When no-self comes into the foreground

About twenty years ago, there was a shift1 where no-self2 came very strongly into the foreground.

The noticing of no-self has been here since the shift in my teens, and this new shift turned the volume way up on that aspect of what I am. It was so strongly in the foreground that it was inevitable and noticed all the time.

While it happened, this human psyche didn’t know if it was a new deepening into reality which would stay, or if it was a state that would come and go.

It turned out to be kind of both.

The noticing is there, although the volume is not turned up so high. In that way, it wasn’t a state. The notice seems more inevitable and effortless than before.

At the same time, having it so strongly in the foreground was a state which lasted about six months.

Why do these shifts happen? I see it as life showing itself aspects of itself. It’s so clear and so strongly in the foreground that it cannot be missed or overlooked. We get used to it, and it’s easier to notice even after the state goes away.

NOTES

(1) It followed a period of deepening in meditation. There was a deepening that “I” didn’t do but happened by itself. This particular shift was triggered by doing one of the Headless experiments. (The “invisible crash helmet” experiment if I remember the name correctly. It’s where you cut out a circular hole in a piece of paper, notice the hole is full of the world – that you can see through the hole – and also empty. It’s nothing full of the world. Then, you bring the hole up to your face and eyes, and notice you are that nothing full of the world.)

(2) What does “no-self” mean? It’s a label like anything else, and I use it because I cannot think of another label that’s better right now. It just means that what I more fundamentally am is what any and all experience happens within and as. To me, the wider world and anything related to this human self happens within and as what I am. I am not most fundamentally this human self or any other kind of self. (Victim, doer, observer, etc.)

Image by me and Midjourney


DRAFT

WHEN NO-SELF COMES INTO THE FOREGROUND

Some years ago, no-self came very strongly into the foreground.

It’s been there since the shift in my teens, and for a while, the volume was turned way up for that aspect.

It lasted for about six months. While it happened, this human psyche didn’t know if it was a deepening into reality which would stay, or if it was a state that would come and go.

As it turned out, both were sort of correct.

The noticing is there, although the volume is not turned up so high. And the strength of it was a state which lasted about six months.

Why do these kind of things happen? I see it as life showing itself aspects of itself. When this happens, it’s so clear and so strongly in the foreground that it cannot be missed or overlooked. We get used to it, and it’s much easier to notice after that particular state goes away.

It’s similar to being in a forest and learning about a particular plant in-depth for a while. After the course and in-depth learning is over, I still notice the plant and notice things about it.

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