Most of us identify with the thoughts and emotions generated by our localized biology and brain. This gives rise to the belief in a solitary self, or “me” surrounded by others, all of us subjectively experiencing life’s dramas.
In truth, your root awareness is what is called Buddha Nature, an expression of Buddha Consciousness. This Awareness is naturally calm, peaceful, loving and wise.
Shunryu Suzuki called this consciousness “Big Mind” and described it as being like the Mind of the Universe, like a unified ocean that exists simultaneously everywhere, as countless waves.
When we believe our individualised self (and others) to be real, we identify with the social and emotional dramas of humanity, rather than seeing all thoughts and emotions as temporary patterns of wave-like “little minds” arising within the larger field.
In truth (as Alan Watts pointed out) we are all expressions of the Universe, the One Mind playing these individual roles, like fictional dream characters in a Cosmic theatre.
To identify with your Buddha Nature (the timeless non-localised Ocean of Consciousness) is to see your life for what it is, within a Cosmic context.
When our minds are no longer drawn by the gravitational pull of false perceptions we begin to experience deep peace and true freedom.
Little “you” awakens by identifying with this larger mind (the background field of Universal Buddha Consciousness) rather than it’s local expression as separate individuals.
As Pema Chödrön put it, “You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”
Begin by identifying with the field of energy and consciousness in your whole body, that begins at your toes, stretches up to your head, out to your fingers.
Can you sense how “you” are not the endless ego narrative, the thoughts and emotions floating within your body’s field of awareness, that “you” are something much larger?
Tao & Zen
Once You Know This – Alan Watts