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Rediscovering Diogenes

One time, Alexander the Great went to meet Diogenes because he was impressed that the philosopher (Diogenes) was so highly admired despite having neither money nor power.

The accounts of Plutarch and Diogenes Laërtius recount that they exchanged only a few words: while Diogenes was relaxing in the sunlight in the morning, Alexander, thrilled to meet the famous philosopher, asked if there was any favour he might do for him. Diogenes replied, “Yes: Stand out of my sunlight. I have nothing to ask but that you would remove to the other side, that you may not, by intercepting the sunshine, take from me what you cannot give.” Alexander still declared, “If I were not Alexander, then I should wish to be Diogenes.”[24]

Now, listen to this story:

Alexander the Great: “Diogenes, you are a man of great repute yet you are a man without purpose and mission! All you do is sit about all day, untroubled, unperturbed, indulging in conversation and the pleasures of moment to moment life!”

Diogenes: “So, what is so much better about the life of Alexander the Great?”

Alexander: I am a conquerer of nations!

Diogenes: So, conquerer of nations, unlike my purposeless life what are you going to do next?

Alexander: I am going to conquer Greece!

Diogenes: Yes . . then what?

Alexander: Then I am going to conquer Asia Minor!

Diogenes: Alright . . then what?

Alexander: THEN I am going to conquer the WORLD!

Diogenes: Alright, then what after that?

Alexander: THEN I will relax and enjoy life!

Diogenes: Why not save yourself the trouble?   (and enjoy life right here, right now!)

Eastern? An event in Consciousness

Eastern? – I am pondering… and what comes up is this:
Where is my death and my resurrection? – Not at the end of “my life”, not in 10 years, or 6 months, or 3 weeks, no: Where is it right now? Because if it isn’t NOW, how can I tell for sure, it exists? It’s that simple.

So let’s start. Right now… there is no death, seemingly… but there seems to be a life story, a sense of “me” and “my life”.  – Looking very closely… I ask: What is this sense of “me” and “my life”? – And: Who is observing here?

As soon as this observation takes place, I notice: What is observing and noticing “my story”, “my personality”, isn’t a story, and isn’t a personality. That’s the first discovery.

The second discovery is: what is observing “me” and “my life-story”, this field of awareness, observes everything equally without preference. And it sees: everything, every possible experience – including “my personality” – is occurring of its own… is happening by itself – according to its positionality within the Field. I call this second discovery “Liberation” or “Resurrection” –  and the first one “Death”.

The first discovery is “my death” right here, right now. “Death”?
Yes, it is death: Death by Discovery – not by accident. And paradoxically enough… live goes on…  including “my story”, “my personality”… and yet everything is changed.

The moment I discover my own death – an event in consciousness – I see resurrection everywhere. It’s one of the most peculiar things in life: we can’t see the death ahead, but we discover it as already occurred.

Seeing the death as already happened, we see resurrection occurring everywhere. We see: Everything, literally everything – including our own personalities, – is occurring of its own… is happening by itself – according to its positionality within the Field, the infinite field of Awareness. And everything – seen in this awareness – is resurrected already, is already whole and complete, just the way it is, just the way it exists.

The journey is complete, and yet, it’s always a beginning!

That’s the third discovery or the third step. You remember the tree steps? (see my previous post: “…while meditating”).

while meditating…

While meditating I notice:

Waking up in the morning is nothing else than automatically entering yet another dream, the dream of “my life”. Suddenly, unexpectedly… a “voice”, an awareness awakens… emanating this message:

1. Breathe. Breathe and Observe the sense of “me”, what is it?
2. Breathe & observe how everything is doing itself, is happening by itself!
3. Breathe… Seeing Completeness everywhere present.