Published on Nov 2, 2018
Published on Nov 2, 2018
We are here to awaken from the illusion of separateness
~Thich Nhat Hanh
The following is a short excerpt from a 1998 Dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, entitled The Island of Self: The Three Dharma Seals. Here he explains how awareness of the interdependence of all things in the universe can provide us with deeper insight into the Buddha’s teachings on non-self, emptiness and impermanence.
“What is non-self, Anatta? It means impermanence. If things are impermanent, they don’t remain the same things forever. You of this moment are no longer you of a minute ago. There is no permanent entity within us, there is only a stream of being.
There is always a lot of input and output. The input and the output happen in every second, and we should learn how to look at life as streams of being, and not as separate entities. This is a very profound teaching of the Buddha.
For instance, looking into a flower, you can see that the flower is made of many elements that we can call non-flower elements. When you touch the flower, you touch the cloud. You cannot remove the cloud from the flower, because if you could remove the cloud from the flower, the flower would collapse right away.
You don’t have to be a poet in order to see a cloud floating in the flower, but you know very well that without the clouds there would be no rain and no water for the flower to grow.
So cloud is part of flower, and if you send the element cloud back to the sky, there will be no flower. Cloud is a non-flower element. And the sunshine…you can touch the sunshine here. If you send back the element sunshine, the flower will vanish. And sunshine is another non-flower element.
And earth, and gardener… if you continue, you will see a multitude of non-flower elements in the flower. In fact, a flower is made only with non-flower elements. It does not have a separate self.
So the true nature of the flower is the nature of inter-being, the nature of no self.
A flower cannot be by herself alone. A flower has to “inter-be” with everything else that is called non-flower. That is what we call inter-being. You cannot be, you can only inter-be. The word inter-be can reveal more of the reality than the word “to be.” You cannot be by yourself alone, you have to inter-be with everything else.
The flower is there, beautiful, fragrant, yes, but the flower is empty of a separate self. To be empty is not a negative note. Nagarjuna, of the second century, said that because of emptiness, everything becomes possible.
So a flower is described as empty. But I like to say it differently. A flower is empty only of a separate self, but a flower is full of everything else. The whole cosmos can be seen, can be identified, can be touched, in one flower. So to say that the flower is empty of a separate self also means that the flower is full of the cosmos.
It’s the same thing. So you are of the same nature as a flower: you are empty of a separate self, but you are full of the cosmos. You are as wonderful as the cosmos, you are a manifestation of the cosmos.
So non-self is another guide that Buddha offers us in order for us to successfully practice looking deeply. What does it mean to look deeply? Looking deeply means to look in such a way that the true nature of impermanence and non-self can reveal themselves to you.
Looking into yourself, looking into the flower, you can touch the nature of impermanence and the nature of non-self, and if you can touch the nature of impermanence and non-self deeply, you can also touch the nature of nirvana, which is the Third Dharma Seal.”
~By Thich Nhat Hanh
The Island of Self
“All in One, One in All. The All melts into a single whole. There are no divisions in the totality of reality… It views the cosmos as holy, as “one bright pearl,” the universal reality of the Buddha..” The view of inter-being and interpenetration is central to the Huayan School of Buddhism.
We have been told time is only an illusion, and yet it seems to dominate so much of our day to day lives.
Maybe we have even experienced brief glimpses of ‘timelessness’ in our meditations, in times of creative excellence, or in deep moments of love.
However, it can be so easy to get sucked back into the ‘daily grind of life’ that it leaves us wondering, how can we truly be free of time?
How do we move from experiencing ‘timelessness’ as more than just a theory?
In this article, we will explore a few questions and perspectives designed to show you how moving beyond time is not a destination, but rather a ‘point of focus’ or a state of awareness, so you can ‘make the shift’ any moment you choose.
When you think of time, what do you imagine?
For many of us, we might picture a clock face, or a calendar when we think of time.
We measure time as ‘the linear passing of moments.’ Time seems to be a way for us to coordinate with others and agree upon certain unified experiences together.
However, for as much as we seem to experience time, all we ever really experience is our perceptions of ‘the passing of time.’
For example, the past and the future never actually exist in the present moment. All that ever exists is the present moment.
The past has already happened, and therefore you can THINK about the past, but you cannot experience the past, aside from focusing on a memory in your head, which is happening in the present moment.
The future has not happened yet, and therefore you can THINK about what may happen in the future, but you are not actually experiencing the future.
