Mimic, notice, reveal

 

Three flavors of exploring what I am…

I can mimic what I am. I can go into a mental field image of what I am. I can rely on a memory, or what I am told. 

I can notice what I am, with curiosity, receptivity, don’t know. 

And what I am can reveal itself to itself. 

The first one can be a useful stepping stone into the two other. The second can, and often do, happen while there is still identification with a separate I. (Although it may loosen.) The third, if it is thorough, can release identification out of the story of a separate I. 

The two first comes from a sense of doing, from something that is engaged in and initiated by this separate I. And the third is grace. 

And looking at specific practice, for instance the Big Mind process, I see that it can touch on each one. In the beginning, and if the student has had no awakening experiences, it may be all or mostly a mimicking. Then, it can become more of a genuine inquiry, from receptivity and curiosity. A genuine noticing of what we are. And this can set the stage for the third shift, when everything is ripe. And of course, it may happen any other way as well, including a revealing of what we are right away. 

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Initial draft…

Three ways of exploring what I am…

I can mimic what I am. I can go into a mental field image of what I am. I can rely on a memory, or what I am told.

I can notice what I am, with curiosity, receptivity, don’t know. 

And what I am can reveal itself to itself. 

Mimicking can work to some extent. It can give me a taste of it. It can be a stepping stone for the two others. Noticing is more open ended, more of a sincere inquiry coming from a don’t know place. It can be a genuine noticing of what I am, even if the center of gravity is still in a sense of a separate I. When what I am notices itself, and it happens thoroughly, that center of gravity can shift out of a sense of a separate I. 

The first two is a doing, there is a sense that this separate I can do it, initiate it, engage in it. And the third is grace. 

I cycle through each one, and each one may also be present at the same time to some extent. 

Initial outline…

  • mimic
    • remember, recreate, mimick 
  • notice
    • notice what is already here
    • receptive, curious, don’t know 
  • reveal
    • reveals itself
    • grace
  • do and grace
    • first two, doing
    • third, grace
  • cycle
    • cycle through each + each one there to some extent

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