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Reflection 27

Welcome!


Face to No-face


I’m talking with a friend. I see her face there and see I have no face here. I am capacity for her.

As we speak with each other I feel the sensations of my face but they have no colour and are not inside a ‘face’ here, not inside anything here. Or, to put it another way, these sensations are inside consciousness, just like my friend’s face is here in my consciousness, no distance away. I am empty for my friend, for the sensations of my own body, for my thoughts and feelings, for the sound of my voice and her voice, here in the one silence, in the one faceless, nameless space…

Looking down I see her body and my body. There we are two. At the same time I’m aware I’m looking at our two bodies from my Single Eye – from this one indivisible consciousness that includes and is capacity for both of us. There we are two, here we are one.

What a tremendous fact! Others are within your consciousness! There is no distance separating them from your being!

This fact alone, if attended to, if taken seriously, if embraced and lived, would revolutionize our lives.

Yes, I see that my body is separate from yours, my life is distinct from yours, my feelings are mine and not yours… There we are many. But my consciousness not only includes my life, it includes yours too. Here in this consciousness we are one. Here I am you, forever and ever…

Attend to this astonishing fact and see how it affects the way you are with others.

“We are built to die for each other, to disappear in each other’s favour. We are built for loving.” (Face to No-Face, by Douglas Harding, edited by David Lang.)

Warm regards,
from the One that is both different from you and is you! The One that dies for you!


‘I AM’ itself is God. The seeking itself is God. In seeking you discover that you are neither body nor mind, but the love of the self in you for the self in all. The two are one. The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity, and that is love. (Nisargadatta)

Love is not a need. To love is a feeling of being in totality with anything. To see things as they are is the only thing. Nothing more. If we see everything as it is, what else is there? (Dhiravamsa)

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