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This Awakening

This "Awakening into Awareness," this view of Reality, is no place at which you can arrive, no accomplishment you can achieve, no goal you can attain. It is your Original Nature, which you simply recognize in a profound and stunning moment of rediscovery and Realization.

It is a subtle shift in perception, a refocusing of attention and perception. It begins with considering the radical possibility that the saints and sages of years gone by might actually be right: that This -- your immediate experience and "ordinary" awareness, exactly as they appear within the present moment -- might actually be "It," i.e., the elusive goal for which you have so long been seeking.

Then, as you begin to consider this possibility, and as you allow the focus of your attention begins to shift, you begin to see and recognize that within the center of your immediate experience, within the deep center of your whirling thoughts, emotions, and sensations, there is a still point -- a Clear Seeing -- a Spacious Space which contains all THIS, a vastness within which all of THIS appears. And, you realize that "you" -- your most fundamental sense of identity and self -- is inextricably linked to this Spacious Awareness which is the background, context and framework for everything you experience.

When you discover (uncover) this Awareness -- this Clear Seeing at your Perceptual Center -- then you begin to realize that you are That. You are now, and have been always. In fact, there is no always -- there is only Now.

And, with this subtle shift in perception, you now realize how limited your previous sense of identity has been. Yes, the body, mind, and emotions exist, and you experience the profound beauty and suffering of Life in and through them, but you -- the essential and fundamental you -- are so much more.

Do not fall into the trap of thinking that you are limited by thought, belief, experience and sensation -- you are, instead, the dynamic spaciousness within which all these phenomena appear. You are the Awareness of these phenomena, not the phenomena themselves. The truth of this can be discovered easily and immediately simply by observing your own experience: the phenomena change, while your Awareness of them does not.

Ultimately, and in the face of these ever changing phenomena, your identity remains in the Center -- seated and grounded in the clear, vast spaciousness of this present moment Awareness, in this Ground of Being.

When you discover this, when you discover the Fullness of this empty space, then you also Recognize the absolute miracle of its innate completeness. And in this completeness, in this Wholeness which is inherent within the Infinite Present, you finally rest and find peace.

Meanwhile, the process of discovery and unfolding continues as the Infinite continues to manifest in and through the finite, Here and Now, within the immediacy of the present moment. It is the movement and flow of this Life energy which animates us, which we experience as the visible and physical world, and through which we read and understand these words.

See also:
  • Attention
  • Awareness and Consciousness
  • Completeness and Perfection
  • Life - Energy
  • Path - Effort - Practice
  • Center of Perception
  • Present Moment
  • Reality
  • Realization and Insight
  • Seeing
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