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If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: Infinite.
The door that locks you in is also the door that lets you out. I Am is the door. Stay with it until it opens.
It is always open, but you are not at it.
You are and I am, but only as points in consciousness.
I see only consciousness, and know everything to be consciousness, as you know the pictures on the cinema screen to be light.
It is enough to shift attention from the screen onto oneself to break the spell.
The world you can perceive is a very small world, entirely private.
The world is but a reflection of imagination. Take it to be a dream and be done with it.
What you call survival is but the survival of a dream.
By forgetting who you are and imagining yourself a mortal creature you create so much trouble for yourself that you have to wake up, like from a bad dream.
Once you have seen that you are dreaming, you shall wake up, but you do not see because you want the dream to continue.
A day will come when you long for the ending of the dream. You become willing to pay any price.
The price will be dispassion and detachment, the loss of interest in the dream.
We call Buddha the awakened one.
This awakening is really the cessation of inner dreaming.
When there is no dreaming you become pure space.
This non-dreaming consciousness is what is known as enlightenment.
The dreamer is one.
I Am beyond all dreams.
I Am the light in which all dreams appear and disappear.
The I Am in movement creates the world.
The I Am at peace becomes the Absolute.
You fall into an abyss, and the abyss is bottomless: you go on falling.
That is why Buddha has called this nothingness emptiness.
There is no end to it. Once you know it, you also have become endless.

The Internal-External Connection: Source to Cosmos

Recent developments in modern physics and cosmology, specifically the discovery of dark energy and the holographic principle, allow for an understanding of how the internal source of consciousness is connected to the external observable universe. Although the observable universe appears to exist in state of duality, as it must be observed by an observer, if the source of the observable universe is also understood to be the source of observing consciousness, in reality this apparent state of duality is ultimately a state of non-duality, much like the dreaming consciousness of a dreamer and the dreamer’s dream must both arise from the true nature of the dreamer. This scientific understanding of the source of consciousness is totally consistent with what enlightened or truth-realized beings have had to say about the true nature of reality throughout human history, and also allows for a scientific understanding of the road-map that enlightened beings have consistently been pointing to that ultimately leads to spiritual awakening.

The great unsolved problem of modern science is the true nature of the source of consciousness. There have been many attempts to solve this problem, but all have failed miserably. The basic problem is apparent in the Gödel incompleteness theorems, which prove any logically consistent mathematical system as complicated as counting natural numbers, otherwise known as arithmetic, can never prove its own logical consistency. The proof of consistency is always to be found outside the computational system. This is a problem since science is fundamentally based on logically consistent mathematical systems. If the consciousness of the observer that knows about the logical consistency of the mathematical system is taken to be the proof of consistency, the Gödel incompleteness theorems prove the nature of consciousness is to be found outside of all computational systems, which is to say the nature of consciousness is to be found outside of all scientific systems. Although this argument has the irrefutable logic of a mathematical proof, most scientists in the world find it impossible to accept it and instead engage in wishful thinking, believing that in some magical way a scientific understanding of consciousness will be found.

The approach here is different. A priori, the true nature of consciousness is accepted to be outside of all computational systems, and therefore outside of science. Instead, science or computation is understood to be an essential aspect of the observable physical universe, which must be observed by an observer, but the source of the observable physical universe and the source of the observer’s consciousness are taken to be outside of both. As will become clear as this argument is developed, the source of consciousness must be internal to the observer that observes the external observable universe, and yet the source of consciousness is also the source of the physical universe, which in some sense is beyond both. Modern theoretical physics makes sense of this strange state of affairs by making sense of the holographic principle in the context of dark energy, which leads to an understanding that the true vacuum state or void that is the source of the physical universe is also the source of consciousness.

The only scientific way to understand the connection between the internal and the external is through an understanding of the connection between quantum gravity and the source of consciousness. For many scientists, the physical universe with its matter, energy and space-time geometry is the only reality, and yet there is the nagging problem of the true vacuum state or void from which the physical universe must arise through some kind of geometric mechanisms like the expression of dark energy or the accelerated expansion of space and the holographic principle or the encoding of bits of information on a bounding surface of space. Amanda Gefter confronted this problem in her book, Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn, but found no good answer when she asked John Wheeler: Where does the consciousness of the observer at the central point of view of an accelerated reference frame come from?

The only logically consistent answer is the observing consciousness must come from the true vacuum state. The very act of observing something as formulated in quantum theory tells us that whatever is observed is dependent on the independent existence of the observing consciousness, since reducing the quantum state of potentiality of anything to an actual observable state depends on the observer observing it. This statement bears repeating: The actual existence of anything observed depends on the independent existence of the consciousness observing it. The only way to keep observations free of paradoxes of self-reference and maintain logical consistency is if the observer’s consciousness has an existence independent of whatever is observed, which means consciousness itself is nothing observable and can only arise from the true vacuum state.

Atman-Brahman

The really big question is: “Is the true vacuum state that exists prior to the big bang event and the creation of the physical universe the source of consciousness?” This is a simple yes/no question. This question is really a disguised version of “Who am I?” If the answer is no, in effect one is saying “I am a person in the world” and one is admitting that one is a prisoner in Plato’s cave; a prisoner of one’s mind. As Morpheus tells Neo in the Matrix, “The Matrix has you”. The freedom from bondage that Plato discussed is not the freedom of a person, but freedom from the person.

If the answer is yes, then one is saying “I am the observing consciousness itself. I am nothing but consciousness. I am not a part of the virtual reality I perceive, but always outside it, only perceiving it”. Everything perceived in the physical universe must be created from the true vacuum state through the expression of geometric mechanisms, like an image projected from a screen, but only the observing consciousness outside the screen perceives it. The observing consciousness is the bridge that connects the true vacuum state, the internal source of consciousness, to the observed external world. This bridge is like a doorway that allows the observing consciousness to return to and reunite itself with the source of consciousness.

The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

The observing consciousness we each have somehow arises from the source of consciousness, which can only be the true vacuum state, through a differentiation or individualization process that can only arise with the creation of a world to perceive. That world is always perceived by an individual presence of consciousness. This implies the primordial nature of consciousness, as it exists in the true vacuum state prior to observing anything, is undifferentiated or non-dual. This undivided primordial nature of consciousness in some sense is infinite, nothingness and oneness. All the great spiritual traditions of the world have stressed the importance of looking within and focusing attention on the sense of being present as a way to achieve reunion with the source and discover the true nature of who we really are.

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The Physics of Non-Duality: Dark Energy and the Holographic Principle

To really understand what physics is telling us about reality, we have to take it to its logical conclusion, which requires the unification of relativity and quantum theory. Logical consistency requires unification be free of all paradoxes of self-reference. The only known logically consistent way to unify quantum theory and relativity theory is with the holographic principle. If we understand the holographic principle in the context of dark energy, which is the primordial energy that creates the universe in the first place along the lines of the big bang event, we end up with an observer-centric view of the world that is free of all paradoxes of self-reference and totally consistent with the ancient concept of non-duality in its purest expression.

Paradox of Self-Reference

Although not well known, in the last twenty years modern physics has undergone a conceptual revolution even greater than the conceptual revolution of a century ago that resulted in the development of quantum theory and relativity theory. This recent conceptual revolution is centered around the holographic principle, which is a way of unifying quantum theory with relativity theory, and the concept of dark energy, which is the primordial energy of the accelerated expansion of space that creates the universe in the first place along the lines of the big bang event. At first glance, these ideas seem weird and unnatural, but they’re only weird in the sense of the mathematics of geometry underlying theoretical physics. All theoretical physics is fundamentally based on geometric concepts, and these new ideas take geometry to its ultimate conclusion. This is the direction in which theoretical physics is evolving.

The remarkable thing about geometry is although it can be formalized mathematically, it can also be understood intuitively. There is something about geometry that is fundamental to our very existence as sentient beings. The upshot of these new ideas about the nature of the world and reality is that there are three levels of reality. The ultimate level of reality, which in the non-dual tradition of Advaita can be called Brahman, is the true vacuum state of nothingness, which can only be described as an empty background space of potentiality. The true vacuum state is the ultimate state of existence. The true vacuum state, being nothing, has zero dark energy, but has the potential to give rise to all other states of existence through the expression of a non-zero value of dark energy. The true vacuum state, as the ultimate level of reality and the source of all states of existence that come into being from it, can be called the underlying nature of existence or the ground of being. All other states of existence come into being from the true vacuum state through the expression of a non-zero value of dark energy, which is the accelerated expansion of space that gives rise to an observable world along the lines of the big bang event. Space always appears to expand relative to the central point of view of an observer, which is the singularity of the big bang event.

Singularity

This naturally gives rise to an observer-centric view of the world. In the non-dual tradition of Advaita, the central point of view of the observer can be called Atman. The accelerated expansion of space gives rise to a cosmic horizon that surrounds the observer at the central point of view and limits the observer’s observation of things in space. In the sense of relativity theory, the cosmic horizon is observer-dependent, since it only arises from the observer’s central point of view in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference. When the holographic principle is applied to the observer’s cosmic horizon as a way of specifying all the bits of information or entropy that describe the information configuration states of every observable thing in the observer’s world, the observer’s horizon is understood to act as a holographic screen that projects all the images of things in the observer’s world to its central point of view. In this sense, the observer’s world is a holographic world that only arises through the projection of holographic images from its screen to its central point of view. The observer and its observable holographic world always arise in, and can only arise in, the empty background space of the true vacuum state. These three levels of reality: the true vacuum state (Brahman), the central point of view of the observer (Atman), and the observer’s holographic world, are the ultimate conclusion of what modern physics is telling us about the nature of reality and the world.

Atman-Brahman

Amanda Gefter in her recent book Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn has given a very good outline of the conceptual solution for the true nature of reality, but this solution is mostly ignored by almost everyone who is searching for the solution, which raises the interesting question of why almost everyone is ignoring it. What is it that people don’t want to know?

Gefter discovered the solution based on her insightful understanding of the two most important recent discoveries in modern physics: dark energy and the holographic principle. Dark energy is what gives rise to the creation of the universe along the lines of the big bang event and is what puts the “bang” in the big bang event. Dark energy is the accelerated expansion of space that always expands relative to the central point of view of an observer. The observer’s central point of view is the singularity of the big bang event. Dark energy gives rise to a cosmic horizon, which is a bounding surface of space surrounding the observer at the central point of view and limiting the observer’s observations of things in space. Dark energy is what places the observer in an accelerated frame of reference within which an observation-limiting bounding surface of space arises. The holographic principle is the only logically consistent way known to unify relativity theory with quantum theory, and explains quantum gravity or how space-time geometry is quantized. When the holographic principle is applied to the observer’s horizon or bounding surface of space, the bounding surface acts as a holographic screen that encodes all the quantized bits of information that specify the information configuration states of all the things the observer can observe in its world, similar to how pixels on a computer screen encode bits of information. Everything the observer can observe in its world is like the projection of a holographic image from its screen to its central point of view in empty space.

Holographic Projection

This naturally gives rise to an observer-centric view of the world, since everything the observer can observe in its world is defined by the way bits of information are encoded on its holographic screen, which is always observer-dependent since the screen can only arise in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference as dark energy is expended. The holographic images projected from the screen to the observer’s central point of view are naturally animated like the frames of a movie as energy flows through the observer’s world, which naturally arises with the expression of dark energy. The correct paradigm for understanding reality is the observer-centric paradigm, not a bio-centric paradigm. The biological organism the observer observes in its world is just another image projected from the observer’s screen to its central point of view in empty space. The observer’s mind does not arise from a biological organism or from a brain. The observer’s mind is its holographic screen, which projects all images of the observer’s world and all mental images of the observer’s mind to its central point of view in empty space. Everything the observer can observe in its world, including all sensory and mental images, are projected to its central point of view from its holographic screen, and are no more real than images of mental imagination. Only the observer is really real, but the observer is nothing more than a pure presence of consciousness that arises in empty space at the central point of view or singularity of its world. The big question is where does the observer’s consciousness come from? What is the source of the observer’s consciousness? The only logically consistent answer is the observer’s consciousness comes from the same source that the observer’s world originates from, which is called the void or the true vacuum state. That source is not to be found someplace in the observer’s world, but is only discovered by looking within.

Universal Observer

Gefter drew her remarkable conclusion that Nothing is ultimately real based on her insightful understanding of the two most important recent discoveries of modern physics and cosmology: dark energy and the holographic principle. Although many scientists take the physical universe with its matter, energy and space-time geometry as the only reality, this assumption ignores the problem of the ultimate reality of the true vacuum state or void from which the physical universe can only arise in a big bang event. Many physicists believe that reality somehow encodes the laws of physics as a Theory of Everything, but as Gefter argues, such a theory is logically inconsistent with what we know about reality. Instead, all that’s really required are geometric mechanisms like dark energy and the holographic principle to connect the ultimate nature of reality to the creation of a physical universe. Theoretical physics attempts to explain how the physical universe is created through the expression of dark energy or the accelerated expansion of space that always expands relative to the central point of view of an observer and gives rise to a cosmic horizon or bounding surface of space that surrounds the central point of the observer, and the holographic principle that explains how bits of information are encoded on that bounding surface of space which then acts as a holographic screen that projects all images of things that appear in the observer’s world to its central point of view. The holographic principle is automatically in effect whenever non-commutative geometry is applied to a bounding surface of space. Although many theoretical physicists assume there must be a Theory of Everything along the lines of string theory in 11-dimensions, it’s now understood that string theory is only a special case of non-commutative geometry that’s not even compatible with de Sitter space as arising with dark energy, while the holographic principle as understood with non-commutative geometry is compatible with de Sitter space. This leaves us with the unexplained problem of how the consciousness of the observer at the central point of view arises. The only logically consistent answer is the consciousness of the observer arises from the same ultimate reality from which the physical universe arises. In other words, the true vacuum state or void is the source of the observer’s consciousness just as it is the source of the physical universe the observer observes. Both the observable physical universe and the observer’s consciousness must come into existence together through a differentiation process that requires both the accelerated expansion of space (dark energy) and the encoding of bits of information on a bounding surface of space (the holographic principle). The true vacuum state or void as the source of both consciousness and the physical universe must be undifferentiated, which for lack of a better description can be called undifferentiated consciousness.

The holographic principle was first proposed by Susskind and ‘t Hooft as a way to unify relativity theory with quantum theory and explain the quantization of the space-time geometry or quantum gravity of a black hole in terms of how entropy or bits of information are encoded on the event horizon of a black hole. Information or entropy is not encoded inside the black hole, but rather on the bounding surface of the event horizon, much like bits of information are encoded on the pixels of a computer screen.

Black Hole Entropy

The holographic principle makes sense of the nature of Hawking radiation from the surface of the event horizon and resolves the paradox of information loss as the black hole radiates away Hawking radiation and appears to evaporate away. Nothing can escape from inside a black hole because the force of gravity is so great at the event horizon that even light cannot escape.

Black Hole Horizon

Hawking radiation is thermal radiation that is radiated away from the event horizon because the horizon has a temperature. If that temperature is hotter than the surrounding space, the black hole radiates away thermal radiation and apparently evaporates away into nothing, but where does all the information go? The holographic principle resolves this paradox since the bits of information are not encoded inside the black hole, but on the event horizon, and so all the information escapes away from the black hole with the Hawking radiation as the black hole evaporates away.

Hawking Radiation

Soon after proposed, string theory in anti-de Sitter space was explicitly shown to demonstrate the holographic principle. Anti-de Sitter space arises from Einstein’s theory of general relativity with a negative cosmological constant. String theory demonstrates the encoding of entropy on an anti-de Sitter event horizon is much like the encoding of entropy on a black hole horizon, and is equivalent to a theory of quantum gravity in the space bounded by the anti-de Sitter horizon. In other words, gravity in the bounded space is equivalent to entropy on the bounding surface of that bounded space. The holographic principle explains that the way one gets from entropy to gravity is through holographic projection from the bounding surface into the bounded space, much like the images of a movie are projected from a movie screen to an observer out in the audience. Unfortunately, string theory cannot be formulated in de Sitter space, which is the kind of space that we find ourselves to be within inside the physical universe. De Sitter space arises from Einstein’s theory of general relativity with a positive cosmological constant, which is like a force of anti-gravity that causes the accelerated expansion of space relative to the central point of view of an observer, but is now called dark energy. String theory is not compatible with dark energy. The good news is that string theory is a special case of non-commutative geometry, which is compatible with dark energy. All geometry is compatible with non-commutative geometry, even fractal geometry. Penrose tiling is an example of both fractal geometry and non-commutative geometry.

Penrose Tiling

All geometries are special or limiting cases of non-commutative geometry. The holographic principle is automatically in effect whenever non-commutative geometry is applied to a bounding surface of space as a way to quantize position coordinates on the bounding surface. The quantized position coordinates on the bounding surface act like pixels that encode bits of information. The expression of dark energy gives rise to an observer’s cosmic horizon or bounding surface of space. When non-commutative geometry is applied to the observer’s horizon, the holographic principle is automatically in effect. The holographic principle is perfectly consistent with our physical universe and its de Sitter space, except that it tells us that every observer has its own physical universe defined on its own observer-dependent cosmic horizon. This naturally gives rise to an observer-centric view of the world. This scientific argument is quite perfect and has no logical flaws, paradoxes or inconsistencies.

Horizon Information

In relativity theory, the expenditure of energy in the exertion of any force is equivalent to an observer in an accelerated frame of reference. Acceleration always implies the expenditure of energy, just like an accelerating rocket-ship must expend energy through the force of its thrusters. In this sense, every force, like gravity, is nothing more than the bending of space or the curvature of space-time geometry that occurs in an observer’s accelerated frame of reference.

Observer’s Accelerated Frame of Reference

Modern physics tells us that the ultimate nature of this energy is dark energy, which we understand as the accelerated expansion of space. In this sense, the ultimate state of existence, often called the void or true vacuum state, which is an empty space of potentiality, expresses energy with the expansion or bending of space, which always expands relative to an observer’s central point of view.

Dark Energy/Accelerated Expansion of Space

The observer enters into an accelerated frame of reference whenever energy is expended. The expenditure of dark energy is the only way the observer’s world can be created, as in the big bang event. The observer’s central point of view is always at the central point of singularity. This accelerated frame of reference is how a cosmic horizon arises that acts as a holographic screen and that encodes all the bits of information for the observer’s world

Accelerating Observer’s Horizon/Holographic Screen

The observer’s cosmic horizon only arises because of the expenditure of dark energy that puts the observer in an accelerated frame of reference due to the accelerated expansion of space that always expands relative to the observer’s central point of view. The farther out into space the observer looks, the faster space appears to expand away from the observer’s central point of view.

Accelerated Expansion of Space and the Observer’s Cosmic Horizon

Due to the limitation of the speed of light as a means of information transfer in three dimensional space, a cosmic horizon arises that surrounds the observer at the central point of view and limits the observer’s observation of things in space. At the surface of its cosmic horizon, space appears to expand away from the observer at the speed of light, and so nothing is observable beyond it. The observer’s cosmic horizon is as far out in space as the observer can see things in space.

Horizon Information

When non-commutative geometry is applied to the bounding surface of the horizon as a way of specifying a finite number n=(Horizon surface area)/4(Planck area) of position coordinates on the horizon, the holographic principle is automatically in effect, and the bounding surface of the horizon encodes n bits of information as the n entangled eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix. With non-commutative geometry the n position coordinates on the horizon’s surface are no longer infinitesimal points but are smeared out into area elements encoding bits of information in a binary code of 1’s and 0’s, like pixels on a computer screen.

The Holographic Principle/Horizon Entropy

The holographic principle tells us that the observer’s horizon encodes all the bits of information for its world. The observer’s horizon is a bounding surface of space that acts as a holographic screen that projects all the images of things in that world to the observer’s central point of view, which is the point of singularity.

Observer’s Holographic Screen

Those projected images are holographic and appear to arise within the bounded space of the observer’s world, but just like a computer generated virtual reality, the projected images are defined by bits of information encoded on pixels on the screen, and in reality are only projected to the observer’s central point of view.

Universal Observer/Atmanic Consciousness

A consensual reality shared by many observers located at different points of view in empty space becomes possible with information sharing among overlapping screens, like in a Venn diagram. This kind of information sharing among overlapping bounded spaces is much like that which occurs in a network of screens like the internet.

Overlapping Bounded Spaces

What about the laws of physics that apparently govern events in the observer’s world? Ted Jacobson has shown Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric, which is the law of gravity that describes the projected and animated space-time geometry of the bounded space, arise as a thermal average or thermodynamic equations of state from the way entropy or bits of information are encoded on the bounding surface of that space and the absolute temperature of the bounding surface. The basic reason is the second law of thermodynamics, which is really not a law of physics but a statistical average about the random flow of thermal energy. As heat flows across a bounding surface of space, the second law tells us the entropy of the bounded space changes, and the holographic principle then tells us the bounding surface must change, which tells us the geometry of the bounded space must change. Since the geometry of the bounded space is described by Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric, which describe how space-time geometry is projected from the bounding surface like a screen output to an observer outside the screen and animated over a sequence of screen outputs like the frames of a movie the observer is watching, the space-time geometry of the bounded space only arises as a statistical thermal average from the way entropy or bits of information are encoded on the bounding surface and the average thermal energy or absolute temperature of the bounding surface.

Second Law of Thermodynamics

Every observer in an accelerated frame of reference has an event horizon, which is a bounding surface of space. When non-commutative geometry is applied to the event horizon as a way to localize a finite number of quantized position coordinates on the horizon, the holographic principle is automatically in effect. This quantization of position coordinates on the horizon is the essence of quantum gravity, which explains how quantum theory is unified with relativity theory. The observer’s horizon acts as a holographic screen that encodes all the quantized bits of information about whatever the observer observes in its world, which are the observable images projected from the observer’s screen to the observer’s central point of view. Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric, which is the law of gravity, naturally arise from the quantization of position coordinates on the horizon as thermal averages for whatever is observed in the bounded space, and describe the projected and animated space-time geometry of the observer’s world. The space-time metric is a measure of the curvature of the projected and animated space-time geometry of the bounded space.

Einstein’s Field Equations for the Space-Time Metric

When the usual unifying mechanisms of super-symmetry of space and the Kaluza-Klein mechanism of extra compactified dimensions of space are applied to Einstein’s field equations, all the standard quantum fields of the standard model of particle physics naturally arise as extra components of the space-time metric, which describe the electromagnetic and nuclear forces along with all the fermion and boson particles of the standard model. An elementary particle is understood as the quantum of the field, such as a photon which is the quantum of the electromagnetic field. The quantum of the field is understood to arise as a quantized wave-packet of field energy and momentum. The quantum fields of the electromagnetic and nuclear forces are understood to arise as extra components of the space-time metric through the unification mechanisms of super-symmetry and extra compactified dimensions of space, which can be understood through the mechanism of non-commutative geometry. These geometric mechanisms give rise to all the usual laws of physics, which are not really laws but only have the validity of thermal averages, but the situation is actually more complicated.

Extra Compactified Dimensions of Space

The remarkable discovery of modern cosmology is observations indicate the total energy of the observable universe is exactly zero. This is possible in relativity theory as the negative potential energy of gravitational attraction can exactly cancel out the total amount of dark energy and all forms of positive energy arising from dark energy. The fact the total energy of the observable universe exactly adds up to zero tells us something important. Since everything in the world is composed of energy and all energy ultimately adds up to zero, this tells us that everything is ultimately nothing.

Yin-Yang Balance

If we take the big bang seriously, we understand that at the moment of creation of the observable universe a great deal of dark energy is expended. That world is initially only about a Planck length in size, but then inflates in size due to an instability in the amount of dark energy. This instability in dark energy is like a burning process that burns away dark energy. The big bang hypothesizes that at the moment of creation dark energy takes on a maximal value, but due to an instability in the amount of dark energy, the value transitions to a lower value. This transition is like a phase transition from a meta-stable false vacuum state to a more stable vacuum state of lower energy. The most stable state, the true vacuum, is a state with zero dark energy.

Meta-Stable State

The instability in dark energy is like a burning process that burns away dark energy. The expenditure of dark energy breaks the symmetry of empty space by constructing an observation limiting cosmic horizon that surrounds the observer at the central point of view, and the transition to a lower value undoes this broken symmetry. As dark energy burns away to zero, the cosmic horizon inflates in size to infinity, and the symmetry is restored. We understand this undoing of symmetry breaking is like a phase transition from a false vacuum state to a true vacuum state. Dark energy burns away and heat is radiated away as the phase transition occurs. This idea is consistent with the current measured value of dark energy, based on the rate with which distant galaxies are observed to accelerate away from us, which corresponds to the size of the observable universe of about 15 billion light years.

Accelerating Universe

This burning away of dark energy also explains the normal flow of energy in the observer’s world in terms of the second law of thermodynamics. Relativity theory tells us the radius, R, of the observer’s cosmic horizon is inversely related to the density of dark energy, while the holographic principle tells us the absolute temperature of the observer’s horizon is inversely related to its radius. At the moment of creation, R is about a Planck length and the absolute temperature is maximal. As dark energy burns away to zero, R inflates in size to infinity, and the temperature cools to absolute zero. The second law simply says that heat tends to flow from hotter to colder objects because hotter objects radiate away more heat as thermal radiation. The instability in dark energy explains the second law as dark energy burns away, the observer’s world inflates in size and cools in temperature, and heat tends to flow from hotter states to colder states of the observer’s world. The normal flow of energy through the observer’s world reflects this normal flow of heat as dark energy burns away and the observer’s world inflates in size and cools. This normal flow of energy naturally arises in a thermal gradient. This also explains the mystery of “time’s arrow”, as the normal course of time is related to the normal flow of energy through the observer’s world. As far as the holographic principle goes, a thermal gradient is also a temporal gradient.

How do other forms of energy, like mass energy, arise from dark energy? The answer is symmetry breaking. All forms of positive energy arise from dark energy through symmetry breaking. As dark energy burns away, high energy photons are created, and these photons can create particle-antiparticle pairs, like proton-antiproton pairs. One of the mysteries of cosmology is why there are so many protons in the universe and so few antiprotons. Symmetry breaking gives the answer. At high energies, antiprotons can decay into electrons and protons into positrons, but there is a difference in the decay rates due to a broken symmetry called parity violation, and so more antiprotons decay than protons. As the universe cools, protons become relatively stable, and so that’s what’s left over. Even the mass of the proton arises through a process of symmetry breaking called the Higg’s mechanism. The expenditure of energy that characterizes all the gauge forces, like electromagnetic energy in a living organism or nuclear energy in a star, all arise from dark energy through a process of symmetry breaking, but all of this positive energy is exactly cancelled out by the negative potential energy of gravitational attraction.

The holographic principle as understood with non-commutative geometry in the context of dark energy tells us that ultimately the laws of physics are not encoded in reality. Instead, the laws of physics spontaneously emerge as thermal averages as heat flows in a thermal gradient. In a similar way to how water freezes into ice as heat flows away from water molecules, the laws of physics that apparently govern events in the observable universe spontaneously emerge or “freeze out” from the underlying state of potentiality that describes all possible laws of physics. This is another example of spontaneous symmetry breaking, which naturally occurs as dark energy burns away and the observable universe inflates in size and cools in temperature.

The normal flow of energy through the observer’s world is a consequence of the second law of thermodynamics, which describes the random flow of thermal energy. Heat tends to flow from hotter to colder objects, and also from hotter states to colder states of the observer’s world. The observer’s world is not at thermal equilibrium, which is why heat flows. This is purely a statistical consequence of hotter objects tending to radiate away more heat. As heat flows in a thermal gradient, entropy, which is the disordering of information inherent in objects as a consequence of the randomization of thermal energy, tends to increase, which tends to disorder objects, like a piece of ice that becomes more disordered when it melts into water as heat flows into it and chemical bonds are broken, or the flow of heat from the sun to the earth which arises through the dispersion of photons into more random states. This normal flow of heat in a thermal gradient and the corresponding increase in entropy that accompanies the flow of heat is what gives rise to the normal flow of energy through the observer’s world.

Normal Flow of Energy Through the Observer’s World

There is a competing process that tends to balance out the normal increase in entropy or disorder that occurs as heat flows in a thermal gradient. This balancing process is the tendency for coherent organization of information to develop, which allows for the organization of objects into distinct forms that coherently self-replicate their forms and for distinct forms to become inter-related. This tendency for coherent organization to develop is a natural aspect of a holographic world, since all the bits of information encoded on a holographic screen are entangled, typically as the n entangled eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix that arise when a finite number of position coordinates are specified on the screen by non-commutative geometry. Entanglement of information implies that every distinct form of information that appears in the observer’s world through the projection of images from the observer’s holographic screen to its central point of view is inherently related to every other distinct form of information. Entangled bits of information naturally tend to align over an animated sequence of holographic projections, and that alignment of information gives rise to the coherent organization of information. Coherence can even be seen on a piece of holographic film as an interference pattern. This tendency for entangled bits of information to align or bind together is typical of quantum entanglement, like entangled spin variables that tend to align. This natural tendency for entangled bits of information to self-organize and form self-replicating distinct forms of information and for the development of inter-relationships between distinct forms is balanced out by the natural tendency for information to become disordered and entropy to increase as heat flows in a thermal gradient. The temporary and local organization of information into forms is possible in spite of the relentless tendency for entropy to globally increase and eventually disorganize all forms due to the possibility of entropy locally and temporarily decreasing while global entropy increases. This local and temporary decrease in entropy is possible due to the addition of organizing potential energy to a form while disorganizing random kinetic energy or heat is radiated away from the form into the global environment. We call this addition of organizing potential energy to a form the process of forms eating other forms, which is necessary for the temporary organization of all life-forms. Organization and disorganization of the forms of all objects and their inter-relationships are always in a balanced state of interplay in a holographic world.

Illusion and Reality

Quantum theory tells us that there is no such thing as determinism, only potentiality. Everything in the universe, including the observable universe itself, only exists in a state of potentiality until it is measured or observed, at which time it comes into an actual state of existence. This actual state of existence only lasts for the moment of observation, which can be called the eternal now. The holographic principle tells us the observer is only a presence of consciousness at a point of view in empty space that centrally arises in relation to a surrounding holographic screen or bounding surface of space that encodes all the bits of information that specify the configuration state of whatever is observed in that bounded space. Until the moment at which the observation is made, the state of anything is described by a quantum state of potentiality that sums over all possible ways bits of information can be encoded on the holographic screen. At the moment of observation, an actual configuration state is chosen from the quantum state, which is what is actually observed. Quantum entanglement always comes into effect since all the bits of information encoded on the screen are entangled, typically as the n entangled eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix. The classic experiment that confirms potentiality as the mechanism of reality rather than determinism is the separation of two entangled spin variables. If a spin 0 particle randomly decays into two spin ½ particles, and the two particles separate from each other, the measurement of the spin state of one particle instantaneously determines the measurement of the spin state of the other particle, even if they become separated to opposite sides of the observable universe. The spin state of each particle is specified by a quantum state of potentiality in terms of equal proportions of spin up and spin down states. Due to the conservation of spin angular momentum, if one particle is measured to be spin up, the other particle can only be measured to be spin down. Einstein referred to this state of affairs as spooky action at a distance, and proposed that determinism, not potentiality, was actually in effect at all times and the particles had an actual spin state even when unmeasured. The test of Bell’s theorem disproves Einstein’s deterministic point of view as it proves that potentiality is in effect at all times. Potentiality wins the day every time it is tested.

Quantum Entanglement and Spooky Action at a Distance

The observer’s holographic screen encodes bits of information as a quantum state of potentiality, which is a basic consequence of non-commutative geometry, and so with every observation a choice must be made about what to observe. In quantum theory this choice is a quantum state reduction that reduces the screen’s quantum state of potentiality to an observable state of actuality. In quantum theory this choice is understood as a decision point where the observer chooses to follow an actual path through the information configuration space, where the quantum state of potentiality is understood as a sum over all possible paths in the information configuration space.

Quantum State of Potentiality/Sum over all Possible Paths

The holographic principle tells us each observer has its own world of animated observable images projected from its own holographic screen arising on an observer-dependent event horizon that arises in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference, within which the observer appears to follow a world-line through its projected and animated space-time geometry. Just like the animation of the frames of a movie on a computer screen, the space-time geometry of the observer’s world is projected to the observer’s point of view in a screen output and is animated over a sequence of screen outputs that are ordered in the flow of energy. Each decision point on the observer’s world-line is a choice about what to observe in its world and which path to follow through its world, which the observer makes with its focus of attention on things in its world. Different choices give rise to following a different world-line, which from the observer’s point of view is an alternative timeline that gives rise to an alternative world. That’s how relativity and quantum theory are unified along the lines of the many world interpretation, which naturally arises with the holographic principle and an observer-dependent holographic screen that defines its world.

Observer’s World-line and Decision Point

What we call a law of physics is not really a law at all but more like a probabilistic guideline. The laws of physics like gravity are all expressed in a classical sense as a principle of least action, but least action only represents the path of least action in the quantum state of potentiality, which is like the shortest distance between two points in the information configuration space. The quantum state can always be formulated as a sum over all possible paths in the information configuration space. The path of least action or classical path is only the most likely path in the sense of quantum probability, but is only valid if the choices that reduce the quantum state are made in an unbiased or random way. The quantum state is like a probability distribution that is measured by observations, but only unbiased observations give accurate measurements. If bias arises in the way choices are made, then all bets are off and the laws of physics lose their predictability. Events that apparently violate the laws of physics, like walking on water, are possible when sufficient bias arises in the way choices are made to create actions that significantly deviate from the path of least action. As Morpheus tells Neo in the Matrix, this is like bending the law of gravity, which relativity theory tells us is the bending of space.

What about free will versus determinism? Quantum theory tells us that determinism is not a valid concept, since every observable thing only exists in a state of potentiality until observed, at which time it exists for that moment of observation in a state of actuality. The actual existence of anything is dependent on an observer observing it, but that state of actual existence only lasts for a moment called now, and the observer must be present now to observe it. The holographic principle tells us the observer’s observable world is always defined by the way bits of information are encoded on the observer’s holographic screen, which is the bounding surface of space that surrounds the observer at the central point of view. The quantum state of potentiality is a sum over all possible configuration states of information, which is typically characterized by an interference pattern. At the moment of observation, the quantum state of the observer’s screen is reduced to an actual configuration state. Although determinism is not valid, there is a normal flow of things through the observer’s world that arises since all things tend to follow the path of least action, which is like the shortest distance between two points in the information configuration space, as long as the choices that reduce the quantum state are made in an unbiased way. The possibility of free will arises if the observer can choose what it observes in its world with its focus of attention on things in its world, but only if those choices are made in a biased way that deviates from the path of least action and the normal flow of things. The observer’s bias in observation is always an interference with the normal flow of things that naturally arises with unbiased observations.

The big question is: Who chooses? Who makes the choices? The answer is only the observer can choose what it observes in its world and which path it follows through its world with its focus of attention on its world. When its focus of attention is redirected, different choices are made. The observer always makes its choices at a decision point on its world-line, but in reality the observer goes nowhere. The observer only appears to follow a world-line through its projected and animated space-time geometry, which is projected from its holographic screen in a screen output and is animated over a sequence of screen outputs, just like the projection and animation of a movie from a screen to the point of view of the observer outside the screen. In reality, the observer is only watching the movie. The observer is always present at the central point of view of its world, which is a point of singularity in empty space.

The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

The observer is the true nature of what one really is, which can be called I Am, since the observer has its own inherent sense of being present in the sense of mindfulness or presence. The holographic principle tells us that everything the observer observes in its world is no more real than the images of a virtual reality, like the animated images of a movie projected from a screen to the observer’s central point of view out in the audience of empty space. This concept of observation implies another aspect of consciousness that can be called the light of consciousness, which is necessary to project images from the observer’s screen back to itself like the focused light of a movie projector projects the images of a movie from a screen to an observer’s point of view out in the audience. The observer’s own light of consciousness is necessary to project images from the screen, which is another aspect of the observer’s consciousness that arises along with the observer’s own observing consciousness that perceives those projected images.

The holographic principle in the context of dark energy, with an observer-dependent cosmic horizon that acts as a holographic screen and that projects all the animated images of the observer’s world to its central point of view out in the audience of empty space, like a movie the observer is watching, tells us that only consciousness is really real with its own inherent independent existence. Everything else is virtual and dependent on consciousness for coming into a virtual existence. Virtual means things are forms of information, composed of bits of information, and their observation is like the projection of animated images from a screen to the point of view where perceiving consciousness exists, like the animated images of a virtual reality projected from a computer screen to an observer. Only consciousness has an independent or ultimate existence and is ultimately real, but that ultimate reality is nothing observable. Consciousness itself as the ultimate subjective nature of reality cannot be any observable object it can observe within its field of view. Defining ultimate reality as invariant for all observers means it is nothing observable. Nothing observable is ultimately real, but that is what consciousness is.

Observers at different points of view observe different things. For example, when one falls into a deep sleep or a coma, one’s world disappears from one’s own point of view, but from the point of view of another observer, one’s body is still in bed. Which observer’s point of view is correct? The answer is given by the principle of equivalence. Different observers in different frames of reference observe different things, but neither point of view is more or less valid than any other point of view. The observer in a state of deep sleep observes nothing, which is just as valid an observation as observing a world. The holographic principle tells us the observer’s world only appears to come into existence because dark energy is expended. That’s how the observer’s world is created. Without dark energy, the observer has no world. What remains is the true vacuum state with zero dark energy, which undergoes no expansion and has no horizons. It is only describable as an infinite, unbounded, undivided, empty background space with the potentiality to expand. The true vacuum state with zero dark energy is not a state that arises from some other state, but the underlying reality from which all other states arise through the expression of a non-zero value of dark energy. The vacuum state of nothingness that remains with zero dark energy is the only state that is the same for all observers. If ultimate reality is defined as invariant for all observers, then nothing observable can ultimately be real.

One’s world can be called a dream-state, but the better term is a virtual reality, as animated images of one’s world are projected from one’s holographic screen to one’s central point of view in empty space, like the animated images of a movie are projected from a screen to the point of view of an observer outside the screen. If we understand the world as a kind of virtual reality that arises from ultimate reality through the expression of energy or desire, the holographic principle tells us the world is no more real than animated images projected from a screen to the point of view of an observer. In the non-dual tradition of Advaita, the point of consciousness of the observer is the nature of Atmanic consciousness that gives rise to the light of consciousness that is needed to project images in addition to observing them. The focus of attention of consciousness, as in the focus of the light of consciousness, allows those images to become animated in the flow of energy and also to some degree is able to direct them in the sense of directing the scenes of a movie.

The mind-body problem is only solvable if the problem of the ultimate nature of reality is solved first. As long as we take the physical universe with its matter, energy, elementary particles and space-time geometry as the ultimate nature of reality, the mind-body problem cannot be solved. The solution becomes quite straightforward once the holographic principle in the context of dark energy is accepted and the physical universe and everything in it is understood as a holographic projection from a holographic screen. The problem of ultimate reality then comes down to what gives rise to or creates the holographic screen in the first place and what is responsible for the holographic projection. Since the holographic projection of the physical universe and everything in it can only be projected from a cosmic horizon that arises with the expression of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of space, and is always projected to the central point of view of an observer in an accelerated frame of reference, the only possible solution is the ultimate nature of reality can only be consciousness itself, where consciousness in its primordial or ultimate state is understood as an empty space of potentiality, which is like an empty background space with the potential to give rise to the accelerated expansion of space. In this sense, the observer’s mind is a holographic screen that projects images of the observer’s world to the observer’s central point of view, and the observer’s body is only a projected image.

An interesting observation of child psychologists is that prior to the development of a mentally-constructed body-based self-concept sometime during the second year of life the infant sees the world two dimensionally. Such an infant has no concept of movement in the third dimension, and cannot distinguish between larger or smaller objects and objects that are moved closer or farther away. It is as though all these objects are just images projected from a distant screen, where objects can grow or shrink in size but can’t move closer or farther away in the third dimension. This observation seems like a direct confirmation of the holographic principle. Prior to the mental development of a body-based self-concept which requires body-based memory of self the observer’s world is seen two dimensionally. Spiritual awakening in the sense of the ascension of consciousness can be understood as a reversion back to this more basic way of seeing things, where objects in space are actually seen to be images projected from a screen to the point of view of an observer out in empty space. One such object in space is one’s own body, and so the mentally-constructed concept of a body-based self becomes absurd once one directly sees that one’s body is just another image projected from a screen to one’s point of view in empty space.

The observer’s differentiated focal point of consciousness at the central point of view of its world is always present at the central point of singularity of a surrounding holographic screen, which only arises as a cosmic horizon when dark energy is expended and space appears to expand away from the observer at an accelerated rate. Dark energy is what puts the bang in the big bang event. This primordial explosive energy of the expansion of space is what creates the observer’s world, but also shatters the undivided unity of the true vacuum state of pure empty space from which it arises. The expenditure of dark energy is the nature of the differentiation process that differentiates the observer’s individual consciousness from the undifferentiated consciousness of the void. We understand the expenditure of dark energy is the accelerated expansion of space, which expands at an accelerated rate relative to the central point of view of the observer. In the sense of the curvature of space-time geometry, this accelerated expansion of space is the bending of space.

When the expenditure and flow of energy comes to an end and the observer is no longer in an accelerated frame of reference and is no longer surrounded by a bounding surface of space, the holographic projection and animation of a bounded space-time geometry to the observer and all observed forms within that bounded geometry also comes to an end. When energy is no longer expended and this acceleration comes to an end, the observer enters into a freely falling frame of reference. In an ultimate freely falling frame of reference, no energy is expended, no horizon arises, no holographic screen arises to define the observer’s world, images of things in that world are no longer projected or animated, and so everything in the observer’s world disappears from existence. When the observer’s world disappears from existence, the observer is no longer present for that world. When the observer’s world disappears, the observer’s differentiated focal point of consciousness can only dissolve back into the undifferentiated consciousness of the void. This ultimate state of free fall is described as falling into the void. In this ultimate state of existence, only empty space remains.

Enlightenment, which is the ascension of consciousness to a higher level that is really a higher dimension, like an observer that knows it is only watching a movie projected from a screen to its point of view outside the screen and that its own light of consciousness is reflected back to itself as those images are projected from the screen, and truth-realization, which is a reunion with or dissolution into ultimate reality like a drop of water that dissolves back into the ocean, are not the same as mystical experiences, like a brief experience of cosmic consciousness, which is a transient mystical way of perceiving the world. The key point is mystical experiences are experiences of the world, which is a virtual reality, but awakening isn’t. Enlightenment and truth-realization are abiding experiences where one experiences oneself as abiding non-dual awareness. They’re about awakening to and knowing the truth or reality of what one really is, which is the flip side of knowing what one is not. One is not one’s character in the movie one is watching.

Consciousness is impersonal. Consciousness does not arise from a person. It’s exactly the other way around. The person is like the central character of a movie consciousness is watching. Only consciousness has its own independent existence. The apparent existence of a person in the world depends on consciousness focusing its attention on the life of the person in the world and on the mentally constructed and emotionally energized concept of being a person in the world. The apparent existence of the person depends on consciousness observing that apparent life in the emotional context of that self-concept, within which consciousness identifies itself with the form of the person since it really feels self-limited to that emotionally animated form as it perceives the animating flow of emotional energy through the form, which is why consciousness identifies itself with the form, focuses its attention on the life of the form of the person in the world and the mentally constructed concept of being that person, and feels compelled to defend the survival of that self-replicating form of the person as though its existence depends on it, which only perpetuates the hypnotic spell of fearful self-defense and personal self-identification. The only way to break this hypnotic spell is if consciousness withdraws its focus of attention away from the life of the person in the world, away from the mental construction of the concept of being that person, and shifts the focus of its attention onto its own sense of being present as a presence of consciousness.

The ultimate or timeless nature of impersonal being is an empty space of potentiality. When this empty space of potentiality expresses its power with the expenditure of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of space, an observer’s focal point of consciousness is differentiated from undifferentiated consciousness and a cosmic horizon arises that acts as a holographic screen that surrounds the observer at the central point of view. That’s how the observer’s world is created and the observer’s individual being comes into being. This bending of space is the only way that the observer’s world can be created and its individual being can come into being.

Spiritual awakening is described as awakening from a dream. When one awakens, the dream one is dreaming disappears from one’s point of view, and only one’s true nature as the dreamer of the dream remains. This metaphor only makes sense if one understands that one’s world and one’s life in that world is like a dream, and one’s true nature as the dreamer of the dream is not some observable thing one can observe in that world. One’s true nature is one’s spiritual being that can only be the true nature of one’s consciousness that perceives everything in that world.

Awakening is not the same as body death. After body death, one’s ego or mentally constructed self-concept can continue in one’s world and apparently become reincarnated in a new body. One’s new life continues under the sway of one’s old ego. This is possible since one’s mind is a limiting holographic screen surrounding the focal point of an observer, and all the projected images of one’s world and mind, including all self-referential thoughts, are projected from the observer’s screen to its central point of view. Since all the bits of information encoded on the observer’s holographic screen are entangled, the projected images of self-referential thoughts can continue even after the projected image of a body appears to die. The reincarnated new body may suffer from the effects of the same old ego.

The observer’s mind is not limited to a body. Like everything else the observer can observe in its world, its mind arises from a holographic screen as mental images are projected to its point of view. Even after body death entangled bits of information encoded on the observer’s screen can relate everything in the observer’s world to everything else, and so the observer’s mentally constructed self-concept can become emotionally related to other things in its world even without a body. Memory of the body can persist after body death. Ego can persist after body death like a ghostly cloud of memories, thoughts, fears and desires until reincarnated into a new body.

Awakening within the dream is often referred to as a born-again experience, which is a new life where one remains conscious of oneself as the conscious spiritual presence of the observer and is free of ego even as the dream appears to continue, like lucid dreaming. Awakening from the dream is only possible through a process of ego-death in which the dream appears to come to an end.

Awakening in the sense of enlightenment or truth-realization is like awakening from a dream. When one awakens, the dream comes to an end and only the true nature of the dreamer remains. The hardest thing for everyone to accept is that the life one lives in the world is like a dream, and that to awaken, that life must come to an end. That life only arises in an energetic state with the expressed desire to live a life, which means that one must become desireless in order to awaken. The desireless state is the only way that one’s world and one’s life in that world can disappear.

Only the observer’s focus of attention on the expression of its desire to live a life in its world energizes the expression of that desire. The observer’s willingness to give up the expression of that desire requires a shift in its focus of attention away from the expression of its desire to live a life. The only other place the observer can focus its attention is on its own sense of being present as a focal point of consciousness, the singularity, at the center of its world.

The big question is: Why doesn’t the observer shift its focus of attention away from its world and onto its own sense of being present at the center of its world?

The Vicious Cycle of Emotional Attachment, Self-Defense and Self-Identification

Expressing desires to live a life in its world is what keeps consciousness identifying itself with its character and emotionally attaching itself to its world. With every desire consciousness expresses its character is emotionally related to some other thing in its world, which is the emotional attachment, and that emotional relationship makes consciousness feel self-limited to the emotionally animated form of its character as it perceives the flow of emotional energy through the animated form of its character. That feeling of self-limitation is what keeps consciousness self-identified with its character. Awakening is not a desire that can be satisfied, but is only possible if consciousness withdraws its focus of attention away from its world and thereby withdraws its investment of animating emotional energy or desire from its world, which is the same as dying. Consciousness can only awaken if it would rather die and suffer ego-death than continue to live the life of the lie of falsely identifying itself with its character. Ego-death achieved through a process of severing emotional attachments, thereby deconstructing its emotionally energized mentally-constructed character-based self-concept, is the only way consciousness can shift its focus of attention onto its own true nature.

The process of letting go and severing emotional attachments can only go forward in a state of surrender. When one surrenders, one gives up one’s desire to control things in an emotionally-biased, self-defensive, character-favored way. One gives up one’s desire to express one’s emotionally-biased individual will and instead surrenders to unbiased divine will. With surrender to divine will, one no longer interferes with the normal flow of things with the expression of emotionally-biased, self-defensive individual will, but one allows oneself to come into alignment with the normal flow of things. Things cannot really be controlled since the normal flow of energy through one’s world is humongous, and trying to control the flow of things is like trying to stop a tsunami by holding up one’s hand. In addition, nothing really wants to be controlled and all things eventually resist any attempts at control. For the most part, actions do not change when one surrenders to divine will and puts oneself in alignment with the normal flow of things. One sees what needs to be done and one does it. Only the self-concerned and self-referential thoughts that emotionally bias and color those actions come to an end, which is a way of transcending one’s ego.

Surrender gives rise to the integrated state, which is a transcendence of ego. Ego always wants to control things in an emotionally biased way because that is what ego does in order to survive as a self-replicating form of information. Ego utilizes fear as a way to defend its self-replicating form. Ego expresses fear because without that expression of fear ego cannot appear to come into existence in the form of a holographically projected and emotionally animated self-replicating image. The big question is to whom or what does that image appear to come into existence? The only possible answer is the image appears to the observer’s consciousness, but confusion arises when consciousness identifies itself with character. When ego expresses fear, the observer’s consciousness identifies itself with its character in the movie of the world it is watching as projected from its holographic screen to its central point of view. The observer really feels self-limited to the animated form of its character as it perceives the animating flow of emotional energy through that form. Once the observer identifies itself with the form of its ego, its focus of attention is directed to defend the survival of that self-replicating form as though its existence depends on it, which leads to the expression of more self-defensive emotions by its character perpetuating its state of emotionally identifying itself with its character.

Expressing self-defensive emotions makes one feel self-limited to the form of a body and leads one to identify oneself with a body-based self-concept, which then gives rise to the expression of more self-defensive emotions to defend the survival of the body as though one’s existence depends on it. The more one identifies oneself, the more self-defensive emotions are expressed. This vicious cycle perpetuates one’s identification with the form of the body and results in the amplification, distortion and exaggeration of self-concerned thoughts and the self-defensive emotions energizing self-concerned thoughts like an out-of-control positive feedback loop. This emotionally biased out-of-control positive feedback loop leads to the exaggerated and distorted creation of more self-defensive expressions of fear and desire and more emotionally energized self-concerned thoughts.

Only surrender to divine will breaks the vicious cycle of consciousness emotionally identifying itself with the self-replicating form of its character and emotionally defending the survival of that self-replicating form as though its existence depends on it. When one acts from fear, which is acting from ego, one feels self-limited to the form of one’s character, one feels disconnected from all other things, and one falsely knows oneself to be one’s character. The only other option one has in terms of actions is to act in a state of surrender to unbiased divine will and allow one’s actions to come into alignment with the normal flow of things. When one surrenders, one acts in a state of devotion to the divine. One puts one’s trust in divine will to sort out what is for the best, one allows things to play out in the normal way, and one does not attach oneself to the outcome of one’s actions. Ego is always emotionally invested in and attached to the outcome of its actions, but that emotional investment in the outcome of its actions can only lead to feelings of frustration, disappointment and a sense of futility, as the outcome doesn’t give ego what it wants and is not to its liking. The only way the ego can be transcended while actions still occur is through one’s surrender to divine will.

As one stops acting from ego and starts acting in a state of surrender and devotion, one enters into the integrated state. One no longer feels self-limited to the emotionally animated form of one’s character, which is the essence of acting from a state of ego, but instead feels expansive and unbounded, as though one is everywhere. One no longer feels disconnected from things, but instead feels connected to everything. One no longer falsely knows oneself to be an ego or the emotionally animated central character of the movie one is watching, but instead knows oneself only to be a presence of consciousness, the witness, at the center of one’s world. Only this state of surrender allows one to transcend one’s ego and shift the focus of one’s attention onto one’s true nature as the witness of one’s world.

The detachment process only goes forward in a state of surrender. The ego is only mentally constructed as a concept of self when one’s character is emotionally related to some other thing in one’s world. This emotional relationship can either take the form of an emotional attachment to that thing or a self-defensive expression. Surrender deals with the self-defensive expressions, but the emotional attachments still need to be severed for the awakening process to go forward to its ultimate conclusion. When an emotional attachment is severed, it feels like something dies inside since part of the mentally-constructed emotionally energized character-based self-concept or ego dies away. Severing emotional attachments is a self-destructive process as the self-concept is deconstructed. The detachment process can only go forward with the observer’s willingness to suffer ego-death, since ego is the false belief, the big lie, the observer falsely believes about itself. The awakening process can only go forward if the observer would rather suffer ego-death than continue to the live the life of the lie of falsely identifying itself with its ego.

One only detaches oneself from things and stops identifying oneself with things when one sees what one really is and knows what one is not. One discriminates the non-self from oneself, the false self from the truth of one’s being, and destroys the false self by severing emotional attachments. This discrimination and discernment of one’s true nature naturally occurs in a state of surrender to divine will.

One is never some thing that can attach itself to another thing. One is the perceiver of things, and the perceiver of the emotional relationships between things that make one feel like one is self-limited to the form of a thing that is emotionally related to the form of another thing. That feeling of self-limitation makes one identify oneself with a thing and defend the survival of the form of that thing as though one’s existence depends on it, which perpetuates the vicious cycle of identifying oneself with the form of that thing and expressing self-defensive emotions to defend the survival of that form. The desire to control things is always in the service of self-defense, which is defending the survival of a form one identifies oneself with, but one’s self-identification with form is only a make-believe game that one is playing and self-defense is an act of futility. The desire to interfere with things or control things only creates an emotional disturbance in the normal flow of things.

