April 30

Faith

If there are any among you who, while listening to me, are struck by something greater than the words, only to those can the address I send you to have value.
The experience of being somebody is what distracts one away from the experience of simply being. Being somebody in particular places vast energetic demands on you. Return to simply being and then tell me if anything remains deficient.
Understand that all faith is the evidence of a failure of the belief system. When what one believes has failed to produce the desired results, one is told to have faith. Faith gets inextricably tied to hope.
Here, I don’t ask you to hope for anything. I acknowledge that we are hunting for imperceivable game; that is a mighty challenge. Neither faith nor hope will get the job done. Look for yourself, investigate for yourself and ultimately apperceive for yourself.
That which you are stands prior to anything you can perceive.

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April 29

What?

The sense ‘I am’ points to an address, a where to seek, but not any what to seek; and the paradox is that the “what” is not findable as an object. Yet, I somehow always return to the “what”.
When the body is fatigued, one says “I feel tired”. What is it that knows the fatigue? It can’t be the brain in the body. That would be like the tongue discerning what the mouth tastes like.
What knows?
The core of everything I say, have said, or can ever say, can be boiled down to this: Before anything can come into being there must be some thing to which it comes. This is the background obscured by the foreground, the “what”.
The world does not exist apart from the body; nor the body apart from the mind; nor the mind apart from Consciousness; nor Consciousness apart from Noumenon, which is Pure Potentiality. All is One.
Ponder this until it becomes clear to you that you are not in pursuit of the Unknown; you are in pursuit of the Unknowable. It cannot be perceived. It cannot even be accurately conceived. As soon as I attempt to describe It, I’ve already soiled It.

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April 27

Self-Talk

You don’t know what is good; you know only what is good for you. Everything is framed in relation to this “you” that has been created. It’s a representational map and nothing more.
Psychological thought is merely a protective mechanism, a program to protect and promote the self interests at all costs.
If that self-talk, that incessant communication within yourself is not there, you are not there as you now experience yourself. Therefore, self-talk is the brain processes of ego speaking to itself, listening to itself, ever reaffirming its substantiality.
The basic conflict is that you demand an identity whereas your essential nature is without one. So there is movement away from the essence and toward what seems more comfortable, identity.
The sense I-am calls out for definition: what am I? That is the start of the identification process, the creation of a particularized, individuated form of consciousness and attaching things to it. Over time, the identities change, but the demand for identification does not.

Now, I’ll review some of your recent questions:

Q: Where should I begin your suggested inquiry?
R: You are, you know that you are but are confused about what you are.
So, begin where you are.  There is no need to go any farther out than that. Wouldn’t you agree that’s close enough?

Q: I have never heard you speak about the improvement of mankind. Why is that?
R: Whatever improvement is required is only the improvement that you deem necessary. I am not at odds with the world, nor do I see the need to direct one iota of energy toward improving it. It is an appearance, in the same way that a rainbow is an appearance. Why would I want to waste time talking about improving a rainbow?

Q: Are you a guru?
R: God knows we already have enough gurus. There’s no need for one more.
I parrot no one. I have no belief or system that I need to pass on, nor am I a follower of any school or am I anyone’s disciple. I am a participant in life, all the while in full recognition that I make nothing happen.
Anyone who visits me already has what the ancient Chinese called yi-qing or doubting mind. They have recognized that their answers need questioning. This is the necessary foundation for investigation.
This is a gathering place for investigators. What are we investigating?
There is seeing; what is it that sees?
There is hearing; what is it that hears?

Q: Why is there so much violence in the world?
R: As long as there are selves to defend, violence will be the inevitable outcome.

Q: How can I control my wandering mind?
R: This is one of the most frequently asked questions. People want a method, even if it is claimed to take years and years to bear fruit.
However, the reality is that the mind is only such a problem because we assign so much importance to it. When it isn’t feed by energy, it withers. If you doubt this, tell me if your mind is not quiet while you are engaged in a movie. When you are disinterested and no longer its active accomplice, it becomes a non-issue. It is only when you re-engage with it, that the so-called problem resurfaces.

Q: What is required for true liberation?
R: First, understand that there is no liberation for shadows, for appearances. Having weaned those away, what remains to be liberated?

Q: I have been trying to meditate for over a year, but I haven’t made much progress. Must I go to a meditation teacher before beginning self-inquiry?
R: There is no need for meditation teachers. We are always in meditation, attending to that which holds us most in any moment. Unfortunately, one’s meditation is generally rooted in narcissism, attending to the small self. So all that needs to be done is to re-prioritize, to rearrange, your interests. When you want the Self as much as you want air, any meditation that is required will arise.
Q: Aren’t thoughts the problem?
R: No, thoughts will come and go. That’s not going to change; thought won’t cease. Lose interest in thought; then, thought will no longer be self centric, but only in service to the organism.

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