Chris became surprisingly introspective. “I did examine myself,” he said. “Solitude did increase my perception. But here’s the tricky thing—when I applied my increased perception to myself, I lost my identity. With no audience, no one to perform for, I was just there. There was no need to define myself; I became irrelevant. The moon was the minute hand, the seasons the hour hand. I didn’t even have a name. I never felt lonely. To put it romantically: I was completely free.”

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Experiencing God

panatmansam:

How do you experience God? You cannot. In order to understand why you must understand the nature of experience. Experience is a combination of sense perceptions and thought. These are electrochemical responses within the brain. These experiences are NOT reality. They are holographic projections,…

I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.

Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck. Nobel Laureate in Physics (1931)

Realization is nothing new to be acquired.
It is already there, but obstructed by a screen of thoughts.
All our attempts are directed to lifting this screen and
then realization is revealed.

Ramana Maharshi (via oceanandwave)