The Aware Show’s Radiant Body Summit – Dr. Baskaran Pillai Interviewed by Lisa Garr

Streamed live on Jun 19, 2015

What is difference between consciousness and awareness? What is the sound of happiness? How can you manifest the perfect light body?

If you are interested in the answer to these questions, then you should watch this Radiant Body Summit segment, where Lisa Garr interviews Dr. Baskaran Pillai, a teacher of the Siddha tradition. Dr. Pillai gives us the origins and basis for the sound phonemes and explains how they work to remove you from your mind and allow you to access divine intelligence.

Dr. Pillai takes us through a deep understanding of time, the mind, the body… and the infinite. He tells us that we conceive a thought in one 3,240,000th of a second, and after that it just the mind trying to find the right words for it. This space where you have a non-linguistic presence, he says is the point of creation for all things your physical body experiences.

Some come to a place where the observer is the observed, and nothingness is the truth. Learn about sound waves and the science of the mantra. Watch or listen to this interview now.

Laozi and Quantum Physics — Shantena Augusto Sabbadini

Published on Jul 30, 2015

Theoretical Physicist Sabbadini presents the quandary of Quantum
Mechanics, and draws illumination from Tao Te Ching.

Ancient and primitive cultures conceived the whole cosmos as alive and sentient. The mainstream current of our culture has moved towards an ever greater separation of matter and mind and today’s dominant scientific world view is based on an essentially materialistic representation of reality, in which consciousness is considered an epiphenomenon of purely material process. Yet it can be argued that the obstinate persistence of the so called measurement problem in quantum physics is a symptom pointing to the need to radically rethink the way in which we represent reality. This talk proposes an understanding of the quantum
measurement process in which the embodied nature of the observer plays an essential role. And it will show an amazing congruence between this world view and the cosmology
outlined in the first chapter of Laozi’s Daodejing.

Lisa Garr: Becoming More Aware ~ Cutting Edge Consciousness

Lisa Garr: Becoming More Aware

Published on Jul 30, 2015

There is a moment-to-moment awareness that mindfulness practitioners advocate – but this awareness is only really helpful if it rests on a deep and profound relationship with ourselves. The awareness that Lisa Garr discusses with Barnet and Freeman, on this episode of the show, is more aligned with compassionate self-acceptance. Out of this type of self-awareness, mindfulness becomes a wonderful tool to focus our attention and direct our choices. Without compassionate self-acceptance, mindfulness practices can actually be a distraction.

If you enjoy this program with Lisa Garr and you want access to more of her wonderful work, please visit:

View her book ” Becoming Aware: How to Repattern Your Brain and Revitalize Your Life HERE

Deepak Chopra – The Future of Well Being

Published on Feb 17, 2015

Dr. Deepak Chopra Discusses The Future of Well Being
Deepak Chopra, as he discusses the future of well-being and takeaways from his new book, “The Future of God.”

Join Deepak as he creates a roadmap for “higher health,” based on the latest findings in both mainstream and alternative medicine. In the process, Deepak will provide answers to such questions as:
• Are we in the midst of a major paradigm shift in science?
• Is there an ultimate reality?
• Does consciousness conceive, govern, construct and become the physical universe?
• Is the universe becoming self aware in the human nervous system?
• Is the next stage of human development conscious evolution?
• Do we have the ability to influence the future evolution of the cosmos?
• How does our understanding of consciousness as pure potentiality enhance our capacity for intuition, creativity, conscious choice making, healing, and the awakening of dormant potentials such as non local communication and non local sensory experience?
• How does our understanding of consciousness also enhance our capacity for total well being (physical, emotional, spiritual, social, community, financial and ecological)?
Deepak will address all these questions as well as practical ways to experience higher consciousness, transformation and healing. In addition, the doctor will also touch upon takeaways from his new book, The Future of God (Harmony, Nov. 2014). VIEW HERE

Deepak Chopra is the Founder of the Chopra Foundation, and Cofounder and Chairman of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California, and Founder of The Chopra Well on YouTube. He is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post and contributes regularly to,, and Huffington Post.
Chopra is known as a prolific author of more than 80 books with 21 New York Times best-sellers in both fiction and nonfiction. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra’s books have been published in more than 43 languages. His New York Times bestseller Peace Is the Way received the Religion and Spirituality Quill Award in 2005, and The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2005 Nautilus Awards. His latest New York Times bestsellers include What Are You Hungry For: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of the Soul, Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of your Mind to maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well Being, War of the Worldviews, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, and Spiritual Solutions – Answers To Life’s Greatest Problems. His book, The Soul of Leadership, was mentioned as one of the five best business books to read for your career by FINS – Wall Street Journal.

