What is the World?
Our special theme says, “Thus the world was meant to be a place where God could enter not, and where His Son could be apart from Him. Here was perception born, for knowledge could not cause such insane thoughts. … The mechanisms of illusion have been born instead. And now they go to find what has been given them to seek. Their aim is to fulfill the purpose which the world was made to witness and make real. … Yet everything that they report is but illusion which is kept apart from truth.”
Similarly, The Teachings of Inner Ramana says:
“Think of mind as a filter. This filter enables one to see objects where there is light. This filter enables one to distinguish differences where there are none. … Without the mind, one would be unable to experience the world. But this does not mean that one must be subject to the mind.
The mind, when believed and taken seriously, seems to define reality. But as I have just shown, the mind does not define reality. It places a veil of perception over reality so reality can be experienced in a new way. This means that the mind is a trickster or illusionist, and that which it creates is purely illusion. To believe the mind is to believe illusion. To think illusion is reality is to be completely deluded.
Again I emphasize that belief in illusion, or the process of being deluded, comes from believing the mind.
This must mean then, that the process of awakening is also the process of learning not to believe the stories of the mind.
As a filter, the mind can be used to see and experience illusion without believing it. This experience comes from maintaining knowledge that is beyond the mind. It can also be said that this knowledge is before the mind. This knowledge exists now, within the Self, at a depth that is below and at a height that is above the mind. In other words, the knowledge is always accessible and it takes only desire to remember and realize this knowledge.”
Your peace is with me, Father. I am safe.
We practice again today like we practiced yesterday. In addition to practicing awareness-watching-awareness, we take short breaks throughout the day to notice awareness as what we are. Also, we practice surrender as it is taught in The Teachings of Inner Ramana. By asking, “What am I to do now?” we are led by intuition, which comes from truth-knowledge, instead of by thought, which is the source of delusion.
To help with today’s focus, I am recommending two meditations again today. If you can, please practice the first meditation early in the day and the second meditation later in the day.