Every one of us is a limitless potentiality. In every moment of our existence, every one of us has limitless possibilities for action, movement, and experience in the mental, emotional and physical field.
There is no limit to what we could do, starting from this exact moment. This is possible for the reason that, such as for everything that exists on this planet, even humans are a constant flow of consciousness-energy in perpetual motion and transformation.
Let’s perform a sober observation right now – this exact moment: we can move a hand in various ways, change the posture of the body, breathe in various ways or even stop the breath for some moments. We can even stop reading these words and begin to do something else.
Trivial examples, but what I would like to point out here, is that beginning at this moment, there are no limits to what we may decide to do. Not only now, but at every moment of our lives.
At every moment we can decide to begin to travel – decide to “travel” through reading a book, watching a movie or travel with our fantasy. From this point of view, we could consider our entire life as a travel, an experiential path with all the infinite possible variants.
If we notice some limitations in our life, we are the one who had determined them, in a “conscious” or unconscious way. We are what we think to be, and if we don’t do something, or are unable to do something, it is only because we have convinced ourselves that we can’t do it – maybe because it’s an “unusual”, unconventional thing, something that is outside of our mental schemes, or because we simply fear to do this, or because we are too lazy….
So, the limits we experience are in our mind; namely, a closed circuit of our repetitive mental and behavioral schemes, and we prefer to choose them because we feel them to be “safe” and “known”, instead of exiting the circle and allow ourselves to experience life in an open way.
From this point of view, we can state that the limitless or the limited potentiality, is a question of “being or not being”.
I remember the words of my mentor when he said for me to be “just what I am”, namely to be during an action, who I am in reality.
It’s a simple phrase that allows us to grasp that the state of “not being” is the root of many diseases and pathologies that afflict contemporary humans: depersonalization, anxiety, depression, frustrations, aggression, sense of helplessness, insecurity, and so on and so forth.
We are afraid to experience life in its full potential because we fear the new, the “unknown”, which is outside our “known” mental schema.
The ancient Tantrism graphically described the infinite potentiality of expression and experimentation of an individual with a point (Bindu), which lies at the center of the diagrams known as Yantras. Buddhist Tantrism represented the same concepts through a sphere (tig-le) at the center of the Vajra or Dorje (that often represents the firmness of spirit and spiritual power).
This author considers such symbols as interesting to observe, study, and experience, because beyond considering them as religious “ritual tools”, they express an infinity of deep psychological and spiritual knowledge. Indeed, such knowledge is both of individual and universal character which explains the nature of Reality itself and the infinite potentials that could be expressed, at every moment, by every human being willing to experience deeply and, as best as they can, their life, unconditionally.
In order to unconditionally experience life, one must be able and willing to “appreciate experience” – every kind of experience. What do I intend by this?
Generally, people give value only to experiences that in one way or another, move something within them. The so-called “common or usual experiences” are often lived in total indifference, considering them as not worthy of their attention. What people usually forget, is that EVERY feeling is already an experience.
Such an attitude is, in my opinion, disrespectful and insensitive towards life and ourselves. If we take a deeper look at such behavior, we will find that it is driven from an impulse of accepting ONLY things and situations that impress us in a particular way, and refusing-rejecting situations considered as “well-known”, boring, or so. This behavior is the source of feelings of dissatisfaction, boredom, and isolation from most situations and things that compose our life.
In mere words, such behavior impoverishes us. I’ll explain better: if we don’t appreciate common daily acts such as breathing, drinking water, walking, observing what we have in the forefront of our life, lying down, sitting, eating, touching, tasting, smelling, and the multitudinous acts considered as “common” and “irrelevant”, we deprive ourselves of precious and irreplaceable moments of our life that, put all together, compose the totality of our existence.
It’s as though, during these missed moments, we didn’t exist. Indeed, in order to live, to exist fully, we need to experience fully, and in order to experience fully, we need to be present and to keep in mind, the truthful statement that there isn’t a moment that isn’t worth being lived.
This statement is not my idea. It is the foundation of all the traditions devoted to Inner Research – Taoism, Zen, Tibetan Buddhism, Tantrism, etc. An Inner Research begins with placing the maximum importance to training oneself to be present at every moment.
Through such training for Presence, we can gradually learn to keep step with the Eternal Present. Indeed, the concept of linear time, namely, how we perceive the flow of time, is a mental construction: subjectively, we perceive a present, a past and a future. In reality, there is only a moment that objectively exists, and this is the present. The past no longer exists, and the future is only a possibility.
Through such a presence, we increasingly experience, the basic unity between us and existence itself, in the same way that a wave “feels” to be part of an unique ocean… until we discover that we are this time – a time that can express every instant, infinite potential. It’s a bit difficult to explain this if one does not have any experience of this state, but this is the state where the “eternal present” can be experienced as a matter of fact, not as a theory.
In order to access this possibility, we have to query the causes that allow such “loss of presence” and the awareness limited by habits, ideologies, and opinions – namely, the ideas we had created about ourselves and life.
If we consider ourselves to be limited, we’ll continue to live in a prison where the possibilities for experience are very limited; but if we realize that such limits lie only in our rigid ideological structures and in our habitual behaviors, such structures – our opinions, convictions, ideas – will lose their influence on our awareness and we’ll begin to perceive them as what they are: pure illusion.
Then, and only then, we’ll be able to realize the truth of the affirmation “every one of us is limitless potentiality”, and step into the limitless and forgotten world, described by Ancient Traditions.