We Are Already Enlightened!
There is nothing whatsoever which needs to or
can be done to improve our basic nature, which
is already complete openness, natural perfection
and absolute spontaneity. This is like the
sun itself which just shines.
This intrinsic positive quality is called basic goodness.
Every single being from bug to businessman possesses basic goodness
in full measure. Basic goodness cannot be destroyed or lost,
but it can be seemingly obscured by obsessive thinking.
When our awakened nature is not obscured,
our natural positive qualities manifest themselves
without any effort on our part.
Compassion, insight, wisdom, humor, joy and other
positive qualities bring spontaneous benefit to
oneself and everyone one has contact with.
It is possible to experience this everpresent
inherent wakefulness at any time and under
We are already buddhas. Our basic nature is
primordial wisdom, radiant emptiness, at peace, and totally free.
Why then do we all experience confusion, conflicting
emotions and suffering on such a regular basis?
Ego is the temporary confusion which can obscure
our experience of basic goodness. Ego makes
us feel separate, alienated, confused and is
the cause of suffering. Ego is based on
duality: awareness is in "here", space is out
"there", subject and object, I and other,
thinker and thought, me and mine, us and them.
Ego consists of a seemingly endless stream of
self centered conceptualizations.
This is the undercurrent of thoughts and running commentary
that we maintain, sometimes referred to as subconscious gossip
or "the noise in our head".
This stream of conceptualizations
keeps us from experiencing the raw freshness of
our awakened nature. We are distracted from
our own enlightenment, thought by thought,
moment by moment. This is like clouds obscuring the sun.
Subconscious gossip, the ongoing grip of our ego,
makes for a rather claustrophobic experience.
This claustrophobia is felt as a continuous
subtle suffering. Most of us are not
really aware of this dull ache. We think
of it as "me" and simply take it for granted.
Sometimes ego causes strong conflicting emotions
such as anger, fear, jealousy and other self
centered dramas. But what really grinds us down
hour by hour and day by day is the repetitive
predictability of our habitual thought loops.
We are sleep walking through our own life!
Are we stuck with our ego forever?
Since it requires effort to maintain our ego games,
ego is a temporary, fickle and insubstantial phenomena.
It is mind's magic trick on itself. Ego is the illusion
of duality based on a simple misunderstanding.
Our unchanging essential nature is egoless openness.
Non dual awareness has no "I" and no "other",
just a single inclusive experience. Our experience
is like an image reflected on the mirror of our mind.
Images appear but the mirror of basic awareness itself
remains unbiased and totally open to whatever appears.
Our basic nature is primordial
purity unstained by duality or confusion.
In order to become enlightened we need to loosen
the grip of our own ego. We *can* let go of our
obsessive fixations! With no ego obscuration, our basic goodness
shines forth unobstructedly like the sun in a cloudless sky.
The flip side of ego is enlightenment.
The spiritual path represents a conscious commitment
to abandon confusion and suffering by choosing to
connect with openness and basic goodness moment
The nice thing about the spiritual path is that it
is a gradual process which brings benefit and
is meaningful at every stage, from beginner
to full enlightenment. We can begin to feel
more open and alive starting right now.
The first step is to clearly identify the difference
between the ego state and the non-ego state in
the stream our own being. Once we clearly
see the contrast between ego and egolessness
we can choose between them.
How can we experience basic goodness?