One only lets go and detaches oneself from things when one gives up one’s desire to control things, which one does when one sees that one’s desire to attach oneself to things and control things is immature, like a baby that wants to control its mother to force her to satisfy its desires, and futile, since nothing can ever really be controlled. Seeing the futility and immaturity of one’s desire to attach oneself to things and control things is a necessary step in giving up one’s desire to control things and severing the emotional attachment to things, which always feels like something dies inside. The next necessary step is seeing the falseness of all attachments, since one is never something that can attach itself to another thing. One is the perceiver of things and the perceiver of the emotional relationships between things that makes one feel like one is a thing, and makes one feel self-limited to a thing and believe that one is a thing. One becomes willing to give up one’s desire to control things and sever one’s emotional attachments to things when one sees that the life one lives in one’s world is an illusory make-believe life, no more real than animated images projected from a screen to one’s point of view out in the audience, like a virtual reality game one is playing or a movie one is watching. The only thing that ever appears to die is one’s character in the movie one is watching. One’s being doesn’t die. One’s consciousness out in the audience doesn’t die when the movie character appears to die. Seeing the illusory nature of that make-believe world and life is a necessary step in losing interest in living a make-believe life in that make-believe world and beginning the search for the truth of what one really is. Disillusionment is a necessary step in becoming disinterested in that illusory world and life and searching for the truth of one’s being.

The first step in the awakening process is always a state of disillusionment and despair that arises when the life one apparently lives in the world is seen to be nothing more than an illusion, like a movie that one is watching. One is not one’s character in the movie. One sees that one’s apparent life in the world is a make-believe life. At the depth of this despair, grace arrives, and one realizes there is something real beyond the illusion of living a life in the world. There is something real about the observer’s consciousness that is out in the audience watching the movie. Once this is realized, the awakening process can go forward in earnest to its ultimate conclusion.

The loss of interest in living that make-believe life is the only way the emotional bonds of attachment can become severed, and this state of emotional bondage can come to an end. Disillusionment leads one to become disinterested in living that make-believe life. With the withdrawal of one’s focus of attention on that life and the withdrawal of emotional energy from that life, the emotional bonds are severed. Detachment allows one to see things with a sense of distance from them or from a higher level, which is really a higher dimension. Detachment ultimately leads to the disappearance of one’s world. The withdrawal of one’s focus of attention away from one’s world is a way of switching off one’s attention on one’s world and thereby switching off the light of consciousness necessary for the projection and animation of all images of one’s world, like switching off the light of a movie projector. As one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from one’s world, one turns off one’s world like turning off a light switch.

Severing emotional attachments is like a process of death and dying. Before one can really let go, one has to grieve and accept the loss. Every step in the self-destructive process of severing emotional attachments is a loss, and that loss always feels like something dies inside. As long as there is more to lose, there are more steps to take. Every step is a loss, and nothing is gained. Everything is lost. Awakening only goes forward through the detachment process, but the spiritual freedom thus gained is only another word for nothing left to lose.

The detachment process goes forward in a state of surrender, but also requires focus and intent. One must express a clear intent and focus one’s time, energy and attention on manifesting that intention. One must become serious about the process, and work toward one’s goal in a serious way without distractions, diversions, conflicts or contradictions. The absolute irony of the detachment process is that by severing emotional attachments the outcome of manifesting the desire to awaken is to become desireless, which is to say one must become willing to die at the level of ego-death.

The detachment process requires one’s willingness to look within as one examines one’s own mentally-constructed ego structure and as one deconstructs that ego structure. The awakening process only goes forward with the observer’s willingness to look within and examine its ego structure. This mentally-constructed ego structure has to die away or become deconstructed before the observer can shift the focus of its attention on its own sense of being present as the witness at the center of its world. This ego deconstruction process is really a withdrawal of animating emotional energy away from its world as the observer withdraws the focus of its attention away from its world and refocuses its attention on its own true nature.

The awakening process only goes forward with one’s willingness to look within and examine one’s own mentally constructed ego structure. One can only awaken if one deconstructs one’s own ego structure, which is a self-destructive process. The true nature of what one really is can never be destroyed, only the false beliefs that one believes about oneself. One’s true being is what one really is, and that being can never stop existing. The only things that can apparently cease to exist or stop having an apparent existence are the false beliefs one believes about oneself. In totality, those false beliefs constitute one’s mentally constructed self-concept, but this mentally constructed self-concept constantly changes in a reactive way to the course of events in one’s life, and is inherently contradictory and often in conflict with itself. The mentally constructed self-concept or ego structure is only a false belief about oneself constructed in one’s mind, which is what one takes oneself to be.

This mentally constructed self-concept is emotionally energized and body-based. One really feels self-limited to the form of one’s body as one perceives the flow of emotional energy that relates one’s body to the form of other things in the world that one perceives. The self-concept only has power over oneself if one believes it, but only the emotional energy inherent in its mental construction makes it believable when one feels self-limited to the emotionally animated form of one’s body. The form of the self-image inherent in self-concepts is body-based. The feeling of self-limitation to the form of a self-image arises with all self-concept reinforcing emotional expressions.

There are two critically important emotional forces involved in creating the false beliefs inherent in the mental construction of a self-concept. The first force is emotional attachments and the second is self-defensive emotional expressions. The force of emotional attachment can be understood as the tendency of the body to move toward something else, and the self-defensive force as the tendency of the body to move away from or against something else. These dynamic emotional tendencies are critically important for the biological survival of a body in the world, as the body must move toward whatever promotes its survival and away from or against whatever threatens its survival. The body moves toward whatever it desires and away from or against whatever it fears. These survival behaviors are all about the self-replication of the form of the body. In stark biological terms, a body cannot survive or self-replicate its form unless it expresses desire and fear. In simplest biological terms, the body moves toward whatever it wants to eat, as eating promotes its survival, and moves away from or against whatever wants to eat it, as being eaten threatens its survival.

Conflicts inevitably arise when the body wants to eat something that also wants to eat it, but that kind of conflict is the nature of bodies surviving in the world. We call this conflict the survival of the fittest body, which is an inevitable natural law that characterizes the survival behavior of biological bodies in the world. If a body doesn’t express this kind of survival behavior in an efficient way, it won’t survive in the world for very long. Another fitter body will eat it. Survival behavior must automatically begin with the conception or birth of a body, continue throughout the life-span of the body, and can only come to an end with the death of the body. If this kind of survival behavior does not occur, the body will not survive for very long. Without survival behavior, the body will die.

The emotional forces of emotional attachments and self-defensive emotional expressions are critically important not only for the survival of the form of a body in the world, but also for the mental construction of a body-based self-concept, since these emotional forces are how the self-concept is emotionally energized. The self-concept is mentally constructed as thoughts. All self-concepts are mentally created as thoughts that inherently relate the form of a body-based self-image to the form of some other thing in the world. That relationship is always an emotional relationship. Unlike the emotional relationships that relate the form of a body to the form of some other thing in the world in the present moment event, the emotional relationships of the mentally constructed self-concept tend to relate the body-based form of a self-image to the form of some other thing in the past or the future through the utilization of memory and anticipation of events.

The dynamic mechanisms of memory and anticipation allow the mind to remember past events and anticipate future events. Although it seems like the images of things are held in memory, the more accurate description is the recalled images are recreated through the dynamic mechanism of memory every time memory is utilized. This is much like the kind of memory that is stored in a computer through the mechanism of information processing, except the mind is like a quantum computer that has the physical nature of a holographic screen, which not only encodes bits of information in the form of 1’s and 0’s, but also makes use of quantum entanglement to give rise to the coherent organization of information. The coherent organization of information inherent on a holographic screen not only allows for the spontaneous creation of images projected from the screen in the present moment event, but also allows for the reconstruction of images pertaining to past and future events, which are projected from the screen in the present moment event to the perceiving one that is present now to perceive those events.

Memory and anticipation of events are possible because of the emotional forces that relate the projected images. The projected form of the image is like an object in space that moves over the course of time, and the emotional forces are like the dynamic energy of the object that causes the object to move from one position in space at one moment of time to another position in space at another moment of time. As long as the object appears to follow the path of least action, which is the normal path that arises with unbiased observations of the object, it becomes possible to project the path of the object backwards in time, which is the nature of memory, and forwards in time, which is the nature of anticipation. This is exactly how we anticipate the trajectory of a rocket ship traveling to the moon or a comet traveling to the sun. We not only can project the trajectory forward in time, which is anticipation, but we also can project the trajectory backward in time, which is memory. Memory and anticipation of events are dynamic mechanisms that reconstruct images that were perceived in past events and anticipate the images that will be perceived in future events.

Memory and anticipation of events is utilized in the mental construction of the self-concept to emotionally relate the body-based form of the self-image to the form of other things as those forms are recalled or anticipated for past or future events. When we fear or desire something, we are fearing or desiring something that we remember or anticipate. We don’t need to use memory or anticipation for the emotional relationships that characterize present moment events, only for the past events we recall or the future events we anticipate. The dynamic mechanisms of memory and anticipation are the inherent nature of the mental construction of a self-concept that emotionally relates the form of a body-based self-image to the form of something else.

The irony is that the recalled or anticipated images of things that are emotionally related to the self-image with the mental construction of the self-concept are all reconstructed and projected in the present moment event, not in past or future events. When we utilize the mechanisms of memory and anticipation of events, we are not perceiving past or future events. We are only imagining events as we reconstruct what happened in past events or what might happen in future events. This reconstruction of events occurs in the mind through the dynamic mechanisms of memory and anticipation of events, but is always perceived in the present moment event.

It’s not surprising that anticipation of future events is inaccurate, since no one can really predict the unpredictable future, but what might be surprising is that memory of past events is just as unreliable and inaccurate as anticipation of future events. Memory is notoriously unreliable and inaccurate. This is because both memory and anticipation of events are dynamic mechanisms that rely on emotional energy to make projections to past or future events from the present moment event. Mental images are not really held in memory. Personal memory is a form of mental imagination where mental images are reconstructed based on emotional projections to past events. If emotional bias enters into the expression of the emotions inherent in that emotional projection, the reconstructed images are contaminated by this emotional bias. Persons are inherently emotionally biased, since emotional bias, which is always personal bias, is an essential aspect of what makes one a person. A person only remembers what they want to remember, and they remember events the way they want to remember events, which is always under the influence of their emotional bias.

These dynamic mechanisms of memory and anticipation are the inherent nature of the mentally constructed self-concept, as the body-based self-image is emotionally related to the image of some other thing in the world one perceives. Whatever we fear and desire as we think about things in a self-concerned way is not actually present in the present moment, but is a mental image we reconstruct out of memory and anticipation of events. As the mind uses the mental imagination of memory and anticipation of events to construct a self-concept, the self-image is related with expressions of fear and desire to something only imagined to exist in past or future events. The irony of this state of mental imagination is the self-image does not necessarily have to become emotionally related to the image of some other thing in the world one perceives, but can become emotionally related to the form of the self-image as recalled from past events or as anticipated in future events. This emotional relationship of the self-image to a reconstructed past or future form of a similar self-image is what makes people go crazy, as they become afraid of themselves or come to hate themselves. This is the mentally constructed self-concept in emotional conflict with itself, which can only occur due to the mental imagination that arises with memory and anticipation of events.

Although it appears as though the self-concept in conflict with itself becomes an object to itself, in reality, the mentally constructed self-concept is always an object to the one that is present now to perceive it. The perceiving one, in-and-of-itself, is never an object that it can perceive, but always remains as the unperceived perceiver of all objects, including its own mentally constructed self-concept.

Truth Destroys Illusion

The term ignorance is used to describe someone who does not know who one really is. There is both a passive and an active aspect of ignorance. The passive aspect is simply not knowing who one is. This is seen in spiritual seekers who appear to be lost, as they are in the process of giving up their personal identity but have not yet realized a spiritual identity. There is a sadness to their seeking that reflects the loss of something of great value, which is one’s spiritual identity. There is also an active and toxic aspect of ignorance seen in people who express the arrogance of believing that they know who they are. They believe themselves to be a person in the world, and act with all the arrogance of a selfish self-centered ego as they express their biased personality in the world. They act with both arrogance and stupidity, since their biased emotional expressions of fear and desire can only create more troubles for themselves as they interfere with the normal flow of things and create an emotional disturbance in the world.

This is where all the troubles that one creates for oneself begin. With the mental construction of emotionally energized self-referential thoughts that make use of memory and anticipation of events to recall past events and imagine future events, one identifies oneself with a mortal creature one perceives in one’s world, and one begins to contemplate one’s own mortality. One begins to fear one’s own anticipated death and nonexistence. As Shakespeare expresses in Hamlet’s soliloquy: “To be or not to be, that is the question”, but a second question needs to be asked to resolve the inherent contradictions and inconsistencies of the self-concept implied by this first question: What does one take oneself to be?

Appearances are deceiving. One is only deceived by appearances if one believes false beliefs about oneself as one perceives those false beliefs. It all depends on what one takes oneself to be. What one really is does not change whether one is deceived and believes those false beliefs about oneself or not. When the false beliefs of a self-concept are removed from one’s mental field of view, one is only undeceived. Only an illusion comes to an end.

One can only awaken if one goes to war with one’s own ego. The only thing that stands in the way or between one and one’s awakening is one’s own ego, which is the mentally constructed false self-concept that one emotionally identifies oneself with as one perceives it. The awakening process is really just a process of removing this false self-image from one’s mental field of view. One has to destroy one’s own false self-image, which occurs through a process of ego-death.

In the Bhagavad-Gita, when the great warrior Arjuna was about to give the order to launch the great war, he saw that everyone he loved was on the other side, and he fell to the ground in a state of emotional paralysis rather than give that order. This is only a metaphor for one’s war with one’s ego. One does not have to go to war with the world or destroy anything in the world to awaken. Whatever appears to happen in the world is mostly irrelevant in terms of the awakening process. What needs to be destroyed is one’s emotional attachments to whatever one loves in the world, which goes forward in a process of severing emotional attachments and surrender to divine will. Arjuna eventually got back up and gave the order to launch the great war. Again, this is a metaphor. Arjuna got back up because he saw that the world he was living in was a illusory make-believe world, that everything he loved in that world was a part of the illusion, and that he was only living a make-believe life. One can only go to war with one’s ego in that state of mind.

One’s ego is what makes one a prisoner of one’s mind, living in a state of emotional bondage, as one identifies oneself with the emotionally animated form of one’s ego, which one only does because one feels emotionally self-limited to that animated form. The more one emotionally identifies oneself with one’s ego, the stronger the emotional bonds become, as one becomes emotionally biased to defend the survival of that form as though one’s existence depends on it.

One has to clearly see the falseness and the illusory nature of this mental state of emotional bondage before the awakening process can even begin and freedom from emotional bondage becomes a real possibility. Only then will one go to war with one’s ego and vanquish it. One has to bring to an end the expression of the emotionally biased ego-reinforcing emotions of fear and desire that perpetuate the vicious cycle of this state of emotional bondage. Fear arises with self-defensive emotions and desire arises with emotional attachments. One can only free oneself from the emotional bonds of one’s ego through a process of severing emotional attachments and surrender to divine will. One does not really have to destroy one’s ego as much as make it irrelevant. One only has to clearly see the ego as an illusion and lose interest in it. When one loses interest in its mental construction, one withdraws the focus of one’s attention away from it, and thereby withdrawals one’s investment of emotional energy in its construction. Ego is not so much destroyed as it dies a natural death from lack of animating emotional energy.

When one goes to war with one’s own ego, one uses concepts to attack and destroy one’s emotionally energized self-concept. One’s self-concept is what keeps one a prisoner of one’s mind, in a state of emotional bondage. This state is like a hypnotic spell, as one focuses one’s attention on one’s self-concept as though one’s existence depends on it. The only way to break this hypnotic spell is to remove the self-concept from one’s mental field of view. One uses concepts to expose the contradictions and inconsistencies of the self-concept, thereby attacking and ultimately destroying it. In this attack on one’s own self-concept, one ultimately comes to see it as an illusion and loses interest in it. Without one’s focus of attention on it, the self-concept is no longer emotionally energized and disappears from one’s mental field of view.

In the war against one’s own ego, one has to become totally fed up with living the false life of a phony person in the world. One has to see for oneself that living this false life of a phony person is only an illusion and lose interest in living it before one can withdraw one’s focus of attention away from it and bring that phony life to an end.

The dark side of the human personality expresses fearful self-defensiveness and selfish emotional attachment, inevitably leading to anger and resentment whenever the personality is threatened. The desire for admiration or approval of others expresses the desire to control others. The expression of a narcissistic self-image expresses the desire for the approval of others, while the expression of a grandiose self-image expresses the desire to make others subservient. All these emotional expressions are in defense of a personal self-image and express the desire to have power over and control others. These emotional forces only perpetuate the hypnotic spell of personal self-identification.

Ego is all about expressing the emotionally biased power of a person in the world. Ego is like a power-hungry tyrant that rules through divide-and-conquer. Expressing that emotional power inevitably leads to a state of emotional bondage, as one apparently becomes a person in the world expressing an emotionally biased personality. One identifies oneself with that person. Awakening really has nothing to do with the world. Awakening is only about freedom. One frees oneself from this state of emotional bondage in the world.

As long as one exists as a divided presence of consciousness that observes its own world from its own point of view, the only real power one has is one’s focus of attention. If one focuses one’s attention on the emotionally animated life of a person in that world and on the mentally constructed and emotionally energized concept of being a person in that world, then one is wasting one’s power to awaken to the true nature of one’s being. This waste of energy is the meaning of the wasteland in the grail legend. The meaning of the grail is the true nature of one’s being. One only discovers the grail if one withdraws the focus of one’s attention away from the life of the person in the world and away from the mentally constructed concept of being a person and shifts the focus of one’s attention onto one’s own sense of being present as a pure presence of consciousness.

The only way one can awaken and know the true nature of what one really is, is to detach oneself from everything one has become emotionally attached to with the mental construction of a self-concept. When one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from one’s self-concept, one also withdraws one’s investment of emotional energy in its mental construction. When one sees the illusory or make-believe nature of one’s self-concept and loses interest in its mental construction, one also severs the emotional bonds that reinforce it, which naturally occurs as one looks within and focuses one’s attention on one’s own sense of being present. One has to shift the focus of one’s attention away from everything one perceives in one’s world, away from one’s own life in that world, and onto one’s own sense of being present. One has to lose interest in one’s world, lose interest in everything in that world, and lose interest in living a life in that world. One only does this because one sees that one’s life in one’s world is a make-believe life, an illusory life like a virtual reality game that one is playing or a movie that one is watching, no more real than animated images projected from a screen to one’s point of view out in the audience. One has to become willing to bring that illusory life to an end before one can know the truth of what one really is. Losing interest in that illusory life is a way of ending that life and becoming desireless. The only thing that can die is one’s animated character in the movie one is watching. One’s being cannot die. The consciousness of the observer out in the audience doesn’t die when the movie character appears to die.

The Virtuous Cycle of Presence, Detachment and the Non-Identified Impartial Silent Observer

The antidote to the vicious cycle of one identifying oneself with the form of a body that one perceives and defending the survival of that form as though one’s existence depends on it is the virtuous cycle of one focusing one’s attention on one’s own sense of being present and the ascension of one’s consciousness to a higher level. This virtuous cycle can only go forward through a process of surrender and detachment. As one focuses one’s attention on one’s own sense of being present, one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from the world of forms that one perceives. This happens naturally when one sees that world is an illusory make-believe world and one loses interest in it. As one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from one’s world, one also withdraws one’s investment of animating emotional energy in it, which is how one severs one’s emotional attachments to things in that world by no longer emotionally energizing them and no longer feeling connected or self-limited to them.

The more one detaches oneself, the more one is able to shift the focus of one’s attention onto one’s own sense of being present, and one’s consciousness ascends to a higher level as one sees things with a sense of distance from them. In a state of detached silent observing of things, one also enters into a state of surrender as one allows things to come and go in the normal flow of things without any desire to hold onto things, fight against or run away from things, control things, defend the form of things, or interfere with the normal flow of things. One’s thoughts are also things that come and go, mere mental images projected from a screen. In a state of detached silent observing of things one just watches things come and go according to their own nature in the normal flow of things, while one focuses one’s attention on one’s own sense of being present as the impartial silent observer of things. This is the natural state of one’s being. This is who one really is, not something that one observes.

Focusing one’s attention on one’s own sense of being present as a silent impartial observer of things reinforces this state of detached silent observing in which one does nothing except observe the normal flow of things. One doesn’t do anything. Being is not the same as doing. One observes doing but one is never really a doer. One exists only as a silent observer of things. Things appear to do things in the normal flow of things, but one is none of those things. One can only feel like one is a thing when one feels self-limited to the form of a thing, but feelings of self-limitation come to an end as one becomes a detached silent observer of things, which is what one really is.

As one focuses one’s attention on the sense of being present, one becomes aware of what one really is, which is one’s being. Being is not the same as doing. The goal is to become aware of oneself as a silent impartial observer of events without attachment to or identification with whatever appears to happen in those events. One knows oneself only as a detached silent observer of events, nothing more than a pure presence of consciousness that arises at a point of view, and simply observes the events without participating in them. Those events really have nothing more to do with oneself than images of a movie projected from a screen to one’s point of view in the audience outside the screen. Doing still happens and things appear to happen in the normal flow of things, but those events are external to oneself and really have nothing to do with the true nature of oneself. One simply watches the events play out without participating in them. One does nothing. One is watching only. This state of detached silent observing is the natural state of being oneself, of being nothing more than a pure presence of consciousness.

As one continues to look within while one’s ego structure dies away, one shifts the focus of one’s attention onto one’s own sense of being present as a pure presence of consciousness at the central point of view of the world one perceives. That is the only way one can ever reach the final destination of one’s journey, which is to discover the true nature of what one really is, the true nature of one’s being.

One’s focus of attention on things in the world one perceives is one’s life-force. One’s focus of attention arises with one’s light of consciousness that emanates from one’s focal point of consciousness and is focused on whatever one perceives in one’s world, as images of that world are reflected back from one’s holographic screen to one’s point of view. One’s light of consciousness is required to project images back to one’s point of view from one’s screen. Although the normal flow of energy through one’s world arises as a spontaneous expression of creativity and is not really under one’s control, one’s focus of attention on things in that world is required to allow energy to flow through one’s world and animate things in that world from the perspective of one’s own point of view. To the degree that one can direct the events of that world, one is only interfering with the normal flow of things.

Like everything else the observer can possibly observe in its world, the flow of energy through its world only exists in a state of potentiality until observed. At the moment of observation, the flow of energy comes into a state of actuality, but the observer must be present at that moment of observation. The flow of energy only comes into an actual state of existence if the observer focuses its attention on the observation, which requires the observer’s light of consciousness to emanate from its focal point of consciousness and to project images of the observer’s world from its holographic screen to its central point of view, just like the light of a movie projector projects the images of a movie from a movie screen to the point of view of an observer out in the audience. Those images are animated in the flow of energy, but just like the observed images, the flow of energy only comes into an actual state of existence if observed. If the observer’s focus of attention is not present to observe both the projected images and the animating flow of energy, then both the projection of images and the animation of images comes to an end. When the observer withdraws its focus of attention away from its world, in effect it also withdraws the energy of its life-force away from its world and brings the animation of its world to an end.

In the awakening process, one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from one’s world and shifts the focus of one’s attention onto one’s own sense of being present as the observer at the central point of view of one’s world. Only the conscious presence of the observer has its own inherent sense of being, which is called I Am. In the awakening process, one is really withdrawing one’s life-force energy away from one’s world and shifting the focus of one’s attention/life-force onto one’s own focal point of observing consciousness. As one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from one’s world and away from all the shiny objects of one’s world, one also withdraws one’s investment of animating emotional energy, which is one’s life-force. In shifting the focus of one’s attention/life-force onto one’s focal point of observing consciousness and focusing one’s light of consciousness on one’s sense of being, one brings oneself into a state of being a single point of self-emanating consciousness.

Once one knows oneself to be a self-emanating focal point of consciousness at the central point of singularity of one’s world, one directly sees that it is one’s own light of consciousness emanating from that focal point as one’s focuses one’s attention on one’s world that creates and destroys one’s world from the perspective of one’s own point of view. One’s world only appears to come into existence or appears to become created from one’s point of view as one focuses one’s attention on it and shines the light of one’s consciousness on it. As one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from it and no longer shines the light of one’s consciousness on it, that world disappears from existence or appears to become destroyed from one’s point of view.

Awakening is described as a state of waking-sleep. As one falls into a deep sleep, one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from one’s world which disappears from the perspective of one’s point of view, and one is aware of nothing. As one awakens to oneself, one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from one’s world which disappears from the perspective of one’s point of view, but one shifts the focus of one’s attention onto one’s sense of being present and becomes aware of oneself as a pure presence of self-emanating consciousness at the central point of singularity of one’s world.

In the awakening process, one looks within and focuses one’s attention on one’s own sense of being present as a conscious presence at the central point of singularity of one’s world. In this process, one is no longer under the hypnotic spell of focusing one’s attention on one’s mentally constructed self-concept as though one’s existence depends on it. One no longer allows one’s focus of attention to wander around and become distracted by all the distractions of shiny objects in one’s world. One’s attention is focused on one’s own sense of being present like a laser beam. One shifts the focus of one’s attention/life-force onto one’s own focal point of observing consciousness and brings them into a unified state of being one consciousness. One ultimately goes beyond being this unified state and becomes one with the source of consciousness, which is the ultimate state of reunion. This ultimate state of reunion is beyond the observing consciousness of an observer and its observable world. It is called non-dual awareness, which in some inexpressible sense is being nothing.

The only truth one can ever know about oneself is that one exists, but as what does one exist? As long as one perceives one’s own world, one can only exist as the silent observer of one’s world. The silent witness is the Atmanic consciousness at the center of one’s world. To awaken to one’s true nature, one has to come to know oneself as being that pure presence of consciousness at the center of one’s world. When one focuses one’s attention on one’s own sense of being present, one knows oneself as being the silent observer. One knows oneself as being the awareness itself. One has to bring one’s attention onto one’s awareness and see that one’s attention and one’s awareness are one consciousness. One does this by withdrawing one’s attention away from one’s world. The only thing that stands between one knowing oneself as being the awareness itself and stands in the way of one focusing one’s attention on one’s awareness and seeing them as being one, is one’s own ego, which are the false beliefs one believes about oneself that one is a person in the world one perceives. When one focuses one’s attention on one’s own ego and on these false beliefs one believes about oneself that one is an embodied person in the world with a body that needs to be defended as though one’s existence depends on the survival of the body, then one makes oneself a prisoner of one’s mind as one identifies oneself with this false self-concept of being an embodied person.

The false self-concept is nothing but false beliefs that one believes about oneself. To stop believing these false beliefs, one has to stop emotionally constructing them in one’s mind, which one can only do if one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from them. One can only remove them from one’s mental field of view if one sees them as illusions and loses interest in them, and if one stops focusing one’s attention on them and stops emotionally energizing them. This happens naturally as one shifts the focus of one’s attention on one’s own sense of being present and knows oneself as being the silent observer or the conscious presence itself. One brings the focus of one’s attention onto one’s own awareness and sees them as being one consciousness. Through the single-pointedness of one’s focus of attention, one brings one’s attention and awareness into a single point of consciousness. One brings oneself into a point of singularity.

That sense of conscious presence is itself the doorway through which one ultimately passes that allows one to return to and reunite oneself with the source of one’s consciousness. In this ultimate state of reunion, the conscious presence of the observer and the source of consciousness become one, and the undivided awareness of the source becomes aware of the conscious presence of the observer even as the observer perceives its own world. One not only knows oneself to be the conscious presence of the observer, but one also knows oneself to be the source of consciousness. One knows oneself to be the nothingness of the source. One knows the truth of being nothing. The only truth one can ever know about oneself is that one exists, but ultimately one exists as nothingness.

Once the observer brings itself into focus and knows itself to be nothing more than a pure presence of consciousness at the central point of view of its world, it brings itself right to the edge of the abyss that separates the existence of its world from the void and the non-existence of its world. The observer brings itself right to the edge of the abyss that separates being present for its world from the disappearance of its world and not being present. At that point, the observer can freely fall into the void and reunite itself with the undifferentiated consciousness of the void.

The holographic principle in the context of dark energy is telling us there are three levels of reality. The ultimate level, beyond all, is Brahman; the undifferentiated consciousness of the void; the infinite, undivided, unitary nothingness that is the one source from which all comes into being. The next level is Atman; the individual perceiving consciousness of the observer and the light of consciousness of I Am. The last level is the virtual reality of a perceivable world. These three levels of reality are the trinity of the one source of existence, the individual being or spirit of the observer, and the observable holographic world within which one’s life-form appears.

Brahman is the only truth, the world is illusion, and there is ultimately no difference between Atman and Brahman.
-Shankara

The unreal has no being; the real never ceases to be.
-Bhagavad-Gita

Now I Am become death, the destroyer of worlds.
-Bhagavad-Gita

The soul that with a strong and constant calm
Takes sorrow and takes joy indifferently
Lives in the life undying
That which is can never cease to be
That which is not cannot exist
To see this truth of both
Is theirs who part essence from accident
Substance from shadow
-Bhagavad-Gita

Never the spirit was born
The spirit shall cease to be never
Never was time it was not
End and beginning are dreams
-Bhagavad-Gita

In the knowledge of the Source
Which is a dark night to the ignorant
The recollected mind is fully awake and aware
The ignorant are awake in their sense life
Which is darkness to the sage
-Bhagavad-Gita

Darkness was hidden by darkness in the beginning
All that existed then was void and formless
That which becomes, was born through the power of heat
Upon that desire arose in the beginning the first discharge of thought
Sages discovered this link of the existent to the non-existent
Having searched in the heart with wisdom
Their line of vision was extended across
He, the first origin of this creation
Whether he formed it all or did not form it
Whose eye controls this world in highest heaven
Surely he knows, or perhaps he knows not
-Rig Veda

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth
And the earth was without form and void
And darkness was upon the face of the deep
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters
And God said ‘Let there be light’; and there was light
And God saw the light, that it was good
And God divided the light from the darkness
-Genesis

In the silence and the void
Standing alone and unchanging
Ever present and in motion
I do not know its name
Call it Tao
-Tao-Te-Ching

Tao follows what is natural
-Tao-Te-Ching

Tao in the world is like a river flowing home to the sea
-Tao-Te-Ching

Returning is the motion of the Tao
It returns to nothingness
It leads all things back
Toward the great oneness
-Tao-Te-Ching

Being at one with the Tao is eternal
And though the body dies, the Tao will never pass away
-Tao-Te-Ching

Because there is no place for death to enter
-Tao-Te-Ching

The wise are impartial
-Tao-Te-Ching

Without form there is no desire
Without desire there is tranquility
Therefore the sage seeks freedom from desire
-Tao-Te-Ching

It is more important
To see the simplicity
To realize one’s true nature
To cast off selfishness
And temper desire
-Tao-Te-Ching

Misfortune comes from having a body
Without a body how could there be misfortune?
Surrender yourself humbly; then you can be trusted to care for all things
Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things
-Tao-Te-Ching

No fight; no blame
-Tao-Te-Ching

Empty yourself of everything
-Tao-Te-Ching

Thus shall ye think of all this fleeting world
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream
A flash of lightning in a summer cloud
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream
-The Diamond Sutra

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream
-Nursery Rhyme

We are such stuff as dreams are made on
And our little life is rounded with a sleep
-Shakespeare

To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil
-Shakespeare

Life is but a walking shadow
A poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more
It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing
-Shakespeare

All the world’s a stage
And all the men and women merely players
-Shakespeare

I was dreaming that I was a butterfly fluttering happily. Suddenly I awoke. Now I wonder who I am. A man who dreamed he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming it is a man.
-Chuang Tzu

Are you and I caught up in a dream from which we have not yet awakened?
-Chuang Tzu

All existing things are really one
-Chuang Tzu

The universe is the unity of all things. If one recognizes his identity with this unity then the parts of his body mean no more to him than so much dirt, and death and life, end and beginning, disturb his tranquility no more than the succession of day and night.
-Chuang Tzu

The universe is sacred
You cannot improve upon it
-Tao-Te-Ching

Perception is reality
-Anonymous

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is: Infinite.
-William Blake

The Eye with which I see God is the same Eye with which God sees me.
-Meister Eckhart

Separate yourself from all two-ness. Be one in one, one with one, one from one.
-Meister Eckhart

Empty of self and all things
-Meister Eckhart

The shell must be cracked apart if what is in it is to come out, and likewise if you would know the reality of Nature you must destroy the appearance. The further you go beyond the appearance the nearer you will be to the essence
-Meister Eckhart

The soul grows by subtraction not addition
-Meister Eckhart

The fruit of letting go is birth
-Meister Eckhart

The only thing that burns in hell is the part of you that won’t let go of your life: your memories, your attachments. They burn them all away, but they’re not punishing you, they’re freeing your soul. If you’re frightened of dying and you’re holding on, you see devils tearing your life away. If you’ve made your peace, then the devils are really angels freeing you from the earth.
-Attributed to Meister Eckhart

God is in all things. The more divinity is in things, the more divinity is outside of things.
-Meister Eckhart

The soul becomes God but God does not become the soul
-Meister Eckhart

I am what I was and what I shall remain now and forever. I and God are one.
-Meister Eckhart

In all ten directions of the universe there is only one truth
-Ryokan

All visible objects-are but as pasteboard masks. But in each event-in the living act-the undoubted deed-there some unknown but still reasoning thing puts forth the mouldings of its features from behind the unreasoning mask.
If man will strike, strike through the mask!
How can the prisoner reach outside except by thrusting through the wall?
Sometimes I think there’s naught beyond-but ’tis enough.
-Herman Melville

Truth hath no confines
-Herman Melville

The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue
-Antisthenes

The unexamined life is not worth living
-Socrates

To fear death, my friends,
Is only to think ourselves wise without being wise
For it is to think that we know what we do not know
-Socrates

Those who know are not learned
The learned do not know
-Tao-Te-Ching

The man of Tao remains unknown
Perfect virtue produces nothing
No-self is true-self
And the greatest man is nobody
-Chuang Tzu

Truly I have attained nothing from total enlightenment
-Buddha

How is it that this Being that Is inhabits this nothingness?
These are the words of the secret
Whoever lives the meaning of these words shall no longer taste death
-Gospel of Thomas

That in whom reside all beings and who resides in all beings
Who is the giver of grace to all
The Supreme Soul of the universe
The limitless being
I Am That
-Upanishads

Be still and know that I Am God
-Psalms

Before Abraham was, I Am
-Gospel of John

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun
And behold, all is vanity and a chasing after wind
-Ecclesiastes

These things too shall pass away
-Source unknown

If nothing is done then all will be well
-Tao-Te-Ching

When the mind is at peace the world too is at peace
Nothing real, nothing absent
Not holding onto reality, not getting stuck in the void
You are neither holy nor wise
Just an ordinary fellow who has completed his work
-Layman P’ang

What did your face look like before you were born?
-Zen koan

Nothing is sacred
-Zen saying

Nobody is perfect
-Common saying

You are what your deep driving desire is
As your desire is so is your will
As your will is so is your deed
As your deed is so is your destiny
-Upanishads

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step
-Tao-Te-Ching

Unless you turn around and become like young children you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven
-Gospel of Matthew

I did not come to bring peace to the world, but a sword.
-Gospel of Matthew

I have come to cast fire upon the earth
-Gospel of Luke

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man I put away childish things.
-Corinthians

That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the spirit is spirit
Unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God
-Gospel of John

He who seeks only himself brings himself to ruin, whereas he who brings himself to naught for me discovers who he is.
-Gospel of Matthew

The great path has no gates
Thousands of roads enter it
When one passes through this gateless gate
One walks the universe alone
-Mu-mon

Ever desireless, one can see the mystery
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations
These two spring from the same source
This appears as darkness
Darkness within darkness
The gate to all mystery
-Tao-Te-Ching

Modern physics with the concepts of dark energy and the holographic principle tells us there are three orders or levels of reality. The ultimate level of reality is consciousness itself, which in its primordial undifferentiated or ultimate state is an empty background space of potentiality. This empty background space is the true vacuum state of nothingness with zero dark energy that gives rise to all other states of existence through the expression of a non-zero value of dark energy, which can only arise from the potentiality of empty space to expand. This accelerated expansion of space always occurs relative to the central point of view of an observer, which breaks the symmetry of empty space as it gives rise to a horizon or bounding surface of space that surrounds the observer at the central point of view and limits the observer’s observations of things in space. Dark energy is the ultimate expression of energy or desire that gives rise to the creation of the observer’s world or universe and everything in that world. That world is always defined by the images of things projected from the observer’s horizon that acts as a holographic screen to the observer’s central point of view. The observer’s holographic screen is the nature of the observer’s mind, which is the nature of imagination. Just as dark energy explains the nature of energy and desire, the holographic principle explains the nature of mind and imagination. These three orders of reality: consciousness, which is empty space at rest or without motion; energy, which is the expansion of space or consciousness in motion; and imagination, which is the encoding of bits of information on a bounding surface of space, the projection of images from that bounding surface to the central point of view of an observer and the animation of those images in the flow of energy, are what constitutes reality in its entirety. There is nothing else.

Ultimately, all the observer really is, is empty space. That is the mystery of the ultimate nature of its existence. Ultimately, all the observer really does is bend space as it expresses its energy and desire and creates the virtual reality, or the manifestation, of a world for itself to experience. This is all a spontaneous expression of creativity for the sheer joy of it; for the love of playing the game.

Do not try to bend the spoon. That is impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth.
What truth?
There is no spoon. Then you’ll see it’s not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.
The Matrix

What is it that really bends? Relativity theory tells us the strange answer is only space can bend. Not the projected holographic space we perceive, but the empty background space of undifferentiated consciousness within which the holographic universe and its observer arise. Only space can really bend because only empty space really exists. Everything else is part of the holographic illusion. That empty space of non-dual awareness is what one really is.

That which permeates all, which nothing transcends, and which like the universal space around us fills everything completely from within and without, that Supreme non-dual Brahman
That thou art
-Shankara

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Postscript

The scientific concepts discussed here about the nature of reality are mutually exclusive with one’s direct experience of the true nature of one’s ultimate reality. All concepts, including all scientific concepts, require a mind to construct those concepts, and the perceiving one must perceive the concepts constructed in that mind. Modern physics tells us that one’s mind is only a limiting holographic screen that encodes bits of information and projects mental images to one’s central point of view. That projection is animated as energy flows through one’s world. Those mental images include all images of one’s world, one’s thoughts, and all forms of mental imagination like memory and anticipation of events that allow for construction of a self-concept. Everything one can conceptualize inherently makes use of one’s mind. This mental process of conceptualization is mutually exclusive with one’s direct experience of one’s true nature. One can only experience one’s true nature in a state of no-mind. When one has no mind, one has no limiting holographic screen on which concepts can become constructed, animated and projected to one’s point of view.

When one has no mind, all projected images of one’s world disappear from existence, and with the disappearance of one’s world, all thoughts, concepts and other forms of mental imagination also disappear from existence. All that remains is the ultimate nature of one’s existence. The ultimate nature of one’s existence can only be described in negative terms as limitless, timeless, formless, selfless, emptiness and nothingness. The ultimate nature of one’s existence is the source of consciousness from which the observing consciousness of all observers at all points of view arise, and as such can also be referred to as undifferentiated consciousness or non-dual awareness, which in some inexpressible sense is awareness aware of nothing but undivided awareness.

In this ultimate state of one’s existence, one has no mind or concepts and one knows nothing. In this ultimate state of one’s existence, one is nothing and one does nothing. One simply is. One can only conceptualize what one is by apparently becoming something as one expends one’s energy and constructs a limiting holographic screen that is the nature of one’s mind that projects all images of one’s world and mind to one’s central point of view. In the process of apparently becoming something, one has to become an individual presence of observing consciousness. For one to directly experience the true nature of what one really is, this state of becoming has to come to an end. With the direct experience of the ultimate nature of one’s being, one directly experiences the inexpressible limitless experience of no-mind in which one is nothing, knows nothing and does nothing.

The individual perceiving consciousness of the observer is always present at the central point of view of its own world with its own inherent sense of being present as a conscious presence. The conscious presence of the observer is itself the bridge that connects the source of consciousness to its observable world. This bridge is like a doorway through which the observer’s individual perceiving consciousness ultimately passes as it returns to and reunites itself with the undifferentiated consciousness of the source. In this ultimate state of reunion, the conscious presence of the observer and the source of consciousness become one, and the undivided awareness of the source becomes aware of the conscious presence of the observer even as the observer perceives its own world. One not only knows oneself to be the conscious presence of the observer, but one also knows oneself to be the source of consciousness. One knows oneself to be the nothingness of the source. One knows the truth of being nothing. The only truth one can ever know about oneself is that one exists, but ultimately one exists as nothingness.

Spiritual awakening is like a spiritual maturation or growing-up process. Whenever the individual Atmanic consciousness of an observer becomes differentiated from the undifferentiated Brahmanic consciousness of the void, the observer always observes its own world from the point of view of its own life-form in that world, which is like the central character of a movie it is watching. When that life-form is born, the observer really knows nothing more about itself than I Am. As that life-form matures and develops, the observer knows more, but most of what it knows are false self-concepts that pertain to the life-form living its life in the world. As the life-form matures and develops its self-concepts, it inevitably goes through many rambunctious and troublesome phases of development. Each such phase can be characterized as an identity crisis within which the observer takes on a false identity, which is a mentally constructed and emotionally energized self-concept. Spiritual awakening can be understood as the ultimate identity crisis where all these false identities are thrown off as the observer withdraws its focus of attention away from them and the observer severs attachments and lets go of everything. The observer finally realizes the true nature of what it really is, and achieves a state of spiritual maturity.

The awakening process only goes forward with a fundamental shift in the focus of attention of consciousness away from the life of a person in the world and onto the true nature of being. At some point in the awakening process, the hypnotic spell is broken, the person is seen to be a hollow shell, emotional bonds to the person are no longer energized and dissolve away, identity with the person snaps, and the focus of attention of consciousness is shifted onto the sense of being present. In the awakening process, there is a fundamental shift in the identity of the perceiving consciousness away from the false personal identity of an ego in the world and onto the identity of the conscious presence of the witness of that world. The only true thing the conscious presence of the observer can ever know about itself is its own sense of being present, its sense of I-Am-ness, which is the Atmanic identity. Even this individual sense of I-Am-ness is ultimately seen not to be the ultimate truth, and identity finally shifts to the undifferentiated, undivided, unitary oneness of the source of consciousness, which is the Brahmanic identity of the ultimate nature of existence. In the awakening process, the true nature of being first throws off the false identity of a person in the world, the false “I” of an ego, then throws off the individual identity of the observing consciousness of that world, the I-Am-ness of the witness, and finally reaches the ultimate identity of the source of consciousness. The true nature of being throws off all of these false identities and still remains as “I”, the inexpressible identity of being infinite nothingness.

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Who or What Am I?

Although we take ourselves to be human beings, in reality we are not. There is an animated human life-form in the world one perceives, but that is not what one really is. Modern physics, specifically in terms of the concept of the holographic principle, is telling us that what one really is isn’t a human being, but a spiritual being, which is nothing but a presence of consciousness or observer that arises at a point of view in relation to a holographic screen that projects all the animated images of one’s world, like a movie one is watching. One not only watches the movie from one’s point of view out in the audience of empty space, but one also partially directs the movie with one’s focus of attention on it, animates the movie with the expenditure of one’s own emotional energy in it, and projects the movie with one’s own light of consciousness. The movie is like a virtual reality game that one is playing. One’s character in the movie, which appears in the form of an animated life-form, in reality is just another projected and animated image of the movie. To really know this truth for oneself, to directly see it, one has to go through a process of spiritual awakening. Awakening is only about knowing oneself as one really is, which is one’s spiritual being. Before we can discuss spiritual being, we need to discuss the concept of energy, which is what creates all the confusion in the first place.

To really understand what science is telling us about reality, we have to take it to its logical conclusion, which requires the unification of quantum theory with relativity theory. Logical consistency requires that unification be free of all paradoxes of self-reference. The only known logically consistent way to unify quantum theory and relativity theory is with the holographic principle. If we understand the holographic principle in the context of dark energy, which is the primordial energy that creates the universe in the first place along the lines of the big bang event, we end up with an observer-centric view of the world that is free of all paradoxes of self-reference and totally consistent with the ancient concept of non-duality in its purest expression.

Paradox of Self-Reference

Although not well known, in the last twenty years modern physics has undergone a conceptual revolution even greater than the conceptual revolution of a century ago that resulted in the development of quantum theory and relativity theory. This recent conceptual revolution is centered around the holographic principle, which is a way of unifying quantum theory with relativity theory, and the concept of dark energy, which is the primordial energy of the accelerated expansion of space that creates the universe in the first place along the lines of the big bang event. At first glance, these ideas seem weird and unnatural, but they’re only weird in the sense of the mathematics of geometry underlying theoretical physics. All theoretical physics is fundamentally based on geometric concepts, and these new ideas take geometry to its ultimate conclusion. This is the direction in which theoretical physics is evolving. For those not familiar with these new ideas, the recent book by Amanda Gefter: Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn, gives an excellent introduction to them in intuitive terms without the use of much mathematics.

The remarkable thing about geometry is although it can be formalized mathematically, it can also be understood intuitively. There is something about geometry that is fundamental to our very existence as sentient beings. The upshot of these new ideas about the nature of the world and reality is that there are three levels of reality. The ultimate level of reality, which in the non-dual tradition of Advaita can be called Brahman, is the true vacuum state of nothingness, which can only be described as an empty background space of potentiality. The true vacuum state is the ultimate state of existence. The true vacuum state, being nothing, has zero dark energy, but has the potential to give rise to all other states of existence through the expression of a non-zero value of dark energy. The true vacuum state, as the ultimate level of reality and the source of all states of existence that come into being from it, can be called the underlying nature of existence or the ground of being. All other states of existence come into being from the true vacuum state through the expression of a non-zero value of dark energy, which is the accelerated expansion of space that gives rise to an observable world along the lines of the big bang event. Space always appears to expand relative to the central point of view of an observer, which is the singularity of the big bang event.

Singularity

This naturally gives rise to an observer-centric view of the world. In the non-dual tradition of Advaita, the central point of view of the observer can be called Atman. The accelerated expansion of space gives rise to a cosmic horizon that surrounds the observer at the central point of view and limits the observer’s observation of things in space. In the sense of relativity theory, the cosmic horizon is observer-dependent, since it only arises from the observer’s central point of view in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference. When the holographic principle is applied to the observer’s cosmic horizon as a way of specifying all the bits of information or entropy that describe the information configuration states of every observable thing in the observer’s world, the observer’s horizon is understood to act as a holographic screen that projects all the images of things in the observer’s world to its central point of view. In this sense, the observer’s world is a holographic world that only arises through the projection of holographic images from its screen to its central point of view. The observer and its observable holographic world always arise in, and can only arise in, the empty background space of the true vacuum state. These three levels of reality: the true vacuum state (Brahman), the central point of view of the observer (Atman), and the observer’s holographic world, are the ultimate conclusion of what modern physics is telling us about the nature of reality and the world.

Atman-Brahman

In relativity theory, the expenditure of energy in the exertion of any force is equivalent to an observer in an accelerated frame of reference. Acceleration always implies the expenditure of energy, just like an accelerating rocket-ship must expend energy through the force of its thrusters. In this sense, every force, like gravity, is nothing more than the bending of space or the curvature of space-time geometry that occurs in an observer’s accelerated frame of reference.

Observer’s Accelerated Frame of Reference

Modern physics tells us that the ultimate nature of this energy is dark energy, which we understand as the accelerated expansion of space. In this sense, the ultimate state of existence, often called the void or true vacuum state, which is an empty space of potentiality, expresses energy with the expansion or bending of space, which always expands relative to an observer’s central point of view.

Dark Energy/Accelerated Expansion of Space

The observer enters into an accelerated frame of reference whenever energy is expended. The expenditure of dark energy is the only way the observer’s world can be created, as in the big bang event. The observer’s central point of view is always at the central point of singularity. This accelerated frame of reference is how a cosmic horizon arises that acts as a holographic screen and that encodes all the bits of information for the observer’s world.

Accelerating Observer’s Horizon/Holographic Screen

The observer’s cosmic horizon only arises because of the expenditure of dark energy that puts the observer in an accelerated frame of reference due to the accelerated expansion of space that always expands relative to the observer’s central point of view. The farther out into space the observer looks, the faster space appears to expand away from the observer’s central point of view.

Accelerated Expansion of Space and the Observer’s Cosmic Horizon

Due to the limitation of the speed of light as a means of information transfer in three dimensional space, a cosmic horizon arises that surrounds the observer at the central point of view and limits the observer’s observation of things in space. At the surface of its cosmic horizon, space appears to expand away from the observer at the speed of light, and so nothing is observable beyond it. The observer’s cosmic horizon is as far out in space as the observer can see things in space.

Horizon Information

When non-commutative geometry is applied to the bounding surface of the horizon as a way of specifying a finite number n=(Horizon surface area)/4(Planck area) of position coordinates on the horizon, the holographic principle is automatically in effect, and the bounding surface of the horizon encodes n bits of information as the n entangled eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix. With non-commutative geometry the n position coordinates on the horizon’s surface are no longer infinitesimal points but are smeared out into area elements encoding bits of information in a binary code of 1’s and 0’s, like pixels on a computer screen.

The Holographic Principle/Horizon Entropy

The holographic principle tells us the observer’s horizon encodes all the bits of information for its world in the sense of projecting images of things in that world from the observer’s holographic screen, which is a bounding surface of space, to the observer’s central point of view, which is the point of singularity.

Observer’s Holographic Screen

Those projected images are holographic and appear to arise within the bounded space of the observer’s world, but just like a computer generated virtual reality, the projected images are defined by bits of information encoded on pixels on the screen, and in reality are only projected to the observer’s central point of view.

Universal Observer/Atmanic Consciousness

A consensual reality shared by many observers located at different points of view in empty space becomes possible with information sharing among overlapping screens in the sense of a Venn diagram, much like the kind of information sharing that occurs in a network of screens like the internet.

Overlapping Bounded Spaces

What about the laws of physics that apparently govern events in the observer’s world? It’s fairly easy to show that Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric, which is the law of gravity that describes the projected and animated space-time geometry of the bounded space, arise as thermal averages or thermodynamic equations of state from the way entropy or bits of information are encoded on the bounding surface of that space and the absolute temperature of the bounding surface. The basic reason is the second law of thermodynamics, which is really not a law of physics but a statistical average about the random flow of thermal energy. As heat flows across a bounding surface of space, the second law tells us the entropy of the bounded space changes, and the holographic principle then tells us the bounding surface must change, which tells us the geometry of the bounded space must change. Since the geometry of the bounded space is described by Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric, which describe how space-time geometry is projected from the bounding surface like a screen output to an observer outside the screen and animated over a sequence of screen outputs like the frames of a movie the observer is watching, the space-time geometry of the bounded space only arises as a statistical thermal average from the way entropy or bits of information are encoded on the bounding surface and the average thermal energy or absolute temperature of the bounding surface.

Second Law of Thermodynamics

Every observer in an accelerated frame of reference has an event horizon, which is a bounding surface of space. When non-commutative geometry is applied to the event horizon as a way to localize a finite number of quantized position coordinates on the horizon, the holographic principle is automatically in effect. This quantization of position coordinates on the horizon is the essence of quantum gravity, which explains how quantum theory is unified with relativity theory. The observer’s horizon acts as a holographic screen that encodes all the quantized bits of information about whatever the observer observes in its world, which are the observable images projected from the observer’s screen to the observer’s central point of view. Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric, which is the law of gravity, naturally arise from the quantization of position coordinates on the horizon as thermal averages for whatever is observed in the bounded space, and describe the projected and animated space-time geometry of the observer’s world. The space-time metric is a measure of the curvature of the projected and animated space-time geometry of the bounded space.

Einstein’s Field Equations for the Space-Time Metric

When the usual unifying mechanisms of super-symmetry of space and the Kaluza-Klein mechanism of extra compactified dimensions of space are applied to Einstein’s field equations, all the standard quantum fields of the standard model of particle physics naturally arise as extra components of the space-time metric, which describe the electromagnetic and nuclear forces along with all the fermion and boson particles of the standard model. An elementary particle is understood as the quantum of the field, such as a photon which is the quantum of the electromagnetic field. The quantum of the field is understood to arise as a quantized wave-packet of field energy and momentum. The quantum fields of the electromagnetic and nuclear forces are understood to arise as extra components of the space-time metric through the unification mechanisms of super-symmetry and extra compactified dimensions of space, which can be understood through the mechanism of non-commutative geometry. These geometric mechanisms give rise to all the usual laws of physics, which are not really laws but only have the validity of thermal averages, but the situation is actually more complicated.

Extra Compactified Dimensions of Space

The remarkable discovery of modern cosmology is observations indicate the total energy of the observable universe is exactly zero. This is possible in relativity theory as the negative potential energy of gravitational attraction can exactly cancel out the total amount of dark energy and all forms of positive energy arising from dark energy. The fact the total energy of the observable universe exactly adds up to zero tells us something important. Since everything in the world is composed of energy and all energy ultimately adds up to zero, this tells us that everything is ultimately nothing.

