“How does an awake planet look like? Does it smell more fresh? Is the water cleaner? Do the stars shine brighter? Do people sing and dance more? Do the fruits taste better? Do the animals run more freely? Is it more silent? Do people love more and have deeper orgasms? Do we feel more peaceful in the midst of living? Do we feel more joyful in the midst of dying? Is life itself our prayer? Do we fully recognize each other as brothers and sisters; and the earth as our mother?
Maya and Shanto often communicate the most important things worldlessly. They enjoy fooling around with other things than words. But once in a while, they have a really good conversation. One such occasion was the morning after our last blog post was rocketed up among the stars of cyberspace. In that talk, a core concept of that post came into focus: The Diamond of Awakening.
So here it is: our understanding of The Diamond of Awakening.
First thing we need to say is that it’s here already. It has always been, and always will.
The Diamond of Awakening is timeless and omnipresent. All we humans have to do is to let the light shine through it.
So… how do we do that?
Well, first we have to recognize that The Diamond of Awakening is inside us; around us; always with us. It is here. Now. No need to wait thus. No need to enter a spiritual path, or to refuse such a path. No need to do anything. Except for… letting the light in – to shine out through all the facets of The Diamond of Awakening.
It’s so ridiculously simple. So simple that everything tends to get in the way.
Here’s a (non-exhaustive) list of things that tend to be in the way (of us letting the light shine through The Diamond of Awakening):
– Our conditioning
– Our emotions
– Our entire mind
– Our entire world
– Our identity
All of that is in the way. Of the light – that needs to shine through the The Diamond of Awakening, for us to be(come) (aware of) it.
So, what to do? What to do in order to let the light shine freely through The Diamond of Awakening?
We needn’t do shit, for the light to shine through The Diamond of Awakening, expressing all its facets.
”But, wtf…”, the mind (and conditioning, emotions, world & identity) protests, ”I’m not enlightened!”
Or, ”I’m not…” whatever one thinks of as being the necessary prerequisite for letting the light shine through The Diamond of Awakening.
So… we get up and do.
And our all doing is precisely what gets in the way – of the light. We do this and we do that, and we do it hard, and we do it long. And when we’ve done it for a week, or a couple of decades, or a number of lifetimes, or however we want to conceptualize time, we stop. And… start doing something else. All to finally get… there. To the I-m-a-g-i-n-a-r-y Place/State where the light can finally shine through The Diamond of Awakening. And it all goes on and on, and on. Never does our doing stop.
The Buddhists call is Saṃsāra – ”the wheel of suffering”. It spins and spins. And spins…
Until… one is swallowed by Nirvana.
Like The Buddha, himself; the enlightened one; the one that could let light shine through all the facets of The Diamond of Awakening…
And upon hearing that, the mind goes: ”Okay! I knew it… I’m not the Buddha, so of course, I have to do incredibly much to get… there!”
But no matter what the mind says, the truth is that you are!
You are the Buddha.
The Buddha nature is in all of us. It is our true nature.
And… our true nature is… precisely… The Diamond of Awakening!
Prior to all the doing. And… within it, too. (Albeit then hidden – by our focus on the doing.)
Now… let your conditioning, emotions, entire mind, entire world, and identity have that statement: that you are The Diamond of Awakening! The disbelief is instantaneous. And… there we go again, back into Saṃsāra; the endless doing.
…we simply do nothing.
We just stay in our true nature and observe. We watch the mind go round. We watch the world go round. We watch the waves of our emotions. And we watch all our conditioned, mechanical responses.
…we can’t stay in the false belief of being this or that; of being a person on a spiritual path or a person who doesn’t have a spiritual path; a person who is awake or a person who is not awake. Then… we cannot hold onto who we think we are. We cannot hold on to the idea of being a person at all. We cannot hold on to… anything at all.
We just ARE – in the MOVEMENT of it all.
We just ARE… in & as our true nature: The Diamond of Awakening!
And then… the light naturally shines through us. We needn’t do shit. We’re being done, being lived by the light. And we get to discover, explore, and move with all the countless facets of The Diamond of Awakening… which is simply… our true nature.
How do we move on an awake planet?
Perhaps this is one of the best ways of formulating the question at the heart of the Child of The Earth movement…
This is the question Maya & Shanto explore in their day-to-day lives. For, in knowing their true nature, earth is already seen as an awake planet; and life becomes an invitation to express it. And the expressing of The Diamond of Awakening is an endless creative adventure journey – into the unknown…
Knowing one’s true nature, there is no waiting anymore. For spiritual or mundane goals. There is just unfoldement – of the inner flower…
How do we move on this planet that we see is already awake, how do we move into the unknown, letting The Diamond of Awakening show our way? How do we move when almost everybody seems to be closing their eyes, acting as if they are not awake to The Diamond of Awakening? (In other words, getting lost in “the matrix” of conditioning, mind, emotions, world, and identity.)
It is a sweet temptation to close one’s eyes. To one’s own emotions, in a world of so much suffering. And to one’s own mechanical habits of protection. And in the same instant we fall for that temptation, we’re lost.
But… much sweeter than that, is the opening up…
…of the flower.
Maya & Shanto are like anybody else on the path of awakening. They too have realized that it is a moment-to-moment practice. And that if it is not lived in this moment, it is never lived. They too are HEALING, meaning that they fall back time and time again in their mechanical habits and defense mechanisms. And, meaning also that they remember time and time again… to get out of there, back into the ALIVENESS of the moment; of their true nature: The Diamond of Awakening.
How does an awake planet look like?
Does it smell more fresh? Is the water cleaner? Do the stars shine brighter? Do people sing and dance more? Do the fruits taste better? Do the animals run more freely? Is it more silent? Do people love more and have deeper orgasms? Do we feel more peaceful in the midst of living? Do we feel more joyful in the midst of dying? Is life itself our prayer? Do we fully recognize each other as brothers and sisters; and the earth as our mother?