I first met Bentinho at Thiruvanamalai and was deeply touched by his simple presence and what he was sharing (which I have shared in another blog entitled Free Awareness) My next meeting with him was in the US when I went to participate in a retreat. And he was sharing from a different place.
I love this piece I picked up from his Facebook page, ‘Beyond Experiencing’. Some of you will enjoy it. Though the invitation is to go beyond enjoyment .. or for that matter, any experience.
TERMINOLOGY CLASS 🙂 :
Renato Blue said: “Just for clarification purposes: would you please be so kind as to group and explain the following words/pointers and how they relate to each other and also which of them are synonyms: consciousness, awareness, presence, being, self, i am, emptiness, void, absolute, natural state, source, love, existence, reality, energy, vibration, frequency…thanks bro ♥”
CONSCIOUSNESS & AWARENESS:
Consciousness: I use this sometimes synonymously with awareness, but if we want to be specific and scientific, Consciousness refers to BEING AWARE OF something. In other words, consciousness is the subject observing objects/appearances/experiences. Consciousness is the experiencer of experiences.
Awareness is Pure inescapable Experiencing. It is already there whether you are conscious of it, or not.
Awareness refers to the unfindable obviousness of the fact that there is an impersonal knowingness of whatever IS right now.
Unlike consciousness, Awareness doesn’t have a reference point. It is without object, and as a result without subject too.
PRESENCE & BEING:
Presence = Being in relationship to appearances. In a sense, presence is Being outwardly, in relationship to a ‘world’.
Being can be with a sense of presence, or without. With a sense of presence, it is the I AM sense. Without a sense of presence or focus, it is Empty Being (not this, not that, simply indivisble, unified, ingraspable being.)
self, Self and Beyond Self (Void, Absolute, Source):
self with a small s, refers to the imagined self: the gross thinking mind. One’s image of oneself as an individual. The idea of ‘me’.
Self with a capital S, refers to that space or presence within which these thoughts of ‘me’ (self) arise, endure, and disappear. To become aware of the space between thoughts, or the space around focal points, is to realize the Self. That Aware-Space of Being.
When the Self gets clung to as a presence, it starts to grow thinner and thinner, more and more transparent. The illusion of Self, or Beingness, itself becomes unbelievable.
As a result, we start to realize that there is something beyond even Self/Presence/Consciousness/Beingness.
We realize: “If I can be aware of Self as that field of pure knowingness, that pure experiencing, that pure existence-presence, then that means I must be beyond it somehow…”
It is this realization that when marinated in, opens the back-door to the intuition that there is something beyond consciousness of any kind… there is something beyond Self. Self itself needs a source. What is its source?
This propels one, in a sense, through the Void, into the realization of Beyondness, or Infinity, or Pure Nothing-ness. It is beyond the field of experiencing.
Is the Absolute beyond Awareness? Yes. Awareness is still a tool to know the Universe. It’s the emptiest, subtlest appearance of creation, since its function is to be subtler than everything else that IS/exists/appears. Otherwise it could not know ‘all-that-is’.
Awareness, although impossible to describe adequately in a scientific way, in a sense, it is the friction that the bubble of existence/presence creates as it floats through no-thing-ness/infinity. The ‘friction’ created by the difference or contrast between no-thingness(Beyondness/Absolute) and every-thingness (presence/beingness), is what we know as awareness. It is the invisible, unmanifest bridge of mysterious ‘knowing’ between All-That-Is, and All-That-Is-NOT (Nothing-ness/Beyondness/Absolute).
In a faulty sense, one could say that Beyondness or Source or The Absolute, is AWARE OF Beingness/Presence/Everythingness/All-That-Is.
Without ‘All-That-Is (Presence/Experiencing)’ the Absolute would not be Aware, for there would be nothing to be aware of. In that sense, even Awareness depends on an object, albeit the object that Awareness depends on being ‘All-That-Is’ and no longer just a localized or definable object.
In a sense, Consciousness is the observer or subject of all apparent objects WITHIN creation or within ‘all-that-is,’ while Pure Awareness is the observer or subject of Creation ITSELF; of ‘all-that-is’ ITSELF.
As such, Awareness (which again remember, is only the effect of the absolute and the relative rubbing off against each other, creating a contrast-effect we call Awareness, much like a rainbow is the effect of rain and sunlight, and can never be found in and of itself, as an existing substance with a defined location or presence) will always be there in any form of experiencing.
The Absolute, or Beyondness, is that which remains when the entire universe and ‘All-That-Is’ disappears. As such, although Awareness and Beingness appear timeless to us, in the face of the Absolute, Awareness is temporary and only the Absolute is truly WITHOUT time. That which is not present, cannot have time, for it never began. All that is present, in however subtle a way, IS to some extend, time itself.
Ask yourself this: “What remains when the whole universe disappears? What is there at the end of all creation, of all knowledge, of all experiencing?” – Stay in that gap of no-consciousness and you will start to intuit the truly timeless, spaceless infinite absence which is the Source of ‘All-That-Is’.
The Natural State would refer to just being at ease as effortless awareness. Non-grasping openness of Empty Being/Awareness.
Love is the basis of ‘All-That-Is’, as such, it IS ‘All-That-Is.’
It is the very first, and ONLY expression of the Absolute. It is Oneness. It is the substratum of all that is.
Love is synonymous with Presence, Beingness, Being, Existence, AMness, IS-ness, Primordial Energy, Consciousness (sometimes, depending on use).
Reality I sometimes use to refer to ‘All-That-Is’, and sometimes I use it to refer to the Absolute/Beyondness. But this is rare. usually when i say reality, I mean ‘All That Is’.
VIBRATION & FREQUENCY:
This is a bit of a relative term, as it differs upon use and per individual. What I mean when I say “Snap out of world-consciousness and back into your natural frequency”, in a sense I am suggesting the same as “Recognize that effortless spacious lightness… that vibrant aliveness. And as such, I am basically talking about Beingness or Presence.
However, Frequency of Vibration I also use to point to the individual’s core vibration. That frequency or vibration which is of the individual soul’s highest individual self, so to speak. One’s Light body you could say.
Since individuality is, in absolute terms, illusory, the terms Frequency and Vibration apply only to teaching and living Relative Freedom. Which is, nevertheless, very supporting and relatively relevant :-).
Our core frequency or vibration is the very heart of our individuality as a spirit, as an individualized portion of here-and-now Consciousness.
When we maintain an awareness of this light-hearted light-body or frequency, and discard thoughts of ‘a world out there’ that make us feel heavy and ‘down’, we remain centered in our light-body’ and are not dragged down by our Mental and Emotional and Physical bodies. All four are in a sense present while incarnate in third-density reality (planet earth and human beings for example).
The key to heaven on earth, is to remain as this light-frequency when we are in relationship with what appears to be ‘the world’. To not collapse into lower vibrations such as concerns and beliefs that we picked up from our parents and society. We quite literally lighten up the world if we remain true to our natural frequency…
This is also the way to attract to oneself that reality which is representative of one’s truest, highest frequency as an individual (this core frequency is slightly, or grossly different for every individual). One’s core frequency is one’s preferred ‘state’ within the realm of experience-land to be centered in throughout the day, for it enables reality to become very malleable and reflective of one’s true core frequency. The core frequency is the ideal state of one’s purpose here as an incarnate entity. It gives off and attracts exactly what it intended to give off and attract to the illusory world it projected itself into (incarnation).
It is only our beliefs that keeps this natural light from upping the frequency of all that one meets.