July 9, 2016 9:14 AM
The less there is of you, the more there is of Good Luck
Then why doesn’t life always work out for the enlightened?
In the last post, I pointed out that enlightenment is when you lose your identity—when you no longer identify with anything. That’s a lot less than you were.
The common assumption is that when the identity is dropped, there is no longer a “you.” This assumption is further exacerbated by many nondual spiritual teachers saying silly things like, “There is no I.” I saw a video the other day of a woman saying just that—indeed, they were the first words out of her mouth, “There is no I.”
(In all fairness, after I first woke up, I believed this assumption too. This dream though, suggested my subconscious knew better.)
“There is no I.” If that were true, if you believed that, then you would have no problem with anyone sleeping with you. Anyone who wanted to have sex with your body, you’d say, “Okay.” With no I there can be no self-concern or self-interest. Your body would be no more important than a rock. You-with-no-I would just dispassionately watch while the act happens… like watching a bee land on a flower.
The Witness—enlightenment—does not play well with others. The Witness is wonderful for inner peace, but not so much for outer peace.
To play well with others, we need an I, what I call the Self Aspect. We may no longer have an identity, but we still have self-interest and self-concern and self-awareness. These traits are necessary to function in the manifest world.
Why doesn’t everything work out for the enlightened? Because if we are going to interact with people or plants or animals or stormy weather, then we need a Self.
It’s not no me, all Her.
It’s less me, more Her.
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