Eckhart Tolle: Practicing The Use of Wisdom

Eckhart Tolle : Do Not Suffer

Published on Jul 28, 2015

Eckhart Tolle is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Power of Now (translated into 33 languages) and A New Earth, which are widely regarded as two of the most influential spiritual books of our time. In 2008, A New Earth became the first spiritual book to be selected for Oprah’s Book Club as well as the subject of a ten-week online workshop co-taught by Eckhart and Oprah.

Eckhart’s profound yet simple teachings have helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening consists in transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. This is a prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violent conflict endemic on our planet.

New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-First Century by Philip Shepherd (Author), Andrew Harvey (Foreword)

New Self, New World challenges the primary story of what it means to be human, the random and materialistic lifestyle that author Philip Shepherd calls our “shattered reality.” This reality encourages us to live in our heads, self-absorbed in our own anxieties.

Drawing on diverse sources and inspiration, New Self, New World reveals that our state of head-consciousness falsely teaches us to see the body as something we possess and to try to take care of it without ever really learning how to inhabit it. Shepherd articulates his vision of a world in which each of us enjoys a direct, unmediated experience of being alive. He petitions against the futile pursuit of the “known self” and instead reveals the simple grace of just being present. In compelling prose, Shepherd asks us to surrender to the reality of “what is” that enables us to reunite with our own being.

Each chapter is accompanied by exercises meant to bring Shepherd’s vision into daily life, what the author calls a practice that “facilitates the voluntary sabotage of long-standing patterns.” New Self, New World is at once a philosophical primer, a spiritual handbook, and a roaming inquiry into human history.

Philip Shepherd has a passion for adventure and exploration that has guided him for most of his life. At 18 it took him from his native Canada to cycle alone around the world through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. But that trip, adventurous s it was, merely expressed a commitment to a more crucial adventure – coming to understand the subtle and often hidden aspects of our culture that affect us all, compromising our sense of self, our connection with the living world, our freedom of expression, and our creative engagement with the present.

As a young teenager, Philip could feel that influence pulling at him like an undertow to conform to given limits of thinking, understanding, values and body awareness, and felt he could resist its pull only if he understood it. That prompted him to study classical Noh Theater in Japan, design and build several houses, co-found an arts magazine, Onion, co-found an interdisciplinary theater company, teach workshops on embodied thinking and spontaneous creativity, write two internationally produced plays and a CBC documentary, and earn a reputation as a corporate coach.

In his varied career Shepherd has been featured in such publications as The San Francisco Examiner, Chicago’s New City and Toronto’s Globe and Mail, and on such radio shows as Live an Inspired Life, The Guide to the Human Experience, and Creative Consciousness.

In 2001 Philip began to write New Self, New World, and over the next nine years worked on it continuously to pull all the strands of his understanding together, and challenge the 10,000-year-old story of our culture, which tells us what it means to be human. New Self, New World was released in August 2010.

A faculty member at the Institute for Sacred Activism in Chicago, Shepherd currently lives in Toronto with his wife and two children. More information is available at His fan page on Facebook can be found at


New Self, New World – what it’s all about

Enjoy a short clip of Philip Shepherd speaking about his book New Self, New World.

Living in the head – the psychosis of our society

Coming Home to the Body

Full Moon in Capricorn Guru Purnima

Published on Jul 28, 2015

The moon will be full in Capricorn on July 31, 2015. This full moon happens in the Nakshatra of Shravana calm a ruled by Lord Vishnu. This full moon is the balancing point of the sun in cancer.
This full Moon in Capricorn is the balancing point of cancer, where the sun now resides. Cancer is where we tend to feel impractical, even childish. Capricorn is about practicality and maturity. All of these things sound quite nice, but in truth, we don’t usually want to be mature and rational.

