Jack Graham is a counselor I made an appointment with soon after the death of my husband. He is a very wise man who sends out emails almost every day musing about his recent realizations. The following musing helps explain the non-dual approach to meditation that we will be doing this Sunday, January 7. Everyone is invited. See the format below.......
"You are infinite, you are really everywhere, but you think you are the body, and therefore consider yourself limited. If you look within and experience your own soul in its true nature, you will realize that you are infinite and beyond creation." — Meher Baba from Meher Baba Calling
Jack Graham's Comment: "What are we to do with this information? In one sense, nothing. It is the background for our living. It creates the stage for our life. It is the “Gestalt” (the behind the scenes reality) for the “Figure” (the things we think and do) of our everyday living. At some point, in a fraction of a second we will switch from foreground to background… when we are ready.
But if we are asked, “Who are you,” it is difficult to tell the Truth. I could say, “I am called Jack. I have a family, I work as a therapist….” and that is a functioning and temporary truth but in a larger sense it is an illusion. It is not who I really am. I could say, “I am infinite. I am not this body. I am everywhere and unlimited.” But as yet, while Meher Baba says this is the Truth, I do not yet consciously know this, so it is not yet true for me. I have not yet fully experienced my soul in its true nature.
So in a sense I live in-between the illusory identity I have created for myself and the true identity that remains unrealized and illusory for me.
In the discussion that six of us had at our New Year’s Eve dinner table (I was the youngest) where we were sharing things we wanted to bury from the past, experiences this past year that brought tears or new insights, and projections into the coming year, I wanted to share something that I didn’t. I feel the End of this life, an End that is reminding me with increased trips to doctors, loved ones dying, and some of my own strength and mental capacities fading. It reminds me that I am not this body. I am not this mind. I am not my thoughts or my feelings. I am Soul.
None of this makes me pull away from living. If anything, the fire of life within burns more brightly, or perhaps it is that I am becoming more conscious of the little things. Feeling gratitude and letting go, tiny-bit-by-tiny-bit."