What is the body, mind, soul and self?

What is the body, mind, soul and self?

When seeking answers to questions like, “What is the body?”, “What is the mind?”, “What is the soul?” and how it this different to the non-dual self? it can be confusing.

Here are some non-dual insights to assist.

BODY

What is body?

What is this small universe that I see in the mirror?

Be free of the false body identity.

Oh how I love this colony of life forms. All dancing, dying and living as a small universe of life. Body, I’m sorry that I thought you were mine.

I’m sorry that I cried over your shape and your struggle to exist.

I’m sorry that I took you so personally, hated you, adorned you, and used you to hunt for approval.
I’m sorry I saw you as a separate thing. A fragile thing. A broken thing. An ugly thing. An object to perfect, to possess. I’m sorry. But I carry no guilt, for I know that you and my soul were born for each other. I’m so glad you met and fell in love.

Thank you for serving me in this expression of life. To have the privilege of bleeding, birthing, bathing and being in the world that is in me.

Thank you for your innocence. For working tirelessly to exist in this cosmic dance of life.

Body, you belong to life. 

I know you now and always as the play of life, appearing in my delight and discovery. I know you as the formless, the same as the one true self.

I thought you were solid, a burden, a prison, and now I cannot find the edge of you, I only find you as love, and I recognize that love as me.

You are a miracle, no less than the stars and the cosmos that birthed you.

MIND

What is mind?
What is this hall of mirrors that become windows?

Be free of the false identity of mind.

Mind, how we have played you and I?

Games of lost and found. Games of magician and audience.

Hello old friend. How I have enjoyed your movies of madness, your songs of seeking and your photo albums of so many lifetimes.

I see now that you exist to hold this figment of my imagination into focus. So that I might be entertained by the virtual projections of light and dark that you label as life.

I cannot find that you are anywhere but inside of me, a whisper, a ghost of echoes of past and dreams of tomorrow. You were my great trickster teacher, in all your ancient glory as the move maker of god.

I find you now, as you truly are. And see your innocence also.

Your function is woven into the very fabric of the cosmic dance of life. For it to dance, you exist.

Your tapestry of illusion had my soul intoxicated for eons. It’s been a ride. A magic carpet ride. To have believed you, was to believe in your story weaving, spell of dreams.

The nightmares were the price of the fairytales. I see how you always take the form of two, you are duality itself.

You never dance only in the light, but always in its shadow also. This is the nature of you. Your function. To give each up a down. And each in an out. The maze builder, wall builder, master illusionist. Mind. 

Oh my trickster software mind, my personalized search engine and operating system, made from the ancient coding, by god, the holy code master.

I’ve enjoyed seeing you upgraded, enhanced and have loved your translation function. Thank you for helping bring to this form, the formless truth.

Though your limitations have been challenging, and your spell intoxicating, now you are a gift. Illuminated by the code of truth, you no longer have the power to crucify my heart.

Your veiling and projecting is dazzling, but I see through you now and am not held captive by you.

Like a window that was muddy, you were cleaned by grace.

I first thought that you held me captive, but then found that you could not contain or touch me. Now you play your movies and I see them, but I have fallen in love with reality and movies just aren’t that interesting anymore. It’s been a ride.

SOUL

What is soul?
What is this traveler who came to kiss my cheek and illuminate my mind with liberating truth?

Look into the mirror of the soul and see through soul eyes, then realise you are even free of this seeing.

Soul, I gave you many names. You were my mysterious invisible friend, when my young child heart broke a thousand times under the weight of ignorance.

You came to show me that I was not flesh. That I could not die. That the mystery and magic were real.

You showed me that I was not in a prison of mind or skin, that I was something free. Free to know any place, and space and time. That with your help I could tune in to the songs of all life, that distance, time and space were not my master.

Dear friend, beloved, sat guru, all truth, all gifts have been yours to give. My love for you is matched only by my gratitude.

Thank you for enduring countless body deaths, that you might ripen to be able to open like a soul flower to the sunlight of the source.

Thank you for being the clear, luminous mirror that like the moon reflects the sunlight, you cast your presence over this body mind and helped me find my way in the darkest of nights.

My heart still weeps at the thought of what a treasure you are. Thank god for this soul, for its beauty, its intimate radiant silent friendship.

Oh traveler, eternal wander, what jewels of knowledge you have gathered in your quests. How you have endured the pain of breaking gods laws of dharma to then ripen in the karmic chains and sting of life’s whiplash.

I see now that you are the nearest to me as formlessness. A miracle gift of life, to make sure that we’d never get lost for long, in this play of creation.

My body-mind saw through your eyes and knew home.

