On Beyond Concepts
All Teachings are Dodos, and Tightening up what this Site is About
I let my personal feelings cloud my discernment, and published a guest essay that I realized was of more of a religious or spiritual-y nature or attitude or tone than I really wanted in the site’s philosophical mosaic. This chalkboard here is really more about exploring innate freedom with a capital “F”. When I talk about spirituality, it’s nothing to do with any cultural meaning of the term other than what is borrowed in order to point to something non-objective, and is the same as “philosophy” in the traditional sense of “love of wisdom.”
Sometimes called “Consciousness,” or absolute freedom, it is independent of any beliefs, teachers, authorities, words, concepts, or the past as mental activity. (I’ll quote the American sage, rebel and spiritual iconoclast Robert Adams here, more as a comrade than as a teacher):
“Eloquence is in the silence.”
~ Robert Adams
This realness of fact—that is, what doesn’t change—being the most basic or fundamental experience possible, has to be approached or seen completely devoid of any preconceptions or worship of sources or authorities outside oneself, with no agenda, nor any concepts, no matter how perfect and beautiful. “Drop everything” and be totally welcoming of the totality of experience now, is to be lived, first from the mind of mindlessness … and not talked about endlessly, or in order to convert anyone. One has to go “naked before God” or Reality, as it were, to realize there is no God.
It is the same with any teacher that students see as a “mere instrument of Consciousness,” conflating the message and the messenger. The messenger body is a dodo, even if it speaks the truth (like I try and do but always fall short). In fact it’s a projection, and every teacher one is taken with, no matter how powerful the revelation (and this too will pass since it is only an experience and not the source of experience), is the phenomenal dual nature of both person-as-person and instrument of “Truth”, and is by nature imperfect. The guru still has to put their pants on one leg at a time, and watch their cholesterol and get pissed at the dodos on the freeway, and use concepts – by nature error-prone, ambiguous, dualistic – as tools to convey what is concept-less. If you see the guru in the road, kill him. Well, that’s a little violent: I’d say, if after listening to him, and if a beautiful thought comes to you, smile and toss the dodo out the window, wave him a little kiss goodbye as he floats off on his guru carpet, twirling into the sky.
There are no authorities in this business, as it is by nature impossible for anyone to give you freedom.
You already have it, are it. So live with it! Stop talking about “awakening” or wanting to awaken, or going on and on about if others are awake, or who is awake, or what teacher or student is awake. Just Be.
Consciousness with a capital “c”—Universal Consciousness, or Universal Intelligence—is simply the reality you are that allows all experience, and is the same as all of reality, there being only one reality. Too simple for words: the awareness of awareness. It’s not some mystical state change or becoming anything, or in the love of any thing or anyone in particular, or huge revelation (since that will pass), rather it’s self-recognition of the source of oneself. It is also not understandable from the mind, which drives some of us crazy who are knowledge or professional-understander junkies, or professional seekers.
I realize this is a very high bar to set in a way, and that I have to go it alone (probably) but I can’t see any other way to do it. It’s like if you want to go for a nice peaceful camping trip in the desert, and enjoy the stillness, beauty and wonder of nature, and allow the expansion to the carefree selflessness of life in the Now, and hike some hills too… you don’t bring along a rock & roll band that bangs on and on about the desert, God and grace, and groupies that talk endlessly about the band leader, and more baggage than you need. No, you travel light and walk very freely, dropping each momentary thought and feeling as quickly as it arose.
In any case, I want the “Beyond Zen” site to be about that – what’s been called the “direct path.” Maybe I’m too American in my rugged individualism, but as humans we are by nature imperfect, so we do the best we can and “let God do the rest.” (See how that religious baggage creeps in?)
The site and my writing also is not about any agenda, nor changing anyone’s mind or beliefs, nor changing the world, or even changing or pulling out worldviews. So I’ve also had to turn down essays along those lines, even if they were very intelligent. However if someone posts a comment or emails me, ask questions, initiates a dialogue, then I may ask them a question that challenges their belief, or suggest some possible pointers.
“In summary”, if there is one… There’s nothing to change, no goal or purpose. It’s simply about enjoying an exploration into the unknown, opening up and seeing fresh, and enjoying the peace of No Thing (I Am has no objective qualities, Awareness = Reality = is not an object = more abstract concepts to drive you mad!). Sometimes with friends, sometimes not, but alway alOne. 🙂
Live a simple life. It’s not serious.
Take it or leave it (you have to leave it all in the end anyway…).