No Path to Enlightenment
The I before I am - exposing the illusion of your Self
Photo by Meriç Dağlı
My hope is to liberate you from the illusionary Self and reveal that you are the stillness beneath - the one ocean that embraces all. If successful, you will no longer be a slave to your thoughts, in fact you will be open to see and hear for the first time; you will be free to experience the world as it is, as opposed to how it has been created through your conditioning and sustained by the illusion of your Self.
This is, in the truest sense of the word, freedom. Freedom from your ingrained thought patterns, freedom from the defensive ego, freedom from the constraint of being what you think you should be, and freedom from anger, guilt, depression and sadness. You are not a separate person experiencing consciousness; you are consciousness experiencing a separate person, consciousness is the underlying reality.
We cannot control or make sense of our life through concepts, ideas or beliefs. Instead, recognise that the desire to do so comes from an illusion, and if you ask what will you do without belief in your Self, how can you survive, what will happen if the illusionary Self falls away and ‘you’ disappear then know it is the egoic mind clinging to these questions like someone drowning clings to a life raft. Whenever there is the faintest possibility of freedom from the Self these fears about a future without a story arise. Freedom is frightening because the Self believes it will lose control and autonomy, when in fact freedom is the realisation that it does not have control or autonomy. The person clinging to their life raft is dreaming – in reality they are actually safe in bed clinging to pillows, upon awakening there will be a huge sense of relief mixed with amusement. Just as in the nightmare, there is often a faint sense that it is unreal, so too in the daily dream of life a deeper truth is often sensed.
Having a sweet taste of Enlightenment is not the same as being Enlightened, just as tasting the sweetness of honey is not the same as being honey – if it’s sweetness you desire, realise that honey cannot taste itself