Everyone does what they feel like doing, or what they hope is going to make them feel good. Those things have nothing to do with the Capricorn lesson, which is about what is most useful, what is most beneficial in the long term. What makes us feel good in the moment is often totally at odds with what will benefit us in the long run. These are important themes for the next several days.luna-plina-in-capricorn

One of the biggest lessons of Capricorn is “solitude”. In cancer we tend to cling to other people too much. In Capricorn we are challenged to be alone without feeling lonely. Most of us have a very hard time being alone without some form of distraction, or people to distract us.

Shravana Nakshatra
This full moon happens in Shravana Nakshatra. Shravana means “hearing”, And is ruled by Lord Vishnu, the one who governs the manifest world. There’s a theme of music, chanting and other forms of creativity on this full moon.

Eckhart Tolle: 1. Power of Present Moment 2. Bring presence into your relationships 3.What Is Enlightenment

Published on Jul 28, 2015

Eckhart Tolle is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Power of Now (translated into 33 languages) and A New Earth, which are widely regarded as two of the most influential spiritual books of our time. In 2008, A New Earth became the first spiritual book to be selected for Oprah’s Book Club as well as the subject of a ten-week online workshop co-taught by Eckhart and Oprah.

Eckhart’s profound yet simple teachings have helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening consists in transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. This is a prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violent conflict endemic on our planet.

Bring presence into your relationships

What Is Enlightenment

‘How do I identify with who I really am?’ Meeting with Unmani

Published on Jun 23, 2015

Unmani speaks about how when we identify with thought there will always be problems. Meeting filmed in Amsterdam June 2015. For more information about Unmani’s meetings and intensives see

Eckhart Tolle : 1. How To Stop Thinking 2. Nothing Stays Fixed

Published on Jul 26, 2015

Eckhart Tolle is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Power of Now (translated into 33 languages) and A New Earth, which are widely regarded as two of the most influential spiritual books of our time. In 2008, A New Earth became the first spiritual book to be selected for Oprah’s Book Club as well as the subject of a ten-week online workshop co-taught by Eckhart and Oprah.

Eckhart’s profound yet simple teachings have helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening consists in transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. This is a prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violent conflict endemic on our planet.

Nothing Stays Fixed

Cheryl Abram – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Jul 26, 2015

Cheryl Abram is a mother of 4 from southern Louisiana. She’s a graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and holds a Master’s degrees in Social Work in Quality Systems Management. Cheryl currently lives in Northern Virginia and works as a learning and development specialist in a federal agency in Washington DC. After an undeniable experience that reminded her of our inherent value…without the need of a “savior”, Cheryl is now passionate about spreading the good news that belief is not necessary. We are already innocent, eternal, and free.


Book: Firing God View Here

Interview recorded 7/25/2015

The Spiritual Ego Trap

Though many of us may have a love-hate relationship with our ego, it’s necessary to remember that it serves an important spiritual role. In the positive, it gives us a distinct personal identity that helps us fulfill our life purpose, allowing us to share unique soul gifts with the world while working out our karma.

In the negative, the ego fools us into becoming overly identified with our bodies, thoughts and emotions. This attachment tricks us into believing we are fundamentally separate from God, one another and even our own souls, which leads to suffering. Over time, enough profound suffering eventually leads us back to God, completing the cycle.

As the world evolves spiritually, many seekers are awakening from soul darkness and beginning to step slowly away from body-centered ego-consciousness. Instead of identifying as mere physical bodies that are born and die, we begin to see ourselves as spiritual beings having a human experience. Whether through yoga, meditation and prayer or studying with a spiritual teacher, this newfound awareness can be so exciting, awe-inspiring and empowering that it deludes us into thinking that our life lessons are complete and we are free from our egos. At this stage of spiritual development, we intellectually understand that vanity, pride and self-centeredness are death traps for the soul, but haven’t completed enough spiritual lessons yet to avoid falling into them.

Herein lies the slippery slope: the more we learn theoretically about spirituality without applying it to our everyday lives, the more likely we are to become egocentric in our spiritual beliefs. Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, the spiritual ego can hide behind judgment, religious dogma or a false sense of moral superiority over others. This is harmful, as it deprives us of the impetus to do the deeper spiritual work we need to grow and heal.

