Realization is a shift in perception
Each one of us is a mold created to act in a
certain way. To know what we really are we need to go beyond that mold. The
gold ornament thinks it is a necklace or ear ring. But in reality it is gold.
The shape is useful for the wearer. The ornament itself does not gain in any
Breaking out of the mold requires a process;
- Dissatisfaction over the limitation
- Awareness of something beyond
- Striving to shift focus
The mold lies in the realm of duality. It
perceives different forms and acts accordingly. The actions bring results. Some
please. Some torment. There is the fear of discontinuance or death.
In the singular or non duality there is no
difference but a continuum. Thoughts end. Actions end. Fear disappears. There
is nothing to gain. There is nothing to lose.
How to achieve the non dual state?
One needs to slowly dissociate from the world.
The world is an illusion. The problem starts when we consider it to be real.
While watching a film we get engrossed and experience different feelings and
emotions. But deep within we know it is not real.
What is real? The observer is real. The
witness is real. The watcher of the film is real.
One needs to go deeper still. There is a
witness. But there is also something that watches the witness. You think you
are the witness. But you also can discern that something is watching you. You
can observe your thoughts. You can also observe the one who is watching the
That observer is the awareness. It is beyond
consciousness. Consciousness too is a product of food. The awareness is
extremely subtle and independent.
You must rest in that awareness. Slowly the
thoughts will cease to bother. Your opinions will not matter. You will no
longer be on the surface reacting to everything. You will recede into the
witness; and then the awareness of the witness. And finally the awareness will
consume you and you will become it.
Try this. Resting in the awareness is nothing
but resting in the Self. You will notice a transformation as the Self slowly
takes over you. The gold will shine and the ornament will become secondary.