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8 Gates ~ Chapter 4 ~ Consciousness / Awareness ~ from the free eBook “Light of Be-ing”

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Consciousness / Awareness – the belief in ones personal or collective identity, including sensation, thinking and emotion, present and witnessing life’s events. It is the illusional appearance and impression of subjectivity on perceived reality by ones I-ego-self and mind.

“I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?”
Chuang Tzu

Consciousness / Awareness

Consciousness, impossible to define with words, yet one has an intuitive knowledge of its presence. And it is that attention to its presence that sparks the awareness.

From the awareness that I exist, to the consciousness of the inter-active objective reality around ones self, it is minds attention and focus that is the foundation of ones apparent self and consciousness.

It is mind’s and self’s attention to object-subject that creates the illusion of I and other, but more importantly, it restricts ones awareness of true consciousness.

‘A human being… experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison …’
Albert Einstein

At any given moment, ones mind is aware of only a minute fraction of its surroundings. Ones senses process enormous amounts of information to enable you to function, yet little of it reaches ones apparent self-consciousness.

Only the focus of ones current attention seems fully represented in our apparent consciousness, in the sense that it can be remembered. It is the paradox of ones and/or minds focus that presents an unfocused view of reality like the shadow cast by a running horse.

Though the shadow mimics every move of the horse, it is but an artefact of the event, without any reality of its own. So too with ones apparent consciousness, it is but a shadow of awareness, cast by the I-ego-self and mind.

Does the thought “I see”, see? Does the thought “I hear”, hear? Yet hearing is happening effortlessly, seeing is happening effortlessly; all natural functioning is happening effortlessly, without any thought being involved!”
‘Sailor’ Bob Adamson

True consciousness abides in be-ing, in the ever-present now that is. It’s penetrating light reveals all, in clarity and infinite diversity.

Who you are is Consciousness Awareness, radiant and clear. Not the candle of the I-ego-self and mind’s apparent construct. When one truly awakens to this, it is akin to turning on the lights in a darkened room.

Who you really are asks, “Can you, without objectivity or the subjective judgments of mind, be the radiance of true Consciousness / Awareness?

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8 Gates ~ Chapter 3 ~ Existence / Self ~ from the free eBook “Light of Be-ing”

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Existence / Self – the belief in the I-ego and personal identity of an individual as the primary vehicle of ones mental, physical, emotional and spiritual world. It is the illusional and ever changing artefact and construct of ones mental projections, experiences and beliefs.

“There is no mystery whatever – only inability to perceive the obvious.”
Wei Wu Wei

 

Existence / Self

Whatever is material shape, past, future, present, subjective or objective, gross or subtle, mean or excellent, whether it is far or near — all material shape should be seen by perfect intuitive wisdom as it really is: “This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self.” Whatever is feeling, whatever is perception, whatever are habitual tendencies, whatever is consciousness, past, future, present, subjective or objective, gross or subtle, mean or excellent, whether it is far or near — all should be seen by perfect intuitive wisdom as it really is: “This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self.”
Gautama Buddha

What is Existence, our so-called Self or identity? It is a fundamental question, a mystery that for many, is the key to their freedom. To truly answer this question, one must look at that which we call our-self.

One is born to a physical body with senses, emotions, mind and awareness. Each sense has a separate element of stimulation, and each senses field of information overlaps and influences emotions and mind. Yet each of these 3 processes, senses, emotions and mind, are all based in past events.

Our senses record events that have already happened, emotions are reactions to events that have already happened. Ones mind processes sensory input, emotional input, and its own memory and belief systems of events that have already happened.

What one usually associates with the I-ego-self of an individual does not exist in the present. That so-called Identity is an illusion, a reflection of past events within the mind, emotion and sense stream. And like a stream, it is never the same from moment to moment, for new waters are always flowing.

Except awareness, it alone operates independently from the others and is unaffected by them. Awareness is ever present, an inseparable component, neither recording nor judging any and all events, including physical senses, emotions, mind and thoughts.

It is this unnoticed dimension of awareness, the paradox of its unidentifiable presence, that is of fundamental import to self-realization. Awareness does not record the present moment, it is the present moment, the incommensurable now.

Its obvious that one exists in the present, yet most assume that their Self-Identity is based in their senses, emotions, mind and memory. Never realizing that they are but dreaming the past, and all but asleep to the present moment.

Who you are is always present, unnoticed and overlooked by who you are not. When one truly understands this, the radiance of your true Self is revealed.

Who you really are asks, “Can you, in your ever present awareness, lay bare the truth of Existence / Self?

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8 Gates ~ Chapter 2 ~ Duality / Separation ~ from the free eBook “Light of Be-ing”

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Duality / Separation – the belief in the separate and dual nature of the universe, the world, one’s self and being, from the macro to the micro, and all that is. It is the illusional perception and rendition of the nature of reality by ones mind and ego-self.

