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Consciousness Droplet

Consciousness Droplet





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The purpose of this “Consciousness Droplet”, a simple ordinary glass droplet, is to use its representative nature to aid in recognizing both our own “ordinary” conscious experience and our own fundamental nature as pure lucid consciousness-awareness.

 With it, following the “users guide” that you can read below, you can come to realize all your experience to be arising in a field of lucid pristine consciousness.  You can begin to relate to your experience as awareness of appearances or “manifestations” arising in consciousness.  You can come to realize that not just the experience, but the awareness of it as well, is arising of and within this same field of pure lucid consciousness.

As your clear awareness is realized to be rising from and one with that clear living consciousness space you experience “union”, the actual oneness-wholeness that is your true fundamental nature.  Thus you find that not merely are you the experiencer of the one Consciousness-Manifestation-Awareness, you indeed are not other than Consciousness-Manifestation-Awareness Itself.  At first you may find this state of realizing, of actually being, your own fundamental nature, to be difficult to associate with, returning quickly to the habitual ordinary state of hypnotically assuming the projections to be the material objects they represent.

The more you return to and remain in the state of realization of your actual fundamental nature, the more you will become re-acclimated to it, until finally you will come to experience it day and night.  This is your eternal nature that knows neither birth nor death, but displays them both with every occurrence and reoccurrence and all that happens in between, as not only between birth and death but also between death and birth again. 

Experienced ordinarily from seeming “outside” this realization of consciousness space and “inside” of physical space, birth, waking, sleeping and dream life, death and the intermediate state between death and the next birth appear to be not only pleasurable and painful material realities but the only reality “we” (as seemingly materially other than awareness) have.  Such an existence, ignorant of our true nature and thoroughly identified with the vehicles we enable in return for the experience they provide us, is Samsara.

The same set of manifest experience, experienced clearly through awareness of their arising in the all-encompassing, lucid, pristine consciousness, awareness associated with self-being, is personal self-realization, or Nirvana. 

Exactly the same set of  manifest experience, experienced with the further realization of, and identification not with personal self, but rather with One Awareness, self-arising of and within, and along with all the same myriad manifestations as ripples, dimples, in the clarity of, and entirely and irreducibly one with, the Pure Living Consciousness, is beyond both Samsara and Nirvana, where both are the same and neither are what they were from the blind perspective of unwitting miss-association of identity with vehicles as self in Samsara, or the illuminated perspective with yet unwitting miss-association of identity with seeming personal self in nirvana is the Realization of Being, one’s true fundamental nature, birthless, deathless, forever timeless Consciousness-Awareness Essence of Being. 

You can use your droplet again and again to discover, develop and enhance your realization of your own self-nature and shift of identification from the illusion of your self to the actuality of your true fundamental nature as pure timeless consciousness-manifestation-awareness.    

Finally, imagine yourself as the most sublime essence of Being, having at your use these incredible instruments of human body-brain, known by your name, and subtle ongoing mind; and then from the perspective of your pure consciousness-awareness imagine guiding them through the wisdom nature of your essential Being, with immense joy, equanimity, loving kindness and compassion for all, and, dedicating the merits of your efforts to the benefit of all beings everywhere, Being the eternal blessing to all that you already are.

Myself being a thankful though ordinary and unrealized person, any errors in this are entirely my own, and for them I sincerely apologize.   It is my most heartfelt wish that you persevere in your own perfect and complete Realization despite them. 

 

By Dorje Rigdzin   (James D. Wray)

© James D. Wray, 2007     

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If you would like to have one of these little glass droplets together with a hand-crafted carrying pouch and necklace cord and a little “users-guide” we have put together for it, please contact us.   The “Consciousness Droplet” is free, (you can readily find them by the bagful for a few dollars), but a contribution towards our work in general, together with an amount covering our costs, $11 or more if you wish is suggested for the first item and  $8 or more if you wish is suggested for each additional item desired, would be  greatly appreciated.    Illustrated above in red-on-gold, you can also have the carrying pouch made in yellow-on-gold color if you prefer.  Necklace cords may vary from the illustration. Please indicate your choice with your donation.   Thank You.


If you prefer not to make a donation, but would like to have a droplet to use with the instructions you can print out below,  contact me with mailing instructions and I will be happy to send you one. 

May your life be a blessing for you and for all you embrace.



