At its foundation, Awakening is the death of one’s false sense of self. It is a movement of consciousness out of false identity, which naturally leads us back to the truth of who we are. Prior to Awakening, this false identity is whatever you are referring to when you say the word “I.” When people say “I,” they are usually referring to themselves as a particular person with a particular, unique set of experiences. This person defines who they think they are, and I call that sense of “I” the false “I”, the ego.
Before Awakening, we think that we are this ego, which experiences itself as essentially separate from everything and everyone else. The truth, however, is that we are all expressions of One Consciousness, unseparated and undivided. Arising within this One Consciousness is a countless multitude of simultaneous experiences, and a
common feature of these experiences is a sense of identity, a sense of “I.” So long as a person feels identified with their sense of “I,” they are caught in a dream-like state, a trance that obscures their knowledge of their true essence, and which inevitably causes them to suffer. One who is “Awake” is someone who’s fundamental sense of “I” has broken down (although there will usually be remnants of ego or “shadow-I’s” floating around, to be dealt with over time).
When people hear this for the first time, they often think that surely anyone who has lost his sense of “I” must either die, go insane, or become a bland, shallow husk of a person. This is not the case. To illustrate this point, imagine that from the day you were born, you believed that you were a unicorn. As such, throughout your entire life, you’ve acted like a unicorn, to the best of your ability. When you were hungry you ate grass off the lawn; rather than talking, you would shake your imaginary mane and make low, snorting sounds; if someone angered you, you would try to pierce them with the horn supposedly protruding from your forehead. By the time you were in your thirties, you would be an adult who has only ever known himself as a unicorn. If by some chance it occurred to you that you might not actually be a unicorn at all, the concept would seem very threatening to you – trying to imagine what it would be like not to be a unicorn would seem nearly impossible after so many years of living as a unicorn. Yet despite all that fear, clearly it would be in your best interest to let go of your identity as a unicorn and to live as what you truly are. If you were to finally see yourself as a human being, at first you might not know how you were supposed to act – you’d never acted like a human before, and all your unicorn mannerisms would be a very deeply ingrained part of your behavior. Coming into the fullness of your humanity might take some time, and meanwhile you would probably still act very much like a unicorn, but essentially the illusion has been broken. You know that you are a human, and it’s only a matter of time before you act more like a human than like a unicorn. It might be a painful process, but clearly it’s a process that needs to happen for your own mental and emotional well-being–
no matter how happy you thought you were as a unicorn.
A similar story can be told of one who has Awakened out of her false identity as an ego and into the fullness of her ego less nature. All of her thoughts, feelings, emotions, and personality traits will continue to exist, just without a fundamental sense of identity with them. For instance, your thoughts are still there, it’s just that you don’t identify with those thoughts. They are just thoughts that you’ve become aware of, in the same way that you can become aware of the wind and know that you are not the wind. You have a personality but you see that you are not your personality. At most, you are aware of a consistent experience of a particular personality, but a consistent experience is not the same as an identity. You have a body but you are not your body. You have a position within society but that position doesn’t define who you are. You may feel sad or even angry, but these are just feelings arising in the moment, and don’t define you – because there is no “you” to be defined, anymore! There is only Free Consciousness, and experiences that are happening within that Consciousness.
It is important to note that what happens with Awakening isn’t a transformation, a metamorphosis, or some kind of spiritual ascension. That would imply that what you are has changed from one kind of person into another, supposedly “better” kind of person. But whatever you change into, if you think you are that new, better person, then you haven’t Awakened. You’ve simply traded one false identity for another. People do that all the time, either by getting a makeover, finding a new career, going to the latest motivational seminar, getting married, having children – you name it, and I guarantee that someone has done it, thinking that it would change them from an unhappy person into a happy person.
With Awakening, nothing about you changes. If you were unhappy before, you will probably be unhappy afterwards, as well. The difference is that there is simply nobody there anymore to identify with that unhappiness, so it doesn’t mean as much as it used to; it’s not as real, in a way. Rather than being a transformation from one kind of person into another, Awakening releases your basic identity with whoever it is that would undergo such a transformation.
So why does Awakening matter? On the one hand, it doesn’t matter in the least. If Awakening isn’t your path or your desire, then there’s no reason why you should pursue it. In addition, there’s nothing in it for the ego – for the “you” that you think you are – so why would “you” ever want to be Awake? Although there will be an experience of greater Freedom, “you” won’t be there anymore to enjoy it, so from that perspective it can only be a colossal disappointment. On the other hand, Awakening is the only permanent cure for suffering.
