Sponsored Linksby Brian Thompson; Zen Thinking
No experience is true, but that which all experiences appear within is.
As soon as it is sensed, cognized, and perceived, it is gone. Every experience is an illusion; an elusive mirage created by the mind.
No experience has an independent truth all of its own. Every experience only seems to exist because of you, because you lend your reality to its false appearance.
Only awareness is true. How else could an “experience” be known?
Only Presence exists, which is this present moment Beingness in which all knowing appears. You are this Presence, here and now—and there is nothing apart from this Presence, this knowingness, this awareness that permeates your entire being.
And so, all that is exists within you.
Outside of here and now, what could be real? Only this moment is verifiable and true, to you. Everything else is a concept.
Whatever appears will always disappear.
All manner of appearances, which every experience, sensation, and perception ultimately are, are false. They are entirely unreliable—they do not exist whatsoever.
The only "thing" unchanging in life is awareness itself—and this is self-evident when you investigate the continuity of your being. Your awareness has never altered. In fact, it is not "yours" at all—it just Is. It is the suchness of your Self.
Inquire into your own direct experience and realize this to be true. Awareness has always been there in every moment of your life; alert, forever unchanging, and accepting of everything that appears within it. Awareness is infinitely empty, which is why it seems to be so full. Just like a window, everything is sensed only within its open space.
All else, aside from this presence of awareness that you are, is an illusion.
Everything else is an emanation from the mind, which itself is merely an appearance—or rather, an experience—an illusion within the infinite consciousness of your Self.
You experience the mind, but you are not it. You experience the body, but you are not it. You experience the world, but you are not it.
How can any of these possibly be real? They may be a “fact”, but facts are never the ultimate reality. A fact is just a concept conceived from a prior experience, taken from a singular moment which the mind has freeze-framed into a virtual tidbit of knowledge, which it assumes to be ever-present, unchanging, and real—but a fact is not Now. Only Now is true, and you are That.
You are this moment’s Knowingness—the absolute reality upon which all experiences borrow their apparent existence.
You are not separate from whatever you experience—you are one with it, in all of its seeming diversity. In fact, you ARE the experience itself, for there is no experience without you!
To be clear, when I say "you", I do not mean you, the body and mind; nor you, the individual personality which defines itself by its opinions and beliefs. I mean the real you, Awareness. You, this presence that is Here and Now that expresses itself as, I Am.
All experiences are to be embraced in their magnificent impermanence, understanding full well they do not define you, for you, Awareness, define them.
When you realize your own emptiness, everything becomes nothing but a reflection of you, the selfless Self, the infinite field in which all experiences appear.
Rely upon no experience, abide only in that which knows experience—unfettered, undistracted Presence.