But the fullness and real significance of these words lies in the fact that they do not arise from thinking but from the silence behind thought, the “I am.”
The answers appear in this silence, the openness that is present in the absence of a personal entity, and they are permeated with “the perfume” of their source. In this lies their transformative power: they arise out of and point to our real nature, our autonomy, at every moment. They are thus a constant challenge, a challenge to belief, education and common sense. They free us from the reflex to take ourselves for a somebody, a thinker, a seeker, a doer, a sufferer.
The subtle body we are speaking about is completely free from the physical structure of the body. Its energy is completely unconditioned, it belongs to the real body, the energetic body. This energy is capable of burning up all the conditioning buried deep in our nerves and muscles. It purifies the physical body of the conditions and sensations imposed by the “I am the body” idea, by the person who needs to feel himself localized and secured. This person acts through likes and dislikes, through fear, actions which in turn react on the neuro-muscular system creating the vicious circle of conditioning.
But the body has an organic memory, a memory of its natural state of ease, which, once reawakened and sustained, will sooner or later become permanent.