KNOWING IT AND BEING IT
INTELLECTUAL knowledge of the truth is not enough, if this understanding of the truth is held only in your head, you can know it but you are not being it. The head is saying, “Oh, I know, I’m the awareness,” and yet your body is acting like it didn’t get the message. It’s saying, “Yes but I’m still somebody, and I’ve got all these anxious thoughts, worries, obligations and desires that I must continue to tend too.”
When you are being it knowingly, your whole being receives the message. And when your whole being receives the message, there is the experience that your body is an extension of that awareness of being. Then the body can easily be moved by the awareness, by pure spirit.
The unknown, your own true nature, has the capacity to wake itself up when you start to fall in love with letting go of all the mental structures and beliefs you are holding onto. The truly sacred is the love of what is, not a love of what you believe or want it to be. This love liberates what is. Contemplate this – there is no such thing as a true belief.
There is a very simple secret to being happy. Just let go of your demand on this moment. Any time you have a demand on the moment to give you something or remove something, there is suffering. Your demands keep you chained to the dream state of the conditioned mind. The problem is that when there is a demand, you completely miss what is now.
It’s very simple. Enlightenment is nothing more than the complete absence of resistance to what is. End of story. What more freedom could there possibly be than the end of any and all resistance and struggle?
Notice that any time you come into right now, right now is tremendously simple. But you must find this out for yourself. No one else can tell you or show you, so you must never be satisfied with anybody else’s second hand truth.
Stop chasing peace and stop chasing love, and your heart becomes full. Stop trying to be a better person, and you are a better person. Stop trying to forgive, and forgiveness happens. Stop and be still…
Dan’s Quote: “Truth isn’t a matter of knowledge, it’s a matter of waking up.”- Adyashanti
Reading ‘Emptiness Dancing’ by Adyashanti influenced the writing of this story. I used his words of wisdom for most of this chapter for which I am deeply appreciative.
Top photo: ‘After The Storm’ by Bill Atkinson. Orange, N.S.W.