If you’ve been exploring spiritual circles for any period of time, you may get a little tired of hearing words like “unity”, “enlightenment”, and “oneness”. Ideas like “awareness” and “existence”. Not to mention all the oft-used superlatives like “extraordinary” and “astonishing”. The list goes on and on. Pick the theme of most posts on this blog. (laughs)
In “Questioning the Common Phrase“, Takuin explores why he questions such terms. How a person may be well read and have mastered the concepts of being one. But how that must be questioned and cast aside for one to actually be it.
Thinking “I am One” has NOTHING to do with being it. As I’ve outlined elsewhere, true oneness is several states of consciousness removed from an ego-driven state. It cannot even be comprehended by the mind as it is transcends even the mind of God.
One of the things that can motivate a review is concept fatigue. We reach a point where we begin to see through the ideas and reject them. We begin to outgrow the teaching we have so carefully studied. If we don’t see that right away, that old seekers restlessness arises and we tire of what once inspired us.
At that point, some people will step off the quest. They’ll find it pointless and let it go. Perhaps take a sabbatical. Or seek a better teaching. A few turn quite negative about the whole thing. But some will catch the drift of where it’s going. That there is something deeper to spirituality than a bunch of ideas, however enticing a teacher or teaching is.
That’s when some real magic can happen. Not being held so much any more, our house of cards can really crumble. Inquiry can go very deep.
While words can point you in the direction of what is true, in the end all of us must see for ourselves. But we have to look without glasses.