You showed me that it was possible to tune in to all songs of life, and to harvest knowledge from any time, any place, any space.

You were leading me on the path to the greatest of all treasures. To know that I am the knower of knowledge, and you are the knowledge bearer and mirror to the self.

May you find rest now, having being born of god to travel the universe and live countless births and deaths, to become the clear radiant mirror of the self.

Loved soul, beloved, this life is yours. As you are the custodian of gods will, now purified by truth, untainted by personal ignorant pacman longing.

Bless you and all who come to know you.

May all who seek truth find the same blessings.

 

SELF

What is the self?

What is this awake awareness?

Be free of the false body identity.

Self, every word I type to describe you, is both a betrayal and a hymn of love.

For no words can hold you, or do you justice.

The artist of my soul paints these words as a hymn of love. And also sings a song of apology, for the words can only represent and echo in form, of what is always formless appearing as (but not limited to) form.

May these words, these artworks and all expressions of this life, be in service to this truth, this living reality of the non-dual self.

Mind cannot resolve the paradox of the true self. I can only know this self that I am. Only I can know I am. 

Reader you and I share the same I, the same awareness. There is only awareness as the self.

Life is in me, but I am not in life. 

Thoughts are in me, I am not in thoughts. Body is in my, I am not in the body. Soul is in my, I am not in my soul. I am awareness. Body is not aware, only awareness is aware. Thoughts are not aware, only awareness is aware. Even soul is not aware, only awareness is aware. Awareness is non-dual, not two. 

Be careful not to believe that the self “creates” objects, it doesn’t. God in non-dual awareness creates the appearance of life, but not the substance, for indeed they have no solidity of their own. For all objects of creation, from the subtle objects of the mind and dreams, to the objects of the world, body, planet, cosmos, all only appear to be separate objects. So I cannot claim to have created something that is none other that what I am. I did not create me. I exist.

Objects appear in me, but I am not limited by objects or by their limitations. Their apparent forms, and apparent boundaries of separateness, are only that – apparent.

When the mind and soul has this knowledge this is enlightenment. Enlightened knowledge allows the mind and soul to access the miraculous experience of life.

I cannot find anything that I am not.

My body sits on a large boulder. My hand touches the rock beneath me and the rock touches me. In that apparent moment, the object and observer arise together. And I as the self am the fabric of both.

The rock and the experiencer of the rock are not two, they appear as two, but they are one in me, the absolute self, which is experienced by the body mind as peace, love, timelessness, and transcendence (though there is nothing to transcend).

The heart and mind register that I love myself as the rock and the human hand and that they are the same.

Awareness. Nondual, timeless awake presence of being. These words are the pointers to the self that you are.

These words are what point you to that same that I am.

How to use your intuition to search for spiritual truth

How to use your intuition to search for spiritual truth

Learn how to TUNE-IN intuitively to the truth that sets us free

Are you aware of the fact, that attention determines what we are tuned into?

Our nervous system responds to everything our attention is on. This determines the way our body and mind feels.

You might be familiar with how this works when using one of your 5 senses, but what if I told you that tuning in goes much further than the five physical senses.

Intuition, when used in a specific way, can become an essential tool, supporting non-dual self-realisation and enlightenment.

If I paint something on a canvas, I might focus so much on the objects that I’ve painted, that I forget about the canvas.

We use our intuition every day, mostly unconsciously, to tune in to the objects of awareness.  We miss awareness—which is like the canvas for the painting.

Tune in to the true self

Instead of using intuition to tune into objects, I recommend learning to tune into the self.  This can be tricky though, because the mind will likely try to direct your attention to yet another object, which it might again label as the “self”.

In fact, the very searching for the Self, indicates that you are looking for the self as an object in awareness, and have not yet understood that you are not an object and cannot be found as one.

Objects include thoughts, feelings, people, places, colours, sounds, sensory experiences, in summary, anything you can be aware of is an object—of your experience. Anything you can be aware of is an object of awareness.

We make the mistake of thinking and believing that what we are, is a separate object. All the while, we are pure awareness. All objects arise in awareness—from awareness and as awareness. The painting needs the canvas, the canvas does not need the painting.

Intuition can be a helpful ally, a skill used to explore the subtle seeing that is required to discern subject from object.

Because the mind is an object of and in awareness—it is impossible to use the mind to locate the self.

It’s like asking the words on a computer screen to tell you who you are. Asking your thoughts to tell you about you as awareness, is futile and frustrating.

Here are some of the key teachings that I offer my students with regards to developing their intuition for non-dual enlightenment.

 

#1 Turning our attention inwards

It can be helpful to begin by turning our attention away from the objects of the seemingly external world, of people and places and things, towards the apparent internal world, of feelings thoughts and the sense of “I”.

