The second state of mind means direct contact / alignment with reality. It is not possible for this alignment to be indirect, i.e. through something else, as that would contradict its nature.
One example of such a misalignment is reliance on authority. Teachers, gurus, organizations etc. are necessarily of limited help in the uncovering of the second state – they may provide useful tools and point to the door, but when it comes to the final ‘break’ (into the second state), dependence on authority is in actuality detrimental – the very fact that one is expecting the answer to come from somewhere else will fragment and block.
In other words: don’t look for answers elsewhere – all you need is already inside you.
Even better: don’t look, and you are there!
There is no such thing as an empty mind.
A clear mind is empty – unburdened by fragmented impulses. But, once the shackles are discarded, emptiness gives birth to infinite potential – only then do real knowledge and creativity begin. Thus, a clear mind is as full as it gets – and it keeps growing …
It is neither empty nor full.
It is both empty and full.
In such emptiness/fullness, the clear mind is free to see its inevitable ties to reality / essence.
Ties mean limits.
Knowing your limits means unlimited horizons …
The root of psychological fragmentation is the belief / fear that the default state (what is there without the intervention of thought) is empty / meaningless.
The truth is precisely the opposite. It is intervention that causes fragmentation. The default state is whole – aligned with the universe.
A mind that sees this is free.
The second state means following your unique path – a specific manifestation of the universal order.
By not interfering, you let your path unfold.
By letting it unfold, you are always present.
By being present, you are an active expression of the universe.
Thus, by not getting in the way, you are the way.
In the second state, the mind is free to explore / know reality, as perception is not distorted by conditioned / fragmented impulses. What the mind knows is then firmly rooted, i.e. true – we could call this kind of knowledge integrated. But, since reality (being/essence) is infinite, the mind cannot possibly know all of it – there will always be more to be known.
This realisation brings blissful contentment. The limits of knowledge at any given moment mean that there is unlimited knowledge to be explored beyond. This is the fundamental, natural state that underpins our existence, and it is full of creative potential. It is an amazing feeling to be aware that you truly know something, with no need to prove this or compete – AND at the same time, to be thrilled that there will always be more to learn when you wake up the next morning …
The moment you truly see fragmentary thought / impulse for what it is, it is no longer an active part of your mind. This is not a gradual process, but an instantenuous and fundamental shift – a flash!
But, who/what is the entity that sees?
A mind incorporating fragmentary impulse cannot possibly see itself – thought cannot contemplate the nature of another thought. If you try to see / make it happen, it won’t. Trying will block it.
So, the part of the mind that sees has to be outside the space occupied by thought. This part is primary – it is already there, underneath the noise. It has always been there. Just stay back and let it work through you …
DON’T PUSH – LET GO – STAY BACK – BE – WATCH – EXPLORE – CREATE –
A conditioned thought / emotional response is, in essence, of the same nature as a consciously directed, forced one. Both are forms of a fragmented impulse, originating in a fragmented mind-set (the first state), resulting with fragmented perception and experience.
Within the second state, thoughts / impulses are integrated and exist in balance: trained reflexes and spontaneous sparks work together.
In the mosaic (perceived reality) of the first state, the pieces are jumbled up. In the second, they fit together – without trying, just by being …
A free mind uncovers and explores the essence of things – the fundamental nature of reality.
Knowing “essence”, i.e. truly perceiving it, one becomes it.
Being it, one is like a mirror – the universe looking at itself.