Which Self Is Being Enquired Into? Part 2Is there any usefulness of familiarizing myself with the patterns and reactions of my mind?
The second question I’ve got is related to the first (OASG 69), and has to do with the usefulness of familiarizing myself with the patterns and reactions of my mind. Don’t I have to look at and see both what’s fake and what’s real in order to abandon one and realize the other? Attention to both egoic consciousness and conscious consciousness, in other words.
There is nothing wrong with exploring the patterns and reactions of the mind. That will give you a good knowledge of the mind. Nothing more, nothing less.
However, knowledge of the mind doesn’t give us any knowledge of Consciousness. How could something that is limited give us any knowledge of that which unlimited?
It is Consciousness that knows the mind. It is the knowing element in all experience. Because knowing is inherent in Consciousness, simply by being itsel, Consciousness knows itself. It doesn’t have to do anything special to know itself. In fact it has to do something special to seem not to know itself! That is, it has to take the shape of dualising thought.
What knowledge of the mind could give Consciousness any more knowledge of itself than it already has? Consciousness always only knows itself in its totality. It never knows less than the totality of itself. Consciousness has no parts, so it is not possible to know a little bit of itself or for a little bit of itself to remain unknown.
Consciousness is one seamless ‘whole’ always only knowing and being itself.
In fact it is by seeming to take the shape of dualising mind that something other than Consciousness seems to be known.
It is only this dualising thought that seems to veil the knowing of our being as it is (but in reality doesn’t).
It is this dualising knowledge that is lost rather than any knowledge in or of the mind that is gained.
It is the recognition of our own being that effects this loss of the separate self sense, not the other way round.
In other words, this recognition of our own being is not the result of a process in the mind. It is its own cause, so to speak. It is not caused by anything outside of itself.
(Of course, from a higher point of view this recognition cannot be said to be the result of a cause because all there was ‘before’ is Consciousness and all there is ‘afterwards’ is Consciousness and all there is ‘in between’ is Consciousness. So nothing truly ever happened. In fact it cannot even be said to be a RE-cognition, because Consciousness is always known in its totality. No cause, no effect.)
That is why, at the end of my previous answer to you, I was careful to point out that self enquiry is only a process in the mind from the point of view of the dualising mind, that is, from the point of view of the separate entity.
When it is clear that no such entity exists, self enquiry is felt and understood to be simply the abidance in our own being.
With kind regards,