1. a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
2. a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.
3. sexual passion or desire.”
Notice how “LOVE” is defined as having passionate feelings towards a particular person, feeling or desire. This is what I call “particularizing” and ironically, it actually leads you away from LOVE. Why? Because LOVE isn’t any particular thing… it’s EVERYTHING. LOVE is all that is, so if we believe it’s in some person, feeling or desire, we also must believe it is not already all that is.
In a dream, what is the dream character actually creating or making happen or choosing? Nothing. Why? Because the dream character is not separate from the dream. Credit for achievements or blame for apparent failures are part of the dream, and do not originate from the dream character simply because the dream character is an appearance, not a Source. But what if a thought claims that it is separate/independent from the dream? Then that too is simply what’s happening in the dream.
Lisa Cairns: There can be thoughts appearing, but if there’s nothing that holds onto the thoughts, then where are ‘things’? Where is the ‘you’ that is in relationship to ‘things’?
Questioner: I don’t know where I am, that’s the problem.
Lisa: No, that’s the beauty. The problem has always been ‘you’ thinking you know where you are. The beauty of not knowing where you are is then there is simply everything for no one.
Michael: For example, I ‘know’ I am in Los Angeles. And ‘I know’ LA is in CA. And ‘I know’ CA is in the USA. And ‘I know’ USA is on planet Earth, and ‘I know’ the Earth is in our solar system with the sun and 8 other planets, which is located in the milky way galaxy, which is one of many galaxies which make up the Universe.
But where is the Universe located?? Where are its borders? And if borders are claimed to be found, what’s beyond that? So, if I don’t know where the Universe is located, then how can I know where anything else appearing within it is located??
Everything is happening nowhere.
In the following excerpt, Arian is pointing out something that most people never realize: everything is a concept, a symbol, because that’s how the mind works. For example, think of a pine tree. Now there is no actual pine tree inside your brain, rather there is only and ever an image or symbol that communicates to you, “pine tree.” And this is true for every thought image you know! When we forget this, we end up arguing (with ourselves or others) about whose concept is most right. We are forgetting that the idea of whose concept is “most right” (mine or yours), is also a concept!
That which is AWARE of all concepts is itself not a concept. It just IS… and You are THAT. In fact, You can’t be anything else, which means that no concept actually touches you. -Michael Jeffreys
“It has already been stated that our concepts are inseparably linked with our perception. Everything we see is ultimately a concept. This is because the mind can only process all of the sensual data it receives in a conceptual manner. It functions in this manner in order to try and gain understanding of all of the phenomena in the world.
Our senses are very limited; no one has ever seen what is truly there. All that can be seen is an interpretation of the world that is subject to the limitation of the senses. This data that is seen is then interpreted by the mind . Different organisms can see different things due to the varying capability of senses. One organism’s perception is no more valid than the other. Despite what your senses tell you, no one has any proof that what is seen and experienced is truly how it is beyond one’s limited perception.”
-Arian Herbert (from The God Behind The God)
In a way, thoughts are like hollow colored easter eggs with little tiny prizes in them. And because the ego seeks prizes, it is attracted to thoughts like moths to a flame. And while attention is on ANY thought or movement, STILLNESS remains hidden in plain sight. It’s never not been HERE… it’s that your attention has been elsewhere.
From facebook: A few days ago, I posted: “The eye cannot see. The ear cannot hear. The tongue cannot taste. The nose cannot smell. The finger cannot feel.” Meaning You, Consciousness, are what is seeing, not the eye, etc.
Today I would like to add: “Thought’s cannot think.” Meaning You, Consciousness, are what is aware of thoughts, not the thought itself. Thoughts are like billboards in that they contain information, but ARE NOT SELF-AWARE. In other words, you are aware of the billboard, it’s not aware of you. Same with thoughts. Awareness, the boundless space in which everything comes and goes, is aware of whatever is presently happening, but is itself no thing.
Alan Watts points out that just like sound arises from silence, stays for a duration, and then goes back into silence, so do objects. They are appearing from nothing and will go back to nothing, just like sound. They are just slower to go away then sound, so we impart a permanence to objects which they don’t actually possess.