Using the "Consciousness" Droplet
 

Consciousness Droplet

 

Representative of consciousness, an ordinary decorative glass droplet, hand selected for highest freedom from minute “karmic” defects, is packaged in its own hand crafted carrying pouch with necklace cord.

 

To remove the droplet, first open the pouch with a finger tip, then carefully slide the droplet out through the opening. 

 

The glass droplet has two sides; a flat dimpled side, representing ordinary conscious experience, and a smoothly polished round side through which the pure clarity of the glass represents our fundamental nature as pure lucid consciousness-awareness.

 

The purpose of this “Consciousness Droplet” is to use its representative nature to aid in recognizing both our own “ordinary” conscious experience and our own fundamental nature as pure lucid consciousness-awareness.

 

To do this, begin by looking at the flat side of the droplet, tilting it so light reflecting from it reveals its dimpled surface.  Consider that viewing this surface with all its visible detail corresponds to our ordinary perspective, the way we ordinarily see things around us.   Compare the appearance of the dimpled surface with the appearance of the rest of your visual field of view.  Notice how easy it is to associate the experience of viewing the irregular dimpled surface of the droplet with the experience of viewing the adjacent and overall surroundings, which are also mostly seen and interpreted as surfaces of physical objects.  This viewing, together with the accompanying perception that you are directly experiencing your physical object surroundings, represents the ordinary mind state, corresponding to what is known as “Samsaric” experience.

 

Now turn the droplet over so you are looking at its rounded polished side, and again tilt it so the light again reflects off the dimpled surface. Notice that the appearance of the dimpled surface now takes on a different quality than it had when viewed from the other side.  Now the dimpled surface is appearing to be inside the glass droplet; its appearance arises within and of the glassy essence of the droplet itself.    This new appearance includes a sense of clarity and vividness, a noticeably pleasant sense of lucidity, all associated with the sense of the vision arising from and within the glassy essence itself.  The earlier sense of directly experiencing the surface as an objective physical entity in its own right, somehow independent of whatever the nature of the glass itself, does not occur to the mind of the viewer when experienced from this perspective.   Lucidly experiencing the dimpled surface arising translucent in its own glassy clear fundamental nature in this curiously satisfying way corresponds to what is known as “Nirvanic” experience.

 

 

In the above scenarios the clear glassy nature of the droplet corresponds to clear unmodified consciousness.  When the dimpled surface is viewed from the flat side the presence of the glass in which the surface is imprinted does not come through as primary in nature.  Instead, the apparent nature of the surface dominates the interpretation, resulting in its objectification in exactly the same way that the rest of scene is directly interpreted as fundamentally physically objective in nature.  Actually, the scientifically undeniable facts of the above scenario are that the experiential view, or scene, one observes arises primarily as a consequential result of the properties of the vision sense that detects it, and only indirectly from the objectively physical nature of the surroundings, such that this perception that we subjectively experience appears to our “awareness” as an inherently self-luminous mind-space (or “consciousness”) projection (or “manifestation”).  When we view the dimpled surface through the glassy essence of the droplet we are as if viewing the surface as arising directly in and of consciousness, which is what is actually happening even though we ordinarily are not realizing it.  When we find ourselves realizing our experience as consciousness awareness of consciousness manifestations then we find that we are also experiencing the sense of clarity and vividness, the noticeably pleasant sense of lucidity, all associated with the sense of the vision arising from and within our own essential nature, pure primordial Consciousness-Awareness.

 

 

Now we need to take notice that no matter which side of the droplet the dimpled surface is viewed from, it is still the same dimpled surface.

 

From this understanding we can see that the scene in consciousness is actually the same whether the experience of it is ordinary or as intrinsic to consciousness, because the difference is only in the experience that arises subsequent to the initial presence of the scene itself in consciousness.  The difference in the experience arises from the contextual spin we put on the initial presence of the scene.  The spin can be either negative or positive, depending on whether we are blindly ignorant of the consciousness nature of the scene, in which case we spin it in terms of concepts of hopes and fears pertaining to temporary material existence, or we are lucidly aware of the consciousness nature of the scene, in which case we may spin it in terms of concepts of hopes and fears pertaining to longer term personal spiritual existence. 

 

In the final analysis we need to rise above identification with all of our various vehicles, from the most physical to the most sublime, to perfect and complete realization of our   primordially  unborn-undying  fundamental  nature  as Consciousness-Manifestation-Awareness, always facilitating one or more vehicles and always doing so from a wisdom perspective wholly omniscient with respect the personal issues of the living, dying vehicles we so fundamentally enable.  Into this endeavor the little glass droplet with  its   consciousness   interpretation   brings  a  tiny   focus  of concentrated awareness onto the path we each may find ourselves pursuing, each in our own way, each a blessing for all.     

