Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water.
The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken.
Although its light is wide and great,
The moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide.
The whole moon and the entire sky
Are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.
~ Master Dōgen
Inside you, this moment, is peace. Inside you, this moment, is joy. Inside you, this moment, is unconditional love. Stop looking for these things in the outside world, they will never be found there, they are only found within. Having trouble finding them? You’re not alone.
Within is not a small place, it is not confining. Within is incomprehensibly vast. Many people avoid going within thinking that it is a limited place. We think it means ‘inside our bodies’ or ‘inside our heads’ and we know our bodies and our heads have limits, so how can all we the answers be in there? But this is a fallacy of our perception and exposes a flaw in our own idea of what the ‘self’ is. We think we the ‘self’ is a limited being, when in fact it is limitless consciousness itself. You are consciousness which has chosen form and will soon enough chose to move out of form, but the form itself is a temporary construct which creates an idea of a separate reality. An ego then latches itself to that separate reality, identifies with it as ‘me’ and solidifies an illusion of separateness. We then find ourselves in these limited forms, believing ‘I’ am here and ‘you’ are there and there is no deeper connection between us. When we find our true unlimited self again, within this form, then we are set free from this limited ‘me’. Then we remember our vastness. Then we know that all we see ‘out there’ is really ‘in here’, because it is simply an extension of consciousness itself, which is what we are, and as such we are one with all of it. That is why the answers are only found within. The ‘out there’ is a concept, not a reality. It is a concept because we believe the ‘out there’ is separate, when it is not. The reality is that the ‘in here’ is what creates the ‘out there’ to begin with. Eden, which I define as divine peace, can only be found when we lose this illusion of separateness and reconnect to the truth of our divine nature, to the fact that we are one with everything. Humanity is on the path to reconnecting with this truth. If you are reading this, you are on that path.