The Truths of Life

Know The Absolute

A Guide to Guides to Enlightenment/Self-Realization/No-Mind/Liberation

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"Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them." - Albert Einstein
"No learning is acquired by anyone unless he wants to learn it, and believes in some way that he NEEDS it." - A Course in Miracles
The key is to be interested, to learn from everything, and to take nothing personally.




gold sun Truth
relative
1. Not absolute or complete
2. Properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics

absolute
1. Perfect or complete or pure
2. Complete and without restriction or qualification
3. Not limited by law
4. Expressing finality with no implication of possible change
5. Without conditions or limitations
6. Not capable of being violated or infringed

The words of truth are always paradoxical because there are different levels of truth (relative). What is "truth" at one level is not necessarily "truth" at other levels. Quite often, higher levels of truth render lower ones irrelevant and obsolete. So, something is only truth until we evolve to the next higher level of truth.

Truth never creates or perpetuates problems. It only solves, dissolves, and removes problems. It's only possible to solve problems because truth exists. Problems are solved when the truth fills the space of what used to be the absence of truth. When truth is brought to light it automatically overides falsehood because falsehood doesn't exist as a real thing. Truth fills the void and non-existence of untruth. The truth replaced what used to be the absence of truth. So, truth doesn't do anything, including the solving of problems, because problems/falsehood don't exist as real things. Only the truth is real, and the truth already exists. We just aren`t aware of it. If we already know the truth, why do we have problems in our lives?

For something to be truth at all, it must be relevant and beneficial to oneself, and all others, without exception. Truth is universal and impersonal. It applies to all and excludes no one. The truth is still the truth even if it's rejected or not currently understood. The real truth is what it is despite our opinions and beliefs about it.

In order for something to be Absolute Truth, it must be unlimited, whole, complete and perfect beyond description. For this to be possible, it must be INFINITELY EVERYTHING beyond change, words, mental concepts, form, and physicality. In other words, it is No-Thing, yet Infinitely Everything, yet beyond both because both are mere concepts (thought forms). In order to know Absolute Truth, we have to stop thinking, conceptualizing, opinionating, interpreting and perceiving altogether. We have to let go of the mind`s activities. We can`t know formlessness by means of using form.


 This Website
What you just read above pretty much sums up what will be found on this website.
If it threatens you in some way this may not currently be for you.
This site is not for the spiritualy timid.
It's for those who are willing to start looking inwards at the workings of the ego/mind rather than focusing on external phenomena.
One is not subject to negative mentalities and stress when the mind doesn't react (fight or flight) to outside phenomenon.
One is not subject to the faulty workings of the ego/mind at all when one stops identifying the automatic random repetitive thoughts of the mind as being "me."
The very nature of the ego/mind can be summed up in one word... DRAMA. And what is drama? It's the absence of Peace (of mind).

This website is somewhat tied-in to my other website, which is geared more towards "health & healing", but also goes well beyond that at times.
If that's where your focus is, go to The Truth About Food and Health hompage, or Articles page.
Or straight to it's Powerful Healing Modalities page.
Or to it's Superfoods & Supersupplements page.
Otherwise...


 World Peace
What we think and believe in our minds determines all of our actions, and so, the state of the world, and it's problems, are a perfect reflection of the thought processes of the people that inhabit it. The world's problems cannot be solved by trying to fix the outcomes and EFFECTS of our thought processes. It's the THOUGHT PROCESSES that must be changed. In other words, every individual has to change oneself in order to change the world. Rather than thinking that others need to change themselves to suit your opinions, you must change yourself, and those opinions. World peace cannot be forced upon anyone because force creates more conflict. People don't like being told what to do, how to live or what to be. World peace can only possibly happen when every individual is at peace within their own mind. Conflict in the mind creates conflict in the world. Peace of mind creates peace in the world, and it all starts with you. If you're not at complete peace in this very moment, and every other moment, it's because of the thought processes, ideas, perceptions, views, concepts, emotions and attitudes that are standing in the way, in this very moment, and every other moment. If you want complete peace for yourself, or for the rest of the world, simply let go of those thoughts, concepts and emotions, in this very moment and every other moment. It's no more complicated than that, even if the ego/mind thinks otherwise.


