20 Contemplations from Metta

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#1: Fire of Uncertainty
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Step bravely into the fire of your own uncertainty. That which is Real and True will remain unharmed.

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#2: Absolute Freedom
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To trust Life completely and without reservation is absolute freedom.

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#3: All Movement, All Time
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All movement within our lives flows toward the discovery of the Real. All time within our lives flows toward the present moment.

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#4: Enlightenment and Reality
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Enlightenment is awakening to the true nature of Reality. Reality is That which cannot be avoided.

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#5: Reality Emerges as This
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Life is a direct and immediate experience of the Infinite manifesting through the finite in the present moment. We simply do not recognize it as such because of our narrow focus on the finite.
Relax into your own immediate experience of Perceiving -- of Clear Seeing --here and now, in this moment. Shift your attention to the infinitely vast and edgeless nature of the present moment, and suddenly you will directly experience, and immediately recognize, Reality dynamically emerging as This, here and now. There is nothing more or other.

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#6: Given Conditions
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Pay attention to, and inquire into, the nature of your own immediate experience. Become the Witness, or Observer, of your own experience.
Investigate the "Given Conditions" of being human, "I am -- Aware -- Now":
• the sense of identity, or being, at the center of your own experience which manifests as "I am."
• the Awareness through which you perceive everything within and around you.
• the immediacy and Infinity of Now.
These three basic conditions of being human are profound pointers to our True Nature. We simply overlook them in our rush to identify ourselves with "outward" conditions, i.e., a body, memory, personality and the illusion of time. Simply paying attention -- looking at and remembering these basic, essential conditions -- is enough, for they are the vehicle through which we experience, and Recognize, the vast and Infinite nature of Reality.

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#7: Your Essential Self
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Remember: You are far more than you imagine yourself to be. Let go of all limiting identifications.
See your essential self within all manifest things, and there is nothing you will lack.

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#8: Trust the Movement of Reality
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Trust the movement of Reality in and through your own experience, and you will recognize It within the immediacy of every present moment....

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#9: Focus on the Source
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No-thing has any real identity independent of the Source out of which it emerges. Shift the focus of your investigation toward an intuitive recognition of this invisible Background, and all things will be made Clear.

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#10: Unchanging Awareness
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Learn to watch both your experience and your reactions to your experience. This process of observant attention and witnessing will enable
you to see that your fundamental and essential sense of identity exists as an unchanging point of Awareness within the heart of all changing
conditions and circumstance.
This Awareness is grounded in the present moment and never exists outside of Now. It is always accessible and never exists somewhere other than Here. It is the immediate and undeniable Center of who you imagine yourself to be.
Reside in this Center, and realize that the essence of this Awareness is not separate from That which manifests before, around and within you.

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#11: Investigate Your Own Experience
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All I can do is describe my own experience. You must investigate your own.

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#12: Seeing Without a Face
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The fact that you cannot see your own face is an important clue to understanding who and what you really are:
your sense of identity is linked to Seeing, not to being seen.

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#13: All Experience Points Toward Reality
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There is nothing within your own experience that does not point toward the essence of who and what you really are.

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#14: Desiring -- and Accepting -- Reality
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Let go of desiring anything other than THAT which is Real and True.
Then, wholeheartedly accept this Reality as it shows up Here and Now.

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#15: Recognition of Reality
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Enlightenment is an irrevocable breakthrough into a stunning Recognition of the fundamental and essential nature of Reality. Time as we know it widens out into a vast, infinite expanse of dynamic manifestation within the present moment. Everything is felt, seen, heard and experienced within this larger and previously unimaginable context......and all the while, Reality continues showing up, here and now, as the perfectly ordinary and absolutely miraculous experience we call Life.

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#16: Journey into the Center
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Look into the deepest recesses of your heart -- beneath the movement of all thought and emotion -- and what will you discover?
A silent, clear and spacious Awareness within which all experience is contained. As you journey back out from this Center, remember:
everything that arises and appears before you now is simply a natural manifestation of this limitless Reality in finite form.

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#17: The Miracle of Manifest Existence
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There is something inexplicably precious in the miracle of manifest existence. Our greatest opportunity is to learn to savour This.

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#18: This is the Answer
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Imagine how radically different your experience would be if you assumed that all of This is the answer rather than the question.

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#19: Reject Nothing
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That which is Real manifests in and through *every* experience. Reject nothing if you hope to recognize the true nature of Reality.

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#20: Only Now is Real
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Look at how easily we accept common beliefs in illusion! Neither the past nor the future has any reality separate from the present moment -- and yet we act as if each is Real. This is one of the fundamental assumptions I am encouraging you to re-examine and investigate. Look into the heart of your own immediate experience and you will see, without a doubt, that only Now is Real.