M: Too much analysis leads you nowhere. There is in you the core of being which is beyond analysis, beyond the mind. You can know it in action only. Express it in daily life and its light will grow ever brighter. The legitimate function of the mind is to tell you what is not. But if you want positive knowledge, you must go beyond the mind.
Q: In all the universe is there one single thing of value?
M: Yes, the power of love.
~from “I Am That”, Nisargadatta Maharaj
How many of us within the spiritual arena are either seeking to become knowers, in order to enhance and confirm, or modify and re-invent, our personal sense of self, or else already imagine ourselves to be knowers? Perhaps both orientations are more like aspects of one consciousness seeking to confirm various conditional projections of self-existence by expressing itself, alternately, as seeker or knower?
In reality, the process of awakening to the fundamental truth of our being has never really been about knowing, but actually quite the reverse. We’ve had it backwards! As Nisargadatta Maharaj notes: “To know that you do not know, that is true knowledge.” Furthermore, in our search to acquire knowledge, we may amass a vast library of information, but will our collection bring us any closer to real liberation from the fundamental afflictions that continue to insert themselves in the way we actually live and relate?
As it is, those seekers who are just commencing their journey on the so-called “Spiritual Path” will typically try to discover which practice or association best serves their quest for spiritual development. However, if they are fortunate, they may find out sooner, rather than later, that there is actually no such thing as “spiritual development”.
Our Spirit doesn’t need to develop, there is no progressive hierarchy of advancement — that is just a human concept that doesn’t apply in Reality. Spirit is Itself the changeless reality, our True Self. The formless consciousness which morphs into its many personas can add or subtract nothing from Spirit, which is pure Love and Wisdom, beyond our human comprehension.
That being the case, one might then question why we are here, if not to get enlightened (as most of the preachers claim). Well, Spirit does make use of the physical opportunity, but the motive is somewhat less idealistic and actually more “down to earth”, so to speak. That is, the reason Spirit incarnates a portion of its Light Energy in this density might very well entail something as simple as choosing to have fun in human form, to experience and enjoy the human possibility in whatever way it happens to manifest.
Of course, from the human point of view, this quicksilver life may not necessarily seem like much fun, but that’s because we do not see the bigger picture while we are here. In terms of “why”, we will never be able to comprehend the reason as long as we are operating at this slower vibrational frequency, because in physical form we are simply not configured to be able to access Universal Knowledge. However, far from being a drawback, that is actually a big part of the fun — being able to experience the Unknown, rather than having all the answers. In the Unknown, we do not know how the movie is going to play out, which creates a lot more interest than if we knew everything already.
Our mission then (if one can even call it that) is simply to be ourselves — it is no more complicated than that. Source wants to experience itself in every possible way, and each of us constitutes one of those ways, just as we are. It’s fine if we want to imagine that we are here for some special duty, but that is just the human mind adding some importance to itself, in order to confirm its worth. We don’t have to do that, however, since we are already a perfect expression of Source Energy, just as we are.
Remember, we are being lived. Just letting that recognition in helps to release the chronic sense of mental complication. With that understanding, we can stop worrying and enjoy each moment that we are blessed with as the gift that it is, because if there is any reason to be here, that probably qualifies as the most essential — that, and discarding any conditions we have placed on love.
Fortunately, life will continue to reflect us back to ourselves again and again until an inescapable arrow of truth pierces something deep within us. When the arrow reaches its mark at the heart, the ancient conflict that’s been festering there is shattered to pieces. The artificial contraction we’ve imposed on Love is loosened and eventually dissolves. It becomes obsolete when the dialectics of ephemeral self-images, vanity’s endless feed-back loop, runs out of steam, along with all the effort to keep it operational. The Unknown is no longer feared and avoided by resort to futile strategies of knowing, but welcomed as our true sanctuary and default position. The closed fist opens.
In the meantime, humans are social beings, wanting above all to love and be loved, and so communication will persist. However, is there a language of wonder, of astonishment, of love and selflessness, of curiosity and discovery, which does not merely resurrect and reinforce the seeker/knower dilemma? What songs are there to share that will express the natural state, the original communion of innocence and genuine compassion, prior to the absorbing adventure of consciousness dividing itself into pretenses of ignorance and knowledge, prior to the schemes of self-interest that produce and maintain the sense of estrangement, the games of rejection and separation so prevalent in our relationships?
For such a language to flourish in a relational environment, a mutuality of commitment to truth must be present, beyond self-based motives and facades of seeker/knower. Where there is a willingness to relentlessly question one’s own motivation and self-images, to sincerely investigate the wounded and contracted elements that obscure the spontaneous free expression of our true nature, then that language will reflect a genuine humility and integrity, and in such humble soulfulness reveal the heart of the truly divine relationship that is the inherent birthright of us all.
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn
is just to love, and be loved, in return.”