Beyond Mind, Beyond Death
When that mortal self realizes and accepts this distinction, something profoundly magical occurs: what remains is awareness alone, and a sense of abiding in utter silent stillness—there is the sense that the entire world is but a reflection of an underlying absolute, silent, stillness. This awareness is referred to by Franklin Merrell-Wolff as
“consciousness without an object,” i.e., with no dependence upon physical perceptions and thoughts, indeed without that sense of personal identity which is itself a though Richard Rose writes: “The task of the seeker of eternity is to die while living.” The mortal seeker, in truly accepting his mortality, realizes that there is nothing to die and that only that which is eternal ever existed in the first place. So long as the seeker must live, then he must live in mortal separation from eternity.
The sense of self-as-identity is the focus in awareness on experience brought about by the body experience—and it overlays the focus on the ever present, silent stillness in which this sense of self occurs.
The sense of self-identity, occurring in awareness, is entirely dependent upon experience. Your entire sense of self is merely an experience! The body/mind is an experience machine. You think to yourself, “Ah, but that experience must be happening to somebody—and that somebody is ME!” Once again the egocentric point of reference has got it backwards. It is the body/mind experiences that give rise to the sense of self-identity. The body will die and be dissipated. The mind is at all times one with the body and will likewise be dissipated. When that happens what will remain of “he-who-experiences”? Answer: Nothing of you will remain.