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8 Gates ~ Chapter 6 ~ Motion / Stillness ~ from the free eBook “Light of Be-ing”

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Motion / Stillness – the belief in ones self as the acting force and engine of engagement in ones life and existence. It is the illusional doer and director of perceived reality cast by ones mind and ego-self.

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. . .”

Motion / Stillness

Stage, a word as wide as the universe. It is the holographic screen and stream of events, where frame by frame, one defines their I-ego-self and meaning.

But it is its foundation, the fundamental meaning of stage, “as in a scene or setting, and performance of, a script or play”, that reveals the true nature of perceived reality.

In the theater of ones life, it is believed that I-ego-self is the causal agent and director of events. From the mundane to that which is life changing, self is the principal star.

Yet with each stage change, twists and turns abound, events unexpected and out of the blue occur, without rhyme or reason. And ones self is left undirected, unable to comprehend.

Stranded and alone in the spotlight, the belief in the I-ego-self in control is unveiled. It is the paradox of perceived reality, the self-imagined separation of the stage / act from the actor.

And as in any play, ones performance is scripted. From the stage, scenery, props and co-actors, the movie of ones life is just that, a scripted performance.

Like the still frames that pass through a projector, its images reflected and perceived in motion, life’s drama and tapestry are already written, woven and recorded.

Who you think you are, the star, actor and director, is just that, a thought. It is this mistaken belief that is the cause of so much stress and suffering in ones world.

It is akin to a section of a river believing it is in control of the waters running through it. The flow has already been determined long before it ever reaches that section.

So to with the perceived reality of I-ego-self. Events in the flow of life have already been scripted long before it is perceived by ones illusional self.

In every scene, you truly are both Motion and Stillness, and yet the mind and ego-self can only interpret a fraction of it. Lost in the translation is the reality of the moment, passing as a phantom / shadow across the mind’s screen.

Who you really are is the light that makes the movies visible, the screen that reflects them, the synergistic Motion in Stillness of possibilities, the ever present moment of now. There are no scripts in the now, only freedom.

Who you really are asks, “Can you, observe the play as it is, and see your true be-ing reflected in Motion / Stillness?

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8 Gates ~ Chapter 5 ~ Freewill / Intention ~ from the free eBook “Light of Be-ing”

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Freewill / Intention – the belief in one’s independent self volition or freedom of choice within the matrix of sense and minds linear perspective. It is the illusional projection and commentary of ones mind and ego of perceived events.

“Everything is determined … by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust – we all dance to the mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.”
Albert Einstein

Freewill / Intention

Freewill, the cornerstone of the I-ego-self. It is both the boundary and definitive determinate belief in and of ones so-called consciousness. But is it real, does one truly have choice? And why is so much importance, judgment, and stress associated with it?

As defined by Websters, Freewill equates to “freedom of humans to make choices that are not determined by prior causes or by divine intervention, i.e. a voluntary choice or decision.”

Yet it is “prior causes” within the linear temporal existence of I-ego-self that gives the impression of choice. Freedom of choice is but an delusion of the I-ego-self. It is the source of most of ones stress and unhappiness, judgment and opinion, and the fundamental instrument of separation.

It is the very foundation of self, and the wellspring of the illusion of duality. Every illusional choice that has been recorded by the mind is cast as a brick for the tower of the ego.

Brick by brick, ego raises its tower, all the while standing in judgment of ones self and others. It is by this construct that the I-ego-self is given authority as both gate keeper and warden.

This is the misconception of the I-ego-self, in its effort to chose and control the course of ones life stream. It is akin to saying that a river has chosen it’s course, when it is but the essence of water to flow.

The course of a river is an event in action, not a choice. It is in that respect, in the present moment of now, that freewill occurs. So to with ones life.

The illusion that is mind and ego records the event as a separate phenomenon, who you really are is the event itself, eternally present in it’s flow.

“Only those who have no knowledge of the Source of destiny and free-will dispute as to which of them prevails. They that know the Self as the one Source of destiny and free-will are free from both.”
Sri Ramana Maharshi

Your freedom and freewill is in the now, it is your true be-ing, its essence and presence. You do not choose the events in life, events are life, and your opportunity to truly be alive.

Who you think you are has no freewill, who you truly are is the very essence of it.

Who you really are asks, “Can you, in the present and eternal now that you truly are, be that Freewill / Intention?

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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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