Thought divides knowing into a knower and the known, loving into a lover and the beloved, and perceiving into a perceiver and the perceived. As such, it is thought alone that abstracts a subject and an object from the seamless, unnamable intimacy of pure Knowing or Experiencing.

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Are body pratices a continuation of the search and thus a risk of the reenforcement of the sense of me?

Francis Lucille and yourself focus on the necessity to embody the understanding…that is to say to daily practice tantric Kasmir yoga (Eric Baret), yoga of presence, or bodily movments as Francis do in his seminars ...my question is: are those sort of body pratices a continuation of the search and thus a risk of the reenforcement of the sense of me? I tried some of those practices and there was more me than ever,and I felt very bad!...thank you again for your answer…Jérôme.

Dear Jerome,

Just for the sake of clarity and accuracy, I do not (and nor does Francis) ‘focus on the necessity to embody the understanding….’

This exploration and subsequent dissolution of the sense of solidity and separation at the level of feelings, at the level of the body, is simply available to one who wishes to go deeper than mere intellectual understanding.

It is available for one who wishes to feel rather than merely ‘know’ that the body and the world are made out of the same transparent, open, luminous, loving substance that perceives them or in which they appear.

In this exploration there is no risk of reinforcing the sense of ‘me,’ precisely because they proceed from (rather than go towards) the understanding that there is no experiential evidence for the existence of such an entity.

In other words this exploration of the body and the world is a way of realigning the way we feel the body and the world with our understanding that there are no separate entities anywhere to be found and that Consciousness is both the witness and substance of all appearances.

So it has to be understood from the outset that this exploration of experience at the level of the body is not undertaken by an entity, a person. It is an exploration OF the apparent ‘person’ at the level of the body, not BY the ‘person.’

If you felt very bad as a result of trying this I would stop immediately and try first to spend some time with someone who is established in this understanding and can explain both the rational behind it and suggest ways in which it might be explored more deeply at the level of the body.

With love,

Rupert