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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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It’s entirely possible to acknowledge and care deeply about the effect (and its associated pain/suffering) while realizing that the source/cause is always within. In true Realization, one is neither apathetic to the effect, nor motivated to act via identifying with the effect… only responding spontaneously as (guided in) source/cause!

The guidance to look within is not remotely to tell someone that what they’re experiencing is not what they’re experiencing (“gaslighting”) or to fault them for the experience (“victim blaming”), but to reveal that what they’re experiencing as an effect cannot ultimately be understood independently or separately from the source (within). It is not to deny the effect and its pain/suffering at all, but to see that to objectify the effect, become identified with it, and put all energy and action outwardly on it, is precisely to continue to suffer it.  (more…)

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Whenever I speak of no-mind, I’m not speaking of the absence of mind, but the absence of identification with it. The absence of conceiving of it as a separate entity — a me. Mind is not an entity; it is the movement, the activity arising (and passing) in/as consciousness. So, no-mind points to no clinging to it as a finite, limited (and limiting) identity or entity, so it is allowed to dissolve into/as Source just as easily as it arises within/as Source! This easy arising and dissolving lends fluidity and transparency, that we commonly attempt to convey when we refer to “an open mind.” (more…)

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I met a cute and bubbly young woman who, describing her many interests and adventures, said, “I like exploring all that life has to offer.” Of course I didn’t clarify in the listening capacity I had in that moment, but what she’s actually talking about is exploring all that the world has to offer. What Life offers is often numbed by the adrenaline and dopamine of world immersion and addiction. Life is even begun to be noticed only in the moments when world ceases.

Life is that infinite, unchanging wellspring of consciousness from/in/as which the world arises (and passes) as images. To be always immersed (by believing) in the arising and passing images is to be out of touch with Life!

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A No said from the Nothingness of Self, in alignment with universal well-being, is at once also a Yes. A no said from fear, habit patterning, conditioning, control, doubt, compulsion, reactivity, resistance, self-protection, convenience, or plain old laziness to stretch or expand into possibility, is neither no nor yes. It’s just no man’s land, the equivalent of remaining stuck in purgatory.

P.S. As an aside, you’ll notice that few will argue with or object to the first kind of No, as they intuitively and immediately recognize that it’s arising from that “centerless center” also capable of a wholehearted and unconditional Yes. (Even the littlest children recognize it!)

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Pain is from accumulated resistance to the energetic flow of (as!) Life (as a survivalist response), and suffering is from accumulated resistance to pain in the form of story and narrative. The currency of the first is emotions and the currency of the second is thoughts; they do, however, arise in tandem. Both emotions and thoughts can be allowed in full (to fully arise and pass), in the Realization of being Life itSelf, with nothing to resist, overcome or survive against! As Realization is abiding, suffering ceases, and subsequently so does pain… but this cessation is never the goal, only the natural by-product of Awakening.

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