Yin-Yang Balance

The normal flow of energy through the observer’s world is a consequence of the second law of thermodynamics, which describes the random flow of thermal energy. Heat tends to flow from hotter to colder objects, and also from hotter states to colder states of the observer’s world. The observer’s world is not at thermal equilibrium, which is why heat flows. This is purely a statistical consequence of hotter objects tending to radiate away more heat. As heat flows in a thermal gradient, entropy, which is the disordering of information inherent in objects as a consequence of the randomization of thermal energy, tends to increase, which tends to disorder objects, like a piece of ice that becomes more disordered when it melts into water as heat flows into it and chemical bonds are broken, or the flow of heat from the sun to the earth which arises through the dispersion of photons into more random states. This normal flow of heat in a thermal gradient and the corresponding increase in entropy that accompanies the flow of heat is what gives rise to the normal flow of energy through the observer’s world.

Normal Flow of Energy Through the Observer’s World

There is a competing process that tends to balance out the normal increase in entropy or disorder that occurs as heat flows in a thermal gradient. This balancing process is the tendency for coherent organization of information to develop, which allows for the organization of objects into distinct forms that coherently self-replicate their forms and for distinct forms to become inter-related. This tendency for coherent organization to develop is a natural aspect of a holographic world, since all the bits of information encoded on a holographic screen are entangled, typically as the n entangled eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix that arise when a finite number of position coordinates are specified on the screen by non-commutative geometry. Entanglement of information implies that every distinct form of information that appears in the observer’s world through the projection of images from the observer’s holographic screen to its central point of view is inherently related to every other distinct form of information. Entangled bits of information naturally tend to align over an animated sequence of holographic projections, and that alignment of information gives rise to the coherent organization of information. Coherence can even be seen on a piece of holographic film as an interference pattern. This tendency for entangled bits of information to align or bind together is typical of quantum entanglement, like entangled spin variables that tend to align. This natural tendency for entangled bits of information to self-organize and form self-replicating distinct forms of information and for the development of inter-relationships between distinct forms is balanced out by the natural tendency for information to become disordered and entropy to increase as heat flows in a thermal gradient. The temporary and local organization of information into forms is possible in spite of the relentless tendency for entropy to globally increase and eventually disorganize all forms due to the possibility of entropy locally and temporarily decreasing while global entropy increases. This local and temporary decrease in entropy is possible due to the addition of organizing potential energy to a form while disorganizing random kinetic energy or heat is radiated away from the form into the global environment. We call this addition of organizing potential energy to a form the process of forms eating other forms, which is necessary for the temporary organization of all life-forms. Organization and disorganization of the forms of all objects and their inter-relationships are always in a balanced state of interplay in a holographic world.

Illusion and Reality

Quantum theory tells us that there is no such thing as determinism, only potentiality. Everything in the universe, including the observable universe itself, only exists in a state of potentiality until it is measured or observed, at which time it comes into an actual state of existence. This actual state of existence only lasts for the moment of observation, which can be called the eternal now. The holographic principle tells us the observer is only a presence of consciousness at a point of view in empty space that centrally arises in relation to a surrounding holographic screen or bounding surface of space that encodes all the bits of information that specify the configuration state of whatever is observed in that bounded space. Until the moment at which the observation is made, the state of anything is described by a quantum state of potentiality that sums over all possible ways bits of information can be encoded on the holographic screen. At the moment of observation, an actual configuration state is chosen from the quantum state, which is what is actually observed. Quantum entanglement always comes into effect since all the bits of information encoded on the screen are entangled, typically as the n entangled eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix. The classic experiment that confirms potentiality as the mechanism of reality rather than determinism is the separation of two entangled spin variables. If a spin 0 particle randomly decays into two spin ½ particles, and the two particles separate from each other, the measurement of the spin state of one particle instantaneously determines the measurement of the spin state of the other particle, even if they become separated to opposite sides of the observable universe. The spin state of each particle is specified by a quantum state of potentiality in terms of equal proportions of spin up and spin down states. Due to the conservation of spin angular momentum, if one particle is measured to be spin up, the other particle can only be measured to be spin down. Einstein referred to this state of affairs as spooky action at a distance, and proposed that determinism, not potentiality, was actually in effect at all times and the particles had an actual spin state even when unmeasured. The test of Bell’s theorem disproves Einstein’s deterministic point of view as it proves that potentiality is in effect at all times. Potentiality wins the day every time it is tested.

Quantum Entanglement and Spooky Action at a Distance

The observer’s holographic screen encodes bits of information as a quantum state of potentiality, which is a basic consequence of non-commutative geometry, and so with every observation a choice must be made about what to observe. In quantum theory this choice is a quantum state reduction that reduces the screen’s quantum state of potentiality to an observable state of actuality. In quantum theory this choice is understood as a decision point where the observer chooses to follow an actual path through the information configuration space, where the quantum state of potentiality is understood as a sum over all possible paths in the information configuration space.

Quantum State of Potentiality/Sum over all Possible Paths

The holographic principle tells us each observer has its own world of animated observable images projected from its own holographic screen arising on an observer-dependent event horizon that arises in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference, within which the observer appears to follow a world-line through its projected and animated space-time geometry. Just like the animation of the frames of a movie on a computer screen, the space-time geometry of the observer’s world is projected to the observer’s point of view in a screen output and is animated over a sequence of screen outputs that are ordered in the flow of energy. Each decision point on the observer’s world-line is a choice about what to observe in its world and which path to follow through its world, which the observer makes with its focus of attention on things in its world. Different choices give rise to following a different world-line, which from the observer’s point of view is an alternative timeline that gives rise to an alternative world. That’s how relativity and quantum theory are unified along the lines of the many world interpretation, which naturally arises with the holographic principle and an observer-dependent holographic screen that defines its world.

Observer’s World-line and Decision Point

What we call a law of physics is not really a law at all but more like a probabilistic guideline. The laws of physics like gravity are all expressed in a classical sense as a principle of least action, but least action only represents the path of least action in the quantum state of potentiality, which is like the shortest distance between two points in the information configuration space. The quantum state can always be formulated as a sum over all possible paths in the information configuration space. The path of least action or classical path is only the most likely path in the sense of quantum probability, but is only valid if the choices that reduce the quantum state are made in an unbiased or random way. The quantum state is like a probability distribution that is measured by observations, but only unbiased observations give accurate measurements. If bias arises in the way choices are made, then all bets are off and the laws of physics lose their predictability. Events that apparently violate the laws of physics, like walking on water, are possible when sufficient bias arises in the way choices are made to create actions that significantly deviate from the path of least action. As Morpheus tells Neo in the Matrix, this is like bending the law of gravity, which relativity theory tells us is the bending of space.

What about free will versus determinism? Quantum theory tells us that determinism is not valid, since every observable thing only exists in a state of potentiality until observed, at which time it exists for that moment of observation in a state of actuality. The actual existence of anything is dependent on an observer observing it, but that state of actual existence only lasts for a moment called now, and the observer must be present now to observe it. The holographic principle tells us the observer’s observable world is always defined by the way bits of information are encoded on the observer’s holographic screen, which is the bounding surface of space that surrounds the observer at the central point of view. The quantum state of potentiality is a sum over all possible configuration states of information, which is typically characterized by an interference pattern. At the moment of observation, the quantum state of the observer’s screen is reduced to an actual configuration state. Although determinism is not valid, there is a normal flow of things through the observer’s world that arises since all things tend to follow the path of least action, which is like the shortest distance between two points in the information configuration space, as long as the choices that reduce the quantum state are made in an unbiased way. The possibility of free will arises if the observer can choose what it observes in its world with its focus of attention on things in its world, but only if those choices are made in a biased way that deviates from the path of least action and the normal flow of things. The observer’s bias in observation is always an interference with the normal flow of things that naturally arises with unbiased observations.

Truth Destroys Illusions

The big question is: Who chooses? Who makes the choices? The answer is only the observer can choose what it observes in its world and which path it follows through its world with its focus of attention on its world. When its focus of attention is redirected, different choices are made. The observer always makes its choices at a decision point on its world-line, but in reality the observer goes nowhere. The observer only appears to follow a world-line through its projected and animated space-time geometry, which is projected from its holographic screen in a screen output and is animated over a sequence of screen outputs, just like the projection and animation of a movie from a screen to the point of view of the observer outside the screen. In reality, the observer is only watching the movie. The observer is always present at the central point of view of its world, which is a point of singularity in empty space.

The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

The observer is the true nature of what one really is, which Nisargadatta calls I Am, with its own inherent sense of being present in the sense of mindfulness or presence. The holographic principle tells us that everything the observer observes in its world is no more real than the images of a virtual reality, like the animated images of a movie projected from a screen to the observer’s central point of view out in the audience of empty space. This concept of observation is equivalent to the idea of the observer’s own light of consciousness projecting images from the screen back to itself like the focused light of a movie projector projects the images of a movie from a screen to an observer’s point of view out in the audience.

At the root of my being is pure awareness, a speck of intense light.
This speck, by its nature, radiates and creates pictures in space and events in time, effortlessly and spontaneously-Nisargadatta

The holographic principle in the context of dark energy, with an observer-dependent cosmic horizon that acts as a holographic screen and that projects all the animated images of the observer’s world to its central point of view out in the audience of empty space, like a movie the observer is watching, tells us that only consciousness is really real with its own inherent independent existence. Everything else is virtual and dependent on consciousness for coming into a virtual existence. Virtual means things are forms of information, composed of bits of information, and their observation is like the projection of animated images from a screen to the point of view where perceiving consciousness exists, like the animated images of a virtual reality projected from a computer screen to an observer. Only consciousness has an independent or ultimate existence and is ultimately real, but that ultimate reality is nothing observable. Consciousness itself as the ultimate subjective nature of reality cannot be any observable object it can observe within its field of view. Defining ultimate reality as invariant for all observers means it is nothing observable. Nothing observable is ultimately real, but that is what consciousness is.

Nothing perceivable is real.
Only the onlooker is real, call him Self or Atman.
That which makes you think that you are a human is not human.
It is a dimensionless point of consciousness, a conscious nothing.
All you can say about yourself is I Am-Nisargadatta

Observers at different points of view observe different things. For example, when one falls into a deep sleep or a coma, one’s world disappears from one’s own point of view, but from the point of view of another observer, one’s body is still in bed. Which observer’s point of view is correct? The answer is given by the principle of equivalence. Different observers in different frames of reference observe different things, but neither point of view is more or less valid than any other point of view. The observer in a state of deep sleep observes nothing, which is just as valid an observation as observing a world. The holographic principle tells us the observer’s world only appears to come into existence because dark energy is expended. That’s how the observer’s world is created. Without dark energy, the observer has no world. What remains is the true vacuum state with zero dark energy, which undergoes no expansion and has no horizons. It is only describable as an infinite, unbounded, undivided, empty background space with the potentiality to expand. The true vacuum state with zero dark energy is not a state that arises from some other state, but the underlying reality from which all other states arise through the expression of a non-zero value of dark energy. The vacuum state of nothingness that remains with zero dark energy is the only state that is the same for all observers. If ultimate reality is defined as invariant for all observers, then nothing observable can ultimately be real.

The source of consciousness cannot be an object in consciousness. To know the source is to be the source-Nisargadatta

The person is never the subject.
You can see a person but you are not a person.
The difference between the person and the witness is as between not knowing and knowing oneself-Nisargadatta

Mere knowledge is not enough; the knower must be known.
Without knowledge of the knower there can be no peace.
I know myself as I Am in reality.
I Am neither the body nor the mind. I Am beyond all these.
You are accustomed to deal with things, physical and mental. I Am not a thing, nor are you. We are neither matter nor energy, neither body nor mind. Once you have a glimpse of your own being you will not find me difficult to understand.
You must gain your own experience.
We believe so many things on hearsay.
We never cared to verify-Nisargadatta

You are nothing perceivable or imaginable. Yet without you there can be neither perception nor imagination. The very act of perceiving shows that you are not what you perceive-Nisargadatta

One’s world can be called a dream-state, but the better term is a virtual reality, as animated images of one’s world are projected from one’s holographic screen to one’s central point of view in empty space, like the animated images of a movie are projected from a screen to the point of view of an observer outside the screen.

The world you can perceive is a very small world, entirely private. The world is but a reflection of imagination. Take it to be a dream and be done with it. What you call survival is but the survival of a dream. By forgetting who you are and imagining yourself a mortal creature you create so much trouble for your Self that you have to wake up, like from a bad dream-Nisargadatta

To know the world you forget the Self. To know the Self you forget the world-Nisargadatta

Before the world was, consciousness was. In consciousness it comes into being, and into pure consciousness it dissolves-Nisargadatta

You are and I am, but only as points in consciousness; we are nothing apart from consciousness. The world hangs on the tread of consciousness; no consciousness, no world-Nisargadatta

What begins and ends is mere appearance. The world can be said to appear but not to be. It is your memory that makes you think that the world continues. Memory creates the illusion of continuity. I see the world as it is, a momentary appearance in consciousness-Nisargadatta

All appearance and disappearance presupposes a change against some changeless background-Nisargadatta

In reality only the Ultimate is. The rest is a matter of name and form. As long as you cling to the idea that only what has name and shape exists the Supreme will appear to you non-existing. Names and shapes are hollow shells-Nisargadatta

The center of consciousness is That which cannot be given name and form, for it is without quality and beyond consciousness. It is a point in consciousness which is beyond consciousness. Like a hole in the paper is both in the paper and yet not of the paper, so is the supreme state in the very center of consciousness and yet beyond consciousness. It is an opening in the mind, a void, through which the mind is flooded with light. It is but an opening for the light of consciousness to enter the mental space-Nisargadatta

The supreme gives existence to the mind. The mind gives existence to the body-Nisargadatta

Beyond the moving mind there is the background of awareness, which does not change. The mind is like a river, flowing ceaselessly. Everything appears and disappears in consciousness. Our minds are just waves on the ocean of consciousness. As waves they come and go. Know your Self as the ocean of being, infinite and eternal. Though I may appear as a person to you, I Am that infinite ocean of consciousness in which all happens, beyond all things. I Am no-thing-Nisargadatta

Nothing exists by itself-Nisargadatta

The witness-consciousness is the reflection of the real in the mind. The real is beyond. The witness is the door through which you pass beyond-Nisargadatta

You can see a person but you are not a person. The person is never the subject. You are always the Supreme which appears at a given point of time and space as the witness, a bridge between the pure awareness of the Supreme and the manifold consciousness of the person-Nisargadatta

The supreme state is entirely one and indivisible. The only way of knowing it is to be it. The mind cannot reach it. To perceive it does not need the senses. To know it does not need the mind-Nisargadatta

Beyond the mind there is no such thing as experience. Experience is a dual state. You cannot talk of reality as an experience. In reality, being and becoming are one and inseparable. Both can exist only in the light of consciousness, which arises in the sense I Am-Nisargadatta

It is my own reality that I impart to the present event. The past is in memory, the future in imagination. I Am real for I Am always now, in the present, and what is with me now shares in my reality-Nisargadatta

At the level of the absolute there are no persons. The impersonal is real, the personal appears and disappears. I Am is the impersonal Being. ‘I am this’ is the person. The person is relative and the pure Being is fundamental-Nisargadatta

The Absolute is. The Absolute precedes time. Awareness comes first. Awareness contains all space and time. Awareness becomes focalized and a person appears. Remove the light of awareness, as in sleep, and the person disappears-Nisargadatta

The Absolute contains everything experienceable, but without the experiencer they are as nothing. That which makes the experience possible is the Absolute. That which makes it actual is the Self-Nisargadatta

In consciousness there is the ‘I’ who is conscious, while awareness is undivided-aware of itself. Awareness is beyond all-Nisargadatta

The timeless and spaceless reality is undifferentiated, the infinite potentiality, the source. It cannot be perceived, but can be experienced as ever witnessing the witness, perceiving the perceiver, the origin and end of all manifestation, the root of time and space-Nisargadatta

Inquire how real are the world and the person. Whatever depends is not real. The real is truly independent-Nisargadatta

Truth-realized beings like Nisargadatta confirm what science tells us as they describe the connection between ultimate reality and the world. If we understand the world as a kind of virtual reality that arises from ultimate reality through the expression of energy or desire, the holographic principle tells us the world is no more real than animated images projected from a screen to the point of view of an observer. This is exactly how Nisargadatta describes things, where the point of consciousness of the observer is the nature of Atmanic consciousness that gives rise to the light of consciousness that is needed to project images in addition to observing them. The focus of attention of consciousness, as in the focus of the light of consciousness, allows those images to become animated in the flow of energy and also to some degree is able to direct them in the sense of directing the scenes of a movie. Nisargadatta can’t explain how the screen or images arise, but he clearly describes it.

In pure being consciousness arises.
In consciousness the world appears and disappears.
Consciousness is on contact, a reflection against a surface, a state of duality.
The center is a point of void and the witness a point of pure awareness; they know themselves to be as nothing.
But the void is full to the brim.
It is the eternal potential as consciousness is the eternal actual-Nisargadatta

I am like a cinema screen, clear and empty.
The pictures pass over it and disappear, leaving it as clear and empty as before.
The screen intercepts and reflects the pictures. These are lumps of destiny, but not my destiny; the destinies of the people on the screen.
The character will become a person when he begins to shape his life instead of accepting it as it comes-identifying himself with it.
All this I perceive quite clearly, but I am not in it.
I feel myself as floating over it, aloof and detached.
There is also the awareness of it all and a sense of immense distance as if the body and the mind and all that happens to them were somewhere far out on the horizon.
To myself I Am neither perceivable nor conceivable.
There is nothing I can point out and say “this I am”-Nisargadatta

The mind-body problem is only solvable if the problem of the ultimate nature of reality is solved first. As long as we take the physical universe with its matter, energy, elementary particles and space-time geometry as the ultimate nature of reality, the mind-body problem cannot be solved. The solution becomes quite straightforward once the holographic principle in the context of dark energy is accepted and the physical universe and everything in it is understood as a holographic projection from a holographic screen. The problem of ultimate reality then comes down to what gives rise to or creates the holographic screen in the first place and what is responsible for the holographic projection. Since the holographic projection of the physical universe and everything in it can only be projected from a cosmic horizon that arises with the expression of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of space, and is always projected to the central point of view of an observer in an accelerated frame of reference, the only possible solution is the ultimate nature of reality can only be consciousness itself, where consciousness in its primordial or ultimate state is understood as an empty space of potentiality, which is like an empty background space with the potential to give rise to the accelerated expansion of space. In this sense, the observer’s mind is a holographic screen that projects images of the observer’s world to the observer’s central point of view, and the observer’s body is only a projected image.

The totality of all mental projections is the Great Illusion.
When I look beyond the mind I see the witness.
Beyond the witness is infinite emptiness and silence-Nisargadatta

I Am beyond consciousness and therefore in consciousness I cannot say what I Am.
There is nothing wrong in the idea of a body, but limiting oneself to one body only is a mistake. In reality all existence, every form, is my own, within my consciousness-Nisargadatta

First we must know ourselves as witnesses only, dimensionless and timeless centers of observation, and then realize that immense ocean of pure awareness, which is both mind and matter and beyond both-Nisargadatta

Awareness is beyond all.
Awareness is primordial; it is the original state.
Awareness is undivided-aware of itself-Nisargadatta

You are the pure awareness that illuminates consciousness and its infinite content-Nisargadatta

Awareness is primordial; it is the original state, beginningless, endless, uncaused, unsupported, without parts, without change. Consciousness is on contact, a reflection against a surface; a state of duality. There can be no consciousness without awareness, but there can be awareness without consciousness, as in deep sleep. Awareness is absolute, consciousness is relative to its content; consciousness is always of something. Consciousness is partial and changeful. Awareness is total, changeless, calm and silent-Nisargadatta

Awareness is undivided-aware of itself-Nisargadatta

An interesting observation of child psychologists is that prior to the development of a mentally-constructed body-based self-concept sometime during the second year of life the infant sees the world two dimensionally. Such an infant has no concept of movement in the third dimension, and cannot distinguish between larger or smaller objects and objects that are moved closer or farther away. It is as though all these objects are just images projected from a distant screen, where objects can grow or shrink in size but can’t move closer or farther away in the third dimension. This observation seems like a direct confirmation of the holographic principle. Prior to the mental development of a body-based self-concept which requires body-based memory of self the observer’s world is seen two dimensionally. Spiritual awakening in the sense of the ascension of consciousness can be understood as a reversion back to this more basic way of seeing things, where objects in space are actually seen to be images projected from a screen to the point of view of an observer out in empty space. One such object in space is one’s own body, and so the mentally-constructed concept of a body-based self becomes absurd once one directly sees that one’s body is just another image projected from a screen to one’s point of view in empty space.

You are the source of reality-a dimensionless center of perception that imparts reality to whatever it perceives-a pure witness that watches what is going on and remains unaffected. It is only imagination and self-identification with the imagined that encloses and converts the inner watcher into a person.
The person is merely the result of a misunderstanding.
In reality there is no such thing.
Feelings, thoughts and actions race before the watcher in endless succession.
In reality there is no person, only the watcher identifying itself-Nisargadatta

Self-identifications are patently false and the cause of bondage.
Your attachment is your bondage.
Liberation is never of the person, it is always from the person-Nisargadatta

All is a play in consciousness. All divisions are illusory. You can know the false only. The true you must yourself be-Nisargadatta

The world has no existence apart from you. At every moment it is but a reflection of your Self. You create it, you destroy it. It is a stage on which a world drama is being played. Your personal universe does not exist by itself. It is merely a limited and distorted view of the real. It is not the universe that needs improving, but your way of looking-Nisargadatta

I see things as they are, momentary events, presenting themselves to me in rapid succession, deriving their being from me, yet definitely neither me nor mine. Do not look for me in identification with something. I Am not among phenomena. I Am so totally independent that your mind cannot grasp it. I Am just beyond, in a different dimension altogether-Nisargadatta

To rise in consciousness is to rise from one dimension to another-Nisargadatta

It is the very structure of the universe, of manifestation, that the higher can be had only through freedom from the lower. All that lives, works for expanding consciousness, ever raising the level of consciousness, discovering new dimensions-Nisargadatta

Awareness comes as if from a higher dimension.
The witness that stands aloof is the watchtower of the real, the point at which awareness, inherent in the unmanifested, contacts the manifested-Nisargadatta

In ignorance the seer becomes the seen and in wisdom he is the seeing.
In reality all is one, the outer being merely a projection of the inner.
The objects in the world are many but the eye that sees them is one-Nisargadatta

The dreamer is one.
I Am beyond all dreams.
I Am the light in which all dreams appear and disappear-Nisargadatta

Everything is a play of ideas. In the state free from ideation nothing is perceived. The root idea is I Am. It shatters the state of pure consciousness and is followed by the innumerable sensations and perceptions, feelings and ideas which in their totality constitute God’s world. The I Am remains as the witness, but it is by the will of God that everything happens-Nisargadatta

The observer’s differentiated focal point of consciousness at the central point of view of its world is always present at the central point of singularity of a surrounding holographic screen, which only arises as a cosmic horizon when dark energy is expended and space appears to expand away from the observer at an accelerated rate. Dark energy is what puts the bang in the big bang event. This primordial explosive energy of the expansion of space is what creates the observer’s world, but also shatters the undivided unity of the true vacuum state of pure empty space from which it arises. The expenditure of dark energy is the nature of the differentiation process that differentiates the observer’s individual consciousness from the undifferentiated consciousness of the void. We understand the expenditure of dark energy is the accelerated expansion of space, which expands at an accelerated rate relative to the central point of view of the observer. In the sense of the curvature of space-time geometry, this accelerated expansion of space is the bending of space.

Delve deeply into the sense I Am and you will discover that the perceiving center is universal. All that happens in the universe happens to you, the silent witness. Whatever is done is done by you, the universal and inexhaustible energy.
There can be no universe without the witness, no witness without the universe-Nisargadatta

The objective universe is in constant movement, projecting and dissolving innumerable forms. Whenever a form is infused with life-energy, consciousness appears by reflection of awareness in matter-Nisargadatta

Consciousness itself is the source of everything.
What is real is nameless and formless, pure energy of life and light of consciousness.
Everything is a form of energy-Nisargadatta

You are not the body.
You are the immensity and infinity of consciousness-Nisargadatta

The ocean of consciousness is infinite and eternal-Nisargadatta

As salt dissolves in water, so does everything dissolve into pure being-Nisargadatta

A river is no more when it merges into the sea; the name, the shape are no more, but the water remains and becomes one with the ocean-Nisargadatta

There is only reality, in which no-thing has any being of its own. Like waves are inseparable from the ocean, so all existence is rooted in being-Nisargadatta

In the ocean of pure awareness, on the surface of the universal consciousness, the numberless waves of the phenomenal worlds arise and subside beginninglessly and endlessly. Nothing lasts. The void remains. Awareness is not of time. Time exists in consciousness only-Nisargadatta

The Supreme state neither comes nor goes. It is.
It is a timeless state, ever present.
Before the mind happens, I Am.
Before all beginnings, after all endings, I Am.
All has its being in the I Am that shines in every living being-Nisargadatta

It is awareness that makes consciousness possible. There is awareness in every state of consciousness-Nisargadatta

Awareness becomes consciousness when it has an object. In consciousness there is movement; awareness by itself is motionless and timeless, here and now. The absolute is reflected as awareness. Pure awareness becomes self-awareness. When there is a self, self-awareness is the witness. When there is no self to witness, there is no witnessing either. Only awareness remains-Nisargadatta

In reality nothing happens. Nothing happens to space itself. In pure consciousness nothing ever happens. Onto the screen of the mind destiny forever projects its pictures, and thus illusion constantly renews itself. The pictures come and go as light intercepted by ignorance. See the light and disregard the pictures-Nisargadatta

The world and the mind are states of being. The supreme is not a state. It pervades all states, but it is not a state of something else. It is entirely uncaused, independent, complete in itself, beyond space and time, mind and matter-Nisargadatta

The supreme state is entirely one and indivisible. It is not perceivable because it is what makes perception possible. It is beyond being and not being. It is what is, the timeless reality. The only way of knowing it is to be it. The mind cannot reach it–Nisargadatta

Go back to that state of pure being, the I Am in its purity before it became contaminated with false self-identifications. Abandon them all. Focus the mind on pure being. In it all disappears: myself, the life I live, the world around me. Only peace and unfathomable silence remains-Nisargadatta

Every action creates a reaction, which balances and neutralizes the action. There is a continuous cancelling out, and in the end it is as if nothing happened-Nisargadatta

The law of balance rules supreme-Nisargadatta

The return to balance and harmony is inevitable-Nisargadatta

All the objects of consciousness form the universe. What is beyond both, supporting both, is the supreme state, a state of utter stillness and silence. Whoever goes there disappears-Nisargadatta

Nothing happens. Something becomes nothing. Nothing was, nothing remains-Nisargadatta

You remain as pure being-Nisargadatta

Being nothing, I Am all. Being the world I Am not afraid of the world. I Am nothing that can experience fear. I have no shape nor name. It is attachment to a name and shape that breeds fear. I Am not attached. I Am nothing and nothing is afraid of no thing. Everything is afraid of the Nothing, for when a thing touches Nothing it becomes nothing. It is like a bottomless well, whatever falls into it disappears-Nisargadatta

When the expenditure and flow of energy comes to an end; when the observer is no longer in an accelerated frame of reference and is no longer surrounded by a bounding surface of space, the holographic projection and animation of a bounded space-time geometry to the observer and all observed forms within that bounded geometry also comes to an end. When energy is no longer expended and this acceleration comes to an end, the observer enters into a freely falling frame of reference. In an ultimate freely falling frame of reference, no energy is expended, no horizon arises, no holographic screen arises to define the observer’s world, images of things in that world are no longer projected or animated, and so everything in the observer’s world disappears from existence. When the observer’s world disappears from existence, the observer is no longer present for that world. When the observer’s world disappears, the observer’s differentiated focal point of consciousness can only dissolve back into the undifferentiated consciousness of the void. This ultimate state of free fall is described as falling into the void. In this ultimate state of existence, only empty space remains.

We call Buddha the awakened one.
This awakening is really the cessation of inner dreaming.
When there is no dreaming you become pure space.
This non-dreaming consciousness is what is known as enlightenment-Osho

The inner emptiness itself is the mystery.
When the inner space is there, you are not.
When you dissolve, the inner emptiness is there.
When you are not, the mystery will be revealed.
You will not be a witness to the mystery, you will be the mystery-Osho

You fall into an abyss, and the abyss is bottomless: you go on falling.
That is why Buddha has called this nothingness emptiness.
There is no end to it. Once you know it, you also have become endless.
At this point Being is revealed: then you know who you are, what is your real being, what is your authentic existence.
That Being is void-Osho

Enlightenment, which is the ascension of consciousness to a higher level that is really a higher dimension, like an observer that knows it is only watching a movie projected from a screen to its point of view outside the screen and that its own light of consciousness is reflected back to itself as those images are projected from the screen, and truth-realization, which is a reunion with or dissolution into ultimate reality like a drop of water that dissolves back into the ocean, are not the same as mystical experiences, like a brief experience of cosmic consciousness, which is a transient mystical way of perceiving the world. The key point is mystical experiences are experiences of the world, which is a virtual reality, but awakening isn’t. Enlightenment and truth-realization are abiding experiences where one experiences oneself as abiding non-dual awareness. They’re about awakening to and knowing the truth or reality of what one really is, which is the flip side of knowing what one is not. One is not one’s character in the movie one is watching.

Once you realize that there is nothing in this world which you can call your own you look at it from the outside as you look at a play on the stage or a picture on the screen. To know the picture as the play of light on the screen gives freedom from the idea that the picture is real.
In reality I only look.
Whatever is done is done on the stage.
Joy and sorrow, life and death, they are real to the man in bondage
To me they are all in the show, as unreal as the show itself-Nisargadatta

As I see it, you all are on a stage performing. There is no reality about your comings and goings. Your problems are so unreal. I did enter your dreamlike state to tell you-wake up-Nisargadatta

Go beyond, go back to the source, go to the Self that is the same whatever happens.
See everything as emanating from the light which is the source of your own being.
Find the immutable center where all movement takes birth.
Be the axis at the center-not whirling at the periphery.
Nothing stops you except fear.
You are afraid of impersonal being-Nisargadatta

The ultimate or timeless nature of impersonal being is an empty space of potentiality. When this empty space of potentiality expresses its power with the expenditure of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of space, an observer’s focal point of consciousness is differentiated from undifferentiated consciousness and a cosmic horizon arises that acts as a holographic screen that surrounds the observer at the central point of view. That’s how the observer’s world is created and the observer’s individual being comes into being. This bending of space is the only way that the observer’s world can be created and its individual being can come into being.

The I Am in movement creates the world.
The I Am at peace becomes the Absolute-Nisargadatta

As long as we imagine ourselves to be separate personalities, we cannot grasp reality which is essentially impersonal-Nisargadatta

Reality is essentially alone.
To know that nothing is, is true knowledge-Nisargadatta

For the path of return naughting oneself is necessary.
My stand I take where nothing is.
To the mind it is all darkness and silence.
It is deep and dark, mystery beyond mystery.
It is, while all else merely happens.
It is like a bottomless well, whatever falls into it disappears-Nisargadatta

Only the observer’s focus of attention on the expression of its desire to live a life in its world energizes the expression of that desire. Nisargadatta points out the observer’s willingness to give up the expression of that desire requires a shift in its focus of attention away from the expression of its desire to live a life. The only other place the observer can focus its attention is on its own sense of being present as a focal point of consciousness (the singularity) at the center of its world.

You are and I am, but only as points in consciousness.
I see only consciousness, and know everything to be but consciousness, as you know the pictures on the cinema screen to be but light.
It is enough to shift attention from the screen onto oneself to break the spell-Nisargadatta

As long as there is consciousness of something, its witness is also there. The two appear and disappear together. Give attention to the witness to break the spell of the known-the illusion that only the perceivable is real. As long as you believe that only the perceivable world is real you remain its slave. To become free your attention must be drawn to the witness-Nisargadatta

Expressing desires to live a life in its world is what keeps consciousness identifying itself with its character and emotionally attaching itself to its world. With every desire consciousness expresses its character is emotionally related to some other thing in its world, which is the emotional attachment, and that emotional relationship makes consciousness feel self-limited to the emotionally animated form of its character as it perceives the flow of emotional energy through the animated form of its character. That feeling of self-limitation is what keeps consciousness self-identified with its character. Awakening is not a desire that can be satisfied, but is only possible if consciousness withdraws its focus of attention away from its world and thereby withdraws its investment of animating emotional energy or desire from its world, which is the same as dying. Consciousness can only awaken if it would rather die and suffer ego-death than continue to live the life of the lie of falsely identifying itself with its character. Ego-death achieved through a process of severing emotional attachments, thereby deconstructing its emotionally energized mentally-constructed character-based self-concept, is the only way consciousness can shift its focus of attention onto its own true nature.

There is trouble only when you cling to something.
It is your desire to hold onto it that creates the problem. Let go.
When you hold onto nothing, no trouble arises.
As long as there is the sense of identity with the body, frustration is inevitable.
It is because of your illusion that you are the doer-Nisargadatta

All attachment implies fear, for all things are transient. Fear makes one a slave. Freedom from attachment is natural when one knows one’s true being-Nisargadatta

Freedom means letting go.
Spiritual maturity lies in the readiness to let go of everything.
Discrimination will lead to detachment.
You gain nothing.
You leave behind what is not your own and find what you have never lost:
Your own being-Nisargadatta

You are not what you think yourself to be. Your ideas about yourself change from day to day and from moment to moment. Your self-image is the most changeful thing you have-Nisargadatta

The relative cannot result in the absolute, but the relative can block the absolute-Nisargadatta

Only in complete self-negation is there a chance to discover our real being. The false self must be abandoned before the real Self can be found-Nisargadatta

The dissolution of personality is always followed by a sense of great relief, as if a heavy burden has fallen off-Nisargadatta

Experience is a state of mind, while being is not a state of mind. How can reality depend on experience when it is the very ground of experience-Nisargadatta

In reality there is only one state, the Supreme state. Awareness distorted by self-identification with its object is a person. Awareness undistorted by self-identification with its object but limited in nature and with a sense of being is the witness. Unlimited awareness is the Supreme-Nisargadatta

You cannot find peace in the world, for the world is full of contradictions-Nisargadatta

Anxiety and hope are born of imagination. I Am free of both. I Am being, and being needs nothing-Nisargadatta

Be free from fear. Fearlessness comes by itself when you see that there is nothing to be afraid of-Nisargadatta

Everyone sees the world through the idea one has of oneself. As you think your Self to be, so you think your world to be. If you imagine your Self as separate from the world, the world will appear as separate from you and you will experience desire and fear. Your own creative power projects on it a picture and all your questions refer to the picture-Nisargadatta

It is all but a display in consciousness-Nisargadatta

Be aware of your mind and its projections. What is going on is a projection of your mind. It is self-created in the sense that at its very center is the false idea of oneself as a thing different and separate from other things. In reality you are not a thing nor separate. You are the infinite potentiality, the inexhaustible possibility. Because you are, all can be. The universe is but a partial manifestation of your limitless capacity to become-Nisargadatta

The projecting power is imagination prompted by desire. It is the real that creates the urge, the inner prompts the outer, and the outer responds. But ultimately there is no inner nor outer-Nisargadatta

In the mirror of your mind images appear and disappear. Learn to distinguish the immovable from the movable, the unchanging from the changing, till you realize that all differences are in appearance only and oneness is the basic identity-Nisargadatta

In the great mirror of consciousness, in the mind only, images arise and disappear and only memory gives them continuity. On such flimsy foundations we build a sense of personal existence-vague, intermittent, dreamlike. This vague persuasion: ‘I-am-so-and-so’ obscures the changeless state of pure awareness and makes us believe that we are born to suffer and die. The mind blinded by the ‘I-am-the-body’ idea spins out endlessly its thread of illusion. The night of ignorance dissolves before the rising sun of wisdom. In reality nothing happens. The sun is always there-Nisargadatta

We have enclosed ourselves in a cloud of personal desires and fears, images and thoughts, ideas and concepts-Nisargadatta

On the screen of the mind, the light shines steadily. Only the film in between keeps moving and causes pictures to appear-Nisargadatta

All is of the mind. The mind creates the world. The mind is both the actor and the stage. You are not the mind-Nisargadatta

What is seen undergoes many changes when the light of awareness is focused on it, but it is the object that changes, not the light-Nisargadatta

When the mind takes over, remembers and anticipates, it exaggerates, distorts and overlooks. The past is projected into the future and the future betrays the expectations-Nisargadatta

Concern yourself with removing the distortions and impurities of your mind-Nisargadatta

Ignorance of your real being is due to the ‘I-am-the-body’ idea-Nisargadatta

In the shadow of the ‘I-am-the-body’ consciousness there is ignorance and illusion-Nisargadatta

The mind craves for experience, the memory of which it takes for knowledge. The mind craves for formulations and definitions, always eager to squeeze reality into a verbal shape. The mind wants an idea for everything, for without ideas the mind is not. The mind deals with the unreal. All the mind can do is to discover the unreal as unreal-Nisargadatta

Witnessing is natural. The problem is excessive interest leading to self-identification. Whatever you are engrossed in, you take to be real-Nisargadatta

Your thoughts dominate you only because you are interested in them. Turn away from your desires and fears and from the thoughts they create and you are in your natural state, here and now. Nothing stops you except fear. You are afraid of impersonal being-Nisargadatta

Imagination seems to be so real. All limited existence is imaginary. Even space and time are imaginary. Only the unlimited is real; pure being, filling all and beyond all-Nisargadatta

The point of I Am is the bridge between the watcher and its dream. ‘I am this’ is dream, while the pure I Am has the stamp of reality-Nisargadatta

All paths take you to the purification of the mind. The impure mind is opaque to truth. The pure mind is transparent. Truth can be seen through it easily and clearly-Nisargadatta

To see reality is as simple as to see one’s face in a mirror, only the mirror must be clear and true. A quiet mind, undistorted by desires and fears, free from ideas and opinions, clear on all levels, is needed to reflect reality. Be quiet, alert and detached. Integrity and purity remove the obstacles. Clarity and silence of the mind are necessary for the reflection of reality to appear in the mind. Reality is beyond the mind, but is timelessly present-Nisargadatta

Witnessing is of the mind. The witness goes with the witnessed. When there is a person in the world and a mind, there is also consciousness of it all and the sense of I Am. There is no I Am in awareness, which is a state of non-duality in which all separation ceases. In awareness, the person and the world disappear, and only the identity of pure being remains-Nisargadatta

Watch your mind, how it comes into being, how it operates. As you watch your mind, you discover your Self as the watcher. When you stand motionless, only watching, you discover your Self as the light behind the watcher. The source of light is dark, unknown. That source alone is. Go back to that source and abide there-Nisargadatta

Consciousness does not shine by itself. It shines by a light beyond it. Having seen the dreamlike quality of consciousness, look for the light in which it appears, which gives it being-Nisargadatta

When the mind becomes quiet, if you do not disturb this quiet and stay in it, you find that it is permeated with a light and love you have never known, and yet you recognize it at once as your own nature. Once you have passed through this experience, you will never be the same again. Delusions and attachments end and life becomes supremely concentrated in the present-Nisargadatta

Your natural state is pure awareness of being, without any self-identification with anything in particular. In that pure light of consciousness there is nothing, only light-Nisargadatta

The sense of identity is like a sequence of pictures on the cinema screen. Without the light and the screen there can be no picture. To know the picture as the play on light on the screen gives freedom from the idea that the picture is real-Nisargadatta

When the body is born, all kinds of things happen to it and you take part in them because you take yourself to be the body. You are like the man in the cinema house, laughing and crying with the picture, though knowing fully well that he is all the time in his seat and the picture is but the play of light on the screen. It is enough to shift attention from the screen onto oneself to break the spell-Nisargadatta

Just like in a cinema all is light, so does consciousness become the vast world-Nisargadatta

In the immensity of consciousness a light appears, a tiny point that traces shapes, thoughts and feelings, concepts and ideas. On the surface of the ocean of consciousness, names and forms are transitory waves. Only consciousness has real being, not its transformations. You are that point of consciousness. By your movement the world is ever created. Stop moving and there will be no world. Look within and you will find that the point of light is reflected as the immensity of light in the body as the sense I Am. There is only light. All else is appearance-Nisargadatta

The I Am in movement creates the world. The I Am at rest returns to the source-Nisargadatta

It is you who are in movement, not time. Motion is an aspect of energy. Stop moving and the apparent flow of time will cease. Past and future will merge into the eternal now-Nisargadatta

Step out of time and see it devour the world. The nature of time is to put an end to everything. Let it be. It does not concern you-Nisargadatta

To the mind the light of consciousness appears as darkness. It can be known only through its reflections. The highest state of awareness is to be the point of light tracing the world. Beyond the highest state of awareness is to be the source of light-Nisargadatta

The witness is merely a point in awareness. The light of consciousness arises from the source of consciousness-Nisargadatta

To know the source as source and appearance as appearance, and oneself as the source only is self-realization-Nisargadatta

You are destined for enlightenment. Self-awareness affects changes in the mind. A quiet mind is all you need. All you have to do is give attention to the obstacles created by the foolish mind-Nisargadatta

Whatever is conceived by the mind must be false, for it is bound to be relative and limited-Nisargadatta

The body and mind are limited and therefore vulnerable. They need protection which gives rise to fear. As long as you identify yourself with them you are bound to suffer. Realize your independence. To believe that you depend of things is ignorance of your true nature. To know that you need nothing is wisdom-Nisargadatta

Look at the content of your mind. You believe yourself to be the little person that you spend most of your time thinking about-Nisargadatta

There is no reality in ideas. What you think to be the world is your own mind. All space and time are in the mind. All is in the mind and created by the mind-Nisargadatta

In reality, there is neither ignorance nor realization. It all depends on what you take yourself to be. Know yourself correctly-Nisargadatta

The experiencer needs no proof. I Am and I know that I Am. You cannot ask for further proof-Nisargadatta

There can be no knowledge without the knower and no knower without the witness. Not only do you know, but you know that you know-Nisargadatta

To come into actual existence, everything must be witnessed-Nisargadatta

Whatever the content of consciousness, the witnessing of it does not depend on the content. Awareness does not change with the event. Awareness is your true nature, your natural self-identity. Nothing you can be aware of is your true nature-Nisargadatta

Awareness is reflected in consciousness. Pure awareness is beyond consciousness. The witness, the sense I Am aware, is reflected awareness. Pure awareness is the essence of reality-Nisargadatta

The real alone is. It is-Nisargadatta

The real is beyond experience. All experience is in the mind. The mind creates the unreal. You know the real by being the real-Nisargadatta

One must know that the real exists and is the nature of witness-consciousness. The real is beyond the witness, but to enter it one must first realize the state of pure witnessing. We can talk only of the unreal, the illusory, the transient, the conditioned. To go beyond we must pass through total negation of everything as having independent existence. All things depend on consciousness. The witness is the reflection of the real in all its purity, like the image of the moon appears when the water is clear and quiet. When clarity and detachment predominate in the condition of the mind, the witness consciousness comes into being-Nisargadatta

Like water is shaped by the container, so is everything determined by conditions. As water remains water regardless of the vessels; as light remains light regardless of the colors it brings out, so does the real remain real regardless of conditions in which it is reflected. To know that consciousness and its contents are but reflections, changeful and transient, is the focusing of the real-Nisargadatta

Just as each flower has its own color, but all colors are caused by the same light, so do many experiences appear in the undivided and indivisible awareness. This essence is the root, the foundation, the timeless and spaceless possibility of all experience-Nisargadatta

The light of consciousness is both the creator and the creation, the experiencer and the experience, the body and the embodied-Nisargadatta

The body and the embodied are not of the same order of reality. The body-mind is not the underlying reality. The body exists in time and space, transient and limited, while the dweller is timeless and spaceless, eternal and all-pervading. To identify the two is a grievous mistake and the cause of endless suffering-Nisargadatta

You cannot change the world before changing yourself. First realize that your world is only a reflection of your Self and stop finding fault with the reflection-Nisargadatta

Between the body and the Self is the mind, in which the Self is reflected as I Am. Due to lack of insight, the mind takes itself to be the body, not the Self. All that is needed is to purify the mind so it can realize its identity with the Self-Nisargadatta

Problems created by desires and fears and wrong ideas can be solved only on the level of the mind. You must conquer your own mind and for this you must go beyond it-Nisargadatta

The Self is beyond experience; it is the only Self of all-Nisargadatta

The conviction I Am That is false-a mental state. In That there is no I Am. With the sense I Am emerging, That is obscured, as with the sun rising the stars are wiped out. With the sun comes light, so with the sense of Self comes bliss. The cause of bliss is sought in the false, and thus bondage begins-Nisargadatta

I do not need conviction. I live on courage. I have the courage to be as nothing and to see the world as nothing-Nisargadatta

The process of letting go and severing emotional attachments can only go forward in a state of surrender. When one surrenders, one gives up one’s desire to control things in an emotionally-biased, self-defensive, character-favored way. One gives up one’s desire to express one’s emotionally-biased individual will and instead surrenders to unbiased divine will. With surrender to divine will, one no longer interferes with the normal flow of things with the expression of emotionally-biased, self-defensive individual will, but one allows oneself to come into alignment with the normal flow of things. Things cannot really be controlled since the normal flow of energy through one’s world is humongous, and trying to control the flow of things is like trying to stop a tsunami by holding up one’s hand. In addition, nothing really wants to be controlled and all things eventually resist any attempts at control. For the most part, actions do not change when one surrenders to divine will and puts oneself in alignment with the normal flow of things. One sees what needs to be done and one does it. Only the self-concerned and self-referential thoughts that emotionally bias and color those actions come to an end, which is a way of transcending one’s ego.

Whenever a thought or an emotion of desire or fear comes to your mind, just turn away from it. Turn away. Refuse attention-Nisargadatta

All you can do is to shift the focus of consciousness beyond the mind-Nisargadatta

When you refuse to play the game you are out of it-Nisargadatta

To imagine that you are in control-is the aberration of the body-mind. There is a universal power that is in control. The illusion of personal control-is in the mind only. Stand without desire and fear, relinquishing all control. This is the shortest way to reality-Nisargadatta

Everything is as it is because the universe is as it is-Nisargadatta

The entire universe contributes to the existence of even the smallest thing; nothing could be as it is without the universe being what it is. A thing is as it is because the universe is as it is. When the source and ground of everything is the only cause of everything, to speak of causality as a universal law is wrong. The universe is not bound by its contents because its potentialities are infinite; it is a manifestation or expression of a principle fundamentally and totally free-Nisargadatta

The universal trend towards balance, harmony and unity, at every moment, whatever is happening, is always for the best-Nisargadatta

All is God’s and all is for the best. Welcome all that comes with a glad and thankful heart, and love all creatures. This too will take you to your Self-Nisargadatta

Surrender gives rise to the integrated state, which is a transcendence of ego. Ego always wants to control things in an emotionally biased way because that is what ego does in order to survive as a self-replicating form of information. Ego utilizes fear as a way to defend its self-replicating form. Ego expresses fear because without that expression of fear ego cannot appear to come into existence in the form of a holographically projected and emotionally animated self-replicating image. The big question is to whom or what does that image appear to come into existence? The only possible answer is the image appears to the observer’s consciousness, but confusion arises when consciousness identifies itself with character. When ego expresses fear, the observer’s consciousness identifies itself with its character in the movie of the world it is watching as projected from its holographic screen to its central point of view. The observer really feels self-limited to the animated form of its character as it perceives the animating flow of emotional energy through that form. Once the observer identifies itself with the form of its ego, its focus of attention is directed to defend the survival of that self-replicating form as though its existence depends on it, which leads to the expression of more self-defensive emotions by its character perpetuating its state of emotionally identifying itself with its character.