“There is no duality. Your present knowledge is due to the ego and is only relative. There are neither good nor bad qualities in the Self. The Self is free from all qualities. Qualities pertain to the mind only. It is as it is.”
Sri Ramana Maharshi

Duality / Separation

In the minds world of concepts and beliefs, Duality reigns supreme. It is what separates us, defines us, binds and enslaves us to who we are not, a separate Entity, Individual. It objectifies and divides the whole, twisting what is to what one believes it to be.

It is that concept of separation that creates misunderstanding and confusion, as one pretends the unreal is real. The belief in Duality is so powerful that even the Yin and Yang concept is often mistakenly conceived of as a symbol of dualism, when in actually it is meant to convey the notion that all apparent opposites are complementary parts of a non-dual whole.

Within the Yin, there is Yang, and in the Yang, Yin. It is the same for all opposites, for each contains the other. Each is a synergistic whole, indivisible, and only the mind’s false identification with Duality and Separation imagines otherwise.

“All separation, every kind of estrangement and alienation is false. All is one…”
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

The very essence of Duality and Separation is founded in judgments. And judgments are based on opinions and beliefs one has accepted as truth through either cognitive, logical reasoning or personal observation and experience.

Duality is but a label, and separation an illusion. The problem arises when Duality is given the status of a Universal Law of reality. It is in fact, an arbitrary designation, one in which many invest most of their belief systems.

A battery has a (-) neg pole and a (+) pos pole. You cannot separate one from the other, as then you would not have a battery. It is the synergy of the whole that energy flows through, in this case electricity. To call them opposites is not only inaccurate, it creates a false image of its reality.

Duality and its labels only serve as a function of communication, and as such, have no reality in their own right. Separation exists only as a construct and concept of ones mind and ego-self.

To understand the nature of reality, is to realize you are not the individual, and that you truly are the Universe and the Universe is you.

Who you really are asks, “Can you, without judgment, thoughts and beliefs, observe reality as it is, casting aside the nonsense of Duality / Separation?

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8 Gates ~ Chapter 1 ~ Time / Duration ~ from the free eBook “Light of Be-ing”

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Time / Duration – the belief in a progressive linear flow and movement than can be measured against the backdrop of the human, ego-self experience. It is the illusional cornerstone and foundation of the nature of time and the concept of temporal reality and existence.

Every sense-perception is in itself instantaneous, spontaneous, and impersonal. It is in the Present, is the Present, the only Present we ever know.”
Wei Wu Wei

Time / Duration

“Time is an illusion, albeit a very persistent one”
Albert Einstein.

Time, a simple concept, one that needs no explanation. But it is in its passage that we define not only our self, lives and events, but existence itself. We set up our lives around it, make plans by it, covet it, bemoan it and hoard it. It is both friend and foe.

And yet, it fundamentally never seems satisfactory. It is not that time itself is problematic, but it’s perceived duration. We treat Time and Duration like a commodity, trading our freedom for the illusion of comfort and safety.

We become slaves to it’s deceptive reflection, caught by its Siren call. Enchanted, Time and Duration is the rule and measure of our status. Bound in it’s web, most never see Time’s true substance. And once caught, few even recognize their loss of freedom.

“Once you accept time and space as real, you will consider yourself minute and short-lived. But are they real? Do they depend on you, or you on them?”
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

In order to regain our freedom, we must first look at how we define and determine it. Time and Duration is the linear temporal measurement of going from point A to point B. Flight time, movie length, personal and physical milestones, all are measured in a linear format. But exactly what is being measured?

When one watches a clock, it is believed that one is watching time pass. Each minute moving forward, the tick of the second hand, all give credence to the linear reality of time. But what we are truly observing and witnessing are events in the now. Each tick, every minute, all are events happening in the now.

It is in this measureless present that we live, the infinite singularity that is the now. According to new ground breaking quantum research, time is not a fundamental feature of nature, but rather an artefact of our imperfect perception. Our limited senses are incapable in its ability to process the present moment and reality happening in the now.

Time and Duration is only a concept, a convention of society. It is a snapshot of the arbitrary points A and B. It is but a relative view and measurement, dependent on the non-existent structure of time itself. Time – Duration is, at its foundation, a belief system. And as such, it is subject to all of the imperfections, filters, views, distortions and fears of the ego-self.

The key to your freedom has always been with you, hidden in plain sight, in the boundless, timeless, incommensurable now.

Who you really are asks, “ Can you be, just be, present and liberated , untethered by the illusion that is Time / Duration?”

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Be-ing

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Be-ing – that which is without any states, beliefs or views, without self or ego, without effort or doing yet all is done, without knowledge or teaching yet all is revealed, “I am” without the I, ordinary yet not ordinary, different yet not different, that which is absolute in all forms and non-forms, without beginning or end.

