Wash yourself of yourself,
a white flower blooms in the quietness – Rumi
I think the whole realisation is about being conscious. Being aware. This is ironic, because when we are awake, we are supposed to be aware of what is going around us. But there is a world of difference between being awake and being aware. When you are aware, you are able to feel everything. Every sound is heard, every breath is watched, every thought is felt, every grain of food is tasted and so on.
Awareness leads to realisation.
Only when you are aware, you are able to see the true meaning of attachments and detachments. When you have to wash yourself of yourself, you can only do it in true awareness – and consciously letting go. When you are able to be totally aware, you have to watch everything around you, that is when you are truly living in the present. This is absolutely the real power of now. Living in the now, is what we are meant to achieve and the way to do it is being in the awareness and letting go.
When can you really let go? Once you are able to see what attachments are, what detachments are and you are able to see it in the state of awareness – meaning if you are able to go beyond these feelings and emotions and see it as a neutral person – that is when true letting go can happen. Even if there is a slight emotion, a slight attachment and if you are not aware, letting go becomes painful. When you can truly let go, then you will see the flower of realisation blooms so peacefully within you. This is what we all strive for. This is what we are supposed to be doing. Let go!