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If you think the source is simply the way your mind feels when you’re relaxed, you haven’t gone far enough.

If you think you’re enlightened because you’ve looked for your sense of self and found that there wasn’t one, you haven’t gone far enough.

If you think awakening is recognizing that thoughts are objects of consciousness just like sense media, you haven’t gone far enough.

If you think you’re awake because you had a dream-like vision that revealed some paradoxical mystery of the universe, you haven’t gone far enough.

If you’ve experienced a shift in consciousness due to pondering over some non-rational koan-like riddle, don’t stop. You probably haven’t gone far enough.

If you’ve learned to quiet your mind to the point where there are seldom any thoughts for hours or even days, keep going. You haven’t gone far enough.

If you’ve reached a state in your meditation where you seem utterly absent, and yet the world continues to manifest… sorry. You haven’t gone far enough.

If it feels as though your consciousness has exploded into shimmery Oneness with all of the cosmos, you probably haven’t gone far enough.

If you’ve reached a state where there are no objects of consciousness at all, so that all experience is simply a gossamer void – not far enough.

How will you know when you’ve gone far enough?

Believe me: you’ll know!

But, if you need more than that, I’ll say this…

So long as the source is confused with objects, duality remains. When the source is fully distinguish from objects, even the most subtle projections of the most subtle mind, only then is the non-duality of the source and objects truly and directly known. Every experience described above is likely to be a case of confusing the source with some object or another. Though, the varieties of which delusion may appear are legion.

You have to take it all the way. You’ve only gone far enough when you can’t go any further. You will quite literally fall off the edge of duality if you just keep going. Jed McKenna’s one-word instruction here is quite appropriate: Further. The path is not endless. Further gets you there.

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