What do you do with such an experience? Who knows? What do I do with it -
Nothing much - I'm not drawn to get out and do lectures, groups, satsang or similar. Nothing wrong with that, I'm just not drawn to it.
So I'm growing vegetables and talk to friends. Keep me on my toes, these talks. Because a lot might have changed, but still, the fact that we have thoughts is what we call mind, the 'I' as the personalised reference point, the sense of self, is all there.
Moving on those levels, 'playing the game', always presents a danger. There are many examples of people who after a life - changing experience, believe their own hype, so to speak.
For example, the awareness that the appearence of an 'I' created by thoughts (the illusion of a someone who is having those thoughts), this awareness is itself nothing but a thought, creating the illusion of a 'self'. But some (quite a few) people think this awareness is special, so the self obviously has to be a higher self. And there you are, gone through the gate into delusion country. This comes from the desire of the self to exist, a very powerful mechanism, which throws up a lot of obstacles that have to be overcome. I experienced this in my own process and I can see it now with the friends I'm helping. It is literally a fight to the death, even though you can't kill the ego, the experience certainly feels like death to it, essentially it comes with the realisation: "I cant have it".
I don't know if it is essential, but certainly very helpful to have a guide. I'll be forever grateful to David for having been such an uncompromising and patient guide.
The experience of no mind is never not there (blimy, aren't we dealing in negatives here), how could it be, it's only the belief to be, that makes a separate individual. A preference for awareness is still a preference, and you are a million miles away, as the Third Zen Patriarch pointed out. There you are, plenty of opportunity to work with awareness to prevent yourself making awareness something special.