 Deconstructing the Ego/Mind
The truth is the answer to every problem that ever has and ever will exist, and if we look at the state of the world today, it's pretty obvious that we are quite unaware of what the truth actually is. Why is it that we're so unaware of the truth? Because we don't want it, we think we already know it, or as Dr. David Hawkins points out in Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, that "The design of the human mind renders it intrinsically incapable of being able to tell truth from falsehood." This is a guide not only to the spiritual truths that solve ALL of our problems (if we let it and allow it to), but also a guide to Enlightenment, for those who are interested. It was said by Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now that "furthermore, any teaching that puts the spotlight of attention on the workings of the ego will necessarily provoke egoic reaction, resistance and attack", so this guide won't be for everyone.


 The Search for Truth
The movie The Secret, and what's taught in it (the law of attraction), is beginning to take the world by storm, and while this may be beneficial to the masses, for those seeking Enlightenment it's just more relative truth, another obstacle to be relinquished, surrendered and let go of. There's creating specific things intentionally with thought, and then there's having COMPLETE trust and faith that the universe will, and is, supplying EVERYTHING that one "needs." However, some people might require the first step in order to eventually reach the second. Sooner or later one comes to realize that neediness and craving are never ending and cannot be filled by depending upon external phenomena. Happiness is experienced from within which means the source of it is within, when it's chosen. The more it's chosen, the larger it grows, and the larger it grows, the more we realize it's within. Happiness is a choice, and freedom comes from having no specific "needs" (addictions, cravings) outside oneself. Choosing to be happy at all times brings inner wholeness, completion and peace. If one is already utterly whole and complete, NOTHING else is needed.

In The Highest Level of Enlightenment CD audio set it's made clear that negatives are not the opposite of positives, but rather the ABSENCE of positives (think temperature on a thermometer). It's not possible to be needy and complete/happy at the same time because neediness is the absence of happiness/completion. We can't focus on negatives and somehow expect the "opposite" to happen. Whatever we put our focus on, we receive. Focusing on the negatives will bring more of the negatives. Focusing on the positives will bring more of the positives. This is where we take a REALLY close look at our current life circumstances, and then we REALLY look at the thoughts, concepts, perceptions, attitudes, limitations, emotions, opinions, and beliefs that go on inside our own head, and we realize there's a HUGE connection.
 
For beginners on the spiritual path, the popular What the Bleep Do We Know?! (Down the Rabbit Hole Quantum Edition) movie is an excellent place to start, as well as Tomorrow's God by Neale Donald Walsch, A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, and the previously mentioned The Secret movie. For the more scientifically minded people, or for those looking for the hard scientific proof, you might want to start with The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe by investigative journalist Lynne McTaggart.


 Beyond The Secret
The major underlying points to grasp in The Secret, are that, first, unconditional happiness, gratitude, peace, acceptance and forgiveness must be chosen FIRST, and then the rest of one's life will reflect that perfectly. In fact, a person's circumstances and situations are already, and always, an absolutely perfect reflection of the attitudes, emotions, thoughts, beliefs and choices of that individual. Second, a point which wasn't really even talked about, is that everything and everybody is interconnected. All is One. The law of attraction would not work if this wasn't true. Third, that the law of attraction, what goes around comes around, you reap what you sow, everything comes full circle, the ebb and flow, balance in the universe, or karma, is in effect 100% of the time. There can be no "cause" of anything. There are only effects and automatic consequences of what one is (choices, thought processes, feelings, actions). Picture yourself as a tiny magnet among countless others. Likes attract likes. Which means that there is no such thing as a co-incidence, accident, random event, miracle, fluke, luck or chaos. The entire universe is basically an infinite electromagnetic field where everything is happening exactly as it needs to according to what we make ourselves to be. To put it simply, EVERYTHING is karma, all the time, and everything is happening spontaneously on its own as an automatic consequence. What you make yourself to be is a choice. What happens to you as a result of what you are, is not.

