The Me of The Mind & The True Self

The Me of The Mind & The True Self

The mind needs a self, an identity, a “me”.

If we don’t awaken the true consciousness of Self, the mind will continue to cobble together a self out of thoughts, beliefs, stories, interpretations, assessments, judgements, opinions and perceptions.

 This “created” and limited self will never stabilize. All creations of mind are subject to endless questioning, endless reassessment, re-creation and subtle or not so subtle thoughts of ‘not yet good enough’.

 When we are disconnected from our divine truth and identified as a self separate from Source, we will innately feel “not enough”.

If we don’t realize and awaken our true eternal BEing, the mind will never let go of the only self it knows. It needs a sense of “me” and it doesn’t care if it is a fiction of its own making. The mind has no allegiance to truth. It has allegiance only to its own creations.

The absolute and true nature of our BEing is always present and so beautifully close. It can’t not be, it is the truth of us.

It is simply a matter of shining the light of awareness upon it with consistent devotion, faith and love. Meditation – the opportunity to gather our awareness and point it with gentle intention to the truth of BEing.

In each meditation you may wake up a bit from the dream of you, only to fall back asleep into the dream. Meditate again and wake up a bit more. Then walk out into the world and fall back asleep. Wake up, fall back asleep. Wake up. Fall asleep.

Wake up from the dream of you and realize the remarkable truth of you consistently enough and at some point, you stay awake. You may then find it harder to fall back asleep than to stay awake.

Why would you want to stay in a limited and unstable dream of self when the truth of you is so infinitely vast, stable and beautiful?

This is the invitation meditative inquiry – To point awareness beyond the dreamed self again and again and again and encounter the imperishable and infinite Self that is awakened beyond the dream.

Two Truths

Two Truths

These days there are really only 2 truths that guide me in navigating life.

And in abiding these 2 core guiding principles, life is so much more graceful, beautiful and alive than I’ve ever known it before.

1) I am not this conditioned and habituated ego (mind constructed self) that reacts, mostly from a sense of fear or a belief in lack. I am not the restless mind that is constantly trying to GET what it thinks it lacks, trying to AVOID what it thinks can destroy it, or trying to CLING to what it likes.

2) The truth of my Being is that I am the eternal, infinite and unchanging AWARENESS within which all that is temporary comes and goes, arises and passes, is born and dies. Thoughts come and go. Beliefs come and go. Conditions come and go. Emotions come and go. All form comes and goes. EVERYTHING is passing within, and perceived by, the unchanging Awareness of Being.

That’s it. End of story.

I really don’t see much that these truths don’t address.

Meditating Beyond Mind to Know True Self

Meditating Beyond Mind to Know True Self

Why do I meditate and how might meditation benefit you?

The primary reason I meditate is because before my meditation practice I was mostly an uncertain and struggling childlike mess of a man lost in my own mind. A good a man? Yes. A kind and loving man? Yes. A smart and creative man? Yes. But considerably confused and fragmented as to who I was and how I fit in the world and suffering from a debilitating lack of self worth.

I meditate with the discipline that I do today to avail myself again and again and again to the eternal and liberated experience of life and Self beyond transient thoughts. To realize the steady truth to the universal question, Who Am I, Really?

One day it radically landed for me that to try to navigate to the truth of life and Self through the interpretations of a mind that is constantly making shit up and then re-making it up in a different way the next moment, is total insanity. This was my suffering.

The mind’s predominant way of knowing the world is through thoughts and through beliefs which are constructed of thoughts.

I began to ask the deep inquiry, “What is the true nature of Self, independent of thought?” I could use the mind to point to an emptiness/everything-ness beyond, and prior to, mind.

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