What is Life?
Sunday, January 15, 2017
It is common to consider that the deep questions of life are questions about who made us? Do we come from a random chaos in the universe or is there an intelligence behind this? Basically, is there a god? If there is a God, are we separate from it or are we one with it. If there is a god, is it a he or she? Is there a son of god? These common questions are just a few of what we generally consider as deep and meaningful topics.
Curiously and obviously - this thing called life is alive in itself, it is a living thing -actually it is the living thing. It’s also in a way, what makes
us, us - because it is not separate from our awareness, our consciousness if you like.
However, although awareness is the stuff of life, it is usually not apparent to us at all. This is because we are stuck in our individual consciousness.
The ancient Hindu sages called this individual aspect, ahamkara. Ahamkara has a double meaning - it means both the I-sense, as in me and it’s mine
– and also the veil, because the I-sense or ego, veils us from real perception of the pure awareness. This understanding is that our individuality
only exists, as a filter to block our direct perception of pure awareness and thus give us the sense of being separate. While this I-sense gives us
our sense of individuality, this is really an illusion. Every person, every dog and cat and horse and pig has this sense of individuality. Flocks of
birds and insects have it as groups. Ego is nothing special.
When our awareness is direct, we are the centre. In the Taoist text, The Secret of the Golden Flower it states, ‘The pervasive principle of the centre
bears universal change.’ The simple meaning is that when we are open, things will change around us but our openness is not affected. We need to find
the openness of energy, the openness of emotion and the openness of mind. For this to occur, we need to do a little practice in understanding that
how we are, is the only true experience of our life. We need to be aware of how we are rather than living on the outside in external situations. We
need to be vitally curious about ourselves, of how we experience life and consciousness. We need to understand that our opinions and the accompanying
emotions are just stories from our karmic patterns - and from this understanding, let them go and let our pure awareness open.