Excerpts About Cessation
Diamond Heart Book II, p. 18 • discuss »
The Void, p. 18 • discuss »
The Point of Existence, p. 18 • discuss »
Luminous Night's Journey, p. 18 • discuss »
Diamond Heart Book V, p. 118 • discuss »
Diamond Heart Book V, p. 129 • discuss »
In the experience of cessation the apprehending consciousness dissolves in the absolute. Subsequent experiences of consciousness apprehending the absolute nonbeing do not lead necessarily to annihilation, but to the mixing of the two. The apprehending consciousness becomes one with emptiness, resulting in the coemergence of being with nonbeing. The deepest coemergence is of the absolute dimension itself, the luminous black fullness of emptiness.
Inner Journey Home, p. 683 • discuss »
Cessation can also happen as part of the love affair that the soul has with her true nature. As she opens up and becomes fully present, without defenses or pretensions, she may feel her intimate love for the absolute. Such love may appear as an ardent desire and longing, or a resistance and unwillingness to keep living in manifestation. She feels she would rather dissolve in the absolute and disappear than experience the various realms. Such longing may lead to a complete disappearance into the unmanifest absolute, as the soul feels enveloped by its delicious darkness, and caressed by its infinite mystery. This intimate embrace can reveal to the soul that she is like a cloud of consciousness particles. As she dissolves she feels only a few particles, conscious of themselves and of black nothingness. As consciousness thins away it disappears in the nothingness. All perception and sensation are lost. There is then not even consciousness of nothing. It is as if unconsciousness. There is absence of consciousness. There is absence of existence, absence and no awareness of absence. It is as if the consciousness thins away like air and
the awareness itself disappears. When there is no consciousness at all, there is no experience whatsoever, and no awareness of no experience.
Inner Journey Home, p. 383 • discuss »