“THE GREATEST OF ALL THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF 20TH-CENTURY SCIENCE has been the discovery of human ignorance.” Lewis Thomas, Lives of a Cell. “OUR IGNORANCE, OF COURSE, HAS ALWAYS BEEN WITH US, AND ALWAYS WILL BE. What is new is our awareness of it, our awakening to its fathomless dimensions, and it is this, more than anything else, that marks the coming of age of our species.” Timothy Ferris, Coming of Age in the Milky Way.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Only Awareness Avails



Whole Awareness is the only ‘control’ of life and experience. All else is attack or retreat from a split-off (imaginary) position. Fighting or fleeing any unwanted emotion or experience does not help to set one free of suffering.

Fighting produces tension, anger, hatred and frustration—and the sense of endless war against an enemy who cannot be destroyed. 

Fleeing produces tension, fear, shame and despair—and the sense of being chased or haunted by an enemy who cannot be escaped.

Whether fighting or fleeing, such avoidance behavior is a vicious circle: it produces more of the pain that one struggles to eradicate or escape.

“Whatever we resist tends to persist.” (Carl Jung)

Each stressful episode ends, but others will later arise—and one is doomed to fight or to flee the pain, again and again.

To become free of suffering, one must live as Wholeness (radical non-avoidance, non-separation). This practice of Wholeness must pass the “test” of pain.

Awareness (mindfulness) is the way. Non-dual Awareness is truth and operates in truth. Non-dual Awareness abides as the Whole condition—not as a separate, limited (false) position.

Until the advent of continuous non-dual Awareness, there is no graduation from the “school” of suffering.


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Here is an affirmation to help you practice Wholeness:

With loving kindness, I intend to live the way of non-dual Awareness (Whole Body-Mind).

When pain arises, I won’t try to prevent it or make it go away. I will allow it to be exactly what it is. Indeed, I will open to the pain—“lean into it” (with relaxed body-mind and soft belly breathing). The pain is produced in me. May I grok my own pain (that is, may I grok what I am doing that is painful). Exactly how am I producing suffering?

Whole Awareness is the only ‘control’ of life and experience. In Wholeness (radical non-avoidance, non-duality) “I” (body-mind) am responsible—able to respond appropriately to whatever arises. In Wholeness, my will (intention) is effective—it shapes the world—and events happen synchronistically. Such “magic” occurs because I am not radically other than the world.

May I always live as Whole Awareness, and may the fruits of this practice of Whole Awareness benefit all beings.


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