Teacher: In order to find freedom and liberation I would suggest to look directly at the behemoth next to you. I'm talking about the 1,000 lbs gorilla in front of you, and behind, inside and outside. That's to be your only ally, the one that can never be lost, the one that you can never fight against, the one that's all around your various experiences.
So the only way to get a sense of what I'm talking, is to not look for what is happening, but to turn to what is aware of what is happening. If you're just looking for what is happening, and even if you are aware of being the witness who's watching what's happening, then you're just about to be as far away from enlightenment as it can get. You've just disguised reality with the concept of a witness. But if you're looking for the awareness of this moment you're swashing right against the obvious. So if you're looking for what is aware of what is happening then you may realize that what is looking is awareness itself. By that I mean the only thing that's here now. It doesn't matter what the content of this moment may be and if it is acceptable. The only thing that matters is the awareness of this moment.
All around the body, every experience, touching, smelling, breathing, even thinking, it all happens within that awareness. The only thing that's not gonna be changing is awareness. It's the ridiculously obvious, the 2,000 lbs hulk smashing right in front of your eyes. But this humongous colossus, you're bumping in all the time, has luminosity to it, transparent solidity, invisible fluidity. And it's not sticky. You don't have to push anything back in order to find it. It's right here now, everywhere you go. You can't lose it.
And although it's unbelievably big and expansive it's also very close. It's that that is aware of what's happening in this moment. It's as immediate and intimate as it can be. It frees yourself from the illusion of a mind telling you that only the content of what's happening is important. It frees yourself from the illusion of a body telling you that you are a separate someone. It frees yourself from all the illusions.
This moment is what's sacred. And in the next moment, here it is again. There's only awareness. For so long you've looked for good experiences, for the content of what's happening. You have not sensed that this is totally unimportant, and even not useful. Now you know that, no matter what is happening, it's just a simple recognition of that awareness. That's liberation because even when something pretty awful is happening, the awareness of that has not looked away. It will never flinch nor could it. It's the acceptance of all as being perfectly fine.
Awareness knows no other way to be what it is.
Many words for what is so simple, so direct, so obvious, so liberating...