Not as great as you think, and nothing better

 

Awakening is not as great as some think. We may hope it’s a state of continuous bliss, free of sadness, anger, wounds and so on. But it’s not a state. (Apart from as a state of what we are recognizing itself.) It’s an allowing of any state, as it is. It’s not a particular experience, in a crude sense, but an allowing of whatever experience is here. It’s an allowing of the full range of experience, from heaven to hell and in-between. It’s a love for what is, as it is. It’s a recognition it’s already allowed – by life, and what we are. And it’s a recognition of any experience as what we already are. The impulse to fight it doesn’t make sense anymore, in that context.

At the same time, nothing is really better. And for the same reason. It’s an allowing of what is. A love for what is, as it is. A recognition of any experience as what we already are. And that’s not too bad.

What is awakening? It’s not so easy to put into words, since it’s outside of words (as so much else). In a sense, it’s awareness (this ordinary awareness here now) noticing itself as all there is (this field of experience, as it is). It’s really not that exotic or out of the ordinary. What is perhaps somewhat rare (still) is a more stable recognition of this, throughout the many states and experiences of everyday life. A recognition that’s less often distracted by the drama of identifications.

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Initial draft…..

Awakening is not as great as some think, because it’s not a state. (Apart from as a state of what we are recognizing itself.) It’s an allowing of any state, as it is, because it’s recognized as what we are.

And nothing is really better, for the same reason. It’s an allowing of what is. A love for what is, as it is. And that’s not too bad.

What is awakening? It’s not so easy to put into words, since it’s outside of words (as so much else). In a sense, it’s awareness (this ordinary awareness here now) noticing itself as all there is (this field of experience, as it is). It’s really not that exotic or out of the ordinary.

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Awakening
– not as great as many think, bc is not a state
– also, nothing is really better, for the same reason (is an allowing of what is, love for what is, no matter what it is)

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