When Awakening Happens
When Awakening happens, one realizes the big joke…there is no one to awaken, and there is only a condition of being part of a Mystery. Words can never describe what the Mystery is. Try as teachers have through many thousands of years, even the best teacher can only ‘fail better this time than the last’ at describing the indescribable.
What one is, is the Mystery Itself. No one needs to mediate that for anyone else: no priest or guru needs to be an intermediary between us and the Mystery. No one can discover it for us, though it may be helpful if they point the way. Though ‘one’ doesn’t really exist as a discrete “I,” that Truth can only be uncovered by certain basic practices that this one, a seemingly ‘discrete person’ does, until realizing paradoxically that one was never really a discrete person at all.
These practices need no special garb, no beads, no jewelry, no crystals, no singing bowls, no banners, no decorations, no special languages and no actual money. (Money might be an exception, if one is being helped by a mentor or teacher, and if there is no other way the teacher supports herself or himself. The Buddha himself carried a ‘begging bowl’ and Jesus told his disciples ‘the workman is worthy of his wages’). Truthfully, however, all the practices necessary are available in open source literature: meditation, practicing presence, seeing thoughts as inaccurate or untruthful, valuing and speaking truth to oneself and to others.
Make the practices simple and you may uncover the Truth: in your essence you are Simply Awake as The Mystery.