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. Just Being. 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 natural peace of 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 constantly seeking peace and fulfilment elsewhere.
Without meditation, contemplation, and looking within, you may never know your ultimate identity. Your true nature is always the same whether you realise it or not; the difference is, it only benefits your life if you recognise it and stabilise within it.
Therefore your natural state is found by just resting, letting go of any effort to try and attain something extra and just being yourself ‘as you are’. In some meditation traditions they say enlightenment is found in our ordinary mind right now as it is. Nothing to add, nothing to remove just naturally perfect right here, right now. What a relief.
Written by Chad Foreman
Chad Foreman has been teaching meditation since 2003 and is determined to bring authentic meditation practices into the lives of millions of people. Chad is a former Buddhist monk and spent 6 years living in a retreat hut studying and practising meditation full time. He is now a fully qualified meditation teacher with the Australian Institute of Meditation and has designed a unique 21 day meditation challenge to guide people gradually from the basics of mindfulness and relaxation to profound states of awareness. Click Here to learn more about the 21 Day Meditation Challenge.