As creatures, or organisms, we live in a relative, material world. The body needs to be fed, sheltered, and so on. As a consequence, on the physical level, we have to relate to the practical realities. You could be the saint most idealized, and yet this would still be the case.
So, on this level, Julie, the "me" does not disappear: the awakened person still answers to her name, pays her bills (or doesn't), etc.
Thus, it is not like there is no longer ever a consciousness of being "I"; it is that the awakened person does not lose sense of "who" (or what) this is which is considered to be "I."
Therefore the I-thought will, as you say, continue to appear and disappear in your awareness. But whether conscious of the I-thought or not, there is something which is consistently present. Overlaid on this presence is the conception that I am present. We have been conditioned to this I-centered conception for many decades. Even after Self-realization, this conditioning does not dissipate overnight. However, with the presence of Absolute awareness, the recognition becomes--on the appearance of the I-thought (as isolating identification)--that the actuality is that the essential nature of the "I" is That, the Absolute (or Self, as it is also said).
Secondly. Prior to Self-realization, there is an I, on the one hand, who desires to end "mind chatter," on the other hand (subject/object: duality).
With Absolute awareness, there is observation of the appearance of mind chatter, without concern for whatever is factually present.
Where there is no I with attachment to preferences ("This mind chatter needs to stop"), what becomes of the volume of mind chatter? Dissatisfaction with what is present is what makes up the bulk of it. Much of this dissatisfaction is a consequence of (dualistic) comparisons. If you compare yourself to some presumed saint, this idealized expectation will lead to the dissatisfaction which you called "suffering."
For the awakened, there is neither "self" nor "other": dualistic comparison comes to an end.
Where, in Absolute awareness, there is "not two," preferences (aside from those practical and necessary choices to be made, as in paragraph one) also end: it makes no difference whether there is mind chatter or no chatter.
In other words, where the I is recognized to be a fictitious proposition, all of these other problems will be swept off the table with one profound realization. The I-thought is at the root of the problems.
by Robert Wolfe on September 5th, 2011
Posted in Living Nonduality Tagged with relative, physical, body, Consciousness, dualism
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