Everything empty of self is already free.
No self, no conditions. No self, no judgment. Nothing has value without judgment, perceptions, and a point of reference. What is so important about the self to determine that it is a correct point of reference?
How can something fundamentally illusory be right? Or wrong?
There is no center to experience, as much as the self would like to be the center of it. The self wants to be the center of thoughts, emotions, experiences, and events. In its perception, it all happens to it, for it, with it, against it. The connection between all appearances is a story made by the self who seeks to make sense, analyze, and understand.
How can something fundamentally illusory understand anything?
There is no “me” in me, as there is no “you” in you. There is just what is, being present, nothing else. Not more important than the whirlpool in a river, a whirlwind, a spec of dust floating in the cosmos.
The self, at best, is a whirlpool in the river of eternity.
Insignificant, yet contains the whole. Appearing separate yet is the whole. There is no conflict in it and no paradox. It is simply what is, and no commentary by the mind can make it more or less than what it is.
The unrealized mind travels every day to other places
It seeks fulfillment in experiences yet is never fulfilled by any experience
It tries to forget the past and, by doing so, bring it into the present
It desires to know the future yet lives in uncertainty by the desire to know
It seeks freedom in accumulation yet develops dependency upon the accumulated
The unrealized mind so worried about its health that it never experiences wellbeing
And it is so fearful of death that it never fully lives
*The terms self, me, and unrealized mind go synonymously – all refer to our false sense of self.
*Self (capitalized) or True Self refers to our true nature, ever-present being.