Encountering Pure Mystery
--by Adyashanti (May 21, 2007)
Being your true self, being your true nature, is different than experiencing it with thought. Realize that you are the mystery, and that you canít really look at the mystery because you are only capable of looking from the mystery. There is a very awake, alive, and loving mystery, and thatís what is seeing through your eyes at this moment. Thatís what is hearing through your ears at this moment. Instead of trying to figure it all out, which is impossible, I suggest you ask, "Whatís ultimately behind this set of eyes?" Turn around to see what is looking. Encounter pure mystery, which is pure spirit, and wake up to what you are.
The mystery always takes care of itself -- as long as we are not addicted to following concepts. This addiction cuts off your access to the mystery. Itís like having a jewel in your pocket but you canít get your hand into the pocket to pull it out. When you deeply know that you are the mystery experiencing itself, you realize thatís all that is ever happening. Whether you call an experience a me or a you, a good day or a rotten day, beauty or ugliness, compassion or cruelty -- itís all still the mystery experiencing itself, extending itself into time and form. Thatís all that is happening.
If this understanding is held only in your head, you can know it but you are not being it. The head is saying, "Oh, I know, Iím the mystery," and yet your body is acting like it didnít get the message. Itís saying, "Iím still somebody, and Iíve got all these anxious thoughts and wants and desires." When we are being it knowingly, the whole being receives the message. And when the whole body receives the message, itís like air going out of a balloon. When all the contradiction, turmoil, and searching for this and that deflates, there is the experience that the body is an extension of the mystery. Then the body can easily be moved by the mystery, by pure spirit.
--Adyashanti, From "Emptiness Dancing"