Waking Up

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Some of you are not smiling. You are wasting your time.
-Thich Nhat Hanh

The process of awakening is automatic, continuing without effort at a rate inversely proportional to resistance.   Cracks in the conceptual framework of the old paradigms manifest as cognitive dissonance, disrupting our archaic view of the world. Self-importance dissipates as there is less and less to attach it to - there's nothing to make special, nothing to cling to as emptiness displaces form.  From there, it's a downhill slide past a point of no-return where fewer choices are offered.  One slowly and naturally renunciates more and more of the illusion until, finally ... it shatters.

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.  Hence, it is clear that the space of physics is not, in the last analysis, anything given in nature or independent of human thought.  It is a function of our conceptual scheme.   -Albert Einstein
The illusion of the self arises out of an entanglement of sensory and thought consciousnesses.  Human responses become so highly conditioned by familiarity that we lose track of fundamental understanding.  These countless and unnoticed conditionings are held in the subconscious and the unconscious.  There is both an input of sensory and thought consciousness and a feedback storage circuitry that resides in the body.  This feedback storage circuit continues to discharge even after an object of consciousness is removed.  Those phantom images intertwine to create a metaphorical swamp of faint cognition.

This swamp is at first sight so terrifying that most who encounter it clamor back to the comfort of the illusion - maintaining a false sense of security through ignorance.  Others camp along the shores of the swamp, afraid to enter and equally afraid to leave.  Courage and readiness are needed - a willingness to risk it all in order to find the passage.

Some seekers might expect that destroying the cognitive illusion would put one in direct contact with the higher consciousness of Source Awareness.  In my experience, it doesn't.  Conscious illusions have a shadow, an after-glow or memory that stands between consensual consciousness and Source Consciousness (Awareness, Tau, God). This intermediate realm can have an initial appearance of shadowy, ill-defined nature in silhouette.  This swamp is mental mashup from the substratum of the illusion bubbling up from the subconscious; the unconscious is becoming conscious. 

Cast away all concerns for this life.  Be an outcast from human society.  Sever worldly ties.  Throw away attachment to friends and hostility to enemies. 
-Dakpo Tashi Namgyal:  Clarifying the Natural State

The swamp appears as a reservoir of fears and other things we find generally unpleasant as, hidden within the subconscious, much of it simply hasn't been looked at carefully.  Finding oneself in such a hazy realm without a solid self-identity is disorienting and, at times, simply terrifying.  It's best, even necessary, to retreat from the consensual realm to put all focus on the challenges that lie ahead.  Keep energy levels up.  It's dangerous to try to do too much; you can't well-afford to break down here.  Anger and frustration are outcomes of low energy.  Relax, meditate and recharge whenever possible.

How does it feel, how does it feel?
To be on your own,
with no direction home
A complete unknown,
like a rolling stone.   -Bob Dylan
The journey is powered by the processes of renunciation and purification; it will likely take awhile to let go of the paradigm that we mistook for reality.  Clean, purify, polish - when you think you've reached it, clean, purify and polish some more.  It's too easy to think you've reached it; if you think you've reached it, you probably haven't.  So many who self-proclaim, when they have only substituted one delusion for another - a false prophet to themselves and others, never finding the sacred perspective we seek.

FINALLY, this is the way home.  The other shore has never been "out there" or "up there".  It's all a metaphor, but there is a sense that it lies down deep beneath the surface as opposed to high on a mountain top.  Enter the swamp and tread lightly; appearances will subside. Stillness is your guide and firmness your protector.  Lighten up and drift - downward, downward, downward - landing lightly like a feather on the moon. Within absolute stillness, one will the recognize the Source Awareness of the Void - the Dharmakaya.

A mystical journey still lies yet ahead.  You will notice signposts along the way: voices, visions, songs and poetry.  Messages from Source Consciousness left to guide you.  Discernment is required as there is a lot of misinformation that arises along the way:  You are walking the razor's edge.  The swamp becomes so magical that some are seduced to stay.  However, the mystery is resolved only for those who continue further ... down, down, down through this mystical realm.