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I am unhappy and disillusioned by some of these spiritual teachers, even been tricked by some of these “empowerment teachers.” Awareness helps but I feel frustrated because they all say, “practice presence, be the awareness.” I have been doing that but it still feels like a struggle. Why? You seem to speak beyond that; but you are hard to understand.
There are a couple different avenues one may take when they discover awareness. One may become a teacher at helping others get to that space of awareness. The sole purport being rest, relax into your awareness and stop seeking, you already are what you seek, accept all feelings, you’re perfect, be the container not the contained, etc. An important part of the path but not the Final Truth. That is as far as the teacher can take the student because that is as far as they have gone themselves. Why? They are just grateful they do not feel as bad as they used to and that is enough. I can never be a Maharshi, a Jesus, or a Buddha they tell themselves.
A good life one can lead, but duality has not been transcended as there is still separation between awareness and the object of awareness; the observer and the observed…
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Atreya. How come you do not hold Satsang or do meetings and things like that? I would come! Couldn’t you make a greater difference?
Question: Why am I still not free? I know myself as awareness; yet I still bounce back and forth into these problems! Why?
The truth is you are still seeking freedom, enlightenment, whatever you would like to call it; as an experience in the body and mind. The very nature of body and mind is that they are breaking down; and that is a problem because there is no Absolute to be found there. Yet that is where your identity is established, although more subtle now.
Your secret desire is to be able to experience the Absolute without having to completely give up the me.
Freedom is not dependent on mind/body conditions. Therefore, real freedom can only be experienced when the seeker finally realizes who they are in spite of form. Then whatever happens in form is not your business. This type of freedom requires a fundamental transformation or death mind/body identification.
Your desire for Absolute freedom has gotten you this far, now it is time to decide whether you stop here or…
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What does the obsessive mind seek so desperately and so intensely? Certainty. The OCD mind desires to find something that is unchanging, consistent, and completely reliable; which will then clear all doubts forever.
The very nature of form is that it is in a constant state of flux; as the body is decaying and thoughts do not hold up when the mind gives up concentration on them. So we will always find our self in doubt at some point if we are seeking certainty in ever changing form.
If you watch your life closely, that is exactly what you are doing. We want to know that the body, kids, wife, husband, job, bank account, my mind, are all eternally safe and free from pain without a drop of uncertainty. We create this extraordinary network of compulsions or intense urges to behave along certain lines in order to check for consistency and…
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This. Just this.
Spiritual awakening no matter how vast or transcendent does not end when the seeking ends. The Unchanging Awareness is discovered, and one realizes them self as the Absolute which pervades all things, people and places equally. The question then becomes: How far do you want to go? In other words, how far do you want to come back to “the front of your body,” and now live in the transient as a husband, father, wife, teacher, friend etc., while devoted to loving and connecting with your Self in all things, people and places; from the killer to the saint?
Once you discover what you have been desperately seeking is your Self, now you must learn how to surrender into That in all manifestations of the Absolute.
What good is enlightenment if one is not devoted to bring that light into every single aspect of life? If the Final Cause which…
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