The present is what is happening here and now. It requires no thought to exist, because it IS existing. You are living it as it happens.
You can have thought in the present moment, but the thoughts are designed to be momentary tools. As human beings, our true mastery is realized when we are focused and engaged with the present moment, not ‘stuck in our heads.’
When you are fully engaged in the moment, and not in your head thinking about bills, and work, and troubles, and how you’re going to do this or that, you’re said to be present.
While it is very simple to be present, it doesn’t always feel easy. Especially when we’ve developed a habit for being lost in our thoughts.
Why do we get lost in our thoughts? Because on some level, we believe our thoughts can help us control our reality and give us what we want.
We obsess over the past in hopes we won’t make the same mistake again. We think if we think about solutions enough, we’ll be prepared for the future ‘when the time comes.’
We believe that if we think long and hard, we’ll be able to protect ourselves and the ones we love.
However, the irony is that when we are lost in thought, we disengage from our responsiveness to the present moment of life.
When we are worried about what has happened or what might happen, we are not focused on what IS happening.
And from the perspective of our fullest selves, what IS happening is always the most interesting thing, since what IS happening is where we have the power to respond.
Since all time is a concept and a collection of memories and energetic frequencies that you resonate, it is possible to ‘adjust your experience’ of time.
All traumas, joys, and everything else in between are ‘stored’ as a frequency that you carry (or resonate) in the present moment.
When you want to shift an experience you had in the past, or even ‘create’ a future, it is a matter of being present, going within, and shifting the frequency you are resonating NOW to match the frequency you are choosing.
For example, you can shift your past by connecting with new ways to see your past. We’re sometimes so invested in our stories of what happened, we sometimes forget that we can choose to see our experiences many different ways.
Some people will call these practices timeline regression therapy, or even past life regression therapy.
As we shift into our 5D awareness, synchronicity replaces ‘using our minds to coordinate specific points in time.”
This may be slightly challenging to understand at first, but consider the following:
There is an ‘inner-net’ of awareness and consciousness that is open to all of us here and now.
In fact, we are all connected here and now in the fullest levels. However, in our 3D experience, it was necessary to temporarily dull ourselves to this awareness, so we could have our separate experiences.
Now that we have chosen to embody 5th dimensional conscious awareness, we are now shifting into a new state of reality, which includes interactions such as telepathy, instant awareness and understanding, and operating within heart-resonant synchronicity.
A comparison for this would be like, if you had an ‘inner notification system’ that updated you with possible events, plans, and coordinated experiences available to you moment to moment that you could choose from.
You would simply know where to go, who to connect with moment to moment. And others would be aware of you and your choices as well.
Please understand, heart aligned synchronicity is not something we have to ‘do’ or ‘make happen.’ It’s more of who we truly are when we shift from operating in the ‘separation of the mind’ into the connected space of the awakened heart.
If you are here and reading this, you are already deep in your process of integration and remembering. There’s nothing specific you need to ‘do’ to speed it up, or get started.
You are already connected. Your remembering of this connection is unfolding moment to moment in a way that allows for us all to experience a unified remembering.
It may be quite shocking if we all suddenly ‘remembered’ without a nice gradual progression.
So know that you in your infinite wisdom have placed yourself right where you need to be here and now so that everything unfolds in perfection for you.
However, what you can do is begin to shift from ‘needing to know all the answers now’ to getting to know who you truly are, by rooting within yourself and communing with your heart.
Your heart is the center of your knowing and being. Many of us see the heart as ‘emotional and wishy washy’, however the awakened heart is a center of universal wisdom and knowing, and contains within itself the connection to your intelligent mind, as well as the ‘intuitive calls’ of your gut.
You may consider it the merging point where balance of all awarenesses are considered so an aligned present moment step can be made and placed into action.
Never fear, there is no ‘invisible hand’ that will force you to be anything that is not true to you. It is ultimately impossible for us to be what we are not. We can pretend for a while, but not forever.
If you like using clocks, you will have clocks for as long as it is joyful to you. They will not leave you before you are ready to leave them.
People will not ‘read your mind’, at least not in the way we might have seen in movies. We are all becoming aware of our extrasensory nature and remembering our true state of being that exists in the present moment. Everyone is ultimately connected with everyone else, so if it seems like ascension is happening slowly, it is more of a loving process of allowing us to all sync up.
You might experience feelings of time accelerating and slowing down. This is all part of the syncing.
