See the ocean? And thatâ€™s only the top of it.
So, a fish is swimming in water, and you ask the fish, â€śWhereâ€™s the water?â€ť
And the fish says, â€śWhat water?â€ť
You say, â€śYou are water.â€ť
You know, the water goes right through the fish. Itâ€™s flowing in and out. The fish doesnâ€™t know that. The fish is attached to the notion that he or she is some kind of thing, and doesnâ€™t even know thereâ€™s water. Like when we look at an ocean and we ask, â€śWhat is the ocean?â€ť Do we say, â€śItâ€™s waterâ€ť? The ocean is a lot of things, right? Thereâ€™s coral, thereâ€™s rocks, thereâ€™s mountains underneathâ€”they became Hawaii. Theyâ€™re all part of the ocean. The ocean is everything. Thereâ€™s fish, thereâ€™s whales, mammals, thereâ€™s people swimming, snorkeling, non-snorkeling, deep-seaâ€”all kinds of stuff! But we just call it an ocean.
Some Jewish comedian is in a boat, looking down, and says, â€śSee the ocean? And thatâ€™s only the top of it.â€ť I mean thereâ€™s a lot to this thing, but somehow that evades us.
So enlightenment is like that. Enlightenment is the realization and actualization that itâ€™s all just one thingâ€”that Iâ€™m not this little thing. Iâ€™m air. Iâ€™m you. Iâ€™m rocks. Itâ€™s all one thing. But that relationship is so intimate, that we donâ€™t see it. So somehow we have to awaken to that intimacy.
So intimacy is like fish and water.
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