‘What is’ can be understood only when the ‘I’ can look without the image, without the word, without the symbol.
Then the mind meets the new with freshness. The feeling of greed which arises is new. The feeling is new but thought says, ‘That is greed’ – the word. The word establishes it in the past, and therefore I can’t do anything about it, only suppress it, fight it, sacrifice, and all the rest of it. But if the mind can look at that greed without the word, then the mind is a fresh mind. Then it can be with whatever arises.
~ J Krishnamurti
Words cast shadows on the truth. And the most powerful words continue to cast their towering shadows over centuries of mankind, shaping, influencing and imprisoning our entire human, cultural, psychological and especially spiritual, experience.
* To find the truth of it – that which casts those shadows, it may be useful to gently and lovingly turn around, look inside for the projector as it were, for the source of that light…what is it that is looking? We may be graced to glimpse our timeless self-nature.
* Grace can never be had for the wanting.
* In truth, grace is often found in not getting what we think we want.
* Indeed, real grace introduces us to our Self; to the actual and the factual nature of our source – our quiet being.
* Grace facilitates the instant seeing/letting-go of our conditioned and habitual suffering – the freight of our belief in words.
* Beliefs are like fish swimming around in our head; seeing/letting-go happens when we “catch and release” those limiting thoughts instantly, in the moment, lovingly, without judgement. Therein lies the key to leaving our habitually reactive prison. There’s an ending of becoming when one stops, looks, listens, and acts from a fresh ‘I” – appropriately, now.
In fine, in aware living, that’s what one is: grace in being. 🙂