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    deci
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    There is an ancient taoist fable about a sheepherder boy who transcends the requirements of convention (maintenance of worldly concerns akin to duty), by changing the nature of his duty without violating the basis of what constitutes one’s natural relationship with creation.

    Yes, one actually has a relationship with Creation. Its activation is the selfless intent of the real human body. One’s intent arrives at an open sincerity of enlightening being by its sustained, unbending quality. This is naturally inconceivable, naturally gradual entry into the nature of Power.

    Sincere openness beckons the fruition of the selfless intent of the body of reality, which is one’s immaterial center, the locus of one’s aware living potential energy. It has no location. It is Mind. Open awareness is its substance, function, and intent. Sincere openness is the go-between, entering where the elements of the primal organization are not differentiated in the macrocosm nor in the microcosm. It is the most subtle and exquisite vessel of enlightening being(s). It is the point where thought arises. It is the door to all marvels. It is just this open sincere intent of one’s real body where the Way alights and wells forth.

    Enlightening partnership in creation transcends one’s subjectivity to it. In working it, so to speak, one lets go of the small to partake of the great. It is a matter of clarifying the basis of one’s awareness, one’s relationship with awareness, that karmic evolution becomes a partner in oneself, and one is then no longer subject to its changes. Working it is the ability of buddhas, wizards, saints, sages and the enlightening beings of all times.

    Working its activity is the duty of enlightening being. Self-reflective activity trapped within desire, form and formlessness is the duty of ordinary sentient beings.

    Correct concentration and insight into the nature of Mind and furthermore maintaining a subtle continuous extension of mindful observation on this nature of Mind while functioning adaptively in ordinary affairs eventually develops into an unbending impersonal intent of open sincerity harmonizing with the Way. Harmonizing with the Way and its Power is making a bid with its Power, since the essence of the Way is the nature of human being.

    Through a long process, self-refinement reaches a natural harmony with the Way, and one’s bid is recognized as resonance attuned to its Power. From that point on, enlightening being operates by a selfless fundamental reversal of the nature of one’s relationship with Creation hitherto unknown to ordinary people, who, furthermore, have no idea what constitutes their own nature. Ordinary people follow the light of creation within personalistic (selfishly) attuned ignorance, whereas enlightening beings turn the light around to align themselves with its universal undifferentiated source of illumination.

    The source isn’t anywhere else but here and now. It’s you; though you are not it. Being here and now without employing psychological patterns habitually differentiating before and after, self and other, is already the light turned around. The terminology is only words, not the reality. The work of self-refinement is the dissolution of the mental patterns veiling authentic presence. Negotiating the viscidities of here and now is enlightening being; it is neither different nor the same as before and after, self and others because real knowledge is void of habitual mental patterns of discriminatory consciousness. This is why the nonpsychological is spiritual.

    This is not a matter of sudden illumination, nor does its effect depend on the sudden. The spiritual is the very nature of the sudden. Therefore, the work of enlightening activity is the activation of the nature of the sudden operating in the midst of the gradual. Not only is this the nature of buddhahood, it is the nature of one’s own unborn awareness right now in the light of your eyes. It’s Mind through and through.

    This is not a meditative exercise. One does not see light!! The light does not look like lights. Even ordinary light is essentially immaterial. How can the light of awareness be conceived? If you see lights, and instead want to see reality, stop whatever it is you are doing. ”Wonders” derivative of the psychological storehouse are not the light. Seeing the light is its reversal. As such, all things are just this light. The light looks just like things. Its reversal is the nature of reality alone, i.e.: it is things, yet things are not it. Seeing reality is the basis of not being subject to creation.

    The alchemic manuals state that “whatever can be seen is not to be used; only use that which cannot be seen.” The medicines are immaterial. Fusing them permanently in terms of the spiritual potential of the being that is going to die is the work of alchemy. Those who work with material and plasmic elements will come to an impasse.

    Clarifying the basis of one’s awareness, one’s relationship with awareness, karmic evolution becomes a partner in oneself, and one is no longer subject to its changes. All things reverting to potential in oneself doesn’t change anything. That’s the point of transcending changes.

    Changes aren’t potential. Only creation changes. The business of stealing potential is absorbing the stability inherent in one’s essential unborn awareness by virtue of and in spite of things. Partnership with creation is embodying the function of fundamental unity which is the light. The stability of illumination is your nature, which is changeless.

