Yes, you read it right! I have 15 compelling reasons why you should ditch living life through the lens of personhood and adopt your original nature of presence instead. Your original consciousness, unblemished by thoughts, moods and volatile feelings is always readily awaiting your journey back to it. Living life as a person can be quite a challenge for some people, and in this marvellous post I will pinpoint and explain why this is and why you should free yourself from its clutches!
So with no further a due, here is the list of why you should live more as presence and less as person!
1. The Person is Limited
Yes you read it right again, living as a person is a very limited way of navigating through the world and universe. Why? Well, perhaps I best explain by what I mean by person first, although you will probably figure it out anyways as we go along. What I mean with the term person is the self-reflecting egoic mind that constantly is filtrating and projecting its own ideas unto reality.
And the person is limited precisely in this regard, that it filtrates experiences so that it fits into a certain conditioned mode of perceiving the world. It always tries to attract or fend of other “persons”, it always selfishly seeks its own benefit. And this my friend is not the door to direct experience, which is, as we shall see what I propose to be the ideal way of living.
2. Presence is Much Vaster in Scope
When you first begin to live more as presence and less as person, you immediately and intuitively feel an expansion of your range of expressions. Your presence isn’t limited to your personal identity or ideas about life. Presence is simply much vaster in what it can include in its expressions, in fact, it is quite unlimited. Furthermore this means that in this regard your original presence is quite the opposite to the personal state.
As we shall find in the next items on the list, presence will most often function as an antidote to those limitations that the state of personhood imposes on you and your consciousness.
In other words, you shall know your own presence and it shall set you free!
3. The Person Lives Indirectly
Now what do I mean with this? Well If you have read my book or my previous posts, I have described two distinct ways, aside from person and presence, of living life as an human being. Namely through direct experience or indirect experience. The person is all about indirect experience, which furthermore means that it never is fulfilled or content with what it gets. It lives indirectly and life therefore becomes watered down. Indirect experience also means heavy tendencies towards consumption, filtration, stagnancy and unfulfillment.
What the alternative?
Well yes you guessed it! Read on friend!
4. Presence Lives Directly
Your presence is the key to the prison of which the personal state of existence imposes upon you. Your presence is always directly in contact with life. It has no real preferences or opinions as the person has, but it always is available for all types of experiences. It is very intertwined with the present moment, it never gets distracted, in fact that would be an impossibility for it. Superfluous distractions is only for the person and not your original presence.
Direct experience simply means unfiltered and unhindered experience of your reality, moreover by directly experiencing yourself and your reality through presence you are thoroughly empowering yourself in all your expressions.
5. The Person is Never Content
The person never seems to become satisfied. It always wants more, the belly of the beast is never content. It is in the nature of the person to always seek and cling to the next object or thought that appears before it. It always wants more and this wanting makes the consciousness weak. It becomes weak in the sense that the innate power of the consciousness is simply handed over to objects. The empowerment is now an depowerment of the presence.
Now theres nothing wrong with a sense of momentum and drive, but when it gets out of control and wreaks havoc within the confines of your own soul and your surroundings, then this is the point you know that this hunger of the person is severely detrimental.
In contrast to the person, the presence is…
6. Your Presence is Ever Fulfilled unto Itself
When you really come to understand and distinguish your sense of presence, one thing you are bound to arrive at is that it always seems to be fully fulfilled unto itself. Though you can have days with heavy moodswings, or simply be confused, irritated, impatient. All this can happen all the while you notice something that is not affected by these transient states.
The transient state is most often the personal state, while the intransient state is the state of presence. Your presence always seems to be content, even though it may experience pain in the body or confusion in the mind. Your presence is ever independent and yet paradoxically, indistinguishably intertwined with each experience.
7. The Person is a Prisoner of Time
The person has, is and always will be a product and therefore a servant of time. The personal state is something that dwells in time and therefore it is not stable. When one seeks to make stable that which by nature is unstable, one has left the path of wisdom. The person always projects its ideas and illusions unto reality, illusions which are most often or maybe always characterized by transience. This is precisely why it never seems to be content or at rest, it always has to achieve or create something to stay alive or relevant unto itself. It always moves about and doesn’t know the meaning of taking it easy.
It is a prisoner that is always moving about restlessly and without any hint of grace.
8. Presence is Timeless
Yes you guessed it, your presence finds itself in a timeless space of consciousness. Time can not bind it in any way, shape or form, why? Well because presence is prior to time and therefore beyond it.
The fascinating thing about time and the timeless, or perhaps the person and presence, is that the timeless views upon the time-bound without effort, intention and attachment.
As I’ve previously said, the presence is ever fulfilled and content. It being timeless is one of the main reasons why this is.
9. The Person is not Stable
I’ve touched on the instability of the personal state, and it is truly one of the defining features of the person. Since that which is bound by time always is subject to change, and that which is subject to change most often is in a state of flux, it cannot therefore be said to be stable in any real sense. Though it can be argued that its stability lies in its instability, or the unchanging lies in the changeful, however that would be making a philosophical point and you should thoroughly know that I do not view myself as an philosopher doing philosophy. No not at all, I’m simply attempting to transmit the freedom and lightness of the state of presence compared to the person.
