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You can stop now. Stop trying to figure it out. Stop trying to get enlightened. Stop concentrating. Stop investigating. Stop meditating. Stop trying to stop.
Be as you are.
Your true nature is not "you." Neither is it other than you. It is not the "Witness." It's not your True Self, or a Big Self that subsumes your small self. Your true nature is the true nature of everything. You don't have to do anything to be it; nothing you could do would make you other than it. You can't mess it up or tarnish or stain it. You've never been apart from it. In order to recognize it, you have only to stop adding "yourself" to it. To even refer to this most fundamental of realities as "it" or to call it anything at all is to risk reducing it to a concept and thereby missing it.
Nothing you can do will lead to this. Nothing you can do or not do will lead you away from this. No amount of meditative attainment or achievement will get you any closer or any further away. The very act of doing or intending anything is something you are adding to this moment; when you are actively doing something, even something so seemingly innocuous as investigating your experience, you are "compounding" or adding something extra to your experience. Surrender now.
May you be happy.
I would highly recommend this and really any of Joey Lotts books to everyone following any gradual path or finding themselves a little lost in the cultural trappings of the Eastern teachings. I am not saying to give up any of your practices if they seem to help or make you happy but these books can certainly clarify and point very directly to the very thing you may be looking for, especially when you learn there is no need to search as it is really all there is.
One thing that I tie this in with is a Radiolab program which connects thinking with having a language. Without language thinking is not anything like we normally experience (at least that seemed to be the gist of the story). Also in meditation there is some relief from thinking. I'm really curious to understand this better. But Joey does not discuss thinking but instead suggests looking intently at what we take for granted - that which comes before thinking - not just the story.
It's also much fun and quite helpful to hear tales from Joey's crazy life story, which this reader took in the spirit of teaching that even a roller-coaster train-wreck of a life has no negative value once the Truth is seen.
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