Hi Roy, I’m still not able to make a solid connection between the Conscious Life Energy, its appearance in the body, and the mind. Can you say some more about this? It’s really a key for me.
Sentience has arisen in an insentient, inert form.
The seeming person is not the perceptual center; the person is one of the many phenomena that the Conscious Life Energy perceives.
Where you are is the site where everything takes place, where all phenomena rise and set. What you are is the Knowing of the rising and setting.
Look at it this way:
There is the inert body and there is the Conscious Life Energy. Between them is the mind, in which the Conscious Life Energy is reflected as ‘I am’, this doubtless sense of being present and aware.
The nature of the mind is to attend always to things other than itself.
Psychological thought, as opposed to functional thought, occurs only when what is presently perceived is insufficiently engaging.
Roy, it seems to me that you make the mind out to be the enemy. I would argue that the mind is capable of miraculous things. How, then can it be my enemy?
I’m afraid you’ve misunderstood what I was trying to communicate. I’m not declaring the mind to be friend or enemy. I only suggest that it be seen for what it is.
Look at it this way; if You are absent, then no thing is. This You is Conscious Life Energy.
If the bowl of sugar is removed, what is the likelihood that the cup of tea can be made sweet?
In the absence of this Conscious Life Energy, what can exist and who is there to know it?
What occurs is that this Conscious Life Energy localizes as mind. The mind, in turn, reframes the functioning by reorganizing it around a central reference point, me. But, this me is only a label: body and its actions, mind and its narratives, ideas and beliefs.
When a thought appears, the mind generates an “I think”.
That’s how the system works; hope that helps to clarify.
Roy, how do I know that I need a teacher and how would you suggest I go about finding one?
“Do I need a guru?” is only the first piece of the puzzle. Even if the answer is yes, then comes the task of finding one.
If you don’t know how to identify what you’re looking for, how can you know when you’ve found it? There’s no boilerplate.
Because we identify with the body, we think the guru-teacher must also be embodied. The teaching may come via a body, but that is not the same. That’s why it’s foolish to reject a teaching because the guru-teacher doesn’t fit the mold of how we believe they ought to be. Not every teacher is a vegan, beatifically seated in lotus posture.
Wouldn’t it be foolish to refuse your mail delivery simply because the postman is unkempt?
What worked for me was to begin by ascertaining whether or not there’s a resonance. Do the words touch something deep in me? If so, trust just a bit, but verify. That is to say, accept the words of the teacher as true, then verify them in one’s own experience. If that works, take a bit more.
Wash, rinse, repeat.
If you find yourself feeling alive and conscious, but no longer self-conscious, the so-called search could be over. I don’t refer to it as an arrival; how can we talk about your arrival when, in fact, you are the destination?
Can an appearance discover that it is an appearance?
As long as there is no insight into the appearance being an appearance, what can be done……………… and by whom?
Can you admit that every investigation and any possible proof, take place in the very appearance where the appearance itself is?
What is undeniable is that if the person is an appearance, then the world in which the person lives is also an appearance.
When we examine ourselves deeply, we are able to see more clearly the dimensions of the prison that have built around ourselves.
What is so paradoxical is that we fight hardest for that which we need least.