You might have heard “do nothing”, or “there’s nothing to be done”.
And, indeed, there is no step from you to You. No intermediary, no technique, no process. To glimpse true nature is as gentle as the pause at the end of an in-breath.
But yet, the habits and conditioning of a lifetime rarely dissolve as fast as belief. Those embodied feelings may even become more apparent for a time, creating conflict.
Consider it like the effort involved in unfurling a long clenched fist. It may take practice and patience, at first. Do not be disheartened.
It may take diligence to continue. When it looks impossible. When ego throws up a smoke-screen of a ‘lovely feeling’. When the urge to claim you are only human seems to dominate. And if, at any point, this does not seem the best possible activity to you – please, do what does inspire you, instead.
This is a journey of self-inquiry. A journey inward. A journey home. Sure, some will say you never left, but this mixes the essential attributes of true nature with the temporary ego. Know that ego’s journey home is the dissolution of separation, the dissolution of ego.
The journey of self-inquiry takes many apparent forms. It may take you to teachers, into nature, or as far as your couch and a tub of ice cream. Ultimately, though, it is marked by a simple shift of perspective, of identity. Where the background light of awareness becomes noticed, then is seen to illuminate experience, then to be intimately one with all experience.
My role is definitely not to tell you to “do nothing”. I’m here to keep pointing the way, and to encourage you to not halt this journey of self-inquiry too soon.