The mind resting in its essence feels like an ocean—smells, tastes, sounds, and looks like an ocean, luminously and transparently aware without edges—but it is not the ocean. It never was, never is, never will be.
A common error is conflating epistemology with ontology, experience with reality. Especially self-elicited, self-concocted experience. Yet, a moment’s reflexivity will show us that experiencing oceanic consciousness does not necessarily mean we are the ocean. It can also mean we are a similitude of the ocean, a mirror image or facsimile of the ocean but in microcosmic form. Ontologically we remain limited in scope, extent, dimension, and magnitude compared to infinity. But bearing similitude means we have the potential and capacity for ocean-like experience. This distinction is crucial. But.
We like to be the ocean. We cling to it as us. Our concealed pride revels in it. Our parched souls yearn to be free. But true freedom can never be found in a lie. For our sanity and eternal security, it is best to swiftly awaken to this subtle lie and relinquish even the ocean of our making completely. And when Truth reveals Himself to us, we will be blown away beyond our imagination.