Alienation causes fear and fear deepens alienation. It is a vicious circle. Only self-realization can break it-Nisargadatta

Abandon all self-identifications. It is a vicious circle-Nisargadatta

Can you talk of identity without memory? Memory is the warp of your mental life. Identity is continuity in memory, merely a pattern of events in time and space. Change the pattern and you have changed the man-Nisargadatta

Who identifies? Identity, individuality are aspects of the mind only. The idea ‘I am this body’ dies; the witness does not. The one witness reflects itself in the countless bodies as I Am. Beyond the body there is only the One-Nisargadatta

A speck in the eye makes you think that you are blind. That speck is the ‘I-am-the-body’ idea. Remove the speck and your eyes will be flooded with light. The light is there waiting for you to see it. The darkness you see is but the shadow of the ‘I-am-the-body’ idea. Get rid of it and you are in your natural state-Nisargadatta

Self-limitation is the only problem. You are attached to the little person you think yourself to be. Your desires are narrow, your ambitions petty. You are the perceiving point, the non-dimensional source of all dimensions, the center of perception-Nisargadatta

In reality, the inner watcher is a dimensionless center of perception; only imagination and self-identification with the imagined encloses and converts the inner watcher into a person. The person is merely the result of a misunderstanding. Feelings, thoughts and actions race before the watcher in endless succession, creating an illusion of continuity. A reflection of the watcher in the mind creates the sense of ‘I’ and the person acquires an apparent independent existence. In reality there is no person, only the watcher identifying itself with the ‘I’-Nisargadatta

The Self by its nature knows itself only. Whatever it perceives it takes to be itself. Self-identification with the limited-is suffering. It is the mind, bewildered by wrong ideas, addicted to thinking: ‘I am this’, ‘I am that’, that fears loss and craves gain and suffers when frustrated-Nisargadatta

All suffering is born of desire-Nisargadatta

If you stand aloof as observer only, you will not suffer. You will see the world as a show. The cause of suffering is in the identification of the perceiver with the perceived, out of which desire is born and with desire blind action-Nisargadatta

Just like in a good play you have all sorts of characters and situations. Nobody suffers in a play unless one identifies oneself with it. Don’t identify your Self with the world and you will not suffer-Nisargadatta

To the Self the world is but a passing show. The world just sprouts into being out of nothing and returns to nothing. As long as the Self is merely aware, there is no problem-Nisargadatta

The world is but a show, glittering and empty. It is there as long as I want to see it and take part in it. When I cease caring, it dissolves. It has no cause and serves no purpose. It appears exactly as it looks, but there is no depth in it nor meaning. Only the onlooker is real, call him Self or Atman-Nisargadatta

My life is a succession of events just like yours. Only I Am detached and see the passing show as a passing show, while you stick to things and move along with them-Nisargadatta

My world is just like yours. I see, I hear, I feel, I think, I speak and act in the world I perceive, just like you, but with you it is all, with me it is almost nothing. Knowing the world to be a part of myself, I pay it no attention-Nisargadatta

The person you take yourself to be is on a stage playing a role. You are what you are before the play began and remain what you are after the play is over. Look at the person as a performer on the stage of life. You are only watching the play. You are not in the performance; you are merely watching it-Nisargadatta

Aloofness and emotional non-involvement allows you to understand that you are not the body. The life of the body is seen only as a play on the screen of the mind, with the light of awareness the only reality-Nisargadatta

Once you realize that there is nothing in this world which you can call your own, you look at it from the outside as you look at a play on the stage or a picture on the screen-Nisargadatta

Everything is depicted in the pictures on the screen, including the person you take yourself to be; nothing in the light. You are the light only. You are the pure light appearing as a picture on the screen and becoming one with it-Nisargadatta

Consciousness comes and goes. Awareness shines immutably-Nisargadatta

Through the film of destiny your own light depicts pictures on the screen. You are the viewer, the light, the picture and the screen. Even the film of destiny is self-selected and self-imposed. The spirit is a sport and enjoys overcoming obstacles. The harder the task the deeper the self-realization-Nisargadatta

What has a beginning must have an end. When the film projection ends, all remains the same as when it started. The state before you were born is also the state after death. The timeless is here and now-Nisargadatta

I may perceive the world just like you, but you believe yourself to be in it, while I see it as an iridescent drop in the vast expanse of consciousness-Nisargadatta

At the root of the universe is pure awareness, beyond space and time, here and now. Know it to be your real being-Nisargadatta

The world is but a mistaken view of reality, unreal to its core, it is not what it appears to be-Nisargadatta

Sensory or mental pleasure, their roots in imagination, is not the real absolute happiness. A man who is given a stone and assured that it is a priceless diamond will be mightily pleased until he realizes his mistake; in the same way pleasures lose their tang and pains their barbs when the Self is known. Both are seen as they are, conditioned responses, mere reactions, attractions and repulsions based on memory-Nisargadatta

Pain is physical. Suffering is mental. Beyond the mind there is no suffering. Pain is merely a signal that the body is in danger and requires attention. Suffering warns us that the structure of memories and habits, which we call a person, is threatened by loss or change. Pain is essential for the survival of the body. Suffering is due entirely to clinging or resisting; it is a sign of our unwillingness to move on, to flow with life-Nisargadatta

The essence of saintliness is total acceptance of the present moment; harmony with things as they happen. A saint does not want things to be different from what they are; he knows they are unavoidable. He is friendly with the inevitable and therefore does not suffer. Pain he may know; if he can he does the needful to restore the lost balance, or he lets things take their course. What does he gain by living and what does he lose by dying? What was born must die; what was never born cannot die. It all depends on what he takes himself to be-Nisargadatta

One becomes self-conscious only when caught in the conflict between pleasure and pain, which demands choice and decision. The personal self by its very nature is constantly pursuing pleasure and avoiding pain. The ending of this pattern is the ending of the self. The ending of the self with its desires and fears enables you to return to your real nature-Nisargadatta

Realize that what you are cannot be born nor die, and with the fear gone, all suffering ends-Nisargadatta

It is the person you imagine yourself to be that suffers, not you-Nisargadatta

Suffering is due to non-acceptance. To reach the deeper layers of suffering you must go to its roots and uncover their vast underground network, where fear and desire are closely interwoven and the currents of life’s energy oppose, obstruct and destroy each other. The mental life is one continuous stream of suffering. By watching yourself with alert interest, with the intention to understand rather than judge, in full acceptance of whatever may emerge, you encourage the deep to come to the surface. This is the great work of awareness; it removes obstacles and releases energies by understanding the nature of life and mind. Alert attention is the mother of intelligence and intelligence is the door to freedom-Nisargadatta

Pain and pleasure always go together. Freedom from one means freedom from both. If you do not care for pleasure you will not be afraid of pain, but there is happiness that is neither, which is completely beyond-Nisargadatta

To find the immutable and blissful you must give up your hold on the mutable and painful. You only have to reach out beyond your personal self. Happiness is where the ‘I’ is not-Nisargadatta

Pain and pleasure are the crests and valleys of the waves in the ocean of bliss. Deep down there is utter fullness, timeless and changeless-Nisargadatta

Pure being is changeless, motionless, immovable, unassailable. There is peace, deep, immense, unshakable. I am never out of it. Once you have awakened into reality, you stay in it. Events are registered in memory, but are of no importance. I am hardly aware of them. I just watch events happening, knowing them to be unreal-Nisargadatta

Reality is beyond the subjective and objective, beyond all levels, beyond every distinction, indescribable, beyond being and not-being-Nisargadatta

When you go beyond awareness there is a state of non-duality in which there is no cognition, only pure being, which may as well be called non-being if by being you mean being something in particular-Nisargadatta

Whatever you perceive is not you. It is there in the field of consciousness, but you are not the field and its contents-Nisargadatta

All you need to do is to cease taking your Self to be within the field of consciousness. To look for it on the mental level is futile. It is here and now-the I Am you know so well-Nisargadatta

When I say I Am, I do not mean a separate entity with a body. I mean the totality of being, the ocean of consciousness, the entire universe-Nisargadatta

You are afraid of what you are. You are afraid that you will lose your identity; afraid of the unknown; not-being, not-knowing, not-doing; the beyond. Unwillingness born out of fear is the only obstacle-Nisargadatta

Only the sense I Am persists, the changeless among the changeful. Stay with the changeless until you are able to remove the obstacles and go beyond. The only obstacles are desire for the false and fear of the true-Nisargadatta

Consciousness is always of obstacles. Desire and fear born of memory are the obscuring and distorting factors. When there are no obstacles, one goes beyond-Nisargadatta

The personality is only an obstacle. Self-identification with the body may be good for an infant, but true growing up depends on getting the body out of the way. Normally, one should outgrow body-based desires early in life-Nisargadatta

The personality is but a product of imagination. It is taking your Self to be what you are not that binds you. The person cannot be said to exist on its own rights; it is the Self that believes there is a person and is conscious of being it. There is no person, only a mental picture given a false reality. Beyond the Self lies the unmanifested, the causeless cause of everything-Nisargadatta

You do not come from somewhere, you do not go anywhere. You are timeless being and awareness-Nisargadatta

You are the only proof you can have of anything; you know that you exist, but limited existence is always in time and space, while reality is changeless and all-pervading-Nisargadatta

The real enables the unreal to appear and causes it to disappear. The succession of transient moments creates the illusion of time, but the timeless reality of pure being is not in movement, for all movement requires a motionless background. The real is the background. The real is; the unreal merely appears to be. Once you have found the real in yourself, you know that you have never lost that independent being, independent of all divisions and separations. Don’t look for it in consciousness. Don’t look for it anywhere, for nothing contains it. It contains everything and manifests everything. Just as every wave subsides into the ocean, so does every moment return to the source. Realization is in discovering the source and abiding there-Nisargadatta

Reality is not a concept nor the manifestation of a concept. Once you know it you will never lose it. You will find it everywhere and at all times-Nisargadatta

That which is there before the beginning and after the ending of everything, that immovable state, which is not affected by the birth and death of a body or a mind, by its very nature is inexpressible-Nisargadatta

Abandon all memories and expectations. Abandon every personal desire. By being nothing, knowing nothing, having nothing, you discover the center of your being-Nisargadatta

Being pervades and transcends consciousness. Objective consciousness is a part of pure consciousness, not beyond it-Nisargadatta

The witness only registers events. All experience subsides with the mind. Without the mind there can be no experiencer nor experience. In the abeyance of the mind even the sense I Am dissolves. There is no I Am without the mind-Nisargadatta

In silence or void or abeyance, the three: experiencer, experiencing, and experience, are not. Unidentified being remains-Nisargadatta

In reality there is only the source, dark in itself, but making everything shine with the light of consciousness. Unperceived, it causes perception. Being nothing it gives birth to all being. It is the immovable background of motion-Nisargadatta

The idea of enlightenment is of utmost importance. A spark of truth can burn up a mountain of lies. The opposite is also true. The sun of truth remains hidden behind the cloud of self-identification with the body-Nisargadatta

Selfishness is self-concern for the protection, preservation and multiplication of one’s own body. To be attached is to be selfish. As long as you have a self to defend you must be violent-Nisargadatta

Selfishness due to self-identification with the body is the main problem. Selfishness cannot be removed by effort. Effort is a sign of conflict between incompatible desires. Selfishness can be removed only clear insight into its cause-Nisargadatta

A man who knows that he is neither body nor mind cannot be selfish, for he has nothing to be selfish for-Nisargadatta

Desire and fear are self-centered states. Between desire and fear anger arises, and with anger hatred-Nisargadatta

It is your mind that separates the world outside your skin from the world inside and puts them in opposition. This creates fear and hatred-Nisargadatta

Selfishness is rooted in the mistaken idea of oneself. The mistaken idea ‘I am the body-mind’ causes self-concern. As long as people are bent on dividing and separating, they are selfish and aggressive. As long as people are as they are, the world must be as it is. If you want peace and harmony in the world, you must have peace and harmony in your heart and mind; it must come from within-Nisargadatta

Once you realize that all comes from within, that the world in which you live has not been projected onto you but by you, your fear comes to an end. Without this realization you identify yourself with the externals, like a body-Nisargadatta

As long as you have the idea of influencing events, liberation is not for you. The very idea of doership, of being a cause, is bondage-Nisargadatta

The ‘I-am-not-the-body’ idea is merely an antidote to the ‘I-am-the-body’ idea, which is false-Nisargadatta

All hangs on the idea ‘I am’. Examine it thoroughly. It lies at the root of every trouble due to your self-identification with the body. It creates an illusion of separation where there is none. You suffer because you have alienated yourself from reality. It is because the ‘I am’ idea is false that it wants to continue. Reality is indestructible; it is indifferent to the destruction of forms. To strengthen and stabilize the ‘I am’ idea we due all sorts of things, all in vain, for the ‘I am’ idea is being rebuilt from moment to moment. The only radical solution is to dissolve the separate sense ‘I am such-and-such person’ once and for good. Being remains, but not self-being-Nisargadatta

Are you a mere body, or something else, or maybe nothing at all-Nisargadatta

The body is an abstraction. The body is an integration in the mind of a vast number of sensory perceptions, each perception a mental state. The mind and body are intermittent states, a stream of sensations, perceptions, memories and ideations. The sum total of these flashes creates the illusion of existence-Nisargadatta

Desire for embodied existence is the root-cause of trouble. Desires are just waves in the mind. Freedom from desire means the compulsion to satisfy is absent. You know a wave when you see one. No action needs to be taken-Nisargadatta

Those who make plans will be born to carry them out. Those who make no plans need not be born; for he is not bound for a destination; he has nowhere to go, nothing to do, nothing to become-Nisargadatta

At the root of all creation lies desire. Desire and imagination foster and reinforce each other. The state of pure witnessing, detached awareness, passionless and wordless-is like space, unaffected by whatever it contains-Nisargadatta

At the root of consciousness lies desire, the urge to experience. All consciousness is limited and therefore painful-Nisargadatta

All existence in limitation and separation is sorrowful, and we love it. We love it and hate it at the same time. We fight, kill and destroy, and yet we are affectionate and self-sacrificing. Life is full of contradictions, yet we cling to it. Clinging is at the root of everything-Nisargadatta

Remove the will to be and what remains? Existence and non-existence relate to something in space and time, which is in the mind. The mind plays a guessing game, ever uncertain and anxiety-ridden. You insist on being treated as a person because you are not sure of your own existence and do not want to give up the comfort and assurance of a personality. To be denied personal existence is frightening. You may not be what you believe yourself to be, but it gives you continuity; your future flows into the present and becomes the past-Nisargadatta

As persons we are bound to be afraid. Look at fear and accept it as the shadow of personal existence. Abandon all personal concerns and you shall be free from fear-Nisargadatta

Know yourself as independent and you will be free from fear and its shadows-Nisargadatta

Liberation is from the person; an inner shift of interest away from the false; away from the personal-Nisargadatta

As long as you imagine yourself to be a body, a thing among things, existing in time and space, short-lived and vulnerable, you will naturally be anxious to survive-Nisargadatta

When you realize yourself as less than a point in space and time. then all fear goes. Once you know that death happens to the body and not to you, not to the I Am sense reflected in it, you just watch your body falling off like a discarded garment–Nisargadatta

When you know yourself as beyond space and time, in contact with them only at the point of here and now, all-pervading and all-containing, unapproachable, unassailable, invulnerable, you will no longer be afraid-Nisargadatta

Know yourself as you are. Against fear there is no other remedy-Nisargadatta

Once you have understood that nothing perceivable or conceivable can be yourself, you are free of your imagination. To see everything as imagination born of desire is necessary for realization of the Self. We create the unreal by excess of imagination and miss the real by lack of attention-Nisargadatta

Be aware that you are the creator, enjoyer and destroyed of all you perceive, and you will not be afraid. In the mirror of your mind all kinds of pictures appear and disappear. Know that they are entirely your own creations. You see the picture but you are not the picture. Silently watch them come and go with the attitude of silent detached observation-Nisargadatta

You reach a point where nothing can happen to you. To be embodied or bodiless is the same to you. Without body, you cannot be killed, without possessions, you cannot be robbed, without mind, you cannot be deceived. There is no point where desire or fear can hook onto you. No change can happen to you-Nisargadatta

Pay no attention, give no interest to your desires and fears. Let them come and go-Nisargadatta

Your natural state of pure being, in which nothing exists, is your real nature. Pure being is independent of the existence of anything. Your true home is in nothingness, in emptiness of all content, independent, uncreated, timeless, changeless, beyond the mind. Reality is independent of its expressions. In reality, all is real and identical. In motion, it becomes consciousness, the mind and the manifested world. Motionless, it remains as the unmanifested great expanse, the ultimate reality. The causes of becoming are hidden in the mysterious powers of memory and imagination that create the mind and the world of things-Nisargadatta

When being arises in consciousness as the sense I Am, imagination and the idea of what you are arise in your mind as the ‘I-am-the-body’ idea. This idea brings forth desires and actions, and the process of becoming begins. Becoming restarts every moment. With the cessation of imagination and desire, becoming ceases, and the sense of being I Am merges into pure being, which is not describable, only experienceable-Nisargadatta

It is the nature of being to seek adventure in becoming. Out of love for embodied existence one is born and gets involved with destiny and becoming. The desire to be the particular makes you into a person with a personal past and future. Attachment to life is sorrow, and we love it-Nisargadatta

If you look into the living process closely, you will find cruelty everywhere, for life feeds on life. To the last day of your life you will compete for food, holding onto your body, fighting for its needs, wanting it to be secure, in a world of insecurity and death. If you believe your Self to be the body and mind and act on it, you are guilty of the greatest cruelty, cruelty to your own real being-Nisargadatta

Strife and struggle are a part of embodied existence. From the moment you were conceived you started a war of mutual destruction with your environment, until death sets you free-Nisargadatta

It is not suffering and death that are your problem, but the meanness and madness at their root. Is not madness the misuse of the mind? Humanity’s problem lies in this misuse of the mind only-Nisargadatta

Fear and greed cause the misuse of the mind. The right use of the mind is in the service of love, of life, of truth, of beauty-Nisargadatta

The only help worth giving is freeing from the need for further help. When you have understood that all existence, in separation and limitation, is painful, and when you are willing and able to live integrally, in oneness with all life as pure being, you have gone beyond all need of help-Nisargadatta

Happiness depends on something or other and can be lost; freedom from everything depends on nothing and cannot be lost-Nisargadatta

What is birth and death but the beginning and ending of a stream of events in consciousness? The idea of separation and limitation are painful. Momentary relief from pain we call pleasure, and we build castles in the air hoping for endless pleasure. It is all misunderstanding. Wake up, go beyond and live in reality-Nisargadatta

When a number of people are asleep, each dreams his own dream. Only on awakening the dreams-are seen as dreams; as something imagined. All you have to do is see the dream as dream-Nisargadatta

Just as a sleeping man forgets all and wakes up for another day, or he dies and emerges into another life, so do the worlds of desire and fear dissolve and disappear. The universal witness, the Supreme Self, never sleeps and never dies-Nisargadatta

The Self is beyond knowledge. The observable is in the mind. The nature of the Self is pure awareness, pure witnessing, unaffected by the presence of absence of knowledge-Nisargadatta

All that is, lives and moves and has its being in consciousness. I Am in and beyond that consciousness. I Am in it as the witness. I Am beyond it as Being-Nisargadatta

I Am both inside and outside the dream, but what I see in dream, I am not-Nisargadatta

The person is a very small thing. It cannot be said to exist by itself. Unperceived it is just not there. It is but the shadow of the mind, the sum total of memories. Pure being is reflected in the mirror of the mind as knowing. What is known takes the shape of a person based on memory and habit. It is but a shadow or a projection of the knower onto the screen of the mind-Nisargadatta

In reality there are no persons. At the moment of realization the person ceases. Identity remains, but identity is not a person, it is inherent in the reality itself. The person has no being in itself; it is a reflection in the mind of the witness, the I Am-Nisargadatta

Once you realize that the person is merely a shadow of the reality, but not reality itself, you cease to fret and worry. You agree to be guided from within and life becomes a journey into the unknown-Nisargadatta

All your problems arise because you have defined and therefore limited your Self. You have enclosed your Self in time and space, squeezed your Self into the span of a lifetime and a body, and this created the innumerable conflicts of life and death, pleasure and pain, hope and fear. Any attempt to do something about your problems is bound to fail, for what is caused by desire can be undone only in freedom from desire. You cannot be rid of problems without abandoning illusions. Cease imagining your Self to be the particular-Nisargadatta

There is no such thing as a separate person. There are only restrictions and limitations, the sum total of these define the person. Self-limitation is the very essence of the personality. You think you know your Self when you know what you are, but you never know who you are. See that you are not what you believe your Self to be. You can only be what you are in reality. You can only appear to be what you are not-Nisargadatta

To know that you are a prisoner of your mind, that you live in an imaginary world of your own creation, is the dawn of wisdom. To want nothing of it, to be ready to abandon it, to long intensely for liberation, with true despair and disillusionment, is enough for the first step, and each step will generate the next step. Self-awareness tells you at every step what needs to be done. When all is done, the mind remains quiet-Nisargadatta

All limited existence is imaginary. Even space and time are imaginary. Pure being, filling all and beyond all, is not limited. All limitation is imaginary. Only the unlimited is real-Nisargadatta

Your questions are about a non-existing person. Realize that whatever you think your Self to be is just a stream of events; that whatever happens, comes and goes, is not real; that you alone are, the changeless among the changeful. Separate the observed from the observer and abandon false identifications. Be a fully awakened witness of the field of consciousness-Nisargadatta

The person is a hindrance, to be done away with as a factor in consciousness. If eliminated, nothing remains, all remains. The sense of identity remains, but no longer identification with a particular body. Being-awareness-bliss shines in its full splendor-Nisargadatta

Pure being is free of experiencing anything in particular, but to realize it, elimination of the person is essential-Nisargadatta

Liberation is never of the person; it is always from the person-Nisargadatta

Be free from the person you take yourself to be. It is the idea you have of yourself that keeps you in bondage. Realization is of the fact that you are not a person. The destiny of the person is to disappear. Realization is of the one who imagines oneself to be a person-Nisargadatta

A vague memory of the person remains, like the memory of a dream. A flow of events, mostly accidental and meaningless; a sequence of desires and fears and inane blunders. The person is but a shell imprisoning you. Break the shell-Nisargadatta

Break the bonds of memory and self-identification and the shell will break by itself. You are the center of perception that imparts reality to whatever it perceives; the source of reality. Things appear to be real because you accept them. Stop accepting them and they dissolve. Whatever you think about with desire or fear appears before you as real. Look at things without desire or fear and they become unreal-Nisargadatta

Break the mind from within by investigation of its contradictions and absurdities-Nisargadatta

Watch your ever-changing life, probe deeply into the motive behind your actions, and a day will come when you will break the shell in which you are enclosed-Nisargadatta

It takes all your energy and time to break the wall your mind has built around you-Nisargadatta

Non-investigation of the mind is the cause of bondage. Only the mind imagines bondage. What the mind has done the mind must undo-Nisargadatta

You are bound by the illusion of the ‘I-am-the-body’ idea-Nisargadatta

You have never questioned your belief that you are the body-Nisargadatta

When you are in despair, you begin to question-Nisargadatta

What you see is not what you are. Appearances dissolve on investigation-Nisargadatta

Nothing stands in the way of your liberation here and now except for your being more interested in other things. You must see through them as mere mental errors-Nisargadatta

The mind based on memory is what prevents you from knowing yourself. It creates imaginary problems. Memory and anticipation create problems of attainment or avoidance, colored by like and dislike. Memory is a good servant but a bad master. It has power over you as long as you trust it. Just disregard it and deprive it of attention-Nisargadatta

Your only problem is your eager self-identification with whatever you perceive-Nisargadatta

When the body is alive, it attracts attention so completely that one rarely perceives one’s real nature. It is like seeing the surface of the ocean and forgetting the immensity beneath. The world is but the surface of the mind. Thoughts are just ripples in the mind-Nisargadatta

As long as you are engrossed in the world, you cannot know yourself. To know yourself, turn your attention away from the world and turn within-Nisargadatta

Just see the person you imagine yourself to be as part of the world you perceive within your mind and look at the mind from the outside, for you are not the mind-Nisargadatta

Go within, go beyond. Cease being fascinated by the content of your consciousness. When you reach the deep layers of your true being, you find that the mind’s surface play affects you very little-Nisargadatta

Being a person is due to the illusion of space and time. You imagine your Self to be at a certain point of time occupying a certain volume of space; your personality is due to your self-identification with the body. Your thoughts and feelings have their span in time and make you imagine your Self because of memory as having duration. In reality, time and space exist in you; you do not exist in them. They are modes of perception. The mind creates time and space and you take its creation for reality-Nisargadatta

When self-identification with the body ends, all space and time are in your mind, which is a mere ripple in consciousness-Nisargadatta

Once you realize that the world is in you and not you in the world, you are out of it. Your body remains in the world, but you are not deluded by it-Nisargadatta

You are confused because you believe you are in the world, not the world in you-Nisargadatta

I Am not my body. I Am the witness only. All things are in me. I Am not among things. You are so accustomed to thinking of bodies having consciousness that you cannot imagine consciousness as having bodies. Bodily existence is but a movement in consciousness-Nisargadatta

Bodies appear to be born and to die. Bodies come and go in consciousness-Nisargadatta

Consciousness survives innumerable bodies. It is in the nature of consciousness to survive its vehicle-Nisargadatta

Why are you so anxious about a mere body? Because you think you are the body. Yours is a make-believe talk. All hangs on suppositions and assumptions. You speak with assurance about things you are not sure of. You give reality to concepts, while concepts are distortions of reality. Abandon all conceptualization and stay silent and attentive. Be content with what you are sure of. The only thing that you can be sure of is I Am. Stay with it and reject everything else-Nisargadatta

I know I Am not a body. I Am free from all description and identification. I Am free from being a percept or a concept. Whatever you may hear, see or think of, I Am not. The body may be there or not. What difference does it make? The body-mind is like a room. It is there, but I need not live in it all the time. I Am beyond-Nisargadatta

Your difficulty stems from the idea that reality is a state of consciousness-Nisargadatta

The body depends on the mind, the mind on consciousness, and consciousness on awareness, not the other way around-Nisargadatta

There must be a source from which all flows, a foundation on which all stands-Nisargadatta

By itself, nothing has existence-Nisargadatta

What has a beginning must have an end. Only the beginningless is endless-Nisargadatta

The Supreme is both creation and dissolution; the ground from which all grows. Words do not reach there, nor mind-Nisargadatta

The realized man has returned to the source and realized his true nature-Nisargadatta

Realization is in discovering the source and abiding there. One is left without questions; no answers are needed-Nisargadatta

One is undeceived only-Nisargadatta

The seeker is he who is in search of himself-Nisargadatta

The person is in resistance to the very end.
It is the witnessing consciousness that makes realization attainable.
It is the witness that works on the person-on the totality of its illusions-Nisargadatta

You cannot ask a valid question about yourself. In the question ‘Who am I?’ the ‘I’ is not known and the question can be worded as ‘I do not know what I mean by I’. You can only know what you are not. You are not even in the world. The world is not; you alone are. You create the world in your imagination like a dream. You cannot have a world independent of yourself. You are independent, not the world. Don’t be afraid of a world that you have created-Nisargadatta

Your world is created with the emergence of the ‘I am’ idea. In your world everything has a beginning and an end. Timeless being is entirely in the now-Nisargadatta

What more proof do you need than your own existence? I Am is the ultimate fact. Wherever you go, you find yourself; you are there, here and now. The here is everywhere and the now always. ‘Who am I?’ is the ultimate question. Go beyond the ‘I-am-the-body’ idea, and you will find that space and time are in you, not you in space and time. Once you have understood this, the main obstacle to realization is removed-Nisargadatta

Once you are well-established in the now, you have nowhere else to go-Nisargadatta

Wherever you go, at all times, you carry with you the sense of being present and aware, here and now. It means that you are independent of space and time. Space and time are in you, not you in them. It is only your self-identification with the body, limited in space and time, that gives you a sense of limitation. In reality, you are limitless-Nisargadatta

The Self, being the root of all being and consciousness, imparts its reality to whatever it perceives. Being applies to the now only; the imparting of reality takes place invariably in the now. Eternity is the timeless moment of the now. We miss it unless attention is focused on the now-Nisargadatta

All consciousness is consciousness of change, but the perception of change necessitates a changeless background-Nisargadatta

The changeful keeps on changing while the changeless is waiting. Do not expect the changeful to take you to the changeless; it can never happen. Only when the idea of yourself as changing is seen as false and abandoned can the changeless come into its own. Change affects the mind only. To be what you are, you must go beyond the mind into your own being. The mind cannot go beyond itself. It must explode. The explosive power comes from the real. You must first realize your Self as the I Am before the mind explodes into pure being-Nisargadatta

Remain as the silent witness only; a mere point in consciousness, dimensionless and timeless. Know yourself as you are. Stay with the sense I Am-Nisargadatta

The I Am is common to all. Beyond the I Am is the immensity of light and love. Be one with yourself and you will be one with all, at home in the entire universe. Awareness is always with you. The same attention you give to the outer you turn to the inner-Nisargadatta

To question is the essence of revolt.
Without revolt there can be no freedom-Nisargadatta

Give up all questions except one: Who am I? The only fact that you are sure of is that you are. The I Am is certain. The ‘I am this’ is not. Struggle to find out what you are in reality-Nisargadatta

A false question cannot be answered. It can only be seen as false-Nisargadatta

The question ‘Who am I?’ has no answer. No experience can answer it, for the Self is beyond experience. I cannot tell what I Am because words can describe only what I am not. I Am beyond consciousness and therefore in consciousness I cannot say what I Am. Yet, I Am. I Am, and because I Am, all is-Nisargadatta

Only surrender to divine will breaks the vicious cycle of consciousness emotionally identifying itself with the self-replicating form of its character and emotionally defending the survival of that self-replicating form as though its existence depends on it. When one acts from fear, which is acting from ego, one feels self-limited to the form of one’s character, one feels disconnected from all other things, and one falsely knows oneself to be one’s character. The only other option one has in terms of actions is to act in a state of surrender to unbiased divine will and allow one’s actions to come into alignment with the normal flow of things. When one surrenders, one acts in a state of devotion to the divine. One puts one’s trust in divine will to sort out what is for the best, one allows things to play out in the normal way, and one does not attach oneself to the outcome of one’s actions. Ego is always emotionally invested in and attached to the outcome of its actions, but that emotional investment in the outcome of its actions can only lead to feelings of frustration, disappointment and a sense of futility, as the outcome doesn’t give ego what it wants and is not to its liking. The only way the ego can be transcended while actions still occur is through one’s surrender to divine will.

These is no such thing as free will. Will is bondage. It is your ego that makes you think that there must be a doer. You are compelled to desire. You identify yourself with your desires and become their slave. You cannot avoid action. You make it possible by giving it attention-Nisargadatta

Your mind projects a structure and you identify your Self with it. It is the nature of desire to prompt the mind to create a world for its fulfillment-Nisargadatta

The very purpose of creation is the fulfillment of desire.
Things happen by their own nature.
From my point of view everything happens by itself, quite spontaneously.
I do nothing. I just see them happen-Nisargadatta

Some unknown power acts and you imagine that you are acting. You are merely watching what happens-Nisargadatta

You are compelled to act. You make it possible by giving it attention-Nisargadatta

You cannot live without action, but behind each action there is fear and desire. All you do is based on the conviction that the world is real and independent of yourself-Nisargadatta

Trace the world to its source, and you will find out that before the world begins and after the world ends, you remain as timeless being-Nisargadatta

You cannot see yourself as independent of everything unless you drop everything. Let go. Let go of every support and just be, only holding onto the sense of being. Let things come and go. Desires and thoughts are also things. Disregard them. Refuse attention. Dispassion, detachment, freedom from desire and fear and all self-concern, awareness free from memory and expectation, is the state of mind in which discovery can happen-Nisargadatta

It is wrong to believe the idea that anything in particular can cause an event. Every cause is universal. Things happen as the happen because the universe is as it is. Your very body would not exist without the entire universe contributing to its creation and survival. All happens as if there is a mysterious power that creates and moves everything. Realize that you are not the mover, only the observer-Nisargadatta

Being and doing are not identical. The nature of action is to create further actions. I neither act nor cause others to act. I Am timelessly aware of all actions-Nisargadatta

Appearances are deceptive-Nisargadatta

Reality is paradoxical. The person appears when the pure light of awareness is obstructed by the ‘I-am-the-body’ idea, like a shadow cast by the sun. When the body is no more, the person disappears, only the witness remains and the Great Unknown. The witness knows, which is not untrue, merely limited. The idea of being a doer is totally false, because nobody does anything, everything happens spontaneously, including the idea of being a doer. The universe is full of action but there is no actor. There are numberless persons who through self-identification with a body imagine themselves acting, but that does not change the fact that the world of action is one single whole in which all depends on all and affects all-Nisargadatta

In reality we are all creators and creations of each other-Nisargadatta

The world recreates itself out of itself, the transitory begetting the transitory-Nisargadatta

What you call destiny is but the result of your own will to live. People willingly die only when the alternative is worse than death. Readiness to die flows from the same source as the will to live, a source deeper than even life itself. To be a living being is not the ultimate state. There is something beyond, much more wonderful, which is neither being nor not-being, neither living nor not-living. It is a state of pure awareness, beyond the limitations of space and time. Once the illusion that the body-mind is oneself is abandoned, death loses its terror and becomes a part of living-Nisargadatta

Why do you fret at one man dying and care little for the millions dying every day? Entire universes are imploding and exploding every moment. Am I to cry over them-Nisargadatta

Gods and their universes come and go, and in the end we are back at the source. I talk only of the timeless source of all the gods with all their universes, past, present and future. When a few boys stage a play for fun, what is there to see and remember-Nisargadatta

You create a God in your own image. Through the film of your mind you project a world and a God to give it cause and purpose. It is all imagination-Nisargadatta

When you see the world you see God. There is no seeing God apart from the world. Beyond the world to see God is to be God. The light by which you see the world, which is God, is the tiny little spark I Am-Nisargadatta

Brahma the Creator is the sum total of all desires. The world is the instrument for their fulfillment. The world is the abode of desires and fears. You cannot find peace in it. For peace you must go beyond the world. The root-cause of the world is self-love. Because of it we seek pleasure and avoid pain. Replace self-love by love of the Self and the picture changes. The roll of destiny unfolds itself and actualizes the inevitable. You cannot change the course of events, but you can change your attitude-Nisargadatta

You cannot speak of the beginning of consciousness. The very ideas of beginning and time are within consciousness. The moment you step out of it, you realize there is only reality, in which no-thing has any being of its own. Like waves are inseparable from the ocean, so is all existence rooted in being-Nisargadatta

Your past and future, your desires and fears, all have their roots in the world. All your life is connected with it. Without the world where are you, who are you? Find a foothold beyond and all will be clear-Nisargadatta

The perceiver of the world is prior to the world. The body appears in your mind; your mind is the content of your consciousness; you are the motionless witness of the river of consciousness which changes without changing you in any way. Your own changelessness is so obvious that you do not notice it. Have a good look at your Self and all these misapprehensions and misconceptions will dissolve-Nisargadatta

The infinite expanse of consciousness; the eternal, immeasurable potentiality of all that was, is, and will be, is primary. Even the experiencer is secondary. When you look at anything, it is the ultimate you see, but you imagine that you see a thing. Every mode of perception, what is seen, heard, felt, thought or imagined, is in the mind and not in reality-Nisargadatta

Even the sense of I Am is composed of the pure light of consciousness and the sense of being. Become aware of that pure light, the beingness in being, the awareness in consciousness, and you will never lose it, for there is nothing else-Nisargadatta

You are always the Supreme, but your attention is fixed on things, physical and mental. When through the practice of discrimination and detachment, you lose sight of sensory and mental states, pure being emerges as the natural state. Dive deep within yourself and you will find it easily and simply. Go in the direction of I Am-Nisargadatta

As one stops acting from ego and starts acting in a state of surrender and devotion, one enters into the integrated state. One no longer feels self-limited to the emotionally animated form of one’s character, which is the essence of acting from a state of ego, but instead feels expansive and unbounded, as though one is everywhere. One no longer feels disconnected from things, but instead feels connected to everything. One no longer falsely knows oneself to be an ego or the emotionally animated central character of the movie one is watching, but instead knows oneself only to be a presence of consciousness, the witness, at the center of one’s world. Only this state of surrender allows one to transcend one’s ego and shift the focus of one’s attention onto one’s true nature as the witness of one’s world.

Self-surrender is the surrender of all self-concern.
It cannot be done. It happens when you realize your true nature-Nisargadatta

When there is total surrender, complete relinquishment of all concern with one’s past, present and future, with one’s physical and spiritual security, when the shell of self-defense is broken, a new life dawns, full of love and beauty.
Complete self-surrender by itself is liberation-Nisargadatta

Real surrender means doing nothing. You merely watch things happen-Nisargadatta

Self-surrender is acceptance of whatever comes. There is nothing to do. Let things happen according to their nature-Nisargadatta

Surrender to your own Self, of which everything is an expression-Nisargadatta

What you call the universe, nature, is spontaneous creativity, that all ends in joy-Nisargadatta

Nature is in the mind-Nisargadatta

The entire universe is in the mind-Nisargadatta

Space and time are in the mind-Nisargadatta

The immutable reality lies beyond space and time-Nisargadatta

Creation is the very nature of consciousness. Consciousness causes appearances. Reality is beyond consciousness-Nisargadatta

Yours is the desire that creates the world. Love precedes creation-Nisargadatta

The world is love in action-Nisargadatta

All attributes of the world are reflections of the real, of the light of awareness, in the world-Nisargadatta

Experience is of change; it comes and goes. Reality is not an event. It is not perceivable in the same way as an event is perceivable. If you wait for an event to take place for the coming of reality, you will wait forever, for reality neither comes nor goes. It is to be perceived, not expected or anticipated. Reality is not an event and does not happen. Whatever happens, whatever comes and goes, is not reality. See the event as event only, the transient as transient, experience as mere experience, and you have done all you can. Then you are no longer armored against reality as you were when you gave reality to events and experiences-Nisargadatta

All manifestation is of opposites. Pleasure and pain, good and bad, hope and fear, rest and activity, life and death, they all come and go together. All long as there is a world, there will be conflicts and contradictions. Conflicts arise only when desires and fears refer to the same object-Nisargadatta

All experience is illusory, limited and temporal. Realization is not an experience, though it may lead to new dimensions of experience. The new experiences, however interesting, are no more real than the old. Realization is not a new experience. It is the discovery of the timeless factor present in every experience; the discovery of awareness which makes all experiences possible. In every experience awareness is present, but it is not an experience-Nisargadatta

All happens in consciousness and you are the source of consciousness. The world is but a succession of experiences. You are what makes the experiences conscious, but you remain beyond all experiences as awareness. Without awareness as the source of consciousness and life, there would be no world, no vehicle for consciousness-Nisargadatta

With the realized man the experience: ‘I Am the world, the world is mine’ is supremely valid. He thinks, feels and acts integrally and in unity with all that lives-Nisargadatta

As the I Am, you are the river flowing home to the sea. As awareness, you are the source, the ocean-Nisargadatta

If you watch the flow of your life, ever turned towards the source, you move upstream till suddenly you become the source-Nisargadatta

The totality of conscious experiences is nature. As a conscious self you are part of nature. As awareness you are beyond. Awareness is the source of consciousness and nature-Nisargadatta

There are no important events except when somebody reaches the highest goal. The whole is real; the parts come and go. The changeless reality makes the changeful possible-Nisargadatta

To know that you are neither the body nor mind, watch yourself steadily and live unaffected by your body and mind, completely aloof. Complete aloofness, unconcern with body and mind, is the best proof that at the core of your being you are neither body nor mind. You can always put an end to your imagining your Self to be body and mind. Remind your Self that whatever happens, only your body and mind are affected, not your Self. The more earnest you are, the sooner will you become aware of your Self as you are. Earnestness reveals being. The way out is to separate your real Self, that in you which is changeless, from your body and mind-Nisargadatta

The seer and the seen appear only when there is seeing. In the trinity: the known, knowing, and the knower, only the knowing is a fact. There is no certainty except knowing. The known and knower are attributes of knowing; the witness-consciousness. Knowing is a reflection of your true nature, of awareness, of pure being. The knower and known are aspects of the mind. It is the nature of the mind and imagination to create a subject-object duality, where in reality there is none. In reality all is one. Consciousness is of duality. There is no duality in awareness. Consciousness is limited. Awareness is unlimited; it is all that is. Awareness is not limited to consciousness-Nisargadatta

You do not need to remember to be. Before you can experience anything, there must be the sense of being. Your being is mixed up with experiencing. Unravel being from the tangle of experiences. Once you have known pure being, you will discern it among experiences and no longer be misled by names and forms. What comes and goes has no being and is unreal-Nisargadatta

The very reality of the world must be questioned-Nisargadatta

There is no such thing as an expression of reality. Neither action nor feeling nor thought express reality. Only reality is. There is nothing else. I know that nothing is necessary, that life itself is only a make-believe. I just watch events happening, knowing them to be unreal-Nisargadatta

The daily life is a life of action. Whatever you do for your own sake accumulates and becomes explosive: one day it goes off and plays havoc with you and your world. When you deceive yourself that you work for the good of all, it makes matters worse. A man who claims to know what is good for others is dangerous. Work neither for yourself nor for others, but for the work’s own sake. A thing worth doing is its own purpose. Bind not-Nisargadatta

Unselfish work leads to silence. When you work selflessly, you do not ask for recognition or assistance. You just do what needs to be done, leaving success and failure to the unknown-Nisargadatta

The detachment process only goes forward in a state of surrender. The ego is only mentally constructed as a concept of self when one’s character is emotionally related to some other thing in one’s world. This emotional relationship can either take the form of an emotional attachment to that thing or a self-defensive expression. Surrender deals with the self-defensive expressions, but the emotional attachments still need to be severed for the awakening process to go forward to its ultimate conclusion. When an emotional attachment is severed, it feels like something dies inside since part of the mentally-constructed emotionally energized character-based self-concept or ego dies away. Severing emotional attachments is a self-destructive process as the self-concept is deconstructed. The detachment process can only go forward with the observer’s willingness to suffer ego-death, since ego is the false belief, the big lie, the observer falsely believes about itself. The awakening process can only go forward if the observer would rather suffer ego-death than continue to the live the life of the lie of falsely identifying itself with its ego.

The way to truth lies through the destruction of the false.
To destroy the false you must question your most inveterate beliefs.
Of these the idea that you are the body is the worst.
It is the clinging to the false that makes the truth so difficult to see.
There is a deep contradiction in your attitude which you do not see.
See your world as it is, not as you imagine it to be.
See the person you imagine yourself to be as a part of the world you perceive within your mind and look at the mind from the outside, for you are not the mind-Nisargadatta

Destroy the wall that separates, the ‘I-am-the-body-idea’, and the inner and the outer become one. This battle is always won, for it is a battle between the true and the false-Nisargadatta

You must remove the wall. Realize that the wall and both sides of it are one single space-Nisargadatta

What the mind invents the mind destroys; but the real is not invented and cannot be destroyed-Nisargadatta

Your real nature is not what you appear to be. Give up the idea of being a person-Nisargadatta

You are creating the false, the idea of being a separate person, all the time-Nisargadatta

It is not the I Am that is false, but what you take yourself to be; a person in the world. You are not what you believe yourself to be-Nisargadatta

What you see as false dissolves. Illusion dissolves on investigation. Investigate it, withdraw from it, ignore it, go beyond it, and it will cease to be-Nisargadatta

See the unreal as unreal and discard it. Discarding the false opens the way to the true-Nisargadatta

Self-interest and self-concern are the focal points of the false. Daily life vibrates between desire and fear. Trace every action to its selfish motive and look at the motive intently. Discard every self-seeking motive as soon as it is seen and you need not search for truth; truth will find you-Nisargadatta

The real you is timeless and beyond birth and death. The body will survive as long as it is needed. It is not important that it should survive long-Nisargadatta

If you seek reality you must set yourself free of all patterns of thinking and feeling. Even the idea of being human should be discarded. Abandon all self-identifications, abandon all self-concern, abandon every desire. Stop thinking of achievement of any kind. You are complete here and now. You need absolutely nothing-Nisargadatta

Go within. The state in which you are aware of your Self but not the world, is a state of waking sleep. In that state you know without the least trace of doubt that at the root of your being you are free-Nisargadatta

You need not become what you are. There is the identity of what you are and there is the person superimposed on it. You know the person, but your true identity, which is not a person, you do not know. You never asked yourself the crucial question ‘Who am I?’ Shift identity from the superficial and changeful person to the immutable and ever-present witness-Nisargadatta

You are pure being-awareness-bliss. To realize that is the end of seeking. You come to it when you see all you think yourself to be as mere imagination and stand aloof in pure awareness. It is not difficult, but detachment is needed. It is clinging to the false that makes the truth so difficult to see-Nisargadatta

There is nothing wrong with the world. What is wrong is the way you look at it. It is your own imagination that misleads you. Without imagination there is no world. Your conviction that you are conscious of a world is the world. The world you perceive is made of consciousness; what you call matter is consciousness. You are the space in which it moves-Nisargadatta

All you need is a sincere longing for reality; the determination to be free from the false. The person, the observed outer self, is a projection of the observer, the inner self. The outer self is merely a projection on the body-mind of the inner self, which is an expression of the Supreme Self. The union of the seer and the seen happens when the seer becomes conscious of itself as the seer; not merely interested in the seen, but aware of being aware-Nisargadatta

That which does not depend for its existence, which does not arise with the universe arising, not limited in time and space, but imparts reality-That is real and has being-Nisargadatta

Truth can be expressed only by the denial of the false. It is useless to search for truth. You must see the false as false and reject it. Renunciation of the false is liberating-Nisargadatta

The false center must be done away with. The separate identity it creates is false. It is merely an idea in the mind. What remains when the false is no more is real-Nisargadatta

It is the nature of the false that it appears real for a moment-Nisargadatta

What has no being is false. What has a beginning and end, limited in time and space, has only the name and shape given to it by the mind. It is hollow and has no being-Nisargadatta

Begin by disassociating your Self from your mind. Resolutely remind your Self that you are not your mind and its problems are not yours. Giving names to mental states is only good for expressing your approval or disapproval. Be conscious of your Self, watch your mind, give it your full attention. Don’t look for quick results. Unknown to you, your psyche will undergo a change, there will be more clarity in your thinking, charity in your feeling, purity in your behavior. You need not aim at these-you will witness the change all the same. For what you are now is the result of inattention and what you become will be the fruit of attention-manifestations of integrity, oneness with your true nature-the personality rebuilt in accordance with the true nature of the Self-Nisargadatta

You must sleep in order to wake up. You must die in order to live. You must destroy to build, annihilate before creation-Nisargadatta

The search for reality is the most dangerous of all undertakings for it will destroy the world in which you live-Nisargadatta

The destroyer is always more real than the destroyed. Reality is the ultimate destroyer-Nisargadatta

I Am beyond all experience. I Am the great destroyer; whatever I touch dissolves into void-Nisargadatta

You got yourself into your present state through verbal thinking; you must get out of it the same way. Words can be used for destruction. Images are built of words, by words they are destroyed-Nisargadatta

Consider the familiar way of thinking and see its falseness. What the mind created, the mind must destroy. Realize that there is no desire outside the mind and stay out. You are your only obstacle. The way through yourself is beyond yourself-Nisargadatta

Get rid of wrong ideas. Don’t rely on your mind for liberation; the mind brought you into bondage. Go beyond it. Those who know the Self have seen beyond the world-Nisargadatta

You see yourself in the world, while I see the world in myself. To you, you get born and die, while to me, the world appears and disappears. It is your imagination that misleads you. There is a deep contradiction in your attitude which you do not see-Nisargadatta

You know yourself only through the senses and the mind. You take your Self to be what they suggest, having no direct knowledge of your Self. You have mere ideas. Whatever you think you are you take it to be true, imagining yourself perceivable-Nisargadatta

At the root of desire and fear is the feeling of not being what you are. Self-concern is a symptom of mental distortion-Nisargadatta

Misunderstanding is based on your idea that you are the body. Examine the idea; see its inherent contradictions. You cannot permanently be in a state cause by an impermanent body. Reality cannot be momentary. It is timeless, but timelessness is not a duration-Nisargadatta

Watch your thoughts as they come and go. Only when you have a vested interest in them does your attention get caught up in them. If you lose interest in them, you lose the emotional link that perpetuates the bondage. Pay no attention to them. Look through them. Cease being interested in them. It is disinterestedness that liberates. Don’t hold onto them. Give your attention to the I Am that is timelessly present. When the mind is in its natural state it reverts back to silence spontaneously. Every experience happens against the background of silence-Nisargadatta

You are the changeless background against which changes are perceived-Nisargadatta

When the mind becomes completely silent, it shines with a new light and vibrates with a new knowledge. On realization you feel complete. You merely discover what you are-Nisargadatta

Stop making use of your mind and see what happens. This is all imagination. In the light of consciousness all sorts of things happen and one need not give special importance to any-Nisargadatta

The mind can talk only of what it knows. Of the unknown only silence speaks-Nisargadatta

Realize that it is not you who moves from dream to dream, but the dreams flow before you and you are the immutable witness. Nothing affects your real being-this is the absolute truth-Nisargadatta

Put your awareness to work, not your mind. The mind is not the right instrument. The timeless can be reached only by the timeless. Only awareness is timeless, even in the now-Nisargadatta

Distrust your mind and go beyond. There are many starting points-they all lead to the same goal. You may begin with selfless work, abandoning the fruits of action. You may then give up thinking and end in giving up all desires. Giving up is the operative factor. You may not bother about anything you want or think or do and just stay put in the thought and the feeling I Am, focusing I Am firmly in your mind. All kinds of experience may come to you-remain unmoved in the knowledge that all perceivable is transient and only the I Am endures-Nisargadatta

Keep the I Am in the focus of awareness. Watch yourself ceaselessly, until the person merges into the witness, the witness into awareness, and awareness into pure being. Identity is not lost, only limitations are lost. The two become one and the one becomes all-Nisargadatta

By focusing the mind on I Am, on the sense of being, ‘I am so-and-so’ dissolves.
I Am a witness only remains and that too dissolves into I Am all. Then the all becomes the One and the One your Self-Nisargadatta

One only lets go and detaches oneself from things when one gives up one’s desire to control things, which one does when one sees that one’s desire to attach oneself to things and control things is immature, like a baby that wants to control its mother to force her to satisfy its desires, and futile, since nothing can ever really be controlled. Seeing the futility and immaturity of one’s desire to attach oneself to things and control things is a necessary step in giving up one’s desire to control things and severing the emotional attachment to things, which always feels like something dies inside. The next necessary step is seeing the falseness of all attachments, since one is never something that can attach itself to another thing. One is the perceiver of things and the perceiver of the emotional relationships between things that makes one feel like one is a thing, and makes one feel self-limited to a thing and believe that one is a thing. One becomes willing to give up one’s desire to control things and sever one’s emotional attachments to things when one sees that the life one lives in one’s world is an illusory make-believe life, no more real than animated images projected from a screen to one’s point of view out in the audience, like a virtual reality game one is playing or a movie one is watching. The only thing that ever appears to die is one’s character in the movie one is watching. One’s being doesn’t die. One’s consciousness out in the audience doesn’t die when the movie character appears to die. Seeing the illusory nature of that make-believe world and life is a necessary step in losing interest in living a make-believe life in that make-believe world and beginning the search for the truth of what one really is. Disillusionment is a necessary step in becoming disinterested in that illusory world and life and searching for the truth of one’s being. The loss of interest in living that make-believe life is the only way the emotional bonds of attachment can become severed, and this state of emotional bondage can come to an end. Disillusionment leads one to become disinterested in living that make-believe life. With the withdrawal of one’s focus of attention on that life and the withdrawal of emotional energy from that life, the emotional bonds are severed. Detachment allows one to see things with a sense of distance from them or from a higher level, which is really a higher dimension. Detachment ultimately leads to the disappearance of one’s world. The withdrawal of one’s focus of attention away from one’s world is a way of switching off one’s attention on one’s world and thereby switching off the light of consciousness necessary for the projection and animation of all images of one’s world, like switching off the light of a movie projector. As one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from one’s world, one turns off one’s world like turning off a light switch.

Clinging to desires and fears, opinions and ideas is childish. Give it all up and be ready for the real to assert itself. This self-assertion is best expressed in words I Am. Nothing else has being-Nisargadatta

It is disinterestedness that liberates. If you lose interest, you break the emotional link that perpetuates the bondage-Nisargadatta

Attention liberates. You are taking so many things for granted. You have put so much energy into building a prison for yourself. Now spend as much on demolishing it. Demolition is easy, for the false dissolves when it is discovered-Nisargadatta

In the end you get fed up with the waste of time and energy-Nisargadatta

The nature of creative imagination is to identify itself with its creations. You can stop it any moment by switching off attention-Nisargadatta

The witness attitude is faith in oneself. You are not what you experience and you look at everything from a distance. You understand that you are the witness only-Nisargadatta

You must realize yourself as the silent witness of all that happens. Your consciousness raised to a higher dimension, from which you see everything much clearer-Nisargadatta

If in the state of witnessing you ask yourself “Who am I?’ the answer comes at once, though wordless and silent. Cease to be the object and become the subject of all that happens; once turned within, you find yourself beyond the subject. When you have found yourself, you find that you are beyond the object, that both the subject and object exist in you, but you are neither-Nisargadatta

All I can say truly is I Am. The sense I Am is the manifestation of the Self. The I Am is in the world, but it is the key which can open the door out of the world. Absolute reality has projected a world of relative unreality onto your mind. Absolute reality is independent for the very simple reason that it is your Self. You have projected onto your Self a world of your own imagination, based on memories, desires and fears, and have imprisoned your Self in it. Break the spell and be free. All hangs on the conviction that what you see, hear, think and feel is real. Why not question your conviction? This world is painted by you on the screen of consciousness and is your own private world. Your sense I Am, though in the world, is not of the world. Once you realize the world is your own projection, you are free of it. You need not free yourself from a world that does not exist except in your own imagination. You are not bound by it without taking the imaginary to be real. See the imaginary as imaginary and be free-Nisargadatta

The very reality of the world must be questioned-Nisargadatta

There is no such thing as an expression of reality. Neither action nor feeling nor thought express reality. I know that life itself is only a make-believe. I just watch events happening, knowing them to be unreal-Nisargadatta

When you are concerned with truth, with reality, you must question everything, your very life. We live because we crave sensory experience. The desire to live is the one fundamental desire. All else depends on it. Question every urge, hold no desire legitimate-Nisargadatta

The desire to live is a tremendous thing-still greater is the freedom from the urge to live-Nisargadatta

Everything dissolves into pure being. The Supreme is the great harmonizer, the guarantee of the ultimate and perfect balance-of life in freedom. It dissolves you and thus reasserts your true being. You must die in order to live-Nisargadatta

Severing emotional attachments is like a process of death and dying. Before one can really let go, one has to grieve and accept the loss. Every step in the self-destructive process of severing emotional attachments is a loss, and that loss always feels like something dies inside. As long as there is more to lose, there are more steps to take. Every step is a loss, and nothing is gained. Everything is lost. Awakening only goes forward through the detachment process, but the spiritual freedom thus gained is only another word for nothing left to lose.

