When you let the expansion of ‘I Am’ continue, then at a given moment there is nothing more to say.
January 13, 2010

Advaita Post, Volume 11 No 1

Where’s the snowman? Where’s the image of yourself, the image of the teacher, the image of others?


One of the last words is Goodness

referring to the loving embrace

and acceptance as yourself.

It is being space without resistance,

letting everything enter,

just being open.

Everything that enters will be illumined,

others become open in

Goodness as Nothing.


Text Satsang

From a talk in Gouda on August 30, 2009

Expansion, worry and indifference

Everyone has the capacity to be aware of themselves in the situation in which they find themselves. Let it happen now. You see yourself sitting. With this reflection you become aware not only of the situation, but also of yourself in the greater space of consciousness. And that is the prerequisite ground on which the process of expansion can continue. Your conscious viewpoint is once again a situation in which you become aware of yourself. It’s directly within your own self awareness: becoming spacious. Experience-wise it’s very simple, when you go along with it. You become aware of the relaxation, the silence, the expansion while also continuing to be aware of yourself. The relaxation continues, the release continues, the space continues, but there is always the greater space of your own being-awareness. That is the condition or the motor by which the process of expansion continues. It just goes on.

Take a look and see where it goes. Your horizon becomes increasingly expansive, more spacious, until at a certain point you find that there is an infinite cosmic space. Then you immediately confirm it: apparently my own awareness-being is infinite. This is a very simple observation.

Now, when that is clear, it means that no individual limited situation can hold you, in the sense of containment. No, because you yourself are infinity. Can that free-being be enclosed by anything any longer? You are free!

Every situation is finite. You yourself are more than that finitude. So you are not subject to anything that is finite. When you go along with that, then it’s clear. So simple: it’s as plain as day.

Is it wise to be indifferent towards limited things? Yesterday there was a fogginess and indifference.
Continue to take a look again and again: apparently this is my current situation now, with this mood and that feeling. This is a given and you have to accept it. Only then, once again, you pose the question: how is it with me? Oh yes, space; there is a space which is greater than the sphere of feelings and moods, including that of indifference. That means expansion in a vertical sense.

On a personal level you start thinking: there should be something other than indifference. I must do something about it. But no, this isn’t about making a change on the horizontal plane. Just let it stay open. Just take everything as it is. And then it seems that through the presence of space everything organizes itself, flowing on in the best way possible.

You don’t really need to concern yourself with all the psychological states – not with the feeling states, not with the mental states – exactly not. When you come to yourself, you see: everything resolves itself automatically. That’s just great. You don’t have to bother about it!

For example, the body takes care of itself. If it’s cold, then it puts on clothes. If there’s hunger then it finds food. If there’s a need for a chat, then a chat comes. Don’t worry about it! You remain in yourself, in your original state.

Take a look at the ‘normal’ state. It contains so much worry – concern and worry. There’s always the thought: first this, because otherwise … This happens because thinking is ego-centered, the me-import is the most common basis for the feelings and motivations of actions.

But you see how much worry limits your own self-being. The more you worry, the more you limit yourself. The less worry there is the more freedom and joy. Totally no worries … See how simple it is. And precisely because there is no ‘I’-worry, there is an openness for all and everything.

Others are concerned about the fact that I don’t worry any more. How should I handle this?
Now you are worried again, about others who maybe have worries because you have no worries. And then you think that you should do something about it. Do you see the complexity? Keep it simple. You can be sure that that’s also best for the others.

You have returned to an interpretation on a personal level. If a person has indifference, then what do you have? An indifferent person. I’m not talking about things on that level. It’s about becoming aware of yourself as a free-being. This means that there is non-duality, also that you are everything and everyone. From there, everything will develop in a good way.

When someone says: just let everything blow away, then others will be concerned. But if they find that something else is going on and that everything appears to flow in an effortlessly open way, then it’s a very different situation. You are the other, too, precisely in the non-duality. What happens then in the world will truly be the best thing possible, because there is no self-interest any more.

You can think about it up to a certain extent so then it’s logical, too. The less people are stuck in their own self-interest, the better. That’s quite logical. Thus, so far you understand it on a mental level. But don’t stay in the mind, it’s about realizing it.

If just once you have the being-experience of freedom, then you see very clearly how the contractions and identification of the person and the body is a plague on the whole situation, for yourself and also for others. Always this cramping, that suffering … and then you see that it’s totally unnecessary. It’s absurd. It’s masochistic.

If I notice that my contraction creates pain for someone else, then isn’t it good to investigate the contraction itself rather than directly becoming spacious?
If you do that as a person, then you investigate in a psychological way. But then does the fundamental contraction change from which the difficult situation between yourself and the other arises? No, because you are still a person with contractions. At best you get a little more insight into the conditions. But the fundamental problem is not resolved.

There is only one solution: letting go on the level on which the issue arises. The core of the problem is duality, the ‘I’ in contrast to the other, of which the ‘I’ is afraid. When the duality is resolved, it takes the sting out of it and then the contraction dissolves by itself.

So keep it simple from the start. When you say: first this should happen and then that should happen, then you’re not ready yet….

No, see the simplicity directly: I return to myself in relaxation, silence and opening. Just let it continue. Even though there are still failures now and then, it doesn’t matter, when you just let the expansion of the ‘I-am’ continue. At a certain point there is nothing left to say…