“The Buddha is you, listening to me, right now before my eyes.”
The Buddha is a symbol that represents the source of all and everything. Call it consciousness… call it life… it is the substratum… the ground of being… the very nature of what is and what is not. All and everything is the embodiment of one consciousness… one life. It is you… it is me… it is all.
In this truthful understanding… as Rinzai says… you are consciousness listening to me right now… and it is me sharing with you in this moment. Let’s bring our focused awareness to this truthful experience right here and right now. Be aware of yourself as consciousness… as the life energy that empowers you and makes all your experience possible. Simultaneously be aware that I am the same consciousness… the same life energy. In life… in consciousness… we are one.
And what is our experience when we are holistically aware? It is joy… the innate contentment of life… because joy is the very nature of life. Not only are we aware that we are consciousness… but we experience that we are blissful consciousness… and so is all and everything. There is only one… one blissful consciousness.
This week… endeavor to live with focused holistic awareness. Experience the oneness of life… or consciousness… and be blissful… happy for no reason.
Such is but the experience of true holistic reality.