Sunday, April 14, 2013

Life beyond labels

An invitation to step out of the known,
of everything which is safe and comfortable.

Are you feeling tired of the felt limitations?
Always the same habitual responses coming up.?
Life seems too predictable?
Boring even?  
Life dissected and compartmentalized into
palatable proportions.
Always same old same old?

The known projects itself forward into sizable chunks.
Labels everything which comes in.
Has opinions and judgments about all information.
And does not question these assumptions.

Is there not secretly somewhere
a longing to step out of this mold?

Where is the miraculous?
Where is the open space?
The freedom?

How strange that we are never taught to
turn our attention to the direct contact.
Where our attention meets the smell, the taste, the touch, the sounds.
We are only ever taught to notice the labels, the ideas about it:

Its green,  its grass, its food for the cows,
Its white,  its cold,  its snow,  you can make balls and
throw with it.
Its red,  its a rose,  it has thorns,  this is the smell of a rose.

Soon we live in a world of ideas,   a paper thin construct.
Whatever we encounter kicks in all the ideas we have learned about it.
Only touching this artificial structure, where everything is known.

Rarely perceiving without it,
we bypass the bare aliveness.
Life without ideas.
The Unknown.

Everything we have learned we have learned in relationship to the
identity we have been taught is a me.
The world and a me come into being simultaneously.
This is me and that is not me.
The me is separate from other things.
The me is a person,  with a name, a gender, a character,  a mother,  family,  location.  etc.

Life beyond labels is a life without this identity.
It is the direct cognition with what at exactly this moment is appearing.
I mean now.


Without ideas,
with direct perception
there is no person operating.
As soon as the idea of the person comes up,
all the ideas are coming up as well.
Drop the idea of the person.
Direct perceiving is here
where it always is.

Never went anywhere.

See through this construct of a me and find
that what you have been always looking for
is already where and what you are.

Here and Now.

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