People are afraid to die because they do not know what is death. It is ignorance of your Self that makes you afraid. Break down the wall of ignorance. The moment you know your real being, you are afraid of nothing. Death gives freedom. To be free in the world you must die to the world. Attachment is bondage. Detachment is freedom-Nisargadatta

What you call survival is but the survival of a dream. Death is preferable to it. There is a chance of waking up-Nisargadatta

Death is a change in the living process of a particular body. Integration ends and disintegration sets in. Just as the knower of the body appears at birth, so he disappears at death. Consciousness needs a vehicle and an instrument for its manifestation. When life produces another body, another knower comes into being. The link between successive body-minds may be called the memory body; a record of all that was thought, wanted and done, like a cloud of images held together-Nisargadatta

As life before death is but imagination, so is life after death. The dream continues-Nisargadatta

The memory of past unfulfilled desires traps energy, which manifests itself as a person. When the person dies, unfulfilled desires are carried over to the next birth. Self-identification with the body creates ever fresh desires. Memories, desires and fears remain, and supply energy for a new person. There is no end to it unless this mechanism of bondage is clearly see. It is clarity that liberates, for you cannot abandon desires unless they are clearly seen-Nisargadatta

Karma is only a store of unspent energies, unfulfilled desires and fears. The store is being constantly replenished by new desires and fears-Nisargadatta

Most of us die wishing we could live again, so many mistakes, so much left undone. Live so that when the time of dying comes, you do not need to live again-Nisargadatta

You may die a hundred deaths without a break in the mental turmoil, or you may keep your body and die only in the mind-Nisargadatta

Nothing is wrong with suicide if it solves the problem of suffering, but where wisdom is lacking, a foolish death means foolish rebirth-Nisargadatta

When the body dies, the kind of life you have now, a succession of physical and mental events, comes to an end. It can come to an end even now without waiting for the death of the body. It is enough to shift attention to the Self and keep it there-Nisargadatta

The immutable neither lives nor dies. It is the timeless witness of life and death. You cannot call it dead for it is aware. You cannot call it alive for it does not change. It is the changing that dies-Nisargadatta

Reincarnation implies a reincarnating Self. There is no such thing. The bundle of memories called the ‘I’ imagines itself existing. All experience is born of imagination. Only those who think themselves born can think themselves reborn. All exists in awareness and awareness neither dies nor is reborn. It is the changeless reality itself. Timelessly, the Self actualizes itself without exhausting its infinite possibilities-Nisargadatta

It is natural for the body to die. It is a matter of little importance. What matters is I Am neither the body nor the mind. I Am-Nisargadatta

You make yourself mortal by taking yourself to be a body-Nisargadatta

Withdrawal, aloofness, detachment, letting go is death, but not necessarily death of the body. To live fully, death is essential. Every ending makes a new beginning-Nisargadatta

That which is alive in you is immortal-Nisargadatta

To be, you must be nobody-Nisargadatta

In death only the body dies; life does not; consciousness does not; reality does not. Life is never so alive as after death. It is a reflection in a separate body of the one reality. In this reflection the unlimited and the limited are confused and taken to be the same. To undo this confusion is the purpose of Yoga-Nisargadatta

Seeing the false as the false is meditation-Nisargadatta

Deliberate daily exercise in discrimination between the true and the false and renunciation of the false is meditation-Nisargadatta

To be free from thoughts is meditation. You begin by letting thoughts flow and watching them. Watch your thoughts and watch yourself watching thoughts. The very observation slows down the mind until it stops altogether. Once the mind is quiet, go deeper into it-Nisargadatta

Meditation is a deliberate attempt to pierce into higher states of consciousness and finally go beyond. Meditation is the art of shifting the focus of attention to higher levels without losing one’s grip on the levels left behind, until the entire mechanism of personality is grasped. The final stage of meditation is reached when the sense of identity goes beyond the ‘I-am-the-body’ idea, beyond ‘I-am-the-witness-only’, beyond all ideas into pure impersonal being-Nisargadatta

Meditating means giving attention. The witness usually knows only consciousness, but with practice turns back upon itself in its own awareness-Nisargadatta

The value of meditation is that it reminds you that you are not what you believe yourself to be-Nisargadatta

Try to be, only to be. Allot time for sitting quietly and trying to go beyond the personality. You just keep trying until you succeed. Don’t ask how, it cannot be explained. What matters supremely is sincerity, earnestness. If you persevere, there can be no failure. You must really have had surfeit of being the person and see the urgent need of being free of this unnecessary self-identification. All you need is to be aware of being as an ever-present fact. Begin as a center of observation. You are what you are every moment of your life, but you are never conscious of it. Keep quiet and look within. The awareness that you are will open your eyes to what you are-Nisargadatta

If you keep on trying, something may happen. If you don’t try, you are stuck-Nisargadatta

Understanding is seeing the false as false, but to understand you must observe from outside-Nisargadatta

Whenever a thought or emotion of desire or fear comes to your mind, just turn away from it. Refuse attention. Look between the thoughts rather than at the thoughts. When you walk in a crowd, you do not fight with every man you meet, you just find your way between. When you fight, you invite a fight. When you do not resist, you meet with no resistance. When you refuse to play the game, you are out of it-Nisargadatta

Clear the mind by watching it relentlessly. Inattention obscures, attention clarifies-Nisargadatta

The ideas you have of yourself are altogether wrong. It is not you who desires, fears and suffers, but the person built of the foundation of your body. You are not a person-Nisargadatta

Watch your mind. When your mind is absolutely still, you have moments of complete inner peace and quiet. If you miss it, you miss the entire thing. If you do not, the silence of the mind will dissolve and absorb all else-Nisargadatta

The unchangeable can be realized only in silence-Nisargadatta

We know the outer world of sensations and actions, but our inner world of thoughts and feelings we know very little. The primary purpose of meditation is to become conscious of our inner life. The ultimate purpose is to reach the source of life and consciousness. The practice of meditation affects deeply our character. Whatever we discover in ourselves and understand we overcome it by the very knowing; the unconscious dissolves when brought into the conscious. The dissolution of the unconscious releases energy; the mind becomes quiet. When the mind is quiet we come to know ourselves as the pure witness. We withdraw from the experience and stand apart in pure awareness. The personality continues, but its self-identification with the witness snaps-Nisargadatta

When the mind stays in the I Am, without moving, you enter a state that cannot be verbalized but can be experienced. The sense I Am is always with you, only you have attached all kinds of things to it-body, feelings, thoughts, ideas. All these self-identifications are misleading; because of them you take your Self to be what you are not-Nisargadatta

It is enough to know what you are not. You need not know what you are. What you are cannot be described except as total negation. Let go of your attachment to the unreal-Nisargadatta

To be quiet and detached, beyond the reach of all self-concern and selfish consideration, is the inescapable condition of liberation-Nisargadatta

The state of complete dispassion and detachment is the threshold of liberation-Nisargadatta

Non-identification is liberation-Nisargadatta

Externalization is the first step in liberation. Step away and look. Separate your Self and watch. The physical events will go on happening, but in themselves they have no importance-Nisargadatta

Seeing that the person you take your Self to be is a bundle of memories held together by attachment, step out and look from the outside-Nisargadatta

Step back from action to consciousness. Leave action to the body and mind. Remain as pure witness until even witnessing dissolves into the Supreme. The personality gives place to the witness, then the witness goes and pure awareness remains-Nisargadatta

Moments when one feels empty and estranged, of detachment, are desirable moments, for it means the soul has cast its moorings and is sailing for distant places-Nisargadatta

The witness is both real and unreal, the last remnant of illusion, the first touch of the real. The moment you say ‘I am’, the entire universe comes into being-Nisargadatta

The witness-consciousness is not permanent. The knower rises and sets with the known. That in which the knower and the known arise and set is beyond time.The words permanent or eternal do not apply-Nisargadatta

Even the sense I Am is not continuous, though it is a useful pointer; it shows where to seek, but not what to seek-Nisargadatta

Have your being outside this body of birth and death and all your problems will be solved. They exist because you believe yourself born to die. Undeceive your Self and be free. You are not a person-Nisargadatta

In the timeless state there is no self, no ‘I am’, no witness-Nisargadatta

What you are you will never know, for the unknown has no limits. Every discovery reveals new dimensions-Nisargadatta

Who can grasp it? The mind has it limits. It is enough to bring you to the frontiers of knowledge and make you face the immensity of the unknown. To dive in is up to you-Nisargadatta

As long as you are interested in your present way of living, you will shirk from the final leap into the unknown-Nisargadatta

If you desire nothing, then you are as good as dead, or you are the Supreme-Nisargadatta

I Am dead already. Physical death will make no difference. I Am timeless being-Nisargadatta

Death gives freedom. To be free in the world you must die to the world. Then the universe is your own-Nisargadatta

The detachment process goes forward in a state of surrender, but also requires focus and intent. One must express a clear intent and focus one’s time, energy and attention on manifesting that intention. One must become serious about the process, and work toward one’s goal in a serious way without distractions, diversions, conflicts or contradictions. The absolute irony of the detachment process is that by severing emotional attachments the outcome of manifesting the desire to awaken is to become desireless, which is to say one must become willing to die at the level of ego-death.

If you have no problem with suffering, you will not find the energy and persistence needed for self-inquiry and release from suffering. The identity-crisis must be genuine-Nisargadatta

Freedom from the ego is the fruit of self-inquiry-Nisargadatta

As long as you are locked up with your mind and ego, you cannot go further. Were you really at war with your ego, you would question its reality. You don’t question because you are not really interested. You are moved by the pleasure-pain principle, fear and desire, which is your ego. You are going along with your ego, not fighting against it. You are not even aware how totally swayed you are by personal considerations. Be in revolt against your ego, for the ego narrows and distorts. It is the worst of all tyrants. It dominates you completely-Nisargadatta

Before you can go further, you must accept that you are not what you appear to be. Desire and fear made you believe yourself to be what you are not-Nisargadatta

The false self will not give up unless it is totally discouraged, unless the absolute nothingness of the self-image is shown-Nisargadatta

If you are ignorant of your real being, whatever you do must turn to ashes-Nisargadatta

As long as you take yourself to be a person, a body and a mind, separate from the stream of life, having a will of its own, pursuing its own aims, you are living merely on the surface and whatever you do will be short-lived and of little value, mere straw to feed the flames of vanity-Nisargadatta

As long as you are interested in your present way of living, as long as you cling to it, you will not abandon it. Only when you fully realize the immense sorrow of your life and revolt against it, can a way out be found-Nisargadatta

Each step helps you reach your destination, and each step is as crucial as any other and must be made. If you refuse to make a step, you are stuck-Nisargadatta

You have to work for the fulfillment of your desires. Put in energy and wait for the results. The desire itself is energy. When your desire is not clear nor strong, it cannot take shape-Nisargadatta

You must be serious, intent, truly interested-Nisargadatta

First purify your vision. You must be eager to see. You need maturity. You need both clarity and earnestness for self-knowledge-Nisargadatta

Use every opportunity to remind yourself that you are in bondage; that whatever happens to you is due to the fact of your bodily existence. Whatever happens points to your existence as a perceiving center-Nisargadatta

To be born means to create a world around your Self as the center-Nisargadatta

Everyone creates a world for oneself and lives in it, imprisoned by one’s ignorance. All we have to do is to deny reality to our prison-Nisargadatta

Inquire who is ignorant and ignorance will dissolve like a dream-Nisargadatta

In awareness you grow more intelligent. In self-awareness you learn about yourself. You can only learn what you are not. To know what you are, you must go beyond the mind-Nisargadatta

Awareness is the point at which the mind reaches out beyond itself into reality-Nisargadatta

An explosion happened at the moment you were born, when you realized your Self as being-knowing-feeling. There is only one mistake that you are making: you take the inner for the outer and the outer for the inner. What is in you, you take to be outside you, and what is outside, you take to be in you. The mind and feelings are external, but you take them to be internal. You believe the world to be objective, while it is entirely a projection of your own psyche. This is the basic confusion. You have to think your Self out of it. There is no other way-Nisargadatta

There is only one Self and you are that Self. You are the only Self that is. Remove and abandon wrong ideas about your Self, and there it is, in all is glory. Abandon wrong ideas about your Self for they are false and obstruct your vision of your Self. You are the Self, only give up the false ideas you have about your Self. Reason tells you that you are neither the body, nor its desires and fears, nor the mind with its fanciful ideas, nor the role society compels you to play, nor the person you take yourself to be. Knowing is not separate from being. Whatever you can know with your mind is of your mind, not of your Self. You cannot be anything other than what you are. About your Self you can only say: I Am, I Am aware, I Am awareness itself-Nisargadatta

I am calling you back to your Self, to look at your Self, towards your Self, into your Self. By giving attention to your feeling and thinking, you free your Self from them and go beyond them. Your personality dissolves and only the witness remains. Then you go beyond the witness-Nisargadatta

I am offering you the operational approach. When a scientist describes an experiment and its results, you accept his statements on trust and repeat his experiment as he describes it. Once you get the same results, you need not trust him anymore; you trust your own experience; you proceed and arrive in the end at substantially identical results-Nisargadatta

Theories are neither right nor wrong. They are attempts at explaining the inexplicable. It is not the theory that matters, but the way it is being tested. You are being offered several plans of your prison, none quite true. They are all of some value, but only if you are in dead earnest. It is the earnestness that liberates and not the theory. Your sincerity will guide you. Devotion to the goal of freedom-will make you abandon all theories-and live by wisdom. Theories may be good as starting points, but must be abandoned, the sooner the better-Nisargadatta

You may know the theory, but without the actual experience of yourself as the impersonal center of being, mere verbal knowledge is sterile-Nisargadatta

You may know all the right words, quote scriptures, give brilliant discussions, and yet remain a bag of bones-Nisargadatta

Experience cannot be conveyed through words. We imagine that we know what we can define. The Self is not known through words, only through direct insight. Look within-Nisargadatta

Nothing you perceive is what you are. Words create images in your mind, but you are not a mental image. You are the power of perception behind and beyond the image-Nisargadatta

In reality there is only perception. Perceiving is actual. The Absolute makes perception possible, but too much analysis takes you nowhere. In you is the core of being which is beyond analysis, beyond the mind-Nisargadatta

When you are in dead earnest, you bend every incident, every second of your life, to your purpose. You do not waste time and energy on other things. You are totally dedicated, call it one-pointedness of the mind-Nisargadatta

Do not undervalue attention. To know, to do, to discover, or to create you must give your attention to it-Nisargadatta

Attention comes from the Self-Nisargadatta

Give your undivided attention to the most important in your life, your Self. Of your personal universe you are the center. Without knowing the center what else can you know-Nisargadatta

Desire is merely the fixation of the mind on an idea. Just turn away, deny it attention. Give it up because you see its valuelessness-Nisargadatta

You have to give up everything to know that you need nothing, not even your body. Your needs are unreal and your efforts are meaningless. You are not what you think yourself to be; as you believe yourself to be. What you appear to be, you are not-Nisargadatta

Stop imagining yourself to be what you are not. Stop believing-Nisargadatta

When you refuse to open your eyes, what can you be shown-Nisargadatta

The unreal is created in the mind by imagination and perpetuated by desire. The acceptance of the unreal as real is the obstacle. The mind is unable to think of the real in terms of the unreal except as negation. To see the false as false and abandon the false brings reality into being, into the focus of attention. The real is easily found when nothing else is wanted. Only direct insight will reveal it. Look within, search within-Nisargadatta

The urge must come from within as a wave of detachment-Nisargadatta

The desire to let go, to be alone, to go within-Nisargadatta

Between desires and freedom from all desires is an abyss which must be crossed-Nisargadatta

Between awareness reflected in consciousness as the witness and pure awareness there is a gap, which the mind cannot cross-Nisargadatta

You are quite capable of crossing over. What is needed is sincere interest. Be sincere. Integrity will take you to reality. You can do nothing to bring it about, but you can avoid creating obstacles. Just as at birth you discover the world suddenly, as suddenly you discover your real being. It is abidance in the Self-Nisargadatta

The door that locks you in is also the door that lets you out. I Am is the door. Stay with it until it opens. It is always open, but you are not at it-Nisargadatta

Being needs no proof; it proves all else. Being is the one incontrovertible factor. I Am is the door. Cross the door and go beyond-Nisargadatta

A day comes when your inquiries bring you to reality. One crosses beyond the concept into the experience at the root of it. Meditation is a persistent attempt to cross over-Nisargadatta

From the awareness of the unreal to the awareness of your real nature there is a chasm which you can easily cross once you have mastered the art of pure awareness-Nisargadatta

The state of detached awareness is the witness-consciousness. The sense I Am is always witnessed in the mirror of the mind as a reflection of the light of consciousness. The witness rises and set with its objects, and is not quite real. Whatever its objects. it remains the same, and so it is also real. It partakes of both the real and the unreal and is a bridge between the real and unreal. The bridge serves one purpose only, to cross over-Nisargadatta

Develop the witness attitude. What matters is the outlook, the attitude, which is that of total detachment, aloofness, standing apart-Nisargadatta

You must begin by being the dispassionate observer. Only then will you realize your full being. As long as you are enmeshed in the tribulations of a particular personality, you can see nothing beyond it. You are beyond the particular and the universal, a dimensionless point of awareness that creates the contents of the vast universe. Step out of the bundle of memories held together by attachment, caught in the meshes of desire born out of ignorance, and look from the outside-Nisargadatta

The pure witness watches what is going on, but without desire feels no urge to interfere, makes no choices, takes no decisions, and remains unaffected-Nisargadatta

As long as there is consciousness of something, its witness is also there. The two appear and disappear together. Give attention to the witness to break the spell of the known, the illusion that only the perceivable is real. As long as you believe that only the outer world is real, you remain its slave. To become free, your attention must be drawn to the witness-Nisargadatta

Whatever can be described cannot be your Self and what you are cannot be described. You can only know your Self by being your Self without any attempt at self-definition or self-description. Once you have understood that you are nothing perceivable or conceivable, that whatever appears in the field of consciousness cannot be yourself, you will apply yourself to the eradication of all self-identification as the only way that can take you to a deeper realization of your Self. You progress by rejection. Your vision is obstructed by false ideas about your Self. To know that you are neither the body nor the mind is already self-knowledge-Nisargadatta

Instead of struggling with the person you think yourself to be in order to make it become what it is not, go beyond the person and leave the personal life behind. It does not mean the extinction of the person, only seeing it in right perspective. You see the body as real, but in reality it exists in your imagination only. In reality, you were never born and will never die, but you imagine you are a body and ask what brought you into this state of embodied existence. Within the limits of illusion, the answer is desire born from memory attracts you to a body and makes you think of yourself as a body. In reality, this is only a mental condition, a dream-like state of imagination, easy to dispel by questioning its reality-Nisargadatta

It is all a matter of focus. Your mind is focused in the world; mine is focused in reality-Nisargadatta

I see what you too could see, here and now, but for the wrong focus of your attention. The only difference between us is that I am aware of my natural state, while you are bemused. We discover it by being earnest, by searching, inquiring, questioning daily and hourly, by giving one’s life to this discovery. What is supremely important is to be free from contradictions; the goal and the way must not be on different levels; life and light must not quarrel. Tenacity of purpose and honesty in pursuit will bring you to your goal. You come to it through earnestness. Earnestness is the only condition of success-Nisargadatta

Centuries roll on, but the human problem does not change. The problem of suffering and the ending of suffering is universal. Selfishness, separateness and self-seeking is the cause of suffering. The cause of suffering is dependence and the remedy is independence-Nisargadatta

The world appears real to you only because you think of it all the time. Cease thinking of it and it will dissolve. When desire and fear end, bondage also ends. It is the emotional involvement, the pattern of likes and dislikes, that creates the bondage-Nisargadatta

The essence of bondage is that you have not understood that you are dreaming; the mixing of the real with the unreal, being with imagination, reality with illusion-Nisargadatta

The dream begins every moment. From moment to moment you are renewing it. Once you have seen that you are dreaming, you shall wake up, but you do not see because you want the dream to continue. A day will come when you long for the ending of the dream; you become willing to pay any price; the price will be dispassion and detachment, the loss of interest in the dream-Nisargadatta

What price are you willing to pay for reality? Any price? What do you really want? Increase and widen your desires until nothing but reality can fulfill them-Nisargadatta

When you know that you are neither body nor mind, you will follow truth wherever it takes you, and do whatever needs to be done, whatever the price to pay-Nisargadatta

The finite is the price of the infinite as death is the price of immortality-Nisargadatta

The desire for realization, to put an end to all desires, is a most peculiar desire-Nisargadatta

The desire to find the Self will be surely fulfilled provided you want nothing else. You must be really honest with your Self and really want nothing else. If you want many other things and are engaged in their pursuit, torn between contradictory urges, your main purpose may be delayed until you grow wiser-Nisargadatta

You identify yourself with your desires and become their slave. To me desires are things among other things, and I do not feel compelled to act on them-Nisargadatta

The endless anxiety of choice takes you nowhere. See the falseness of the idea ‘I am a person in time and space’, which prevents you from seeing that there is nothing you need-Nisargadatta

Desire by itself is not wrong. It is life itself. It is the choices you make that are wrong. To imagine that some little thing-food, sex, power, fame-will make you happy is to deceive yourself. Only your real Self can make you truly and lastingly happy. Be true to your own Self-Nisargadatta

Without trust there is no peace. Of all the people, the knower of the Self, the liberated man, is the most trustworthy. But merely to trust is not enough. You must also desire. Without desire for freedom of what use is the confidence that you can acquire freedom? Be devoted to your goal. If your desire and confidence are strong, they will take you to your goal-Nisargadatta

The greatest Guru is your inner Self. Truly, he is the supreme teacher. He alone can take you to your goal and he alone meets you at the end of the road. You must have the strong desire to find him and do nothing that will create obstacles and delays. Do not waste time and energy. Learn from your mistakes and do not repeat them-Nisargadatta

Some people go on a journey and come back, some never leave. What difference does it make since they travel in dreamlands, each wrapped up in his own dream. Only the waking up is important-Nisargadatta

It is like traveling a long and arduous road in an unknown country. Of all the innumerable steps there is only the last which brings you to your destination. In reality each step brings you nearer to your goal, even when you had to turn back to by-pass an obstacle, because to be always on the move, learning, discovering, unfolding, is your eternal destiny-Nisargadatta

In solitude and darkness the last step is made that ends ignorance forever-Nisargadatta

When you realize that all is in your mind and that you are beyond the mind, then you are truly alone-Nisargadatta

You can only start from where you are. You are here and now. You cannot get out of here and now. You are aware of thinking, feeling, doing. You are not aware of your being. You can only be aware of your being here and now-Nisargadatta

In the now you are the movable and the immovable. So far you took yourself to be the movable and overlooked the immovable. Turn your mind inside out. Overlook the movable and you’ll find your Self to be the ever-present, changeless reality-Nisargadatta

Past and future exist in the mind only. Time is in the mind. Space is in the mind. In reality all is here and now and all is one-Nisargadatta

The realized man is egoless; he has lost the capacity of identifying his Self with anything. He is beyond space and time, beyond the world-Nisargadatta

The realized man knows the state in which there is neither the world nor the thought of it; the state in which imagination is no longer taken for reality. He comes to take you to the real, to truth, to what is; not to come to terms with the mind and its delusions-Nisargadatta

The realized man is beyond life and death. Life and death appears to him but a way of expressing movement in the immovable, change in the changeless. He has died before his death and he saw that there was nothing to be afraid of. The moment you know your real being you are afraid of nothing-Nisargadatta

Realization is in discovering the source and abiding there. One is left without questions; no answers are needed-Nisargadatta

One is undeceived only-Nisargadatta

The realized man has returned to the source and realized his true nature-Nisargadatta

There are many who take-a momentary experience for full realization-Nisargadatta

Trances and visions induced by words or drugs or any other sensory or mental means are temporary and inconclusive. The truth of what you are is immovable and everlasting. The proof of it is in the deep and permanent change in one’s being. It is not something one can doubt unless one doubts one’s own existence-Nisargadatta

If you want to know your true nature, you must have your Self in mind all the time, until the secret of your being stands revealed-Nisargadatta

Find out your real being. ‘What am I?’ is the fundamental question of philosophy and psychology. Go into it deeply-Nisargadatta

Deepening and broadening of self-awareness is the royal way. Call it mindfulness or witnessing or attention. Witnessing is awareness of consciousness and its movements-Nisargadatta

I Am not my body. I Am the witness only-Nisargadatta

Be aware of being conscious and seek the source of consciousness-Nisargadatta

I Am beyond the mind. I Am perfectly empty of all mental formations-yet fully aware-Nisargadatta

Do nothing. There is nothing to do. Just be-Nisargadatta

There is nothing more to it. The attitude of pure witnessing, of watching events without taking part in them-Nisargadatta

The detachment process requires one’s willingness to look within as one examines one’s own mentally-constructed ego structure and as one deconstructs that ego structure. The awakening process only goes forward with the observer’s willingness to look within and examine its ego structure. This mentally-constructed ego structure has to die away or become deconstructed before the observer can shift the focus of its attention on its own sense of being present as the witness at the center of its world. This ego deconstruction process is really a withdrawal of animating emotional energy away from its world as the observer withdraws the focus of its attention away from its world and refocuses its attention on its own true nature.

Turn within. I Am you know. Be with it all the time, until you revert to it spontaneously. There is no simpler and easier way-Nisargadatta

Your preoccupation with the outer prevents you from focusing on the inner. You have to turn away from the world and go within-Nisargadatta

By its very nature the mind is outwardly turned; it always tends to seek for the source of things among the things themselves. To be told to look for the source within is the beginning of a new life-Nisargadatta

Use everything as an opportunity to go within. Light your way by burning up obstacles in the intensity of awareness. When the person who desires and fears is carefully examined and its falseness seen, then its power over you will end-Nisargadatta

Yours is the power of perception, not what you perceive. Whatever you are conscious of, is not you. Yours is the cinema screen, the light and the seeing power, but the picture is not you-Nisargadatta

Keep quiet; turn your energy within to find the source of the inexhaustible power-Nisargadatta

The world you think about is in your own mind. It is a mental projection, in contact with the real only at the point of awareness, which is only now-Nisargadatta

All attributes are personal. The real is beyond all attributes-Nisargadatta

You may feel attracted to reality at one time and repelled from the false at another. Both are needed for freedom. In each case the value of the approach lies in bringing you to the need of seeking within. The resistance to going within is the fear of having to abandon the illusion of being something or somebody in particular-Nisargadatta

You can spend an eternity looking elsewhere for truth-all in vain. You must begin in your Self, with your Self. Realize that your world is only a reflection of your Self. All you need is to stop searching outside what can only be found within-Nisargadatta

The reward of self-knowledge is freedom from the personal self. You cannot know the knower for you are the knower. The knower of the known is not knowable. The fact of knowing proves the knower. You need no other proof-Nisargadatta

The knower is the unmanifested. The known is the manifested. To locate a thing you need space, to place an event you need time. The timeless and spaceless makes everything perceivable but is beyond perception. The mind cannot know what is beyond the mind, but the mind is known by what is beyond it-Nisargadatta

The mind craves for content, while to the mind reality is contentless-Nisargadatta

Know what keeps you in the narrow confines of the known-Nisargadatta

If you investigate the knowable, it dissolves, and only the unknown remains-Nisargadatta

With the first flicker of imagination and interest, the unknown is obscured and the known comes to the forefront. The known, the changeable, is what you live with. It is only when you are satiated with the changeable and long for the unchangeable, that you turn around and step into what can be described from the level of the mind as emptiness and darkness-Nisargadatta

The experience of being empty, uncluttered by memories and expectations, is like the freedom of open spaces, the happiness of being young, of having all the time and energy for doing things, for discovery and adventure-Nisargadatta

The destruction of the false is the movement of self-inquiry. You are not what you see or appear to be. Reject what you are not until the real Self emerges in its glorious nothingness, its not-a-thing-ness-Nisargadatta

There is a vastness beyond the farthest reaches of the mind. That vastness is my home; that vastness is myself-Nisargadatta

The unknown is the home of the real. To live in the known is bondage; to live in the unknown is liberation-Nisargadatta

Only I Am needs no proof. Stay with it-Nisargadatta

I Am what I Am. I Am entirely unimaginable, not identifiable with any physical or mental state. I remain as I Am, pure awareness-Nisargadatta

The person is what I appear to be to other persons. To myself I Am the infinite expanse of consciousness in which innumerable persons appear and disappear-Nisargadatta

To know what you are you must first investigate and know what you are not. To know what you are not you must watch yourself carefully, rejecting all that does not necessarily go with the basic fact that I Am. Separate consistently and perseveringly the I Am from this or that, and try to feel what it means to be, just to be, without being this or that. The clearer you understand that on the level of the mind you can be described in negative terms only, the quicker you will come to the end of your search and realize your limitless being-Nisargadatta

The unreal appears to be real only because you believe in it. You impart reality to it by taking it to be real. Doubt it and it ceases-Nisargadatta

A transient thing seems real when it appears; it disappears when it is denied-Nisargadatta

Abandon false ideas. There is no need of true ideas. There aren’t any-Nisargadatta

All knowledge is a form of ignorance. Reality is beyond the duality of the knower and the known, beyond the body and the mind, beyond space and time, beyond consciousness. Ignorance and knowledge are in the mind, not in the real. Reality need not be known. By removing all that is of the mind, it comes into the focus of direct perception, here and now. Emptiness remains, awareness remains, pure light of conscious being remains-Nisargadatta

To know that you do not know is true knowledge-Nisargadatta

You create bondage when you desire and fear and identify yourself with your feelings. Your bonds are self-created as chains of attachment. Cut the knot of self-identification-Nisargadatta

Investigate feelings and thoughts. Throw away all false self-identifications. Get rid of all ideas about your Self. Any name or shape you give your Self obscures your real nature. Just be. No self-definition is valid. Know that you are. When you are really fed up with everything, when you demand nothing of the world, when you want nothing, seek nothing, expect nothing, then the supreme state will come to you uninvited and unexpected-Nisargadatta

Realization is sudden and irreversible. You rotate into a new dimension. You see everything as it is. The world of illusions is left behind-Nisargadatta

The experience of the inner void is an explosion into reality-Nisargadatta

Reality explodes in you. Reality is not the result of a process; it is an explosion. It is beyond the mind. All you can do is to know your mind; not that your mind will help you, but by knowing your mind you may avoid your mind disabling you. You have to be very alert or else your mind will play false with you. Give attention to the mind without expecting anything from it-Nisargadatta

You give no attention to your Self. Your mind is all with things, people and ideas, never with your Self. Bring your Self into focus, become aware of your own existence. See how you function, watch the motives and the results of your actions. Study the prison you have built around your Self. By knowing what you are not, you come to know your Self. The way back to your Self is through refusal and rejection. The real is not imaginary, it is not a product of the mind-Nisargadatta

You progress by rejection.
Investigate your world, apply your mind to it, examine it critically.
Scrutinize every idea about it.
Everything must be scrutinized and the unnecessary ruthlessly destroyed.
There cannot be too much destruction.
For in reality nothing is of value-Nisargadatta

Love says I Am everything. Wisdom says I Am nothing-Nisargadatta

By desiring you take the shape of your desires. When no desires remain, you revert to your natural state. All desires must be given up-Nisargadatta

What is caused by desire can be undone only in freedom from desire. What you see as false dissolves. Desirelessness comes on its own when desire is recognized as false-Nisargadatta

The desire for truth is the highest of all desires, yet it is still a desire. All desires must be given up for the real to be-Nisargadatta

What have you not given up? Find that out and give up that. Search for what to give up. Empty yourself completely. Give up all ideas about your Self and simply be-Nisargadatta

Discard all you are not and go even deeper. Discard what is not your own, till nothing is left that you can disown. You will find that what is left is nothing. You are not even a human being. You just are, a point of awareness, coextensive with time and space and beyond both-Nisargadatta

Give up all and you gain all.
Then life becomes what it was meant to be:
Pure radiation from an inexhaustible source.
In that light the world appears dimly like a dream-Nisargadatta

When you see your dream as dream, you wake up. You need not bring your dream to a definite conclusion. All you need is to realize that you are dreaming. Stop imagining, stop believing. See the contradictions, the incongruities, the falsehood and the sorrow of the human state, the need to go beyond-Nisargadatta

Realize that you are dreaming a dream you call the world. When you have seen the dream as a dream you have done all that needs to be done-Nisargadatta

The Self stands beyond the mind, aware, but unconcerned. You are the Self, here and now. Stand aware and unconcerned and you will realize that to stand alert but detached, watching events come and go, is an aspect of your real nature-Nisargadatta

You must first realize your Self as the I Am before the mind explodes into pure being-Nisargadatta

The door that locks you in is also the door that lets you out. I Am is the door. Stay with it until it opens. It is always open, but you are not at it-Nisargadatta

The experience of the inner void is an explosion into reality-Nisargadatta

The Supreme reality is the void beyond being and non-being, beyond consciousness. There is no journey to Supreme reality. One is undeceived only. One is as one always is. One knows nothing, wants nothing, is nothing. There is nothing left to do. One’s work is done-Nisargadatta

Once the observer brings itself into focus and knows itself to be nothing more than a point of consciousness, it brings itself right to the edge of the abyss that separates the existence of its world from the void and the non-existence of its world. The observer brings itself right to the edge of the abyss that separates being present for its world from the disappearance of its world and not being present. At that point, the observer can freely fall into the void and reunite itself with the undifferentiated consciousness of the void.

Atman-Brahman

The holographic principle in the context of dark energy is telling us there are three levels of reality. The ultimate level, beyond all, is Brahman; the undifferentiated consciousness of the void; the infinite, undivided, unitary nothingness that is the one source from which all comes into being. The next level is Atman; the individual perceiving consciousness of the observer and the light of consciousness of I Am. The last level is the virtual reality of a perceivable world. These three levels of reality are the trinity of the one source of existence, the individual being or spirit of the observer, and the observable holographic world within which one’s life-form appears.

At the root of all creation lies desire. Desire and imagination foster and reinforce each other. The state of pure witnessing is like space, unaffected by whatever it contains-Nisargadatta

All limited existence is imaginary. Even space and time are imaginary. Pure being, filling all and beyond all, is not limited. All limitation is imaginary. Only the unlimited is real-Nisargadatta

The totality of mental projections is the Great Illusion-Nisargadatta

It is all but a display in consciousness-Nisargadatta

Appearances are deceiving-Nisargadatta

The mind creates the world. The mind is both the actor and the stage. You are not the mind-Nisargadatta

Your mind projects a structure and you identify your Self with it. It is the nature of desire to prompt the mind to create a world for its fulfillment-Nisargadatta

The projecting power is imagination prompted by desire. It is the real that creates the urge, the inner prompts the outer, and the outer responds-Nisargadatta

Seeing that you are not the person you take your Self to be, step out and look from the outside-Nisargadatta

The Self is beyond experience; it is the only Self of all-Nisargadatta

All you need to do is to cease taking your Self to be within the field of consciousness. To look for it on the mental level is futile. It is here and now: the I Am you know so well-Nisargadatta

When I say I Am, I do not mean a separate entity with a body. I mean the totality of being, the ocean of consciousness, the entire universe-Nisargadatta

Realization is in discovering the source and abiding there. One is left without questions; no answers are needed-Nisargadatta

One is undeceived only-Nisargadatta

Modern physics with the concepts of dark energy and the holographic principle tells us there are three orders or levels of reality. The ultimate level of reality is consciousness itself, which in its primordial undifferentiated or ultimate state is an empty background space of potentiality. This empty background space is the true vacuum state of nothingness with zero dark energy that gives rise to all other states of existence through the expression of a non-zero value of dark energy, which can only arise from the potentiality of empty space to expand. This accelerated expansion of space always occurs relative to the central point of view of an observer, which breaks the symmetry of empty space as it gives rise to a horizon or bounding surface of space that surrounds the observer at the central point of view and limits the observer’s observations of things in space. Dark energy is the ultimate expression of energy or desire that gives rise to the creation of the observer’s world or universe and everything in that world. That world is always defined by the images of things projected from the observer’s horizon that acts as a holographic screen to the observer’s central point of view. The observer’s holographic screen is the nature of the observer’s mind, which is the nature of imagination. Just as dark energy explains the nature of energy and desire, the holographic principle explains the nature of mind and imagination. These three orders of reality: consciousness, which is empty space at rest or without motion; energy, which is the expansion of space or consciousness in motion; and imagination, which is the encoding of bits of information on a bounding surface of space, the projection of images from that bounding surface to the central point of view of an observer and the animation of those images in the flow of energy, are what constitutes reality in its entirety. There is nothing else.

Brahman is the only truth, the world is illusion, and there is ultimately no difference between Atman and Brahman-Shankara

The unreal has no being; the real never ceases to be.
-Bhagavad-Gita

Now I Am become death, the destroyer of worlds.
-Bhagavad-Gita

In the silence and the void
Standing alone and unchanging
Ever present and in motion
I do not know its name
Call it Tao
-Tao-Te-Ching

Tao in the world is like a river flowing home to the sea
-Tao-Te-Ching

Returning is the motion of the Tao
It returns to nothingness
It leads all things back
Toward the great oneness
-Tao-Te-Ching

Ever desireless, one can see the mystery
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations
These two spring from the same source
This appears as darkness
Darkness within darkness
The gate to all mystery
-Tao-Te-Ching

Ultimately, all the observer really is, is empty space. That is the mystery of the ultimate nature of its existence. Ultimately, all the observer really does is bend space as it expresses its energy/desire and creates the virtual reality, or the manifestation, of a world for itself to experience. This is all a spontaneous expression of creativity for the sheer joy of it; for the love of playing the game.

Do not try to bend the spoon. That is impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth.
What truth?
There is no spoon. Then you’ll see it’s not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.
The Matrix

What is it that really bends? Relativity theory tells us the strange answer is only space can bend. Not the projected holographic space we perceive, but the empty background space of undifferentiated consciousness within which the holographic universe and its observer arise. Only space can really bend because only empty space really exists. Everything else is part of the holographic illusion. That empty space of non-dual awareness is what one really is.

That which permeates all, which nothing transcends, and which like the universal space around us fills everything completely from within and without, that Supreme non-dual Brahman
That thou art-Shankara

Listen to the timeless wisdom of Nisargadatta’s words:

♦♦♦

What Does Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower Mean?

After watching reruns of Ronald Moore’s Battlestar Galactica for the umpteenth time, I felt it was time to discuss what Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower actually refers to and means. The key idea that explains what Watchtower means is the concept of spiritual awakening and the ascension of consciousness to a higher level, which is actually more like a higher dimension.

Spiritual Being

Awakening is only about knowing oneself as one really is, which is one’s spiritual being. What one really is isn’t a human being, but a spiritual being, which is nothing but a presence or focal point of consciousness or observer that arises in relation to a holographic screen that projects all the animated images of one’s world, like a movie one is watching. One not only watches the movie from one’s point of view out in the audience of empty space, but one also partially directs the movie with one’s focus of attention on it, animates the movie with the expenditure of one’s own emotional energy in it, and projects the movie with one’s own light of consciousness. The movie is like a virtual reality game that one is playing. One’s character in the movie, which appears in the form of an animated life-form, is just another projected and animated image of the movie.

Universal Observer/Atmanic Consciousness

Although the above description seems odd, it’s completely consistent with what modern physics has to say about the nature of the world, and is also consistent with the basic concept of spiritual awakening discussed by Nisargadatta in I Am That. This is the concept that one is really nothing but a presence or focal point of consciousness at the central point of view of one’s own world. This is the relativistic concept of the observer, which is fundamentally based on the Principle of Equivalence and is consistent with the concepts of the holographic principle and dark energy, which is the accelerated expansion of space that gives rise to a cosmic horizon that acts as a holographic screen and that encodes all the bits of information or entropy that characterize the observer’s world in a thermodynamic sense.

The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

The scientific problem of unifying the relativistic and quantum observers has been solved in a very straightforward observer-centric way by the holographic principle in the context of dark energy and the relational interpretation of quantum theory, and is consistent with the non-dual tradition of Shankara and Nisargadatta. See Amanda Gefter’s book Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn for the scientific details of the solution, which will also be summarised below.

The observer’s cosmic horizon only arises because of the expenditure of dark energy that puts the observer in an accelerated frame of reference due to the accelerated expansion of space that always expands relative to the observer’s central point of view. The farther out into space the observer looks, the faster space appears to expand away from the observer’s central point of view.

The Accelerated Expansion of Space and the Observer’s Cosmic Horizon

Due to the limitation of the speed of light as a means of information transfer in three dimensional space, a cosmic horizon arises that surrounds the observer at the central point of view and limits the observer’s observation of things in space. At the surface of its cosmic horizon, space appears to expand away from the observer at the speed of light, and so nothing is observable beyond it. The observer’s cosmic horizon is as far out in space as the observer can see things in space. When non-commutative geometry is applied to the bounding surface of the horizon as a way of specifying a finite number n=(Horizon surface area)/4(Planck area) of position coordinates on the horizon, the holographic principle is automatically in effect, and the bounding surface of the horizon encodes n bits of information as the n entangled eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix. With non-commutative geometry the n position coordinates on the horizon’s surface are no longer infinitesimal points but are smeared out into area elements encoding bits of information in a binary code of 1’s and 0’s like pixels on a computer screen.

The Holographic Principle/Horizon Entropy

Once one accepts the scientific concept that the observer is the true nature of what one really is, which Nisargadatta calls I Am, with its own inherent sense of being present in the sense of mindfulness, and that everything one observes in one’s world is no more real than the images of a virtual reality like the animated images of a movie projected from a screen to the observer’s central point of view out in the audience of empty space, the concept of observation becomes equivalent to the idea of the observer’s own light of consciousness that projects images from the screen like the focused light of a laser or a movie projector.

At the root of my being is pure awareness, a speck of intense light.
This speck, by its nature, radiates and creates pictures in space and events in time, effortlessly and spontaneously-Nisargadatta

This idea fits in nicely with the observer’s focus of attention, which is a vast improvement over neuroscience, which really has no idea about where consciousness comes from or how the focus of attention of consciousness is generated. Consciousness is the true nature of what one really is, one’s true being, which is primordial and prior to whatever one happens to observe in one’s world, including the animated and projected form of one’s character, which is emotionally animated due to one’s focus of attention on it and projected from a screen like the animated image of a movie. The observable things including one’s character are created and appear to come into existence in a process of observing them, but the existence of the observer is not. The observer has its own independent primordial existence. Being is prior to becoming.

Being Before Becoming

The observer has its own world of animated observable images that are projected from its own holographic screen arising on an observer-dependent event horizon that arises in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference, within which the observer appears to follow a world-line through its projected and animated space-time geometry.

Observer’s Accelerated Frame of Reference and Horizon

Each decision point of that world-line is a choice about what to observe, which the observer makes with its focus of attention on things in its world. Different choices give rise to following a different world-line, which from the observer’s point of view is an alternative timeline that gives rise to an alternative world. That’s how relativity and quantum theory are unified along the lines of the many world interpretation, which naturally arises with the holographic principle and an observer-dependent holographic screen that defines its world.

Quantum State of Potentiality/Sum over all Possible Paths

The observer’s holographic screen encodes bits of information as a quantum state of potentiality, which is a basic consequence of non-commutative geometry, and so with every observation a choice must be made about what to observe. In quantum theory this choice is a quantum state reduction that reduces the screen’s quantum state of potentiality to an observable state of actuality. In quantum theory this choice is understood as a decision point where the observer chooses to follow an actual path through the information configuration space, where the quantum state of potentiality is understood as a sum over all possible paths in the information configuration space.

Observer’s Decision Point

The bottom line is creation or manifestation is possible because of the potentiality inherent in geometric mechanisms like the expression of dark energy that creates the observer’s world in the first place, but that creation becomes manifest through the observer’s focus of attention that allows the observer at least in part to direct how that creation actually occurs. Creation is only the manifestation of desires. A consensual reality shared by many different observers located at different points of view in empty space becomes possible due to information sharing among the overlapping screens in the sense of a Venn diagram, much like the kind of information sharing that occurs in a network of screens like the internet.

Overlapping Bounded Spaces

Miracles are actions or events that we perceive as outside or violating the laws of physics, but that’s not actually right. In the first place, the laws of physics only emerge as thermal averages from the holographic principle, and only have validity as thermal averages when the choices that reduce the quantum state are made in an unbiased or random way. When non-commutative geometry is applied to an event horizon to localize position coordinates on the horizon, which is a bounding surface of space that arises in an observer’s accelerated frame of reference, the holographic principle is automatically in effect. The observer’s horizon acts as a holographic screen that encodes the bits of information about whatever the observer observes in its world, which are the observable images projected from the observer’s screen to the observer’s central point of view. Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric, which is the law of gravity, naturally arise as thermal averages for whatever is observed in the bounded space and describe the projected and animated space-time geometry of the observer’s world.

Second Law of Thermodynamics

It’s fairly easy to show that Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric that describe the projected and animated space-time geometry of the bounded space arise as thermal averages or thermodynamic equations of state from the way entropy or bits of information are encoded on the bounding surface of that space and the absolute temperature of the bounding surface. The basic reason is the second law of thermodynamics, which is really not a law of physics but a statistical average about the random flow of thermal energy. As heat flows across a bounding surface of space, the second law tells us the entropy of the bounded space changes, and the holographic principle then tells us the bounding surface must change, which tells us the geometry of the bounded space must change. Since the geometry of the bounded space is described by Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric, which describe how space-time geometry is projected from the bounding surface like a screen output to an observer outside the screen and animated over a sequence of screen outputs like the frames of a movie the observer is watching, the space-time geometry of the bounded space only arises as a statistical thermal average from the way entropy or bits of information are encoded on the bounding surface and the average thermal energy or absolute temperature of the bounding surface.

Extra Compactified Dimensions of Space

When the usual unifying mechanisms of super-symmetry of space and the Kaluza-Klein mechanism of extra compactified dimensions of space are applied to Einstein’s field equations, all the standard quantum fields of the standard model of particle physics naturally arise, which describe the electromagnetic and nuclear forces along with all the fermion and boson particles of the standard model. These mechanisms give rise to all the usual laws of physics, which only have the validity of thermal averages, but the situation is actually more complicated.

What we call a law of physics is not really a law at all but more like a probabilistic guideline. The laws of physics like gravity are all expressed in a classical sense as a principle of least action, but least action only represents the path of least action in the quantum state of potentiality, which is like the shortest distance between two points in the information configuration space. The quantum state can always be formulated as a sum over all possible paths in the information configuration space. The path of least action or classical law is only the most likely path in the sense of quantum probability, but is only valid if the choices that reduce the quantum state are made in an unbiased or random way. If bias arises in the way choices are made, then all bets are off and the laws of physics lose their predictability. Miracles that apparently violate the laws of physics like walking on water are possible when sufficient bias arises in the way choices are made to create actions that significantly deviate from the path of least action. As Morpheus tells Neo in the Matrix, this is like bending the law of gravity.

There is No Spoon

The holographic principle is completely consistent with the laws of physics as expressed by Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric, which is the law of gravity, and the quantum field theories specifying the standard model of particle physics, which are the laws of the electromagnetic and nuclear forces. Not only is the holographic principle consistent with the laws of physics but it actually supersedes them and explains how the laws of physics arise in the world as thermal averages or thermodynamic equations of state. When dark energy or the accelerated expansion of space is expressed a cosmic horizon arises, which is a bounding surface of space with an observer at the central point of view. If non-commutative geometry is applied to the horizon in order to specify a finite number of quantized position coordinates on the horizon, the holographic principle is automatically in effect, which implies Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric that arise in the bounded space as thermal averages, which is the nature of gravity and specifies the space-time geometry of the bounded space. Einstein’s field equations only describe the projected and animated space-time geometry of the bounded space, which is projected from the observer’s holographic screen and animated over a sequence of screen outputs. All the bits of information defining that space-time geometry are encoded on the screen, which is a bounding surface of space. If super-symmetry of space and extra compactified dimensions of space are applied to Einstein’s field equations, the standard model of particle physics arises with all the fundamental forces and particles.

Einstein’s Field Equations for the Space-time Metric

This is all the laws of physics. There is nothing mysterious about how this happens, only complicated and weird in the sense of mathematical physics, which is at odds with common sense, but common sense is really common nonsense since it implies that consciousness somehow arises from the way matter and energy are organized in space and time into the complex form of a body, while the truth of the matter is exactly the other way around.

Illusion and Reality

Only consciousness is really real with its own independent existence. Everything else is virtual and dependent on consciousness for coming into a virtual existence. Virtual means things are forms of information, composed of bits of information, and their observation is like the projection of animated images from a screen to the point of view where perceiving consciousness exists, like the animated images of a virtual reality projected from a computer screen to an observer. Only consciousness has an independent or ultimate existence and is ultimately real, but that ultimate reality is nothing observable. Defining ultimate reality as invariant for all observers means it is nothing observable. Nothing observable is ultimately real, but that is what consciousness is.

Nothing perceivable is real.
Only the onlooker is real, call him Self or Atman.
That which makes you think that you are a human is not human.
It is a dimensionless point of consciousness, a conscious nothing.
All you can say about yourself is ‘I am’-Nisargadatta

It seems as though events in the world are magical, but that’s only because there is an element of unpredictability in addition to predictability. Unpredictability arises through the expression of desire by consciousness and the unpredictable choices consciousness makes. Predictability arises through geometrical mechanisms underlying expressions of desire, like the accelerated expansion of space with the expression of dark energy that gives rise to the creation of a world in a big bang event, and the mathematical constraints of these geometric mechanisms, which gives rise to the laws of physics that spontaneously emerge in that world as thermal averages when choices are made in an unbiased way. The initial expression of desire to create a world by consciousness and the choices consciousness makes in its world are inherently unpredictable.

The very purpose of creation is the fulfillment of desire.
Things happen by their own nature.
From my point of view everything happens by itself, quite spontaneously.
I do nothing. I just see them happen-Nisargadatta

These is no such thing as free will. Will is bondage. It is your ego that makes you think that there must be a doer. You are compelled to desire. You identify yourself with your desires and become their slave. You cannot avoid action. You make it possible by giving it attention-Nisargadatta

There’s no such thing as quantum consciousness. There is quantum information, which are the bits of information encoded on an event horizon whenever energy is expended and an observer enters into an accelerated frame of reference. That’s the nature of the observer’s holographic screen that projects all the animated images of its world to its point of view. Observable images are coherently organized forms of information with the ability to self-replicate form, which arises from quantum entanglement. All the bits of information on the observer’s screen are entangled, which non-commutative geometry explains as the entangled eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix.

Horizon Information/Entropy

The holographic principle is more fundamental than laws of physics since laws of physics only arise from the holographic principle as thermal averages like a thermodynamic equation of state. Underlying the holographic principle are geometric mechanisms like the expenditure of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of space, which gives rise to an observer’s horizon, and non-commutative geometry that localizes a finite number of position coordinates on the horizon and gives rise to the encoding of bits of information that characterize the space-time geometry of the observer’s world. Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric only arise as thermal averages. The usual laws of particle physics then arise as quantum fields that are only extra components of the space-time metric that arise from the usual unification mechanisms of super-symmetry and extra compactified dimensions of space. The expression of geometric mechanisms is just an expression of creativity by consciousness that creates a virtual reality world for itself to experience like a make-believe virtual reality game. The only problem arises when consciousness identifies itself with its character in the virtual reality game it is playing.

You are the source of reality-a dimensionless center of perception that imparts reality to whatever it perceives-a pure witness that watches what is going on and remains unaffected. It is only imagination and self-identification with the imagined that encloses and converts the inner watcher into a person.
The person is merely the result of a misunderstanding.
In reality there is no such thing.
Feelings, thoughts and actions race before the watcher in endless succession.
In reality there is no person, only the watcher identifying itself-Nisargadatta

The problem with most theoretical physics is the underlying assumptions of the theory haven’t been adequately examined in order to eliminate all paradoxes of self-reference from the theory. The only way to understand the connection between physics and consciousness is with the relativistic observer-centric description of the world. The observer must always come first and have its own primordial independent existence, but in the sense of relativity theory the observer is only a point of view or point of consciousness at the center of a frame of reference. Whenever the observer enters into an accelerated frame of reference, which can always be understood as the accelerated expansion of space that occurs with the expression of dark energy that always expands relative to the observer’s central point of view, an event horizon arises that limits the observer’s observations in space. If non-commutative geometry is applied to the horizon as a way to localize a finite number of quantized position coordinates on the horizon, the holographic principle is automatically in effect and the observer’s horizon acts as a holographic screen that projects all the observable images of things in the observer’s world to its central point of view.

Delve deeply into the sense ‘I am’ and you will discover that the perceiving center is universal. All that happens in the universe happens to you, the silent witness. Whatever is done is done by you, the universal and inexhaustible energy.
There can be no universe without the witness, no witness without the universe-Nisargadatta

Consciousness always exists before a world appears to come into existence. Being before becoming. A world can only arise through geometric mechanisms, like the accelerated expansion of space, non-commutative geometry applied to the surface of an event horizon, super-symmetry, and extra compactified dimensions of space. Consciousness itself gives rise to the expression of all these geometric mechanisms since consciousness in its primordial, original, timeless state is undifferentiated and has the potential geometric properties of an empty space of potentiality.

First we must know ourselves as witnesses only, dimensionless and timeless centers of observation, and then realize that immense ocean of pure awareness, which is both mind and matter and beyond both-Nisargadatta

It has to start with the expression of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of space that expands relative to the central point of view of an observer and gives rise to the observer’s accelerated frame of reference and the observer’s cosmic horizon that acts as a holographic screen when non-commutative geometry is applied to the horizon in order to specify a finite number n=(Horizon surface area)/4(Planck area) of position coordinates on the horizon which thereby encode n bits of information on the horizon as the n entangled eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix. The expression of dark energy as in the big bang event creates the observer’s world in the first place and allows for projection of all observable images of things in that world which are composed of entangled bits of information encoded on the screen.

Once you realize that there is nothing in this world which you can call your own you look at it from the outside as you look at a play on the stage or a picture on the screen. To know the picture as the play of light on the screen gives freedom from the idea that the picture is real.
In reality I only look.
Whatever is done is done on the stage.
Joy and sorrow, life and death, they are real to the man in bondage
To me they are all in the show, as unreal as the show itself-Nisargadatta

When you refuse to play the game you are out of it-Nisargadatta

These observable images of things are projected to the observer’s central point of view and are animated over a sequence of screen outputs in the flow of energy just like the animated images of a movie projected from a digital computer screen to the point of view of an observer outside the screen. Inherent in the expression of dark energy is the observer’s desire to create a world and manifest observable things in that world. This primordial desire to create observable things in the observer’s world is the underlying basis for creation. The creation process goes forward with the observer’s focus of attention on the observable things of its world. The observer not only observes things in its world, which are the observable images of things projected from the observer’s holographic screen to the observer’s central point of view like the projected images of a movie, but the observer also in part directs the actions of that movie with its focus of attention on things and projects those images with its own light of consciousness that emanates from the observer’s central point of view and is reflected back to the observer from the screen.

You are and I am only as points in consciousness.
I see only consciousness, and know everything to be but consciousness, as you know the pictures on the cinema screen to be but light.
It is enough to shift attention from the screen onto oneself to break the spell-Nisargadatta

As long as there is consciousness of something, its witness is also there. The two appear and disappear together. Give attention to the witness to break the spell of the known-the illusion that only the perceivable is real. As long as you believe that only the perceivable world is real you remain its slave. To become free your attention must be drawn to the witness-Nisargadatta

One’s world can be called a dream-state, but the better term is a virtual reality, as animated images of one’s world are projected from one’s holographic screen to one’s central point of view in empty space. Whatever scenario we use as the basis for whatever ultimate reality is and how the world is created from ultimate reality, that scenario has to reduce down to conventional physics in the appropriate limit. The conventional physics of the world includes relativity theory, gravity, and Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric along with all the usual quantum field theories that describe the other fundamental forces and the standard model of particle physics. Only the holographic principle along with all the unifying geometric mechanisms that are basically a more robust idea about the nature of space-time geometry accomplishes this trick. The reason for this requirement is the incredible accuracy of the experimental confirmation of conventional physics in the world, at least when observations are made in an unbiased way.

