You don’t have to try to be unconditionally open — you are already ARE that.
It’s just that this unconditional openness — your true nature — is obscured by the myriad conditions we place on reality. Our experience of reality is filtered by our demands, our judgments, our resistance to what is. This filtering process takes a kind of mental and emotional effort, it saps our vital life energy, and we call this suffering.
To know the unconditional openness that is prior to this filtering process is actually effortless and natural. We call the falling away of the filtering process “awakening” … or self-liberation! What it really is, is a revealing of your natural being-ness ... and you have simply become aware of it. In fact, it is you AS awareness that has become aware of itself!
This natural being-ness - now aware of itself and therefore awake - is unboundedly open. In other words, there is no boundary to it, it's not limited by your body or sense of self, it's not located in time and space but is unlocalized and eternal. Openness is like infinity ... you cannot find an edge to it.
And this natural being-ness is absolutely unconditional. In other words, it is not dependent on circumstances nor on your experience of those circumstances. It's not dependent on your thoughts or feelings or opinions or likes or dislikes. It's not dependent on whether you are rejecting your experience or loving your experience.
It's always here as itself (although if you are so caught up and identified in the resistance to what is, you will not be awake to the beauty and peace of that natural being-ness)
You don't have to try to be what you already are ... but if you want to know the freedom of true nature, an inquiry into the conditions you place upon reality is helpful to unravel that which stands in the way of this profound (and natural) knowing.
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Upon rereading the article "Effortless Openness" you use the word "reality". That openness is obsured by the myriad conditions we place on reality.
Could you define reality? Give an example???
I am feeling you mean reality of the Matrix, not reality of Openness.
Input would help me untangle what my mind is interrupting.
Isn't investigating (or inquire) a mental activity, my dear teacher? Namaste.