I have studied so many wonderful teachers. Nevertheless, I still sense this duality between the awareness and the observed. You seem to have experienced something beyond that. How? I still feel very much like the doer. Should I change my environment to get away from these last shreds of ego?

Inquiry always has the flavor of who am I in spite of form? This creates dispassion for worldly things (mainly happiness through sense experiences and greater thoughts). Here, the seeker begins to empty themselves of the components of the conceptual-self. Eventually, making enough room for the  grace that strikes hard or light according to ones predispositions. The result is the birth of the non-conceptual-self or permanent sense of witness and awareness that now has an identity outside of phenomenon. The seeker is profoundly changed and has stepped on a road for which they can never turn back.

This is meditation with the eyes closed. This is often confused for the highest state as the observer now feels as if they float above ego and body; and in some respects they do. This is the stage that many refer to famously as the end of seeking. Or some teach there is no ego at all. They may become great teachers and point others to the same realizations they may have had. Nevertheless, the Final Cause has not yet been revealed as there is still duality between the observer and that which it observes. So the seeker still periodically finds themselves swinging on the pendulum of predispositions or latent tendencies. Doubt still arises as to the nature and relationship of the unknown to the known.

Only the few go any further and the prerequisite is an unfathomable devotion towards and love for The One Final Cause or Supreme Resident that is intuited but remains elusive. The seeker continues their intensity now in the form of intense devotion. There is nothing that they would not give up in order to be embraced by Death (Secret Beloved and cause for all) while alive. This is meditation with the eyes open. Now the seeker prepares themselves and longs to unite with their True Love. This Beloved Supreme Cause chooses the devotee because the devotee has chosen It. When the final embrace is experienced, even the sense of “I” vanishes. Here, even the observer is lost and the whole entity is lit ablaze, and becomes That.

Then after recapitulating the union with the Unknown, all doubts are cleared as to the relationship between the known and the unknown. The mind is absorbed into Abstract Intelligence which remains undisturbed until the living moment requires action; which is taken spontaneously by that Intelligence or Final Cause. This Final Cause includes the sum of all things known and unknown. As well as the sum of the egos which includes your former identity.

Therefore, any environmental situation can still be lived because the Final Cause uses whatever it needs to harmonize with the living moment. This destroys a sense of exclusive doer yet the former character lives on as a tool dictated by that Supreme Intelligence when they are congruent. Hence, outer normal life goes on.

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