“Looked for, it cannot be seen
Listened for, it cannot be heard
Felt, it cannot be touched”

“Its reflections are everywhere
It echoes resonate across the ages
And touches all that you are”

 

Be-ing

“There seem to be two kinds of searchers, those who seek to make their ego something other than it is, i.e. holy, happy, unselfish (as though you could make a fish un-fish) and those who understand that all such attempts are just gesticulation and play acting, that there is only one thing that can be done, which is to dis-identify themselves with the ego, by realizing its unreality, and by becoming aware of their eternal identity with pure being.”
Wei Wu Wei

The term Freedom means many different things to people, but at its core is choice. But is anyone truly free? Are you really free to choose, or is it like the old saying from history, “You can choose any color you want, as long as it is black”, Henry Ford on the Model T.

What about the freedom to be who you are, to choose your life’s path, without any pressures, rules or conditions. This too is an illusion, as one is constantly bombarded, blocked, obstructed and stressed from ones belief systems and from others belief systems.

So where is it that one can find, experience and be true freedom? Before you walked, you had to experience and be the essence of movement, from motivation to muscles to coordination. There were no belief systems to get in the way, no ego or self doubts, just doing without a self-doer. The idea of self was not yet formed, and its absence made all the difference in the world.

To be, realize and experience true freedom, one must explore the intrinsic nature, the essence of ego, self and beliefs. The ego is made up of the five senses and mind – minds screen. As you grew older, and more information elements were processed by ego, a self was cast.

Because ego by its very nature interprets reality with some form of imperfection, like a lens it casts that unfocused, ill-defined aberration and distortion as a shadow upon the minds screen. As this shadow appears in all of the information elements, the idea of a self is born.

As ego and mind interprets this shadow, the illusion of self takes shape. Though unable to be defined, beliefs begin to be attributed to it. It is at this point that ego and mind attaches to the illusion, the imperfection as ones self and not the reality of who you truly are.

It is in this way that we convince ourselves that our beliefs, world-view, no matter how unlikely or unconventional, is somehow more sane, natural, pragmatic, holy, or truthful than any others. It is nothing more than a prison, built upon the foundations of an illusion.

This is the fundamental core delusion, the belief in self and a self with belief systems. It is a prison without walls, a landscape of well defined and defended boundaries. The perfect paradox of the imperfect be-ing. Cast as the lead thespian, this illusional self and its beliefs spins its own web of misconceptions and assumptions as reality.

To be, realize and experience true freedom, one must look past the boundaries, question all beliefs, genuinely experience reality as it is, without bias or preconception, with Clarity, Insight and Be-ing as your guide posts.

Who you really are asks, “Can you say ‘yes’ to all of creation, experience everything as it truly is, and awaken to the very essence of Be-ing?”

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Insight

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Insight – the ability to look within, comprehend, intuitively grasp that which is beyond the ordinary, to leap across the void in enlightened inspiration, accepting that which is revealed, without judgmental or self-proscribed beliefs and views.

“God is not a hypothesis derived from logical assumptions, but an immediate insight, self-evident as light. He is not something to be sought in the darkness with the light of reason. He is the light.”
Abraham Joshua Heschel

Insight

The term Stress is well known, but what is its foundation? Why is stress a part of so many people’s lives, to the point that it is considered a miracle to be without it. Be it physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, or any combination, stress seems to have permeated all aspects of be-ing.

At its core, stress is a belief system. And as a belief system, its foundation is in the ego’s projection of self. Self and Beliefs are so intertwined that it is hard to separate them meaningfully. It is akin to trying to unravel and understand the fabric of space-time, an impossible task at best.

But unlike space-time, each belief has a traceable beginning, a birth or self-acceptance reflected in ones reality. Your current state of mind, body and reality is a direct reflection of your inner belief systems as projected by self. And the current state of ones “self” is echoed in its beliefs.

It is a circular system that confines, restricts, and blinds one from true freedom. And stress is its instrument of conformity. From being uncomfortable to panic attacks, stress and belief systems coerce one into accepted patterns.

By their acceptance are you imprisoned, without shackles or bars, held by nothing more than an idea. When one goes looking for the cause of stress, it will inevitably lead back to some personal event or remark that gave birth to a new belief.

Beliefs can be very powerful engines of both creative and destructive energies. From fanaticism to self-destruction, divine compassion to selfless acts, it is beliefs that drive ones reality.

But how does one tell which is which among the plethora of belief systems one has acquired and accepted, and how does one clear them?

By truly looking at your world, without the judgment of ego-self, seeing beyond the surface to that which you have hidden from yourself. It is by this act alone, this leap of self revelation, that true freedom is recognized.

Who you really are has always been free, who you think you are is bound by the illusions and projections of self and beliefs. Breaking free requires no more than the willingness to experience reality as it is.

Who you really are asks, “Can you go beyond your beliefs, unbound, and take that leap of Insight?”

©2010 Mark Naea, all rights reserved.