You Are Already That
Start from the fact, whether you understand it or not, that you are ALREADY That. You cannot not be, because everything is That. You can call it Nothingness, cognising emptiness, God, awareness or Life. I like to call it Intelligence Energy, because it points to the activity of knowing. It points to that One Essence vibrating into various patters, shapes and forms, appearing and expressing as everything. But it is only the One. Or not even One, because you can neither assert nor deny its apparent existence. They also call it Maya, or illusion. Body-mind is part of it.
So you are not an imagined separate self running the show, you are neither the body nor the mind. They are all empty. Have a look and see. Functioning is happening in the immediacy (ING), but nobody does it. Nobody does the seeing, nobody does the growing of the hair or finger nails. Life expresses through available patterns.
“There is only life, there is nobody who lives life.” – said Nisargadatta.
16 years of alcoholism (which was ‘seeking’ a relief from suffering too, AA gave him nickname ‘sailor’ because of his job at sea) + 60 years of sobriety, 16 years of ‘spiritual seeking’, 12 months with Nisargadatta (but done on first session in 1976), pointing till now, since 2016 with Kat.
Intellectual seeking till age 32 (when Bob stopped drinking, I stopped indulging and learnt meditation), another 9 years of seeking (and continuing to work at sea, finding nonduality in India in 2010 (Sirshree) and Bob in 2013, done on first individual session in 2015), pointing with Bob.