In the Middle of the Ultimate – venice class – Apr 2, 2015 th

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Erich: Philosophy means "the love of truth." Yoga means "yoke," union, unity. And so, the way we have been talking about it is that Yoga is the inquiry into truth.

Now, the big point I want to emphasize again — and, this is the big point because this is the big point I'm going through. And I would vote that if you are a teacher just keep talking about the stuff that you are on the leading edge with. It will be exciting for you. It will be exciting for everybody. I'm definitely in learning-mode about all of this. It's fun to be in learning-mode.

The huge insight is that we are not in a temporary world on the way to somewhere better. We are in the middle of The Ultimate. We are in the middle of Reality. There's no place else you could be!

Thinking that you are in a temporary world on the way to "somewhere better" puts you in a mindset of just putting up with the way things are, as though you're "doing time." Those are the perfect words. It feels like you're "doing time." Whereas, increasingly, the insight is that time is a... well, there isn't any! Time is a way of measuring the Eternal Now.

And so, as you manage to stay with your actual New Now experience, increasingly it will slam you over the head — more and more — that, wow, there is only the Eternal New Now in ever-new bubbling unfoldment, really.

You are not on the way to a better world. You are actually in the middle of the awesome Movement of Life already, thinking you're supposed to be somewhere else, or thinking that you're improving on the way to somewhere else. But, we're at Disneyland! We're in magical India. These are the stories I've used to explain this to myself. You're in the Promised Land, actually, and have been the whole time, thinking that you're somewhere else.

And so, the insight is, "Wow, you're in the middle of The Ultimate, only, really. There IS only The Ultimate, really." Therefore, in every new instant of consciousness that you find yourself in, be a little more attentive. Be a little more curious to see the "more" of what's got to be there. If this is The Ultimate being misperceived, then there's more to perceive clearly.

Therefore, catch yourself a lot. Be attentive to the New Now you find yourself in with a little more curiosity to see it as The Ultimate in awesome unfoldment, so that you're not just "doing time," but you are entering Timelessness — which doesn't mean the end of life. It means the beginning of the experience of Life, live, being alive, always and only.

Is this sort of making sense?

You are in the middle of The Ultimate. There's nowhere else you could be. Most of us are walking around just putting up with the way things are, thinking we're in a temporary world on the way to somewhere better. But, when you get there, you're going to have that same mindset. You'll want to get out of there, on the way to somewhere better.

You can do that for lifetimes. We've been doing it for lifetimes. But now, increasingly, the insight is, "Oh wow, there's only the Eternal New Now in ever-new expression, actually, only, always. Oh! Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!"

And so, you find yourself increasingly willing to be attentive to the New Now you are always in. This is called Waking Up.

With Love and Pranams,
From Erich


Freeform Playlist from class:
  1. Water Shows the Hidden Heart ~ Enya ~ Enya
  2. Comfortably Numb ~ Pink Floyd ~ The Wall (Disc 2)
  3. Lord's Prayer (Abwoon D'bashmaya) ~ Indiajiva ~ Sacred Ragas

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