The Rich Realness of the Formless

Since we believe in and associate so strongly with form, when we learn that form is not fundamental and awareness itself is primary, we may make the mistake of thinking that spirit is something abstract or ephemeral. We may make the mistake of thinking that “no form” or “beyond form” means “nothing” or “not very real.” In fact, formless aliveness is the completely tangibly rich wellspring of Being from which all realities of form spring! Some of those realities are clearly perceived as being far “more real” than the Earthly experience when you are there. And even those are ultimately transcended by the rich realness of Beingness itself.

While this may sound abstract now, your whole Being is full of far, far more than you may be able to conceive of with Earthly ideas. And that fullness is rich, and alive!

When you attempt to let go of the Earthly ideas and associations, do not be discouraged by the initial apparent emptiness of the silence. Often one must first be surrendered to silence before the extremely tangibly real wellspring that dwells beneath and within it can arise on its own. That process is done not as a search for more form (more thoughts, or feelings, or objects), but as a search for what is actually real in the alert present moment. It is an investigation of the present moment for exactly what it is; it is a conscious exploration of the aliveness itself that is always present bearing silent witness to every experience. That aliveness is real- and rather than being nothing, or some things, it is full of everything!

6 thoughts on “The Rich Realness of the Formless

  • Hi Christian:picking up on “form is not fundamental and awareness is primary”. My healthy, nutritionist, athletic son has suffered horribly for 2 years from a brain injury; excruciating pain and fighting to come back to us. You won’t be surprised I expect; to read he is the kindest man I have ever met, an advocate for the vulnerable. For him now; Every little hand movement, head movement, making sound is such difficulty work. He is fighting hard to gain control of his body. He is sad and grieving his former form and life. His girlfriend of 4 years has moved on. How as his Mom do I support him with all this pain and suffering? He’s 25 now. Any suggestions welcome. I am with him all the way, loving him, accepting wherever he is at.

    Thankyou for you work, your blog and talks. Sometimes your pre-death experience you shared are my life ring when I feel the pain of this will overwhelm me.


    • I am so deeply sorry to hear about what you and your son are going through. These words sound so trite but, when you are there for your son- “with him all the way, loving him, accepting wherever he is at” – that is more than enough. Being present for someone, loving them and accepting them where they are, is very powerful indeed. Sometimes we may not feel that is enough because we don’t see a physical change. But we are far more than the physical we see before our eyes. The broken bodies do not last; the spirit, and the love it gives and knows, is forever. Please take heart! Your journey, and your son’s journey, is extremely meaningful indeed.


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