Next, if there's no "cause" of anything, then reincarnation explains perfectly why "bad" things happen to "good" people, with the science of cellular biology also coming to this realization in The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles by cellular biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. This book is solid science but it's written in a way that's perfectly accessible to the layman as well.

If we take Oneness to the next level, we come to understand that if you are connected to everything else, then you ARE Everything else. There is no "you", "me", "here", "there", "this" or "that" when All is One. There can be no "other". In The Bhagavad Gita, Krishna refers to this as the "Self", as do other advanced teachings such as Consciousness and the Absolute: The Final Talks of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. Others have called it God, Universal Mind, Universe, All That Is, Life, Existence, Collective Consciousness, Source, Pure Awareness, Presence, Spirit, Tao, Buddha, Christ, Allah, Love, Energy, Divinity, Reality, Truth, The Absolute, Infinity, Intuition, etc. It's all one and the same thing, and it's only the limited concepts of the mind, and the identification of those autonomous thoughts as being "truth" and/or "me", that makes us think otherwise. Words are limiting concepts that can't possibly fully describe that which is experiential, Absolute and beyond the limitations of words, conceptual thinking and form, so it really doesn't matter what we call it. It is what is it despite all of our talking about it.

In the 3rd century Plotinus realized the Source of All. His teachings can be found in The Enneads: Abridged Edition and/or Return to the One: Plotinus's Guide to God-Realization.

Just like the heart or lungs, the mind is going and going all by itself.
Take 5 minutes to watch the mind and see for yourself.
If you try to stop thinking it just starts right back up again.
Everything it thinks and does, it's doing on it's own.
You have almost no control over it.
You can't stop it by controlling it, but you can (eventually) stop it by watching it non-judgmentally.
You are not the body and its senses. You are not the mind and its thoughts. You are the silent Awareness that is aware of them.
Now the big question is... Do you want to wholely and completely BE that Awareness of profound peace, silence and happiness, which is the real you?
Or do you prefer and enjoy the drama and suffering created by the ego/mind? (many people do, but that's because of the ego/mind)
Knowingly or unknowingly, this is why people practice meditation.
That which you are knowingly or unknowingly seeking, is causing you to seek.
It's calling you to Itself. It's calling you back Home from whence you came.
Do you want to "remember" who/what you actually are?


 What is Enlightenment/Self-Realization/No-Mind/Liberation, and why do we want it?
   gold bullet It's the complete and permanent dissolvement/cessation of all concepts, thoughts and thinking of the ego/mind.
    It's the letting go of the very energy behind thoughts and thinking.
    It's the actual death of the thinking process of the mind. The individual's self/ego/I literally dies. What you currently consider to be "me", dies, and is no more.
    The ego/mind fears that life/existence will end when IT comes to an end, but this isn't true.
    It's the realization of what one already is, always was, and always will be, which is changeless and unlimited.
    It's the realization of Self as All of Existence, which is Pure Awareness, which is beyond all form, shape, dimension, time, concepts and the physicality of this world.
    It's simply the letting go of the emotions, thoughts and thinking that mask and stand in the way of the Infinite Intuitive Knowingness and Awareness of Absolute Truth.
    It's for those who seek absolute and permanent completion, wholeness, perfection, freedom, peace, happiness, joy, bliss, etc.
    It's a profound ineffable love, peace, stillness and silence beyond bliss and ecstasy, which is well beyond words and description.
    It's an innate knowingness of the truths of the universe, because if one is Everything, then naturally, one knows everything.
    It precludes individual will, intentions, desires, wants, "needs", emotions, personality, thoughts, ideas, concepts and thinking.
    It's not the denial of will. It's for those who wish to serve the world/universe in the highest possible way, whatever that may happen to be, in this very moment, right now.
    It's for those who want to let go of the little self; the me, myself & I, which is the source of all problems and suffering.

Purposefully creating worldly "success" with thought (the law of attraction) is one goal, while moving beyond thought totally is a different goal altogether. One helps us cope with this physical world, while the other takes us beyond it forever (no more reincarnation). One perpetuates individual karma (positive & negative), while the other frees us of it permanently. "The truth shall set you free."


