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The Mystery of Beingness

‘This is how you should contemplate. The world is an idea in the mind to which the word world has been attached. Beyond this idea is the mystery of beingness. But it’s not possible to free people from their attachment to the idea - to that which blinds them to the reality - without appropriate methods. So you should tread the path of perfect giving, of patience, energy, meditation and wisdom. Yet while following these activities, you should remain aware that the world is illusory. It is for the sake of those who do not know that you engage in dynamic and vigorous work and also in meditation and one-pointed attention. Understanding that without wisdom you can do nothing for others, you remain in the perfection of wisdom, which is the awareness that what you are doing is both essential and illusory.’

- Prajnaparamita, in The Buddha Speaks, A book of guidance from the Buddhist scriptures edited by Anne Bancroft.

It has been said that, in scale, a human being is about halfway between an atom and a star. Interestingly, this is also the regime in which physics becomes most complicated; on the atomic scale, we have quantum mechanics, on the large scale, relativity. It is in between these two extremes where our lack of understanding of how to combine these theories becomes apparent.

The Oxford scientist Roger Penrose has written convincingly of his belief that whatever it is that we are missing from our understanding of fundamental physics is also missing from our understanding of consciousness. These ideas are important when one considers what have become known as anthropic points of view, best summarized as the belief that the Universe must be the way it is in order to allow us to be here to observe it.
—  Bang! The Complete History of the Universe, Brian May
Once you have decided you want the present moment to be your friend, it is up to you to make the first move: Become friendly toward it, welcome it no matter in what disguise it comes, and soon you will see the results. Life becomes friendly toward you; people become helpful, circumstances cooperative. One decision changes your entire reality. But that one decision you have to make again and again and again—until it becomes natural to live in such a way.
—  Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

There is a space inside everybody,
this stillness.

This stillness has no religion.
It’s not a Buddhist stillness,
Or a Hindu stillness,
Or a Christian stillness.

It is earlier than religion.
It is pure, it is synonymous with Being,
It is the fragrance of being-ness.

—  Mooji