Below are some of the most common spiritual ego traps. Read on to see if any of them apply to you:

1. Over-intellectualizing spirituality
. Though mental energy is helpful when memorizing inspirational quotes and sacred texts, relying on the intellect’s understanding of esoteric spiritual concepts can block deeper experiences of their truth. The essence of true faith and devotion are beyond the scope of ego logic. There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.

2. Having dogmatic beliefs. Black and white, fundamentalist thinking is one way the ego gets to be “right” and stop growing spiritually. If you find yourself getting into spiritual debates with others, or if you need someone else to “get” the truth about your religion or spiritual beliefs, it’s probably your ego, not your spirit, doing the talking. As Lao Tzu says, “He who knows does not speak. He who speaks does not know.”

3. Judging people who are less “spiritually advanced” than you.
Do you believe some people are “saved” and “chosen” and others are not? Do you look down on others who are newer on their spiritual path? From Jesus to Buddha, all true saints share a common trait: profound humility in submission to God. If your spiritual beliefs cause you to judge or look down on others you deem less “spiritual,” you may be hiding a deeper sense of uncertainty about your own faith that deserves attention and resolution.

4. Wearing a mask of excessive positivity. If you hear yourself using the word “epic” or “amazing” to describe your everyday experiences even when they’re far from stellar, you may be more concerned with what others to think about you than what you’re actually feeling. This is vanity. Even the most spiritual of people have bad days, and having enough courage to be honest with your emotions is a key ingredient for soul liberation.

5. Having a “Messiah complex.” Do you think it’s up to you to save the world or others from bad experiences? If so, you may have a Messiah complex, one of the most pernicious forms of spiritual arrogance. Though it’s important to be of service to others, as human beings we are neither omniscient, omnipresent nor omnipotent: only God is. When we surrender to the will of a higher power in our lives, it becomes easier to accept that there is always a master plan unfolding beyond our control and understanding.

While it’s easy to slip into any one of these ego traps, humility, compassion and patience will help you pull yourself out and continue onward with your spiritual schooling. While the soul’s journey may feel long and arduous at times, the destination of spiritual liberation is ultimately assured for all who stay on the path.

Bianca is the creative director and host of Conscious Living, a lifestyle TV show and digital media network covering health, sustainability and spirituality, now airing on broadcast TV across the U.S. Connect with her on twitter @ConsciousTV or via Conscious Living TV’s Facebook fan page.


Understanding Our Unseen Reality: Solving Quantum Riddles by Ruth E Kastner (Author)

This captivating book presents a new, unified picture of the everyday world around us. It provides rational, scientific support for the idea that there may well be more to our reality than meets the eye…

Accessible and engaging for readers with no prior knowledge of quantum physics, author Ruth Kastner draws on the popular transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics to explain our ‘quantum reality.’ Her book focuses on modern-day examples and deals with big philosophical questions as well as ideas from physics.

If you have any interest in quantum physics, this book is for you — whether you be a physics student or academic, or simply an inquisitive reader who wants to delve deeper into the reality of the world around you.

Dr Ruth Kastner has received two National Science Foundation awards for the study of interpretational issues in quantum theory.

Readership: Undergraduate students and readers interested in quantum physics.

My work is focused on elaborating and extending John G. Cramer’s Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. TIQM solves the measurement problem (“Schrodinger’s Cat Paradox”) and provides a fascinating new picture of reality.
My blog is at and I invite comments and questions.


Dr. Ruth Kastner & Deepak Chopra: Understanding Our Unseen Reality

Published on Jul 25, 2015
Available now on Deepak Chopra’s Curious Minds is a brand new series of intimate dialogues around the science of our universe ..featuring nobel laureates, academics & thought leaders.

Glow Tv : Quantum meets Physics by Ruth Kastner with Zain Khan on ‘The Query’

Ruth Kastner – Why Physics Does Not Preclude Free Will

Firing God by Cheryl Abram (Author)

Cheryl Abram was also at the end of her rope: her life was falling apart on every level and she had ‘succeeded’ in making herself unworthy, incomplete and separate. Then, one day this practicing Christian took a ‘leap of doubt’ and fired God, or at least the God she had created.

