This is true-nature: whole, present, interconnected: every human is the experience of true nature all the time

i-a-e1482246745187By Jen Peer Rich

True-nature is overdue for normalization. Self-awareness and living a conscious life is often reserved for gurus, teachers and “spiritually enlightened” folks. In our Western culture, it is the norm to put people who wake up to true-nature on a kind of a psychological and spiritual pedestal.

This approach is flawed because it maintains an illusory hierarchy of consciousness, an exclusively human mind-trick. We tend to make simple things mysterious. This is exactly what keeps true-nature such a carrot-stick mystery for many.

But, there is no mystery at all in being who we are. True-nature is the experience of awareness and this experience is the birthright of every human animal. The reality of true-nature may be obscured, it may be obscured greatly to the point of total forgetting, but it is reality that every animal is connected in oneness within our great life system.

No sentient being is outside of the intelligence and interconnectivity of the natural world. Even the humans who are busy destroying our planet, even these are human animals, part of nature, they too are connected to a great intelligence that has been forging in our shared DNA for millions of years.

By keeping self-knowing just outside of normal, just outside of ordinary grasp, we create a world of suffering. In conceptions of the psyche as broken and unknowable, we maintain the self and psyche as isolated from the whole. This perceptual isolation causes more suffering, and that suffering has become the modern western norm.





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