The keys to awakening are many, but when I try to give one or two, people argue with me. So many who have not awakened want to teach me about awakening. They read Nisargadatta or Siddharameshwar and feel they understand completely based on the pointers found there. Then they know everything.
Some want to keep their minds until the end and argue that the words, ideas, and thinking, that you have, have no bearing on awakening, that the “Shakti” will awaken you in due course no matter what the mind does.
But until you become conceptless, until you become empty of pointers and certainty about ANYTHING, you really are not much closer to any true awakening. But few believe this. They insist on keeping the mind, reading books, listening to other teachers, following their own inclinations and strongly held beliefs. They become closed to suggestions and lose their way because they follow the way the mind says is the way, and in doing so, do not lose the mind and gain the heart.
The way is to lose your mind, become conceptless, and operate from the heart. Let go of everything you know. Do not want to become a teacher explaining things to me or anyone else based on what you have read and what you have told yourself.
Then follow a path of love. Find yourself and love sink into the I Am as deeply as possible. Love it, welcome it, and with a mind filled with wonder, explore it every moment of the day.
And, if you can, love another. Love another as deeply as humanly possible. Each day that you love leads to the next day when you can love even more deeply. Loving is like a muscle, except that learning to love is like learning how to relax a tight muscle. Each day you learn how to relax it a little more. Love your teacher. Love your spouse or lover. Love your cat or dog. Love, love, love until you become love itself. You will be love, become love, radiate love like a million candlepower lovelight.
With the internalization of attending to the I Am, and the increasing loving gained from loving something outside oneself, the Self in you becomes aroused and one day will reveal itself to you. Everything you do now, every bit of meditation, following the I Am, feeling the internal energies, worshiping god or the goddess, loving your cat---all aim at this day when the Self reveals itself to you, the little self, the sense of presence you have as a human being.
This will be the most important day of your life, when you realize who you are as a manifest being, as an embodiment of the divine. Gradually you and the “other” become one, and the small sense of self which had been in communion with God, disappears and there is only one, united sense of presence.
At this point the mind hardly operates except to help others, or to help them see the truth of themselves, and the bliss will flow. Love and bliss beyond comprehension will flow through your presence infusing the world and those around you. Your fire will light their fire, and your love will blaze forth igniting a forest of similar souls.
Forget about the Absolute, what it is and what it means. That will be revealed to you in due time. Instead concentrate on your own sense of existence, your own love. Concentrate on the energies found in the subtle body, love them and enlarge them. But do not label them as Shakti, Kundalini, or Chi, because as soon as you do you have added a story onto them which will distort how you experience them, and ultimately will slow your self from realizing Self.
The idea of the Absolute, the idea of no separate self, the ideas of beingness, nowness, the idea of the unmanifest versus the manifest, of absolute and the relative-----all these ideas prevent the utter simplicity, the utter, untainted purity needed for Self-Realization. You need to become empty of knowledge and conviction and just be filled with love and the unnamed energies. You need to be like baby in this sense, of just having an open wonderment to what is arising in you, a loving wonderment.
In other words, I cannot urge you enough to “Shut the fuck up and FEEL.”