Q & A with Dr. Robert Saltzman
TOPIC: Awakening Never Ends
The universe exists within awareness.
It’s not ‘an’ awareness, but awareness. There is only one, not belonging to anyone or anything. A body with a living nervous system allows awareness to…create(?) the I AM and consciousness. The latter two die with the body.
Awareness is — at least that’s my understanding of all I’ve read.
Not that I understand it, [but I] can honestly say I ‘believe’ it, that’s the idea… I think?
Dr. Robert Saltzman:
The “all,” if I can call it that, becomes translated or converted into “I AM” within a human nervous system. To see this from another angle (and, as I must point out again, words cannot do justice to these matters which exist prior to words—but we all love words, don’t we?), the human nervous system is evolved enough to allow questioning about “deeper” matters, including “who am I?”. My cat is here and alive as much as I am, but I doubt she wonders about any of this. Nevertheless, she exists as much as I do. Who can doubt that?
The point here is that human consciousness, while “real” enough, is not the standard or measure of anything. To think that it is some kind of standard or definition of anything is absurd, egocentric, and “speciesist.” There is a colony of mites living in your eyelashes at this very moment, and their existence is as “real” as yours.
The sense, I AM, is a human experience. But—obviously, at least I hope this is obvious—something exists prior to human experience. In other words, when “you” die, and your “I AMness” is no more, the universe will still be here. Only your version of it will have died, not the whole thing, which will continue being exactly what it is and always has been.
Try to understand this, including the first sentence. If you can, you may be able to see into this entire matter, and your question(s) so far may be seen to [not] have been rather empty after all.”
Dr. Robert Saltzman is a psychotherapist and [non-teacher] of non-duality who lives and works in Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico. In addition to his therapy practice, he takes questions about psychology, spirituality, and problems of living from questioners world-wide on the Dr. Robert Forum.
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