That which you ARE cannot be outside your ‘ARE-NESS’.
It’s like crying ‘ I want to be free! I want to be free!’ Yet the mind that asks this will never be free, and that’s the joke. ‘Being’ is FREE NOW! It is already the case.
‘You’ are free. Freedom is what you ARE.
“It’s like you have been sitting in the front seat of a car and believing that you are the driver,
And you have kept yourself in first gear- always itching to lunge forward and ‘change up’ – get ahead. But ‘ Being’ is always in neutral. Through ‘staying neutral’ – as pure consciousness – a shift happens: you begin to see that you’ve never been the driver, and there’s no need to go any place because right here is the best place. You can’t go anywhere anyhow – there’s nowhere to go!
‘Little you’ has been sitting inside a much greater ‘you’ – the YOU that is pure Being, John Wheeler has described it by saying : ‘ its as if you are looking up at the Sun but you have raised your hand and put your thumb up in front of it and then complain you can’t see it, when all you have to do is drop your hand.”
No matter what anyone says, as long as we are living a human experience and have a body, (no matter how ‘apparent’) , there will be aches, pains and diseases. I myself have Chronic Arthritis all over my body and in fact am going to have a Hip Replacement in April.
Ramana Maharshi died of cancer, and there is no teacher or Sage on this earth who hasn’t encountered disease or pain, and we all die of something. Even Mary Baker Eddy who founded Christian Science and whom Louise Hay was a student of in her early life, was also was in extreme pain for the latter part of her life. And Mrs. Eddy she was a great advocate of ‘ we have no body for we are Spiritual in substance’.
When we know ourself as I AM – pure Being and not ‘ little me’ , we see that pain is simply happening for no-one. In other words its not personal. This understanding that nothing is personal is tremendously important. The pain that is being felt – is simply felt – it is not being SUFFERED. There has to be a very strong sense of the personal to feel that ‘ you’ are suffering. Suffering has to be CAUSED. But no-one has caused you to suffer and you haven’t caused yourself to suffer by any kind of wrong thinking. Thinking by its very nature is always wrong, that’s why Self-Enquiry is so important to do because it takes us directly to the I Am of our Being, bypassing thought, till eventually thoughts are completely seen through and the stories are no longer ‘purchased’ by us.
If we go into thought itself by trying to investigate what thoughts we are having that is causing our suffering, we simply induce more thought.
My greatest joy is freedom from the mind and anything else that occurs, even pain is completely fine. There is no longer any need to change the situation because there is no one ‘suffering’ but pain still happens, but its more seen as sensation because it remains un-judged – there’s simply no drama. And this same seeing is available to you too and that is why I strongly recommend Self-Enquiry practice, because it is only through looking directly at Source, (God, Being) that we see that we already ARE that.