為何覺醒如此重要呢？ 某一方面來說，如果覺醒不是你的道路或渴望，你就沒有理由去追尋它，那麼它其實無關緊要。再說，它對小我也完全沒有任何好處- 尤其當“你”認為你就是你- 那個你怎麼會想要覺醒呢？雖然說那邊能體驗到極大的自由，只是“你”不會在那享受它，所以從某個角度來看，它只會帶來巨大的失望。但另一方面，覺醒是治療痛苦的唯一永久性療法。
This is a bold statement, I know, but I make it for two reasons. The first is that any “permanent cure” for suffering cannot simply be a change in one’s circumstances, no matter how good a change that might be. Life is constantly changing, and any experience that we can create for ourselves will eventually change into a different experience – even our innermost emotional experiences. What’s more, even if we could force something to change for the better and then stay that way, we would then have to live in a state of hyper-vigilance to keep things the same, not to mention the constant fear of losing what we had worked so hard to obtain. There is suffering within that fear and hyper-vigilance (a kind of stress), so even getting everything you want bears its own sort of burden.
Since Awakening is not about changing one’s life experiences, it is the one thing that isn’t subject to the law of change. Awakening is a form of death, for it is the death of the ego, and although life and death are part of the same cycle, the one who dies never comes back. This is why the great sages have always said that a true Awakening is permanent, not a state that can change and then change back.
But let’s say for the sake of argument that, despite all the countless failed efforts on the parts of visionaries throughout history to create a sustainable Utopia, it actually is possible to create a perfect life. With the right combination of intelligence, wisdom, altruism, and will, perhaps someone could create a perfect life or even a perfect community. Would suffering be cured permanently, or at least for a respectably long period of time?
I would suggest that the answer is no – even if you could create a perfect life, your suffering would not be cured. This is due to the fact that our life experiences do not cause our suffering. This is the second reason for my assertion that Awakening is the only permanent cure for suffering. What causes suffering is the mistaken perception of being something that we are not – the perception of one’s identity as an isolated individual, essentially separate from the rest of creation. This sense of separation makes us feel cut off from the very source of life, love, joy, and abundance, and in their place we can only feel things like fear, anger, grief, lack, and despair – among many other unpleasant emotions.
我認為答案是否定的- 即使你能創造一個完美的生活，你的痛苦也不會被治癒。這是因為我們的生活經歷不會導致我們的痛苦。這是我認為覺醒是治療痛苦的唯一方法的第二個理由。造成痛苦的原因是對我們自己錯誤的認知- 認為一個人的身份是一個孤立的個體，將自己與其餘的造物分開。這種分離感使我們感到與生命、愛、歡樂和富足的源泉斷開，取而代之的是恐懼、憤怒、悲傷、匱乏和絕望- 以及許多其他令人不快的情緒。
For example, if someone is uncommonly disrespectful to you, it isn’t their disrespect that would make you suffer, it is the feelings of powerlessness and inadequacy that are triggered by their disrespect that would cause you to suffer. However, those feelings didn’t get invented right on the spot – they’ve been with you your whole life, and this incident is just bringing them to the surface. What’s more, you’re not just feeling these emotions, you are identified with them – as they arise, you automatically assume that you are powerless and that you are inadequate, and that these emotions somehow describe you in a fundamentally important way. That focus of identification actually intensifies the suffering held within these emotions and causes you to resist them – and the experience that is triggering them – because you don’t want to think of yourself as powerless and inadequate. But how much of a knot would you tie yourself into if you knew that these emotions had nothing to do with you? If you naturally recognized that there is no “you” who could be powerless or inadequate, wouldn’t that take the steam out of your suffering?
舉個例子，假如有人對你很不尊重，並不是他們的不尊重讓你感到痛苦，而是他們的不尊重所引發的無力感和不足感讓你感到痛苦。然而，這些感覺並不是憑空產生的- 它們已經伴隨你一生，只是藉由這事件造成它們浮出檯面。更糟的是你不只感受到情緒，你進而認同它們，當情緒起來時你自動的認為自己是無能為力及不夠格的，這些情緒在某種程度上以一種極為重要的方式描述了你。這種對認同的關注實際上加劇了這些情緒中所包含的痛苦，並導致你抗拒它們- 以及觸發它們的經歷- 因為你不想認為自己無能為力、能力不足。但是，如果你知道這些情緒與你無關，你會把自己束縛到什麼樣的程度呢？如果你自然的覺知到這裡沒有“你”是無能為力或不稱職的，這難道不會減輕你的痛苦嗎?
