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Entries in detachment (12)


Nothing to renounce

Notice any restlessness arising.  Something prevents you from seeing there is nothing you need.  Identify it and see its falseness.  Rather than ask, "what next?", simply recognize the presence of the witness.

Watch what happens as the focus in your life switches from what you are not doing to awareness on the presence or absence of things; situations, people.  Discover that on which you attach and create an identity.

In essence, there is nothing to renounce or to get emotional about, only the invitation to stop acquiring and attaching to what you are not.  This moment is an exercise in detaching from the unreal, in remembering, accepting and living true nature.  Stepping back is seeing lessons available right now.


Why the story loses its appeal

At some stage, the story and details you share to describe who you are no longer resonate. The drama, entertainment value and emotional triggers lose their appeal. You do nothing and watch elements of the identity you construct fall away of their own accord. The urge to offer credentials or opinions fades.  Listening replaces talking.

In essence, you systematically see through layers of your self-created illusions.  You recognize reasons for attachment and detachment, and outgrow certain ways of experiencing the world. You begin to realize it is part of life to feel and let go of all perceptions, not only those that evoke negativity, but also those that trigger positive and uplifing feelings.  Perceptions of lows and highs are all transitions guiding you home. What is natural unfolds through it all.  The mind has selective awareness.  The heart always knows what is meaningful.  As heart and mind are seen as one, be that.

"Renunciation is not getting rid of the things of this world, but accepting that they pass away." -Aitken Roshi


Illuminate the mind

Illuminate the mind.  Let go of beliefs.  Surrender completely to what remains.  Begin to realize you have more by detaching than from focusing on the need to acquire. As you shift focus from striving to do more and choose instead to do less, you change your life direction.  Your faith is strong and you no longer need proof. The logic of love expresses itself in selflessness. Being kind to others is a way to be kind to your true self.


Here you be

And so, here you be, discerning the vibration that has you convinced of a particular reality.  What stands out in the mind at this moment? How do you feel your way back to the essence of being beyond the stuff? Share a perspective of how you view things as they are.  Notice what you feel about detached observations.  Reflect on the influences that shape your sense of self.  You already transcend them. 


Beyond knowing

As a person detaches from the influence of the physical body and senses, lets go of doing, and moves beyond judging, that person may wonder what remains.  To release your grounding in time and space leaves you to feel as if objects and circumstances disappear.  To let go of assumptions, expectations and knowing, is to feel that even the knower ceases being.  Awareness reveals possibilities that defy words.