When, through understanding, we realize that what we long for can never be found in an object, substance, activity, relationship or state, our longing loses its direction, flows back to its source, and is revealed as the love for which we were in search.

From Doing to Being to Celebrating

I’m not sure if it’s more important to be watchful of the movement of thoughts, feelings, perceptions throughout the day, or to keep inquiring into whether or not it’s possible to find a separate self.

Dear Rupert,

I’m not sure if it’s more important to be watchful of the movement of thoughts, feelings, perceptions throughout the day, or to keep inquiring into whether or not it’s possible to find a separate self – or both.

With love,

Anupam

 

Dear Anupam,

Both! Either take your stand knowingly as Awareness (I say ‘knowingly’ because we already are Awareness but sometimes seem to forget this) and ‘from there’ or ‘as that’ contemplate the appearances of the mind, body and world, allowing everything to be exactly as it is (Awareness is, in fact, already doing that). Or take a more active approach and investigate the nature of the apparently separate self both at the level of thoughts and feelings.

You can alternate between these two, just doing whichever you are drawn to do in the moment…..passive contemplation or active investigation. In time the latter will give way more and more to the former…..from doing to being.

And then from being to celebrating!

With love,

Rupert