What happened to the simplicity of living it all, feeling it all, playing, learning, crying, laughing, shouting, running, being deeply serious about something of no consequence, creating for no reason beyond the joy of creation, collecting rocks (that hadn't been mined, cut and polished at great expense), and rolling down grassy hills?

THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM

What happened to the simplicity of living it all, feeling it all, playing, learning, crying, laughing, shouting, running, being deeply serious about something of no consequence, creating for no reason beyond the joy of creation, collecting rocks (that hadn’t been mined, cut and polished at great expense), and rolling down grassy hills?

Okay, I’m not suggesting we all go out and make mud pies (unless you want to). But look. Joy was expressing herself. Sadness was expressing herself. A love of the sublime and the ridiculous was expressing herself. Whether in a maths lesson, at a judo class, on the beach clambering rocks, saying goodbye to a dying pet, or hanging upside down from a tree reading a book.

Love, joy, peace, sadness, anger, engagement, retreat. Pure undiluted freedom. Not dependant upon sentiment, pleasure, calm, aggression, extroversion, introversion, or personal liberty.

Living as Self in the world that lives in us.
Is that just for childhood?
Is that an impossible dream I dreamt?

Or is that the essence of who I am, we are, riding this crazy roller coaster we call life, knowing all of it as my own, our own, beloved Self?

This is the fullness of knowing our own beloved Self.
To know the world is Self, but to experience Self as though a world.
To know the mind is Self, but to experience Self as though mind.
To know the body is Self, but to experience Self as though body.
To know the personality is Self, but to experience Self as though personality.

If you aren’t aligned with personality, body, mind and world, you aren’t aligned with Self. You still are Self, but you’re exercising the freedom to believe yourself as the ‘other’ of experience.

How do you know if you’re aligned?

First, take a step back.
Get to know the taste of the Self, and the flavours of the not-Self.
Then, and only then, these are your guides.

I, for example, know Self as a warm embrace, a flowing peace, and a rising tide of reliable energy. I know not-Self as agitation and turmoil. Let these be my guides.

The way I’m engaging with personality, body, mind and world, do I know this warm embrace, or do I know agitation? Another example: Someone destroyed a thing I felt strongly about. Did I feel sad? Sure. Did I feel agitated? No. I felt a rising tide of energy to move forward.

If you see something in the world, mind, body or personality and it comes with those flavours of not-Self, you’re not aligned. No matter how honourable your mission. If you see something and you know only the taste of the Self, you’re aligned. However simple your actions. It’s binary.

So.
Know Self – Awareness, Universal Mind, God, Void, I am.
Recognise not-Self – the ego, the separate self, the belief I am separate from grace.
Understand personality, body, mind and world and nothing more or less than that same Self.
Now, live it all. For this too is Self knowing Self.
Guided be your taste of Self and your flavours of not-Self.

TL;DR:
Self is love, joy, peace, sadness, anger, engagement, retreat.
Pure undiluted freedom.
(Not dependant upon sentiment, pleasure, calm, aggression, extroversion, introversion, or personal liberty.)

I made an acronym. KRUNG:
Know Self
Recognise not-Self
Understand all experience as Self
Now live it
Guided by the knowing, the recognition and the understanding.

Living as Self in the world that lives in us.
Maybe the impossible dream isn’t so impossible after all?

With Love,
Sara

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