“You do not touch the earth, you are the earth.”
Since the ego exists mostly in the gross state, with a few remnants in the subtle, then once you identify with constant consciousness—or that which exists in all three states—you break the hold of the ego, since it barely exists in the subtle and does not exist at all in the causal emptiness (or in the deep sleep state, which is one type of emptiness). You cease identifying with ego, and you identify with pure formless consciousness as such, which is colorless, spaceless, timeless, formless—pure clear emptiness. You identify with nothing in particular, and therefore you can embrace absolutely everything that arises. Gone to the ego, you are one with the All.
You still have complete access to the walking-state ego, but you are no longer only that. Rather, the very deepest part of you is one with the entire Kosmos in all its radiant glory. You simply are everything that is arising moment to moment. You do not see the sky, you are the sky. You do not touch the earth, you are the earth. You do not hear the rain, you are the rain. You and the universe are what the mystics call “One Taste.”
This is not poetry. This is a direct realization, as direct as a glass of cold water in the face. One taste is not a hallucination, fantasy, or product of a disturbed psyche, but the realization and testament of countless yogis, saints, and sages the world over.
Alan Watts brings all of the above to bear in an amazing discussion about waking up, which he calls “Coming Off It.”
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