Imagine Source, Isness or original nature as the ocean and thoughts, feelings or emotions are like the waves that arise from that ocean.
Picture the birth of a wave in your mind’s eye. Can you see it rise up slowly from the sea, arching and curling its back like a whale? It breaches upwards toward the sky until its own weight brings it back toward its source, creating a curl that becomes a tube. The tube rolls and tumbles, gaining momentum and drive as it barrels along, spraying a salty mist into the air.
You can hear the thunderous roar of its path. Then suddenly it snaps its mouth shut, quickly spewing a fine, salty spray into the air as it crashes violently back into the azure depths. In its path it leaves little behind to prove it even existed in time and space, nothing but a bit of swirling foam and swirling eddies. It’s as if it never existed at all.
There are many types of waves, too many to mention here, each one quite different from the other, all of them one of a kind, and yet they all have one thing in common: Though they appear to break from their source and become independent, any casual observer can see that they always remain connected to their source. They are momentarily taking a different shape but they are still ocean. They are nothing but the source itself taking a different form. For an instant they become an expression of their master.
When we observe the waves, they appear to come and go, rise and fall and touch the shore, but they are always connected, never taking flight fully, only momentarily aloft, still attached firmly to their mother. Like the waves, we too seemingly break from our source when we attach to a thought, a concept or an idea. At times we may have thoughts, feelings, emotions and beliefs that we are separate from our source but this is only a thought and these thoughts are illusions created by habit and conditioning. We have created belief systems that we are lost and need to reconnect to our god. If we drop the urge to cling to the old ways of thinking, we can be free in this moment of all illusion, doubt and trepidation. These thoughts are not true and they have no power unless we give them power. They are only thoughts.
When thoughts arise that tell us we are separate from source, we can allow them to run their course, without clinging to them. If we let them pass, they will simply lose momentum. Putting attention on them, holding onto them, gives them energy and volition. Simply stop, become aware of the thoughts, notice the urge to cling to them, to put your attention on them, and just let them be. Like the waves, they will settle back into their natural state. If left alone, they will return to their source of nothingness. All thought arises from nothingness.
Everything arrives from nothingness. This is our source and like the waves, we are never separate from our source. The thoughts we may have about being detached and lost may momentarily distract us and if given enough focus, we can create the concept that we are not connected and need to reconnect to Source. These thoughts are false and if left alone, will die off, leaving only the truth in their wake. But one must inquire, one must ask questions. Where do these thoughts arise, what is the source of all thought and who am I?
Here’s an exercise one could try. Follow the arising thought back to its source. When a thought arises in the mind, try to assess where it came from. If you are diligent, the act of following the thought back to its source will bring you back to your source. When we follow a thought back to its source, it simply disappears into the vast open space from where it emerged. The no-thing.
What is that space, that nothingness? We are that space. We are the vast open field of all possibilities. That is our true nature. Space is empty yet full, full yet empty and we are that; full yet empty, empty yet full. Like the waves, our thoughts have only momentarily reached out from their source but in truth, they have not left it at all. This action of mind, to think, creates and manifests the grand illusion that we are separate and disconnected from our Source. We believe that we are lost and we don’t know the way back home. Now we have a mission; we must create or find a map back to our Source; then we will be happy, whole and complete. We search tirelessly to find this map back to the territory. We search the cosmos to find the one person, the teacher, who can lead us back home and we are deluded into believing that someone can help us find our way back to our own hearts.
This belief we carry, that we are separate and estranged from our Source, is an illusion created by grasping and clinging to thoughts and beliefs we have constructed in our life. What if we stopped believing we were lost? What if we saw, like the waves, we are still connected, still attached to our Source and there was never any need to find our way back because we were never lost and we had never left?
What if we started to believe there is no need to work hard at this and there is no need to create or find a map back to center? Can we see that we have arrived, we are home and we never left? All we need to do is leave thought alone and it will return to its source without any effort on our part. There is no method to being home. It’s in our nature to return to Source and its all in our mind. If we allow it, it will happen by osmosis. If we just leave thought alone, it will find its way back home all by itself, effortless, without any practice or trying at all. Just be. Just sit. Just be still and see that you never left. In the stillness you can see it. In the stillness you have arrived.
Right now we are a wave thinking it’s a cloud, far removed and separate from our Source. This is just a thought. Stop thinking this thought; just let it be. No need to let it go; just see it will return to its Source by its own volition. Let the wave fall back into the ocean.
Nothing to do
Nothing to be
Nothing to understand
Nothing to let go of
Your nature is always freedom
Return to the origin of thought itself
No need to understand
Throw away everything in name and form and jump into the unknown
Who are you when there is no past or future?
In that split second of not knowing, you are enlightened
Stop. Breathe and Be
ok then…i am.
Excellent article! Enjoyed it. Thanks.
Thank you for sharing this. I enjoy listening to the podcast – it has transformed my commute into a peaceful journey of awareness.
This was a great read. I recently discovered your podcasts and they have been extremely helpful to me. I listen to them in the car and when I go out for a lunch time walk at work and they really help me become aware of my thoughts and just let them pass by and clear my head. It is a work in progress but I thank you for all you do. It as if I just found the volume control for my mind and I can actually turn down the volume and keep the noise down. I am working to be able to shut it off completely when I need the peace and quiet! Thanks Robert!