06/28/2010 12:43 pm ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

There Is a Beauty Within You #25: Don't Rush This Kiss

As a point of pure awareness we know and become whatever we are aware of. Don't rush this kiss. Here the mystical chanting begins, drums beat, and dancers spin. Heads thrown back, whirling faster and faster, awareness and love embrace, moment gives birth to eternity, universes are lost in a point, God becomes man, man becomes God. Only intimately personal, blissful, compassionate love remains. Here is a key to the mystic's logic. As a point of pure awareness we know and become whatever we are aware of.

Take a moment to reason it out. What is the lived experience of a point of awareness? The mirror becomes the face it reflects. The silence becomes the sound of the drum. As a body there is an outside and inside. As a personality there is a me and a you. But as pure awareness no such boundaries exist. Finding ourselves in a universe composed entirely of intimately personal, blissful, compassionate love, what are we to be? Very simply, we are nothing less than what we know.

Why do we want this realization? Why do we work to move beyond our identification with body, mind, and personality, even moving beyond "I am?" What is the value and importance of first realizing and then living each day knowing we are pure awareness? It allows us to know existence directly, stripped of all its manifestations. What remains is an intimately personal, blissful, compassionate love, immediately recognized as the final awakening, the reason for all searching, the healing for the ancient wound. It fulfills our deepest longing, a longing so deep it is mercifully never fully known or felt until it is fulfilled.

How are we to prepare for this? Focusing our attention on our self as "I am" is a way back to remembering who we really are. We move from a body, mind, and personality view to knowing our self as "I am." This prepares us for the realization of our being a point of pure awareness.

In our exercises we will shift our attention more and more to our self as "I am" by observing our self sensing and thinking. For example, normally when we look at something our attention and focus is on the object we are looking at. It is the same with our thoughts. When we are actively engaged in thinking about something it occupies our attention. With our exercises we change this by turning our attention away from the objects we see and the thoughts we are thinking. Instead turn our attention to our self as we do the seeing and thinking. It is a deliberate attempt to take the position of the observer or witness of our selves.

The experience of being the witness, the empty "I am," lessens our identification with our body, mind, and personality. It prepares us to know our self beyond mortal frame and limited consciousness. We see the thoughts come and go, moments of sensory awareness begin and end, but we remain as the witness in the present moment, able to only say, "I am."

The more we are able to watch our thinking and sensing process, all the while looking for who is doing the thinking and sensing, the more attachments start to fall away while desires and fears weaken. This allows us to rest more and more in the simplicity of being "I am," leaving us ripe for the realization of our self as a point of pure awareness.