The great joke about waking up is that there isn’t actually anyone to wake up and nothing for the mind or ego; and awakening or enlightenment is undefinable in verbal terms. Awareness awakens to Itself. Awareness is that which looks AND that which is seen.
Awareness looks out of these eyes at a sofa and pillows, registers mantras on the stereo and a clock ticking and traffic in the background. The traffic can be heard because the window is open as It registers unseasonably warm temperatures in the northern hemisphere in February: 70F or 21.1C. Objects are given names by the mind not by Awareness. Awareness knows itself.
Each person, dog, squirrel, animal, tree, rock is, in Itself, the same Awareness. Awareness exists in many forms and as the Formless. Awareness is registering Itself ‘out there’ by every sense that aids in perception. Awareness is in all form and beyond form: immanent and Transcendent. It’s everything and You are IT. Wake up beyond your mind if you can…and as simply as you’re able…it’s indescribably delicious.
When concepts of “I” and “awake” and “enlightened” die, what happens next? In my last blog I said ‘Mystery’ is next. Mystery looks like a release of deeply held muscle tension. Hearing from a long-ago dharma buddy whose wife read my blog somewhere on Facebook. An offer to host an internet radio show for veterans, and a whole week of almost no work….like a vacation without the planning.
This Being, or whatever one wants to call it, doesn’t miss the “I” and it doesn’t miss “awake” or “enlightened.” The bodymind is more relaxed than it’s been in its entire lifetime. The spiritual/therapy group that I led last night was a ‘hoot’ as we say. (For those unfamiliar with American slang, we had a lot of fun and did a lot of laughing.) Lunch was delicious.
What’s next, after this blog is finished, is unknown. Not ‘good’ and not ‘bad’ just ‘unknown.’ There are some lightly held ‘preferences’ including the wish to work with all kinds of people from all over the world. How will that ever happen? No idea. Also, no idea if The Absolute cares about these particular ideas. “Doubtful It does” you say? “I” don’t know.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s episode of “Big Mystery Living as (little) mystery.” It promises to be as unexpected as today’s.
Have fun being the little mystery part of the Big Mystery that you are!
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You have really made an amazing impact on my life and introduced me to a way of thinking, or rather, being aware of things I never knew. You’ve changed my life Jonathan, truly. Thank you for doing this for as many people as you do, you truly have a great gift. 7/13/2019