by Göran Backlund
It’s not that we awaken within a three-dimensional physical universe, as an ‘enlightened being’—that is, as a space-time entity who has had some shift in her perceptual capabilities—it’s rather that the universe (including one’s body) is finally recognized to be, not a universe at all, but a mixture of sense percepts and conceptualizations — the non-dual nature of which suddenly become readily apparent in that moment of awakening, and makes it abundantly clear that there isn’t anything physical going on.
Physicality is thereby revealed as the mental fabrication it always was — and at last, we’re liberated from an imagined bondage.
‘Imagined’, because the whole problem is that we see everything through this fallacious model wherein we ‘exist’ as objects in space-time, and therefore subjects to a variety of ‘laws’ we have invented; the most prominent of which is the law of causation and, let’s not forget, the law of you-must-inevitably-die-someday.
Upon awakening then, we’re liberated from these constraints. No longer are we confined by such artificial bounds, because we now recognize that both the constraints and whoever is constrained is merely a product of that false physical model of reality; a model now and forever put on the shelf along tooth fairies, unicorns and santa claus.
Let me put this in another way. Every apparent thing, including the so called physical universe, is reducible to our knowing of it. Strip away all the falseness, all the erroneus conceptual structures surrounding our experience of reality and we’re left with just perception.
And perception is nothing but pure knowing.
And there’s nothing physical about knowing.
Knowing does not have width or height. It doesn’t have breadth or depth. There is no start or end to knowing.
What you’re looking at right now is knowing made manifest.
And if you ask yourself how wide this manifestation is—that is, if you ask yourself whether it’s physical—you’ll see that it can’t be done. I mean, how wide is you field of vision? How wide is your field of feeling? In order to measure its width, we would have to start on one end of the field of experiencing and measure against the other. But there are no ends to this moment. There are no borders to experiencing. We can’t locate the left border and measure the distance to the right. There are no borders. There’s nothing physical about knowing. There’s nothing physical going on.
And besides, in order to measure its width, we would have to do so within a frame of reference, namely another ‘space’, a larger meta-reality in which the manifestation takes place. But there is no such frame of reference. This moment doesn’t takes place in space.
Where’s does it take place, then?
Nowhere but here.