Back to the point. The person is not stable, though it very much wants to be so. It most often creates false illusions of safety and permanence, while in reality it is not. The mistake of the personal mode of consciousness is that it has its myriad of “false idols”, meaning that it directs its attention and belief unto things that are not really there.
10. Presence is Perfect Stability
Presence or your consciousness is like space. It allows experiences to appear within it and it contains them without any effort. Presence is in direct contact with your immediate reality. I have found it to be the most stable “thing” in my experience as a human being. The body is constantly in flux and changing, there are billions of processes that are going on in the physical body of a human being, or for that matter any advanced animal. The person is also in the mix when it comes to theses processes and changes, as I’ve said about it seeking stability yet never truly finding it.
Only presence is stable, even though within it all instabilities occur and take place. Consciousness in its original condition is untouched and forever unblemished by every experience, whether they be good or bad. How can space be stained by that which is appearing in it. In the same way, our own awareness is immaculate and untouchable.
This brings us to our next point!
11. Spiritual Enlightenment is Presence Fulfilled
Many people go around not knowing what to make of the idea of enlightenment. They have read about the Buddha and heard about Jesus, but they wouldn’t know if their life depended on it what it truly meant. In other words, the experience of enlightenment feels foreign to these individuals. Some claim to be enlightened who really are not, sometimes these people are speaking from their aggrandized personhood, and not from their perfect state of presence.
If you happen to be interested in the concept of Enlightenment, I am here to tell you that all these points I’ve been covering are legitimate ways of reaching that state. These are insights that you may have great use for on your journey towards total freedom.
Spiritual enlightenment is simply you being present as presence before yourself without any trace of the constructed self-separate person.
12. Presence is Your Original Nature
No one can teach you to be presence and no one has taught you to be consciousness. On the other hand you were indeed taught to be a person as you were not born a person. Prior to even your physical body you were presence. It is at this point where it becomes spiritual. The chain of events looks something like this.
Awareness → Presence → Body → Personhood → Presence → Enlightenment → Dissolution
That is my spontaneous image of how the spirit is born and transcends its own limitations. You may ask, where do I get this stuff from, I would say by simply being present as presence. These words are pouring out without a person to put its stamp on them. They are spontaneous, and it doesn’t really matter if they are “objectively” true or false. Presence is all about subjectivity, namely absolute subjectivity. When you reach this state of absolute subjectivity, you transcend both subjectivity and objectivity. This is your innermost and original condition, namely pure presence witnessing itself. Ain’t that mind-boggling thing to ponder!
13. The Person Will Give You No Rest
The personal state, as you very well know by now, is characterized by constant capricious movement and changefulness. In this hurricane of personhood you will not find any true rest. Occasional rests will of course show itself so that life becomes bearable, but a permanent state of peace will not be your experience. In the state of personhood, lack is a fact. The person always strives to add unto its inventory or store up objects/thoughts/emotions as its own.
This constant striving after external experience makes it very difficult for one to rest. Even if you were tired of your minds chattering and the persons shenanigans, you couldn’t stop it at this very moment. If I were to say to you, can you stop your mind from bothering you for five minutes while awake, you’ll most likely know that it can’t be done. Why? Because the person or the psychological mind is like a bicycle which one pedals and it goes forward, it takes time for it to slow down. That is if you don’t know how to use the brakes, but even that can be dangerous.
Now the purpose of that metaphor was to illuminate the nature of the person, constantly moving and never resting. Your presence however…
14. Your Presence is Your Perfect Rest
In your presence will you find your perfect sanctuary and rest. I’m not talking about “resting in peace”, I’m talking about being the peace while still drawing breath. Even when your body is warm can you achieve this state of tranquility, which is beyond any conception of your mind. It is truly the sweetest and subtlest joy I’ve come across. When you truly have this “self-respect”, your presence will naturally bloom into its full potential and perfect peace. It is always available for your returning back to it, it has been with you since the beginning and will be with you at the end. In fact neither beginning nor end can truly encapsulate it, as I said, it is timeless. In this timelessness you can become weightless and find your true home and rest, while still having an heartbeat to accompany you!
15. You Shall Know the Truth and the Truth Shall Set You Free
Yes, we have come to the end of this insightful list on why life lived as presence is much more truthful, earnest, fulfilling and majestic. You might object and say that I have been a bit to harsh to this state of personhood and perhaps a bit too overly gracious when it comes to the state of presence.
To that I can only say, find out for yourself what truly is meant by presence and person. When you know this, you will automatically and naturally know that the symbiot turned parasite in the person has no real use for the fulfillment of ones life. You can live without it but it cannot live without you.
Your presence is the truth, know this truth and be forever free!
Hopefully you gained some insights reading this, if you wish to learn more about the power of presence, take a look at these works by me, or an expanded version of this blogpost below