    One’s partnership with creation is proven by seeing Change. One sees Change by not following its changes unawares. How difficult is that? How difficult is it to not follow thoughts unawares? Not being subject to creation is before the first thought. That’s how close reality is. Before the first thought is already your own mind. Mind, as is, is already thus before “you” exist in terms of self-reflective pattern-awareness. Therefore, your own mind right now is the nature of the spiritual living potential, yet one’s innate living potential (enlightening being) isn’t the person. Although the person is a vector of the Changes, having awakened to one’s enlightening potential, impersonal adaption according to the time only serves the potential of the situational evolution of the times without involving the sense-gates and psychological momentum relative to habit-consciousness. Able to serve the Changes, able to see potential, is knowing Change. Those who know Change do not go along with its changes.

    Observing this Mind, how important is correct concentration and insight into the nature of Mind? Furthermore, how is maintaining a subtle continuous extension of mindful observation on this nature of Mind while functioning adaptively in ordinary affairs important to turning the light of this Mind around?

    In seeing the light, one partakes of the nature of the light and does not entertain acquisitive, speculative relationships with things based on patterns reifying the multifarious personality’s karmic imprint. Why? Because, in turning the light around, enlightening beings see that things are not absolute in terms of the nature of creation (which is karmic).

    It is not a matter of belief, or faith. One does not act as if…(?) The perpetual result constituting Reality does not depend on seeing. Reality is already the way it is before the first thought. Seeing depends on you alone. If you see reality, then you do not abide in karmic energy, and the totality of the being that is going to die is the nature of enlightenment.

    In turning the light around, things revert to unrefined potential in terms of enlightening beings seeing reality. This is how one “steals potential”— it is just a matter of (one’s operating the light in reverse that is) not partaking in the created aspect of karmic evolution whereby one “absorbs” potential. It is not that one takes anything, or that things themselves miraculously stop acting like things overflowing in their foolishness, poisoned, deluded. It is simply seeing for oneself that there is nothing whatsoever to take (in terms of transcendent relationship in the created), that one “frees” potential inherent in any given situational event and then stores it away in secrecy void of intellectualism.

    The upshot is that one accumulates the subsequently purified primordial energy for enlightening evolution by oneself for the purposes of one’s duty, carried out as a highly-refined relationship with creation based on its (the created’s) uncreated potential.

    It is found neither in oneself nor in others; it is itself in Reality alone.

    #400569
    anita
    Participant

    Dear deci:

    I started reading your original post, , but I find it too difficult to understand. If, and only IF you would like me, for one, to understand, can you make it simple, for me…?

    anita

    #400656
    deci
    Participant

    Hi anita~ hmmmm …I don’t know❤︎!! There has never been a way to put words over the duct of unspeakability…

    Hahaha!! So, it is not that I want you to understand, it is that there is nothing constituting understanding in terms of reality relative to the person. “Understanding” is the rational mind, words, meaning. Reality has no meaning, no purpose. It just is. When you begin to see relative to the potential inherent in situations themselves by forgetting to dredge up notions relative to the person, one actualizes one’s inherent spiritual (nonpsychological) function on the spot. It’s naturally, spontaneously so.

    All prior illuminates have endeavored to leave this open secret intact for those who have the audacity to enter into it in order to keep the knowledge alive.

    The style and content of the writing is itself a device for those resonant with its teaching— I didn’t make it up. Nevertheless, I only write about what I know, using the long-studied terminology of Chan (Zen) buddhism, Complete Reality (Quanzhen) taoism and Toltec Nagual shamanism to express the practical application of what amounts to that which constitutes

    Working its activity is the duty of enlightening being. Self-reflective activity trapped within desire, form and formlessness is the duty of ordinary sentient beings.

    This is because our nature is inconceivable. Most people fail to derive any real power from that profound fact. It’s just your own mind right now before the first recollection of the thinker, the knower, and the liver of life. Thus, the means, the application, and the perpetual result also share in this inconceivability— but there is nothing unnatural about it because awareness is already thus as is. There is no other Mind. And, as you well know, it is only due to clinging habit-consciousness’ psychologically reifying pattern-awareness that the real knowledge of Suchness is usually obscured. I say usually, because since mind is one, the Real surfaces spontaneously now and then with no effort on our part.

    Essence cannot be taught. It is what constitutes your own mind right now. The ancient  admonishment is to “see essence on your own, then seek a teacher.” This is because even though the wordless “science of essence” cannot be conceived, it is none other than the scene playing out before your own pointed nose and horizontal eyes. No one is different in this regard. As for the “science of life,” which can be taught, is why one seeks a teacher after awakening to Reality’s potential.

