Awakening to the Dream

The Gift of Lucid Living

Welcome The world is unreal Inner Strength Be the way you are Where is Shiva not? I am not this person What is real Talks with Bob Adamson Clarity talks with Nathan Gill An ancient story Certificate of Awakening The Mysterious Stranger Extracts from Tony Parsons Seeds for the Soul The Drama of it All Clarity talks with Nathan Gill The Self-Perfected State Amazing Grace The cage of self-centeredness Original mind You Are That All There Is The existence of consciousness A myriad bubbles Beyond the grasp Selling water by the river Awake In The Heartland What is wrong with Right Now? This First Instant Peace of Being Talks with Ramana Maharshi All That Jazz About Silence It is all The background Seeing it Simply The Dream of Space and Time Discovering Already Awake Reincarnation? IN MEMORIAM Basic Questions Integration Simplicity One Essence Thought The Central Teaching Unity Knowledge and Ignorance Inexpressible Door of Nonduality The real "I" Presence/Awareness Awakening to the Natural State Looking for God Life As It Is There is only Source appearing Yearning for otherness Dharmakaya The ever-present nature Getting rid of the ego To Hell with it All! You Are the Self The Search is the Trap The Obvious Are you awakened? The Supreme Self Naturally Timeless Awareness The Absolute Seekers of Enlightenment Presence of Awareness I am... This Amazing Realization I am Life itself Awareness is the Source The Golden Eternity Simple Beingness The Boundless Void Self-enquiry Who pays the bill? Changeless Reality The Precious Treasury Transparent Radiance You Are the Buddha Beyond Good and Evil The real does not die Memory Seeking I Am The Nature of Thinking The Great Way Beyond na?ve affirmation Ping-ting T'ung-tzu Free will versus determinism The End Of Seeking? A Sharing of Timeless Being Present and Obvious Blinded by the Light Hooked on Enlightenment It's marvelous All the world's diversity There is no oblivion Direct insight Remembering and forgetting Letting go Beingness That which appears Manifestation of the Absolute Nothing Being Everything Consciousness This Radiance Benedictory Verse to the Self
ATTD News Letter number 4

Q & A
If or when you have a question you'd like to see answered in this newsletter mail to: Question: I do not use drugs or drink. Recently, morphing forms within occur....they are so beautiful and seem strangely familiar. It seems like the awareness of them began when I started to regularly do imagination exercises which have been created (through "me"). If there is anything that "you" would like to say to this, please do:)
Answer: All experiences from doing the shopping to a full blown mystical experience are the content of Awareness. Awareness can not be objectified by the mind, just like sight is invisible to the eye. It is as clear and simple as space and yet indescribable. Just try to describe 3 dimensional space and see how impossible that is. Seeing this is not something difficult and yet it is beyond the mind's ability to capture it in words. The mind needs concepts, words, thoughts and pictures while Awareness is the invisible context in which the mind/experiences appear. See what happens when you switch attention from the content to the context. Stay with that silent emptiness, discover that the 'me' is also an object in this Awareness. And then, see that only the seeing is left without 'someone' doing it. Let yourself dis-solve and nothing needs to be solved.
Question: Who are you?
Answer: This question is most valuable when directed to yourself. Find out who or what you truly are and you will know who or what I am.

Be the way you are. The following story landed one day in my mailbox. I don't know it's origin or author, but it is a great pointer to total acceptance and simply being who or what you are; even when you're considered to be a crackpot.
A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.
At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you. I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts," the pot said.
The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you've watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.

Awakened Poetry
In a boat down a fast-running creek,
it feels like trees on the bank
are rushing by.
What seems to be changing around us
is rather the speed of our craft
leaving this world.
From: The Essential Rumi, compiled and translated by Coleman Barks, Castle Books. ISBN 0-7858-0871-X
Image: Porters navigate an empty river boat used for transporting commodities in Kerala state, India.
Photograph by Priit Vesilind


The angels fly because they take themselves lightly
(G.K. Chesterton)

Quote of the moment! Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
the Dalai Lama

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