Your true self (part 1)
Here and now, all sorts of sounds arise and then fade away.
There’s nothing that you need to do.
Sounds simply arise and then fade away.
Sounds arise and then fade away spontaneously, without any effort.
Everything, such as the clouds in the sky, wind, sounds, smells, thoughts, and sensations of your physical body, simply arise and then fade away.
Plants (flowers, grass, and trees), animals (dogs, cats, birds, and humans), mountains, rivers, the earth, the sea, the stars, the sun, the moon, and all other things in the universe simply arise and then fade away.
I suppose even the universe itself simply arises and then fades away as well.
This is truly the world of “life” and everything is only happening here and now.
Is anything happening in time and space other than this moment and this place?
Is there anything apart from here and now?
Does yesterday really exist?
Does tomorrow really exist?
Both yesterday and tomorrow exist in your head, here and now.
Only here and now exists. This is the fact: there is no other truth.
Don’t try to think and understand with your brain, however. Just accept the fact lightheartedly.
By the way, while you are practicing the natural way of meditation or the self-observation method, you might notice that with all things that happen here and now—thoughts, sensations in the body, and sounds that arise and then fade away—there is something watching everything intently and gently deepest inside these occurrences.
This something does not arise and then fade away, however.
The thing itself remains deep inside things that arise and then fade away, all the time.
This thing is free from time and space, or cause-and-effect relations; we cannot really call it “something.”
It has nothing to do with “you,” “your life,” “your problems,” or stories made up with the intention to pursue the spiritual.
It transcends stories of the past and the future, illusions, or even oneself.
This is because “you” are merely a story made up in your head, which is not anything of substance.
If I were to give it a name, I would call it “that.”
That is the only entity; that transcends everything and is impaired by nothing.
That is exactly life itself, where all things in the world originate.
That is what makes everything simply arise and then fade away.
And, that is exactly the true identity or the real self.
Sounds, clouds, cars, trees, people, smells, tastes, sensations, thoughts, pains, your body; everything arises and the fades away.
Deepest inside everything that arises and then fades away exists something that never arises nor fades away.
That is your true self.