    Once the singular flavor is unmistakably recognized, the basic practice and unbending intent perpetuating subtle continuous observation of mind by mind 24/7, finally manifests benefit from the insight into what constitutes the real, fundamental basis in reality and one can confidently step beyond the confines of rote formal meditation regimens. I myself never had recourse to any kind of formal practice, whether that be sitting, yogic, or sexual disciplines. I just had a knack for open wonder and proceeded along that path in altogether surpassing anticipatory consciousness. Such open wonder continues to serve me well.

    I just don’t know what it is!

    Some people ride the long, seemingly complex sentence structure for its own sake without seeking any meaning, per se, for some time before any kind of resonance becomes apparent. I’m not suggesting that anyone do that~ yet there are those who, over the years, have told me that, over a long time, something just eventually “clicks” for them and they gain entry into their own inherent knowledge. That’s what resonates. Mind is one. The direct teaching beyond provisional directives is universal.

    Delusion and Reality are not different. The real knowledge of inconceivable reality is simply unified awareness as oneself without including or excluding the individual. The person isn’t an issue (heehee!) There is no doing involved. The individual is the viable element for what it’s worth, no more, no less— yet just this doesn’t depend on the person, it just is. Ego is already wonderful without taking credit for its function. After all, that’s all ego is— merely the inherent psychological function constituting the person. Delusion is believing that the person is the identity of the being that is going to die. Open awareness doesn’t depend on the person to be viably enlightening, yet ego-consciousness perpetuating the necessary illusion constituting the person also doesn’t necessarily have to obscure one’s inherent enlightening function. What make the difference (in terms of karmic bondage) is habituation to self-reifying psychological momentum. That’s what makes the world go round. Karma, creation, the realm of duality, eternity, the heavens and hells galore— all words relative to time. Transcendence isn’t opposed to time, it just isn’t bound in it— it is literally operational outside its confines. Yet, if there were no time realm, what would be the point of transcendence? Creation isn’t viable in terms of the Absolute. Yet the Absolute is transcendent within the confines of the created. It’s just the way you do it. Who knew? Without the false, there is no way to find entry into the real. It’s just the way it is, and no one knows why.

    Authentic teaching describes direct entry into reality by mind alone. It’s as easy as turning over your hand. Not very many people are ready to partake of dealing with essence directly without intermediary in the midst of everyday ordinary situations at any given time, yet such is not only possible, it is just the way it is. Again, no one knows why.

    The various schools of Padmasambhava (Tibetan Buddhism) are very popular in North America and are relatively accessible to all walks of life. I do not usually tender their devices in an obvious way, yet, in stripping away the cultural veneer, I find the approach exemplified by Chogyam Trungpa viable and also his commentary on the sutras to be most insightful.

    “Om gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha.” In his Cutting through Spiritual Materialism, Chogyam Trungpa elucidated this ancient mantra from the Heart Sutra on page 199 of the chapter on Shunyata:

    One would have thought that instead of saying, Om gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha, this mantra would say something about shunyata— or something of the sort. Instead it says, Gate gate— “gone, gone, gone beyond completely gone.” This is much stronger than saying “shunyata,” because the word “shunyata” might imply a philosophical interpretation. Instead of formulating something philosophical, this mantra exposes that which lies beyond philosophy. Therefore it is gate gate— “gone, given up, got rid of, opened.” The first gate is “rid of the veil of conflicting emotions.” The second gate represents the veil of the primitive beliefs about reality. That is, the first gate represents the idea that “form is empty,” and the second gate refers to “emptiness is form.” Then the next word of the mantra is paragate— “gone beyond, completely exposed.” Now form is form— paragate— and it is not only that form is form but emptiness is emptiness, parasamgate— “completely gone beyond.” Bodhi. Bodhi here means “completely awake.” The meaning is “given up, completely unmasked, naked, completely open.” Svaha is a traditional ending for mantras which means, “Sobeit.” “Gone, gone, gone beyond, completely exposed, awake, sobeit.”

