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Encountering Pure Mystery

--by Adyashanti (May 21, 2007)
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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"


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On May 24, 2007 Conrad wrote:

From my friend Dave after I sent him Ayashanti's comments. "Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, standing, sitting or lying down, everything you do is Zen. To know that the >mind is empty is to see the Buddha. Using the mind to look for reality is delusion. Not using the mind to look for reality is awareness. Freeing yourself from words is liberation." -- Bodhidharma, 5th-6th century. My noteóIs thinking also Zen? Thinking creates delusion but isnít delusion also Zen? What is not Zen? I donít know. Cp on 5/24/07 Must one know oneself before one can be not one and not two? Must one be oneself before one can forget oneself? I canít forget myself when I am not myself. I am not myself when I think I am a separate self. I am not myself when I use ďdefense mechanismsĒ/delusion to hide myself from myself and others. Being myself allows me to not be myself (my separate self). All education is to help one know oneself. One can't be oneself unless one  See full.

From my friend Dave after I sent him Ayashanti's comments. "Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, standing, sitting or lying down, everything you do is Zen. To know that the >mind is empty is to see the Buddha. Using the mind to look for reality is delusion. Not using the mind to look for reality is awareness. Freeing yourself from words is liberation." -- Bodhidharma, 5th-6th century. My noteóIs thinking also Zen? Thinking creates delusion but isnít delusion also Zen? What is not Zen? I donít know. Cp on 5/24/07 Must one know oneself before one can be not one and not two? Must one be oneself before one can forget oneself? I canít forget myself when I am not myself. I am not myself when I think I am a separate self. I am not myself when I use ďdefense mechanismsĒ/delusion to hide myself from myself and others. Being myself allows me to not be myself (my separate self). All education is to help one know oneself. One can't be oneself unless one knows oneself. As Zen masters have said, the study of Zen is the study of the self. To study the self is to forget the self. . (Using the mind to look for reality is delusion. Not using the mind to look for reality is awareness. Freeing yourself from words is liberation." -- Bodhidharma, 5th-6th century. ďThe way that can be put into words is not the way.Ē

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On May 22, 2007 Conrad wrote:
I am still addicted to conceptions.
Even the quote:". "It takes
a long time to understand nothing," (said Edward Dahlberg) is something I appreciate conceptually in that I tend to give the "nothing" above a "somethingness." Perhaps the more I am aware of my conceiving habit,the more likely I may be willing to experience mystery in a non-conceptual way.I am growing very slowly. Thanks Nipun for a great e-mail.



On May 22, 2007 supun wrote:
Bruce Lee's way said soemthing similar to "The mystery always takes care of itself -- as long as we are not addicted to following concepts".

I've always felt that it's the mind that always come up not delivering the message correctly. It seems the body just feels but our mind always seems to throw undue expectations to cloud what the senses tell it.

On May 22, 2007 ADEYEMI ADEWALE wrote:
Reality in itself is unique to individual because what is real to me might not be real to someone else but for mystery, I have a deep conviction that it will always retain its name MYSTERY.

On May 22, 2007 Fredrick Omollo wrote:
A human person is only God's penultimate,nay he/she is a god/goddess. That mystery which he/she is, makes him/her the sovereign reality.

On May 21, 2007 Rach wrote:
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