The quest to live beyond mind is largely a quest for truth. As in, to find out what's true, capital T True, beyond what mind and society tries to feed us as Truth.
Truth, The Way, The Great Ground of Being, Source.
Call it what you will.
I don't claim to be a spokesperson for Truth, only just writing about a subject that deeply moves me. Truth, fortunately, doesn't need anyone to speak for it or get it "right"... and thank God for that, 'cuz otherwise we'd really be in a muddle!
Truth rests in that realm beyond mind, so no words or thoughts can actually capture or properly explain it.
Truth is not contained in, or accurately described by, any religion, creed or dogma.
Truth is Truth.
It needs no one to validate or describe it.
Any religion or ideology provides, at best, words that try -- but inevitably fail -- to capture and describe that which cannot be captured or described.
You end up with nice words and beliefs, but miss the essence of it.
Truth, like it is said of God, cannot be contained. But that is what ideologies try to do anyway. Contain God, Truth, claim to "have" it, to "own" it.
And more often than not, followers of ideologies want everyone to agree with their boxed versions of Truth. But no ideology can really cover it. The best any religion can do is point to the Unknowable. The worst, history books are full of.
Truth is available within each of us, most noticeably -- ironically enough -- when we are less obscured by all our thoughts, beliefs and ideologies -- and simply open.
I don't feel the need to go to any church or temple, or ascribe to any belief system, in order to be in contact with Truth. Truth I find within myself, for myself.
This first-hand excavation is the closest I can possibly come to Truth... so why would I need to seek it out elsewhere, in a person or place external to myself? These can only be taken at second and third hand.
Nothing wrong in seeking it out elsewhere, but also nothing right in insisting that everyone should be doing so, that those who don't are either going to Hell or missing out on something very important if they don't choose to do so.
Truth I can find any moment when I sit and tune into the stillness that is always here, whether I bother to notice it or not.
More often than not, I don't bother to notice it. But regularly, I do. And I find it more accessible this way, than if I felt the need to go to a designated place of worship, spiritual circle or gathering. At these, I'm usually distracted by the "noisiness" of others and what they think and say God has to say.
In my own silence, I don't depend on anyone to do any interpreting for me. In fact in my deepest moments, there is no "me" and "Truth." There's just Truth.
Just a gal experimenting with what it means to live outside of mind.
Read more about Notes to Self, the "manual" on living beyond mind.