Cheryl’s outward circumstances did not miraculously improve – this is not a fairy-tale story of allowing abundance into her life. Rather, as she puts it: I’m no longer afraid, anxious or expectant. It’s still about me, but the “me” is not the “me” that I thought it was. It’s not a little limited human being that was born and will die. I am not that. As a human being, I can see that I am connected to everything around me. I am a whole part of the tapestry of this world. We are all here for and as each other. To read how that came about and what it means in an everyday life for Cheryl and the implications for you and me, dive into the pages of this book.

A last word from Cheryl: I’ve just added a little sexy, brown-sugary southern Louisiana sweetness to the enlightenment pool.

Cheryl Abram was born in 1975 in Houma,Louisiana. She is a mother of 4 and currently lives in Northern Virginia. A graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. she holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s of Science in Quality Systems Management. A life-long learner, Cheryl is an Army veteran working as a learning and development specialist in a federal government agency in Washington DC.


Firing God by Cheryl Abram

Published on Mar 8, 2015

This is a talk about my book Firing God (available on Amazon) and how I came to write the book. to find my book Firing God, go to this link on Amazon…

Indestructible You: Building a Self that Can’t be Broken by Shai Tubali (Author), Tim Ward (Author)

Indestructible You is a practical guidebook for making yourself so strong inside that life’s relentless ups and downs cannot shake you and cannot break you. It will help you uncover the powerful, driving force of your true self, and let go of everything that holds you back.

The book is based exercises and practices developed by Shai Tubali through his research and work guiding several hundred individuals through psycho-transformational processes. In essence: Life is like an eternal seesaw. At every given moment you’re either up – getting what you want and feeling powerful, or down – finding yourself rejected, weakened and frustrated. We are forever hoping to bend the laws of this ‘unfair game’ so that we stay on the up-side of life. But this unrealistic insistence is why we suffer. Indestructible You reveals the way to step down from the eternal seesaw and build an unbreakable self, a self that remains fearless and strong no matter what life throws at you.

Shai Tubali is a published author and international speaker who specializes in the field of self-transformation. He lives in Germany.

Tim Ward is the author of seven books, including the best-selling What the Buddha Never Taught and Savage Breast: One Man’s Search for the Goddess. His travel stories have appeared in 13 anthologies, including Traveler’s Tales Best Travel Writing 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Tim is also the publisher of Changemakers Books (an imprint of John Hunt Publishing). He also co-owns Intermedia Communications Training with Teresa Erickson, his wife and business partner. They live in Bethesda, Maryland.


We Are the Mystery

Donald Trump – Vedic Astrology Case Study

Published on Jul 24, 2015

Donald Trump – Vedic Astrology Case Study

Living Nonduality: Enlightenment Teachings of Self-realization by Robert Wolfe (Author)

This is a newly improved Kindle formatting of Living Nonduality: A collection of 238 concise, illuminating discussions covering 444 pages investigating what it means to live without division. Robert Wolfe (also the author of The Gospel of Thomas: Enlightenment Teachings of Jesus, and One Essence: The Nondual Clarity of an Ancient Zen Poem) discusses modern and ancient nondual teachers and explores the enlightenment teachings of Jesus, Buddha, Krishnamurti, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta and others. Other chapters explore the relation between modern scientific understanding and spiritual insight. It is not only a personal reflection on the nondual experience, but a useful and challenging spiritual “travelogue” to the history and contemporary field of enlightenment teachings.

Here is a selection from the preface, Self-realization is not a Religion:

“There is probably no person alive who has not pondered that which some intellects have termed “ultimate reality” — the source of animation and activation that expresses the phenomenon that we call life. Because this noumenon is immaterial, to the senses, it is sometimes described as “spirit”.

“An interest in the spiritual need not have any inherent relationship with what is defined as religion. It can be free of: required beliefs; worship of forms (or even the absence of form); dictates of regulated behavior; or ideas of right versus wrong. It can be free of all doctrine or dogma, allowing you to discern and verify for yourself what is true.

“In the latter category, is an area of interest in ultimate reality (or the “spiritual”) which is referred to as self-realization. This is a direct, unmediated confirmation of the nature of truth concerning the root questions of worldly existence: what can be said about this life?
There is a motivation for exploring this area, this personal investigation into our intrinsic essence. Each person, universally, possesses a sense of immediate and unique presence. This specialized sense of personification results in an experiential image or form which is characterized as our ego.