The world you can perceive is a very small world-entirely private. The world is but a reflection of imagination. Take it to be a dream and be done with it. What you call survival is but the survival of a dream. By forgetting who you are and imagining yourself a mortal creature you create so much trouble for yourself that you have to wake up, like from a bad dream-Nisargadatta

Realize that you are dreaming a dream you call the world. When you have seen the dream as a dream you have done all that needs to be done-Nisargadatta

The mind-body problem is only solvable if the problem of the ultimate nature of reality is solved first. As long as we take the physical universe with its matter, energy, elementary particles and space-time geometry as the ultimate nature of reality, the mind-body problem cannot be solved. The solution becomes quite straightforward once the holographic principle in the context of dark energy is accepted and the physical universe and everything in it is understood as a holographic projection from a holographic screen. The problem of ultimate reality then comes down to what gives rise to or creates the holographic screen in the first place and what is responsible for the holographic projection. Since the holographic projection of the physical universe and everything in it can only be projected from a cosmic horizon that arises with the expression of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of space, and is always projected to the central point of view of an observer in an accelerated frame of reference, the only possible solution is the ultimate nature of reality can only be consciousness itself, where consciousness in its primordial or ultimate state is understood as an empty space of potentiality, which is like an empty background space with the potential to give rise to the accelerated expansion of space. In this sense, the observer’s mind is a holographic screen that projects images of the observer’s world to the observer’s central point of view, and the observer’s body is only a projected image.

The totality of all mental projections is the Great Illusion.
When I look beyond the mind I see the witness.
Beyond the witness is infinite emptiness and silence-Nisargadatta

Awareness is beyond all.
Awareness is primordial; it is the original state.
Awareness is undivided-aware of itself-Nisargadatta

I am beyond consciousness and therefore in consciousness I cannot say what I am.
There is nothing wrong in the idea of a body, but limiting oneself to one body only is a mistake. In reality all existence, every form, is my own, within my consciousness-Nisargadatta

The dreamer is one.
I am beyond all dreams.
I am the light in which all dreams appear and disappear-Nisargadatta

Truth-realized beings like Nisargadatta Maharaj confirm what science tells us as they describe the connection between ultimate reality and the world. If we understand the world as a kind of virtual reality that arises from ultimate reality through the expression of energy or desire, the holographic principle tells us the world is no more real than animated images projected from a screen to the point of view of an observer. This is exactly how Nisargadatta describes things, where the point of consciousness of the observer is the nature of Atmanic consciousness that gives rise to the light of consciousness that is needed to project images in addition to observing them. The focus of attention of consciousness, as in the focus of the light of consciousness, allows those images to become animated in the flow of energy and also to some degree is able to direct them in the sense of directing the scenes of a movie. Nisargadatta can’t explain how the screen or images arise, but he clearly describes it.

In pure being consciousness arises.
In consciousness the world appears and disappears.
Consciousness is on contact, a reflection against a surface, a state of duality.
The center is a point of void and the witness a point of pure awareness; they know themselves to be as nothing.
But the void is full to the brim.
It is the eternal potential as consciousness is the eternal actual-Nisargadatta

I am like a cinema screen-clear and empty.
The pictures pass over it and disappear, leaving it as clear and empty as before.
The screen intercepts and reflects the pictures. These are lumps of destiny, but not my destiny; the destinies of the people on the screen.
The character will become a person when he begins to shape his life instead of accepting it as it comes-identifying himself with it.
All this I perceive quite clearly, but I am not in it.
I feel myself as floating over it, aloof and detached.
There is also the awareness of it all and a sense of immense distance as if the body and the mind and all that happens to them were somewhere far out on the horizon.
To myself I am neither perceivable nor conceivable.
There is nothing I can point out and say “this I am”-Nisargadatta

An interesting observation of child psychologists is that prior to the development of a mentally constructed body-based self-concept sometime during the second year of life the infant sees the world two dimensionally. Such an infant has no concept of movement in the third dimension, and cannot distinguish between larger or smaller objects and objects that are moved closer or farther away. It is as though all these objects are just images projected from a distant screen, where objects can grow or shrink in size but can’t move closer or farther away in the third dimension. This observation seems like a direct confirmation of the holographic principle. Prior to the mental development of a body-based self-concept which requires body-based memory of self the observer’s world is seen two dimensionally. Spiritual awakening in the sense of the ascension of consciousness can be understood as a reversion back to this more basic way of seeing things, where objects in space are actually seen to be images projected from a screen to the point of view of an observer out in empty space. One such object in space is one’s own body, and so the mentally constructed concept of a body-based self becomes absurd once one directly sees that one’s body is just another image projected from a screen to one’s point of view in empty space. This is basically what Plato described in the Allegory of the Cave.

Seeing the Truth Destroys Illusions

The holographic principle gives a perfectly good scientific explanation for how the screen arises as a horizon in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference as energy is expended or desires are expressed, and how images of the observer’s world arise from bits of information encoded on the screen. Nisargadatta also explains how spiritual enlightenment becomes possible when the observer withdraws its focus of attention away from its world, thereby detaching itself from its world by withdrawing its investment of animating emotional energy or desire in that world, and then shifts its focus of attention onto its own sense of being present, thereby knowing itself as it really is, as a presence of Atmanic consciousness that radiates the light of consciousness. In this sense, enlightenment can be understood as the ascension of Atmanic consciousness to a higher level when the observer no longer identifies itself with its character or attaches itself to the image of anything projected from the screen, but enlightenment is not the end of the story.

Awareness comes as if from a higher dimension.
The witness that stands aloof-is the watchtower of the real-the point at which awareness, inherent in the unmanifested, contacts the manifested-Nisargadatta

In ignorance the seer becomes the seen and in wisdom he is the seeing.
In reality all is one, the outer being merely a projection of the inner.
The objects in the world are many but the eye that sees them is one-Nisargadatta

Self-identifications are patently false and the cause of bondage.
Your attachment is your bondage.
Liberation is never of the person, it is always from the person-Nisargadatta

Nisargadatta also describes truth-realization, where all energy is withdrawn away the observer’s world, which then disappears from existence from the observer’s point of view since it’s no longer energetically animated. Truth-realization can be understood as an observer in a freely falling frame of reference, within which the observer returns to and reunites itself with its source of undifferentiated consciousness and directly experiences ultimate reality. This is not a perception per se, but more the nature of an experience of what one truly is or the ultimate nature of being.

Atman-Brahman

Give up all and you gain all.
Then life becomes what it was meant to be:
Pure radiation from an inexhaustible source.
In that light the world appears dimly like a dream-Nisargadatta

For the path of return naughting oneself is necessary.
My stand I take where nothing is.
To the mind it is all darkness and silence.
It is deep and dark, mystery beyond mystery.
It is, while all else merely happens.
It is like a bottomless well, whatever falls into it disappears-Nisargadatta

The ‘I am’ in movement creates the world.
The ‘I am’ at peace becomes the Absolute-Nisargadatta

Reality is essentially alone.
To know that nothing is, is true knowledge-Nisargadatta

Enlightenment, which is the ascension of consciousness to a higher level like an observer that knows it’s only watching a movie projected from a screen, and truth-realization, which is a reunion with or dissolution into ultimate reality like a drop of water that dissolves back into the ocean, are not the same as mystical experiences, like a brief experience of cosmic consciousness, which is a transient mystical way of perceiving the world. The key point is mystical experiences are experiences of the world, which is a virtual reality, but awakening isn’t. Enlightenment and truth-realization are abiding experiences where one experiences oneself as abiding non-dual awareness. They’re about awakening to and knowing the truth or reality of what one really is, which is the flip side of knowing what one is not. One is not one’s character in the movie one is watching.

Go beyond, go back to the source, go to the Self that is the same whatever happens.
See everything as emanating from the light which is the source of your own being.
Find the immutable center where all movement takes birth.
Be the axis at the center-not whirling at the periphery.
Nothing stops you except fear.
You are afraid of impersonal being-Nisargadatta

The Supreme state neither comes nor goes. It is.
It is a timeless state, ever present.
Before the mind happens, I am.
Before all beginnings, after all endings, I am.
All has its being in the ‘I am’ that shines in every living being-Nisargadatta

Consciousness itself is the source of everything.
What is real is nameless and formless, pure energy of life and light of consciousness.
Everything is a form of energy.
You are not the body.
You are the immensity and infinity of consciousness-Nisargadatta

The only way one can make any progress in the awakening process is if one detaches oneself from the movie. One can only detach oneself from the movie by withdrawing one’s focus of attention away from it, which is the only way one can withdraw one’s investment of animating emotion energy in it. The ultimate goal is to shift the focus of one’s attention onto one’s own sense of being present for it, which is the only way one can know oneself as a timelessly existing presence of consciousness at the central point of view of one’s own projected and animated world. Detaching oneself from things in one’s world is critical to the awakening process. There’s no way one can awaken unless one becomes willing to sever one’s emotional attachments.

All attachment implies fear, for all things are transient. Fear makes one a slave. Freedom from attachment is natural when one knows one’s true being-Nisargadatta

Freedom means letting go.
Spiritual maturity lies in the readiness to let go of everything.
Discrimination will lead to detachment.
You gain nothing.
You leave behind what is not your own and find what you have never lost:
Your own being-Nisargadatta

The emotionally biased desire to control things in a self-defensive or character-favored way reinforces and perpetuates emotional attachments. Nothing really wants to be controlled and all things eventually resist any attempts at control, which leads to frustration and anger as the expressed desire to control things must inevitably fail. That expression of anger makes the observer feel self-limited to the form of its character as the observer perceives the flow of emotional energy through the animated form of its character, which leads the observer to identify itself with its character. Self-identification with its character leads the observer to focus its attention on its character in a self-defensive way, which gives rise to the expression of fear as the survival of the self-replicating form of its character is defended as though the observer’s existence depends on it, perpetuating the vicious cycle of self-defense of and self-identification with form. This only reinforces the desire to control things deemed to be essential to the survival of the observer’s character and energetically reinforces its emotional attachment to those things.

There is trouble only when you cling to something.
It is your desire to hold onto it that creates the problem. Let go.
When you hold onto nothing, no trouble arises.
As long as there is the sense of identity with the body, frustration is inevitable.
It is because of your illusion that you are the doer-Nisargadatta

The person is in resistance to the very end.
It is the witnessing consciousness that makes realization attainable.
It is the witness that works on the person-on the totality of its illusions-Nisargadatta

The only possible way the observer can sever its emotional attachment to things is if it gives up its desire to control things, which in effect is letting go of its anger, which it can only do when it sees its desire to control is immature, counterproductive and serves no useful purpose. The observer’s self-defensive desire to control things inevitably leads to anger and frustration, which is not only futile since nothing really wants to be controlled and all things eventually resist those attempts at control, but is also immature like a needy baby that wants to control its mother to force its mother to satisfy its desires. The basic reason the observer becomes willing to let go of its anger and its desire to control things and becomes willing to sever its emotional attachment to things is because the observer sees the futility and immaturity of this self-defensive desire for control. Once it sees the essential futility and immaturity of its desire to control things, it naturally gives up its desire to control things and lets go of its anger, which in effect severs its emotional attachment to things. The emotional attachment was reinforced and perpetuated by its desire to control things. Severing the emotional attachment to something always feels like something dies inside since a part of the observer’s mentally constructed and emotionally energized character-based self-concept dies away when its self-concept is no longer emotionally related or attach to its concept of another thing in the world it perceives. This detachment process is the only way the observer can deconstruct its character-based concept of self and know itself as it really is, nothing but a presence of consciousness at the central point of view of its world.

The person is never the subject.
You can see a person but you are not a person.
The difference between the person and the witness is as between not knowing and knowing oneself-Nisargadatta

Mere knowledge is not enough; the knower must be known.
Without knowledge of the knower there can be no peace.
I know myself as I am in reality.
I am neither the body nor the mind. I am beyond all these.
You are accustomed to deal with things, physical and mental. I am not a thing, nor are you. We are neither matter nor energy, neither body nor mind. Once you have a glimpse of your own being you will not find me difficult to understand.
You must gain your own experience.
We believe so many things on hearsay.
We never cared to verify-Nisargadatta

To question is the essence of revolt.
Without revolt there can be no freedom-Nisargadatta

You progress by rejection.
Investigate your world, apply your mind to it, examine it critically.
Scrutinize every idea about it.
Everything must be scrutinized and the unnecessary ruthlessly destroyed.
There cannot be too much destruction.
For in reality nothing is of value-Nisargadatta

Severing emotional attachments are necessary steps in the process of awakening to the true nature of what one really is. In this awakening process one has to first see what one is not. One has to see the lie of one falsely identifying oneself with one’s character, which leads one to hate the lie and eventually destroy the lie by deconstructing one’s self-concept. One can only deconstruct one’s mentally constructed character-based self-concept if one withdraws one’s emotional energy that constructs it in the first place, which one can only do if one severs emotional attachments. One’s character-based self-concept is only a false belief one believes about oneself, as one emotionally identifies oneself with one’s character. One only believes that false belief since it’s emotionally energized and feels real, which makes one feel self-limited to the animated form of one’s character as one perceives the flow of emotional energy through the form of one’s character in emotional relationship to the form of something else in the world one perceives. To stop believing this false belief about oneself and deconstruct it one has to stop emotionally energizing it, which one can only do if one withdraws one’s focus of attention from it. In the awakening process one has to sever emotional attachments to things, let go, and give up one’s emotionally biased desire to control things. To awaken to the true nature of what one really is, one has to become desireless and give up one’s false desire to live a life in one’s world in the animated form of one’s character.

Destroy the wall that separates, the ‘I-am-the-body-idea’, and the inner and the outer become one. This battle is always won, for it is a battle between the true and the false-Nisargadatta

What is caused by desire can be undone only in freedom from desire. What you see as false dissolves. Desirelessness comes on its own when desire is recognized as false-Nisargadatta

Expressing desires to live a life is what keeps consciousness self-identified with its character and emotionally attached to its world. With every desire consciousness expresses its character is emotionally related to some other thing in its world, which is the emotional attachment, and that emotional relationship makes consciousness feel self-limited to the emotionally animated form of its character as it perceives the flow of emotional energy through the animated form of its character. That feeling of self-limitation is all that keeps consciousness self-identified with its character. Awakening is not a desire that can be satisfied, but is only possible if consciousness withdraws its focus of attention away from its world and thereby withdraws its investment of animating emotional energy or desire in its world, which is the same as dying and does not feel good. Consciousness can only awaken if the lie of its false self-identification with its character is hated so much that it would rather die and suffer ego-death than continue to live the life of a lie.

I am dead already. Physical death will make no difference. I am timeless being-Nisargadatta

The way to truth lies through the destruction of the false.
To destroy the false you must question your most inveterate beliefs.
Of these the idea that you are the body is the worst.
It is the clinging to the false that makes the truth so difficult to see.
There is a deep contradiction in your attitude which you do not see.
See your world as it is, not as you imagine it to be.
See the person you imagine yourself to be as a part of the world you perceive within your mind and look at the mind from the outside, for you are not the mind-Nisargadatta

Jed McKenna says: “To know the lie is to hate it, to see it is to slay it”. If one knows the lie of consciousness identifying itself with its character at a conceptual level one will hate it, but one has to see it directly to destroy it. Dylan describes seeing the lie directly in All Along the Watchtower, which is only about the ascension of consciousness to a higher level. Dylan understood the lie conceptually, which is why he was so angry in his songs, but he couldn’t see it directly. The companion piece to Watchtower is Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowland, which is about Joan Baez and her emotional attachment to things, which is a low level perspective.

With ascension one can see that the things one’s attached oneself to are no more real than animated images of a movie projected from a screen to one’s point of view out in the audience of empty space. If one identifies oneself with the image of one’s character in the movie rather than knowing oneself as a presence or point of consciousness, one is a prisoner.

Dylan refers to the ascension of consciousness along the lines of Plato’s Cave in I Shall Be Released as seeing his reflection so high above the wall. The wall of Plato’s cave is a movie screen. The images of the movie are shadows projected on the wall. His own light that he sees come shining forth is the light of consciousness, which shines the other way around, from the center to the outer, and then is reflected back to the center as the projected images of his own world.

One is only released from the bondage or prison of consciousness identifying itself with its character in the movie if one’s consciousness ascends to a higher level and one sees the movie for what it really is. That is the only true freedom. The way out of here as Watchtower says is with the ascension of consciousness. There’s too much confusion, because consciousness identifies itself with its character in the projected and animated world it’s watching. There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke, but consciousness plays this joke on itself like a make-believe virtual reality game it plays and then mistakenly believes the game is real. This is not our fate. The fate of the character in the virtual reality game is not the fate of the presence of consciousness that plays the game, which timelessly exists and really has no fate. Awakening is not the fate of consciousness. Only the illusion of consciousness identifying itself with character comes to an end when the desire to live a life comes to an end. So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.

And Jesus was a sailor when he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching from his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain only drowning men could see him
He said all men shall be sailors then until the sea shall free them
-L Cohen

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Postscript

Awakening is knowing oneself as one really is, one’s true being, which is the differentiated Atmanic consciousness of I Am, as one observes one’s own world from the central point of view of that world, or the undifferentiated Brahmanic consciousness of the void, as one’s world disappears from existence and one returns to, unites oneself with, and dissolves into the One Source of existence. In the words of Shankara: Brahman is the only truth, and there is ultimately no difference between Atman and Brahman. The Atmanic observer only identifies itself with and believes it is its character in the world it perceives because that’s the way it feels to the observer as the observer perceives the animating emotional energy that animates the projected form of its character and makes the observer feel self-limited to that emotionally animated form.

This false belief of self-identification, emotionally created as the observer identifies itself with its character in the world it perceives, is mentally constructed as an emotionally energized character-based self-concept. The mentally constructed self-concept is like the self-referential narration of a movie the observer is watching from its seat out in the audience. The narration of the movie by the central character of the movie is a mental story-of-self the central character tells about how the central character is emotionally related or attached to other things in the world the observer perceives. The observer only believes this self-referential narration of the movie is about itself because that’s the way it feels as the observer perceives the emotional energy that animates the movie. The observer really feels like it is self-limited to the emotionally animated form of the central character. The self-referential narration of the movie takes the form of emotionally energized thoughts about self, where each self-referential thought emotionally relates the central character to some other thing in the world the observer perceives. Inherent in each self-referential thought are fears, worries and concerns about a character-centered past that’s mentally remembered or a character-centered future that’s mentally anticipated.

In the awakening process the observer deconstructs its self-concept by no longer emotionally energizing it, which it can only do by withdrawing its focus of attention away from its mind, and in the process withdrawing its investment of animating emotional energy from its mind that emotionally constructs a character-based self-concept. The key point is the observer’s mind is only a holographic screen that projects animated images of the observer’s world, like a movie the observer is watching from the audience of empty space. The withdrawal of its focus of attention is the only way the observer can stop its mind from constructing a character-based story-of-self. The ultimate goal of this withdrawal of the observer’s focus of attention from its mind is not to get lost in the void or become catatonic, but to shift the focus of its attention onto its own sense of being present as a presence of consciousness at the central point of view of its own world. The observer’s world disappears from existence from the observer’s point of view when it’s no longer animated or emotionally energized. Only then can the observer’s I Am/Consciousness return to and reunite itself with the undifferentiated consciousness of the void through a dissolution. Once the observer can sustain its focus of attention on its own presence/being and totally detach itself from its world, it can then freely fall into the void while still being present. That’s the only way it can experience the true nature of its being/existence and what it really is.

The awakening process can only go forward through a process of emotional detachment and ego-death. The mentally constructed character-based self-concept only becomes constructed through the expenditure of emotional energy that emotionally relates or attaches the observer’s character to other things in its world. The willingness to suffer ego-death and die to a mentally constructed emotionally energized character-based concept of a separate-self can only occur as emotional attachments are severed, which only occurs as the observer withdraws the focus of its attention away from those emotionally energized and animated forms and withdraws its investment of animating emotional energy from them. This willingness to die at the level of ego is the willingness to give up everything, sever emotional attachments to everything, let go and surrender. The observer must become willing to give up, let go and die. It does this because it sees the absolute futility of continuing to fight for the survival of the self-replicating form of its character as though its existence depends on it. That false belief is the big lie the observer believes about itself when it identifies itself with its character. The observer’s character is just another animated form it perceives in its world. Awakening only becomes possible when the observer would rather die and suffer ego-death than continue to live the lie of falsely identifying itself with its character. When it surrenders it gives up the fight for the survival of its character and becomes willing to die. It sees the futility and falseness of that fight and becomes willing to stop fighting for the survival of its character. Giving up all desires to live an incarnated life in the animated self-replicating form of its character is the nature of becoming desireless, which is the same as dying.

When the observer totally surrenders, gives up and stops fighting for its character’s survival, a door opens into empty space, the observer freely falls into empty space through that doorway, and its world disappears from existence. The observer continues to exist even though its world and character have disappeared from existence, but that existence is the pure being of pure non-dual awareness or undifferentiated consciousness. Once the true nature of its existence is experienced, the observer can never again identify itself with its character in any world that it perceives. It can only know itself as the presence of consciousness at the central point of view of its world with its own sense of being present and as the light of consciousness that emanates from its central point of view and is reflected back to itself as the projected images of its world, like the light of a movie projector is reflected back from a screen to an observer out in the audience.

That’s the nature of enlightenment and ascension. The observer sees everything it perceives is no more real than the projected images of a movie animated in the energetic flow of things, and its true being, what it really is, is a presence of consciousness at the central point of view of its world arising within empty space, which is always outside the screen that projects the images. Truth realization is the direct experience of what it is when the movie disappears from existence and all that’s left of existence is the empty background space or void, which is undifferentiated/non-dual consciousness/awareness. With truth realization, the observer’s differentiated consciousness at the central point of view of its world returns to and dissolves back into the undifferentiated consciousness of the empty background space when its world is no longer projected, animated or energized and disappears from existence, like a drop of water that dissolves back into the ocean.

Here are a few more testimonies of the awakening process:

Until my thirtieth year, I lived in a state of almost continuous anxiety interspersed with periods of suicidal depression…One night after my twenty-ninth birthday, I woke up in the early hours with a feeling of absolute dread. I had woken up with such a feeling many times before, but this time it was more intense…everything felt so alien, so hostile, and so utterly meaningless that it created in me a deep loathing of the world. The most loathsome thing of all, however, was my own existence. What was the point in continuing to live with this burden of misery? Why carry on with this continuous struggle? I could feel that a deep longing for annihilation, for nonexistence, was now becoming much stronger that the instinctive desire to continue to live…”I cannot live with myself any longer.” This was the thought that kept repeating itself in my mind. Then suddenly I became aware of what a peculiar thought it was. “Am I one or two? If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me: the ‘I’ and the ‘self’ that ‘I’ cannot live with.” “Maybe,” I thought, “only one of them is real.” I was so stunned by this strange realization that my mind stopped. I was fully conscious, but there were no more thoughts. Then I felt drawn into what seemed like a vortex of energy. It was a slow movement at first and then accelerated. I was gripped by an intense fear, and my body started to shake. I heard the words “resist nothing,” as if spoken inside my chest. I could feel myself being sucked into a void. It felt as if the void was inside myself rather than outside. Suddenly, there was no more fear, and I let myself fall into that void. I have no recollection of what happened after that…For the next five months, I lived in a state of uninterrupted deep peace and bliss…I knew, of course, that something profoundly significant has happened to me, but I didn’t understand it at all. I wasn’t until several years later…I understood that the intense pressure of suffering that night must have forced my consciousness to withdraw from its identification with the unhappy and deeply fearful self, which is ultimately a fiction of the mind. This withdrawal must have been so complete that this false, suffering self immediately collapsed…What was left then was my true nature as the ever-present I Am: consciousness in its pure state prior to identification with form. Later I also learned to go into the inner timeless and deathless realm that I had originally perceived as a void and remain fully conscious. I dwelt in states of such indescribable bliss and sacredness that even the original experience I just described pales in comparison. A time came when, for a while, I was left with nothing on the physical plane-Eckhart Tolle

Now she’s in free-fall…the planet will disappear, and nothing will take its place. Her free-fall won’t end, but it was no longer feel like falling because there will no longer be anything to reference it against…This is where dual awareness ends. From then on she’ll live in boundless awareness, never again able to differentiate between self and non-self. Abiding non-dual awareness-Jed McKenna

We call Buddha the awakened one.
This awakening is really the cessation of inner dreaming.
When there is no dreaming you become pure space.
This non-dreaming consciousness is what is known as enlightenment-Osho

The inner emptiness itself is the mystery.
When the inner space is there, you are not.
When you dissolve, the inner emptiness is there.
When you are not, the mystery will be revealed.
You will not be a witness to the mystery, you will be the mystery-Osho

You fall into an abyss, and the abyss is bottomless: you go on falling.
That is why Buddha has called this nothingness emptiness.
There is no end to it. Once you know it, you also have become endless.
At this point Being is revealed: then you know who you are, what is your real being, what is your authentic existence.
That Being is void-Osho

In the silence and the void
Standing alone and unchanging
Ever present and in motion
I do not know its name
Call it Tao
-Tao-Te-Ching

Tao in the world is like a river flowing home to the sea
-Tao-Te-Ching

Returning is the motion of the Tao
It returns to nothingness
It leads all things back
Toward the great oneness
-Tao-Te-Ching

Without form there is no desire
Without desire there is tranquility
Therefore the sage seeks freedom from desire
-Tao-Te-Ching

Ever desireless, one can see the mystery
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations
These two spring from the same source
This appears as darkness
Darkness within darkness
The gate to all mystery
-Tao-Te-Ching

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Epilogue

Relativity theory describes the expenditure of energy as an observer in an accelerated frame of reference. Acceleration always implies the expenditure of energy, just like an accelerating rocket ship that expends energy through the force of its thrusters. In this sense, every force, like gravity, is nothing more than the bending of space that occurs in an observer’s accelerated frame of reference.

Observer’s Accelerated Frame of Reference

Modern physics tells us that the ultimate nature of this energy is dark energy, which we understand as the accelerated expansion of space. In this sense, the Absolute (empty space) expresses energy with the bending of space, which always expands relative to an observer’s central point of view.

Dark Energy/Accelerated Expansion of Space

The observer enters into an accelerated frame of reference whenever energy is expended. The expenditure of dark energy is the only way the observer’s world can be created, as in the big bang event. The observer’s central point of view is always at the point of singularity. This accelerated frame of reference is how a cosmic horizon arises that acts as a holographic screen that encodes all the bits of information for the observer’s world.

Accelerating Observer’s Horizon/Holographic Screen

The holographic principle tells us the observer’s horizon encodes all the bits of information for its world in the sense of projecting images of things in that world from the observer’s holographic screen, which is a bounding surface of space, to the observer’s central point of view, which is the point of singularity.

Horizon Information

Those projected images are holographic and appear to arise within the bounded space of the observer’s world, but just like a computer generated virtual reality, the projected images are defined by bits of information encoded on pixels on a screen, and in reality are only projected to the observer’s central point of view.

Observer’s Holographic Screen

The observer’s differentiated focal point of consciousness at the central point of view of its world is always present at the central point of singularity of a surrounding holographic screen, which only arises as a cosmic horizon when dark energy is expended and space appears to expand away from the observer at an accelerated rate. The expenditure of dark energy is the nature of the differentiation process that differentiates the observer’s individual consciousness from the undifferentiated consciousness of the void. We understand the expenditure of dark energy is the accelerated expansion of space, which expands at an accelerated rate relative to the central point of view of the observer. In the sense of the curvature of space-time geometry, this accelerated expansion of space is the bending of space.

When energy is no longer expended and this acceleration comes to an end, the observer enters into a freely falling frame of reference. In an ultimate freely falling frame of reference, no energy is expended, no horizon arises, no holographic screen arises to define the observer’s world, images of things in that world are no longer projected, and so everything in the observer’s world must disappear from existence. When the observer’s world disappears from existence, the observer is no longer present for that world. When the observer’s world disappears, the observer’s differentiated focal point of consciousness can only dissolve into the undifferentiated consciousness of the void. This ultimate state of free fall is described as falling into the void. In this ultimate state of existence, only empty space remains.

The Absolute or timeless nature of being is an empty space of potentiality. When this empty space of potentiality expresses its power with the expenditure of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of space, an observer’s focal point of consciousness is differentiated from undifferentiated consciousness and a cosmic horizon arises that acts as a holographic screen that surrounds the observer at the central point of view. That is how the observer’s world is created and how the observer’s individual being comes into being. This bending of space is the only way the observer’s world can be created and the observer’s individual being can come into being.

Only the observer’s focus of attention on the expression of its desire to live a life in its world energizes the expression of that desire. Nisargadatta points out the observer’s willingness to give up the expression of that desire requires a shift in the focus of its attention away from the expression of its desire to live to a life in its world. The only other place the observer can focus its attention is on its own sense of being present as a focal point of consciousness (the singularity) at the center of its world.

Once the observer brings itself into focus and knows itself to be nothing more than a point of consciousness, it brings itself right to the edge of the abyss that separates the existence of its world from the void and the non-existence of its world. The observer brings itself right to the edge of the abyss that separates being present for its world from the disappearance of its world and not being present. At that point, the observer can freely fall into the void and dissolve into the undifferentiated consciousness of the void.

Ultimately, all the observer really is, is empty space. That is the ultimate nature of its existence. Ultimately, all the observer really does is bend space as it expresses its energy and creates the virtual reality of a world for itself to experience.

Do not try to bend the spoon. That is impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth.
What truth?
There is no spoon. Then you’ll see it’s not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.
The Matrix

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What Is Spiritual Awakening?

All concepts of spiritual awakening presented in the following discussion are adapted from Jed McKenna’s Enlightenment Trilogy and Nisargadatta Maharaj’s I Am That.

We call Buddha the awakened one.
This awakening is really the cessation of inner dreaming.
When there is no dreaming you become pure space.
This non-dreaming consciousness is what is known as enlightenment-Osho

Awareness is beyond all.
Awareness is primordial; it is the original state.
Awareness is undivided-aware of itself-Nisargadatta

And then, one day, there is it. Nothing.
Without warning, you’re launched into empty space, and before too long, empty space becomes your reality.
The void. No-self.
That’s where I am now.
I abide in non-dual, non-relative awareness-Jed McKenna

The dreamer is one.
I am beyond all dreams.
I am the light in which all dreams appear and disappear-Nisargadatta

The truth of the situation is that eventually, there’s nothing.
Infinity. Eternity. The void.
Time and space come and go but what’s true is true and all the rest is but a dream-Jed McKenna

The world you can perceive is a very small world-entirely private. The world is but a reflection of imagination. Take it to be a dream and be done with it. What you call survival is but the survival of a dream. By forgetting who you are and imagining yourself a mortal creature you create so much trouble for yourself that you have to wake up, like from a bad dream-Nisargadatta

In the void of undifferentiated consciousness: awake is awake-Jed McKenna

Shankara tells us Brahman is the only truth, the world is illusion, and there is ultimately no difference between Atman and Brahman. Brahman is understood as the undifferentiated consciousness of the void, the illusion of the world is energetically created in the sense of modern physics as an animation of observable images projected from a holographic screen to the central point of view of an observer, and Atman is the central point of differentiated consciousness of the observer.

Nothing perceivable is real.
Only the onlooker is real, call him Self or Atman.
That which makes you think that you are a human is not human.
It is a dimensionless point of consciousness, a conscious nothing.
All you can say about yourself is ‘I am’-Nisargadatta

Truth is one, is non-dual, is infinite, is one-without-other.
Truth is dissolution, no-self, unity.
You are true or you’re a lie, as in ego-bound, as in dual, as in asleep-Jed McKenna

Delve deeply into the sense ‘I am’ and you will discover that the perceiving center is universal. All that happens in the universe happens to you, the silent witness. Whatever is done is done by you, the universal and inexhaustible energy.
There can be no universe without the witness, no witness without the universe-Nisargadatta

You, the reader, are at the exact center of the universe; your universe. It’s all yours, it’s all about you, and you are all alone in it. Anything that tells you otherwise is a belief, and no belief is true-Jed McKenna

Realize that you are dreaming a dream you call the world. When you have seen the dream as a dream you have done all that needs to be done-Nisargadatta

Atman-Brahman

The individual Atmanic consciousness of the observer in some mysterious way arises at a point of view from what can be called the undifferentiated Brahmanic consciousness of the void. Conscious intention expressed in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference energetically creates the observer’s world, while the withdrawal of that energy in a freely falling reference frame, which happens as the observer withdraws the focus of its attention away from its world, implies the disappearance of its world. This scenario only makes sense if every observer has its own observable world, which can appear to come into existence in an accelerated reference frame or disappear from existence in a freely falling reference frame, but always from the observer’s own point of view. Only the observer’s accelerated frame of reference or point of view can give rise to the observer’s horizon that acts as a holographic screen and projects all observable images of the observer’s world to its central point of view.

Observer’s Accelerated Frame of Reference/World-line/Horizon

Once you realize that there is nothing in this world which you can call your own you look at it from the outside as you look at a play on the stage or a picture on the screen. To know the picture as the play of light on the screen gives freedom from the idea that the picture is real.
In reality I only look.
Whatever is done is done on the stage.
Joy and sorrow, life and death, they are real to the man in bondage
To me they are all in the show, as unreal as the show itself-Nisargadatta

The enlightened view life as a dream.
You wake up and the dream is gone as if it never was.
All the characters and events that seemed so real have simply vanished.
The enlightened may walk and talk in the dream world, but they don’t mistake the dream for reality.
Members of movie audiences don’t leap out of their seats to save characters in the film. If they did, they would be hauled off to the nearest mental health facility and treated for a delusional disorder-Jed McKenna

I am like a cinema screen-clear and empty.
The pictures pass over it and disappear, leaving it as clear and empty as before.
The screen intercepts and reflects the pictures. These are lumps of destiny, but not my destiny; the destinies of the people on the screen.
The character will become a person when he begins to shape his life instead of accepting it as it comes-identifying himself with it.
All this I perceive quite clearly, but I am not in it.
I feel myself as floating over it, aloof and detached.
There is also the awareness of it all and a sense of immense distance as if the body and the mind and all that happens to them were somewhere far out on the horizon.
To myself I am neither perceivable nor conceivable.
There is nothing I can point out and say “this I am”-Nisargadatta

Enlightenment is about truth.
It’s not about becoming a better or happier person. It’s not about personal growth or spiritual evolution. There is no higher stakes game in this world or any other, in this dimension or any other. The price of truth is everything, but no one knows what everything means until they’re paying it-Jed McKenna

Awakening is only about the focus of attention of consciousness. If the observer’s focus of attention is focused on its character and its world in an emotionally biased, character-favored, controlling, interfering, self-centered and self-defensive way, the observer feels self-limited to the animated form of its character as it perceives the flow of animating emotional energy that gives rise to the emotional body feelings expressed by its character, and mistakenly identifies itself with the animated form of its character even though that emotionally animated form is no more real than an animated image projected from a screen to the observer’s central point of view. If the observer surrenders and puts its trust in the normal flow of things to sort out what is for the best, stops trying to defend its character or control or interfere with the normal flow of things, and allows the actions of its character to come into alignment with the normal flow of things, the observer enters into the integrated state with its feelings of connection and expressions of creativity. If the observer turns the focus of its attention away from its world and character and shifts its focus of attention onto its own sense of being present as a presence of consciousness at the central point of view of its world, ultimately de-animating its world as the withdrawal of the observer’s focus of attention from its world is also the withdrawal of its investment of animating emotional energy in its world, the observer awakens to the true nature of what it is.

In pure being consciousness arises.
In consciousness the world appears and disappears.
Consciousness is on contact, a reflection against a surface, a state of duality.
The center is a point of void and the witness a point of pure awareness; they know themselves to be as nothing.
But the void is full to the brim.
It is the eternal potential as consciousness is the eternal actual-Nisargadatta

Ignorance isn’t an aspect of self; it’s the essence of self.
It’s not nothing where there should be something.
It’s the delicate weaving of something from nothing.
That nothingness woven into somethingness is what you call reality.
The part you call you is ego-Jed McKenna

In ignorance the seer becomes the seen and in wisdom he is the seeing.
In reality all is one, the outer being merely a projection of the inner.
The objects in the world are many but the eye that sees them is one-Nisargadatta

Before enlightenment I believed my ego was me, then enlightenment comes along and no more ego, only the underlying reality. Now it’s after enlightenment and this ego might be slightly uncomfortable or ill-fitting at times, but it’s all I’ve got. The idea that your ego is destroyed in the process of becoming enlightened is roughly correct, but it’s not complete. Before enlightenment, you’re a human being in the world, just like everyone you see. During enlightenment you realize the human being you thought you were is just a character in a play, and that the world you thought you were in is just a stage, so you go through a process of radical deconstruction of your character to see what’s left when it’s gone. The result isn’t enlightened-self or true-self, it’s no-self.
When it’s all over it’s time to be a human being in the world again, and that means slipping back into costume and getting back on stage.
Now you’re actually in the audience, watching the drama. I could never mistake the play for reality again, or my character for my true state-Jed McKenna

Observer’s Holographic Screen

The process of surrender is integrally related to the process of detachment. With surrender, one becomes willing to give up one’s desire to defend one’s character-based self-concept in an emotionally biased and controlling way. With detachment, one becomes willing to give up one’s desire to hold onto things in an emotionally biased and possessive way. With detachment, one becomes willing to let go and sever one’s emotional attachments to things. Detachment leads to the end of possessive love just as surrender leads to the experience of non-possessive love. Detachment also allows the observer to shift the focus of its attention away from its world and character and onto its own sense of being present for its world at the central point of view of its world. This withdrawal of the observer’s focus of attention on its world is also the withdrawal of the observer’s investment of animating emotional energy in its world.

Freedom means letting go.
Spiritual maturity lies in the readiness to let go of everything.
Discrimination will lead to detachment.
You gain nothing.
You leave behind what is not your own and find what you have never lost:
Your own being-Nisargadatta

All attachments to the dreamstate are made of energy.
That energy is called emotion.
All emotions, positive and negative, are attachments-Jed McKenna

There is trouble only when you cling to something.
It is your desire to hold onto it that creates the problem. Let go.
When you hold onto nothing, no trouble arises.
As long as there is the sense of identity with the body, frustration is inevitable.
It is because of your illusion that you are the doer-Nisargadatta

The person who arrives at this point is not the person who goes beyond.
In this process, resistance is conquered and non-resistance takes its place; acceptance, recognition, surrender.
The segregated self is slain and the integrated self is born.
To the onlooker it looks like one thing becomes the other, but to the participant it is quite unmistakably the end of one thing and the beginning of another.
The necessary letting-go is itself a kind of death. It’s the primary death/birth process, and nothing proceeds until it happens-Jed McKenna

You progress by rejection.
Investigate your world, apply your mind to it, examine it critically.
Scrutinize every idea about it.
Everything must be scrutinized and the unnecessary ruthlessly destroyed.
There cannot be too much destruction.
For in reality nothing is of value-Nisargadatta

With this process you tear away layer after layer of untruth masquerading as truth. It burns bridges that can never be rebuilt, and the only real reason to do it is because you can no longer stand not to-Jed McKenna

All attachment implies fear, for all things are transient. Fear makes one a slave. Freedom from attachment is natural when one knows one’s true being-Nisargadatta

Truth Destroys Illusion

Surrender and detachment are like a dying process that leads to a death/rebirth transformation. Whenever an emotional attachment is severed, it feels like something dies inside. What dies is the observer’s emotional or false self-identification with its character, and what is reborn is the observer’s realization that the true nature of its identity is with consciousness itself.

To surrender is to relinquish the illusion of control, which initiates the death part of the death/rebirth process.
No faith or belief is required to accomplish this act of surrender only clear-seeing.
When one begins to understand ego and fear for what they really are, then this process becomes as easy and natural as dropping a heavy weight-Jed McKenna

These is no such thing as free will. Will is bondage. It is your ego that makes you think that there must be a doer. You are compelled to desire. You identify yourself with your desires and become their slave. You cannot avoid action. You make it possible by giving it attention-Nisargadatta

Ego is obstruction, surrender is flow.
Surrender is the basis and precursor of growth.
There is no growth possible within egoic constraints, only the illusion of growth.
Once we free ourselves we come into alignment-Jed McKenna

When there is total surrender, complete relinquishment of all concern with one’s past, present and future, with one’s physical and spiritual security, when the shell of self-defense is broken, a new life dawns, full of love and beauty.
Complete self-surrender by itself is liberation-Nisargadatta

Detachment allows the observer to see things with a sense of distance from them, which is the ascension of the observer’s consciousness. With the ascension of its consciousness, the observer sees every observable thing in its world, including the animated form of its character and all character-based self-concepts it has about itself as emotionally constructed in its mind, is like an animated image projected from a screen to its point of view outside the screen. The only thing the observer can take with itself with the ascension of its consciousness to an ascended point of view is its own sense of being present.

Awareness comes as if from a higher dimension.
The witness that stands aloof-is the watchtower of the real-the point at which awareness, inherent in the unmanifested, contacts the manifested-Nisargadatta

Having undergone the process of untruth-unrealization, I am left not in an elevated state of superior knowledge, but in a knowledgeless state of superior elevation.
I see everything, I understand everything, I know nothing.
I know that I Am, and I know that I know nothing else-Jed McKenna

Contemplation is all about looking within. When one looks within the first thing one sees is one’s own self-referential thoughts, which are the basis for one’s character-based concept of self as the self-concept is emotionally related to the concept of some other thing in one’s world with some kind of an emotional response to that thing. There are really only two kinds of emotional responses: emotional attachments to the things we want to possess, control and hold onto, which are the things that reinforce and promote our concept of self as something important, powerful and admired by others; and self-defensive responses to or against whatever threatens our concept of self, which are responses of fear, anger and ways of defending the self-concept against those threats by attempting to defeat, resist or control them. These self-referential thoughts are always dualistic in nature since they require a concept of self and other.

Self-identifications are patently false and the cause of bondage.
Your attachment is your bondage.
Liberation is never of the person, it is always from the person-Nisargadatta

The you that you think of as you is not you.
The you that thinks of you as you is not you.
It’s just the character the underlying truth of you is dreaming into brief existence.
Enlightenment isn’t in the character, it’s in the underlying truth-Jed McKenna

You are the source of reality-a dimensionless center of perception that imparts reality to whatever it perceives-a pure witness that watches what is going on and remains unaffected. It is only imagination and self-identification with the imagined that encloses and converts the inner watcher into a person.
The person is merely the result of a misunderstanding.
In reality there is no such thing.
Feelings, thoughts and actions race before the watcher in endless succession.
In reality there is no person, only the watcher identifying itself-Nisargadatta

We erect ego to compensate for the lack of direct self-knowledge. There is no true self to perceive. There is only false self and no-self. One looks for true self and finds nothing. It’s the dread of that nothingness that keeps one’s attention outwardly fixed-Jed McKenna

Abandon all self-identifications. It is a vicious circle-Nisargadatta

There’s nothing wrong with being a dream character, unless it’s your goal to wake up, in which case the dream character must be ruthlessly annihilated.
If your desire is to become the best dang person you can be, then rejoice, you’re in the right place, the dreamstate, the dualistic universe.
If your interest is to cut the crap and figure out what is true then you’re in the wrong place and you’ve got a very messy fight ahead and there’s no point in pretending otherwise-Jed McKenna

Self-referential thoughts and the self-concept can only arise in an antagonistic, possessive or controlling emotional relationship between self and other, where the concept of self is always character-based. The expression of fear and anger are all about the desire to fight against and blame others in the defense of self, while the expression of the desire to possess and control things are all about the desire to have power over others, force their subservience, or gain their admiration and recognition. These dualistic self-referential thoughts are what one first sees when one looks within. The path of awakening is to reject and stop expressing dualistic self-referential thoughts. One rejects them when one sees their inherent falseness as a concept of self. One cannot be what one can observe. One cannot be the animated character one observes in one’s world and therefore no character-based emotionally animated concept of self can be true. One can only be the observer of one’s world, but the observer is not really a part of its world anymore than an observer of a movie can be an animated image projected from a movie screen to the observer’s point of view outside the screen in the audience. This naturally leads to a shift in one’s focus of attention as one focuses on one’s own sense of being present as an observer of one’s world, which is only a point of view at the center of one’s world.

First we must know ourselves as witnesses only, dimensionless and timeless centers of observation, and then realize that immense ocean of pure awareness, which is both mind and matter and beyond both-Nisargadatta

All belief systems are just the stories we create in order to deal with the void.
Ego abhors a vacuum, so everybody’s scrambling to create the illusion of something where there’s nothing. Belief systems are simply the devices we use to explain away the unthinkable horror of no-self-Jed McKenna

The person is never the subject.
You can see a person but you are not a person.
The difference between the person and the witness is as between not knowing and knowing oneself-Nisargadatta

It’s not a trust business, it’s a self-verification business-Jed McKenna

Mere knowledge is not enough; the knower must be known.
Without knowledge of the knower there can be no peace.
I know myself as I am in reality.
I am neither the body nor the mind. I am beyond all these.
You are accustomed to deal with things, physical and mental. I am not a thing, nor are you. We are neither matter nor energy, neither body nor mind. Once you have a glimpse of your own being you will not find me difficult to understand.
You must gain your own experience.
We believe so many things on hearsay.
We never cared to verify-Nisargadatta

If you want to be more true, then the way to do that is by becoming less false.
Go inside yourself with the spotlight of discrimination and illuminate it.
Illumination destroys it.
Lies disappear when you really look at them because they never had real substance, they were only imagined-Jed McKenna

To question is the essence of revolt.
Without revolt there can be no freedom-Nisargadatta

Universal Observer

The observer is always a silent observer and does not really think any thoughts. Mentally constructed self-referential thoughts are just another emotionally energized image projected from the screen to the observer. Only emotional bias in one’s focus of attention can emotionally energize and reinforce the mental construction of one’s self-concept with the expression of biased emotions. In order for one to shift one’s focus of attention onto one’s own sense of being present, it is not enough to reject one’s emotionally energized dualistic self-referential thoughts as false, but one must also stop emotionally energizing and expressing them. One must become willing to surrender, stop defending one’s concept of self, and become willing to detach oneself and sever one’s emotional attachments to things. One surrenders when one puts one’s trust in the normal flow of things to sort out what is for the best, stops trying to control things, and stops interfering with the normal flow of things in an emotionally biased way. One detaches oneself from things when one becomes willing to let go and sever one’s emotional attachments to things. Surrender and detachment in the process of looking within are the only way that one can shift one’s focus of attention onto one’s own sense of being present and know oneself as a silent observer. Surrender, detachment and looking within are the only way that one can:

Be still and know who I am.

The observer can only identify itself with its character if its focus of attention is focused on its world and character in an emotionally biased, self-defensive and character-favored way. The detachment and surrender processes allow the observer to know itself only as a focal point of consciousness at the central point of view of its world. These processes also lead to the ascension of the observer’s consciousness as the observer sees that all the images of its world are projected from a screen like the animated images of a movie projected from a screen to the observer’s central point of view outside the screen. The observer becomes aware that it is not really in the movie, but always outside, only perceiving the movie.

The totality of all mental projections is the Great Illusion.
When I look beyond the mind I see the witness.
Beyond the witness is infinite emptiness and silence-Nisargadatta

This trajectory I’m on will take me as close to nonexistence as anyone can get and still have a body. Even now it takes a conscious effort to maintain my false self, my dream character, to animate it, to keep it running-Jed McKenna

Observer’s Point of Singularity/Light of Consciousness

The observer also becomes aware that it is its own light of consciousness emanating from its own point of view that projects the images of the movie from the screen like the light of a movie projector. With this enlightenment experience, the observer is no longer able to emotionally identify itself with the projected and emotionally animated image of its character. When the surrender and detachment processes are finished, the observer finally awakens to the true nature of what it really is. The observer’s consciousness ultimately returns to the one source of consciousness.

Whatever happens, I remain.
At the root of my being is pure awareness, a speck of intense light.
This speck, by its nature, radiates and creates pictures in space and events in time, effortlessly and spontaneously-Nisargadatta

We need the boundaries ego provides.
They’re a necessary part of life in the amusement park.
Self is the complex, shifting set of dimensions that give us shape and form and which distinguish us from other shapes and forms.
The amusement park isn’t ‘come as you are’-it’s a costume party.
Who you come as doesn’t matter, only that you come as someone.
You can’t come as no one-Jed McKenna

As long as there is consciousness of something, its witness is also there. The two appear and disappear together. Give attention to the witness to break the spell of the known-the illusion that only the perceivable is real. As long as you believe that only the perceivable world is real you remain its slave. To become free your attention must be drawn to the witness-Nisargadatta

Everyone’s world is an illusion created by the expenditure of energy and the expression of emotion. When that expenditure of energy comes to an end, which it does when one withdraws the focus of one’s attention away from one’s world and withdraws one’s investment of animating emotional energy in one’s world, that world disappears. Nothing remains. The creating animating energy is consciousness in motion, which can be scientifically understood as an observer in an accelerated frame of reference or the accelerated expansion of space that arises with the expression of dark energy and that always expands relative to the central point of view of an observer. Only that expression of energy and desire can give rise to the illusion of a world and the illusion of living a life in the world. The illusion of one’s world is only created because one’s consciousness is restless. When one’s consciousness comes to rest, no more energy is expended, one’s world disappears, and the illusion of living a life in one’s world comes to an end.

The inner emptiness itself is the mystery.
When the inner space is there, you are not.
When you dissolve, the inner emptiness is there.
When you are not, the mystery will be revealed.
You will not be a witness to the mystery, you will be the mystery-Osho

Consciousness itself is the source of everything.
What is real is nameless and formless, pure energy of life and light of consciousness.
Everything is a form of energy.
You are not the body.
You are the immensity and infinity of consciousness-Nisargadatta

All there really is, is consciousness and energy.
They’re the same thing, and what they really are, is what we really are, which is just another way of saying: life is but a dream.
There is nothing else-Jed McKenna

The very purpose of creation is the fulfillment of desire.
Things happen by their own nature.
From my point of view everything happens by itself, quite spontaneously.
I do nothing. I just see them happen-Nisargadatta

One’s world only appears and feels real because the perception of the flow of animating energy feels real, which is consciousness perceiving its own restless motion. When consciousness comes to rest only the nothingness remains. Only consciousness is really real, whether it is restless and in motion creating the illusion of a world or it is at rest and remaining as nothingness.

The ‘I am’ in movement creates the world.
The ‘I am’ at peace becomes the Absolute-Nisargadatta

It doesn’t require knowledge to be enlightened any more than it requires knowledge to obey the law of gravity or to be bathed in sunlight.
Enlightenment is nothing more than truth realization.
If anything requires knowledge and effort and seemingly superhuman powers of imagination it’s not truth but delusion-Jed McKenna

Awakening never happens because one wants it to happen. One can’t desire the desireless state. One can only reject the alternative, which is the illusion of living a life in one’s world that’s created through the expression of one’s own restless desire. One can only reject one’s illusion of living a life in one’s world that’s created through one’s expression of one’s own restless desire to live that life.

Spiritual awakening is about discovering what’s true.
Anything that’s not about getting to the truth must be discarded.
Truth isn’t about knowing things. It’s about unknowing.
It’s not about becoming true.
It’s about un-becoming false so that all that’s left is truth-Jed McKenna

The Supreme state neither comes nor goes. It is.
It is a timeless state, ever present.
Before the mind happens, I am.
Before all beginnings, after all endings, I am.
All has its being in the ‘I am’ that shines in every living being-Nisargadatta

Waking up isn’t a theoretical subject one masters through study and comprehension, it’s a journey one makes, a battle one fights.
Spiritual enlightenment is self-defeating.
It is a battle we wage upon ourselves.
Truth is a uniquely challenging pursuit because the very thing that wants it is the only thing in the way of it.
It’s a battle we must die to win.
The great enemy is the very self that wages the war.
When self is destroyed, who wins?-Jed McKenna

The way to truth lies through the destruction of the false.
To destroy the false you must question your most inveterate beliefs.
Of these the idea that you are the body is the worst.
It is the clinging to the false that makes the truth so difficult to see.
There is a deep contradiction in your attitude which you do not see.
See your world as it is, not as you imagine it to be.
See the person you imagine yourself to be as a part of the world you perceive within your mind and look at the mind from the outside, for you are not the mind-Nisargadatta

The deepest truth of any person is no-person.
You don’t wake up by perfecting your dream character.
You wake up by breaking free of it.
There’s no truth to the ego so no degree of mastery over it results in anything true.
Putting attention on the ego merely reinforces it-Jed McKenna

Whenever a thought or an emotion of desire or fear comes to your mind, just turn away from it. Turn away. Refuse attention-Nisargadatta

One can only reject the illusion when one sees its falseness. That is the only way awakening ever happens. One rejects one’s own restless desire to live a life in one’s world when one sees that life is a lie and the world that life is lived in is an illusion. One’s restless desire to live a life in one’s world is one’s own consciousness in motion. Only that expression of energy and desire can give rise to the illusion of one’s world and the illusion of living a life in that world. When one rejects the expression of that restless desire one comes to rest and the illusion of living a life in that world disappears. One’s entire world disappears. All that one is left with is the reality of one’s consciousness at rest, which is nothingness. The end of that illusion is the end of living a life in the world and the end of expressing the restless desire to live a life in the world, which is the same as dying. One has to become willing to die in order to awaken. One has to become desireless. One can only awaken if one would rather die than continue to live the life of a lie.

