Resting Within Effortless Presence

Ultimately all meditation is for discovering your true self. The previous meditation training are 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 non-dual awareness, imbued with natural wisdom, love and harmony.

PictureThere 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 non-dual  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.

If our natural state is already perfect and complete, why practice meditation at all?

The key is that recognition of our true nature of Non-Dual 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 us if we know it and stabilise within it.”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.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Meditation Instructions to rest in Effortless Presence

1) Assume the correct meditation posture
2) Compose yourself in a relaxed and open way without manipulating or changing anything; let go of controlling.
3) Simply allow the present moment to be as it is, without judging it as good or bad.
4) Remain fresh and alert, relax the body deep from within, don’t force your breathing and let the mind remain unconcerned, free from worry.
5) Rest effortlessly, without even entertaining the thought that you are meditating, simply rest in your own presence.
6) Be unbound, completely open and expansive, allowing all experiences to come and go without interference.
7) Leave the senses wide open to direct experiences without holding onto them.
8) With complete trust in the purity of your own awareness, rest in the presence of empty clarity.
9) The joy is in simply being, not being this or that.

“There’s no getting anywhere or not getting anywhere.
This is what’s meant by the teaching of sudden illumination.
Hesitate, and it’s lost; waver and it draws further away.”
~  Zen Master Bankei

Effortless Presence is here already.

“The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me.
My eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.”
~ Christian Mystic, Meister Eckhart

What we are looking for is what’s doing the looking.

“In Tibetan, effortless presence is wangthang, which literally means, ‘field of power’.
The cause or the virtue that brings about effortless presence is emptying out and letting go.
You have to be without clinging.”
~ Tibetan Meditation Master, Chogyam Trungpa

Simple and relaxed perfection is already present.

“Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free.
Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing.
This is the ultimate.”
~ Taoist Mystic, Chuang Tzu

Written by Chad Foreman

See Also –

1) Scientific Benefits of Meditation

2) Meditation Posture

3) Mindfulness Training

4) Resting within Natural Awareness

5) Self Inquiry into the Essence of Awareness

6) The Perenial Philosophy – The Highest View of Meditation