Reality is not real nor unreal. Thought gives reality a sense of space and time, therefore reality becomes rather real. Thought is the reaction towards the perception. When there is the perception of a cup, for example, a name is given to the cup, or its history and associated memories appears as a reaction to the cup, all of which arises as a process of thinking, and therefore the cup obtains a sense of reality in time and space. Thought is the substance of this reality. It is true that when thought is not present, there isn't such reality of the cup. There is only what is. It could be said that thought gives any reality a sense of continuity. This continuity then appears to be really happening. This continuity is synonymous to time and space. The cup, then, seems to really occupy a specific amount of space and extend over a period of time. Whereas, these apparent reality of space and time are constructions of thinking. When thinking is absent, such as in deep sleep, there isn't space nor time. Thought is the substance, is what makes reality to have length, depth, and importance. Whereas the substance, which is thought, has no length, depth, or importance. This is why the substance of reality is only apparent, i.e. illusory. Nothing has substance. To have substance means to occupy space or time in any real sense. When space and time are only constructions of thinking, any substance can only be said to be superficial, because thinking is superficial and transient.
The common perception of something uncompromising seems to be related to fixation, rigidity, solidity. If someone does not compromise, it means that said person holds on to a certain principle or idea and will not budge from pressure. In the relative sense, uncompromising could be interpreted as such. In the absolute sense, to hold on to anything is only the sign of compromise. What is absolutely uncompromising is uncompromising under any circumstances, which includes death.
Absence can never be present. This statement might seem very obvious, yet in daily life the feeling of absence pervades. There is the lack of love, the absence of satisfaction. One might feel that one is not good enough, kind enough, courageous enough, successful enough. These are all the manifestations of absence. Yet, absence is an impossibility. When this is understood, no sense of lack can ever take hold. Therefore, life becomes effortlessly self-fulfilling.
The power of the mind is based on its fundamental belief that it can tell right from wrong. This is the same as the power of knowledge. Modern society might have its peculiar flavor of knowledge, such as the scientific or the egotistic, but knowledge has exerted its power since age immemorial. Such power feeds itself. Through constantly validating its own correctness by believing in its correctness, it lives in the dream of power.
Knowledge takes root in the mind. When a mind is burdened by knowledge, it becomes difficult to move freely. A pliable mind is a mind free of any burden. Such a mind is able to investigate anything without the weight of knowledge. Such a mind is able to let go of any prejudice and opinions, and therefore is able to apply itself to any situation. Such a mind flows like water, so it can take any shape, and committed to no shape. Such a mind is an empty mind, so that any knowledge can fill it, yet cannot be retained. Only an empty mind is a wise mind, because such a mind understands that no knowledge is eternal, and nothing is constant.
Good and evil are traditionally considered to be opposites. Good banishes evil. Evil battles good. This is the pattern in many religions, and also in our daily life. There is the evil of war, and also the good war which eliminates evil. There is the evil of murder, and also the good punishments which will stamp out the evil tendencies in the human psyche. This eternal battle is the pattern of human history, and it has not succeeded, because this very battle is what sustains evil. The battle is the evil.
The conventional, everyday conception of time consists of the past, present, and future. This conception is itself timeless, meaning that it takes no time to arise. Yet, because the human mind is so conditioned by this conception of time, it mistakes time as an inherent quality of reality. Reality is inherently timeless. One could ask oneself, when does the past occur? It can only occur now, in the form of memories. When does the future occur? It can only occur now, in the form of projections. This is, in the logical sense, why the present contains all of time.
What the mind cannot understand with its limited knowledge, it calls mystery. From ancient times, many so-called miracles happened, and such miracles have the effect of showing the mind its limitation. Whatever it thinks it understood, it did not. However, life is already mysterious. The knowledge of the mind pretends that it is not, because it believes that everything can be explained. Yet, the explanation is not the explained, so no explanation is ever absolutely valid. This is the limit of science, philosophy, spiritual cosmology, occult theories, and any such knowledge ever created by human beings. In reality, everything is mysterious, because they are in essence inexplicable. This is the unknowable nature of reality, which is apparent from moment to moment.
Intuition is divided from knowing. The mind believes that intuition is a specific kind of knowing. In other words, intuition is believed to be a knowing without a cause. This is the error, as there is no cause, so all knowing is intuition. Cause exists only as a concept in the mind. In reality, there is no cause. By looking at a tree, one might derive a cause from it, such as the tree was planted by someone in a distant past. This entire thought stream is a process of conceptualization. The cause is conceptualized out of the seeing of the tree. In reality, there is only the seeing of the tree, and then the seeing of this conceptualization process. Nothing causes anything to happen.
During one's life, there is the discontent for what is. This discontent might be temporarily satisfied by passing pleasures, like sex and entertainment. But it is nagging. It persists. So, one might suddenly see or finally face the fact that nothing material can satisfy this discontent. This discontent is much deeper, burning at a much more fundamental level. So, the search for the eternal begins and can begin in all earnest.