In light of the season… Thanksgiving… I’ve been sitting calmly considering the following passages, within an overall feeling of gratefulness… in spite of a year of devastating pain and suffering for many near and far. Despite the idyllic image shown here, I sit under mostly leafless maples and gray sky after diving into the latest book by Richard Dixey. Here is a brief excerpt from: ’Searcher Reaches Land’s Limits,’ p. 422-4
“If we just rest in perfect stillness, then there is an increasing gap between thoughts that feels almost timeless. The view says that mind underlies all experience, like a ground upon which all experience rests. Because thoughts muddy everything, we tend to ignore the ground and get excited by all the associations triggered by the thought process. But when we develop calm meditation, gradually it all settles. Then we find ourselves in a state of knowing not knowing, which is full of qualities we can rely upon and rest within.
PAGE 190, PARAGRAPH 1, CONT’D: Clarity would expand infinitely, allowing understanding to take place. All-encompassing, with duality revealed as unity, mind would become singularity, with nothing ‘in-between’. ‘Revelations of Mind,’ by Tarthang Tulku
When the mind no longer grasps sense impressions as they appear, there is no time. All there is, is the manifestation of the sensation itself, and the mirror of the mind. A state of timeless openness occurs. This is something we can understand as we complete the view.
This is not to say that this mind knows nothing; we could say that this mind knows everything. This is the knowing of first impressions that never lie, the knowing at the beginning of every thought, experience or movement of mind, the immanent potential of all knowledge.
Normally this experience is fleeting because our reactiveness is so fast. Although it is difficult to rest in this experience, we have to learn to trust it and become familiar with it. We have to learn to inhabit this state. As we do so, it becomes more and more reliable, and we are able to rest there more stably. All kinds of insights then arise spontaneously, prescient and accurate. Experience becomes numinous. This is the field that opens to us once we rest in the timeless present prior to perception.”