The Zen Thinking Podcast — Episode 75 — The Freedom of Realizing Yourself as Consciousness

In this week’s episode, I discuss the importance of observing the activities of mind, as they happen, and not reacting to its illusory mental projections.

The mind is never satisfied. It continually bounces back and forth between desire and fear, sadness and happiness, pleasure and pain, lack and abundance. However, this duality is imagined only, it isn’t real.

You are not relative to the contents of thought, no matter how it might feel. You are pure consciousness—and so too are all your conceptions, perceptions, sensations, and experiences.

Everything is consciousness. Everything is a reflection of your Self—not your imagined self, but your actual self of Absolute Awareness.

Observe the objects of thought just as you would an object appearing off in the distance. Realize yourself as the empty aware presence in which all “things” arise and in which they also disappear.

You are beyond it all, and yet, you are also one with everything. Everything is your Self.

Know yourself as Pure Consciousness—Absolute Freedom—content, peaceful, unaffected, and unchanged by any appearance that happens to arise.

You are not something. You are nothing, but this nothingness is absolutely everything.


This episode includes readings of the following recently-published works from the Zen Thinking website:

Abandon the "wanting" mind

Consciousness alone Is

What is freedom?