This really is the most important thing I could possibly say.
But bear with me, as it’s a whole different paradigm than most people live by.
When you know who and what you truly are, in your essence, you will realize that you are not at stake here in this life.
That frees you to simply enjoy it, challenges and all.
I know. I’ve been through some major challenges, the most recent being a major financial loss. It could have been devastating but for this new way of BEing that I picked up along the way.
Presence, or the Open State
It’s about living in Presence, one experience of what I call the Open State.
If you’ve followed Eckhart Tolle, you may have an idea what Presence is.
But I also think that many of us (because I did it in the beginning, too) have a shallow understanding of what Presence actually is.
It’s NOT simply being in the moment in the sense of experiencing what’s in front of you right then, although that’s a helpful way to finally get to it.
It’s not even just about practicing mindfulness – that’s more a way to enjoy and “play” (which I’ll talk more about below).
It’s about going a level deeper than that.
It’s about BEing in that moment fully and to such a degree that you are aware of your immortal nature.
You become aware of the space or silence or stillness that Eckhart refers to.
You become aware of the still field that is omnipresent, existing throughout all things.
The field that you ARE.
The awareness that you ARE.
Once you’ve experienced this, you just know that you are not threatened by anything happening “out there” (more on “out there” later ;-)). You are not helped by it, nor are you harmed by it.
And then, as you experience it more and more, this knowing becomes a part of who you are as a personality, and you begin to live much more in peace.
In joy, ease, and lightness.
Fear begins to melt away.
The love that you are in essence begins to express, naturally, as compassion for everything and everyone, for you know that it is all YOU.
And you don’t just know or believe it intellectually. You know it through and through.
Then you’ll begin to see that this you, this essence that exists prior to manifestation, is what unfolds or emerges AS as your life, including you as a thinking, acting human being. (This is the level at which we work and play during a Holographic Emergence™ session. This you, and these subtle layers that are the blueprint for what manifests.)
But still, YOU are not affected by it in any way. Not really.
And you know this.
Which frees you to play with it, no matter how your mind might judge it.
You get to fully experience lila, or Divine play. (For you are Divine! :-))
And you experience your life as one giant playground, full of all kinds of new experiences!
Help Along the Way: Amazing Resources
I’ve come to this over time primarily with the remarkable guidance of 2 enlightened beings.
1) Eckhart Tolle. I can’t recommend his work enough. I’ve read his books several times, each time getting something deeper and richer. I listen to his audios over and over, again hearing or absorbing exactly what’s needed to keep me moving each day toward this state of BEing.
2) John Sherman. His work at River Ganga is extraordinary. Without him, I don’t think I’d have really gotten even what Eckhart offers. His teaching is one-pointed, i.e. Look at Yourself. It’s through this extremely simple practice that I have really grokked who/what I am. I mean really, really got it, to the core. I no longer simply experienced the stillness. It became clear that that is what I AM, and that stillness is ultra-aware. It’s pure consciousness. It’s awareness. It’s me.
Both Eckhart and John illuminate in a new and accessible way what the Eastern Masters have been saying for millennia. I spent quite a long time immersed in Eastern philosophy. The world they so beautifully describe is nothing short of heaven on earth. (Have you ever read the Upanishads? They’re breathtakingly beautiful!) I’ve meditated for decades and meditation is, of course, helpful.
But it wasn’t until I became aware of these two and dove deeply into their teachings that I was able to actually access it; to benefit in a meaningful and profound way, and to really begin to become more consciously this Light that we all are.
A Path, not a Destination
I’m still growing. I don’t consider myself an enlightened master – yet. 😉
The good news is you don’t have to be at the summit to experience extraordinary benefits.
Little by little we become more and more conscious of who and what we are.
And little by little, we emerge as our true, authentic, essence. And this unfolding is rich and satisfying.
No matter what.
What are your thoughts about Presence? Or better yet, what’s your experience of it? Please let us know in the comments!
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