“This ego plays a pivotal and crucial role in our relationships with other life forms. Resolving the questions about the nature of ultimate reality can have a profound effect on the isolation or alienation that we countenance from within the perspective of our encapsulating, or self-limiting, ego. It is this ego which is the progenitor of the bulk of the conflict which we daily experience, for the duration of a lifetime.

“The consequence of the internal inquiry, into what you are that is in transcendence of the individual ego, is the revelatory awareness that is known as self-realization. This can be independent of any and all of the behaviors and attitudes that are associated with religion. This is not an inquiry into the supposed existence (or non-existence) of a god or gods, but an investigation into the relationship (if any) between the self, that you are conscious of, and the ultimate reality in which you are conscious of it. And this is a discovery which can be immediate and direct, without reliance on any religious propositions.”


Living Nonduality “Quotes”

Robert Wolfe reads a few quotes from his book Living Nonduality as prelude to a discussion held at the Krishnamurti Library in Ojai, California.

No Mirror, No Dust | The Nonduality of What Is. Robert Wolfe discusses the nonduality of “This is as good as it gets.” Robert is the author of Living Nonduality: Enlightenment Teachings of Self-Realization, and The Gospel of Thomas: The Enlightenment Teachings of Jesus. (

The Ultimate Revolution – Rupert Spira

Well over a hundred years ago the painter Paul Cézanne said, “A time is coming when a carrot, freshly observed, will trigger a revolution.”

Has this revolution taken place, is it slowly taking place or is it about to take place? And what is the revolution to which Cézanne referred? How could something as insignificant, inconsequential and ordinary as observing a carrot trigger a revolution?

Cézanne meant that if we could see even a simple everyday object such as a carrot, as it truly is, our experience would be revolutionized. But what does it mean to see an object as it truly is? The key is in the phrase ‘freshly observed,’ which means to see clearly, unobstructed by the concepts that thought superimposes on our experience. In fact, most of us are completely unaware that our experience is filtered through a fine mesh of conceptual thinking that makes it appear very different from how it actually is.

As the Chinese sage Huang Po said, some 1200 years ago, “People neglect the reality of the illusory world.” The illusory world? Now that’s even more radical than Cezanne! It’s one thing to look freshly at a carrot, spade, house or world, but quite another to consider it an illusion. What did he mean?

We often hear phrases in the non-dual teaching such as, ‘The world is an illusion.’ But such phrases may create a rebellion in us, for we know that our experience is very real. So how to reconcile these two positions — one, ‘the illusory world’ and two, the undeniable reality of our experience?

Anything that appears must appear in or on something. For instance, an image appears on a screen; a chair appears in the space of a room; the words of a novel appear on a page; a cloud appears in the sky.

What about the mind, body and world?

Our only experience of them is what currently appears to us as thoughts, images, feelings, sensations, sights, sounds, textures, tastes and smells. In other words, all we know of a mind, body or world are appearances, and all these are continually appearing and disappearing. We may have a concept of a continuously existing mind, body or world, but we never actually experience such an object.

As Cezanne also said, “Everything vanishes, falls apart.” All we know of the world are perceptions that continuously appear and disappear. However, anything that appears and disappears must do so in or on something. What is that something?

Start with thoughts: wherever our thoughts appear is obviously what we refer to as our ‘self,’ ‘I.’ Our thoughts don’t appear outside of our self! However, we cannot see or find that ‘something’ in which thoughts appear because it has no observable qualities. As such, it is open, empty, transparent. But that doesn’t mean it is not known. It cannot be known as an object and yet it is not unknown.

If we are reading these words we are, by definition, seeing the screen on which they are written, although we may not be aware that we seeing it. If we are reading a novel we are, likewise, seeing the paper. If we are watching a movie we are, whether we realize it or not, seeing or experiencing the screen. If we are seeing clouds, we are experiencing the sky. It is not possible to see the words, novel, movie or clouds without, at the same time, experiencing whatever it is they appear in or on.

So, if we are experiencing thoughts we are necessarily experiencing whatever they appear in. Likewise, if we are experiencing a sensation or a perception — and the only experience we have of a body or world are sensations and perceptions — then we are also knowing or experiencing whatever these appear in or on.

In what does our perception of the world appear?

