For me, the difference between the unrealized state and the realized state is similar to the difference between dreaming and waking.
I have this recollection of knowing when I’m in a dreaming state. The environment seems less permanent, more changeable, according to my thoughts about it.
When I awaken, however, I know I’m on Terra Firma. This part of life will continue whereas the other will not. At some level I know it.
But let’s not focus on the difference in experience. Let’s focus on the difference in value between the two states. The value of being awake over dreaming is inestimable. All takes place in this waking domain. It seems too obvious to point out.
By the same token, the degree of difference between the unrealized and the realized state, if you were talking to someone realized, would be inestimable. There would be no comparison. And of course that person might stare at you as if to say: I’d think that was obvious.
It is obvious to them, just not to us, who walk around in our everyday consciousness more or less oblivious to the realized state and its value.
If we wanted to change our vote on the value of the realized state, how would we go about doing it?
The desire, the willingness, the moment at which the intention is set and goes out as a command to all bodily, mental, and emotional systems has a point of origination within ourselves.
There are no roadsigns saying, “Yep, you’re on the right track. Point of origination dead ahead.” We feel, at a very deep and moving level, that we’ve reached a place where a fundamental shift has taken place in our support for one thing over another. That’s the point of origination.
We feel with an intensity that gives us certainty that our vote has changed from being satisfied with the everyday, unrealized, ordinary state of consciousness to now hungering, longing for the realized.
We feel our whole being shift from a “yes” to a “no” or vice versa. And we know at a very deep level that our being has spoken on the matter; the decision has been made. We sometimes celebrate the occurrence with the phrase, “the penny dropped.”
If we pretend that we’ve made that significant shift before reaching this level of certainty, we usually end up giving an unconvincing, half-hearted performance which moves and persuades no one.
Part of us is not willing to go along with the decision. Our mind is divided in some way and it shows.
There’s no substitute for reaching that deep level of realization, in this case, about realization. When we see someone who lives from that higher state for the most part and hungers for it when they’re not in it, I think we respond to that person, almost instinctively.
Among politicians and world leaders, John F. Kennedy was for me this kind of soul. He consistently raised our sights and unified us in the pursuit of a mission of peace.
I have a hard time thinking of a second.