And if it seems complicated, then I suggest that rather than trying to pick it apart with your mind, go within yourself and ask your aligned heart what feels easy, fun, flowing, exciting and engaging right NOW.
Ultimately, this life isn’t about wallowing over what we feel upset or powerless over. This life is an experience we created for the joy of experiencing it.
The shackles are off, the chains tossed in the wind. We are now remembering our sovereignty and our choice to play with things like time, without needing to be ‘trapped’ by time any longer.
Be willing to embrace any feelings of fear or restriction you might still carry with love and non judgement. This is your transmutation process that is connecting you with the wholeness that you already are.
Allow yourself to be present here and now.
And remember, no matter what, you are always right where you need to be.
About the author: Danielle Lynn is an ascension guide who teaches soul alchemy and joyful living through making “Love Choices” and taking inspired action. For more resources on opening your heart and experiencing deeper self love, visit her website here at daniellelynn.com
07/22/2017 by John Smallman
As all the channels are reiterating, enormous changes are happening right now, right as you are typing this! They are essential aspects of humanity’s awakening into the awareness that all are one, that there is only ONE and that all are at one with That. The idea of separation would be an enormous joke if only you had not convinced yourselves so firmly that separation is REALITY! It’s not! There is only Source, Father/Mother/God, and that is what you are, each and everyone of you, without any exceptions. How could there be exceptions when there is only the ONE?
Many of you are now awakening to this knowing, this realization, and as you do your energy fields change vastly as Love flows through you abundantly instead of in the dribs and drabs to which you have all become accustomed. Consequently others, many, many others, are feeling, sensing,that enormous change is in the air, as it most definitely is. Those of you who read these messages, and many other beautifully channeled messages, have been holding the Light on high for decades to bring the awakening into the lives of all around you and to extend it to all on Earth.
At first, progress was slow, but as more and more of you became aware of your spiritual essence and answered the calls from your guides and mentors in the spiritual realms, the rate of progress expanded across the planet, while at the same time accelerating, thus much reducing the time it was going to take for humanity to awaken unto Itself, into the awareness that It is the beloved Son/Daughter of God.
The chaos and confusion worldwide – politically, ethnically, racially, philosophically, within multi-national corporations, and religiously – are powerful indicators of the ongoing changes, changes that will no longer be delayed or prevented. Everyone’s “dirty laundry” is coming out to be cleansed, and some are experiencing it as an extremely painful process. However, all that is not in perfect alignment with Love has to be dissolved in the laundering process, because it just muddies the waters of the vast Ocean of Love that is Reality, making it very difficult for you to be aware of who you truly and eternally are.
The moment You thought of being separate from Source, in that moment the remedy was created because God does not want His progeny to suffer even for an moment, let alone for the eons it appears to you that the universe has been extant. You chose initially to ignore the remedy that He so lovingly presented to you because you thought – like so many teenagers throughout the ages of humanity’s presence on Earth – that you had no need of Him or His remedy. You closed off – you thought permanently – access to Oneness, to Reality, to God, by constructing a screen, a veil, a curtain – call it what you will – behind which you chose to hide from Him, and then you forgot what you had made and that it was of the most flimsy or ephemeral nature. In truth there is nothing to prevent you from seeing and knowing God because He is All That There Is to See or Know! You just think –powerfully through your collective ego – that there is a great distance between you and God, an immense barrier that you cannot cross or penetrate.
When you awaken, when you choose to discard the screen/curtain/veil behind which you are hiding, all will become brilliantly clear as the Light that is Reality, the All, embraces and revives you so that you are once more the brilliant and glorious Light that your Father created as His beloved child. Then you will be in utter and complete joy, wanting for nothing, being Everything!
As humans in form, with your severely limited knowledge, awareness, and intelligence, it is impossible for you to conceive of the intense and eternal joy that Union with Source provides in every moment of your existence, with never even a momentary interruption. Interruptions in your power supply are just reminders of the total inadequacy of your physical human condition, wake-up calls asking you to return Home, to Reality where all is aways perfect.
You are to awaken, there is no other option, your divinity is divinely assured because there is only ONE. Your destiny was established at the moment of your creation and it will never change. God is unchanging and so are you. You just attempted to experience change by constructing an imaginary state of separation that has brought you much pain, and yet you cling to it as though it is life itself. Life is eternal existence in the Presence of God. Life as a human is a very temporary, limiting, and unsatisfactory state of being which does not last and cannot last because you were created Whole, at One with God, and no other state can replace the perfection that God created for you. Rejoice that this is the case, celebrate, because it is God’s Will, and therefore also yours, that you awaken, and so you shall. Your awakening into Reality is the only inevitability of your human state. And the moment of its general occurrence is rapidly approaching.
