Listen to this statement:
I am that by which I know that I am.
Let it sink in and feel what it is pointing you to. It is something that cannot be touched, heard or see. We have a word for it: consciousness. But that is also just a stand-in for what it really is.
Now listen to this statement:
You are of the nature of no-birth, no-dwelling, no-disintegration, and no-death.
Another way of saying this is a statement on the implicate order:
In the implicate order any element, no matter how small, contains within itself the totality of the universe.
This says that each of us, as an element of this implicate order, contains within us the totality of the universe. How many of us can fathom that thought? Our human brain may very likely not be the right instrument to be able to fathom this statement. The image at the top with the zen master and living bodhisattva Thich Nhat Hanh felt to me like the right image for this post because he is the embodiment of living compassion and wisdom of the heart. He models to us that living from the heart we are able to fathom this mystery of existence and live it as mindful human being in every moment.
Thich Nhat Hanh:
“Often we put an object in front of ourselves to chase after. That object may be nirvana or God, or it may be material wealth. We get tired of running after this object of our seeking. … All we have to do is stop. When we stop we can have happiness. … We ourselves are already miraculous, we don’t want to exchange this miracle for another miracle, this wonder for another wonder. … We need to have confidence in the truth that we’re a wonder and we contain it all.” (Thich Nhat Hanh, Nothing to Do, Nowhere to Go, p.110)
The Mistakes of the World
Our mind says: But what about my life circumstances? I see all the mistakes in the world. I like Thich Nhat Hanh’s reply: “If we go around talking about the mistakes of the world, and shortcomings of others, then we have to talk day and night and still we couldn’t catch up with it. The mistakes of the world are endless. Twenty-four hours a day wouldn’t be enough time to list them all. WE HAVE TO USE OUR TIME IN ORDER TO TALK ABOUT WHAT IS TRULY BENEFICIAL.” (my emphasis, ebenda p.112)
Back to David Bohm:
What is the implicate order?
“Implicate order and explicate order are concepts coined by David Bohm to describe two different frameworks for understanding the same phenomenon or aspect of reality. He uses these notions to describe how the same phenomenon might look different, or might be characterized by different principle factors, in different contexts such as at different scales.
The implicate order, also referred to as the “enfolded” order, is seen as a deeper and more fundamental order of reality. In contrast, the explicate or “unfolded” order include the abstractions that humans normally perceive. As he writes:
In the enfolded [or implicate] order, space and time are no longer the dominant factors determining the relationships of dependence or independence of different elements. Rather, an entirely different sort of basic connection of elements is possible, from which our ordinary notions of space and time, along with those of separately existent material particles, are abstracted as forms derived from the deeper order. These ordinary notions in fact appear in what is called the “explicate” or “unfolded” order, which is a special and distinguished form contained within the general totality of all the implicate orders (Bohm 1980, Wholeness and the Implicate Order, p. xv).” source
Justify Your Existence
“…he believed he had to justify his existence through his writing. This because he did not trust the basic right of his being as it existed, and does, in space and time. …
The same artificial need to vindicate being is present in many of my readers, and various core beliefs may be built up to hide this inner insecurity. You may ‘justify your life” by biological creativity, and then latch onto your children and never want to let them go. You may use your career instead. But in all cases you must come to grips with such unnecessary ideas, face the reality of your creature-hood, and see that you certainly have as much of a place in the universe as a squirrel, an ant or a leaf. You do not question their right to exist. Why question your own?” (Jane Roberts/Seth, The Nature of Personal Reality, p. 224)
This is for me the meaning of “Stop!”, which so many wisdom teachings down through the ages and still today tell is. Stop putting our attention on these unnecessary ideas, such as: I must earn a living, I must earn my keep, I must give my life a meaning, I must make my mark, etc. etc. etc. The term I like very much is “eternal essence”. It puts my focus on the very beneficial view that we are, in truth, that eternal essence in the flesh. This view is beneficial because it dissolves the fear that is created by the thought of death or harm of any kind to my body. The essence of who and what I am is eternal. Can I live an essential life? We all know what it feels like to be in the presence of someone who embodies his/her essential truth and is grounded in the ground of being, which is eternal essence. Each of us has the ability right now to ground ourselves there by putting our attention in it. The more we do that, the more it becomes a constant flow of our life, day to day, hour to hour, with every breath.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
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