Since most people are not Awake in this way, unpleasant experiences will trigger their sense of separation and suffering, which would otherwise remain buried under the surface. As a result, most people believe that the way to avoid suffering is to make certain that unpleasant experiences don’t happen anymore, but of course that’s impossible. What happens instead is that the outer situation might change, but then they enter the new situation without having dealt with these painful feelings – or their identity with them – and eventually these issues will bubble to the surface and create problems all over again.
由於大部分的人都不是在覺醒的狀態，不愉快的經驗會觸發他們的分離感及痛苦，或是直接被埋進表面。結果大多數人認為避免痛苦的方法是確保不愉快的經歷不再發生，但這當然是不可能的。有些時候可能是外在情況產生了變化，但當他們進入新局面前，並沒有處理這些痛苦的感覺- 或他們對這些感覺的認同- 最終這些問題會浮現檯面，重新製造問題。
So, with the understanding that the cause of suffering isn’t one’s outer experience, it stands to reason that the solution wouldn’t be a matter of changing that experience. Since it is separation consciousness that creates suffering, that is what must be addressed in order to find a permanent cure for suffering.
And, while the ego can’t get anything out of Awakening (because Awakening is what happens in the absence of ego), those who want their suffering to end permanently must be willing to accept a solution that addresses their inner sense of separateness rather than their outer circumstances. They must be willing to let their separateness die and to embrace life as it is. They must be willing to Awaken.
This brings us back to Big Question Number One: What is Awakening? As I stated before, Awakening is simply the death of one’s sense of “I” – the end, fundamentally, of a false perception of individual separateness. This doesn’t mean that you become assimilated into some collective. Instead, you find that there is a space in your heart where you feel whole, undivided, and at peace. When you look at others, rather than seeing people who are essentially separate from you, you see that the consciousness looking through their eyes is the same consciousness that looks out of your own eyes. There are obvious differences in physical form, personal beliefs, ideas, agendas, and personality, but it is Consciousness that is aware of these differences, not the separate self.
because you’ve only known life through the filter of your ego, Immediately after Awakening,you will probably think, feel, and act almost exactly the same as you always did, but it will be from a place of greater Freedom. Now, the Freedom that I’m talking about isn’t freedom from some part of life that you don’t like. Awakening won’t put a million dollars in your bank account, or help you to find your soul mate, or give you whiter teeth. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have to pay taxes anymore, or that your health problems will go away. True Freedom isn’t freedom from anything; it is just Freedom. It is to be Free within yourself, regardless of any experience you might have.
Everyone who Awakens will have a somewhat different experience of it and a different way to describe what it is like. It might be completely obvious, but it’s equally possible that you’ll hardly notice it, or you might notice that something has happened but you don’t have a word for it. For some it will be liberating, but for others it may be quite painful. This is because the space it creates in your consciousness is quite peaceful by itself, but this space can also become a place where your issues arise more freely. There’s no longer an ego resisting various feelings or experiences, so they tend to come up more easily. Fortunately, at the same time there is the Freedom to experience these feelings with less suffering, and as time goes on and you integrate the initial Awakening more fully, your suffering will continue to diminish.
I could go on, but I think you get the picture. The process which I follow is identify who am I in real sense and not with false ego self, and from that recognition, go on to fulfill my desire to get awakened through the help of various ancient technique of spirituality and finish it will modern tools of Sound frequency therapy (to realign my inner frequency with the frequency of the Universe). Its so much more that I want to tell you and want you to experience along with me, but I guess rest for some other time – maybe when we meet in person.
Meanwhile I wish you happy searching and if the universe wants us to meet again, maybe u will be touched deep inside, that depth where your true self resides and this touching can’t stop you ever from meeting again. Trust the plan and let the universe do its talking through you. don’t go towards awakening. Let it come to you and believe me, it can come from anywhere. Just keep your arms open to receive it, no matter from where it comes.
I will end by giving you a mantra called “Om shanti”- meaning, I am truly peaceful, powerful, happy, super rich and enlightened soul. Its a reminder that this is not what I want to be, but already am inside. I am limitless and so are you.
我說到到這邊就好，在此給你們一個口號“Om shanti”- 意思是我是一個真正平靜、強大、快樂、超級富有及徹悟的靈魂。它提醒我，這不是我想要成為的樣子，而是我內心深處的樣子，我是無限的，你也是。
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