There is one fundamental presumption upon which our world culture is founded. This basic presumption states that experience is divided into two essential elements - a subject and an object - joined together by an act of knowing, feeling or perceiving.
This gives rise to the familiar formulations of experience such as, "I know such and such," "I feel sad," "I perceive the tree." In this way experience is believed and felt to consist of a knower and a known, a feeler and a felt, a perceiver and a perceived. In each case a subject knows, feels or perceives an object.
The subject and object are two inseparable aspects of the same belief - the belief in separation or duality. Mystics tend to explore the subject and scientists and artists tend to explore the object or world. However, being inseparable aspects of the same belief, the investigation of either will suffice for an understanding of the true nature of experience.
Part 1: What Is Englightment?
Enlightenment is the recognition that our true nature – the essential experience of ‘being aware’ or Awareness itself – does not share the limits or destiny of the body. This understanding is then gradually integrated into every part of daily life.
Part 2: Does God Exist?
God – infinite, self-aware Consciousness – is the unlimited, open, empty field in which all experience appears, with which all experience is known and out of which all experience is made.
Part 3: Why Am I Not Enlightened Yet?
Enlightenment is the recognition of our essential nature of ever-present, unlimited Awareness. It is not a new experience but rather something we have simply overlooked due to our fascination with the drama of thoughts, feelings, sensations and perceptions.
Part 4: What Is the Cause of Suffering?
Our suffering revolves around an illusory separate self. The separate self is an imaginary limit superimposed on the true and only self of pure Awareness. All that is needed is to see the reality behind the illusory self.
Part 5: Is This a Dream?
When we wake up from a dream, we understand that we were not a self in the dream but rather that the entire dream took place in us. Similarly, when we wake up from the ‘dream’ of everyday life we discover that Consciousness is not in the body but that the entire body, mind and world are in Consciousness.
Part 6: Is the World an Illusion?
Our experience is real, but the world as conceived by the mind – made of dead, inert matter, appearing outside Consciousness – is an illusion. The world we experience is not made of matter; it is made of Consciousness.
Part 7: How Do I Handle Difficult Emotions?
Painful emotions and feelings are generated and sustained by the sense of being a separate self, which, if investigated, can never be found. In its place we find the inherent peace of Awareness itself.
Part 8: Why Do I Fight with People?
Conflicts usually arise because other people either threaten or fail to fulfil the separate self that we imagine ourself to be. The true and only self of pure Awareness cannot be diminished or aggrandized by any experience and, therefore, does not need to be defended or fulfilled.
Part 9: Should I Follow My Desires?
Desires which originate from an isolated self and, as a result, are fuelled by a sense of lack cannot be fulfilled by objective experience. If desires arise from our deepest love and understanding, then they tend to be fulfilled.
Part 10: Do I Have Free Will?
Our belief in free will is based on the intuition of the freedom inherent in the essential nature of the mind, pure Consciousness. We are free to exercise that freedom in the service of the love and peace inherent in Consciousness, or the fear and desire inherent in the separate self.
Part 11: Can I Find Happiness?
Lasting happiness cannot be found in the acquisition of objects, substances, activities, states of mind or relationships. It resides in the simple knowing of our own being as it truly is.
Part 12: What Is Meditation?
Meditation is neither an activity of the mind nor the cessation of the mind. It is simply being knowingly the presence of Awareness. Meditation is what we are, not what we do.
Part 13: Can We Be Aware of Being Aware?
Just as the sun is self-luminous, so Awareness is self-aware. It knows itself simply by being itself. Each of us is aware of the experience of being aware. That experience is Awareness’s knowledge of itself.
Part 14: Who Am I?
Self-enquiry starts with an investigation into the essential nature of ‘I’ and ends with the dissolution of the mind in the heart of Awareness, revealing Awareness itself as the ultimate reality of all experience.