words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

The Silence in Consciousness

Towards the Consciousness within….


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“We accept that we are, but we are not ready to accept that we are without anything—without
words, mind or body”.  … Swami Parmanandji Maharaj

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When attempting to understanding the concept or belief of our existence, we know the states of being awake, dreaming and deep sleep, but we may not be aware that our true Existence is independent of them. This is to say that our concept of existence and our actual Existence are two distinct things. At the base of all three states i.e. awake, dreaming and deep sleep is
the core foundation that alone makes their sense of being “real” possible.  That foundation or substratum in which they originate from is Consciousness. At first glance, this may be difficult to understand, but we can transcend the three
states and realize the limited self as pure Consciousness.

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Being without (the three states) means nothing but “I” exists. In truth, Consciousness Exist independently but we are not aware.

There is an interesting dichotomy that is at work here—how to understand that the three states are because of Me, but “I” am not because of the three states. At the core of this realization is the knowledge that my own Existence is free and not dependent on anything. The three states, our very existence, are transitory, only Consciousness is permanent.

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By the very construct (the power to direct consciousness) in which our life is governed—being awake producing action, going from thought to thought, dreaming, and falling into sleep, we live life—we have the sensation of being “alive”. By this very same construct or shall we say capacity, we can return to pure Consciousness.

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“If you remain continuously conscious, after some time the world will disappear and only pure Consciousness will remain”. … Swami Parmanandji Maharaj

What do you think? Do you question the knowledge of your existence (where does it come from), your purpose in life, what lies beyond what you see and feel? Does the awareness of your Consciousness play a role in knowing who you are and how you live your life? Please share.


6 responses

  1. wherever i go
    i go too
    and spoil everything

    August 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    • Thanks David, I love your quote with that little twist. Perhaps the universe is all within us.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:43 am

  2. Charleen Ballard

    As humans, we are consumed by day to day survival. Taking our consciousness seriously is taking on and taking in the purpose of our existence… I feel….I see…I hear, taste, endure, understand, love, laugh, cry, sigh….My feelings and my capacities to appreciate this world is proportionate to the well being of my body. There are days where either life or death is acceptable to me. If my body feels sick or weak, I don’t care about much else. I don’t care about this world….and giving up my time here would be the most natural and easy thing to do. If I feel well and strong…I imagine all the things I want to do and have and be…. I am so tied to my physical self….I’m like the beetle…the bird…the babe. I’m here as I am….and knowing this….my waking and strong days are relished and savored like the precious commodity they are…that time is…and is not.
    My consciousness lies in my heart….I breathe in and out through my heart sometimes….this steadies my nerves…brings my conscious awareness to what I feel…and thus who I am….I love your work Walter. You are a very thoughtful and….conscious man.

    August 24, 2011 at 1:51 am

    • Thanks Charleen, for taking the time to so profoundly express your thoughts. Your understanding of yourself is so intuitive and insightful. I am always happy to hear what you have to share about life and the struggles within. Thanks for being such an important part of my life and inspiration for my artistic expression.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:48 am

  3. There is magic in the silence… 🙂

    August 24, 2011 at 10:31 am

    • Hi Elizabeth, ahhh yes, such beauty and mystery when we turn inward towards the silence that is all pervading. It’s there that we discover ourselves indeed — and in the happy moments of life that surround that silence.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:51 am

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