The still point, emptiness, and the eternal self
To be still is to listen to the eternity of now.
Stillness is always now.
Eternal, deathless, oneness, is going on now.
It is now.
Stillness permeates movement. The formless ensconces form. Time meets eternity in the sublime flow called now.
To get to the still point of the changeless, eternal now is to find the subtle self which never begins nor ends, but permeates all that comes and goes.
The subtle self is no self.
Eternity is a pristine stillness beyond self and other, though it includes self and other.
To go beyond the self that is born and dies is to be the self that is the stillness of no-self.
Can we become absent in the midst of the present?
Can we be empty, and doing?
Can we learn to not-exist inside existence?
It is only the ego, standing in front of the light, which casts a shadow. To be nothing and stand in the light is to illuminate all, without shadow.
To surrender shadow is to become light.
To surrender self is to become Self.
However, we can never get rid of our eternal selves. And so we surrender ourselves only so that we can be the Self; we become empty only so that we can be full; we die as a separate self, only to be born as the all.
When the great emptiness pours through us, out into form, the difference between inside and outside vanishes, because the membrane between these two has been washed away. All is one emptiness now. No inside or outside. Only one- the great, everything emptiness.
To stay in that emptiness while operating in the form, is to bring the invisible light of Self into the shadow of self.
This is to settle the emptiness into the form, and so to see through the form into the unformed.
The subtle witness, which we are, of the gross being, which we also are, is the crossing over and crossing back nature of our dual selves which are one.
We must watch ourselves as if we were watching another person, and also be ourselves intimately. That is how we pay attention to ourselves being. That is how we be and not-be. This is how we cross over, and cross back.
The eternal, infinite Self includes this realm, but is not limited by this realm.
We must accept and release, and be firm and soluble, so as to avoid getting caught in identity, and yet be of the world.
To get caught in identity is to accept limitation.
To de-identify is to expand.
We run aground when we chase after the ephemeral instead of dwelling in the everlasting.
To be aware of the everlasting Self is to be the whole.
To be whole is to be non-reactive to the particular.
excerpted from OM, BABY! a pilgrimage to the eternal self
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