This isn’t to say that the earth stops spinning, that time stops, and that life as we know it ceases to occur, but something deeper than that, somehow beyond it all.
It’s a sort of looking through the action and seeing the non-action, peering beyond the content of the moment and recognizing the emptiness of the moment itself.
Nothing is being created.
Nothing is happening.
Nothing is occuring.
This probably doesn’t make much sense to the mind, so let’s see if we can help it along here a bit.
From a metaphysical perspective, we can say that all time is now and everything exists now, meaning that everything that could ever be created already has been created. It literally all exists already. Every single thing you can imagine has already been created. There’s nothing more to be done.
It’s not that more things are being created that weren’t there before, but simply that awareness is shifting its perspective to see another side of the totality.
Imagine a hologram for a moment. Every time you look at it from a different angle, it appears as if the hologram changes. Yet the hologram doesn’t change at all. YOU, the observer, change your perspective relative to the hologram, giving you a new view of it. The hologram doesn’t change at all, even though it looks like it does.
The world as we know it is very much like this. The world doesn’t change. YOU change. Awareness shifts perspective.
Since one’s true nature is simply awareness itself, when you change, the whole world you see changes as well.
When this sinks in, it becomes completely obvious why sayings such as “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” or “What you focus on expands,” or “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change,” and so on all fit into place. Things like the double-slit experiment become quite natural. It is awareness itself that is the key to creation. Awareness is really all there is, anyways,
We could say that there is an observer and something to be observed, subject and object, but eventually that duality, too, collapses into simply observation happening. Awareness being aware. But that’s a whole ‘nother topic.
Moving from the metaphysical explanation to a more experiential description, it feels like an infinite peace, with no one to be peaceful. Just the presence of stillness and peace itself, with no other to disturb the peace. It’s not freedom despite all other things, but a seeing through all other things so that there is no longer anything to be free of, nor anyone to be free from something. Just freedom itself.
No one can be free. A “me” can’t be absolutely free, for there can always a be challenge to a “me.”
Nothing is happening, and yet everything is happening. All That Is is being All That Is. Everything is being.
It may sound paradoxical, but it’s really the only way to put the two together. Everything exists thanks to nothingness. The two are inseparable. Source and Manifestation are one.
The title of Adyashanti’s book Emptiness Dancing says it all.
When someone says to “be in the moment,” what do we usually do? We focus on the content of the moment. There’s whatever emotions are arising in the moment, the thoughts that arise now, the events that are occuring, breathing happening… that’s all the content of the moment.
What is it like to experience the moment itself? The context surrounding all content?
The obviousness that’s always here, but is so easily missed because the mind tends to go straight for the content instead.
The moment itself. What is that like? In your own experience? Don’t worry about trying to put it into words or be the narrator of your own experience for now.
Just for yourself, what does this moment feel like? Empty? Full? Busy? Still?