keep us at a very safe distance from the much more feared darkness of the Wound. We can really see all of this – both as an intellectual concept and, more importantly, as a way that predicts and describes our immediate experience perfectly. We see all of this as we might see it all acted out in a play or movie.

When we feel depressed, trapped, or hopeless, we know that our primary Fear-Selves have been unable to adapt to life, as they have in the past. There are chinks in the armor. Our life-long commitment to transcendence, to figuring this “thing” out, to just getting over our own bullshit is now in the very process of collapse. Now the dark essence of the primal Wound enters our immediate consciousness. As our Fear-Selves deteriorate, our positive beliefs about our psychological self morph back into the negative self-images that we birthed by the Wound many, many years ago. We come to believe that we truly are losers, we are unattractive, unworthy of love, stupid, we are insufficient to the demands of our own Fear-Self based beliefs. The pores of our Fear-Selves have expanded and the dark heat of the Wound pierces our once happy life. This is the crisis we both feared and pained for.

This is a gift – for now, we don’t have to flee to some belief system or to something that has “worked” for us in the past. Instead we can abandon the struggle to escape through thought and face what is truly real – our most compelling internal fear. So we turn around and face the immense goblin that resides in the very center of our sense of self and see what happens next. This is something that is explored in great detail in my book and I suggest that if your want to start a path based on reality and direct experience instead of second-half beliefs handed down by everyone that is not you, then you would do yourself a favor to examine this path.

This too is inside us. All of it is inside us.

Once this personal self is seen as another object, not really much different from any other object, what we have taken as our center point dissolves.

If we have followed all of this, we see that we are really that which is aware of this ceaselessly unfolding world. What can we say about this field of awareness? First know that not many people inhabit this world of awareness. Sure, we are all aware, but we are really expericning is the quality of attention and not awareness. Attention is an activity of the mind and often at the service of a Fear-Self. Our identification with the “I/me” blocks this deeper field of life. We confuse attention with awareness. Everything we say and do – everything – including the words of this post, come from Level 2 – the personal me, for Level 3 is silent, seeing, and unchanging. Everything we say and do, is a consequence of attention.

The field of awareness has absolutely no inherent quality that we can ever objectify. It is utterly serene. It is open to the light that is everywhere in and as everything.

At first we just have brief touches from this underlying world and over-girding world. But the more we see the psychological self as just another object among millions of objects, the more space we will allow for the emergence of this underlying field of being. The less said about this field, the better. But the more it is realized that everything and everyone is inside us as a briefly objective truth, the more potential we will enable to arouse the emergence of this very subtle beingness.

Awareness is different from everything else because it is utterly characterless. It is the nothingness that holds the everythingness.

Note: it’s essential that you understand that this post is not you to overcome any fear or concern in your life. It is only to see it as a passing element in your life. The source of this seeing is the vast field of awareness that is your fundamental, unborn nature.

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You Don't Have to Believe in this World



All beliefs are false, including the belief in this world. If you believe in this world, then a part of your authentic being is closed from the truth of this moment. When you sever the entranced social tethers of this world, a new light will be allowed to shower down onto you. It is the light of your own liberation – for the self of this world is a slave.

If you could get into a time machine and go back in time, say to the time of the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, you would feel like a distant observer to a world whose ways and organization would be very mysterious to you. You would be able to see this world in a way that no person who actually lived in that era experienced it, for you would not be a believer in that world. You would not have absorbed its many mores and taboos. You would be an outsider seeing that distant time with eyes unblemished by belief.

In just the same way, you don’t have to believe in this world. You could see all of your own beliefs and points of view as interesting artifacts of this world, but they don’t define or govern you.

You could be free of this package of institutional beliefs. What would that feel like? How might that freedom change your life? How might it transform what you believe and feel about yourself?

When I stop believing in this world, I don’t reject it. On the contrary, I accept it in its amazing totality. It’s “isness” is a source of wonder. But I no longer believe in it.

I don’t have to believe anything, but I am driven to see it all as it is – a dream of a culture – the very culture in which my body/mind was born into, but no longer needs to be a slave to.

For this world is changing and when you believe in it, the very world you take to be real, is just a fragmentary shard from a time already past and dead.

The moment I truly cease believing in this world, I am no longer a slave to it. If I wish, I am free to enjoy it and I am free to walk away from its monuments to itself.

