All things come from the great nothingness, but within this nothingness contains everything that there is.
Stop striving and know you have already arrived. There is no use in planning for a future. When you get to the future and it becomes the present you won’t be there. You will be living in some other future that has not yet arrived. So in this way you are never able to enjoy the fruits of your life if you are always striving for some future reward. You cannot live at all unless you can live fully now.
You are the fabric and structure of existence itself. Underneath the superficial self that pays attention to this and that, there is another self, more really us than I… The more you become aware of the unknown self… the more you realize that it is inseparably connected to everything else that there is.
You are a function of this total galaxy, bounded by the milky way and this galaxy is a function of all other galaxies. One day you will wake up and look at the night sky and say… Why that is me! and in knowing this, know that you will never die.
You are the eternal thing that comes and goes. The experience you are having that we call ordinary everyday consciousness pretending that you are not it… that experience is the exact same thing as it. There is no difference at all.
The source of all light is in the eye… if there were no eyes in this world the sun would not be light. You evoke light out of the universe in the same you way you determine what is hard in relation to your soft skin. Hardness and heaviness is all determined by lightness and softness.
It is your ear drum that evokes noise out of the air. You by being this organism call into being this whole universe of light and color, hardness and heaviness and everything.
Each one of us is an aperture in which the whole universe looks out, only the game we are playing is not to know this.
What you call the external world is as much you as your own body. Your skin does not separate you from the world it is a bridge from which the external world flows into you and you flow into it.
What you are is the fabric and structure of existence itself and when you find this out you laugh yourself silly.
The beauty of Nothingness. If you really go the whole way and see how you feel about the prospect of vanishing forever… With all your efforts and all you achievements turning to dust… nothingness. What is the feeling? What happens to you? That is what it is all going to come to and for some reason or another we are supposed to find this depressing. Do you see in a way that this is saying that the most real state is the state of nothingness?
If someone is going to argue that the basic reality is the state of nothingness, where did everything come from? Obviously it came from nothingness. Once again you get how it looks behind your eyes. So in this way by seeing that nothingness is the fundamental reality…you see it is your reality. Then how can anything really terminate?
The idea of you being put out and scared and worried is just nothing… it is just a dream, because you are really nothing, but this is the most incredible nothing.
So cheer up… the essence of your mind is intrinsically pure…pure means clear/void.
If you think of this nothingness as mere blankness, and you hold onto the idea of blankness and you are kind of grizzly about it, you have not understood it…
This nothingness is like the nothingness of space which contains the whole universe. All is contained within this void and out of this void comes everything, and you are it!
What else could you Be?
You Define I
The earth is not a big rock infested with living organisms anymore than your skeleton is bones infested with cells. The earth is geological, but this geological entity grows people and our existence on this earth is a function of the solar system and its balances.
When you as a scientist describes the behavior of a living organism, you say what a organism does, this is the only way you can describe what an organism is. Describe what they do. And then you find out that by making this description you cannot confine yourself to only what happens in while in your skin. You cannot talk about a person walking unless you start describing the floor. I move in relationship to the territory. Talking must be described by you being the one I am speaking to. In order to describe my behavior, I must describe your behavior and the behavior of the environment, it means that we only have one system of behavior.
That what I am involves what what you are… I dont know who I am unless I know who you are. And you don’t know who you are unless you know who I am.
A wise Rabi once said…”If I am I because you are you and you are you because I am I…Then I am not I and you are not You”. We are not separate… we define each other… We are all backs and fronts to each other. We are implicit to each other.
We and our environment and all of us and each other and interdependent systems… We know who we are in terms of other people
We are in great need of coming to feel that we are the eternal universe.
Dr. Alan Watts