Form and Formless
Updated: Sep 24, 2020
As Eckhart Tolle states,
there is a dimension of form
and a formless dimension to reality.
Is our true identity
one of form, the formless, or both?
Form is limited content
that is subject to time and polarity.
It exists through definition.
This content can be
matter, physical form, concepts, beliefs,
ideas, thoughts, perceptions,
emotions, sensations, feelings, etc.
Formless is infinite consciousness
that is experienced as awareness
and cannot be measured,
defined conceptually, or bound by time.
Suffering is experienced
when we identify with form.
This is because form is time bound,
subject to polarity, and limited in nature.
Energy is restricted temporarily
while identifying with form.
When a particular form
is assumed as part of one’s identity,
it is intrinsically assumed
to be a superior form,
and can only hold superiority
while everything else is held inferior.
A form that is assumed as positive
can only exist with a negative form,
is subject to birth and death,
is separate from all other forms,
can only grow or evolve to a certain point,
and is limited in all aspects of its existence.
When one assumes no identity,
it could be said that they are connected
to the totality of reality.
to justification or definitions,
one can exist without limitation.
One is simply open to all that enters
the field of awareness without attachment.
Content is free
to come and go without restriction.
Thoughts and feelings arise,
but they are not
“your” thoughts or “your” feelings.
In this way, life is experienced
without egocentric expectations,
ambitions, desires, or control placed on it.
Life is exactly as it should be,
one is able to be present
without defending their position
or attacking someone else’s.
There is no fear of life or death
because one is not identified
with the body or its age.
There is no fear at all
because one is not identified with form.
All form is not threatening,
because it doesn’t belong to anyone.
The concepts of form and the formless
can only exist in the dimension of form,
as all concepts do.
A "true identity"
is a concept in the head
as any other assumed identity.
The depth of existence has no bounds,
even the concept of infinity.
In short identity is an illusion.
Any attempt to assume an identity
and prevents one from being
connected to all of existence.
© Zac Zion