reply to post by ImaFungi
Let me explain in a bit more detail. True esotericism begins when all points-of-view are released and one recognizes that one's awareness or
consciousness is prior to, but not separate from, all arising.
When one completely recognizes this self-evident truth, i.e., when the process of moment to moment generation of an illusory point-of-view self, is
fully recognized, released, and transcended altogether, then consciousness is realized as always being one's true nature.
This is a great realization that also almost always requires exoteric practices relative to the body-mind, but at root the esoteric recognition that
one is awareness beyond the process of point-of-view self is the beginning of true esotericism.
Unfortunately, many people these days think that such a beginner's recognition, or even just a mental insight into non-dualism, means they are awake,
perhaps even perfectly realized. This is a false notion because such realization will show great signs in the body-mind, especially in terms of the
profundity of felt awareness, love, bliss, and radiance moment to moment.
Also, as mysticnoon points out, such realization of consciousness altogether is always obvious - whether in the waking, dreaming, or deep sleep state.
But this does not seem to slow down various non-dualist talkers from trying to sell their notions of realization through various tours, youtube clips,
Again, this is not to say that today's common notions about non-dualism are not based on some recognition of the primacy of awareness or
consciousness, but that is not how I relate to the term "realization". That basic esoteric recognition is self-evident to anyone in any moment that
the point-of-view illusory self is simply relaxed, but this is not realization, no matter how much abstraction from the body-mind or simple observing
of it and all arising, or so-called awakening, is touted.
If you read the traditions of about the various spiritual masters who actually realized the fullness of non-duality there is a tremendous difference
between them and many of the types jumping on the non-dualism bandwagon these days. Buyer beware!
And, of course, esotericism is also typically associated with inward, mystical practices but such practices are based in some point-of-view self and
are limited to whatever that point-of-view self allows.
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