False awakening, as alluded to above, would be performing a meditation which causes the thinking mind to be still, then afterward believing oneself enlightened based on such experience. To be dependent on a "technique" for inner peace is to be a slave to circumstances. To live free is to realize Truth through and through, not based on a particular experience, but here and now in the constant motion of living reality, in the totality of life hereinafter. So, one who experiences a "false awakening" not only possesses a conditioned mind, but actually believes the conditioned mind controls what is and will be.And what is 'false awakening'?
As Fenn appropriately points out, "The utterly conditioned body/mind will never successfully be free from vasanas, appetites, predispositions. "
Its the absence of judgment and expectation in outcomes that differentiates an "enlightened person" from one who simply believes oneself as such. Once one realizes one's true nature, a new approach/perspective to life becomes "possible". Seemingly, this perspective deepens through experience, as we "grow in Presence over time". With Self Realization then, its not necessarily about going beyond conditioning, at least not for the mind, but seeing conditioning as conditioning. Then you don't have to remain as the Silent Witness, you realize you are the Silent Witness, as you watch the particular destiny of mind-body play out in the divine theater of human experience. Relatively the body mind isnt going anywhere, just the vesting of identity in it.
Thank you for these words WW. As you previously stated in a separate post, "There is still wood to chop and water to carry". And thank you again James for starting this thread, as well as to all who have participated in it. I've been sitting around the last week waiting for things to happen. And every day seems to get "worse" than the next. I noticed yesterday I started to resist thought again, and my emotional body became very uneasy. Telling mind to "do nothing" in terms of Self Realization does not also apply to the human experience, at least not the totality of it. Rather, its about realizing on the level of Being and mind that the mind is nothing but a tool with a pile of conditioning. To realize Truth conditioned "beliefs" must go, but seemingly not the conditioning of the mind itself. I still find certain humans physically attractive and certain humans not so much, and thats exactly the same as its always been. No need to judge such things...The neo-advaita approach seems to lead to a life of denial. "There is no doer", "there is nothing to do", "things just happen", are common themes of this teaching. This seems to neuter volition and creativity, and gives license to negativity without review. Life is rich with opportunities, but without some perspective from an active living self, many possibilities for growth of consciousness go unfullfilled.
Yes, Ive heard this before, Ive said this before. I now understand this with mind. Seemingly this realization had already occurred through the emotional body, but I never quite thought it all the way through. I suppose this is the reason I was resisting thought recently. Muchas gracias. Some thoughts have come back, and Im ok with it again.We could say there is an appearance of a doer, until the time when there no longer appears to be one. The relative merging with the absolute.