This luminous aliveness (awareness, presence, consciousness, beingness, God, intelligence-energy, the One Self, the Tao, emptiness, the Heart, whatever word we use to point to it) is not an object or a substance that we can grasp, see, or bottle up. But the actuality of this all-inclusive and boundless aware-presence is truly undeniable, although you may have convinced yourself (as a belief, a thought-story) that you don’t get it, or you may be avidly denying it verbally, but what you are denying is some concept. Because you cannot deny or doubt being here now. I don’t mean being here as a particular person—that can be doubted—but rather, being here as this aware presence, this nonconceptual and direct knowingness of being present, this naked experiencing (breathing-hearing-seeing-thin king-awaring) — THIS is beyond doubt. Even if you believe that it is all an illusion or a dream, the appearing of that dream or that illusion, the presence of it, the awaring of it cannot be negated.