As we sit in this state of pure potential we can create ourselves to become anything, yet most of us create the same "I" that MSI speaks of in the Sutra below, over and over and over again. It matters not how much we dislike it or how much we love it, we continue to create the same old same old, day in and day out. Think about that, pretend that you go into a pottery studio that is full of clay and potential projects you could create...but every day you go in and take the raw clay and make the exact same thing with slight variations to color or design but ultimately it's the same vase you have made for 20, 30, 40, 50 years!
MSI suggests in all of his writings that there is a way to become more conscious of this/in this pure potential state and begin to create some thing different for ourselves, something outside or beyond everything we have known before. Just like in the pottery shop, if we want to create something new and become effective at it there are a few things we would choose to do to help us on our way. We might ask the master sculptor or a skilled sculptor to give us some instructions as we begin to break free from our habitual vase making days. We might have patience with ourselves if our early attempts don't lead to immediate results. It seems reasonable that we might want to commit to the desire to accomplish this new feat of creativity no matter what it took or how long it took. What do you think? Are you ready to experience life in a brand new way? The first step is to experience yourself first hand, as you truly are.
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Pure Consciousness, Ascendant Consciousness, the True Self, Absolute Awareness -- all these are synonymous terms. This is the True Form of the Self. The Self when it experiences transformation or change becomes the self with a small "s" a.k.a. the ego. The limitations accepted by the Self create the sense of I-ness. "I am so many feet tall, so many feet wide; I live here, this is my house; this is my past, these are my beliefs" -- these are the limiting thoughts that restrict the True Form of the Self into the narrow boundaries of experience. When these boundaries melt back into silence, the Self experiences its essential nature, which is Unbounded, unlimited by space, time or causation.
Ascendant Consciousness thus means consciousness devoid of thoughts. It is omnipresent, never-changing, Infinite, Eternal.