We, as independent captains of our lives, don’t exist.
That’s a pretty tough statement to digest if you take it seriously. But if you want to get to the heart of the problem of humanity, not to mention your own life, this is a thing that needs to be exposed and understood properly.
I’m not saying that the body-mind doesn’t exist as such. What I’m saying is that You as an independent, free-willing entity, living inside that body-mind, have never really been here at all.
See, the idea of ‘independent individuals’ exist solely as a conceptual construct, manifested through the process of thinking. And as both science and philosophy will tell you: there is no control of the process of thought. ‘Thinking’ doesn’t control itself. Nothing does. That’s what they will tell you: there is simply no one here doing all of this thinking. There is no ‘thinker‘.
And the same goes for the body. No one moves it. At best you could argue that thoughts go on to manifest as some of the body’s actions. But as we’ve just noted: no one is manning the thought-factory. Things like free will and choice simply doesn’t exist in reality.
This sheds light on something truly remarkable. The fact that all of this is happening. This life. This planet. This existence. That it’s all here, and unfolds with such creativity and coherence, without anyone being here, deciding to make it happen. It just happens. It just Is. Underneath the mental projection of language and conceptualisation, this present moment is literally one single, seamless, eternally unfolding ‘isness’, chosen by no one.
This is it. The understanding and realisation that would existentially liberate humanity if it was taken seriously and integrated into our perception of reality. The absence of any ‘independent subject self’. And the implicit recognition and acknowledgement of the untouchable intelligence and speechless beauty that is every single detail of this boundlessly creative universe.
If you’d just dare to let go of your ignorant beliefs, self-image and egoic agendas, to fully allow this ‘isness’ to do its thing. Just let yourself embody your natural, authentic expression of being – you’d be at peace.
I know this through trying to live this understanding. And I’m not bragging about an utopic scenario, but just talking about a simple, ordinary reality. About a way of life that is available to anyone who wants to play by the actual rules of the game.
Sure, it takes deep, sincere willingness to change your perspective to achieve it. A desire to free yourself from the ignorant beliefs and fears that obstruct the natural movement of your body and mind. And time. But the payoff is a sense of abiding lack of imprisonment. Increased sense of freedom, completeness and existential clarity. And a light at the end of the tunnel as far as egoic doubt and suffering goes.
To flow with the spontaneous currents of eternity as a felt integrated part of the whole, is impossible to describe with words. It is real magic. It is effortless manifestation of one’s truth. It’s simply: life.