Contemplating the Nature of Experience
- Enlightenment is the recognition that the awareness that knows itself to be, doesn't share the limitations of the mind and body.
- So when we recognise our true nature (enlightenment), there is still a gradual winding down of the body/mind thinking and feeling. It's an endless process.
- How do you know when you've established in your true nature? When thoughts, feelings and perceptions can no longer take you away.
- Our suffering revolves around an illusory seperate self, which is an imaginery limit placed on the true and only self of pure Awareness.
- Our experience is real, but the world as conceived by the mind is made of dead, inert matter appearing outside of Consciousness. This is illusion.
- Painful emotions and feelings are generated and sustained by the sense of being a separate self. If investigated, it can never really be found.
- Conflicts usually arise because other people either threaten or fail to fulfil the separate self that we imagine ourself to be.
- Desires that come from a sense of lack, or from the isolated self, are not as easily fulfilled as those desires that come from our deepest love and understanding.
- Meditation is neither an activity of the mind nor the cessation of the mind, but simply being knowingly in the presence of Awareness.
These notes were taken from a number of Rupert's Introductory online videos.