What I offer is nothing more than a modernized encapsulation of an ancient truth, presented without the trappings of misguided religious belief systems, culturally-inspired spiritual traditions, or confusing metaphysical theories. It is the truth of our being, stripped down and laid bare for all to see through direct experiential realization – if they so choose.
Within this framework, we explore the non-dual nature of reality, the confusion of the conditioned mind that prevents us from seeing it, and the path of inner exploration that can free us from our conditioned confusion – allowing us to see ourselves as we truly are. In the end, there is no separate sense of self that remains – there is just the presence of being, moving in the direction of its own purpose.
For many people, the idea that we are empty of an independent self is very difficult to wrap the mind around. Identification with sense perception creates a false center experienced as a ‘self’ – a self that only exists in the mind, as thought, and has no reality of its own. This egoic manifestation of an ‘I am’ that is not, is the root of all suffering. And so, digging up this root is the cure that frees us.
It is not for everyone though. Only those minds that have been made subtle, pliant, and ready, will be able to grasp the deeper meaning of this truth for themselves. One who is intent upon perpetuating the illusion of the false self cannot be helped; not until their suffering has forced them deeply enough to surrender their false views and become open to the possibility of accepting things as they are.
Just know that wherever you are in your life right now, no matter what your self-concept may be, you are exactly where you are supposed to be, doing exactly what you are supposed to be doing. Whatever stories you may be telling yourself within your perceptual experience of mind, the truth of reality is expressing itself through you, as you, right here, right now – it always has been and always will.
For those seeking a clearer definition, the things I share come from a deep inner knowing of divine wisdom achieved (by grace) through direct experiential realization (awakening into and beyond enlightenment), and are in direct alignment with the core teachings found in Christian Mysticism (Gnosticism), Buddhism (Zen and Dzogchen), Hinduism (Advaita Vedanta), Taoism, Sufism, Sikhism, and several other lesser known ancient wisdom traditions; combined with ongoing research into the modern-day fields of neuroscience, transpersonal and experimental social psychology, linguistic anthropology, and more. -Bradley
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