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What is the SatGuru / the realized one pointing to when they say, ”You are already enlightened?”

They are saying that in every moment that you are being exactly as You are, with no projection or desire to get somewhere or be something or someone in time (or space), there is total access to the natural being You are — there is enlightenment. You are Buddha, You are the (One)Self. And in every moment you are trying to get somewhere or be something or someone in time (or space), You, the enlightened One, are having a temporary experience of an identity, an experience of limiting or obscuring enlightenment via a separate self, and thereby an experience of suffering, whether pleasurable or painful. Yet, enlightenment remains, as it is, the essence (of) You.

P.S. The realized one simply realizes this at all times, no matter what the experience.

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Suffering and sadhana are ultimately the same thing 😊 Suffering is to attach to wants and identify with thoughts, and sadhana (rigorous penance) is to try to detach from wants and dis-identify with thoughts by controlling the mind, body or breath… and to want not to want is also a want, another form of suffering! Both ultimately bring a realization of utter futility, and one may just find oneself on the ‘middle path’ — the path that cannot be followed. The no-path path of the here-and-now, the path that promises not to get you anywhere and promises only to get you no-thing.

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Suppose you’re one who says, each one should do what they think is right. Then that must ultimately include those who go about telling others what to do, no?

Suppose you’re one who says, accept each as they are. Then that must ultimately include those who never accept, who habitually criticize and reject, no?

Suppose you’re one who says all beings must unconditionally experience their freedom. Then that must ultimately include those who feel free to obstruct or damage the freedom experience of others, no?


Suppose you relate with someone who sees the glass half empty in every situation. To discern this lightly is one thing, but the moment their seeing every situation in the glass-half-empty way begins to habitually annoy you in your interactions, ultimately you’re chronically seeing your interaction with them as a glass half empty, no? (more…)

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Although there is constant reference to freedom from suffering related to Awakening (or Self Realization or Enlightenment), the goal of not suffering, or to feel or function better, or “get happy” is never what Awakening is about. If there’s a value proposition, you can be sure it’s not about Awakening 😊 Rather, everything else that is popularly valued and engaged in is about either distracting or training the mind to feel and function better, while Awakening is simply seeing what is, seeing what’s absolutely eternally true. It’s Reality realizing itSelf (through/as what appears to be “you”).

Actually, it is by completely surrendering, allowing and embracing the suffering and pain, that Awakening, and subsequently, total Realization, spontaneously dawned (upon “me”). And in so allowing, I saw how generating narratives and telling the hi/story — with an agenda to change the world or “never let it happen again” or get relief or comfort or be heard or be seen or be healed — is one of the most entrenched ways in which we avoid and reject and rationalize the suffering and disallow its total embrace and dissolution. (Telling the story without a charge or agenda but for the sake of storytelling alone, allowing anyone to receive from it what they will, is different… and is simply part of authentic expression.) (more…)

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The true “falling in Love” is actually the falling of veils such that the separate “me” disappears, and Love is all there is. In (the veils) falling in Love, the access to the realization –I am Love– is more continuously abiding, while “me” continuously dissolves/dies into the ocean of Love… that I am. As such, the more (sustained access to) Love there is, the less attention is naturally directed to what “the other” is doing (or not doing)… the less a “me” arises, the less an “other” arises.

In the absence of “me” and “you,” there is only Presence. There is only Love.

This is not relationship, as relating (relativity) requires a me and a you. This is absolute. This is Union.

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The dense, suffocating haze hanging over Seattle (and Portland and Vancouver) from the regional forest fires is a fitting metaphor for what happens in the subtle energy whenever there is en masse reaction of unprocessed anger and pain to any event. A dense, suffocating haze is created, (invisible to most everyone and) far more toxic and hazardous to universal well-being than the event itself. (What died in the fire of the day is already dead.) And like the trees around us are now silently serving by “working hard” to clear the air for all, there are beings (yes, human too, especially children under 4), who, integral to their inherent design, silently serve by “working hard” to clear the air for all, when such a venting and projection of thoughts and emotions occurs at mass scale. So, if we are capable, we’re well advised (and served!) to pause, and witness / observe ourselves — observing is the alchemy — instead of indulging our habit of venting and outrage over the next thing.

Needless to say, it’s ironic to add more haze to the current haze by complaining and venting about it. Let’s at least filter our own air 🙂 And drink lots of water, breathe (best as possible), and simply observe our inclination to complain willy nilly at the slightest discomfort, while at other times lamenting the terrible pain of distant peoples.

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When we invoke the “first woman to ever do this,” or “first person of color to ever do this,” or “first trans person to ever do that,” and so on… we believe we are acknowledging, celebrating and ushering in a new reality/possibility, but we’re only repeatedly invoking the reality/frame in which this “new” thing is lacking, an exception, or even an impossibility… and thereby, keeping it in place. By documenting, repeating and memorializing the past, we stay forever hanging in a purgatory (and wonder why history repeats itself). We may force the “new” thing into a statistical mass, but we never truly, powerfully flow into and enjoy this “new reality” for itself, thanks to our baggage. The old is always clinging to us, coloring each present moment with its murky, distorting lens.

Imagine each new leaf every Spring carrying the burden of memorializing all the ones that fell before it last Fall. And proceeding to “build on their experience.”  (more…)

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