This Adyashanti quote from Emptiness Dancing is posted on the wall of my bathroom: “Stay in the silence and awakeness. Don’t lose yourself to sights, sounds, and feelings. Open yourself to them fully, but don’t move.” I hung the quote where I would see it multiple times a day because it calls to me so deeply, and yet when I allow my mind to puzzle about it, I can’t actually wrap around the whole.
It’s perfectly clear why—what the quote points to is too immense to be held. It can’t be understood by the mind; it can only be lived. My mind rushes to say, “That’s impossible! I can’t do both of those at once—take in the wild diversity while remaining still.” And that is the truth. “I”, the central character, cannot. When the belief in that character is released, and there is no “I” doing at all, awareness is all that remains. Awareness never moves anywhere. How could it?
Awareness is fully open, all the time. No exceptions. It has no aperture. When awareness seems shut down or not available, our central character has compiled a bunch of thoughts and beliefs, what-ifs and what-fors—that, like a cloud—seem to obscure. Beyond the cloud, the sun shines as ever. Shot through the thoughts and beliefs, in, under, above and beyond, awareness radiates.
© Skye Blaine, 2011