Friday, December 15, 2023



"We know beyond any doubt that we are here now. I’m not talking about knowing our name, our gender, our occupation, our history, or even the idea that we are “a person”—all of that is second-hand knowledge. I’m pointing to the first instant, the knowingness of being here as aware presence itself—not those words, but the ungraspable yet undoubtable actuality to which they point. We don’t need to be told that we are here now, present and aware—it’s not a belief—it’s undeniable. Yes, the words I’m using to point to it are words we’ve learned second-hand, but the bare sense of aware presence, of present experiencing, of being is direct and immediate. It is impossible to doubt and requires no belief." ~ Joan Tollifson

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