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About Rupert Spira

Rupert Spira (born 1960) is an international teacher of the “direct path”, a method of spiritual self enquiry through talks and writing, and a notable English potter and studio potter with work in public and private collections. Wikipedia

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Quotes by Rupert Spira

Rupert Spira (quotes)

  • Even to talk of sensations and perceptions is too much.
  • Time is the eternal now, seen through the narrow slit of the mind.
  • We don’t have to wait for the right circumstances to have happiness.
  • The separate entity we imagine our self to be cannot reside in the present.
  • We take that which is unreal to be real and that which is real to be unreal.
  • It is the intimacy of our own being that imparts reality to all seeming things.
  • Happiness is simply to allow everything to be exactly as it is from moment to moment.
  • In ignorance, I am something; in understanding, I am nothing; in love, I am everything.
  • Truth is silent but, when met with questions about its true nature, is compelled to speak.
  • This absence of otherness, objectness, selfness is love itself. It is what we are and all we know.
  • When everything that can be let go of is let go of, what remains is what we desire above all else.
  • Thinking cannot itself go to the heart of experience; it can only go to an imaginary past or future.
  • Love is the experience that others are not others. Beauty is the experience that objects are not objects.
  • That is, a single sensation/thought/perception appears in consciousness and thinking alone conceptualizes.
  • It is never possible to love a person or an object. Love is defined precisely by its unconditional quality.
  • One of the hardest things for the apparently separate self to understand is that there is no real ignorance.
  • Thought is only thought from the point of view of thinking. Experience, that is, our self, knows no such things.
  • Give your attention to the experience of seeing rather than to the object seen and you will find yourself everywhere.
  • To invest one’s identity and security in something that appears, moves, changes and disappears is the cause of unhappiness.
  • In other words, in reality, there are not two things—one, the screen and two, the document or image. There is just the screen.
  • How close is the knowing element in any experience to the experience itself? Closer than close! They are one and the same thing.
  • The greatest discovery in life is to discover that our essential nature does not share the limits nor the destiny of the body and mind.
  • The presence of awareness becomes increasingly our natural condition, until there is no longer a distinction between meditation and life.
  • The world is known by the senses. The senses are known by the mind. The mind is known by Consciousness. And Consciousness is known by itself.
  • Love is the natural condition of all experience before thought has divided it into a multiplicity and diversity of objects, selves and others.
  • When feeling is divested of the feeler and the felt, it shines as love; when seeing is divested of the seer and the seen, it shines as beauty.
  • Total openness, pure sensitivity, unconditional allowing: this is not something you, as a person, can do; it is what you, as pure Awareness, are.
  • Only that which is always with you can be said to be your self and if you look closely and simply at experience, only awareness is always ‘with you’.
  • And this ‘knowing’ is our self, aware presence. In other words, all that is ever experienced is our self knowing itself, awareness aware of awareness.
  • However, love, peace and happiness are inherent in the knowing of our own being. In fact, they are the knowing of being. They are simply other names for our self.
  • In order to fulfil the desire for happiness, most people engage in a relentless search in the realm of objects, substances, activities, states of mind and relationships.
  • See clearly that we have no knowledge of our self ever having been born, changing, evolving, growing up or growing old and that we can never have the experience of death.
  • Many of our ideas and beliefs about ourselves and the world are so deeply ingrained that we are unaware that they are beliefs and take them, without question, for the absolute truth.
  • The mind, the body and the world are made out of Consciousness but Consciousness is not made out of them. It is made out of itself. Therefore everything is made only out of Consciousness.
  • The separate self is not an entity; it is an activity: the activity of thinking and feeling that our essential nature of pure Awareness shares the limits and the destiny of the body and mind.
  • Although meditation may seem at first to be an activity that the mind undertakes in order to achieve some new state or experience, it is later understood to be the very nature or essence of the mind itself.
  • Our self – luminous, empty Awareness – knows no resistance and is, therefore, Peace itself; it seeks nothing and is, thus, happiness itself; it is intimately one with all appearances and is, as such, pure love.
  • Just as a screen is intimately one with all images and, at the same time, free of them, so our true nature of luminous, empty Knowing is one with all experiences and yet, at the same time, inherently free of them.
  • The discovery that peace, happiness and love are ever-present within our own Being, and completely available at every moment of experience, under all conditions, is the most important discovery that anyone can make.
  • The belief that we were born, that we change, evolve, grow old and die is simply a belief to which the vast majority of humanity subscribes without realizing that they are doing so. It is the religion of our culture.
  • In reality, which means in our actual experience, all experience is one seamless substance. The duality between the inside self and the outside object, world or other is never actually experienced. It is always imagined.
  • In this exploration the deeper layers, such as feelings of fear, guilt, shame, inadequacy, unlovableness, etc. are allowed to surface without resistance or agenda and slowly reveal the sense of separation that lies at their heart.
  • If we want to live without suffering, we first have to live with it. When suffering is welcomed so completely that there is not the slightest resistance to it, what we were seeking, by trying to get rid of it, is revealed at its heart.
