“Enlightenment was in your coffee cup
before you poured in the coffee.
Now it’s in your coffee cup.
Two point two billion years
before your coffee cup was created,
Enlightenment was in your coffee cup.
An hour and fifteen minutes
after time swallows the universe,
Enlightenment will be in your coffee cup.
You’ve always known where it is
because it’s exactly where you left it.
How can you not return to a place you never left?
You are dreaming that you are unenlightened.
You are dreaming that you are awake.”
This Jed’s poem expresses EXACTLY what is, and isn’t. The only problem in it is the word ‘enlightenment’. It creates an instant reference to mysticism, ancient temples, images of far away lands where people used to think about enlightenment much, and where the largest number of texts on the subject was written (and there is a good reason why the East specifically). Oh.. and creatures with aura, beads, white flowing cloaks and exotic names for those who are just at the start of climbing the ladder.
And most of all – hope that one can become free from ‘suffering’ (aka, this world, in non-spiritually denominational language).
This is the reason why the most successful spiritual ‘teachers’ bear adopted Eastern names: it draws in the crowd, yes, but also on a deeper level our spiritual teachers are not free from the Eastern Enlightenment paradigm. It still prominently features as part of their deep subconscious conditioning. I mean… Adyashanti instead of Steven Gray? Adi Da instead of Franklin Jones? Mooji instead of Anthony Moo-Young? Wei Wu Wei instead of Terence Gray?
Don’t deny it: human minds work on creating associations, and those connections were built into our thinking by culture ever before you took a conscious interest in the subject. We absorb ideas, ideals, concepts, images UNCONSCIOUSLY. Every day. Without noticing. The process is subtle, by the time you are ten – you are already a walking library of unexamined assumptions. And sure, at ten one cannot yet examine much consciously, but the damage had been done, deep seated and hard to weed out. Why do you think so many of you are struggling with dropping the lens?
I simply got lucky. Communism was ideology, not faith; no one believed shit about it, but collectively pretended that they did, for ease of existence. There was no religion or any enlightenment philosophy to get oneself wrapped up in, and I was too young to look for anything.
One types the word ‘consciousness’ into the image search and gets assaulted by a gazillion surreal images: stars, rays, twinkles, cosmic clouds, chaps in contorted poses, alien looking faces, Magellan galaxy and so on, all mostly in blue and purple. Fog and puke alright.. I remember being young, and some badly copied sheets on yoga being passed around. There was a photo of this dude in one copy, took me awhile to locate it online, it’s a pretty old image. I thought then “Shit! Look at his toenails! The man is off his rocker”. Notice that I didn’t question the validity of the picture; I simply assumed it was true and called it crazy. And the point is not whether this was true. The point is – I DIDN’T QUESTION the picture then.
But later – I did. I went in with conditioning ONLY from the secular world, without religious bullshit, and it wasn’t too hard to break down the barriers once the wheels were set in motion.
And so that you know…. the lotus flower is a weed here, grows in every dirty pond, and ponds here ARE filthy. From faeces to worship…. how telling.
A long time ago Jed also laughed at enlightenment. Then his eyes opened, and he saw clearly WHY he was laughing. The poem is a good expression of this understanding. ‘Enlightenment’ in it is a metaphor for Reality, and sure, one hour after time swallows Universe – Reality will remain. It may look different after the Sun engulfs the Earth, and you will be long gone, but Reality, the world – will remain FOREVER. Just ponder this ‘forever’ and its significance. Compare it to your own little fucked up mental state. How significant is that in the grand scheme of things?
Reality is in your coffee cup, because it IS, exists, and only that which exists – is true. Enlightenment (Reality) was in your coffee cup 2.2 million years ago because Reality existed then even when you and your coffee – did not.
The untrue has no real existence, cannot be touched, verified, proved as real, because one can never prove a negative statement as real. If I say ‘You don’t exist’, your mind will respond ‘WTF?? because it cannot prove this negation as true. Here is your mind loop, the one that has been driving humans in circles.
But you KNOW that you exist, without proof. You don’t need proof to know that. Some things are simply self-evident, i.e. – evident to self.
As for “You are dreaming that you are unenlightened. You are dreaming that you are awake.”… This is a statement that neither of those two (unenlightened versus awake) are true, correct. This is a statement on non-existence of Enlightenment.
Your imagination (‘dreaming’) gives the notion of ‘enlightenment’ life and existence.