However, by gaining confidence in open intelligence as the root of everything that you know about yourself, just by this sole act of the power of gaining confidence in imperturbable open intelligence, you will come to see that your body is vast and indestructible like infinite space. You will see that there was never a time when you were turned on and there will never be a time when you will be turned off.
When it comes to gaining confidence in pure open intelligence, progress is made gradually for most people. It isn’t necessarily true for all people, but for most people progress is made gradually. If that’s the way it is for you, then just accept that. First gain confidence in open intelligence as the basis of all of your thoughts and emotions. Then based upon gaining mastery there, you will be able to gain mastery over the data regarding your physical body. More and more you will identify yourself with the wisdom body: the skillful body of all-encompassing pure open intelligence that is a permanent expanse free from destruction and vulnerability.
If you bog yourself down in conventional ideas, then you’ll just be a “bogged down someone” all of your life. That is very disappointing. There can be no bigger disappointment then that: to just wallow around in conventional ideas when all the while the very basis of who you are is this pure open intelligence that is entirely cognizant, conscious or aware and does nothing but emanate benefit.
We can’t rely on our loved ones for our well-being either. We have a childhood fantasy that some day we will have the perfect loved ones and then they will give us a tremendous sense of well-being. We will have our tight circle of sympathetic attachments, and we will be in there and be ever so happy, and at last everything will be the way it is supposed to be. We are all looking for this, but we can’t count on that for well-being either. If you don’t know that yet, admit it now, because the truth is that it is probably very unlikely that we will ever have a truly deep connection with anyone, unless we are extremely fortunate. All these ideas about where well-being might come from or that it might come about somewhere in the future are insanity.
Why not take it easy and make it easy? Why struggle so much to describe everything that is going on? This is very important. By the power of open intelligence, there isn’t any necessity to get into all the descriptive factors about anything. Just glide along as open intelligence and allow its soothing energy to be the essence of everything without interpretation or analysis of what is occurring. In this way everything becomes effortless. By the single power of gaining confidence in open intelligence, it becomes very, very clear that this is all that is necessary to ground one’s self in total well-being.
All phenomena including mind and body are without basis, and there is no possibility that any of them has a foundation. The indivisible exposition of pure intelligence reveals that phenomena are an illusory visible display without independent origin, without ultimate distinctness, and without ultimate identity. As the body itself is a datum that has no finite essence, upon gaining confidence in open intelligence as one’s sole identity, it is clear that the perception of the body is forever self-releasing in the here and now.
What has to come first is the one hundred percent commitment to open intelligence above all else. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing. If you have a family and a job that doesn’t have anything to do with gaining confidence in open intelligence, it doesn’t really matter. By gaining confidence in open intelligence, you will either continue on doing the same job or you’ll evolve into something else. It is likely you will evolve into something else, because you’ll see greater possibilities about what your life is about. You can never know unless you take it all the way. That’s really true. At the same time, open intelligence is self-affirming, so it isn’t like you’re banking on a high-risk investment or something else that is scary.
Our data are very, very pervasive. The only way we can really understand the nature of existence as it is, is to gain confidence in open intelligence, and that requires a one hundred percent commitment. It means that we no longer treat ourselves with our data. We no longer rely on psychological interpretations as the sole way of looking at things. We no longer rely on scientific explanations as the sole way of looking at things. We no longer rely on creationist or spiritualist ways of explaining and describing things as the sole way of looking at things.
We rely on the one thing that is required for all our experience, and that is open intelligence of that experience. We take hold of the root of all of our experience—open intelligence—rather than relying on the description of the experience itself. One hundred percent commitment is very important to understand. It’s important to understand its implications, because it does mean one hundred percent commitment across the board in all of one’s experience and for all of one’s life.
It is in our practical day-to-day experience that we gain confidence in open intelligence. Maybe before we had been relying on our data or our perspectives that we gathered in order to make sense of reality. However, rather than relying on the opinions we’ve gathered about the nature of reality, we start to rely on open intelligence. More and more we rely on our own direct experience and our own instinctive recognition of open intelligence, rather than relying on all our opinions about everything or the opinions of others.
Once the introduction to open intelligence has taken place, in other words, open intelligence has been identified as the source of one’s experience, then to gain confidence in that open intelligence requires familiarization with it. When it’s been ignored as the source of one’s own experience, then there’s no familiarity with it.