Thoughts on The Self

“There is no method to attain that which you already are, and no amount of searching will reveal the Self that you seek, as all searching implies its absence. So then, to seek it is to push it away, and to practice to attain it is to put off the realization that you are The Universal Self.”

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“There is no method to attain that which you already are, and no amount of searching will reveal the Self that you seek, as all searching implies its absence. So then, to seek it is to push it away, and to practice to attain it is to put off the realization that you are The Universal Self.”

This poem was inspired by Alan Watts, a brilliant man and “spiritual entertainer,” and was written to remind me to “get on with it,” so to speak. As I experiment with non-attachment, I find that the need for method dissolves. Oneness can be a state of being as natural as being conscious or asleep – in this case, conscious takes on new meaning. To be truly awake, truly conscious, one must exist in The Now, as this is all that exists. To be truly in The Now is to be one with the Self that you seek. There is nothing outside of yourself to search for, no method to become who you already are. All That Is, lives inside the heart center, the jewel of the lotus. It is within you, not without.

Method has its place. How is a Westerner to unlearn the conditioning which teaches separation? Those who are born or raised in the West are taught to believe they are a separate entity from this God fellow, that we are all separate from each other. We are all connected, there is no separation, and your natural state of being is oneness with all of creation. For those who are spiritually-minded, this truth resonates, for others – there is quantum physics. There is no shortage of method to realize the universal truth.

So then, “getting on with it,” simply put, is bypassing method and realizing you are the Self, that you are Source Energy, or God. Realizing you are The Creator. I do love method, for all its purposes. I see method as training ground for Self-Realization. It leads you by the hand through spirituality, showing you what it feels like to be a realized being, to experience oneness, and gives you a definite feeling you can recreate with mindfulness and practice. Eventually, the need for method dissipates, and you are left with only the Self.

 

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