At some point, however, you come to the recognition of what we call “essential truth.” Essential truth is not an insight about something but the apprehending of the immediate reality of the moment. This immediate reality is presence – the quality of beingness – as when one is experiencing an essential aspect, such as Compassion or Strength. We find out here that one of the most important characteristics of the essential presence is that it is self-aware consciousness. So if I am experiencing the presence of stillness, which is one flavor of essential Peace, nobody needs to be outside the stillness to be aware of the stillness. I and the stillness become one thing. My familiar sense of being a separate observer dissolves. There is no observer and no observed. The stillness itself, Essence itself, is awareness, but awareness with the quality of stillness and peace. And the awareness is pervasive throughout the presence of the stillness. The presence is completely aware – a medium of consciousness characterized by the quality of stillness.
Spacecruiser Inquiry, p. 80
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On this essential level, the facts of your situation take on a sense of meaning, of richness and of depth, because they usher you into the realm of what really exists, beyond the surface of things. An essential truth is not a thought, an idea, a reaction, or an action; its most important characteristic is that it is an ontological presence -- it has a substantive existence. Although the relative truth of the situation can take us to the essential truth of it, the essential level is not dependent upon the situation. It is self-existing; it is its own realm existing independently of who we are and what we're doing
Facets of Unity, p. 76
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If we continue pursuing the truth of the situation, the essential truth will continue to expand and reveal ever-deeper dimensions of Being until, at some point, we come in contact with the formless dimensions of Being. When we first encounter essence, we experience it in the dimension of form, contained within us, in other words, "There is love in my heart, will in my belly, clarity in my head," and so on. At a deeper level, the presence of essence expands and loses its boundaries, and we realize that it is actually boundless. This is the beginning of experiencing the formless or boundless dimensions. The first formless dimension that we usually encounter … is that of Living Daylight: love that is not just within, that is everywhere -- pervading everything, penetrating all boundaries.
Facets of Unity, p. 77
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