One common mistake that can prevent you from realizing your true nature is that you continue to look for this realization as another object or experience of that which you call "yourself". Because your mind is busy looking for something to happen, you are oblivious to that which is essentially taking place as an actuality in this very moment.|
The objects of pursuit become the reality of the seeker, which imprisons you into the belief that only at some other time will you come to realize who you really are. Meanwhile, you keep subjecting yourself to beliefs that you are unworthy, and therefore unwilling to simply give it all up. The more concerned you are about the realization of your true nature, treating it as an experience to achieve, the further away it stands. But yet, a certain earnestness is required, a deep and sincere longing to know the truth once and for all; for without this essential longing, you will remain bonded by the seeking on a personal level – you will remain entangled within the limitations of self-interest. You will keep believing that you exist as a separate entity, condemned to suffer such separation.
You must come to terms with the essential purpose of life, for your mind has to come to a place of total and sincere dedication for the truth to be found. It is then, when you have exhausted all other possibilities in order to find what you have deeply longed for, that you are able to completely let go of everything in your life – or more specifically, everything revolving around your personal attainment.
Once you have come to realize that there is no such thing as an "I" distinct from a place of absolute consciousness, any personal attainment is found to be utterly futile. There is nothing to be gained on a personal level, for there is no such a thing as the "I".
The realization of your true nature can be seen as something as natural as waking up under the sunlight of a new day. There is nothing so close than that which is absolutely immediate. It is merely that your mind has come to terms with the seeking because the seeking is found to be the seeker. When there is no more seeking, there is no more seeker, and you realize that what you have been seeking forever was there all along.
It is not that you must let go, bit-by-bit and layer-by-layer, of everything that makes up your consciousness, as if you were standing apart from it. You simply leave behind the very idea of yourself in the moment. That alone is self-realization; there is nothing to be gained or found in it. It is not an experience, for the experience only revolves around the individual "I", which does not exist.
Once you forget altogether about finding experiences for yourself, the "I" also vanishes and there remains only that which has been there all along – life as it is, immaculate. Just as the sun rises, so does the realization of your true nature to bestow upon your life. It is a spontaneous uprising; you are not required to do anything in order to realize who you are in this moment. Rather, the only requirement is to let go of all attempts to find something, and this is more like a non-requirement.
There is no secret for you to discover, as there is nothing mysterious about it. Only a clear perception of the mind"s limited functioning will allow you to let go of the mind in order to find that which lies independently of it – that which is the totality of life as it simply is.
You are attached to the idea that your mind is capable of containing the totality of life, which is impossible. You just simply do not perceive how much you identify with your mind. You do not know how much you are actually holding onto your thoughts and experiences, which bind you into the realm of separate existence.
The mind"s mode of operation is to look for something in the distance. It is always looking for a prize at the end of the journey. And if there is no promise of a prize, the mind simply turns and looks elsewhere, indefinitely. To see this process of mind as it is and perceive its futility is to end the dream world of the “I”.
While desperately seeking self-realization, you continue to hold onto your false identity; this is a problem, for you do not come to the realization of your true nature from a place of personal will. Your true nature is essentially something impersonal. This is where the difficulty lies – but you are the only one responsible for this difficulty. It is quite simple: the totality of life is already surrounding you at this moment and there is nothing personal or secret about it. It is almost too obvious to be recognized for the immediate truth that it is.
You have made the realization of Self difficult because your mind needs difficulties in order to persist in consolidating its separate, misleading sense of existence. To let go of all difficulties is to let go of the mind, and when the mind is no longer leading your life, you become the real or rather, life is revealed as already being the real.
You must let the realization of your true nature come to you. As you do not force the sun to rise, so is the realization of your true nature to rise of its own accord. Nothing is required for you to do. In fact, there is absolutely nothing you can do as there is nothing that can be done from a place of mind.
When it is clearly understood that all doing or non-doing can only come from an illusory sense of separate existence, one is left naked and empty of everything of mind. It is only then that the recognition of who one really is becomes possible for at that moment only that which is remains – that which is of the essence of self-realization.
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This article is an excerpt from Desthein's book The Immediacy of Infinite Being. desthein.com
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