In what do bodily sensations appear? Perceptions of the world don’t appear in the world; sensations of the body don’t appear in a body. Perceptions and sensations appear in exactly the same ‘place’ as thoughts, that is, they appear in the open, emptiness of our self.

However, they do not just appear in our self; they are simultaneously known by our self, for our self is not just present but also aware; not just being but also knowing. Hence it is sometimes known as Awareness — the presence of that which is aware — or the light of pure Knowing.

Now, having discovered that all we know of a mind, body or world are thoughts, sensations and perceptions, and having seen that all these arise within our self, we may ask where they come from and of what they are made. What is their substance, their reality?

If we leave a jar of water outside on a freezing cold night, ice will start to form in it. The opaque ice is made only of the transparent water. However, the ice appears to be something separate from and other than the water. It seems to have its own independent existence or reality.

Likewise, the ice has a form and yet it is made of something that has no form. The ice gives form to something that is itself essentially formless. How is it possible for something that has no form of its own to appear as form, without anything being added to or taken away from it? The formlessness of the water has the capacity within itself to assume all possible forms. In fact, it is precisely because the water has no form of its own, that it is possible for it to appear as this multiplicity and diversity of forms.

Our experience is very much like this. The multiplicity and diversity of experience — thoughts, feelings, sensations and perceptions — appears in and is made out of our self. This ‘self’, pure Awareness, in which all experience appears, with which it is known and out of which it is made, is itself empty, transparent; it cannot be named and has no form, and yet it is the substance or reality of all names and forms.

All experience arises within our self, this transparent emptiness. And the only ‘stuff’ present in our self, out of which all experience can be made, is our self itself. It is our direct, intimate experience that all we know of a mind, body or world is made out of and is identical to the transparency of our own Being, the light of pure Knowing

And what is present in our own self, prior to the experience of a thought, feeling, sensation or perception? Just itself, pure Awareness! All experience — that is, all thoughts, feelings, sensations and perceptions — is a modulation of the presence our own Being, the light of pure Knowing. The entire multiplicity and diversity of names and forms is made out of one transparent, empty, indivisible substance.

Just as the screen on which an image appears is usually overlooked due to our exclusive focus on the image itself, so this open, empty, transparent presence of our own Being is usually overlooked due to our exclusive focus on the objects of the mind, body and world — that is, on thoughts, feelings, sensations and perceptions.

However, just as it is not possible to see an image without seeing the screen so, although this Presence is usually overlooked, it is never truly unknown. Just as all we really see when we are seeing an image is the screen, so all we ever truly experience is the transparent, open, empty presence of our own Being, the light of pure Knowing. All It ever knows or experiences is Itself.

Love is the common name we give to experience when the ‘other’ is no longer experienced as ‘other;’ when the subject/object relationship collapses. It is to see the appearance of an image but to know it only as screen. It is to attribute the reality of the image to the screen. It is to know everyone and everything as one’s own self.

It is this transparent, empty Presence that, refracted through the mind, appears as a multiplicity and diversity of names and forms. However, the mind is itself a modulation of that very Presence. In other words, it is pure Awareness itself which, vibrating within itself, takes the shape of mind and, from the illusory point of view of one of the selves contained within that mind, seems to see a multiplicity and diversity of separate objects and selves, each with their own independently existing reality. In other words, the separate self is only a separate self from the illusory point of view of a separate self.

From the true and only real point of view of pure Awareness there is only its infinite self, refracted into an apparent multiplicity and diversity of finite forms, but never ceasing to be itself. This is what William Blake meant when he said, “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” This is what the Sufis mean when they say, “Wherever the eye falls, there is the face of God.” This is what Huang Po meant when he said, “People forget the reality of the illusory world.” This is what Jesus said meant when he said, “The kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it.” This is what Parmenides meant, echoing the words of the Bhagavad Gita, when he said, “That which is, never ceases to be; that which is not, never comes into existence.” This is what Cézanne meant when he said that art must “give us a taste of nature’s eternity.”

All the great sages and artists from all times and all places have said or expressed this in one way or another. This is the one true revolution. At the root of all desire for change is this ultimate desire: to know only the reality of all experience; to know only love.

Unless and until the problems facing humanity are traced back to their ultimate source — the ignoring of this reality — they may be temporarily alleviated but will never be truly solved.

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