This is a big part of the journey to your own liberation.

When you feel yourself getting drawn back into the madness and insanity of believing in any collective world view, let that be the moment of awakening and return. Begin to see with eyes reborn – a direct emanation from your liberated, awakened self.

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You Don’t Have to Believe in this World



All beliefs are false, including the belief in this world. If you believe in this world, then a part of your authentic being is closed from the truth of this moment. When you sever the entranced social tethers of this world, a new light will be allowed to shower down onto you. It is the light of your own liberation – for the self of this world is a slave.

If you could get into a time machine and go back in time, say to the time of the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, you would feel like a distant observer to a world whose ways and organization would be very mysterious to you. You would be able to see this world in a way that no person who actually lived in that era experienced it, for you would not be a believer in that world. You would not have absorbed its many mores and taboos. You would be an outsider seeing that distant time with eyes unblemished by belief.

In just the same way, you don’t have to believe in this world. You could see all of your own beliefs and points of view as interesting artifacts of this world, but they don’t define or govern you.

You could be free of this package of institutional beliefs. What would that feel like? How might that freedom change your life? How might it transform what you believe and feel about yourself?

When I stop believing in this world, I don’t reject it. On the contrary, I accept it in its amazing totality. It’s “isness” is a source of wonder. But I no longer believe in it.

I don’t have to believe anything, but I am driven to see it all as it is – a dream of a culture – the very culture in which my body/mind was born into, but no longer needs to be a slave to.

For this world is changing and when you believe in it, the very world you take to be real, is just a fragmentary shard from a time already past and dead.

The moment I truly cease believing in this world, I am no longer a slave to it. If I wish, I am free to enjoy it and I am free to walk away from its monuments to itself.

This is a big part of the journey to your own liberation.

When you feel yourself getting drawn back into the madness and insanity of believing in any collective world view, let that be the moment of awakening and return. Begin to see with eyes reborn – a direct emanation from your liberated, awakened self.

If you enjoyed this post, then please spread the word.




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“As It Is” a Film by Tom Bolton with Words by Jeff Foster


“AS IT IS” – a Short film about Nonduality by Tom Bolton – with words by Jeff Foster

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"As It Is" a Film by Tom Bolton with Words by Jeff Foster


“AS IT IS” – a Short film about Nonduality by Tom Bolton – with words by Jeff Foster

Just watch …

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Let’s Relax and Touch the Mysterious


If Awakening has an enemy (and it doesn’t), it is the energy of contraction. What we are is this moment full and allowing without limit. But then we notice another energy, one that is effortlessly linked to the separate “I/me”, it is likely to be the energy of attention (not awareness, which is holds attention).

Things call to us. They demand our attention. This is natural to life. But I’ve noticed that the energy of attention links back to the idea of a separate “I/me”. I am reading this blog, I am focusing on this report, I need to attend to my partner’s needs, etc.

So the question becomes, why is this so? The conditioned self is a direct function of our individual and unique socialization. This process is as real as anything else in our universe. But our pain and suffering, that which is psychologically rooted, is a direct consequence of our family’s and culture’s projection of inadequacy and insufficiency onto us, which we began to absorb even before we could verbalize the experience.

Once we agree with this projection, it becomes who we believe ourselves to be. So begins the life of endless seeking.

For this reason we become hard workers. We try to figure all of this out. We seek pleasant mind states to avoid the pain, We work to become better. It’s important to be heard, to be respected, to prevail in life. We work and work and work. So much of the attention energy circulates around this identification with inadequacy.

Like EVERYTHING else in the universe, every quality is dialectical (it comes in two flavors). There is attention rooted in open love and there is attention rooted in our struggle with inadequacy/insufficiency. All of this can be seen as the interplay of light and dark in our lives.

Rather than work, yet again, on this “problem”, is it possible to just see and experience this without seeking any mind state from the process – without seeking any outcome – without wanting any understanding? Just letting it be as it needs to be?

This calls on us to just relax in this moment, then watch that same inadequacy contraction arising, then we might ask ourselves, what is the beauty of this moment? What if I just love this fragile inadequacy? … What if, I cease being the harsh parent? … What if I see the lost child in this experience? … What if I just reach out and touch this feeling?


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