Posted 14 July 2015 by Sal
Essential Being is Center-less and Includes a Personal Vantage
Knowing is not exclusively located in this body—there is no center of awareness. While there is clearly a vantage point from the body (the so-called personal sense of self), which is based on consciousness, the five senses, thoughts, and feelings, this is not the whole story.
Simultaneous to that personal vantage point, there is the knowing of who I am as center-less. Consciousness, the fives senses, thoughts, and feelings appear at the same time as the knowing of who I am.
Some people claim to have come to a point where there is no sense of self or personal vantage point—it somehow having vanished completely. While I don't deny their experience, my experience is different. The so-called personal sense of self is an appearance that comes and goes, like a wave in the ocean, never the same, appearing and then vanishing completely. Simultaneously, the knowing that I am aware and center-less, and include and know the so-called personal sense of self, is obvious and present at all times, unchanging.
This is an all-inclusive view and does not deny the appearance of an ephemeral sense of self, nor does it insist on the necessity of getting rid of any sense of self. All is included—the essential being, which is aware, has no qualities whatsoever, is center-less, timeless and dimensionless, AND the so-called personal vantage point. This does not deny our humanity or require that we transcend or kill the ego or anything like that.
Essential being is prior to—meaning it is, before, during and after all experiences—and knows the fleeting personal experiences as well as itself and includes everything, unconditionally.