Awakening dissolves paradoxes

Some seem to take an experience of paradoxes as a sign of awakening.

When I try to remember the initial oneness shift, I can’t find an experience of paradoxes. What I remember was that thoughts couldn’t even touch it. There was no way thoughts could accurately reflect or convey the nature of all.

I also understand how paradoxes may appear. If the oneness we are recognizes itself, and our mental field still operates from duality, it can create the experience of paradoxes. Our mind may not yet viscerally get the nature of thoughts.

Over time, as our mental patterns reorganize within the context of oneness and we get more familiar with the nature of thoughts, I assume the experience of paradoxes tends to fall away.

WHEN THOUGHTS OPERATE FROM SEPARATION CONSCIOUSNESS

If we rely on our mental field to give us truths, our world will inevitably appear full of paradoxes. One thing seems true, and also something else, and to the conditioning of our thoughts, they appear contradictory.

Our psyche may deal with this in a couple of different ways.

It may try to resolve this by denying the validity of one set of thoughts and affirming the validity of another set of thoughts. It tries to make paradoxes go away.

Or it may acknowledge the paradoxes, hold the validity in apparently contradictory sets of thoughts, and seek to find a bigger picture that reconciles the two.

THE INITIAL PHASE WHEN OUR NATURE RECOGNIZES ITSELF

When our nature first recognizes itself, our mental patterns may still operate from duality so there may be an experience of paradoxes. This dissolves as thoughts reorganize and operate within our nature recognizing itself.

WHEN THOUGHTS REORGANIZE WITHIN ONENESS

When our nature recognizes itself, that shifts. Thoughts are recognized as guides and pointers to help us orient and function in the world. They are practical pointers only, and cannot hold any final, full, or absolute truth. Each thought has some kind of validity in it, and it’s up to us to evaluate what kind of validity that is.

There are no paradoxes since thoughts are recognized as not holding any final truth, and there is some validity to all of them. (Even the more outlandish ones can be seen as holding validity, for instance, as a projection.)

RECOGNIZING THE NATURE OF THOUGHTS INDEPENDENT OF AWAKENING

We can examine thoughts and recognize their nature independent of awakening, for instance through different forms of inquiry.

This is not quite independent of awakening. If we thoroughly examine thoughts, viscerally get their nature, and examine core self-related thoughts, it tends to lead to our nature recognizing itself.

PARADOXES AND AWAKENING

Paradoxes appear when we look to thoughts to give us truth, and when our mental field operates from a sense of separation. We can deny these paradoxes or seek a bigger picture that resolves them.

At first, when our nature recognizes itself, there may be an experience of paradoxes. That’s because oneness recognizes itself, and our mental field still operates from trying to invest thoughts with truth.

Paradoxes then dissolve as our mental field reorganizes, and operates within the context of our nature recognizing itself, and also recognizing the nature of thoughts.

Note: I wrote this back in March and didn’t publish it. I wanted to write a more simple version. That didn’t seem to happen (I wasn’t drawn to it for whatever reason), so I am publishing this now.


DRAFT

Some seem to take an experience of paradoxes as a sign of awakening.

It makes sense since an experience of paradoxes can happen initially when our nature recognizes itself. Our mental patterns may still operate from duality, giving the appearance of paradoxes.

The reverse seems equally accurate. Over time, as our mental patterns reorganize within the context of oneness, awakening tends to dissolve paradoxes.

WHEN THOUGHTS OPERATE FROM SEPARATION CONSCIOUSNESS

If we rely on our mental field to give us truths, our world will inevitably appear full of paradoxes. One thing seems true, and also something else, and to the conditioning of our thoughts, they appear contradictory.

Our psyche may deal with this in a couple of different ways.

It may try to resolve this by denying the validity of one set of thoughts and affirming the validity of another set of thoughts. It tries to make paradoxes go away.

Or it may acknowledge the paradoxes, hold the validity in apparently contradictory sets of thoughts, and seek to find a bigger picture that reconciles the two.

THE INITIAL PHASE WHEN OUR NATURE RECOGNIZES ITSELF

When our nature first recognizes itself, our mental patterns may still operate from duality so there may be an experience of paradoxes. This dissolves as thoughts reorganize and operate within our nature recognizing itself.

