September 18, 2015 8:51 AM
As I sat in a little local coffeehouse contemplating a route through eastern Oregon, I downloaded and played with Snapseed, an iPhone/iPad app for editing photos (see my first attempt above). One of my fantasies is to wander around the country like Jack Reacher with nothing but the clothes on my back and an iPhone or iPad in my pocket, but I couldn’t figure out how to make good qualities photos… until now. Hmm… I can see the possibilities.
Something to keep in mind about yesterday’s post on Eternal Loving Awareness (and the Map of Identity in general) is that once you gain access to the I, the Witness level or above, your identity isn’t about new roles or things, but about properties and values.
When you remove all the roles and things about you (ie: man, author, nomad, me-thoughts, emotions, past, hopes, dreams), what is left is a sort of unidentifiable “entity” (you) with some key properties: Aware (I, the Witness), Intimately Connected (I, the Mystic), Lovingly Surrendered (I, the Ascetic), or Eternal Loving Aware (I, the Eternal).
Since you don’t exist at any one level of the Map but are invested across various levels, you’ll experience these properties with various intensities.
So it’s not about trying to become Eternal Loving Awareness, but about “removing” (dis-identifying with) your roles and thoughts and things, and thus discovering what is revealed about you. In my case, what is revealed is Eternal, Loving and Aware, but your results may vary (depending on your identity investment). For example, if you are ready for the Witness level, what will be revealed is a sort of disembodied, “Aware me.”
How do you “remove” your roles and thoughts and other me-things? Personally, once I see them (recognize the self-contraction), I like to imagine grasping them by the scruff of their scrawny little necks, pulling them out of my head (kicking and screaming sometimes) and dropping them on the ground, where they vanish into what they really are: nothing.
What is left when there is no you? In my case, Eternal, Loving Awareness.
But your results may vary.
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