Sometimes we say ‘real’ and ‘true’ self in an attempt to distinguish that self from the ‘everyday ego self’ but these words imply a judgment and separation. If something is ‘real’ then something is not, if something is ‘true’ then something is ‘untrue’.
The Self just is. Does it exist? Do we exist? What is ‘existence’ anyway? See how the mind trundles out questions when the answer isn’t a response, it’s just what is:
The Self is.
Is it ‘god’ ‘the divine’ ‘the source’… yes because it is everything and yes because it is nothing and no because it is everything and no because it is nothing and …
… don’t look to the question of ‘what is’, look into experience of:
what is emerging now? right now? … and where does this ‘whatever it is emerging’ arise from? what is the source of this awareness of anything, everything and nothing?
It reminds me of the Zen story where the Master had brought the monks together to chose the next head monk. The cooking monk had not been invited, but half way through the meeting he walked through the hall, accidentally tripping over a water pitcher whilst doing so. The Master chose him to be the new head monk.
Those keen for the role were attached to having it (whether their attachment was ‘ego’ or ‘something deeper’, it was still attachment) … and those not interested weren’t suitable either … so who was? The cooking monk! He didn’t care whether he was head monk or not, he just did the cooking.
Here comes the beginning of an adventure:
– when cooking, just cook
Will Parfitt – www.willparfitt.com