Ultimately all meditation is for discovering your true self. All relative meditation training is all a lead-up to the great leap into your true self, the union with the truth of your being. Once all doubt has been resolved, one is ready to accept and see one’s ultimate identity as simple, lucid and complete. Your actual nature is perfect empty awareness, naturally imbued with wisdom, love and harmony.
There is nothing that can harm it and nothing that can improve it, because it is formless and boundless; all experiences, both ‘good’ and ‘bad’, have at their base this perfect empty awareness and, in reality, all experiences are never separate from it in any way.
All appearances are the luminous display of empty awareness. A primordial unity appearing as a symphony of possibility. Our true self has been known by many names throughout different times and cultures, but as a simple meditator it is not necessary to speculate or intellectualise about the indescribable; it is the Way of Meditation to just let it be and rest in natural presence.
It is only a journey because we have left our real home, therefore it’s a journey back home to our real selves.
We start our journey rooted in our false identities and, through meditation training, we keep going and keep going to the treasure that has always been waiting within.
“Meditation, then, is bringing the mind home, to our true self.” ~ Sogyal Rinpoche
The easiest and most effective path to spiritual awakening is effortless presence. Not moving from natural presence of awareness. Not seeking. Not objectifying. Not fabricating any states of mind. Stop all effort altogether and rest. Rest in the great peace of natural awareness and be your authentic self.
As Meditation Master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche advises:
“Banish all hope and fear and rest in the unshakable certainty that the eternal simplicity of awareness is itself all that needs to be done to be an Awakened Being. That is the Perfect Way of Meditation, in which peace, love and wisdom will flourish without effort.”
If our natural state is already perfect and complete, why practice meditation at all? The key is that recognition of our true nature of Pure Presence is utterly indispensable. If you do not know who you really are, it won’t benefit you in the slightest. In fact, because your ego’s self-image and actions are a vicious cycle of self-reinforcing perceptions and habits, you can exist endlessly within ignorance and turmoil.
Without meditation, contemplation, and looking within, one may never know their ultimate identity. Our true nature is always the same whether we realise it or not; the difference is, it only benefits our lives if we recognise it and stabilise within it.