When you wake up, you will find that this whole world above and below is nothing more than a regarding of oneself…….. Hakuin...zen master
A new teaching that speaks to our heart, can take days, weeks, months, even years to ponder and question and meditate upon. What feels so true seems to remain a mystery. The new thought may tantalize us, linger around the edges of our meditations, and yet be too much of a maze for us to navigate with our present understanding. Rilke tells us to keep the questions alive even if we do not understand them….live the questions…... As we keep the question alive, we expand our awareness. Our expanded awareness awakens us to other books, movies, teachers, and quotes that help to bring more clarity to our understanding.
When I first saw the Hakuin quote it spoke to my love of Oneness. As I follow my understanding of this quote, and the mystery it speaks to; I can only go so far before I am lost in my inability to fully digest and own the thought. The mystery is within the last line of the quote; *a regarding of oneself*. Is Hakuin saying that no matter what we are doing, or saying, or in what manner we are interacting; is he saying it is all a regarding of oneself? Is everything me? Is everything you? Logically we can say it; but how can that be? All the masters agree with Hakuin. Sri Aurobindo says: “self-knowledge; our human realization of the divine is the self in us becoming all existences”. Self is all existences!? Barry Goldstein in his music depicting his own aha moment tells us: “through the eyes of God, I have learned to see, that I am everything and everything is me.” This is indeed the mystery of mysteries. One we must one day experience to fully contain.
Every small aha moment is an awakening to the truth of us. As we awaken more and more to knowing ourselves, we awaken more and more to the state of being known as the God state. In her book , “dying to be me”, Anita Moorjani speaks of the incredible moment in her near death experience when she wondered where all the information she was becoming aware of was coming from…. Was it from God? Was it from Krishna? Was it from the Buddha? Was it from Jesus? And then…...in the most wonderful of aha moments….. she realized that God is not a being...God is a state of mind! This God state is our natural state. This state of being, when we do awaken to it, is to …..know thyself*.
We do not attract situations; we create them!!. May we all create a year of many aha moments! And may each moment bring us more awake to the God state ..
Know thyself! Namaste’ emmy chetkin
Founding Member & Trustee
Church of the Living Spirit