There is nothing our mind’s compass and radar cannot see, feel, perceive, or distinguish with its own molecules of thoughts, feelings, and emotions. The equation is simple — the mind is all-encompassing. However, when one ‘does away’ with the self, or consciousness, the self becomes a chimera — with no conduit for experiencing anything else that exists, or does not exist. This is reason why the transformation of our conscious awareness opens up new echelons, new horizons, and new possibilities — more so, because its ‘infinite expanse’ is far beyond the precincts of our reality, or conceived actuality. What does this indicate? That the waning away of the self, or consciousness, is the only valid ‘death experience’ all living beings will ever experience, or feel, because anything less, or not apparent, is not demise.
To cull a ‘down-to-earth’ exemplar. We all experience pain and despair, sometime or the other — the two keynotes of our growing process and wisdom. The two contexts are just as powerful as happiness and pleasure, winning and rejoicing. Yet, the amusing part, or parody, is most people do not live in their present-moment of happiness, or joy — they tend to live far too much in the past, recalling pain, angst, and despair, if not gloom. This is one reason why they capitulate, or throw up their hands in disgust, at the thought of hardship, or difficulty, because they have gotten themselves well-entrenched in their negative ‘comfort’ zone.
The best thing one could do to wriggle oneself out of one’s self-imposed despair is to break the shackles and emerge from their gloomy cocoon — and, look, reclaim and dwell in the sunshine of happiness within oneself, not outside of oneself. Picture this — if we simply renovate our outlook in this reengineered manner, we will emerge from the shadows and gradually feel invaluable and protected within ourselves. In other words, we will begin to once again live knowingly, and consciously, while being complete with the full responsiveness of our thoughts, emotions and purpose. We will, in the process, be able to pick every moment — with the choice of how we want to be and/or how we want to act with poise, confidence and cadence.
One grand mode of charting our passageway through life and time with such a purpose is to think of ourselves as emerging from the mysterious into the luminosity of consciousness. When we, in so doing, tow along our awareness and expand it, we will notice our ever-increasing facility to see in the mysterious, or ‘nothingness,’ within ourselves. This will impel us, in due course, to comprehend that such perplexing nothingness is the divine — from which we all emerged and with which we are one.
This brings us to the fundamental question of knowing oneself as a customary idiom — one that is totally self-made, self-regulated and self-directed. It works at a totally ‘out for the count’ level, or what philosophers call the ‘reflective’ level of our consciousness. When this happens we echo our thoughts and feelings in the best manner possible and also introspect and appreciate the multipurpose delights of our own ‘oneness’ — oneness with oneself and the divine element. This is not a composite module — it is also nothing more than a simple cog of a receptive state. It exists at the mindful and non-mindful levels of our psychical periscope — the observatory post that connects us to every facet of our being. You’d think of this mosaic as a nourishing, panoramic view of nature, in all its splendour with our mind’s eye — a perfect signpost of the cosmos, our own self, and every facet of our conscious awareness.