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The Ever-Fresh Aliveness of Just This


The bare actuality of present experiencing requires no belief and is impossible to doubt—sounds of traffic, leaves dancing in the wind, taste of tea, heart beating, breathing, thoughts popping up and evaporating. No words or formulations, including these, can capture this aliveness. It is at once seamlessly whole yet infinitely varied, vividly present but impossible to grasp, ever-changing without ever departing from the immovable (instantaneous, timeless) immediacy of Here-Now.

Looking closely, no actual boundary can be found between inside and outside. Presence is seamless. The inner weather is as impersonal and evanescent as the outer weather. Every apparent form, including the bodymind, is an activity of the whole, just as every wave is an activity of the ocean, inseparable from it. Each wave is unique and unrepeatable, yet no wave exists independently or stays the same for even an instant.

In opening to the bare actuality of presence, we discover the beauty in what is most ordinary. We begin to SEE directly the nature of this living reality—the fluidity, the no-thing-ness, the present-ness, the wholeness, the boundlessness, the unresolvability, the aliveness, the infinite subtlety. We begin to discern how and in what ways we get lost in unnecessary suffering and imaginary problems. As that clarifies, the seductive, hypnotic grip of the conceptual dream-world begins to lessen. We find the sacred everywhere, in everything.

We habitually search for explanations, for something to grasp, but in holding on to nothing at all, there is an immense openness and freedom. What is offered here invites firsthand exploration and direct discovery, not belief or dogma. There is no finish-line, no formula, no method, only this inexplicable ever-fresh aliveness.