by robert cinque
No one knows what consciousness is because consciousness exists prior to knowledge. We can describe it with words like awareness and intelligence, but what it is altogether is prior to concepts, ideas and models. This means that consciousness is free from all the constraints of the mind, which could be described as a pair of glasses through which consciousness looks. Consciousness does not originate in the brain or mind, in fact consciousness doesn’t originate at all, it exists in and of itself, the only Self there is. It is a blistering mystery, an unfathomable paradox. It is the Condition of all conditions.
If this is true, then it follows that the best place for our attention is on attention itself. Instead of being endlessly fascinated with the objects of attention, paying attention to attention itself opens up vast new possibilities.
The reason for this is because of the nature of consciousness itself: boundless openness, infinite peace and happiness, unlimited creativity, energy and inspiration.
Recognizing and Noticing what already exists is easier than falling off a log. It takes zero energy to be attracted to that which is beautiful. Sincere ,serious, spiritual aspirants are wasting their time looking for truth because it is the truth that is doing the looking already. When this is understood, the search ends and spiritually illuminated cosmic sex between the whole and the part begins.
Authentic spiritual practice is Recognizing what exists and living in alignment with it, not imposing our ideas, religious concepts or scientific theories upon it, Far better to be open and receptive in the same way a woman is open and receptive to her lover, penetrated by his passion.
Life is Love and Passion. If this is not your direct experience, then it probably means that concepts, ideas, beliefs, assumptions, theories, hearsay, rumor and personal bias are clogging up the process of understanding. All that is needed to clear out the junk and gunk is to investigate the Looker, the One who is Conscious of these words and the room that you are in. That room is a Realm of Consciousness and it appears spontaneously out of nowhere. Your personal awareness of it is also a Realm, which has no boundaries or edges. The space in which your thoughts appear is the same space in which the universe appears. Understanding this relieves the individual of his baggage, his identification with and as a body/mind/self. The body/mind/self doesn’t disappear, the Identity shifts from it to Consciousness.
This is not a trick you perform on yourself. Its not a spiritual technique anymore than a kiss is a technique. Love needs no techniques. Love needs only to be unmolested by the imposition of our narrow, puny concepts. Life is not a concept and it causes great suffering when we reduce it to that level. Life is the Presence of Love and there will be no peace on Earth until we come to terms with this and remove the obstacles and monuments and institutions that we have erected in our vanity and arrogance.
Jesus Christ called this repentance, the necessary pre-requisite for spiritual and emotional illumination. Repentance is a 180 degree turn. It is a refusal to believe lies or to impose the profane upon the Sacred.
Simple, sincere, open hearted devotion to the Truth of Life and Love is the only possibility for personal and world peace. The absence of such devotion is precisely why the world is in such terrible shape. Our leaders lie to us and we believe them. It’s not the liars who are the problem.
It’s the believers.