 

The consciousness droplet illustrates two aspects of consciousness-manifestation-awareness, consciousness itself and consciousness-manifestations arising in and of consciousness, in the dimpled surface, no matter which side it is viewed from.  

 

You provide the third element, awareness.  Notice the awareness you have of the droplet and its appearance.  This awareness is not like the artificial examples of consciousness and consciousness-manifestation illustrated by the droplet.  This is actual awareness.  Likewise, understand actual consciousness to be like an all pervading living consciousness space surrounding you and understand the images you are experiencing, projections of what your eyes are sensing, corresponding to the dimples in the droplet, to be actual “dimples”, i.e. self-luminous “manifestations” arising in consciousness .  Ordinarily you take these images to be the actual surfaces of  material objects of the world; but the real nature of these images you are experiencing is nothing more than a lucid display of consciousness luminosity arising directly in that clear living consciousness space in which you, as experiencing awareness, are immersed.  Now become aware of that scene before you as arising in and appearing to you directly in and through that clear living consciousness space.  This is direct experiencing of consciousness, consciousness manifestations and your awareness of them.  This is Consciousness-Manifestation-Awareness, simply as it is.  Finally, realize awareness to be emanating from consciousness as you experience it, rather than as being something separate from consciousness.  As your clear awareness is realized to be rising from and one with that clear living consciousness space you experience “union”, the actual oneness-wholeness that is your true fundamental nature.  Thus you find that not merely are you the experiencer of the one Consciousness-Manifestation-Awareness, you indeed are not other than Consciousness-Manifestation-Awareness Itself.  At first you may find this state of realizing, of actually being, your own fundamental nature, to be difficult to associate with, returning quickly to the habitual ordinary state of hypnotically assuming the projections to be the material objects they represent.

 

The more you return to and remain in the state of realization of your actual fundamental nature, the more you will become re-acclimated to it, until finally you will come to experience it day and night.  This is your eternal nature that knows neither birth nor death, but displays them both with every occurrence and reoccurrence and all that happens in between, as not only between birth and death but also between death and birth again. 

Experienced ordinarily from seeming “outside” this realization of consciousness space and “inside” of physical space, birth, waking, sleeping and dream life, death and the intermediate state between death and the next birth appear to be not only pleasurable and painful material realities but the only reality “we” (as seemingly materially other than awareness) have.  Such an existence, ignorant of our true nature and thoroughly identified with the vehicles we enable in return for the experience they provide us, is samsara.

 

The same set of manifest experience, experienced clearly through awareness of their arising in the all-encompassing, lucid, pristine consciousness, awareness associated with self-being, is personal self-realization, or Nirvana.  

 

Exactly the same set of  manifest experience, experienced with the further realization of, and identification not with personal self, but rather with One Awareness, self-arising of and within, and along with all the same myriad manifestations as ripples, dimples, in the clarity of, and entirely and irreducibly one with, the Pure Living Consciousness, is beyond both samsara and nirvana, where both are the same and neither are what they were from the blind perspective of unwitting miss-association of identity with vehicles as self in samsara, or the illuminated perspective with yet unwitting miss-association of identity with seeming personal self in nirvana is the Realization of Being, one’s true fundamental nature, birthless, deathless, forever timeless Consciousness-Awareness Essence of Being. 

 

 

You can use your droplet again and again to discover, develop and enhance your realization of your own self-nature and shift of identification from the illusion of your self to the actuality of your true fundamental nature as pure timeless consciousness-manifestation-awareness.     

 

Finally, imagine yourself as the most sublime essence of Being, having at your use these incredible instruments of human body-brain, known by your name, and subtle ongoing mind; and then from the perspective of your pure consciousness-awareness imagine guiding them through the wisdom nature of your essential Being, with immense joy, equanimity, loving kindness and compassion for all, and, dedicating the merits of your efforts to the benefit of all beings everywhere, Being the eternal blessing to all that you already are.

 

Myself being a thankful though ordinary and unrealized person, any errors in this are entirely my own, and for them I sincerely apologize.   It is my most heartfelt wish that you persevere in your own perfect and complete Realization despite them. 

 

By Dorje Rigdzin   

 

© James D. Wray, 2007      

 

        

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