A reader asked to elaborate in the following excerpt of a previous writing (“Sensual pleasure in spirituality.”)
“Thinking separates the subject and the object. It is in that separation when “loneliness” arrives. However, not only loneliness arrives but everything else that we believe to be “me.” Neediness, emotional traumas, addictions, taboos, beliefs, etc.”
Someone who I exchange sharings about topics related with ego; referred to me to one of the books by Alan Watts, “The Wisdom of Insecurity.”
He said, “I found [it] to be very powerful, especially his statement that experience, I, and the present moment are all the same.”
Do we see the “craziness” of saying that experience, the “I” and the “now” are all the same?
How many people experience that? Do we “experience” all of those things to be the same?
What separates the “I” from the experience? It is obviously a thought. Thinking. Isn’t the experience of the “I” the same as the “now”?
Do we see that there is a Totality, which has been dissected into parts by our wonderful thinking?
Could we see inter-beingness?
There is a huge, enormous difference between “seeing things intellectually” and experiencing them.
Intellectually, we could make sense as when someone describes the flavor of a meal. We could separate the different ingredients of that meal, list the quantities needed of every ingredient and even learn how to cook them using the same temperature and the same timing every single time; however, if our taste buds are unable to taste, then what happens?
Exactly the same as having intellectual understanding and not experience. A meal is meant to be eaten.
It could go down to the stomach or we could taste it, enjoy it… just like life.
Mathias, the wise tree; mentioned to Ananda at one time.
“Knowing comes through contemplation.
When you observe and respect the rhythms of Nature and learn to be part of it, then your movements will be accordingly harmonious. “
Walking, breathing, feeling.
It is in that contemplation of Nature and not in reading books how the intellectual stuff vanishes. With that; our continuous thinking which brings separation.
When you are fully aware that everything is “you” and not just a part, the “I,” or the “soul” all by itself, then that concept will be let go by our own experience of the Totality.
The “Drama of life,” which is the “now” and the experience of that Drama of life are the same. The experiencer, which is the “I” or the soul or some other label cannot be separated from everything else…
Do we see that?
How could we feel alone?
Because that consciousness of Totality hasn’t been experienced or if experienced, it is for a limited time.
It is individuality false, a mirage?
No. It is just another state of consciousness. Someone who could go from one state of consciousness into the other; obviously is not alone when alone.
The experience of Totality brings paradoxically, individuality in Totality. There are so many species of beings with a particular function in the Universe. Individuality will bring Totality as well, once that experience of being an individual cannot be tolerated anymore. In other words, when that “ego” is unbearable. That means suffering.
Collective consciousness is moving at this time into what has been labeled as “Oneness.”
However, we could do the pretty talk or we could experience it …away, in the little corner of silence… or we could experience both.
“Nothing is better than the other…” just different, for the one who appreciates every flavor/ experience that life brings, after all that flavor is “you.” 🙂
Thank you for your question!
The typical “normal” anxiety is manifested as fear, worry or being unease about something uncertain in the future.
In a nutshell, an anxious individual is living in the “future,” rather than the present. Moreover, there is no certainty that worries will manifest.
Worrying doesn’t solve issues.
The word which describes this, is to be “preoccupied,” that is to be busy (mentally) before “being” actually busy.
Typically, anxious individuals would like to control their environment, control exactly how something “should be.” The practice that would help is to be “aware” and catch those moments when you start feeling anxious. At that point, you will drop your thoughts on that issue.
Knowledge is telling us to “perform actions” as karma yogis but not to think about their outcome. Those actions come from being in the present, in the “now.”
If you could be totally aware that your “now” manifests your future, you would be engaged in making the “now” as meaningful as possible, so the future is taking care of, automatically.
If the words: “the Drama is beneficial for all,” resonate with you, the outcome will not be a source of anxiety, for you will know that “it is the best thing that could happen.”
Live life by being fully present, and let the Drama take care of the rest.
Again, i would recommend to read the “power of now” from page 35, for a good description of the problems of living outside the “now.”