Ken Wilber on Spirit

If everything is God, why is God so hard to find? Here Ken discusses the notion of maya, a Sanskrit word that is literally trans- lated as “not that” and often interpreted as “illusion” or “magic”. The basic idea is that the entire manifest universe, everything that we can touch and taste and see, is like a veil that prevents us from recognizing our timeless identity as Spirit. In a sense, the universe is an imaginary projection of Spirit—but it is not other than Spirit.

It is not the universe itself that is an illusion, but rather the perception that the universe is separate from God. Nothing is separate from Spirit, including your ego, and the manifest universe is simply an ever-changing expression of Spirit in this moment. There is nothing to be sought, and there is nothing to be found. Everything you need to recognize Spirit is 100% in your consciousness, right now. As Ken often says, if you are confused about how to find Spirit, just be aware of your confusion, and rest in that effortless awareness. You are searching for something that you have never lost, something that is closer to you than your own skin.


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