Allow experience to be exactly as it is. Make no attempt to control or change experience, or to stop our thoughts. This approach has nothing to do with manipulating the content of experience; it has all to do with recognizing oneself as the witnessing, spacious presence of awareness, and taking our stand as that. Relinquish any agenda with the content of experience. Give experience its freedom, and experience gives us our freedom. As the presence of awareness, we are utterly intimate with, and at the same time, independent of – one with and free from – all experience. Returning to our true nature is like returning home after a busy day at work. We close the door and let go of the entire content of experience – thoughts, feelings, sensations – and relax into the sofa of awareness, always comfortable, always welcoming. Make the world the place where you express this peace and happiness.
- Rupert Spira, English spiritual teacher, philosopher, artist, and proponent of the Direct Path