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Your Nature Is Seeing

Enlightenment means waking up to what you truly are and then being that.” 

Is there effort required on this path? Personally I find I have less and less energy to make an effort in any direction.

You can't make an effort without tension. But why do you make an effort?  Only because you're looking for some result, for something outside yourself. Once you really know that what you're looklng for is your real nature, you lose the impetus to strive. So first, see how you are constantly making an effort. As soon as you are aware of this process, you are already outside it. And it may come as an original perception that you are really stillness.

But doesn't seeing this require some effort?

No. This seeing is your natural state. Just be aware that you don't see. Become more aware that you constantly react. Seeing requires no effort because your nature is seeing, is being stillness. The moment you're not looking for a result, not looking to criticize, to evaluate or conclude, just looking, then you can perceive this reacting, and you are no longer an accomplice to it.

 You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.
~Gilbert Chesterton

No amount of logic can keep you from having ridiculous ideas if you start with ridiculous premises. The real truth of things is a matter of direct observation, unencumbered by our conditioned prejudices. In this regard, what has been said of the 'tao' could also be appled to the 'truth' when it comes to our essential nature:

He who knows does not speak.
He who speaks does not know.

Meaning, that when we speak, we use language, which by default, imposes false assumptions upon what is actually a subtle process of discovery.

If You Think

...wanting big business to play by the rules makes one a Socialist.

...not joining an organized religion makes one an atheist.

...wanting clean air and water for your children makes one a tree-hugger.

...believing that women should be in charge of their own bodies makes one a murderer.

Give Up Your Thoughts of Wanting

At this moment is there anything lacking?
Nirvana is right here now before our eyes.
This place is the lotus land.
This body now is the Buddha.

Giving up our desires is nothing more than giving up a thought of wanting. Giving up our thoughts of wanting simply means not giving those thoughts our attention --- ignoring them. Such thoughts have never helped us to get what we thought we wanted. Wanting isn't valuable, so giving up wanting is giving up nothing except for our suffering. Are you willing to give up your suffering? That's a question worth examining because, the truth is, the ego doesn't want you to give up your suffering, since the ego has no purpose without suffering.

  ~Gina Lake from What About Now?: Reminders for Being in the Moment

Finding a Piece of the Truth

One day Mara, the Evil One, was travelling through the villages of India with his attendants. He saw a man doing walking meditation whose face was lit up in wonder. The man had just discovered something on the ground in front of him. Mara's attendant asked what that was and Mara replied, "A piece of truth." "Doesn't this bother you when someone finds a piece of truth, O Evil One?" his attendant asked. "No," Mara replied. "Right after this, they usually make a belief out of it."

From 108 Treasures for the Heart: A Guide for Daily Living by Benny Liow