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is enlightenment? Enlightenment is the ability to know reality,
to sit in it and to perceive and function from its point
of view! This reality is both the reality of who we are
and the reality of what is, because they are inextricably
interconnected, in fact are one and the same. However there
is a difficulty with realizing this one reality, a difficulty
which has led to thousands of years of confusion. This difficulty
is that it is not tangible or perceivable; it is not a thing
that can be described, for it is without evident substance
or form. In fact, that which has substance and form is not
it, can never be it.
So what are we? One way of answering
is with a paradox; we are what we are not. To put it more
simply, we are what is left when we let go of everything
we think we are, after we let go of all illusions. What
is left is nothing tangible, indeed is no thing, yet there
is a presence there. It is imperceptible yet it can be felt,
can be embodied and can be a platform for living.
When illusion is dispelled, reality rushes in.
Into the vacuum that is left when illusion
is dispelled rushes reality, rushes what we really are,
our real Self. That, understood and embraced, is enlightenment.
All spiritual technologies, all meditation techniques, all
true paths have been about letting go. They have been about
letting go of memories, letting go of attachments, letting
go of beliefs and letting go of ideas. Ultimately we let
go of those illusions that we hadn’t even suspected
we had. It’s all the same. We simply let go and let
go and let go. What is left at the end is our real identity
and is reality and they are one and the same. Reality is
that which we can't let go of!
OM,the Omnius method as well
as the enlightenment therapy which is based on it, is a
distillation of techniques for letting go, both to reality
and to your real Self. One of these techniques is called
the inner piece technique, and as the pun suggests, it is
a way of achieving inner peace by getting the inner piece.
The inner piece technique is based on the headless way of
Douglas Harding; it is a pointing technique in that it points
directly to the desired experience. Other pointing techniques
used by OM are dialog, paradox, meditation and philosophical
discourse. However the jewel in the crown of the Omnius
method is Karmic clearing. This extraordinary technique
completely dissolves all our negative Karma, both from this
lifetime and lifetimes past. It is the psychology (or perhaps
parapsychology) of letting go.
As we let go, we witness the dawning of our
real identity, our fundamental nature and our intrinsic
sanity. We don't create ourselves; rather we discover who
we are by divesting ourselves of what we are not. In doing
so, we uncover the serenity, freedom, wisdom and compassion
that have been us all the while. Whereas the pointing techniques
plunge us into the experience of our real identity, that
experience is evanescent at best. It is easily lost in the
midst of the anxieties and conflicts of everyday life. Karmic
Clearing however, gives us the ability in our real selves
no matter what life dishes out. The two techniques complement
and augment one another giving us the firm foundation for
Omnius is the realization of our real identity.
Each of us is an Omnius, the singular, the essence and an
individual center of the Omnia, the All. However, to read
that, even to learn it, is much different than to make it
a real experience of Self. Traditionally, the means to one's
real identity is to get out of our dual or perceptual minds,
usually through some form of meditation, and just sit in
undifferentiated consciousness, in Oneness. The problem
with this traditional approach of just leaving our dual
mind behind is that it also leaves it with all its problems
intact. And these problems are waiting to get us, when we
rejoin our mind again.
The reality is, no matter how enlightened
we are, in order to function in the world, we are going
to have to use our dual mind. We can't meditate forever,
nor would most of us want to. Once we get back into our
dual mind, we are it. As long as we stay in it, it defines
us. We re-empower it and we can't tell it from our self.
However, since we have turned away from it, even rejected
it, our dual mind has not only stopped maturing, but ever
fearful of being banished again, it has acquired a will
to seize the limelight of our identity. The result is a
never ending war between Oneness and the dual mind with
the disputed territory being our identity, a war in which
the strength of the One is set against Itself, in a psychic
judo match, by the delusions of the dual mind.
The wisdom traditions of pre-psychological
cultures dealt with this dilemma in two ways. First, they
developed monasticism, which greatly simplifies the conditions
of external life, limits the need to go into the dual mind,
and supports the meditative lifestyle. Second, in order
to prevent the dual mind from gaining control over our identity
and refusing to relinquish it, they mandated daily periods
of meditation. Neither of these solutions recognizes the
dual mind as anything but an enemy, which assuredly it is
The dual mind creates both perceptual illusion
and cognitive-emotional delusion. The problem with it is
not perceptual illusion, for without seeing form, color,
dimension, causality, etc, how could we do anything? It
is inconceivable. The problems are unconsciousness and delusion.
Unconsciousness refers to the tendency of phenomena to entrance
us, to make us see appearance as reality and the appearance
of ourselves as identity. Delusion refers to perceptual
distortions. When we are in dual mind, it becomes our viewpoint
and determines what we perceive. If the contents of our
dual mind are distorted by a false identity, with everything
that goes into this, what we perceive will be correspondingly
The strategy of Omnius is both a psychological
and a spiritual one. It is not to reject the dual mind but
to fully recognize it. To give our minds their rightful
place, not as our identity but, along with our bodies, as
an invaluable tool. Then, just as we educate and train our
bodies, we refine our minds. A principle strategy of Omnius
is to free our minds of distortions by learning how to use
consciousness and intention. The techniques for doing this
are called Spiritual Empowerment. Omnians are encouraged
to learn and practice this sacred technology.
When we recognize our dual minds as
the invaluable allies they are, they stop fighting for supremacy.
When we free them of distortions, our undifferentiated consciousness
can trust the appearance they present to it. This, the perception
from Oneness through an undistorted mind, is what I call
Original Perception. From Original Perception our true identity
as the singular, the essence and the individual center of
the All, is self-evident.