 Real Spirituality
Some people believe various psychic abilities, siddhis and occult powers are "spiritual" but the truly Enlightened warn otherwise and say "Forget about siddhis. They are all manifestations of the duality, therefore illusory. Do not seek them. It's immaterial to spiritual realization. Find out who you are." - From: Talks With Ramana Maharshi: On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness.


 Just how does Enlightenment/Self-Realization/No-Mind/Liberation happen?
    Lao Tzu's famous poetic Tao Te Ching starts with the words "A way that can be walked is not The Way."
    Realize that it has nothing to do with the intellect or scientific proof, but that of firsthand experiential verification.
    Realize that to truly know, rather than knowing ABOUT, involves BEING that which is to be known.
    Realize that the truth doesn't need the approval of the human ego in order to be truth. Absolute Truth already is what it is. It can't be created by the mind.
    Realize that because of karma, free will and reincarnation, EVERYTHING is perfect as it is, despite all the prevalent negativities in the world.
    Realize that everyone is simply being the level of "truth" that they are currently aware of, and that the truth is only for those who want it.
    Realize that people can't help being that which they are. "Forgive them, for they know not what they do."
    In The Words of Gandhi, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world", and "..lose yourself in the service of others".
    Realize that because everybody and everything is One, we change the world in far greater unseen ways as a result of what we ARE, compared to what we do.
    Realize that separation, duality, polarity and opposites do not actually exist. All is One, which is Self, which just Is.
    Realize that there is no duality of "love" and "evil". There are only varying degrees of the absence of Love/Truth.
    Realize that space, distance, form and time are illusions created by limited, relative and faulty physical senses and ways of thinking.
    Realize that the physical body and the autonomous random repetitive thoughts of the mind are not the real "me" at all.
    Realize that you are the Awareness that is aware of the mind and its comings and goings. The more it's watched, the more it disappears.
    Realize that everything and everyone is One. The observer and the observed are One. The knower and the known are One.
    A Course in Miracles says "...you both HAVE everything and ARE everything."
    Realize that there is no duality, no opposites and no polarity. Nothing can exist outside of Existence, otherwise it wouldn't exist. All is God/Self/Buddha/Atman.
    Realize that even what the mind conceives and conceptualizes as being "nothing", void, unmanifest or formlessness, is still within Existence.
    In the highly evolved The Zen Teaching of Huang Po on the Transmission of Mind, it says "It is an existence which is no existence, a non-existence which is nevertheless existence. So this true Void does in some marvelous way 'exist'."
    Realize that there can only be varying degrees of things within Existence, like degrees on a thermometer.
    Realize that there is no individuality; no "you", "me", "this", "that", "here", "there", "inner", "outer", etc.
    Realize that there is no individual "me", "myself", "mine" or "I."
    Realize that there is no "doer" doing anything, because that would imply there is an "individual" to do something.
    Realize that since All is One, there can be no "other", which means All is Self, or All is I.
    Realize that Enlightenment happens by ITSELF when the little self is left to fall away like a disrobed peice of clothing.
    Realize that there is absolutely NOTHING to be gotten, grasped, gained, obtained or attained because The Absolute/Self/Buddha/God already Is.
    Realize that Awareness, Consciousness and knowing don't require words, concepts, thoughts or thinking.
    Realize that EVERYTHING is an irrelevant concept. All thought and thinking is essentially worthless because Silent Awareness is all-knowing.
    It's really just as "simple" as losing interest in all thought and thinking, right now, and not identifying thoughts as "me", right now.
    Realize that without the ego/mind interfering, everything just IS. Nothing more, nothing less. All perceptions, views, opinions, beliefs, likes and dislikes are irrelevant.
    Realize that The Absolute is not subject to change and even "Is" is an irrelevant concept.
    Realize all of this... but not with words and concepts. Just let go.

One sage says in his books, such as Be as You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, that "There will come a time when one will have to forget all that has been learned." In I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta it's explained that "When you demand nothing of the world, nor of God, when you want nothing, seek nothing, expect nothing, then the Supreme State will come to you uninvited and unexpected."

Using Zen and Buddhist terminology there's the excellent The Tibetan Book of the Great LiberationThe Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma and The Zen Doctrine of No-Mind: The Significance of the Sutra of Hui-Neng.