WHEN THOUGHTS REORGANIZE WITHIN ONENESS

When our nature recognizes itself, that shifts. Thoughts are recognized as guides and pointers to help us orient and function in the world. They are practical pointers only, and cannot hold any final, full, or absolute truth. Each thought has some kind of validity in it, and it’s up to us to evaluate what kind of validity that is.

There are no paradoxes since thoughts are recognized as not holding any final truth, and there is some validity to all of them. (Even the more outlandish ones can be seen as holding validity, for instance, as a projection.)

RECOGNIZING THE NATURE OF THOUGHTS INDEPENDENT OF AWAKENING

We can examine thoughts and recognize their nature independent of awakening, for instance through different forms of inquiry.

This is not quite independent of awakening. If we thoroughly examine thoughts, viscerally get their nature, and examine core self-related thoughts, it tends to lead to our nature recognizing itself.

PARADOXES AND AWAKENING

Paradoxes appear when we look to thoughts to give us truth, and when our mental field operates from a sense of separation. We can deny these paradoxes or seek a bigger picture that resolves them.

At first, when our nature recognizes itself, there may be an experience of paradoxes. That’s because oneness recognizes itself, and our mental field still operates from trying to invest thoughts with truth.

Paradoxes then dissolve as our mental field reorganizes, and operates within the context of our nature recognizing itself, and also recognizing the nature of thoughts.

INITIAL DRAFT

AWAKENING DISSOLVES PARADOXES

If we rely on our mental field to give us truths, our world will inevitably appear full of paradoxes. One thing seems true, and also something else, and to the conditioning of our thoughts, they appear contradictory.

When our nature recognizes itself, that shifts. Thoughts are recognized as guides and pointers to help us orient and function in the world. They are practical pointers only, and cannot hold any final, full, or absolute truth. Each thought has some kind of validity in it, and it’s up to us to evaluate what kind of validity that is.

There are no paradoxes since thoughts are recognized as not holding any final truth, and there is some validity to all of them. (Even the more outlandish ones can be seen as holding validity, for instance, as a projection.)

Paradoxes appear when our thoughts operate from duality and from a sense of separation. And they dissolve when thoughts operate within the context of our nature recognizing itself, and we recognize the nature of thoughts.

Of course, at first when our nature recognizes itself, our mental patterns may still operate from duality so there may be an experience of paradoxes. This dissolves as thoughts reorganize and operate within our nature recognizing itself.

FRAGMENTS

Over time, and in my experience, the reverse is equally or more accurate. Awakening tends to dissolve paradoxes.

When I look, I find I more fundamentally am something else. I am what this field of experience – any content of experience – happens within and as. Anyting within this content of experience comes and goes, including this human self (gone in some dreams etc.) and any ideas of being a doer or observer and more.

WHAT IS AWAKENING?

I thought I would write a few words about awakening itself.

What is it? It has to do with our fundamental nature.

It’s not wrong that we are this human self in the world. It’s an assumption that works relatively well, although it also comes with inherent stress.

When I look, I find I more fundamentally am something else. I am what this field of experience – any content of experience – happens within and as. Even more fundamentally, I am capacity for all of it.

We can get our more fundamental nature in a glimpse, or by seeing it, or through viscerally getting it.

Our nature noticing itself is kind of binary. It’s here or not. Although it can get filtered by remaining identifications with and as certain identities, and it clarifies as these are recognized as happening within the content of experience.

There is also a lot that’s not binary there. How stable is the noticing? How much is that noticing there through the day? Is it there if this human self is tired, stressed, and a deep psychological issue is triggered? How many parts of the psyche of this human self is aligned with it? How many parts still operate from separation consciousness? In what way is the noticing lived through and as this human life?

I don’t really like the word awakening, although I use it sometimes as a shorthand. The upside is that many have an idea of what it points to, and the downside is the same. Many of those ideas are misconceptions.

The reality is often more immediate, simple, and ordinary. It’s also more rich and nuanced depending on how familiar we are with our nature noticing itself, living from and as it, noticing how it all is colored by the parts of us still operating from separation consciousness, and noticing how it all sometimes gets hijacked when hangups are triggered in us.

We can have thoughts, ideas, and models about it and these may be helpful pointers and guides if we hold them lightly. At the same time, the reality of it doesn’t really follow any rules that can be well captured by thoughts, ideas, or models. That’s how it is with most things.

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