  • We are the open, empty, allowing presence of Awareness, in which the objects of the body, mind and world appear and disappear, with which they are known and, ultimately, out of which they are made. Just notice that and be that, knowingly.
  • All experience is illuminated, or made knowable, by the light of pure Knowing. This Knowing pervades all thoughts, feelings, sensations and perceptions, irrespective of their particular characteristics. We are this transparent, unchanging Knowing.
  • When the fan, the hand or indeed anything else are experienced, their apparent existence is not separate from awareness. All experiences are equally close, equally ‘one with’, awareness. When the apparent object disappears, awareness remains as it is.
  • From the viewpoint of the earth, the sun comes and goes, whereas it is, in fact, always present. Likewise, from the viewpoint of the body and mind, our essential nature of pure Awareness comes and goes, but, in its own experience of itself, it is ever-present.
  • Awareness is inherently whole, complete and fulfilled in itself. Thus its nature is happiness itself–not a happiness that depends upon the condition of the mind, body or world, but a causeless joy that is prior to and independent of all states, circumstances, and conditions.
  • Our self – luminous, open, empty Awareness – cannot be enlightened. It is already the light that illuminates all experience. Nor can a separate self be enlightened, for when the separate self faces the light of Awareness, it vanishes, just as a shadow does when exposed to the sun.
  • It is impossible to experience the appearance of awareness. We are that awareness to which such an appearance would occur. We have no experience of a beginning to the awareness that is seeing these words. We have no experience of its birth. We have no experience that we, awareness, are born.
  • When we understand that what we deeply long for can never be found in an object… substance… activity… relationship or state… our longing naturally and effortlessly loses its direction and dynamism and flows back to its source, and is revealed as the happiness for which we were in search.
  • Looking for happiness in the body, mind or world is like looking for the screen in a movie. The screen doesn’t appear in the movie, and yet, at the same time, all that is seen in the movie is the screen. In the same way that the screen ‘hides’ in plain view, so happiness ‘hides’ in all experience.
  • Our true nature of eternal, infinite awareness is never completely forgotten or eclipsed by objective experience. However agitated or numbed objective experience may have rendered our mind, the memory of our eternity shines within it as the desire for happiness, or, in religious language, the longing for God.
  • This perpetual longing for happiness—which can, by definition, never be fulfilled because that very search itself denies the happiness that is present in our own being now—condemns us to an endless search in the future and thus perpetuates unhappiness. It is for this reason that the poet said, Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.
  • It is the self-aware screen of awareness, upon which the drama of experience is playing and out of which it is made, that becomes so intimately involved with the objective content of its experience that it seems to lose itself in it and, as a result, overlooks or forgets its own presence, just as a dreamer’s mind loses itself in its own dream at night.
  • Just as the screen does not share the qualities, characteristics, or limitations of any of the objects or characters in a movie, although it is their sole reality, so the knowing with which all knowledge and experience are known does not share the qualities, characteristics, or limitations of whatever is known or experienced. Thus, it is unlimited or infinite.
  • The apparently separate self or finite ‘I’ around whom all experience revolves is the true and only ‘I’ of eternal, infinite awareness – the ‘I’ of God’s infinite, self-aware being that shines in each of our minds as the knowledge ‘I am’ – temporarily coloured by thoughts, images, feelings, sensations and perceptions but never being or becoming anything other than itself.
  • As a first step towards an understanding of the true nature of our experience, the non-dual teaching points out that it is not ‘I’, the body/mind, that is aware of things, others and the world, but rather ‘I’, Awareness, that is aware of the body and mind, as well as things, others and the world. As such, the body and mind are understood to be objects of experience, not the subject.
  • A mind that is accustomed to repeatedly dissolving in its source or essence becomes progressively saturated with its inherent peace. When such a mind rises again from the ocean of awareness, its activity makes that peace available to humanity. Such a mind may also be inspired by knowledge that is not simply a continuation of the past but comes directly form its unconditioned essence. This inspiration brings creativity and new possibilities into whatever sphere of knowledge or activity in which that mind operates.
  • Your Self, Aware Presence, knows no resistance to any appearance and, as such, is happiness itself; like the empty space of a room it cannot be disturbed and is, therefore, peace itself; like this page, it is intimately one with whatever appears on it and is thus love itself; and like water that is not affected by the shape of a wave, it is pure freedom. Causeless joy, imperturbable peace, love that knows no opposite and freedom at the heart of all experience….this is your ever-present nature under all circumstances.
  • All that is ever known is pure knowing, knowing and being itself. And that knowing is your self. All that is known is Awareness knowing itself, the self knowing the self. There is only your self – not a self that belongs to any object or person because there are no objects or people as such to which it could belong. This knowing belongs to itself alone. It is itself and knows itself alone. There are no others or objects there, no inside self or outside world. And what is the name we commonly give to this absence of otherness, distance, separation and objectness? It is beauty or love. Beauty is the discovery that objects are not objects; love is the discovery that others are not others.