Have you ever felt something like "You need to change for me to feel okay" or "There is something wrong with me/others/life and until it's fixed I can't be at peace."
These kind of feelings and beliefs can all be boiled down to: "I am right that lack is real - either in reference to me, you or life." And, at a certain level, this feeling of discontent feels good. When we are very honest we can get in touch with how good it feels to stick with the 'I am right that something is wrong' level of conditioning.
Getting in touch with the perceived pay-offs of conditioning is very helpful in seeing the way out.
If there’s nothing to be done to become what we already are – is there anything to be done to realize what we already are?
Just as we don't have to add anything to what we are to be what we are - we don't have to add anything to what we are doing to realize what we are.
Realizing what we are is more of an undoing or a relaxing out of misperceiving what we think we are. When we 'perceive' Life directly rather than filtered through programming our true Self comes into focus.
An audio interview about how the sense of lack does not feel natural
and how the sense of Wholeness does:
(Interview begins three and a half minutes in)
The Way We Look Out Of These Eyes Is Key
St. Francis said, ‘What we are looking for is already where we are looking from’
When we look and judge what we’re aware of
We obscure the sensing of that which is aware.
And when we look and are open to all that we’re aware of
We sense the true nature of that which is aware.
And when we see that that contrast is always pointing us to the wholeness we already are then clear discrimination between what is true and what is false unfolds. Thankfully, Truth has a fully consistent sense to it – as does the false. And we all, at some level, intuitively know the difference.
When we come to fully trust the sense of peace as our true sense of self then all contrast is seen as a help.
There is a very distinct feel to our true nature
which initially helps orientate us
until all need for orientation falls away.
It is all very simple. Instead of seeing things imagined, learn to see them as they are. When you can see everything as it is, you will also see yourself as you are. It is like cleansing a mirror. The same mirror that shows you the world as it is, will also show you your own face."