 Gloria in Excelsis Deo!
Above all others, the materials that have changed this life the most, because they're the most advanced, recent, clear, simple, lucid, and thorough teachings of all, are the works of David Hawkins, the ones already mentioned, as well as The Eye of the I: From Which Nothing is HiddenI: Reality and SubjectivityTranscending the Levels of ConsciousnessTruth vs. Falsehood: How to Tell the Difference and Devotional Nonduality (Discovery of the Presence of God).

In actuality there are no secrets. The truth reveals ITSELF, by itself, when we stop thinking we already know it (humility & surrender). Absolute Truth reveals itself when we stop thinking and conceptualizing altogether. No matter what level of truth we currently live/are, it's a complete illusion that it's the highest one. Because Awareness is Infinity, the evolution of becoming self-aware is also infinite. "Throughout history, mankind has been impressed with the state of enlightenment, but from the viewpoint of the ultimate possibility of God, it is only a beginning." - David Hawkins

"The part always has a tendency to reunite with its whole in order to escape from its imperfection." - Leonardo DaVinci


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Deconstructing the Ego/Mind

Power vs. Force

   1.  Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior by David R. Hawkins

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The Power of Now

   2.  The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

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The Search for Truth

The Secret
   3.  The Secret DVD

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The Highest Level of Enlightenment

   4.  The Highest Level of Enlightenment by Dr. David Hawkins

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What the Bleep Do We Know!?

   5.  What the Bleep Do We Know!? (Down the Rabbit Hole Quantum Edition) DVD

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Tomorrow's God

   6.  Tomorrow's God: Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge by Neale Donald Walsch

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A New Earth

   7.  A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

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The Field

   8.  The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe by Lynne McTaggart

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Beyond The Secret

The Biology Of Belief

   9.  The Biology Of Belief: Unleashing The Power Of Consciousness, Matter And Miracles by Dr. Bruce H. Lipton

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The Bhagavad Gita

   10.  The Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran

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Consciousness and the Absolute

   11.  Consciousness and the Absolute: The Final Talks of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj edited by Jean Dunn

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The Enneads

   12.  Plotinus - The Enneads: Abridged Edition  translated by Stephen MacKenna

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Return to the One

   13.  Return to the One: Plotinus's Guide to God-Realization by Brian Hines

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Real Spirituality

Talks With Ramana Maharshi

   14.  Talks With Ramana Maharshi: On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness by Robert Powell

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Just how does Enlightenment/Self-Realization/No-Mind/Liberation happen?

Tao te Ching

   15.  Tao te Ching  by Lao Tzu, translated by Jonathan Star

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The Words of Gandhi

   16.  The Words of Gandhi by Mahatma Gandhi

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A Course in Miracles

   17.  A Course in Miracles: Text, Workbook for Students, Manual for Teachers by Foundation for Inner Peace

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The Zen Teaching of Huang Po

   18.  The Zen Teaching of Huang Po: On the Transmission of Mind translated by John Blofeld

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Be as You Are

   19.  Be as You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi by Sri Ramana Maharshi

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I Am That

   20.  I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta by Nisargadatta Maharaj, translated by Maurice Frydman

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The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation

   21.  The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation translated by W.Y. Evans-Wentz

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The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma

   22.  The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma: A Bilingual Edition by Bodhidharma, translated by Red Pine

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The Zen Doctrine of No Mind

   23.  The Zen Doctrine of No-Mind: The Significance of the Sutra of Hui-Neng by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

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Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

The Eye of The I

   24.  The Eye of The I: From Which Nothing is Hidden by David R. Hawkins

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I: Reality and Subjectivity

   25.  I: Reality and Subjectivity by David R. Hawkins

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Transcending the Levels of Consciousness

   26.  Transcending the Levels of Consciousness: The Stairway to Enlightenment by David R. Hawkins

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Truth vs. Falsehood

   27.  Truth vs. Falsehood: How to Tell the Difference by David R. Hawkins

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Devotional Nonduality

   28.  Devotional Nonduality (Discovery of the Presence of God) by David R. Hawkins

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