Always coming back to here

 

I have noticed a slight disappointment recently. I have done and experienced a great deal, but always return here – to what’s here. It’s as if it all didn’t happen.

As Adyashanti points out, there may be a reason it’s like this. There may be a few different reasons, depending on how we see it.

What’s here, this, is the one constant. What any experience happens within and as – aka consciousness, awakeness, presence etc. – is the one constant. It’s what’s here independent of any particular experience or state. It’s what we are and everything is. It’s also what has the potential to create identification as as something within it’s content, for instance this human self.

Any past experiences or accomplishments are gone. They are here only as a memory. An image or thought, sometimes connected with a sensation. They are truly gone.

Any identity, anything we see ourselves as, similarly only exists as a mental image or thought sometimes connected with a sensation. We may have built up identities and roles through past experiences, but they don’t exist as anything more solid or substantial than a mental image or words associated with certain sensations.

If we take “here” as a more neutral state, as it has shown up for me in the moments mentioned above, then this more neutral state has gifts. It allows me to notice that just about any state is already here. It’s here as a potential, and also – often – as a trace. Also, a more neutral state makes it easier for me to notice what’s here in terms of what “I” already am – what these experiences and states happen within and as. There may be a reason why, for most of us, this more neutral state is the “default” state and what life tends to return us to. It gives us an opportunity to notice what’s here – in terms of traces and what we are – without the distractions of stronger experiences.

So there are many reasons why I return to “here”. It’s all there is. It’s what’s left and here when I notice the past as an image, and identities and roles as images. If it’s a more neutral state, it’s what allows me to notice what’s already here.

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Initial notes…..

  • always coming back to here
    • sitting this morning, noticed a slight disappointment, have done/experienced a great deal, but always return here – to what’s here, me sitting/being here
    • and there is a reason, this is it, this ordinary experience and life
    • attend to, notice the wholeness in what’s here as is, nothing is missing
    • also, can notice the divine here, in and as the ordinary
    • a good place to be, can notice anything that’s here, all the emotions, the life, the pain, the divine etc. (all here right now)

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  • why return to here?
    • bc it’s the one constant – what it all happens within and as (aka consciousness, awakeness, presence etc.) – independent of any particular experience/state etc.
    • bc a more neutral state allows us to notice it’s all here (fewer distractions)

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