"Absolutely nothing" is a good starting point! :)Let go of all these ideas and suppositions; they may obscure your clear view of the simple experience of the Now.
Well that's easier said than done. That leaves me.... absolutely nothing
Like a blanc screen, like a newborn baby, not filled up with ideas and concepts yet.
Are you willing to put aside all assumptions/expectations about awakening and/or the nature of reality?
(Don't just type "yes" - have a sincere look inside yourself if there is any resistence.)
What we actually experience is one thing.I've been telling myself that reality as I experience it is an illusion, but it hadn't really occured to me that true reality as I pictured is is just that.... as I pictured it
What we think/believe/assume about this experience is another.
Actual experience (we will also call it "Direct Experience" here) is the rare experience of the "Now". It's hearing, seeing, feeling etc - as well as the ongoing stream of thought, that comes along with sensual perceptions: The latter labels direct experience, interprets it, distinguishes one from another and comments on it.
So if you look at an object, what do you really see and what is mentally attached? Try it. Take an orange or something and tell me:
What do you see?