Thursday, 8 April 2010

Folly In Fools Bears Not So Strong A Note As Foolery In The Wise, When Wit Doth Dote.

The story of me in the kitchen with a knife is just that - a story, arising in wholeness. It was just what seemed to be happening. It really didn't have a lot to do with clear seeing, it was a story of clear seeing; and if there was some kind of recognition, or coming home, it had to do with understanding that what it is I had been looking for was just what is, just as it is. If, indeed, I had been looking. Comforting concepts can come up, like: there is nothing wrong with duality, there is nothing wrong with whatever the manifestation, or appearance, or whatever we're calling it today, seems to be doing, including doubt, questioning and the feeling that something will happen in the "future" that will bring about some kind of final revelation and bliss or whatever. However, those kind of thoughts don't seem to come up anymore. There really isn't a process, there is no time for a process to unfold; but it can seem that there is a process of deepening, that whatever exists is truly the only thing that is, and includes all the thoughts and feelings, which only ever are happening now. A deepening that seems to reveal "what is" as more and more beautiful, absolutely whole, completely what it is, and the only thing that is. What looks, is the only constant; the still point, consciousness, "I am", presence, whatever you care to label it. Nothing is a mistake, not even incongruous expectations. Such expectations arise and fall, or seem to, like everything else. There is nothing wrong with being disturbed. The "I" completely dissolving is just the story of the "I" completely dissolving, no matter how to the point that story seems to be. You are where you are, and that is perfect, no matter how it seems. "I" is oneness, "I-ing". Nothing wrong with it at all.

Maybe you have too many expectations about what "this" or "awakening" or "enlightenment" is. Your brain/mind can seem to "come back" and "claim" an experience; however you perceive
and label such an apparent happening is this too. There is nothing that is not this. That's what an "ah ha" moment means, and why it's so amusing. What you are looking for is everything, just the way it is. It is occluded by its omnipresence. It's so simple, your mind can't possibly believe it's so obvious.

Moments of peace are great, but they aren't especially "this". They are this in yet another guise. Doubt, resistance, fear - this in an egoic guise. However, when "this" is "realised", there seems to be less resistance, doubt and fear - but this isn't "let's make a deal". There are no guarantees about what the quality of life will be, in the story that seems to unfold, if wholeness is apprehended. The only guarantee is that whatever it is that seems to be happening, thought, or felt is this. EVERYTHING is what the seeker searches for. You can stop looking. THIS IS IT!


I've always liked the analogy of nonduality as a film; the characters have interesting lives, but cannot change what happens; and yet they are light itself; what we truly are is likened to the light that makes the projections possible. Well, let's play with that. What if the characters unravel reality and hop off the screen, no longer slave to the film and script? That's explored in Woody Allen's Purple Rose of Cairo. The characters that remain argue about who is the most important character. One bumbles on, and exits in a fluster; he's not due until the third reel. The ego and its imagination loves the idea that it has absolute freedom. Enjoy.

21 comments:

msayers said...

That's a great clip. How hauntingly familiar those "characters" are. So much like... us!

Great post, Suzanne! Always just what I needed. (Oh, well, how else could it be?) :)

Leslie said...

LOL...'millionth time seeing this'...what a 'story'...I love the cheek pressed on the glass...and the 'don't panic' part. These are the absolute best Suzanne.
XOXO
-Leslie

No One In Particular said...

Hey Mike and Leslie, thank you for your appreciation and enthusiasm! Badabing, badabow.

Anonymous said...

Wow...so wonderfully weird.

I wonder if there's any non-duality in Play It Again Sam but I don't think Woody Allen directed that one.


peace,
ernie

Svante Odmark said...

One of my absolute favourite stories is that of a particular someone pointing to that which is "occluded by its omnipresence". Such a sweet, delicate & tender (self)compassion in the seeing/being through of that story... Such a bottomless, celebrational rest from everything right in the midst of everything...

No One In Particular said...

Hey Ernie, all is "nonduality" so of course Casablanca is rife with it!

No One In Particular said...

Hey Svante, very sweet, thank you very much...and may I say your English rocks!

Ricky said...

..and so it was Bob Smith's 'time'.

He reached the Pearly Gates, was greeted by God and shown into the 'living' room. This being the technological age, God pulled a DVD from his collection with Bob Smith written on it. It was inserted into the player and the picture appeared. Bob once again saw family and friends, remembered places and situations- both funny and sad.

"This is all well and good", said Bob, "but where am I, I can't see myself."

"Oh for goodness sake", boomed God", "I'm shutting this place. It's a bloody waste of 'time'"

No One In Particular said...

Nice one Ricky.

Tapestry said...

Ah, Light and the reflection of light. Now this is very interesting.
When the characters see that they (ie mind) are illusory - what remains? Perhaps Light and seeing of the reflection for what it really is.

Love the new photo. Hints at seeing beyond the lenses.

No One In Particular said...

Hey Tapestry, well, hopefully that's what's left - what's left is what's left, however one chooses to describe it - badly!

The new photo is from my 25th high school reunion. I think it's a bit too lo-res. Looking for a warts (wrinkles) and all one but I'm too camera shy, it would seem.

Doug McMillan said...

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. A great post again Suzanne telling it as 'is', and I love the clip at the end, wonderful stuff, thanks for sharing :-)

No One In Particular said...

Thanks for stopping by Doug.

Perfect Awareness said...

Hi, I'm happy I stumbled on to your site. It seems like you are reaching many people, great. Yes, there is no static state to be reached, what bondage it is to seek that. The only constant at all is our true purely aware nature, which is apparent at all times. It's an enormous relief to be cool with whatever appears because we are doubtlessly free. And like you say, a deepening, or opening, more and more forever seems to be what is going on. Thanks and nice to meet you. Sal

No One In Particular said...

Hi Sal, thanks for commenting. What we are is obvious. So odd to keep on looking! But nothing wrong with it either.

Kaushik | beyond-karma.com said...

Great post. Perhaps seeking is necessary to see that it is not.

k

Perfect Awareness said...

Sure, nothing wrong. That reminds me. The other day I thought I'd misplaced my glasses. I looked all over the house for them, only to discover that they had been in my pocket the whole time. So I just stopped looking. Since I've put them back on they just keep getting more and more comfortable. Now I've almost forgotten that I thought I'd lost them.

No One In Particular said...

Hey Kaushik, great to have you stop by, and absolutely - great point you make.

No One In Particular said...

Hey PA, that analogy really resonates.

Brenda (betaphi) said...

Very comforting piece, Suz, and the photo is really lovely.

No One In Particular said...

Hey Brenda, comfort is not the goal, but if comfort comes up, that's just perfect. And thanks for noticing the artwork!