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Most people don’t live in reality.
They live in their own self-created version of reality.
…an edited, diluted interpretation of real life that isn’t actually real.
It’s a really subtle thing.
They seem similar. But they’re completely different.
Problems. Thoughts. What ifs. Worries. Wants. Emotions. Feelings. Beliefs.
And they go.
But they’re not real.
They’re just stories that we create about real life to make ourselves feel special and to make ourselves the star in our story. Not the hero, the star.
And just like commentary, they only exist about what has happened in the past.
Stories that dance in and out of awareness. Each thought another elaborate step that grabs our attention as we get caught in the hypnotic show of it all – believing that it’s real.
But it’s just a show. A story. A dance.
It all looks great and holds our attention damn well, but it’s just a story.
Only existing when we think about them.
Never when we allow ourselves to simply be and live right now,
Only existing in memories and projections.
Existing everywhere but real life, everywhere but right now.
Betcha never had a problem right now unless you were thinking about it.
There are no problems right now.
All problems, thoughts, what ifs, worries, wants, emotions, feelings, beliefs… – all those things are a commentary about the past and what has happened or projections into the future based on the past.
None of it is what is happening right now.
…and it feels real. Sure. It feels very real sometimes. Scarily real even.
But only because we get caught up in the story.
We believe that it is real and that it’s us. But it’s not.
The actual content of reality and the situations we face – real reality without the subtitles and elaborate plots and stories we create about it – real reality is never a problem.
It’s not a problem that you’re a fat useless wimp who rubs peanut butter all over yourself in your trailer while fantasizing about re-runs of Desperate Housewives.
It’s not a problem that you don’t have as much money as you’d like or the lifestyle or car or body or mind or relationship or or or…
That’s not the problem.
The problem is how you feel about it.
And Real Life
So what then?
What does it mean?
None of that is what’s important.
Because it’s not real.
It’s not real life.
…and when you’re reacting to all those stories that dance in your awareness – when you engage the ‘problems’ and thoughts and… – when you engage them, your focus makes them seem real.
But in doing so, in engaging all those stories that dance into your awareness,
You ignore what is deeper than that.
You ignore what is always here and now and perfect and complete and problem-free and bliss-exploding-yum-undiluted-infinite-wow… you ignore real life.
The problems and thoughts and feelings – they all come and go, dancing in and out of awareness.
But real life.
The awareness on which the thoughts and feelings and problems all appear and dance
…it never changes.
It doesn’t need to.
It’s already perfect.
That awareness, the awareness that allows for all experiencing – that is real life.
And it doesn’t need any fixing or changing or effort or anything.
And it’s there.
All around you.
Consciousness and awareness itself.
The backdrop on which all experiencing happens.
It’s real life.
Realise that the contents of consciousness are all just experience.
What you are is that which allows for the experience. The experiencer.
That still calm perfect unlimited potential – the experiencer – that’s you; not the stories.
All it takes is being conscious of consciousness itself.
Become aware of the awareness on and in which the stories and thoughts dance.
That awareness never changes.
It’s real life.
It’s perfect as it is.
And you are it.
Updates from Alex: Yeah, yeah… I know I promised an article ages back but been waaay busy. This article is kinda a mashup of some ideas I’ve had and spoken about in the past that have really rounded out and become clear over the past while… so after my last article, I decided to take a technology vacation – two weeks without any blogging, twitter or hennything. Then boom, outta nowhere, I was back at university and I had a new girlfriend so ample distractions but back in the glorious swing so chchcheck back… big things and fresh goodies happening soon