To know the lie is to hate it; to see it is to slay it-Jed McKenna

The person is in resistance to the very end.
It is the witnessing consciousness that makes realization attainable.
It is the witness that works on the person-on the totality of its illusions-Nisargadatta

Success in realizing one’s true nature is absolutely assured because it’s one’s true nature. The greatest wonder isn’t that you’ll make it back; it’s that you made it away.
Struggling to achieve truth is as preposterous as struggling to achieve death.
What’s the point? Both will find you when it’s time.
Everyone will end up fully enlightened regardless of the path they take-Jed McKenna

I am beyond consciousness and therefore in consciousness I cannot say what I am.
There is nothing wrong in the idea of a body, but limiting oneself to one body only is a mistake. In reality all existence, every form, is my own, within my consciousness-Nisargadatta

The process of awakening looks like it’s about destroying ego, but that’s not really accurate. You never completely rid yourself of ego-the false self-as long as you’re alive, and it’s not important that you do.
What matters is the emotional tethers that anchor us to the dreamstate; that hold us in place and make us feel that we’re a part of something real.
We send out energetic tendrils from the nexus of ego like roots to attach ourselves to the dreamstate, and to detach from it we must sever them.
In this sense, freeing ourselves from attachment is indeed the process of awakening, but such attachments aren’t what we have, they’re what we are-Jed McKenna

What is caused by desire can be undone only in freedom from desire. What you see as false dissolves. Desirelessness comes on its own when desire is recognized as false-Nisargadatta

Spiritual awakening doesn’t require physical body death, but requires something much more difficult. Spiritual awakening requires ego-death. Only the mentally constructed emotionally energized body-based self-concept has to die away. This last statement is not quite right. Spiritual awakening only requires consciousness to stop identifying itself with its mentally constructed self-concept, but that requires consciousness to stop emotionally constructing its self-concept.

Battling past the ego to get to the truth has been at the heart of countless spiritual teachings. Ego-death as a means to no-self is what this journey is all about.
Anyone headed for truth is going to get there over ego’s dead body or not at all.
The caterpillar doesn’t become a butterfly, it enters a death process that becomes the birth process of the butterfly.
One thing ends and another begins-Jed McKenna

When you refuse to play the game you are out of it-Nisargadatta

Ego doesn’t need to be killed because it was never really alive.
You don’t have to destroy your false self because it’s not real, which is really the whole point. It’s just a character we play.
What needs to be killed is that part of us that identifies with the character.
Once that’s done-really done, and it can take years-then you can wear the costume and play the character as it suits you to do so, now in the character but not of the character-Jed McKenna

Destroy the wall that separates, the ‘I-am-the-body-idea’, and the inner and the outer become one. This battle is always won, for it is a battle between the true and the false-Nisargadatta

The wall separating the awakened and unawakened states is a force field empowered by the emotional energy of fear.
Only ego death defeats the barrier because the barrier is ego itself.
The prize to be won in this battle is not wealth or fame or power, but the transition from untrue to true, from dream to awake, from delusion to reality-Jed McKenna

I am dead already. Physical death will make no difference. I am timeless being-Nisargadatta

If one wants to awaken, and that’s a mighty big if, these are the basic instructions:

Focus and Intent. One has to express a serious, unconflicted and clear intent for what one really wants and focus one’s time, energy and attention on the awakening process without distractions or diversions. One has to become serious about the process and work for it.

Ask yourself what you want, and what you’re willing to give for it.
Dreams are highly flammable things.
Not all fires are started by conscious intent.
Sometimes they just flare up and then you learn two things fast; fire doesn’t negotiate and nothing doesn’t burn-Jed McKenna

Surrender. One has to give up one’s emotionally biased character-favored desire to defend the survival of one’s character as though one’s existence depends on it. One has to clearly see that one is only defending an illusion of what one really is. One is defending the animated image of one’s character in the movie that one is watching as those self-replicating images are projected from one’s screen to one’s point of view in the audience outside the screen. One is not the character in the movie that one is watching. One is the presence of consciousness in the audience that is watching the movie. One has to become willing to surrender instead of resisting the normal flow of things, fighting for the survival of one’s character as though one’s existence depends on it, and trying to control the events of the movie in a self-defensive way. One must accept the true nature of one’s existence depends on nothing one perceives in the movie. One has to put one’s trust in the normal flow of things to sort out what is for the best and accept that outcome as for the best. One’s surrender allows the actions of one’s character to come into alignment with the normal flow of things, and so allows one to feel connected and integrated.

Surrender follows naturally from seeing what is-Jed McKenna

Self-surrender is the surrender of all self-concern.
It cannot be done-it happens when you realize your true nature-Nisargadatta

Humans are emotion-based creatures and all emotions derive their energy from one core emotion; fear.
Fear cannot be confronted or slain because it is fear of nothing, of no-self.
Fear can only be surrendered to; the thing feared, entered-Jed McKenna

Detachment. One has to become willing to let go, sever one’s emotional attachments to things, and detach oneself from one’s character and everything else in one’s world. This becomes possible when one sees that one’s world is only the movie that one is watching. One allows things to come and go without any desire to hold onto them or control them. One sees things with a sense of distance from them which is the ascension of one’s consciousness, as one sees that one is not really in the movie that one is watching, but is always outside at a point of view in the audience.

Give up all and you gain all.
Then life becomes what it was meant to be:
Pure radiation from an inexhaustible source.
In that light the world appears dimly like a dream-Nisargadatta

The dreamstate is a big amusement park and I would never encourage anyone to try to escape. That would be as absurd as suggesting that you commit suicide for your own good-Jed McKenna

Go beyond, go back to the source, go to the Self that is the same whatever happens.
See everything as emanating from the light which is the source of your own being.
Find the immutable center where all movement takes birth.
Be the axis at the center-not whirling at the periphery.
Nothing stops you except fear.
You are afraid of impersonal being-Nisargadatta

It is the emotional energy of fear that erects and maintains the egoic shell.
We are madly, desperately, insanely afraid of the truth, and it is that fear that walls us off from our unbounded nature.
Fear of what? Fear of no-self. The nameless, faceless dread of non-being.
Not just fear of death, which anyone can deny or explain away, but fear of nothingness, which no fairytale can fix-Jed McKenna

Look within. Shift the focus of one’s attention away from one’s world and character and onto one’s own sense of being present as a presence of consciousness at the central point of view of one’s world. As one withdraws the focus of one’s attention from one’s world and character, one also withdraws one’s investment of animating emotional energy in that world that makes one feel self-limited to the animated form of one’s character and leads one to falsely identify oneself with one’s character. This withdrawal of animating emotional energy deconstructs one’s emotionally energized mentally constructed character-based self-concept or ego, and leads to ego-death. With this shift in awareness, one knows oneself only as the consciousness present at the central point of view of one’s world and sees that it is one’s own radiating light of consciousness that projects the images of one’s world and character from one’s screen to one’s point of view outside the screen at the center of one’s world.

You are and I am only as points in consciousness.
I see only consciousness, and know everything to be but consciousness, as you know the pictures on the cinema screen to be but light.
It is enough to shift attention from the screen onto oneself to break the spell-Nisargadatta

Spiritual enlightenment is the state in which the self is free of all delusion, including self itself. The process of becoming enlightened is a deliberate act of self-annihilation. It is the false self that does the killing and the false self that dies; a suicide in all but the physical sense. Because there is no true self to fill the vacancy created by the passing of the false self, no self remains.
It is not possible to knowledgeably choose or want spiritual enlightenment.
To desire it is to misunderstand it. Ego cannot desire egolessness.
One does not undergo the process of awakening out of love for the true but out of hatred for the false; a hatred so intense that it burns everything and spares nothing-Jed McKenna

For the path of return naughting oneself is necessary.
My stand I take where nothing is.
To the mind it is all darkness and silence.
It is deep and dark, mystery beyond mystery.
It is, while all else merely happens.
It is like a bottomless well, whatever falls into it disappears-Nisargadatta

There is the place where all the paradoxes disappear and where no questions remain, but there’s no point trying to describe this place.
Like a child flicking a switch that turns the world off like a light.
What can you say when the thing that ends isn’t within a context, but context itself?
Come see for yourself-Jed McKenna

Reality is essentially alone.
To know that nothing is, is true knowledge-Nisargadatta

With every step we leave behind that which we move beyond. Every step is a loss and as long as there’s more to lose, there are more steps to take.
Everything is lost. Nothing is gained-Jed McKenna

Further. These steps are enough to become enlightened and fully awakened within one’s world. One knows the true nature of one’s being is an enlightened presence of consciousness at the center of one’s world, which is like becoming lucid as one awakens within one’s dream. If one wants to awaken from one’s world and return to the one source of consciousness, one has to go further. Even when one ascends to the highest possible level of consciousness, there is still further. One’s world has to disappear and come to an end, which is like awakening from one’s dream. One has to become willing to return to and reunite one’s spiritual being with the one source of all being and consciousness through a desireless process of dissolution, like a drop of water that dissolves back into the ocean. This dissolution into nothingness is also described as falling into the void, like freely falling through a wormhole that connects the observer’s point of singularity to the empty space of the void. One has to become willing to die, give up everything, and accept nothing in return.

Truly, I have attained nothing from total enlightenment-Buddha

Done. No further.

You are nothing but consciousness-Jed McKenna

With full awakening, when the dreamer finally awakens from its dream, everything in the dreamer’s dream-world disappears and only the true nature of the dreamer remains. Nothing remains. Only the dreamer’s ultimate, underlying reality remains. The differentiated consciousness of the observer ultimately returns to and reunites itself with the undifferentiated consciousness of the void.

You fall into an abyss, and the abyss is bottomless: you go on falling.
That is why Buddha has called this nothingness emptiness.
There is no end to it. Once you know it, you also have become endless.
At this point Being is revealed: then you know who you are, what is your real being, what is your authentic existence.
That Being is void-Osho

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In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth
And the earth was without form and void
And darkness was upon the face of the deep
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters
And God said ‘Let there be light’; and there was light
And God saw the light, that it was good
And God divided the light from the darkness
-Genesis

In the silence and the void
Standing alone and unchanging
Ever present and in motion
I do not know its name
Call it Tao
-Tao-Te-Ching

That One thing, breathless, breathed by its own nature
Apart from it, there was nothing
Darkness was hidden by darkness in the beginning
All that existed then was void and formless
-Rig-Veda

The unreal has no being
The real never ceases to be
-Bhagavad-Gita

Never the spirit was born
The spirit shall cease to be never
Never was time it was not
End and beginning are dreams
-Bhagavad-Gita

That which becomes, was born through the power of heat
Upon that desire arose in the beginning the first discharge of thought
-Rig-Veda

Tao in the world is like a river flowing home to the sea
-Tao-Te-Ching

Returning is the motion of the Tao
It returns to nothingness
It leads all things back
Toward the great oneness
-Tao-Te-Ching

The man of Tao remains unknown
Perfect virtue produces nothing
No-self is true-self
And the greatest man is nobody
-Chuang-Tzu

He, the first origin of this creation
Whether he formed it all or did not form it
Whose eye controls this world in highest heaven
Surely he knows, or perhaps he knows not
-Rig-Veda

In the knowledge of the Source
Which is a dark night to the ignorant
The recollected mind is fully awake and aware
The ignorant are awake in their sense life
Which is darkness to the sage
-Bhagavad-Gita

Without form there is no desire
Without desire there is tranquility
Therefore the sage seeks freedom from desire
-Tao-Te-Ching

Ever desireless, one can see the mystery
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations
These two spring from the same source
This appears as darkness
Darkness within darkness
The gate to all mystery
-Tao-Te-Ching

The great path has no gates
Thousands of roads enter it
When one passes through this gateless gate
One walks the universe alone
-Mu-mon

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What Is The Star Wars Force?

We Are Spiritual Beings Having a Human Experience
-Teilhard de Chardin

A natural affinity for the Star Wars saga arises out of the spiritual longing of spiritual beings to return to or reconnect with their spiritual source of existence. When Obi Wan Kenobi tells Luke “Use the Force” he’s speaking about spiritual reconnection. This spiritual longing of spiritual beings to reconnect with their spiritual source of being underlies the enduring popularity of the Star Wars saga. The spiritual source of being is the “ground of being” or underlying reality that underlies the existence of spiritual beings. The spiritual longing to return to, reconnect with, or reunite oneself with that spiritual source of existence is what resonates with spiritual beings.

Spiritual Being

How does this help us understand the nature of the Force? The first thing to be clear about is the true nature of spiritual being has something to do with the nature of consciousness, not with a life-form like a human life-form, or even a human mind that somehow arises with a human life-form. The basic distinction is between the content of consciousness and the observing consciousness that observes that content. The content of consciousness is what is observable, while observing consciousness is the observer. There’s an odd trinity relation at work. The observable content of consciousness always arises in relationship to the observing consciousness of the observer observing that observable content. The content of consciousness includes everything that can be observed in the observable world, but it also includes mental content like thoughts and memories that can be observed in the mind. Mental content observed in our minds like thoughts and memories are complicated since they’re internally generated, but so too are our sensory perceptions of the external world. It all gets filtered through our brains, which act like information processors, while organs of sensory perception in our bodies act like information conduits. No matter how information becomes conveyed or processed into perceptions, there’s no credible scientific or brain explanation for how organized forms of information or mental images are perceived by observing consciousness. There’s no scientific or brain theory of the observer.

Universal Observer

When we speak about spiritual being we’re really speaking about the existence of the observer, which has a spiritual existence that is independent of whatever the observer observes in the observable world or in an observable mind. That observable world includes the life-form that the observer identifies itself with, just as the observable mind that arises with that life-form includes mental self-concepts of what the observer is that are life-form based. If we think of the observable world as a movie the observer is watching as animated images of that movie are projected from a screen to the observer’s point of view out in the audience, and the thoughts and self-concepts that arise in the mind as a self-referential narration of the movie, then the mentally constructed life-form based self-concept is really only a false belief the observer believes about itself. In effect, the observer only mistakenly identifies itself with the central character of the movie it is watching because that’s what the self-referential narration of the movie tells the observer about itself. The narration of the movie tells the observer: “This is who you are”, and the observer believes it.

The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

If the observer is not life-from based, then what is the observer and where does it come from? The answer as Teilhard de Chardin tells us is the observer is a spiritual being that arises from the spiritual source of existence. Since the purpose of the posts on this website is to explore the connection between science and spirituality, we’d like another kind of answer that’s scientifically based. Only theoretical physics has anything meaningful to say about the nature of the observer in a scientific sense. In relativity theory, the observer is only a point of view, specifically the point of origin of a coordinate system or frame of reference. Relativity theory can’t say what the observing consciousness of an observer is, but that central point of view is where the observer is always present. Whatever the observer observes in the observable world, according to relativity theory the observer is always present at the origin or central point of view of a coordinate system of space and time or frame of reference, through which the observer appears to follow a world-line.

Accelerated Frame of Reference/Observer’s World-line

In quantum theory the observer is a means by which a quantum state of potentiality, which is a sum over all possible outcomes of any event, is reduced to an observable state of actuality, which is the outcome that is actually observed. When you come to a fork in the road, you have to take one path or the other. You have to make a choice. Until you make the choice there is the potential to choose either path. Once you make the choice you’ve chosen to follow an actual path. Quantum theory implicitly assumes that it is the observer that makes the choice. Once the choice is made, that outcome is what is actually observed. In quantum theory this sum over all possible outcomes of any event can also be expressed as a sum over all possible paths.

Quantum State of Potentiality/Sum over all Paths

How can we reconcile the nature of the relativistic observer with the quantum observer? The answer is the unification of quantum theory with relativity theory. There is only one known way to unify quantum theory with relativity theory, which is called the holographic principle of modern physics. The holographic principle is the fundamental basis for all theories of quantum gravity that accomplish unification. For those not familiar with the holographic principle, the recent book by Amanda Gefter: Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn explains why this must be so. Gefter considers the problem of how the holographic principle can unify relativity and quantum theory and how it can be combined with modern cosmology to explain the nature of the world. Gefter interviewed many of the best theoretical physicists in the world that work in the area of quantum gravity, and after much deep thought about what they told her, came to the logical conclusion that only the holographic principle allows for unification. It’s a worthwhile exercise to read her book and follow the line of reasoning of her logical analysis that leads to this conclusion.

Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn

Why is this relevant to a discussion of the observing consciousness of an observer and why there can never be a scientific or brain theory for the observer? Why do we have to resort to a spiritual explanation for the nature of the observer? The problem boils down to the nature of the world and the laws of physics that govern the behavior of things in the world. The space-time geometry of the world is governed by Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric. The space-time metric is the field that specifies the curvature of space-time geometry, which is the nature of gravity. Although this may seem very odd, gravity is nothing more than the contraction of space and the dilation of time that arises whenever there is matter and energy in the space-time geometry of a world. That’s what gives rise to what we observe as the attractive force of gravity. The other fundamental forces of nature, which are the electromagnetic and the strong and weak nuclear forces, are governed by a set of quantum field theories that are called the standard model of particle physics. The usual method of unification goes forward through the Kaluza-Klein mechanism of extra compactified dimensions of space and super-symmetry, in which all the fundamental forces are understood to arise from Einstein’s field equations as extra components of the space-time metric. What we understand as an elementary particle is really a quantum field that only arises as an extra component of the space-time metric. We understand that an elementary particle is a quantum excitation of the field, which is a wave-packet of field energy localized in space and time. The force of gravity arises due to curvature of space-time geometry in the extended 3+1 dimensions of space-time, while elementary particles and the fundamental forces of electromagnetism and the nuclear forces arise due to the curvature of space-time geometry with extra compactified dimensions of space and with super-symmetry. This explains the nature of the space-time geometry of the world and all the matter and energy in the world.

Einstein’s Field Equations for the Space-time Metric

The big unsolvable problem is to try to explain the nature of the observing consciousness of the observer from these scientific theories of the physical world. Elementary particles can bind together into atoms and molecules, which can bind together into the brain cells we call neurons, which can bind together into the structures of the brain. The synaptic activity of the brain is really nothing more than electromagnetic signals exchanged between neurons, which arise in the flow of electromagnetic energy through the brain. This transfer of electromagnetic signals between neurons is much like the kind of information processing that occurs inside a computer as computer switches turn on and off. All this synaptic activity is governed by the laws of physics. This may explain the nature of information processing in the brain that gives rise to organized forms of information or mental images, like the kind of information processing that occurs inside a computer, but it can never explain the nature of the observer of those mental images. A computer can generate images based on the way information becomes organized inside the computer, but a computer can never observe those images. A computer screen can display those images based on the way bits of information are organized within pixels on the screen, but the computer screen can never observe those images The only way the computer images are ever observed is if the computer screen projects the images to an observer outside the screen. This projection of images from a screen to an observer outside the screen is called a screen output. Nothing that occurs inside the computer can ever explain the nature of the observer outside the screen.

Screen Output/The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

The laws of physics can only explain how information becomes organized within the world into observable forms of information or images, but can never explain the nature of the observer of those images, no more than the way information becomes organized in a computer can explain the nature of the observer outside a computer screen that observes the images projected from the screen to the observer, and yet physics has something important to tell us about the nature of the observer. The fantastic thing about the holographic principle is it reconciles the relativistic observer with the quantum observer. Whenever an observer enters into an accelerated frame of reference, an event horizon arises that limits the observer’s observation of things in space. An accelerated observer’s horizon is as far out in space as the observer can see things in space.

Accelerated Frame of Reference/Observer’s Horizon

When the holographic principle is applied to the observer’s event horizon, the horizon acts like a holographic screen that encodes bits of information like a computer, and like a computer screen projects observable images to the point of view of the observer outside the screen. Everything the observer can observe in its world, including all the sensory perceptions of that world and all the mental images like thoughts and memories of its mind, are projected from the observer’s holographic screen to its point of view outside the screen. Not only is the nature of all matter and energy in that world projected from the screen, but the space-time geometry of that world is also projected from the screen to the observer’s point of view. Each projection of observable images from the screen to the observer is like a screen output from a computer screen. The observer’s point of view is always outside the screen at the central point of view of its own world.

Universal Observer

The observer’s accelerated frame of reference is often described by an accelerated world-line, which is the path the observer appears to follow through the space-time geometry of its world. In reality, the observer goes nowhere. The observer is always present at the central point of view of its world. It only appears that the observer follows the path of a world-line through its world due to the projection of the space-time geometry of its world and all the images of its world from its holographic screen to its central point of view. Each holographic projection is the observer’s choice in terms of which path to follow. With each choice, the observer chooses to follow an actual path and make actual observations of things as the quantum state of potentiality of its holographic screen is reduced to an observable state of actuality. The observer only makes its choices with its focus of attention on the observable images of its world. The observer’s focus of attention is what allows it to make its choices. Each choice is a decision point on its path.

Decision Point

To understand why the observer’s point of view is at the central point of view of its own world it’s necessary to discuss how the observer’s world is created in the first place. All theories of the big bang event rely on the idea of dark energy. In relativity theory dark energy or a cosmological constant is understood to give rise to the accelerated expansion of space that always expands relative to the central point of view of an observer. Dark energy is what puts the “bang” in the big bang event, which gives rise to the accelerated expansion of the universe. Due to dark energy, space appears to expand away from the observer at an accelerated rate, faster the farther out into space the observer looks into space. Due to the limitation of the speed of light, which is the maximal rate of information transfer in three dimensional space, the two dimensional surface of a cosmic horizon arises that limits the observer’s observation of things in three dimensional space. At the surface of the cosmic horizon space appears to expand away from the observer at the speed of light. Since nothing can travel faster than the speed of light in three dimensional space, nothing is observable beyond the observer’s horizon. The odd thing about the accelerated expansion of space that arises with dark energy is every observer is at the central point of view of its own world, which is the singularity of its own big bang event.

Accelerated Expansion of Space

If the holographic principle is applied to the observer’s cosmic horizon, the horizon encodes bits of information in a binary code of 1’s and 0’s. It’s as though the horizon is covered with pixels, where each pixel encodes a bit of information like a computer screen. The holographic principle arises naturally with non-commutative geometry, which is a way of specifying a finite number, n, of position coordinates on the horizon. These n position coordinates are no longer infinitesimal points, but are smeared out into area elements like pixels, where the natural pixel size is about a Planck area. The total number of pixels, n, is given in terms of the surface area of the horizon as n=(Surface area)/4(Planck area). This is a natural way of quantizing space-time geometry. In non-commutative geometry the n bits of information encoded on the horizon are specified by the n eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix. Each bit of information is like a spin variable that can only point up or down, and like a computer switch that can only turn on or off, encodes information in a binary code.

Holographic Principle

When the holographic principle is applied to an observer’s cosmic horizon, the horizon acts like a holographic screen that projects all the three dimensional images of the observer’s world to the observer’s central point of view. This tells us that every observer is at the central point of view of its own world, which is the singularity of its own big bang event. Everything the observer can observe in its own world is a projection of images from its own holographic screen. Every observable thing the observer can observe in its world reduces down to a configuration state of information encoded on its own holographic screen, but there is a big problem with this analysis.

The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

What projects the images from the observer’s holographic screen to the observer’s central point of view? The answer can’t be physical light or electromagnetic radiation since physical light is only an organized form of information encoded on the holographic screen as a configuration state of information. A photon is a quantum of electromagnetic field energy, and all the bits of information for this observable form are encoded on the observer’s holographic screen along with all the bits of information for everything else the observer can observe in its world. There must be another kind of light that projects the images from the observer’s holographic screen to its central point of view. This other kind of light can be called the light of consciousness, which can be understood as the observer’s focus of attention on the projected images of its world. The observer’s own light of consciousness must emanate from its own focal point of consciousness and project back to itself in the process of observing the observable images of its world as those images are projected from its own holographic screen to its own point of view.

Observer’s Point of Singularity/Light of Consciousness

If each observer has its own observable world defined by the way bits of information are encoded on its own holographic screen, then how can we understand a consensual reality shared by many observers? The answer is the kind of information sharing we see in a network of overlapping screens like the internet. Each observer’s own holographic screen can share information with the screens of other observers to the degree those screens overlap in the sense of a Venn diagram. This is possible since the cosmic horizons of different observers can overlap. Many observers can only share a consensual reality because of information sharing.

Overlapping Bounded Spaces

How do the laws of physics arise that apparently govern the behavior of everything the observer can possibly observe in its own world? The answer is the laws of physics only emerge in that world as thermal averages, which are called thermodynamic equations of state. It’s fairly easy to show that Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric arise as thermal averages from the holographic principle based on the way bits of information are encoded on the observer’s horizon, which is the nature of entropy, and the absolute temperature of the horizon. Einstein’s field equations for the metric describe the behavior of the dynamical space-time geometry of the observer’s world, which is an observable aspect of that world. Einstein’s field equations only apply to the bulk 3+1 dimensional space-time geometry of that world, which can only arise as a holographic projection from the observer’s holographic screen, which is a bounding surface of space. In the same way, the quantum field theories of the standard model of particle physics arise as thermal averages when the Kaluza-Klein mechanism of extra compactified dimensions of space and super-symmetry are applied to Einstein’s field equations. What we observe as elementary particles are only localized wave-packets of field energy. These quantum fields are only extra components of the space-time metric, which arise as thermal averages. All of these observable things are in reality only the holographic projection of images from the observer’s holographic screen to its central point of view. That’s the nature of a holographic world.

Elementary Particle/Localized Wave-packet of Field Energy

How do we understand the flow of time? The flow of time arises with the normal flow of energy through the observer’s world that animates everything in its world. The normal flow of energy through the observer’s world is what allows things to obey the laws of physics in the sense of following the path of least action. The path of least action is like the shortest distance between two points in the information configuration space. The quantum state of potentiality for the observer’s holographic screen is defined by all possible ways in which bits of information can become encoded on the screen, and so the path of least action is the natural path or world-line for the observer to follow. This happens naturally as long as the choices the observer makes that reduce the quantum state of potentiality to an observable state of actuality are made in an unbiased or random way. The normal flow of energy is what animates the observer’s world in the sense of a sequence of holographic projections or screen outputs that become ordered in the flow of energy. An ordered sequence of holographic projections is the normal course of time, which naturally arises in the sense of animation just like the animation of the images of a movie projected from a computer screen to an observer over a sequence of screen outputs.

Normal Flow of Energy

How does the normal flow of energy through the observer’s world arise? All theories of the big bang event assume an instability in the nature of dark energy that gives rise to the normal flow of energy through the world. Each state of the world is characterized by a non-zero value of dark energy that gives rise to the observer’s cosmic horizon. These are not stable states but are only metastable states. The only truly stable state has a zero value for dark energy. The transition from a higher value of dark energy to a lower value is like a phase transition in which some dark energy burns away and heat is radiated away. As dark energy transitions to a lower value, the observer’s cosmic horizon inflates in size, since the radius of the cosmic horizon is inversely related to the amount of dark energy in the observer’s world. The absolute temperature of the observer’s horizon also cools in temperature as it inflates in size since temperature is inversely related to radius. This phase transition is like a transition from a metastable false vacuum state to a more stable vacuum state of lower energy. As the transition goes forward, the observer’s cosmic horizon inflates in size and cools in temperature. This temperature gradient is what drives the normal flow of energy through the observer’s world as dark energy burns away, heat is radiated away, and the observer’s cosmic horizon inflates in size and cools in temperature. The normal flow of energy arises as heat flows from hotter states to colder states of the observer’s world, which occurs as dark energy transitions to a lower value. The true vacuum state, which has absolute stability, is characterized by a zero value of dark energy. As dark energy in the observer’s world burns away to zero and heat is radiated away to infinity, the observer’s cosmic horizon inflates in size to infinity and cools in temperature to absolute zero, which leads to a state of absolute stability. This state of absolute stability, which is the true vacuum state, is the end of holographic projection, the end of animation, and the end of time.

Metastable False Vacuum State

An odd aspect of the holographic principle in the context of modern cosmology and dark energy is the total energy of the observable universe is exactly zero. This is possible since the negative potential energy of gravitational attraction can exactly cancel out dark energy and all forms of positive energy like mass energy that arise from dark energy through some kind of a symmetry breaking process. The two remarkable discoveries of modern cosmology are: the accelerated expansion of space in the universe as distant galaxies are observed to accelerate away from us faster the farther out in space they appear; and that the curvature of the universe is asymptotically flat, which tells us the total energy of the universe is exactly zero. In other words, everything that appears in the observable world is really nothing in disguise, which tells us that everything is in perfect balance.

Yin Yang Balance

The holographic principle is able to explain the nature of everything observable in the world, but it cannot explain the nature of the observing consciousness of the observer of that world or how the observable images of that world are projected from the observer’s holographic screen to its central point of view outside the screen. We have to assume the independent existence of the observer at the central point of view and the observer’s own light of consciousness emanating from this focal point of consciousness that projects the observable images from the observer’s holographic screen back to its point of view. There is no other way around this quandary except to give the observing consciousness of the observer and the observer’s light of consciousness its own independent existence. The existence of the observing consciousness of the observer is independent of the apparent existence of whatever appears to occur in its observable world.

Sacred Intuitive Mind

In actuality, we have a trinity of perceiving consciousness, which is an observer observing images its observable world and mind. The observable images are defined by the way bits of information are organized into the form of configuration states of information on the observer’s holographic screen; an observing event like a screen output is defined by the projection of images from the observer’s screen to the observer’s point of view due to the emanation of the observer’s own light of consciousness like the light of a movie projector that projects images from a movie screen to an observer out in the audience; and the observing consciousness of the observer is present at its own central point of view outside the screen. The whole science of physics is only about the way bits of information are encoded on the screen and organized into form. Relativity theory and quantum theory as they describe the nature of all matter and energy and space-time geometry are only about what appears to happen in the world in terms of how bits of information are encoded on the screen. The remarkable thing is the holographic principle implies Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric, which describes the nature of the space-time geometry of the observer’s world, and implies the standard model of particle physics in terms of quantum field theory, which describes the nature of matter and energy in that world, but space-time geometry and matter and energy are only a holographic projection. Science really has nothing to say about the nature of the observing consciousness of the observer or how the holographic projection of observable images occurs from the screen to the observer.

Hero’s Journey

This is what science is really telling us about the nature of the observing consciousness of the observer. The observing consciousness of the observer cannot be scientifically explained. It isn’t scientifically explainable. Scientific explanations are limited to how information is encoded and organized on an observer’s holographic screen. That’s the nature of what’s observable in a holographic world.

Illusion and Reality

The observer is not really a part of its world anymore than an observer out in an audience is a part of a movie it is watching as animated images of the movie are projected from the screen to the observer. The observer only falsely believes that it is part of the observable world that it observes. That false belief is called a self-concept, which is only mentally constructed as the observer falsely identifies itself with the animated form of its character that it observes in its world. This false process of self-identification is inherently emotional in nature, as the perception of emotions is what makes the observer feel self-limited to the emotionally energized form of its character. Inherent in every self-concept is emotional energy that keeps the observer identifying itself with its character. This can only occur because the observer really feels self-limited to the emotionally energized form of its character as it perceives the self-limiting emotions that relate its character to other things in its world. The emotionally energized character-based self-concept is always dualistic and self-referential. The mentally constructed character-based self-concept is false since the observer cannot be any observable thing it can perceive in its world or mind. It’s really not a part of the show it perceives, but is always out in the audience only watching the show.

Plato’s Cave

Why does the observer believe this false belief about itself and identify itself with its character? The observer only believes it is a part of the world it perceives and identifies itself with its character in that world because that’s the way it feels as it perceives the flow of emotional energy that animates the form of its character, which makes it feel self-limited to that animated form. Logic tells it that it cannot be anything that it can perceive, but it trusts its emotions and believes them even though they’re irrational. Believing a false belief is delusional. The only thing that makes delusional beliefs believable is the irrational emotions that energize them. Just as seeing is believing, feeling is believing, especially when feelings arise from irrational emotions.

Self-referential Paradox

If self-identification of consciousness with form is false, why does it even happen? An observer becomes self-identified with form as an inevitable consequence of being alive. The only way a living life-form can self-replicate its form is if the life-form expresses self-defensive emotions. The expression of self-defensive emotions has to become built into the system of the living organism for the life-form to live. This leads the presence of consciousness that observes the behavior of the life-form and that perceives the flow of animating emotional energy through the life-form to identify itself with the life-form, since the observer really feels self-limited to the life-form, rather than the observer knowing itself only as the presence of consciousness at a point of view outside the screen to which that animated self-replicating form is projected. Once the observer identifies itself with the life-form, it becomes a prisoner. The focus of its attention becomes directed in emotionally biased ways on defending the survival of the life-form as though its existence depends on it. This leads to a vicious cycle. The expression of self-defensive emotions only perpetuates the observer’s tendency to identify itself with the life-form, which directs the observer’s focus of attention in self-defensive ways, leading to the expression of more self-defensive emotions. This emotional bias gives rise to the mental construction and expression of emotionally energized, delusional, dualistic, self-referential thoughts from which a character-based self-concept arises in relation to the concept of other things in the observer’s world. In reality, the observer is never a part of its world, but is always outside in the audience, only observing events in that world from its own point of view to which its own light of consciousness projects the animated images of that world from its own screen.

Truth Destroys Illusion

Science has absolutely nothing to say about the nature of the observing consciousness of an observer except that it arises at the central point of view of its world in relation to the observer’s holographic screen, which is an event horizon that arises in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference, and that the observer is a means by which the quantum state of potentiality of the observer’s holographic screen is reduced to an observable state of actuality, which is always the observer’s choice about what to observe in its world and which path to follow through its world. The observing consciousness and the light of consciousness of the observer have an existence that is independent of the apparent existence of whatever appears to happen in the observer’s observable world. The independent existence of the observer’s consciousness isn’t scientifically explainable, but it is always present to observe whatever appears in its observable world. The only possible explanation for the observer’s consciousness is a spiritual explanation. The true nature of our spiritual being is the light of consciousness that emanates from our own focal point of consciousness and that projects the images of the world that we observe.

Luminous Beings Are We

We’ve finally come to the point where we can begin to grasp the nature of the Star Wars Force. Each decision point on the observer’s path is a choice that can only arise with the observer’s own focus of attention on the projected images of things in its world. If the observer focuses its attention in different ways, it makes different choices. Whatever choices it makes leads to the path it appears to actually follow through its world and to whatever observable things it actually observes in its world. Choice is an aspect of potentiality. With each choice the quantum state of potentiality is reduced to an observable state of actuality. If we think of the observable images of things in the observer’s world like movie images projected from a screen to the observer’s point of view, in effect the observer is directing that movie through its focus of attention on the movie even as the observer is observing that movie, but it doesn’t end there. The observer is also projecting the images of that movie. Just like the light of a movie projector is needed to project movie images from a screen to the point of view of an observer, or the light of a laser is needed to project the images of a physical hologram, another kind of light is needed to project images from an observer’s holographic screen to its point of view in the process of observing those images. This light is the observer’s own light of consciousness that emanates from the observer’s own focal point of consciousness. The observer’s own light of consciousness is what projects images of things from the observer’s holographic screen to the observer’s point of view in the process of observing them. This is an aspect of the observer’s focus of attention on images of things that allows the observer to make choices and direct how the events of its world will play out.

Luminous Beings Are We

The observer’s focus of attention on things in its world as directed by the observer’s own light of consciousness that emanates from its own focal point of consciousness and projects images of things from its own holographic screen to its own point of view in the process of observing them explains the connection between how the observer directs the focus of its attention on things and how it directs the flow of energy through things. There’s always a connection between how the observer’s focus of attention is directed on things and how energy flows through things. This connection is between the way the observer focuses its attention on things in its world and how emotional energy flows through its world and animates the behavior of its own character in its world. There’s always a connection between how the observer’s focus of attention is emotionally directed and its investment of emotional energy in its world that animates the behavior of its own character in that world. The observer’s focus of attention is what allows it to direct its time and energy through its world. This connection between the observer’s focus of attention on things in its world and the flow of energy through things in its world is the nature of the Star Wars Force.

A problem only arises when the observer’s focus of attention is directed in emotionally biased ways that interfere with the normal flow of energy through the observer’s world. As long as no emotional bias is expressed and no interference in the normal flow of things arises, things tend to play out in the normal way, which leads to the best of all possible worlds. This unbiased state of non-interference can be called the integrated state, which is characterized by feelings of connection, expressions of creativity and correctness of actions that arise as the normal flow of energy through all things come into alignment. A problem only arises when the observer’s focus of attention is directed in emotionally biased ways that interferes with the normal flow of things, which leads to feelings of disconnection and incorrectness of actions. This emotional bias is always directed in a character-favored or self-defensive way. This interference with the normal flow of things is the emotionally biased desire to control things in a self-defensive way, which is an attempt to defend the survival of the observer’s character as though the observer’s existence depends on it. This problem can only arise if the observer identifies itself with its character. The observer feels self-limited to the emotionally animated form of its character as it perceives the expression of biased emotions. At the heart of its self-identification is an assumption on the observer’s part that its existence depends on the survival of its character. The expression of this kind of character identified self-defensiveness through the expression of fear, anger, hatred, attachment, jealousy and greed is what’s meant by the dark side of the force. Since this is always an interference with the normal flow of things, it can only lead to suffering.

Dark Side of the Force

Acceptance of death is natural when one identifies oneself only with consciousness, which is the nature of spiritual being. Surrender and the acceptance of death are the only way one can avoid suffering. Surrender is the willingness to give up one’s emotionally biased desire to control things in a self-defensive way. With surrender one puts one’s trust in the normal flow of things to sort out what is for the best. This leads one to come into alignment with the normal flow of things and gives rise to feelings of connection and the best of all possible worlds. Surrender leads to a death/rebirth transformation in which one’s character-based concept of self dies away and one is reborn to the true spiritual identity of what one really is, which is consciousness itself. With surrender one also becomes willing to let go and detach oneself from things. This allows one to see things with a sense of distance and leads to the ascension of one’s consciousness. Detachment also leads to one’s enlightenment as one sees that it is one’s own light of consciousness that projects the images of things in one’s world from one’s own screen to one’s own point of view. The final step in the awakening process is when one’s spiritual being returns to and reunites itself with the One Source of all spiritual being. This spiritual reunion is described as a dissolution, like a drop of water that dissolves back into the ocean. One’s individual consciousness reunites itself with the undivided One Source of Consciousness. The light of consciousness returns to the Darkness. Another description for this reunion is an ultimate state of free-fall as the expenditure of one’s energy comes to an end. When the observer’s accelerated frame of reference comes to an end, so too does holographic projection and animation. The individual consciousness of an observer is only necessary for an observer to observe the observable things of its world. In the final state of its reunion and dissolution, the observer’s world disappears and only its underlying reality remains. There is nothing to observe, there is no individual observer or self, and yet the One Source of Consciousness is aware of its undivided infinite oneness. Once one has the experience of one’s true spiritual being and the undivided oneness of the One Source of existence, it is no longer possible to fear death. There is really nothing to fear. No one really dies. The fear of death is seen to only be an aspect of the illusion of what one really is. Only an illusion dies and comes to an end. Spiritual being cannot die. Spiritual being can only be present for its world or reunite itself with the undivided One Source of existence.

Death is a Natural Part of Life

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In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth
And the earth was without form and void
And darkness was upon the face of the deep
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters
And God said ‘Let there be light’; and there was light
And God saw the light, that it was good
And God divided the light from the darkness
-Genesis

In the silence and the void
Standing alone and unchanging
Ever present and in motion
I do not know its name
Call it Tao
-Tao-Te-Ching

That One thing, breathless, breathed by its own nature
Apart from it, there was nothing
Darkness was hidden by darkness in the beginning
All that existed then was void and formless
-Rig-Veda

The unreal has no being
The real never ceases to be
-Bhagavad-Gita

Never the spirit was born
The spirit shall cease to be never
Never was time it was not
End and beginning are dreams
-Bhagavad-Gita

That which becomes, was born through the power of heat
Upon that desire arose in the beginning the first discharge of thought
-Rig-Veda

Tao in the world is like a river flowing home to the sea
-Tao-Te-Ching

Returning is the motion of the Tao
It returns to nothingness
It leads all things back
Toward the great oneness
-Tao-Te-Ching

The man of Tao remains unknown
Perfect virtue produces nothing
No-self is true-self
And the greatest man is nobody
-Chuang-Tzu

He, the first origin of this creation
Whether he formed it all or did not form it
Whose eye controls this world in highest heaven
Surely he knows, or perhaps he knows not
-Rig-Veda

In the knowledge of the Source
Which is a dark night to the ignorant
The recollected mind is fully awake and aware
The ignorant are awake in their sense life
Which is darkness to the sage
-Bhagavad-Gita

Without form there is no desire
Without desire there is tranquility
Therefore the sage seeks freedom from desire
-Tao-Te-Ching

Ever desireless, one can see the mystery
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations
These two spring from the same source
This appears as darkness
Darkness within darkness
The gate to all mystery
-Tao-Te-Ching

The great path has no gates
Thousands of roads enter it
When one passes through this gateless gate
One walks the universe alone
-Mu-mon

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What is Spiritual Awakening?

All concepts of spiritual awakening presented in the following discussion are adapted from Jed McKenna’s Enlightenment Trilogy and Nisargadatta Maharaj’s I Am That.

We call Buddha the awakened one.
This awakening is really the cessation of inner dreaming.
When there is no dreaming you become pure space.
This non-dreaming consciousness is what is known as enlightenment-Osho

Awareness is beyond all.
Awareness is primordial; it is the original state.
Awareness is undivided-aware of itself-Nisargadatta

And then, one day, there is it. Nothing.
Without warning, you’re launched into empty space, and before too long, empty space becomes your reality.
The void. No-self.
That’s where I am now.
I abide in non-dual, non-relative awareness-Jed McKenna

The dreamer is one.
I am beyond all dreams.
I am the light in which all dreams appear and disappear-Nisargadatta

The truth of the situation is that eventually, there’s nothing.
Infinity. Eternity. The void.
Time and space come and go but what’s true is true and all the rest is but a dream-Jed McKenna

The world you can perceive is a very small world-entirely private. The world is but a reflection of imagination. Take it to be a dream and be done with it. What you call survival is but the survival of a dream. By forgetting who you are and imagining yourself a mortal creature you create so much trouble for yourself that you have to wake up, like from a bad dream-Nisargadatta

In the void of undifferentiated consciousness: awake is awake-Jed McKenna

Shankara tells us Brahman is the only truth, the world is illusion, and there is ultimately no difference between Atman and Brahman. Brahman is understood as the undifferentiated consciousness of the void, the illusion of the world is energetically created in the sense of modern physics as an animation of observable images projected from a holographic screen to the central point of view of an observer, and Atman is the central point of differentiated consciousness of the observer.

Nothing perceivable is real.
Only the onlooker is real, call him Self or Atman.
That which makes you think that you are a human is not human.
It is a dimensionless point of consciousness, a conscious nothing.
All you can say about yourself is ‘I am’-Nisargadatta

Truth is one, is non-dual, is infinite, is one-without-other.
Truth is dissolution, no-self, unity.
You are true or you’re a lie, as in ego-bound, as in dual, as in asleep-Jed McKenna

Delve deeply into the sense ‘I am’ and you will discover that the perceiving center is universal. All that happens in the universe happens to you, the silent witness. Whatever is done is done by you, the universal and inexhaustible energy.
There can be no universe without the witness, no witness without the universe-Nisargadatta

You, the reader, are at the exact center of the universe; your universe. It’s all yours, it’s all about you, and you are all alone in it. Anything that tells you otherwise is a belief, and no belief is true-Jed McKenna

Realize that you are dreaming a dream you call the world. When you have seen the dream as a dream you have done all that needs to be done-Nisargadatta

The individual Atmanic consciousness of the observer in some mysterious way arises at a point of view from what can be called the undifferentiated Brahmanic consciousness of the void. Conscious intention expressed in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference energetically creates the observer’s world, while the withdrawal of that energy in a freely falling reference frame, which happens as the observer withdraws the focus of its attention away from its world, implies the disappearance of its world. This scenario only makes sense if every observer has its own observable world, which can appear to come into existence in an accelerated reference frame or disappear from existence in a freely falling reference frame, but always from the observer’s own point of view. Only the observer’s accelerated frame of reference or point of view can give rise to the observer’s horizon that acts as a holographic screen and projects all observable images of the observer’s world to its central point of view.

Once you realize that there is nothing in this world which you can call your own you look at it from the outside as you look at a play on the stage or a picture on the screen. To know the picture as the play of light on the screen gives freedom from the idea that the picture is real.
In reality I only look.
Whatever is done is done on the stage.
Joy and sorrow, life and death, they are real to the man in bondage
To me they are all in the show, as unreal as the show itself-Nisargadatta

The enlightened view life as a dream.
You wake up and the dream is gone as if it never was.
All the characters and events that seemed so real have simply vanished.
The enlightened may walk and talk in the dream world, but they don’t mistake the dream for reality.
Members of movie audiences don’t leap out of their seats to save characters in the film. If they did, they would be hauled off to the nearest mental health facility and treated for a delusional disorder-Jed McKenna

I am like a cinema screen-clear and empty.
The pictures pass over it and disappear, leaving it as clear and empty as before.
The screen intercepts and reflects the pictures. These are lumps of destiny, but not my destiny; the destinies of the people on the screen.
The character will become a person when he begins to shape his life instead of accepting it as it comes-identifying himself with it.
All this I perceive quite clearly, but I am not in it.
I feel myself as floating over it, aloof and detached.
There is also the awareness of it all and a sense of immense distance as if the body and the mind and all that happens to them were somewhere far out on the horizon.
To myself I am neither perceivable nor conceivable.
There is nothing I can point out and say “this I am”-Nisargadatta

Enlightenment is about truth.
It’s not about becoming a better or happier person. It’s not about personal growth or spiritual evolution. There is no higher stakes game in this world or any other, in this dimension or any other. The price of truth is everything, but no one knows what everything means until they’re paying it-Jed McKenna

Awakening is only about the focus of attention of consciousness. If the observer’s focus of attention is focused on its character and its world in an emotionally biased, character-favored, controlling, interfering, self-centered and self-defensive way, the observer feels self-limited to the animated form of its character as it perceives the flow of animating emotional energy that gives rise to the emotional body feelings expressed by its character, and mistakenly identifies itself with the animated form of its character even though that emotionally animated form is no more real than an animated image projected from a screen to the observer’s central point of view. If the observer surrenders and puts its trust in the normal flow of things to sort out what is for the best, stops trying to defend its character or control or interfere with the normal flow of things, and allows the actions of its character to come into alignment with the normal flow of things, the observer enters into the integrated state with its feelings of connection and expressions of creativity. If the observer turns the focus of its attention away from its world and character and shifts its focus of attention onto its own sense of being present as a presence of consciousness at the central point of view of its world, ultimately de-animating its world as the withdrawal of the observer’s focus of attention from its world is also the withdrawal of its investment of animating emotional energy in its world, the observer awakens to the true nature of what it is.

In pure being consciousness arises.
In consciousness the world appears and disappears.
Consciousness is on contact, a reflection against a surface, a state of duality.
The center is a point of void and the witness a point of pure awareness; they know themselves to be as nothing.
But the void is full to the brim.
It is the eternal potential as consciousness is the eternal actual-Nisargadatta

Ignorance isn’t an aspect of self; it’s the essence of self.
It’s not nothing where there should be something.
It’s the delicate weaving of something from nothing.
That nothingness woven into somethingness is what you call reality.
The part you call you is ego-Jed McKenna

In ignorance the seer becomes the seen and in wisdom he is the seeing.
In reality all is one, the outer being merely a projection of the inner.
The objects in the world are many but the eye that sees them is one-Nisargadatta

Before enlightenment I believed my ego was me, then enlightenment comes along and no more ego, only the underlying reality. Now it’s after enlightenment and this ego might be slightly uncomfortable or ill-fitting at times, but it’s all I’ve got. The idea that your ego is destroyed in the process of becoming enlightened is roughly correct, but it’s not complete. Before enlightenment, you’re a human being in the world, just like everyone you see. During enlightenment you realize the human being you thought you were is just a character in a play, and that the world you thought you were in is just a stage, so you go through a process of radical deconstruction of your character to see what’s left when it’s gone. The result isn’t enlightened-self or true-self, it’s no-self.
When it’s all over it’s time to be a human being in the world again, and that means slipping back into costume and getting back on stage.
Now you’re actually in the audience, watching the drama. I could never mistake the play for reality again, or my character for my true state-Jed McKenna

The process of surrender is integrally related to the process of detachment. With surrender, one becomes willing to give up one’s desire to defend one’s character-based self-concept in an emotionally biased and controlling way. With detachment, one becomes willing to give up one’s desire to hold onto things in an emotionally biased and possessive way. With detachment, one becomes willing to let go and sever one’s emotional attachments to things. Detachment leads to the end of possessive love just as surrender leads to the experience of non-possessive love. Detachment also allows the observer to shift the focus of its attention away from its world and character and onto its own sense of being present for its world at the central point of view of its world. This withdrawal of the observer’s focus of attention on its world is also the withdrawal of the observer’s investment of animating emotional energy in its world.

Freedom means letting go.
Spiritual maturity lies in the readiness to let go of everything.
Discrimination will lead to detachment.
You gain nothing.
You leave behind what is not your own and find what you have never lost:
Your own being-Nisargadatta

All attachments to the dreamstate are made of energy.
That energy is called emotion.
All emotions, positive and negative, are attachments-Jed McKenna

There is trouble only when you cling to something.
It is your desire to hold onto it that creates the problem. Let go.
When you hold onto nothing, no trouble arises.
As long as there is the sense of identity with the body, frustration is inevitable.
It is because of your illusion that you are the doer-Nisargadatta

The person who arrives at this point is not the person who goes beyond.
In this process, resistance is conquered and non-resistance takes its place; acceptance, recognition, surrender.
The segregated self is slain and the integrated self is born.
To the onlooker it looks like one thing becomes the other, but to the participant it is quite unmistakably the end of one thing and the beginning of another.
The necessary letting-go is itself a kind of death. It’s the primary death/birth process, and nothing proceeds until it happens-Jed McKenna

You progress by rejection.
Investigate your world, apply your mind to it, examine it critically.
Scrutinize every idea about it.
Everything must be scrutinized and the unnecessary ruthlessly destroyed.
There cannot be too much destruction.
For in reality nothing is of value-Nisargadatta

With this process you tear away layer after layer of untruth masquerading as truth. It burns bridges that can never be rebuilt, and the only real reason to do it is because you can no longer stand not to-Jed McKenna

All attachment implies fear, for all things are transient. Fear makes one a slave. Freedom from attachment is natural when one knows one’s true being-Nisargadatta

Surrender and detachment are like a dying process that leads to a death/rebirth transformation. Whenever an emotional attachment is severed, it feels like something dies inside. What dies is the observer’s emotional or false self-identification with its character, and what is reborn is the observer’s realization that the true nature of its identity is with consciousness itself.

To surrender is to relinquish the illusion of control, which initiates the death part of the death/rebirth process.
No faith or belief is required to accomplish this act of surrender only clear-seeing.
When one begins to understand ego and fear for what they really are, then this process becomes as easy and natural as dropping a heavy weight-Jed McKenna

These is no such thing as free will. Will is bondage. It is your ego that makes you think that there must be a doer. You are compelled to desire. You identify yourself with your desires and become their slave. You cannot avoid action. You make it possible by giving it attention-Nisargadatta

Ego is obstruction, surrender is flow.
Surrender is the basis and precursor of growth.
There is no growth possible within egoic constraints, only the illusion of growth.
Once we free ourselves we come into alignment-Jed McKenna

When there is total surrender, complete relinquishment of all concern with one’s past, present and future, with one’s physical and spiritual security, when the shell of self-defense is broken, a new life dawns, full of love and beauty.
Complete self-surrender by itself is liberation-Nisargadatta

Detachment allows the observer to see things with a sense of distance from them, which is the ascension of the observer’s consciousness. With the ascension of its consciousness, the observer sees every observable thing in its world, including the animated form of its character and all character-based self-concepts it has about itself as emotionally constructed in its mind, is like an animated image projected from a screen to its point of view outside the screen. The only thing the observer can take with itself with the ascension of its consciousness to an ascended point of view is its own sense of being present.

Awareness comes as if from a higher dimension.
The witness that stands aloof-is the watchtower of the real-the point at which awareness, inherent in the unmanifested, contacts the manifested-Nisargadatta

Having undergone the process of untruth-unrealization, I am left not in an elevated state of superior knowledge, but in a knowledgeless state of superior elevation.
I see everything, I understand everything, I know nothing.
I know that I Am, and I know that I know nothing else-Jed McKenna

Contemplation is all about looking within. When one looks within the first thing one sees is one’s own self-referential thoughts, which are the basis for one’s character-based concept of self as the self-concept is emotionally related to the concept of some other thing in one’s world with some kind of an emotional response to that thing. There are really only two kinds of emotional responses: emotional attachments to the things we want to possess, control and hold onto, which are the things that reinforce and promote our concept of self as something important, powerful and admired by others; and self-defensive responses to or against whatever threatens our concept of self, which are responses of fear, anger and ways of defending the self-concept against those threats by attempting to defeat, resist or control them. These self-referential thoughts are always dualistic in nature since they require a concept of self and other.