With so very much love, Saul.
It used to be easy to hold hostage the consciousness of humankind. The information which wove together societies was monolithic, disseminated by church and state. Understanding the world beyond one’s personal sphere of experience was limited to the assimilation of those perspectives. While evolutionary progress was slow in that paradigm, over time, small advances grew into sweeping changes, and the future is now upon us.
Today, we are wide awake in the age of atomization. A time when knowledge, wisdom, truth, trust, hope and faith have splintered into an infinite sea of preferences, all instantly available to all. An awakening has already happened, but now we’re confronted with the great challenge of deciding what to do with it.
Because of this, the awakened mind is not necessarily a mind at ease, nor at peace. This quandary is more unsettling than that of the sleepwalker. Shallow forms of bliss just won’t do, but now free of the bondage of ignorance, we are lost in opportunity, drowning in unrealized potential.
In the journey from asleep to awake we were possessed by a need for information, for light shone on darkness, but this phase must come to an end, lest our evolution stalls. We have to somehow go from awakened to actualized, along the way facing a new set of emergent challenges.
These puzzles are the pitfalls in our search for meaning in an evermore intensifying environment. Each of the three dilemmas noted below hinge upon the other two; they are not independent of one another. There exists a natural synergy and symbiosis between them, which must be honored. The decisions we make in each of these arenas will determine which paths become open to us in the other arenas.
For your consideration, what follows are the three most pressing dilemmas of the awakened mind.
1.) What do we choose to include in our awareness?
In very practical terms, when immersed in such total information awareness, as we are today, we must consciously or unconsciously choose what information and which ideas to consume. The choices span the entire spectrum of human possibility, from the darkest blackness of the human soul to the most shimmering golden light of infinite consciousness. We are exposed to all ranges of vibration. Choose we must.
There is a paradox at play here, though. In large part, the information which jolted us out of contemporary consciousness is fundamentally of lower vibration. It had to be that way. Total seriousness and gravity were required to brutally force our eyes open, to wake us up.
But continuing to feed on the darknessonly draws us into a different trap. We can be wide awake while helplessly drowning in the abyss of base-level consciousness. As tantalizing and sensational as it is, this level of consciousness is heavy, always working to pull us under.
How much violence, brutality, murder, inhumanity and psychopathy can we look at? How much spiritual pornography can we safely consume? How long can we simmer in the mainline narratives before all progress is lost and we find ourselves stuck in yet another cage?
2.) How will we choose to communicate our awareness?
Just a short time ago, loneliness was the dilemma of the awakening mind. Yet now, so many are awake to some degree. With technology has come such tremendous freedom of communication, but it’s too much to process. To survive we take shelter on islands of comprehension, stranding ourselves with others of identical perspective. We are splintering into tribes rather than uniting as a cohesive human family.
In such a cacophony of competing voices, opinions and perspectives, all of which lay claim to the high ground of the awakened, we are confronted with the dilemma of how we share our perspectives and how we translate those of others. Do we insist that our understanding is final, and demand assimilation? Do we assume certainty and put on a confidence game of defending the information we like best? Do we get dogmatic, insisting that our truth is the only acceptable truth? Do we bludgeon others with self-righteousness?
Now that we know what we know, we have the choice of becoming repeaters of information, or craftsmen of a new story.
3.) What action will we take to honor this awareness?
Choosing to remain stuck in an endless spiral of negative information paralyses is a form of self-imposed psychosis. Nothing is gained if the awakened mind maroons itself on the island of perpetual study and looping examination.
This is resistance to the act of doing what is needed to experience the ideals which have motivated and inspired the awakening. At some point it becomes imperative to declare ourselves aware enough already, then find ways to take action toward the fulfillment of a purpose grander than the task of waking up.
There is infinite possibility in what actions an individual can take to accelerate the drive towards actualization, in both personal and communal terms. Any push toward action, though, great or meager, is honorable, for the body just needs to be set in motion, so it can stay in motion and then gain momentum.
To honor the progress we’ve made in exposing our condition it’s now necessary to accept the call to action. It’s time to actually create the world we wish to see manifest.
We find ourselves at the outer limits of the awakening. Can we exploit the momentum we’ve created which has gotten us this far, or will we return to the cave of delusion we came from? Choices.