It is habit and interest that keeps attention fixed on apparently external objects.

Also, ignorance plays a role, many simply don’t know that there is more than objects. So because attention is fixed on apparently external objects, we tune-in intuitively, almost exclusively to objects—until we don’t.

 

#2 The Universe as a knowledge library 

Think of the Universe as a knowledge library.

All objects are like songs, playing their knowledge to the universe. 

This knowledge is not written in a human language. It is translated by the surface mind into human language.

This ‘knowledge’ is the very fabric of the object itself. You could say that all objects are made of knowledge—and are only knowledge.

When we focus attention on an object, we have access to the object which is a form of knowledge. We have access to its physical surface knowledge, which we see hear touch and taste. And whether we know it consciously or not, we have access to subtle knowledge, intuitive knowledge, the knowledge of the beingness of the object.

When we are tuned in intuitively, the song of the object plays inside of our nervous system—body and mind.

This is how we can feel what others are feeling—regardless of where they are or when they are.

Intuition proves to anyone willing to experiment, that what we are is unlimited. Intuition proves that there’s something inside of us that can reach beyond the boundaries and barriers of the physical body. 

It’s difficult to sustain the false belief of being a separate self, when you’ve proven to yourself that you can tune in intuitively to anything—anywhere—regardless of space and time.  

I’ve spent most of my life testing my intuition,  pushing its limits. So I know that it’s possible to tune in to anything, anywhere, anytime and gather accurate knowledge.

Because of this validation, I came to realize that the reason that this is made possible, is because what I am and what you are, is not separate—not limited. The non-dual self is unlimited. 

Sensations in my left hand, cannot be known to my right hand. They can only both be known to me because both hands are songs of knowledge in me.

You can place attention on a tree and know the song of the tree. But most people are tuned in to their minds and miss the tree. 

#3 Attention and Intention are functions in awareness

Attention is a function that arises in awareness.  Its job is to focus on the knowledge of objects so that we can harvest this knowledge. 

  • Intention (not desire), is a function that arises in awareness, it is the shepherd of attention, the conductor. It guides attention to the objects that we are interested in.
  • Intention is silent. It is like a quiet decision. It is not limited to the physical barriers that the body and the mind are subject to you.
  • Attention is silent. Guided by silent intention it can tune-in to any object, regardless of the barriers of space and time. Attention is not limited to the physical limitations of the body and personalized mind.

This can be tested and validated in ordinary experience. Therefore intention and attention belong to something that is unlimited.

Attention and Intention are still subtle objects in awareness because you as awareness are aware of them. 

#4 Most people don’t know that they are tuning in 

Most are not aware of attention and intention, most are not aware that they are tuning in to the object of awareness—harvesting knowledge.

To become conscious, we must develop intuition in a particular way, so that we can directly access the truth of the non-dual unlimited self.

You must be something unlimited if you are capable of accessing knowledge that is beyond the limitations of your physical body and mind. If you were truly separate—locked into the limited body and mind—it would be impossible to access information outside of your physical boundaries.

But every day, people intuit things that are beyond their physical boundaries. They feel and sense much more than what their 5 senses can access. 

 

#5 How to use your intuition to access the non-dual true self

Once you’re able to use your intuition, to guide your attention with intention, to consciously tune in to the knowledge of objects—you can now use your intuition to help you to find and explore the ground of your being. To do this it is necessary to rest attention in its source—which is you as pure awareness.

  • Attention rises in awareness to tune-in to the objects of awareness. Awareness uses attention and intention to know the world.
  • Awareness uses attention and intention to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge, to partake of the physical universe.   

After their journey of eating of the tree of knowledge, eating the objects of apparent duality, attention and intention are called home.

Now, instead of the mind-body only tuning into the songs of objects, mind-body can tune into the song of the non-dual self.

When the song of the non-dual self, plays through the nervous system, it is a song of Peace Love and Joy. Of Sat-Chit-Ananda. A Sanskrit phrase for the non-dual self.

In this way, intuition can be used to find the true self, to realize ones non-dual reality, embody this in the nervous system—to live this.

Closing Message

I’m aware that this work can feel complex and even confusing at first. If this interests you, then please be patient with your mind, work with one idea at a time, tune-in to it, experiment with it. 

I am forever grateful that life gave me clear intuitive skills and a highly discerning mind.  Intuitive skills revealed that there was indeed more to life than what met the eye. A discerning mind pushed, tested and drove my intense hunger to find the truth.

Like the river finding the ocean, intuition led me home. I’m very happy to assist others who seek the same. 

Colleen-Joy 

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