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Reflection 81

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The Bedrock Of The World


The ups and downs of life where you find life going on, above that bottom line of yours… go on regardless of whether they are resented, or just tolerated, or in the end (whether by God’s good grace, or simple looking-to-see, or both) welcomed with open arms.

The art of handling these inexorable goings-on is the art of resting on what underlies them, the art and science of consciously being the ground which supports all that commotion without itself becoming disturbed in the slightest. Here, you are the bedrock of the world, where it all begins and where it all ends. Eternally one and the same, you are the Unmoved Mover. (Head Off Stress, Douglas Harding)

Seeing does not “stand up in the face of such things as shame, pain, decrepitude, etc.” Seeing does not face or confront anything as Seeing is not a thing. In Seeing “you” and the things are not separate; “you” ARE the things. So who is there to stand up in the face of such things? Seeing doesn’t make anything go away. It is the non-objectivised OBSERVER OF WHAT IS - whatever that may be. As such it has no practical advantage. Unfortunately, there are many myths and unrealistic expectations afoot fostered in part by wishful thinking and unscrupulous teachers eager to attract disciples with promises of everlasting bliss and a problem-free life. But as long as there is a body-mind, there will be all the experiences both positive and negative associated with body-minds. In sum, before Enlightenment, chop wood/carry water ; after Enlightenment, chop wood/carry water or if you prefer, before Seeing, shame, pain, decrepitude...etc., after Seeing, shame, pain, decrepitude. Lou


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