The idea that we “hear sound” is an illusion. In your direct experience, you NEVER “hear” sound. For example, if you “hear a train whistle,” that implies that there was the whistling sound that your sense of hearing “picked up” or “was able to perceive” as the train went by. However, until you actually were aware of the train whistle, where was it? Was it “off stage” somewhere, unavailable until you got close enough to hear it? No. Why? Because there is no “off stage”! To believe that sound exists prior to your awareness of it is an assumption!
So, we are not hearing sounds that are “out there” somewhere, “off stage,” waiting to be heard. Rather, sound = hearing, hearing = sound. They are not two. Sound IS hearing, hearing IS sound. There is no “you” who hears sound. The awareness of sound would be all there is to sound. (And even sound itself is ultimately unfindable, and thus a concept! For instance, when there is awareness of a train whistle, I find nothing in it called “sound.”)
All is happening spontaneously… Life does all, including any sense of a “you” that may be appearing. That too is part of your present experience. You don’t have a life, you ARE Life. Life is whatever is presently happening, and there is no “you” doing it.
The thought of “you” is another appearance among all the others. The idea that you are the doer is just that, an idea. What is presently happening as well as your reaction to what is happening is simply Life, expressing itself. Even the mind saying, “yes, but it feels like there’s a me,” that too is Life Lifing. A causeless, spontaneous, mysterious apparent happening… for no one.
The moment includes ALL that is presently happening, including any thoughts (beliefs, judgments, ideas, conclusions, inspirations, concerns, etc.), feelings (anger, happiness, sadness, depression, joy, fear, confusion, loneliness, giving up, going for it, etc.), energies, sensations, etc. ALL leaves nothing out.
And there is no “you” doing any of it, as whatever “you” is presently appearing is not separate from the undivided WHOLENESS that is presently happening. There is just whatever is happening, which leaves nothing out. Just THIS. The ONE happening for no one.
No “you,” no problem. ~Michael Jeffreys
Facebook comment: “No problem, no you, no free will… and what? Great words, but life for me and others is the same: suffering. We want REAL solutions.”
Michael: A REAL solution for who? Until the self has been investigated, it will continue to apparently make all kinds of claims that will be believed… but who is it that is believing them? Can this one actually be found?
If one is not willing to do self-inquiry, then of course the world seems filled with endless problems. But without a “you,” a problem is NOT possible because there is ONLY what IS. And what IS is never a problem… it is simply what IS.
A few minutes later…
Comment: And how to do self-inquiry? What I have to do? I am willing!!
Michael: Great. Become silent and see if you can find this “I” that you take yourself to be. Yes, thoughts are happening.. but to/for whom? Is this “I” that you feel yourself to be an actual entity, or just a mind made narrative that has been believed because it was not deeply investigated.
For example, many children believe that santa claus really exists because they hear, read about him, and see pics of him… BUT, that does not mean he actually exists as a real person. Same for “you” and “I”… just because a thought appears to have preferences… likes and dislikes… doesn’t mean it refers to an actual person. Beyond the thoughts, can you find anything?
Comment: Only thoughts without a thinker? Who would be awakened then…?
Michael: Exactly! “Awakening” is seeing that there is no one actually present to be awakened or unawakened… there is just what IS!
Wow. The miracle is right in front of us. Couldn’t be any closer. If it was a poisonous snake you would be dead. And yet, amazingly, somehow thought is so strong that we don’t truly see it… see what? THIS happening, which is ALL there is.
And yet, you are seeing the same thing as I am. What is right here, right now, undeniable, unavoidable, and yet none of it your doing!? Everything is just happening, but we are so used to it that we take it for granted!
It’s so close to us that we go, “ho-hum” because we haven’t given it our undivided attention. Be silent, be aware, and notice THIS event you are presently experiencing, HOWEVER it is appearing. You are not making any of it happen, including your body or the sense of “you.”
As you see in realtime that everything is unfolding perfectly fine without intentions, you begin to realize that you don’t have to worry about the future – because you now know, you have faith, that everything will be taken care of exactly as it should, when it should, by an intentionless unfolding of the totality.
Faith isn’t something that you can convince yourself to have. It’s something that you have to slowly acquire by seeing in realtime that everything is working out all by itself.
The above is an excerpt from Göran’s latest Blog, “Life: How To Live It” and, imo, gets to the heart of the problem for the “seeker” who understands non-duality backwards and forwards, but is still trying to, at some level, control Life. Since this is not possible (can the wave EVER control the ocean?), we experience suffering.
Once we see that that control is an illusion AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN… then, as we let go more and more, we see IN OUR OWN EXPERIENCE how everything always seems to work out. And, I agree with Göran that it does take time. Why? Because it took “time” to become conditioned to believe the idea that you are the doer, so it naturally follows that it would take some “time” to see that you have never been the doer… And yet, doing spontaneously happens!
Just keep letting go and notice how Life does all…