Enlightenment is the recognition that our true nature – the essential experience of ‘being aware’ or Awareness itself – does not share the limits or destiny of the body.
This understanding is then gradually integrated into every part of daily life.
God – infinite, self-aware Consciousness – is the unlimited, open, empty field in which all experience appears, with which all experience is known and out of which all experience is made.
Enlightenment is the recognition of our
essential nature of ever-present, unlimited Awareness.
It is not a new experience but rather
something we have simply overlooked due to our fascination with the drama of
thoughts, feelings, sensations and perceptions.
Our suffering revolves around an illusory
separate self. The separate self is an imaginary limit superimposed on the true
and only self of pure Awareness.
All that is needed is to see the reality
behind the illusory self.
When we wake up from a dream, we understand that
we were not a self in the dream but rather that the entire dream took place in
us. Similarly, when we wake up from the ‘dream’ of everyday life we discover
that Consciousness is not in the body but that the entire body, mind and world
are in Consciousness.
Our experience is real, but the world as
conceived by the mind – made of dead, inert matter, appearing outside
Consciousness – is an illusion.
The world we experience is not made of matter;
it is made of Consciousness.
Painful emotions and feelings are generated and sustained
by the sense of being a separate self, which, if investigated, can never be
In its place we find the inherent peace of Awareness
Conflicts usually arise because other people either
threaten or fail to fulfil the separate self that we imagine ourself to
The true and only self of pure Awareness
cannot be diminished or aggrandized by any experience and, therefore, does not
need to be defended or fulfilled.
Desires which originate from an isolated self
and, as a result, are fuelled by a sense of lack cannot be fulfilled by
If desires arise from our deepest love and
understanding, then they tend to be fulfilled.
Our belief in free will is based on the
intuition of the freedom inherent in the essential nature of the mind, pure
We are free to exercise that freedom in the
service of the love and peace inherent in Consciousness, or the fear and desire
inherent in the separate self.
Lasting happiness cannot be found in the acquisition of
objects, substances, activities, states of mind or relationships.
It resides in the simple knowing of our own being as it
is neither an activity of the mind nor the cessation of the mind. It is simply
being knowingly the presence of Awareness.
is what we are, not what we do.
Just as the sun is self-luminous, so Awareness is self-aware. It
knows itself simply by being itself.
Each of us is aware of the experience of being aware. That experience is
Awareness’s knowledge of itself.
starts with an investigation into the essential nature of ‘I’ and ends with
the dissolution of the mind in the heart of Awareness, revealing Awareness
itself as the ultimate reality of all experience.