Are they "awake"?
Often students will ask me if I think a certain spiritual teacher is awake. I tell them that I don’t even know what that means. A self cannot be “awake”. THE Awareness of Truth (Holy Spirit, Christ Consciousness), Which is all that could be called “awake”, is in every mind. Seemingly-individual split-minds are aware of the Awareness of Truth to varying degrees but I would not call any of them “awake”. As I wrote last week, a split-mind never attains the Awareness of Truth. It falls away and the Awareness of Truth is what is left. But only the one experiencing this would know that this has occurred. And they would feel no need to bring it up unless they were asked.
A split-mind can never see past itself. It only ever sees its projections onto others. Sometimes those projections mirror itself; sometimes they are what the split-mind hopes to see. Clients will share with me their disappointment in someone they thought was “awake” but then who did something human that they have determined no one awake would do. They are looking to a self (body/personality) for what will never be awake. You will never see an awakened person. But you may become aware of the Awake mind - in yourself. And when you do you will be aware of It in others, too. Then you may be able to sense a mind that has transcended the self but you could never be sure unless you asked.
Back in the 90s or the aughts there was a movement among Christians, especially the young, where they asked themselves, “What would Jesus do (WWJD)?” The idea was to ask oneself this in any given situation to model appropriate Christian behavior. But of course the story of Jesus is an allegory about the transformation of mind. To focus on behavior is to spiritualize the self. To look to another for a model of an awake mind is to make the same mistake. The Awake mind is found within, not in the behavior of any self.
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