Self-identifications are patently false and the cause of bondage.
Your attachment is your bondage.
Liberation is never of the person, it is always from the person-Nisargadatta

The you that you think of as you is not you.
The you that thinks of you as you is not you.
It’s just the character the underlying truth of you is dreaming into brief existence.
Enlightenment isn’t in the character, it’s in the underlying truth-Jed McKenna

You are the source of reality-a dimensionless center of perception that imparts reality to whatever it perceives-a pure witness that watches what is going on and remains unaffected. It is only imagination and self-identification with the imagined that encloses and converts the inner watcher into a person.
The person is merely the result of a misunderstanding.
In reality there is no such thing.
Feelings, thoughts and actions race before the watcher in endless succession.
In reality there is no person, only the watcher identifying itself-Nisargadatta

We erect ego to compensate for the lack of direct self-knowledge. There is no true self to perceive. There is only false self and no-self. One looks for true self and finds nothing. It’s the dread of that nothingness that keeps one’s attention outwardly fixed-Jed McKenna

Abandon all self-identifications. It is a vicious circle-Nisargadatta

There’s nothing wrong with being a dream character, unless it’s your goal to wake up, in which case the dream character must be ruthlessly annihilated.
If your desire is to become the best dang person you can be, then rejoice, you’re in the right place, the dreamstate, the dualistic universe.
If your interest is to cut the crap and figure out what is true then you’re in the wrong place and you’ve got a very messy fight ahead and there’s no point in pretending otherwise-Jed McKenna

Self-referential thoughts and the self-concept can only arise in an antagonistic, possessive or controlling emotional relationship between self and other, where the concept of self is always character-based. The expression of fear and anger are all about the desire to fight against and blame others in the defense of self, while the expression of the desire to possess and control things are all about the desire to have power over others, force their subservience, or gain their admiration and recognition. These dualistic self-referential thoughts are what one first sees when one looks within. The path of awakening is to reject and stop expressing dualistic self-referential thoughts. One rejects them when one sees their inherent falseness as a concept of self. One cannot be what one can observe. One cannot be the animated character one observes in one’s world and therefore no character-based emotionally animated concept of self can be true. One can only be the observer of one’s world, but the observer is not really a part of its world anymore than an observer of a movie can be an animated image projected from a movie screen to the observer’s point of view outside the screen in the audience. This naturally leads to a shift in one’s focus of attention as one focuses on one’s own sense of being present as an observer of one’s world, which is only a point of view at the center of one’s world.

First we must know ourselves as witnesses only, dimensionless and timeless centers of observation, and then realize that immense ocean of pure awareness, which is both mind and matter and beyond both-Nisargadatta

All belief systems are just the stories we create in order to deal with the void.
Ego abhors a vacuum, so everybody’s scrambling to create the illusion of something where there’s nothing. Belief systems are simply the devices we use to explain away the unthinkable horror of no-self-Jed McKenna

The person is never the subject.
You can see a person but you are not a person.
The difference between the person and the witness is as between not knowing and knowing oneself-Nisargadatta

It’s not a trust business, it’s a self-verification business-Jed McKenna

Mere knowledge is not enough; the knower must be known.
Without knowledge of the knower there can be no peace.
I know myself as I am in reality.
I am neither the body nor the mind. I am beyond all these.
You are accustomed to deal with things, physical and mental. I am not a thing, nor are you. We are neither matter nor energy, neither body nor mind. Once you have a glimpse of your own being you will not find me difficult to understand.
You must gain your own experience.
We believe so many things on hearsay.
We never cared to verify-Nisargadatta

If you want to be more true, then the way to do that is by becoming less false.
Go inside yourself with the spotlight of discrimination and illuminate it.
Illumination destroys it.
Lies disappear when you really look at them because they never had real substance, they were only imagined-Jed McKenna

To question is the essence of revolt.
Without revolt there can be no freedom-Nisargadatta

The observer is always a silent observer and does not really think any thoughts. Mentally constructed self-referential thoughts are just another emotionally energized image projected from the screen to the observer. Only emotional bias in one’s focus of attention can emotionally energize and reinforce the mental construction of one’s self-concept with the expression of biased emotions. In order for one to shift one’s focus of attention onto one’s own sense of being present, it is not enough to reject one’s emotionally energized dualistic self-referential thoughts as false, but one must also stop emotionally energizing and expressing them. One must become willing to surrender, stop defending one’s concept of self, and become willing to detach oneself and sever one’s emotional attachments to things. One surrenders when one puts one’s trust in the normal flow of things to sort out what is for the best, stops trying to control things, and stops interfering with the normal flow of things in an emotionally biased way. One detaches oneself from things when one becomes willing to let go and sever one’s emotional attachments to things. Surrender and detachment in the process of looking within are the only way that one can shift one’s focus of attention onto one’s own sense of being present and know oneself as a silent observer. Surrender, detachment and looking within are the only way that one can:

Be still and know who I am.

The observer can only identify itself with its character if its focus of attention is focused on its world and character in an emotionally biased, self-defensive and character-favored way. The detachment and surrender processes allow the observer to know itself only as a focal point of consciousness at the central point of view of its world. These processes also lead to the ascension of the observer’s consciousness as the observer sees that all the images of its world are projected from a screen like the animated images of a movie projected from a screen to the observer’s central point of view outside the screen. The observer becomes aware that it is not really in the movie, but always outside, only perceiving the movie.

The totality of all mental projections is the Great Illusion.
When I look beyond the mind I see the witness.
Beyond the witness is infinite emptiness and silence-Nisargadatta

This trajectory I’m on will take me as close to nonexistence as anyone can get and still have a body. Even now it takes a conscious effort to maintain my false self, my dream character, to animate it, to keep it running-Jed McKenna

The observer also becomes aware that it is its own light of consciousness emanating from its own point of view that projects the images of the movie from the screen like the light of a movie projector. With this enlightenment experience, the observer is no longer able to emotionally identify itself with the projected and emotionally animated image of its character. When the surrender and detachment processes are finished, the observer finally awakens to the true nature of what it really is. The observer’s consciousness ultimately returns to the one source of consciousness.

Whatever happens, I remain.
At the root of my being is pure awareness, a speck of intense light.
This speck, by its nature, radiates and creates pictures in space and events in time, effortlessly and spontaneously-Nisargadatta

We need the boundaries ego provides.
They’re a necessary part of life in the amusement park.
Self is the complex, shifting set of dimensions that give us shape and form and which distinguish us from other shapes and forms.
The amusement park isn’t ‘come as you are’-it’s a costume party.
Who you come as doesn’t matter, only that you come as someone.
You can’t come as no one-Jed McKenna

As long as there is consciousness of something, its witness is also there. The two appear and disappear together. Give attention to the witness to break the spell of the known-the illusion that only the perceivable is real. As long as you believe that only the perceivable world is real you remain its slave. To become free your attention must be drawn to the witness-Nisargadatta

Everyone’s world is an illusion created by the expenditure of energy and the expression of emotion. When that expenditure of energy comes to an end, which it does when one withdraws the focus of one’s attention away from one’s world and withdraws one’s investment of animating emotional energy in one’s world, that world disappears. Nothing remains. The creating animating energy is consciousness in motion, which can be scientifically understood as an observer in an accelerated frame of reference or the accelerated expansion of space that arises with the expression of dark energy and that always expands relative to the central point of view of an observer. Only that expression of energy and desire can give rise to the illusion of a world and the illusion of living a life in the world. The illusion of one’s world is only created because one’s consciousness is restless. When one’s consciousness comes to rest, no more energy is expended, one’s world disappears, and the illusion of living a life in one’s world comes to an end.

The inner emptiness itself is the mystery.
When the inner space is there, you are not.
When you dissolve, the inner emptiness is there.
When you are not, the mystery will be revealed.
You will not be a witness to the mystery, you will be the mystery-Osho

Consciousness itself is the source of everything.
What is real is nameless and formless, pure energy of life and light of consciousness.
Everything is a form of energy.
You are not the body.
You are the immensity and infinity of consciousness-Nisargadatta

All there really is, is consciousness and energy.
They’re the same thing, and what they really are, is what we really are, which is just another way of saying: life is but a dream.
There is nothing else-Jed McKenna

The very purpose of creation is the fulfillment of desire.
Things happen by their own nature.
From my point of view everything happens by itself, quite spontaneously.
I do nothing. I just see them happen-Nisargadatta

One’s world only appears and feels real because the perception of the flow of animating energy feels real, which is consciousness perceiving its own restless motion. When consciousness comes to rest only the nothingness remains. Only consciousness is really real, whether it is restless and in motion creating the illusion of a world or it is at rest and remaining as nothingness.

The ‘I am’ in movement creates the world.
The ‘I am’ at peace becomes the Absolute-Nisargadatta

It doesn’t require knowledge to be enlightened any more than it requires knowledge to obey the law of gravity or to be bathed in sunlight.
Enlightenment is nothing more than truth realization.
If anything requires knowledge and effort and seemingly superhuman powers of imagination it’s not truth but delusion-Jed McKenna

Awakening never happens because one wants it to happen. One can’t desire the desireless state. One can only reject the alternative, which is the illusion of living a life in one’s world that’s created through the expression of one’s own restless desire. One can only reject one’s illusion of living a life in one’s world that’s created through one’s expression of one’s own restless desire to live that life.

Spiritual awakening is about discovering what’s true.
Anything that’s not about getting to the truth must be discarded.
Truth isn’t about knowing things. It’s about unknowing.
It’s not about becoming true.
It’s about un-becoming false so that all that’s left is truth-Jed McKenna

The Supreme state neither comes nor goes. It is.
It is a timeless state, ever present.
Before the mind happens, I am.
Before all beginnings, after all endings, I am.
All has its being in the ‘I am’ that shines in every living being-Nisargadatta

Waking up isn’t a theoretical subject one masters through study and comprehension, it’s a journey one makes, a battle one fights.
Spiritual enlightenment is self-defeating.
It is a battle we wage upon ourselves.
Truth is a uniquely challenging pursuit because the very thing that wants it is the only thing in the way of it.
It’s a battle we must die to win.
The great enemy is the very self that wages the war.
When self is destroyed, who wins?-Jed McKenna

The way to truth lies through the destruction of the false.
To destroy the false you must question your most inveterate beliefs.
Of these the idea that you are the body is the worst.
It is the clinging to the false that makes the truth so difficult to see.
There is a deep contradiction in your attitude which you do not see.
See your world as it is, not as you imagine it to be.
See the person you imagine yourself to be as a part of the world you perceive within your mind and look at the mind from the outside, for you are not the mind-Nisargadatta

The deepest truth of any person is no-person.
You don’t wake up by perfecting your dream character.
You wake up by breaking free of it.
There’s no truth to the ego so no degree of mastery over it results in anything true.
Putting attention on the ego merely reinforces it-Jed McKenna

Whenever a thought or an emotion of desire or fear comes to your mind, just turn away from it. Turn away. Refuse attention-Nisargadatta

One can only reject the illusion when one sees its falseness. That is the only way awakening ever happens. One rejects one’s own restless desire to live a life in one’s world when one sees that life is a lie and the world that life is lived in is an illusion. One’s restless desire to live a life in one’s world is one’s own consciousness in motion. Only that expression of energy and desire can give rise to the illusion of one’s world and the illusion of living a life in that world. When one rejects the expression of that restless desire one comes to rest and the illusion of living a life in that world disappears. One’s entire world disappears. All that one is left with is the reality of one’s consciousness at rest, which is nothingness. The end of that illusion is the end of living a life in the world and the end of expressing the restless desire to live a life in the world, which is the same as dying. One has to become willing to die in order to awaken. One has to become desireless. One can only awaken if one would rather die than continue to live the life of a lie.

To know the lie is to hate it; to see it is to slay it-Jed McKenna

The person is in resistance to the very end.
It is the witnessing consciousness that makes realization attainable.
It is the witness that works on the person-on the totality of its illusions-Nisargadatta

Success in realizing one’s true nature is absolutely assured because it’s one’s true nature. The greatest wonder isn’t that you’ll make it back; it’s that you made it away.
Struggling to achieve truth is as preposterous as struggling to achieve death.
What’s the point? Both will find you when it’s time.
Everyone will end up fully enlightened regardless of the path they take-Jed McKenna

I am beyond consciousness and therefore in consciousness I cannot say what I am.
There is nothing wrong in the idea of a body, but limiting oneself to one body only is a mistake. In reality all existence, every form, is my own, within my consciousness-Nisargadatta

The process of awakening looks like it’s about destroying ego, but that’s not really accurate. You never completely rid yourself of ego-the false self-as long as you’re alive, and it’s not important that you do.
What matters is the emotional tethers that anchor us to the dreamstate; that hold us in place and make us feel that we’re a part of something real.
We send out energetic tendrils from the nexus of ego like roots to attach ourselves to the dreamstate, and to detach from it we must sever them.
In this sense, freeing ourselves from attachment is indeed the process of awakening, but such attachments aren’t what we have, they’re what we are-Jed McKenna

What is caused by desire can be undone only in freedom from desire. What you see as false dissolves. Desirelessness comes on its own when desire is recognized as false-Nisargadatta

Spiritual awakening doesn’t require physical body death, but requires something much more difficult. Spiritual awakening requires ego-death. Only the mentally constructed emotionally energized body-based self-concept has to die away. This last statement is not quite right. Spiritual awakening only requires consciousness to stop identifying itself with its mentally constructed character-based self-concept, but that requires consciousness to stop emotionally constructing its self-concept.

Battling past the ego to get to the truth has been at the heart of countless spiritual teachings. Ego-death as a means to no-self is what this journey is all about.
Anyone headed for truth is going to get there over ego’s dead body or not at all.
The caterpillar doesn’t become a butterfly, it enters a death process that becomes the birth process of the butterfly.
One thing ends and another begins-Jed McKenna

When you refuse to play the game you are out of it-Nisargadatta

Ego doesn’t need to be killed because it was never really alive.
You don’t have to destroy your false self because it’s not real, which is really the whole point. It’s just a character we play.
What needs to be killed is that part of us that identifies with the character.
Once that’s done-really done, and it can take years-then you can wear the costume and play the character as it suits you to do so, now in the character but not of the character-Jed McKenna

Destroy the wall that separates, the ‘I-am-the-body-idea’, and the inner and the outer become one. This battle is always won, for it is a battle between the true and the false-Nisargadatta

The wall separating the awakened and unawakened states is a force field empowered by the emotional energy of fear.
Only ego death defeats the barrier because the barrier is ego itself.
The prize to be won in this battle is not wealth or fame or power, but the transition from untrue to true, from dream to awake, from delusion to reality-Jed McKenna

I am dead already. Physical death will make no difference. I am timeless being-Nisargadatta

If one wants to awaken, and that’s a mighty big if, these are the basic instructions:

Focus and Intent. One has to express a serious, unconflicted and clear intent for what one really wants and focus one’s time, energy and attention on the awakening process without distractions or diversions. One has to become serious about the process and work for it.

Ask yourself what you want, and what you’re willing to give for it.
Dreams are highly flammable things.
Not all fires are started by conscious intent.
Sometimes they just flare up and then you learn two things fast; fire doesn’t negotiate and nothing doesn’t burn-Jed McKenna

Surrender. One has to give up one’s emotionally biased character-favored desire to defend the survival of one’s character as though one’s existence depends on it. One has to clearly see that one is only defending an illusion of what one really is. One is defending the animated image of one’s character in the movie that one is watching as those self-replicating images are projected from one’s screen to one’s point of view in the audience outside the screen. One is not the character in the movie that one is watching. One is the presence of consciousness in the audience that is watching the movie. One has to become willing to surrender instead of resisting the normal flow of things, fighting for the survival of one’s character as though one’s existence depends on it, and trying to control the events of the movie in a self-defensive way. One must accept the true nature of one’s existence depends on nothing one perceives in the movie. One has to put one’s trust in the normal flow of things to sort out what is for the best and accept that outcome as for the best. One’s surrender allows the actions of one’s character to come into alignment with the normal flow of things, and so allows one to feel connected and integrated.

Surrender follows naturally from seeing what is-Jed McKenna

Self-surrender is the surrender of all self-concern.
It cannot be done-it happens when you realize your true nature-Nisargadatta

Humans are emotion-based creatures and all emotions derive their energy from one core emotion; fear.
Fear cannot be confronted or slain because it is fear of nothing, of no-self.
Fear can only be surrendered to; the thing feared, entered-Jed McKenna

Detachment. One has to become willing to let go, sever one’s emotional attachments to things, and detach oneself from one’s character and everything else in one’s world. This becomes possible when one sees that one’s world is only the movie that one is watching. One allows things to come and go without any desire to hold onto them or control them. One sees things with a sense of distance from them which is the ascension of one’s consciousness, as one sees that one is not really in the movie that one is watching, but is always outside at a point of view in the audience.

Give up all and you gain all.
Then life becomes what it was meant to be:
Pure radiation from an inexhaustible source.
In that light the world appears dimly like a dream-Nisargadatta

The dreamstate is a big amusement park and I would never encourage anyone to try to escape. That would be as absurd as suggesting that you commit suicide for your own good-Jed McKenna

Go beyond, go back to the source, go to the Self that is the same whatever happens.
See everything as emanating from the light which is the source of your own being.
Find the immutable center where all movement takes birth.
Be the axis at the center-not whirling at the periphery.
Nothing stops you except fear.
You are afraid of impersonal being-Nisargadatta

It is the emotional energy of fear that erects and maintains the egoic shell.
We are madly, desperately, insanely afraid of the truth, and it is that fear that walls us off from our unbounded nature.
Fear of what? Fear of no-self. The nameless, faceless dread of non-being.
Not just fear of death, which anyone can deny or explain away, but fear of nothingness, which no fairytale can fix-Jed McKenna

Look within. Shift the focus of one’s attention away from one’s world and character and onto one’s own sense of being present as a presence of consciousness at the central point of view of one’s world. As one withdraws the focus of one’s attention from one’s world and character, one also withdraws one’s investment of animating emotional energy in that world that makes one feel self-limited to the animated form of one’s character and leads one to falsely identify oneself with one’s character. This withdrawal of animating emotional energy deconstructs one’s emotionally energized mentally constructed character-based self-concept or ego, and leads to ego-death. With this shift in awareness, one knows oneself only as the consciousness present at the central point of view of one’s world and sees that it is one’s own radiating light of consciousness that projects the images of one’s world and character from one’s screen to one’s point of view outside the screen at the center of one’s world.

You are and I am only as points in consciousness.
I see only consciousness, and know everything to be but consciousness, as you know the pictures on the cinema screen to be but light.
It is enough to shift attention from the screen onto oneself to break the spell-Nisargadatta

Spiritual enlightenment is the state in which the self is free of all delusion, including self itself. The process of becoming enlightened is a deliberate act of self-annihilation. It is the false self that does the killing and the false self that dies; a suicide in all but the physical sense. Because there is no true self to fill the vacancy created by the passing of the false self, no self remains.
It is not possible to knowledgeably choose or want spiritual enlightenment.
To desire it is to misunderstand it. Ego cannot desire egolessness.
One does not undergo the process of awakening out of love for the true but out of hatred for the false; a hatred so intense that it burns everything and spares nothing-Jed McKenna

For the path of return naughting oneself is necessary.
My stand I take where nothing is.
To the mind it is all darkness and silence.
It is deep and dark, mystery beyond mystery.
It is, while all else merely happens.
It is like a bottomless well, whatever falls into it disappears-Nisargadatta

There is the place where all the paradoxes disappear and where no questions remain, but there’s no point trying to describe this place.
Like a child flicking a switch that turns the world off like a light.
What can you say when the thing that ends isn’t within a context, but context itself?
Come see for yourself-Jed McKenna

Reality is essentially alone.
To know that nothing is, is true knowledge-Nisargadatta

With every step we leave behind that which we move beyond. Every step is a loss and as long as there’s more to lose, there are more steps to take.
Everything is lost. Nothing is gained-Jed McKenna

Further. These steps are enough to become enlightened and fully awakened within one’s world. One knows the true nature of one’s being is an enlightened presence of consciousness at the center of one’s world, which is like becoming lucid as one awakens within one’s dream. If one wants to awaken from one’s world and return to the one source of consciousness, one has to go further. Even when one ascends to the highest possible level of consciousness, there is still further. One’s world has to disappear and come to an end, which is like awakening from one’s dream. One has to become willing to return to and reunite one’s spiritual being with the one source of all being and consciousness through a desireless process of dissolution, like a drop of water that dissolves back into the ocean. This dissolution into nothingness is also described as falling into the void, like freely falling through a wormhole that connects the observer’s point of singularity to the empty space of the void. One has to become willing to die, give up everything, and accept nothing in return.

Truly, I have attained nothing from total enlightenment-Buddha

Done. No further.

You are nothing but consciousness-Jed McKenna

With full awakening, when the dreamer finally awakens from its dream, everything in the dreamer’s dream world disappears and only the true nature of the dreamer remains. Nothing remains. Only the dreamer’s ultimate, underlying reality remains. The differentiated consciousness of the observer ultimately returns to and reunites itself with the undifferentiated consciousness of the void.

You fall into an abyss, and the abyss is bottomless: you go on falling.
That is why Buddha has called this nothingness emptiness.
There is no end to it. Once you know it, you also have become endless.
At this point Being is revealed: then you know who you are, what is your real being, what is your authentic existence.
That Being is void-Osho

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Consciousness Isn’t Scientifically Explainable

There’s a lot of confusion about what consciousness is because the content of consciousness is often confused with the nature of observing consciousness. The content of consciousness is what is observable, while observing consciousness is the observer. The content of consciousness includes everything that can be observed in the observable world, but it also includes mental content like thoughts and memories. Mental content that can be observed in our minds like thoughts and memories are complicated since they’re internally or brain generated, but so too are sensory perceptions of the external world. It all gets filtered through our brains, which act like information processors, while organs of sensory perception in our bodies act like information conduits. The problem is no matter how information is conveyed or processed into perceptions, there’s no credible scientific brain explanation for how organized forms of information or mental images are perceived by observing consciousness. There’s no brain theory of the observer.

Universal Observer

Only theoretical physics has anything meaningful to say about the nature of the observer in a scientific sense. In relativity theory, the observer is only a point of view, specifically the point of origin of a coordinate system or frame of reference. Relativity theory can’t say what observing consciousness is, but that point of view is where the observer is present. In quantum theory, the observer is a means by which the quantum state of potentiality, which is a sum over all possible outcomes of any event, is reduced to an observable state of actuality, which is the outcome that is actually observed. When you come to a fork in the road, you have to take one path or the other. You have to make a choice. Until you make that choice there is the potentiality to choose either path. Once you make the choice you’ve chosen to follow an actual path. Quantum theory implicitly assumes that it is the observer that makes the choice. Once the choice is made, that outcome is what is actually observed. In quantum theory this sum over all possible outcomes can also be expressed as a sum over all possible paths.

Quantum State of Potentiality/Sum over all Paths

How can we reconcile the nature of the relativistic observer with the quantum observer? The answer is the unification of quantum theory with relativity theory. There is only one known way to unify quantum theory with relativity theory, which is called the holographic principle of modern physics. The holographic principle is the fundamental basis for all theories of quantum gravity that accomplish this unification. For those not familiar with the holographic principle, the recent book by Amanda Gefter: Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn explains why this must be so. Gefter interviewed the best theoretical physicists in the world that work in the area of quantum gravity, and after much deep thought about what they told her, came to the logical conclusion that only the holographic principle allows for unification. It’s a worthwhile exercise to read her book and follow her line of reasoning and logical analysis that leads to this conclusion.

Why is this relevant to a discussion of the observing consciousness of an observer and why there can never be a scientific or brain theory for the observer? The problem boils down to the nature of the world and the laws of physics that govern the behavior of things in the world. The space-time geometry of the world is governed by Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric. The space-time metric specifies the curvature of space-time geometry, which is the nature of gravity. The other fundamental forces of nature, which are the electromagnetic and the strong and weak nuclear forces, are governed by a set of quantum field theories that are called the standard model of particle physics. The usual method of unification goes forward through the Kaluza-Klein mechanism of extra compactified dimensions of space and super-symmetry, in which all the fundamental forces are understood to arise from Einstein’s field equations as extra components of the space-time metric. What we understand as an elementary particle is really a quantum field that arises as an extra component of the space-time metric. We understand that an elementary particle is a quantum excitation of the field, which is a wave-packet of field energy localized in space and time. The force of gravity arises due to the curvature of space-time geometry in the extended 3+1 dimensions of space-time, while elementary particles and the fundamental forces of electromagnetism and the nuclear forces arise due to the curvature of space-time geometry with extra compactified dimensions of space and with super-symmetry. This explains the nature of the space-time geometry of the world and the matter and energy in the world.

Einstein’s Field Equations for the Space-time Metric

The big unsolvable problem is to try to explain the nature of the observing consciousness of the observer from these scientific theories of the physical world. Elementary particles can bind together into atoms and molecules, which can bind together into the brain cells we call neurons, which can bind together into the structures of the brain. The synaptic activity of the brain is really nothing more than electromagnetic signals exchanged between neurons, which arise in the flow of electromagnetic energy through the brain. All this synaptic activity is governed by the laws of physics. This may explain the nature of information processing in the brain that gives rise to organized forms of information or mental images, like the kind of information processing that occurs inside a computer, but it doesn’t explain the nature of the observer of those mental images. A computer can generate images based on the way information becomes organized inside the computer, but a computer can never observe those images. A computer screen can display those images based on the way bits of information are organized within pixels on the screen, but the computer screen can never observe those images The only way the computer images are ever observed is if the computer screen projects the images to an observer outside the screen. This projection of images from a screen to an observer outside the screen is called a screen output. Nothing that occurs inside the computer can explain the nature of the observer.

Screen Output/The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

The laws of physics can only explain how information becomes organized within the world into the observable forms of information or images, but can never explain the nature of the observer of those images, no more than the way information becomes organized in a computer can explain the nature of the observer outside a computer screen that observes the images projected from the screen to the observer, and yet physics has something important to tell us about the nature of the observer. The fantastic thing about the holographic principle is it reconciles the relativistic observer with the quantum observer. Whenever an observer enters into an accelerated frame of reference, an event horizon arises that limits the observer’s observation of things in space. An accelerated observer’s horizon is as far out in space as the observer can see things in space.

Accelerated Frame of Reference/Observer’s Horizon

When the holographic principle is applied to the observer’s event horizon, the horizon acts like a holographic screen that encodes bits of information like a computer screen, and like a computer screen projects observable images to the point of view of the observer outside the screen. Everything the observer can observe in its world, including all sensory perceptions of that world and all mental images like thoughts and memories, are projected from the observer’s holographic screen to its point of view outside the screen. Not only is the nature of all matter and energy in that world projected from the screen, but the space-time geometry of that world is also projected from the screen to the observer’s point of view. Each projection of observable images from the screen to the observer is like a screen output from a computer screen. The observer’s point of view is always outside the screen at the central point of view of its own world.

Universal Observer

The observer’s accelerated frame of reference is often represented by an accelerated world-line, which is the path the observer appears to follow through the space-time geometry of its world. In reality, the observer goes nowhere. The observer is always present at the central point of view of its own world. It only appears the observer follows the path of a world-line through its world due to the projection of the space-time geometry of its world and all the images of things in its world from its holographic screen to its central point of view. Each holographic projection is the observer’s choice about what to observe and which path to follow. With each choice, the observer chooses to follow an actual path and make actual observations of things as the quantum state of potentiality of its holographic screen is reduced to an observable state of actuality. The observer only makes its choices with its focus of attention on the observable images of its world. The observer’s focus of attention is what allows it to make its choices. Each choice is a decision point on its path.

Decision Point

To understand why the observer’s point of view is the central point of view of its own world it’s necessary to discuss how the observer’s world is created in the first place. All theories of the big bang event rely on the idea of dark energy. In relativity theory dark energy or a cosmological constant is understood to give rise to the accelerated expansion of space that always expands relative to the central point of view of an observer. Dark energy is what puts the “bang” in the big bang event, which gives rise to the accelerated expansion of the universe. Due to dark energy, space appears to expand away from the observer at an accelerated rate, faster the farther out the observer looks into space. Due to the limitation of the speed of light, which is the maximal rate of information transfer in three dimensional space, the two dimensional surface of a cosmic horizon arises that limits the observer’s observation of things in three dimensional space. At the surface of the cosmic horizon space appears to expand away from the observer at the speed of light. Since nothing can travel faster than the speed of light through three dimensional space, nothing is observable beyond the observer’s cosmic horizon. The odd thing about the accelerated expansion of space that arises with dark energy is every observer is at the central point of view of its own world, which is the singularity of its own big bang event.

Accelerated Expansion of Space

If the holographic principle is applied to the observer’s cosmic horizon, the horizon encodes bits of information in a binary code of 1’s and 0’s. It’s as though the horizon is covered with pixels, where each pixel encodes a bit of information like a computer screen. The holographic principle arises naturally with non-commutative geometry, which is a way of specifying a finite number, n, of position coordinates on the horizon. These n position coordinates are no longer infinitesimal points, but are smeared out into area elements like pixels, where the natural pixel size is about a Planck area. This is a natural way of quantizing space-time geometry. The total number of pixels is given in terms of the surface area of the horizon as n=(Surface area)/4(Planck area). In non-commutative geometry the n bits of information encoded on the horizon are specified by the n eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix. Each bit of information is like a spin variable that can only point up or down, and like a computer switch that can only turn on or off, encodes information in a binary code.

Holographic Principle

When the holographic principle is applied to an observer’s cosmic horizon, the horizon acts like a holographic screen that projects all the three dimensional images of the observer’s world to the observer’s central point of view. This tells us that every observer is at the central point of view of its own world, which is the singularity of its own big bang event. Everything the observer can observe in its own world is a projection of images from its own holographic screen. Every observable thing the observer can observe in its world reduces down to a configuration state of information encoded on its own holographic screen, but there is a big problem with this analysis.

The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

What projects the images from the observer’s holographic screen to the observer’s central point of view? The answer can’t be physical light or electromagnetic radiation since physical light is only an organized form of information encoded as a configuration state of information on the holographic screen. A photon is a quantum of electromagnetic field energy, and all the bits of information for this observable form are encoded on the observer’s holographic screen along with all the bits of information for everything else the observer can observe in its world. There must be another kind of light that projects the images from the observer’s holographic screen to its central point of view. This other kind of light can be called the light of consciousness, which can be understood as the observer’s focus of attention on the projected images of its world. The observer’s own light of consciousness must emanate from its own focal point of consciousness and become projected back to itself in the process of observing the observable images of its world as those images are projected from its own holographic screen to its own point of view.

Singularity/Light of Consciousness

If each observer has its own observable world defined by the way bits of information are encoded on its own holographic screen, then how can we understand a consensual reality shared by many observers? The answer is the kind of information sharing we see in a network of overlapping screens like the internet. Each observer’s own holographic screen can share information with the screens of other observers to the degree those screens overlap in the sense of a Venn diagram. This is possible because the cosmic horizons of different observers can overlap. Many observers can only share a consensual reality because of information sharing.

Overlapping Bounded Spaces

How do the laws of physics arise that apparently govern the behavior of everything the observer can possibly observe in its own world? The answer is the laws of physics only emerge in that world as thermal averages, which are called thermodynamic equations of state. It’s fairly easy to show that Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric arise as thermal averages from the holographic principle based on the way bits of information are encoded on the observer’s horizon, which is the nature of entropy, and the absolute temperature of the horizon. Einstein’s field equations for the metric describe the behavior of the dynamical space-time geometry of the observer’s world, which is an observable aspect of that world. Einstein’s field equations only apply to the bulk 3+1 dimensional space-time geometry of that world, which can only arise as a holographic projection from the observer’s holographic screen. In the same way, the quantum field theories of the standard model of particle physics also arise as thermal averages when the Kaluza-Klein mechanism of extra compactified dimensions of space and super-symmetry are applied to Einstein’s field equations. What we observe as elementary particles are really only localized wave-packets of field energy, and these quantum fields are only extra components of the space-time metric, which arise as thermal averages. All of these observable things are in reality only the holographic projection of images from the observer’s holographic screen to its central point of view. That’s the nature of a holographic world.

Elementary Particle/Localized Wave-packet of Field Energy

How do we understand the flow of time? The answer is the normal flow of energy through the observer’s world that animates everything in its world. The normal flow of energy through the observer’s world is what allows things to obey the laws of physics in the sense of following the path of least action. The path of least action is like the shortest distance between two points in the information configuration space. The quantum state of potentiality for the observer’s holographic screen is defined by all possible ways in which bits of information can become encoded on the screen, and the path of least action is the natural path or world-line for the observer to follow. This happens naturally as long as the choices the observer makes that reduce the quantum state of potentiality to an observable state of actuality are made in an unbiased or random way. The normal flow of energy is what animates the observer’s world in the sense of a sequence of holographic projections or screen outputs that become ordered in the flow of energy. An ordered sequence of holographic projections is the normal course of time, which naturally arises in the sense animation like the animation of the images of a movie projected from a computer screen to an observer over a sequence of screen outputs.

Normal Flow of Energy

How does the normal flow of energy through the observer’s world arise? All theories of the big bang event assume an instability in the nature of dark energy that gives rise to the normal flow of energy through the world. Each state of the world is characterized by a non-zero value of dark energy that gives rise to the observer’s cosmic horizon. These are not stable states, but are only metastable states. The only truly stable state has a zero value for dark energy. The transition from a higher value of dark energy to a lower value is like a phase transition in which some dark energy burns away and heat is radiated away. As dark energy transitions to a lower value, the observer’s cosmic horizon inflates in size, since the radius of the cosmic horizon is inversely related to the amount of dark energy in the observer’s world. The absolute temperature of the observer’s horizon also cools in temperature as it inflates in size since its temperature is inversely related to its radius. This phase transition is like a transition from a metastable false vacuum state to a more stable vacuum state of lower energy. As the transition goes forward, the observer’s cosmic horizon inflates in size and cools in temperature. This temperature gradient is what drives the normal flow of energy through the observer’s world as dark energy burns away, heat is radiated away, and the observer’s horizon inflates in size and cools in temperature. The normal flow of energy arises as heat flows from hotter states to colder states of the observer’s world, which naturally occurs as dark energy transitions to a lower value. The true vacuum state, which has absolute stability, is characterized by a zero value of dark energy. As dark energy in the observer’s world burns away to zero and heat is radiated away to infinity, the observer’s cosmic horizon inflates in size to infinity and cools in temperature to absolute zero, which leads to a state of absolute stability. This state of absolute stability, which is the true vacuum state, is the end of holographic projection, the end of animation, and the end of time.

Metastable False Vacuum State

The holographic principle is able to explain the nature of everything observable in the world, but it cannot explain the nature of the observing consciousness of the observer of that world or how the observable images of that world are projected from the observer’s holographic screen to its central point of view outside the screen. We have to assume the independent existence of the observer at the central point of view and the observer’s own light of consciousness that emanates from this focal point of consciousness and projects observable images from the observer’s holographic screen to its point of view in the process of observing them. There is no other way around this quandary except to give the observing consciousness of the observer and the observer’s light of consciousness its own independent existence. The existence of the observing consciousness of the observer must be independent of the apparent existence of whatever appears to occur in its observable world.

In actuality, we have a trinity of perceiving consciousness, which is an observer observing images its own observable world and mind. The observable images are defined by the way bits of information are organized into the form of configuration states of information on the observer’s holographic screen; an observing event like a screen output is defined by the projection of images from the observer’s screen to the observer’s point of view with the emanation of the observer’s own light of consciousness like the light of a movie projector that projects movie images from a screen to an observer out in the audience; and the observing consciousness of the observer is present at its own central point of view outside the screen. The whole science of physics is only about the way bits of information are encoded on the screen and organized into form. Relativity theory and quantum theory as they describe the nature of space-time geometry and all matter and energy are only about what appears to happen in the world in terms of how bits of information are encoded and organized on the screen. The remarkable thing is the holographic principle implies Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric, which describes the nature of the space-time geometry of the observer’s world, and implies the standard model of particle physics in terms of quantum field theory, which describes the nature of matter and energy in that world, but space-time geometry and matter and energy are only a holographic projection from the screen to the observer. Science really has nothing to say about the nature of the observer’s observing consciousness or the holographic projection of observable images from the screen to the observer.

Illusion and Reality

This is what science is really telling us about the nature of the observer’s observing consciousness. The observing consciousness of the observer cannot be scientifically explained. It isn’t scientifically explainable. Scientific explanations are limited to how information is encoded and organized on an observer’s holographic screen. That’s the nature of what’s observable. The nature of the observer’s observing consciousness isn’t scientifically explainable.

Hero’s Journey

The observer is not really a part of its world anymore than an observer out in an audience is a part of a movie it observes as animated images of the movie are projected from the screen to the observer. The observer only falsely believes that it is part of the observable world it observes. That false belief is called a self-concept, which is only mentally constructed as the observer falsely identifies itself with the animated form of its character that it observes in its world. This false process of self-identification is inherently emotional in nature, as the perception of emotions is what makes the observer feel self-limited to the emotionally energized form of its character. Inherent in every self-concept is emotional energy that keeps the observer identifying itself with its character. This can only occur because the observer feels self-limited to the emotionally energized form of its character as it perceives the self-limiting emotions that relate its character to other things in its world. The character-based emotionally energized self-concept is always dualistic and self-referential. The emotionally energized mentally-constructed self-concept is false since the observer cannot be any observable thing that it can perceive in its world. It’s really not a part of the show it perceives, but is always out in the audience only watching the show.

Why does the observer believe this false belief about itself and identify itself with its character? The observer only believes it is a part of the world it perceives and identifies itself with its character in that world because that’s the way it feels as it perceives the flow of emotional energy that animates the form of its character, which makes it feel self-limited to that animated form. Logic tells it that it cannot be anything that it can perceive, but it trusts its emotions and believes them even though they’re irrational. Believing a false belief is delusional. The only thing that makes delusional beliefs believable is the irrational emotions that energize them. Just as seeing is believing, feeling is believing, especially when those feelings arise from irrational emotions.

If self-identification of consciousness with form is false, why does it even happen? An observer becomes self-identified with form as an inevitable consequence of being alive. The only way a living life-form can self-replicate its form is if the life-form expresses self-defensive emotions. The expression of self-defensive emotions has to become built into the system of the living organism for the life-form to live. This leads the presence of consciousness that observes the behavior of the life-form and that perceives the flow of animating emotional energy through the life-form to identify itself with the life-form, since the observer really feels self-limited to the life-form rather than the observer knowing itself only as the presence of consciousness at a point of view outside the screen to which that animated self-replicating form is projected. Once the observer identifies itself with the life-form, it becomes a prisoner. The focus of its attention becomes directed in emotionally biased ways on defending the survival of the life-form as though its existence depends on. This leads to a vicious cycle. Self-defensive emotions are constantly expressed, which perpetuates the observer’s tendency to identify itself with the life-form. This emotional bias gives rise to the mental construction and expression of emotionally energized, delusional, dualistic, self-referential thoughts from which a character-based self-concept arises in relation to the concept of other things in the observer’s world. In reality, the observer is never a part of its world, but is always outside in the audience, only observing events in that world from its own point of view to which it projects the animated images of that world from its own screen.

Truth Destroys Illusions

Science has absolutely nothing to say about the nature of an observer’s observing consciousness except that it arises at the central point of view of its world in relation to the observer’s holographic screen, which is an event horizon that arises in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference, and that the observer is a means by which the quantum state of potentiality of the observer’s holographic screen is reduced to an observable state of actuality, which is the observer’s choice about what to observe in its world. The observing consciousness of the observer and the light of consciousness of the observer have an existence that is independent of the apparent existence of whatever appears to happen in the observer’s world. The independent existence of the observer’s consciousness isn’t scientifically explainable, but it is always present to observe its observable world.

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Is God One or Three?

Richard Rohr has written a book about the Trinity, where he states God is both One and Three. He also states this idea of God cannot be understood conceptually, but at some level can be directly experienced. How is it possible that something is beyond understanding but can be experienced? Rohr is also very interested in the connection between science and spirituality. Remarkably, there is a scientific way to understand how God can be both One and Three.

Universal Observer

The idea of the Trinity is found in both eastern and western thought, as is the idea God as One. What’s truly remarkable is that there is a fairly straightforward, natural and scientific way to conceptualize God as One and Three in terms of the holographic principle of modern physics.

Horizon Information

Although not generally recognized, modern physics as formulated in terms of the concepts of dark energy and the holographic principle can explain this connection in a way that’s consistent with everything we scientifically know about the world. For those not familiar with the concepts of dark energy and the holographic principle, the recent book by Amanda Gefter: Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn discusses the holographic principle in the context of dark energy and modern cosmology and explores the logical implications of these concepts at a very deep level. This brief article will also explore these ideas and give an overview of what they imply in terms of science and spirituality. The upshot is that God is both One and Three, just as Rohr says.

Measure of All Things

The basic problem is that when we say God is One we mean that in some sense God is the undifferentiated source of everything. Along the same lines of reasoning that Gefter uses to understand this source in the context of modern physics and cosmology, this source must be infinite and undifferentiated. Everything that we can observe in the observable world in some sense is differentiated from this source. Since this source of everything observable in the world cannot itself be some observable thing that we can observe in the world, it must be nothing observable, which can only be described as the primordial nothingness or void from which everything arises through some kind of a differentiation process. When we say God is One we’re referring to this primordial, undifferentiated, infinite nothingness that is the source of everything observable in the world including the world itself. This primordial nothingness is God in its ultimate, infinite, undifferentiated, formless form. Since this primordial nothingness must also be the source of the perceiving consciousness that we have that allows us to observe the observable things in the world, and since our perceiving consciousness must somehow become differentiated from the primordial nothingness as we perceive things in the world, it’s natural to understand the primordial nothingness as undifferentiated consciousness. Our own individual consciousness, as observers of the observable things, must in some sense become differentiated from this source of undifferentiated consciousness just as the observable things in some way are differentiated from the source.

Motion of the Spheres

So what does it mean to say God is Three? The answer is that in the process of the creation of an observable world, the differentiated consciousness of the observer must arise in relation to the observable things in that world through a process of observing them. This defines the Trinity of perceiving consciousness in the relation of the observer observing the observable things. This Trinity of perceiving consciousness is differentiated from its source of undifferentiated consciousness in the process of creating and observing an observable world. Since this Trinity of perceiving consciousness itself becomes differentiated from its source of undifferentiated consciousness, it’s natural to say God is One in its ultimate, infinite, undifferentiated, formless form, while God is Three in its differentiated, finite form. This process of differentiation naturally occurs with the creation and energetic animation of an observable world and with the differentiation of an observer’s consciousness observing that world. In the non-dualistic language of Advaita, the ultimate nature of God as One is the undifferentiated consciousness of the void, which can be called Brahmanic consciousness, while the nature of God as Three can be called the Atmanic consciousness of an individual observer observing its observable world. In the famous words of Shankara: “Ultimately there is no difference between Atman and Brahman”.

Atman-Brahman

As Gefter explains in her book, the key to understanding these ideas in terms of modern physics is to apply the holographic principle to modern cosmology. The basic idea is to understand that before the big bang creation event that creates an observable world and that simultaneously gives rise to the differentiated consciousness of the observer of that world, only the infinite primordial nothingness of the void exists, which is to say only undifferentiated consciousness exists before the world is created. All theories of the big bang creation event rely on the idea of dark energy. In relativity theory dark energy is understood as the accelerated expansion of space that always expands relative to the central point of view of an observer. In relativity theory the force of gravity is understood in the sense of the curvature of space-time geometry as the contraction of space, while the force of dark energy is understood as the accelerated expansion of space, which is a kind of anti-gravity. In the sense of the big bang, the central point of view of the observer is understood as the singularity of the big bang event. Due to dark energy space appears to expand away from the observer at the central point of view at an accelerated rate, faster the farther out the observer looks into space. At some point space appears to expand away from the observer at the speed of light, but due to the limitation of the speed of light as a means of information transfer in three dimensional space, that point is as far out in space as the observer can see things in space. This point defines the two dimensional surface of a cosmic horizon that surrounds the observer at the central point of view. Nothing is observable to the observer beyond the cosmic horizon.

Accelerated Expansion of Space

The holographic principle naturally arises if we apply non-commutative geometry to the surface of the cosmic horizon, which is a natural way of quantizing space-time geometry. Instead of locating position coordinates on the horizon with infinitesimal points, non-commutative geometry smears out those position coordinates into area elements that act like pixels on the surface. The natural pixel size is about a Planck area. Just like the pixels on a computer screen, each area element on the surface of the horizon encodes a bit of information in a binary code of 1’s and 0’s. This happens naturally in non-commutative geometry since the normal way to define bits of information is in terms of the n eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix, where the value of n is specified in terms of the horizon surface area as n=(Surface area)/4(Planck area). Each bit of information is like a spin variable that can either point up or down, which is like a computer switch that is either on or off, thereby encoding information in a binary code.

Holographic Principle

The holographic principle is a radical idea since it implies that all observations of things in our apparent three dimensional world are like the projection of holographic images from a two dimensional screen to an observer at the central point of view, much like the observation of images projected from a computer screen to the point of view of an observer. Those images arise from configuration states of information defined on the screen. Holography is only possible since there is a kind of coherent organization of information that arises from the entanglement of information. All the bits of information encoded on the screen are entangled since they arise as the n entangled eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix. The other radical aspect of the holographic principle is it implies that each observer has its own holographic screen defined by the way bits of information are encoded on its own cosmic horizon. In other words, every observer observes its own observable world as images of that world are projected from its own holographic screen.

The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

How then is it possible for many observers to share a consensual reality? The answer is the kind of information sharing that we see in a network of overlapping screens like the internet. Each observer can share information with other observers to the degree their respective holographic screens overlap in the sense of a Venn diagram, which is possible because their cosmic horizons overlap. We only share a consensual reality because of information sharing.

Overlapping Bounded Spaces

In the sense of relativity theory, Gefter defines the observer as an accelerated frame of reference, which occurs naturally in the context of the big bang creation event due to the accelerated expansion of space that occurs with the expenditure of dark energy that gives rise to an observer’s cosmic horizon. The cosmic horizon always arises relative to the central point of view of the observer. This central point of view is the origin of the observer’s frame of reference, which is the singularity of the big bang creation event. In the sense of relativity theory the observer is an accelerated frame of reference that can only arise with the expenditure of dark energy.

Observer’s Accelerated Frame of Reference

In the sense of quantum theory the observer is a means by which the quantum state of potentiality is reduced to an observable state of actuality. The quantum state of potentiality is defined by all ways in which bits of information can become encoded on the observer’s holographic screen, while the observable state of actuality is defined by the actual configuration state of information that gives rise to the observable images projected from the screen to the observer’s central point of view. The sum over all ways in which bits of information can become encoded on the screen is equivalent to a sum over all possible paths through the information configuration space, where each possible path is an observer’s world-line. The most likely path in the sense of quantum probability is the path of least action, which is like the shortest distance between two points in the configuration space and is the normal path for the observer to follow. In some mysterious way, the perceiving consciousness of the observer arises at this point of view while the observable images are projected from the screen in a process of observing them.

Quantum State of Potentiality/Sum over all Paths

But there is even a bigger mystery. What projects the images? Just like the light of a movie projector is needed to project the images of a movie from a screen to an observer, or the light of laser is needed to project the images of a physical hologram, another kind of light is needed to project the images from a holographic screen to the central point of view of the observer. This light can be called the light of consciousness that emanates from the observer’s own central point of view. Another way to describe the light of consciousness is as the observer’s focus of attention on the images of its world, which emanates from its own focal point of consciousness and is reflected back to itself in the process of projecting images from its own holographic screen. But the biggest mystery of all is what gives rise to the observer’s holographic screen and the differentiated consciousness of the observer at the central point of view, which can only arise in an accelerated frame of reference with the accelerated expansion of space as dark energy is expended. The only possible answer is the undifferentiated consciousness of the void.

Singularity/Light of Consciousness

Remarkably, all of these ideas are represented in the first few lines of Genesis:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth
And the earth was without form and void
And darkness was upon the face of the deep
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters
And God said ‘Let there be light’; and there was light
And God saw the light, that it was good
And God divided the light from the darkness

Scientific Translation:

God in its primordial infinite, undifferentiated, ultimate formless form is the undifferentiated consciousness of the void. This is God as One. The void is the darkness, the deep or the abyss. The creation of the world in a big bang event only occurs with the expenditure of dark energy. The face of the deep is a cosmic horizon that arises with this expenditure of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of space, which is the nature of the observer’s accelerated frame of reference. The observer’s horizon acts as a holographic screen that projects the observable images of its world to the observer’s central point of view. The differentiated consciousness of the observer is the Spirit of God, which is God as Three or the Trinity of the observer observing its observable world. The motion of the Spirit of God is an observer in an accelerated frame of reference. That accelerated frame of reference or motion is what gives rise to the observer’s cosmic horizon. Emanating from the observer’s focal point of consciousness is the observer’s focus of attention on the projected images of its world, which is the light of consciousness that is reflected back to the observer in the process of projecting images from its holographic screen and observing them. The light of consciousness is good because of the feelings of connection or unconditional love that naturally arise with the creation of a holographic world These feelings of connection are due to the alignment of the flow of energy through all things in that world, which naturally arises due to the entanglement of information on the observer’s holographic screen, which is to say everything is connected to everything else. This is the normal way for energy to flow through the observer’s world.

Normal Flow of Energy

This experience of love for the creation is why God the One created a world for God the Three to love. In the process of that creation, God the One divided the light of consciousness of the observer from the darkness of the void through the differentiation of the observer’s consciousness. When this differentiation process comes to an end, God the Three must return to God the One. In physics this is called a freely falling frame of reference that must occur when the expenditure of all energy comes to an end. Ultimately, God the Three must return to and reunite itself with God the One.

God the One is the beginning and the end. God the One is what exists before an observable world is created and appears to come into existence, and God the One is what exists after an observable world comes to an end and disappears from existence. God the Three is only present to observe that observable world during the time span of its creation, which is only for as long as energy continues to flow through that world and animate things in that world.

The Hero’s Journey

There are a number of interesting points that are worth making about this analysis:

1. God the One, which can only be understood as the undifferentiated consciousness of the void, is the ultimate nature of reality, but is beyond the reality of an observer and its observable world, sort of like a higher dimension is beyond a lower dimension. The reality of an observer observing an observable world is more like a virtual reality that arises within ultimate reality. The analogy of the world as a virtual reality is quite perfect, since all the observable images of the observer’s world are projected from a holographic screen to the observer’s central point of view. The process of observing those images is a process of holographic projection, which tells us the projection process can only arise with the observer’s own light of consciousness that projects the images from the screen back to the observer’s point of view like the projected images of a movie projected from a screen to the point of view of an observer out in the audience.

Illusion and Reality

2. Understanding that an observable world can only arise within God the One explains why all things are within God. The exception to this statement is the observer itself, which as Genesis says is the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God can return to and reunite itself with God the One for the simple reason that the individual consciousness of the observer is differentiated from the undifferentiated consciousness of the void, and that reunion must occur when that process of differentiation comes to an end. This reunion always occurs through a process of looking within, which makes sense once we understand the observer’s world is a holographic world. In the same way, the observer is not really a part of its world anymore than an observer out in an audience is a part of a movie it is watching as animated images of the movie are projected from the screen to the observer. The observer only falsely believes that it is part of the observable world that it observes. That false belief is called a self-concept, which can only arise as the observer falsely identifies itself with the animated image of its character in its world. This false process of self-identification is inherently emotional in nature, as the perception of emotions is what makes the observer feel self-limited to the emotionally energized form of its character.

Truth Destroys Illusion

3. Inherent in every self-concept is emotional energy that keeps the observer identifying itself with its character. The process of looking within is the only way of bringing that expression of self-identifying emotional energy to an end, which is the only way the Spirit of God can reunite itself with God the One. When one looks within the first things one sees are false self-concepts that lead the observer to emotionally and falsely identify itself with its character. This can only occur because the observer feels self-limited to the emotionally energized form of its character as it perceives the expression of self-limiting emotions that relate its character to other things in its world. The mentally constructed character-based emotionally energized self-concept is always dualistic and self-referential. The process of awakening only begins when the observer clearly sees the falseness of emotionally energized self-concepts. The observer cannot be any observable thing that it can perceive in its world. Awakening only goes forward through a process of surrender and detachment in the process of looking within, which ultimately results in a shift in the observer’s focus of attention away from the mental construction of its character-based self-concept and onto its own sense of being present as a presence of consciousness. As the observer withdraws the focus of its attention away from its world, it also withdraws its investment of emotional energy that mentally constructs and animates its character-based self-concept. This awakening process only goes forward with surrender and detachment, which is the observer’s willingness to give up and let go. With surrender the observer gives up its desire to control things in an emotionally biased and character-favored or self-defensive way. The observer stops interfering with the normal flow of things and allows the flow of energy to come into alignment, which it perceives as feelings of connection. With detachment the observer severs its emotional attachment to things, lets go, and allows things to freely come and go. The observer sees things with a sense of distance, which is the ascension of its consciousness to a higher level. The observer no longer sees itself as something that is a part of the show it perceives, but has come out of the show and can only know itself as a silent observer perceiving the show. The ultimate awakening only occurs when the show comes to an end and the differentiated consciousness of the observer returns to and reunites itself with the undifferentiated consciousness of the void.