The incarnate truth of self-realization is often distinctly peculiar from the standpoint of the mind. Having been conditioned around the presumed substantive reality of the personal, the recognition or glimpse of truth seems paradoxical.
This apparent paradox can be the premise for confusion that would appear to inhibit final realization.
Though the paradox will resolve with allegiance to the Real, and sufficient time for the mind to deconstruct residual misunderstandings.
In teachings, ‘You’, ‘Self’, ‘Real’ (and in some teachings, the ‘Absolute’ or ‘God’) are used to denote that which is real. That which is real is beyond name and form of any kind. Nevertheless, words are necessary if there is to appear any conversation.
Confusingly, perhaps, the lowercase version of words such as ‘you’ and ‘self’ generally (though not always) refer to a false or illusory self. There are other words for the false self too, such as ‘ego’.
The presumption that there must be something which changes upon realization is only partially true. Self-realization itself is actually ever-present and unchanging. The truth of the Self is literally unavoidable.
Nevertheless, self-realization would not be a phenomenon, let alone a phenomenon of discussion, if there were not some change evident within the realm of appearing. Indeed, the ‘inner’ life is the most recognisable – truth incarnate is happiness – spontaneous peace, joy, compassion and love of beauty. ‘External’ life will show potent hints of the inner.
Also, to speak of an incarnate truth, or of ‘teachers’ and ‘students’ is necessarily the recognition within appearing that ‘somebody’ seems to be seeking, and so, when the desire is sincere, ‘somebody’ necessarily and spontaneously appears pointing right back at the answer!
Recognition of the truth is only relevant and possible within the relative. The Absolute – the Real – has no use for knowing anything.
Yet nothing within the play of appearing is real. All appearing is illusion.
In this way, whatever the imagined structures of the person – be they spiritual, mental or material, or something else – the change is apparently destructive. The being appears as if to no longer place any merit upon the idea that they have a substantive reality of their own. The being recognises in thought and action, the unreality of the imagined separate entity.
There is not even an appearance. For to know as much, is to imply a knower.
To be as you are never takes any effort. Only that which is not, will seem to make efforts, and even then, those efforts are all only imagined.
Reality cannot be found within its appearing. No phenomenal experience has substance. See from seeing – do not refer to memory, imagination or conception! There is no seer and no seen. Seer, seeing and seen are always One.
Just see the false as the false; the real never needed any assistance.