Excerpts About Point
Diamond Heart Book III, p. 66 • discuss »
Spacecruiser Inquiry, p. 378 • discuss »
Spacecruiser Inquiry, p. 380 • discuss »
Spacecruiser Inquiry, p. 383 • discuss »
The Point of Existence, p. 227 • discuss »
Brilliancy, p. 182 • discuss »
As ego activity diminishes, it becomes easier to stay with and experience fully the selfless openness of the black space. The student can tolerate the absence of the familiar self with little difficulty and may even appreciate this absence. This sets the stage for the manifestation of the Essential Identity. The black space appears as the night sky where the Essential Identity may arise as a brilliant star in the pure darkness. A brilliant point of presence and awareness takes form in the endlessness of space, with the inner recognition: “I am here now.” The student feels specifically present, as a singularity of presence, totally autonomous from all images, representations, or concepts of self. There is a new element in the experience: The sense of authentic identity is present, and it is experienced as oneself. One does not experience it, one is it. This development takes one to a new dimension of experience, as if one is experiencing things from the other side. When one is completely being the Essential Identity, the experience no longer takes the form of being or seeing a point of light. The sense of size disappears, even the feeling of identity disappears. Self-realization becomes a matter of being, purely being, with an increasing understanding of what this means. There is a sense of simplicity and innocence, of just simply being. It is not a matter of being oneself and knowing this by reflecting on the experience
of oneself. There is no reflection on the state, no desire to analyze it. There is a sense of being alone, without the concept or feeling of aloneness.
The Point of Existence, p. 345 • discuss »
The Point, the Essential Identity, is needed in order to comprehend our experience—to reveal it as a unified whole—because the Point is the organizing center of our circle of experience. It is the center of our personal mandala. It is also the direction of ultimate understanding. In other words, the function of the Point, as part of the Diamond Guidance, is to continuously deepen our understanding. How? By pointing it toward our ultimate nature, our final identity. So the Point has to do not only with getting the point, but also with pointing. The presence of the Point points to the depth, so that our awareness and knowledge can penetrate directly to the depth of our Being. It isinteresting that the Essential Identity is a point, given that the term “point” is used in our everyday language in relation to meaning and understanding. In this case, our language has a great deal of wisdom. Consider our use of the expression “getting the point.” That’s how the Essential Identity, the Point, contributes to the function of Guidance. When we say that the Point points, this doesn’t mean that it does anything. By its mere presence, it points. When love is present, it affects ourconsciousness in a certain way. It makes us generous, it makes us give and appreciate, it makes us do wonderful things. Similarly, when the Point is present, it affects our consciousness in a certain way: It brings us to the point, and it points to the point by its very nature. It doesn’t actually point a finger. If it weren’t for the Point, inner guidance would stay on the same level. The nature of the Point causes inquiry to penetrate, to go deeper, because it represents identity all the way to the Absolute. The Point is really nothing but the reflection of the Absolute in the soul. It guides consciousness and inquiry toward itself as if by magnetism.
Spacecruiser Inquiry, p. 378 • discuss »
Brilliancy is the father of the Point. The Point is you; it is your essential self and identity. The Point is different from Brilliancy. The Point, when you experience it, has a living quality to it—it’s living, alive, and responsive—while Brilliancy is just a presence, a brilliant presence. We’ve talked about many ways that Brilliancy manifests. Now, you can attain a quality of Brilliancy where it becomes like the Point. That is more like what people call God, where you see the whole universe as a living, breathing, pulsing presence—just like the Point, but infinite. That’s what we call the Father of the Point, which is a sense of a very immense presence. You experience it by perceiving that at the core of everything there is a living, brilliant intelligence. It is manifesting in everything all of the time, directing everything. It is not directing it in the sense of “do this, do that,” but directing it by making it happen. It is the intelligence that, by its manifestation, brings out life, brings out appearance, brings out all kinds of things.
Brilliancy, p. 181 • discuss »