    Jesus said that only by giving up one’s life does one gain the Kingdom of God. When speaking of the thinker, the knower and the liver of life, how can one miss the import of his directive relative to ceasing the perpetuation of the illusion of one’s person? The Heart Sutra ends with “the great spell” (mantra) which in the Tibetan version reads: “Therefore the mantra of transcendent knowledge, the mantra of deep insight, the unsurpassed mantra, the unequalled mantra, the mantra which calms all suffering, should be known as truth, for there is no deception.”

     

     

    #400663
    deci
    Participant

    Oh~ let me add this: The aspect of “mastery” isn’t in terms of understanding, it is a matter of application according to the time. Taoism calls this “matching potential to creation.”

    What is more significant than understanding? Seeing reality or properly, its potential, being the crux of enlightening activity. Action, per se, is not the critical aspect, it is seeing and “absorbing” potential, thus precipitating what might constitute “subtle spiritual adaption” unbeknownst to anyone. For the most part, just seeing potential is done without much ado.

    When one sees through phenomena before the first thought, one gains access to potential instead of partaking in karmic evolution (energy). Potential is inherent in the karmic situation itself. Karma is the “stuff” of creation. It just is. Enlightening beings enter the karmic realm to absorb its unrefined potential and withdraw in order to refine it. This alternating “tactic” comprises the practical teaching of spiritual alchemy’s technique of advancing and withdrawing the fire. In gaining access to potential inherent in all situational cycles, one sees that potential (and thus oneself) is subtly independent of the circumstantial elements comprising its milieu— one such element being the person itself. Since one sees potential by failing to reify the identity of the person as absolute, one’s action or repose is in terms of selfless potential, not the person. This is the meaning of “selfless” adaption. Such adaption has nothing to do with social conventions dictating “compassion” in terms of views of self and other.

    Since such seeing is not relative to the person, one’s adaptive capacity is expressed as “neither seeking honor nor avoiding ignominy.

     

    #400742
    Helcat
    Participant

    Hi Deci!

    I hope you don’t mind me commenting. I know we have had philosophical differences in the past. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

    There is an ancient taoist fable about a sheepherder boy who transcends the requirements of convention (maintenance of worldly concerns akin to duty), by changing the nature of his duty without violating the basis of what constitutes one’s natural relationship with creation.

    I would like to learn more about the parable. Does it describe how he achieved these things?

    I noticed that a lot of the Buddhist books I’m reading contain descriptions of terminology. that explain these concepts.

    Would you be able to include descriptions of terminology for those that are unfamiliar with it? Or perhaps bold or italic key words in the future so we can Google them ourselves?

    Being here and now without employing psychological patterns habitually differentiating before and after, self and other, is already the light turned around. The terminology is only words, not the reality. The work of self-refinement is the dissolution of the mental patterns veiling authentic presence.

    This is something that I have been learning about and identifying in my own life. It is interesting identifying the thoughts that occur as a result of a psychological trigger. I hope to practice stepping back from them.

    One’s partnership with creation is proven by seeing Change. One sees Change by not following its changes unawares. How difficult is that? How difficult is it to not follow thoughts unawares?

    Would you say that what I shared above is related to what you shared in this quote?

    Delusion and Reality are not different. The real knowledge of inconceivable reality is simply unified awareness as oneself without including or excluding the individual.

    My understanding of delusion and reality Is that they are two parts of a whole. Personally, I like the word perspective. We all have our own unique perspectives and interpret the world through a lens of our previous experiences.

    Sometimes language can cause misunderstandings as we all interpret it based on our own assumptions. Just as with book reports where we are asked to identify themes. We do this every day. I always hated book reports because I felt that the conclusions we draw from material might not have been intended by the author.

    Perhaps reality is a combination of, how we interpret content, how everyone else interprets content and how the original author intended for it to be interpreted? What do you think?

    Some people break down the idea of what makes up a human being as the ego and the watcher. Do you agree with this?

    I think one difficulty is that sometimes people can attach to their circumstances. I know in the past I have identified with a mental health condition, past experiences or a physical health condition. I have been afraid of change. These are all ego.

    It is hard to describe the rest though. Understanding that it is all fluid and subject to change? Having distance from the psychological triggers so they don’t drive decision making?

    Thank you once again for sharing your thoughtful insights.

    #400751
    Helcat
    Participant

    Hi Deci

    Clearly I’ve pushed some buttons. I’ll leave you in peace. It’s a shame that we couldn’t get along amicably. Good luck with your ruthless compassion!

    #400878
    Helcat
    Participant

    You might want to consider why you feel the need to insult and verbally abuse people that you disagree with while pretending that it’s compassion.

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