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Pointers to Presence
Here is a really sweet guy, a joy to behold, this Isaac Shapiro. Just watch some of his videos below and you'll agree. Isaac teaches through direct experience by asking questions that point and following the student in the moment. This allows those attending his satsangs to do the experiments in the moment and to discover exactly what is the Truth of their experience. The process encourages to examining beliefs parading as facts.Here is Isaac:
"All we have is the sensory experience of this moment, NOW. This moment is only anexperience to us. That’s all we have. The world, time, space, our own bodies and each other are all an experience to us."
"Through noticing how our cells respond in the experience of now, there is a noticing of the production of not only the sense of reality but also the sense of self that we believe we have."
Enjoy these video clips of Isaac:
As you read these words
you can understand them
with your mind
or you can feel where they resonate with
How we are with our experience.
is not about
any particular experience.
recognising we are the space all experience
and being the embrace of our experience.
Life, the universe, time, space, our bodies are all simply an experience to us. We experience all this with our five senses. So therefore, all the above are merely sensations to us.
Check and see if this is true for you.
Specifically with your body, close your eyes for a moment and contemplate how you know you have a body.
You feel something, right? So it is an experience to you. We experience everything through the five senses, so actually this moment is sensations to us.
That being so, is the experience of your body in you or are you in it?
We are aware of all experience, including our thoughts. Our experience of now is always changing, so better to speak of it as experiencing.
Awareness is ever present and is that in which all experiencing appears.
Is awareness an experience?
Can we sense awareness with our senses?
No, we can’t.
Can we know it with our mind? No.
We can be aware of our mind and of our senses and that’s why it’s said that awareness is beyond the senses, beyond the mind, beyond everything. We can understand that with the mind. The invitation is to know this directly.
Is there any beginning or end to awareness? Take a moment and check in your own knowing.
All experience appears in awareness. The universe is an experience to us, so it is at least as large as the universe.
Can you find a boundary to awareness?
Another word for no boundaries is freedom. In truth, awareness is free even of freedom, because it doesn’t have any concept of freedom in it. Boundaries or borders belong to our thinking, which we call the mind. No thought, no mind, so both freedom and borders are irrelevant to awareness.
How does life seem from the perspective of being awareness?
To awareness, all of existence appears in it. So there is nothing to gain or lose.
Awareness is ever present. Experience is always changing. Most people have the funny habit of trying to measure awareness by the experience they are having, and not only that, but to measure themselves by their experience.
Is it possible to measure awareness by experience?
‘I feel so sad.’ Does that mean I am not aware? Often we think this contraction means I’m not awareness and that I’m only aware when I feel expanded. Funny habit, isn’t it?
Try to describe awareness. You will see it’s not so easy!
This awareness that is everywhere is already here, but when it gets tied to experience, in other words, when we measure it by experience, we are confused. All experience appears in awareness. Once you know that, then every experience is free to come and go and no experience can trouble you.
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