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 13
Saturday, August 30, 2003

Q & A

If or when you have a question you'd like to see answered in this newsletter mail to: Question: In the forums you have a bit of a rascal; "Visitor" He tosses in some interesting quotes (from a link) such as:

"Ramana Maharshi said that there is a false sense of liberation that aspirants reach that very few ever go beyond."

Would you comment on this line? It seems to point to "lets wait for the BIG awakening!" What is the false sense?

Answer: We have to remember that Ramana Maharshi's words were often part of a conversation and to interpret them without knowing the context in which they were spoken is tricky. So please keep this in mind when reading the response that came up.

Although I can find many Ramana quotes pointing to the exact opposite, this statement seems to suggest that there are individuals that can reach a future goal of enlightenment, while enlightenment shows that there never was an individual to reach anything. The gateless gate as Zen calls it.

Furthermore, if all there is is Oneness then whether IT appears as clarity or as a false sense of liberation makes no difference. Both positions are modifications in a Single Light, which -like a movie- appears on the screen of Awareness. Nothing can affect this contextual, space-like Awareness in any way. It is always present and can therefore never be reached or abandoned. Just like three dimensional space cannot be reached or left by the objects that occupy it.

In the end it does not matter what Maharshi, Zen, me or anyone has to say about it. All are concepts pointing to the non conceptual knowing that is present prior to the mind. It is the knowing that knows that you are before it is conceptualized as the thought 'I Am.' The conviction that this is so has to come from the Sourceless Source, out of which everything (including this conceptualizing) arises.


"Extracts from Tony Parsons in Amsterdam: Saturday 27 th July 2002."

Tony's clarity, humor and accessibility make it well worth to attend his meetings.
Here is a small sample of one such meeting. My mind is so bored...

It's always looking for something isn't it? It's like the beggar who goes to the great emperor's gate with a bowl and he says to the servants that he wants someone to put something into his bowl to fill it. The emperor is in the garden and hears the beggar. The beggar says he wants the emperor himself to fill the bowl or to try to fill the bowl. The emperor goes over to him and says this is ridiculous, I'm so rich I will fill it, no problem. He gets one of the servants to go and get jewellery and as he puts it in the bowl it vanishes. He gets some more jewellery and gold and goes on putting these riches he possesses into the bowl and they all vanish. In the end he is left with nothing. He asks the beggar, how does this happen? What is this bowl? The beggar says, it is the mind.

The mind is always looking for something more, what's going to happen next? What we long for, we think we can get it through the mind. So the mind is continually throwing up all sorts of riches and none of them ever satisfies. And when you go and see people teaching about what is said to be the nature of enlightenment then the ones that are having some sort of complication or process, they are still coming from the mind. The nature of what we are is totally and utterly simple. It's here right now, it's this. The seeing of this. There is nothing complicated, there is nothing that needs to be done. But the mind wants the process to be complicated so we don't find this. The mind wants to keep being employed. And it will go on and on and on forever. We go on filling this bowl with our mind's activity. And never ever will it be filled. The crazy thing about it is that what is being looked for is right in front of us. What we are looking for is what is right in this, as it is.

So what can one do with a bored mind?

Let there be the seeing of a bored mind. Who is actually telling me that the mind is bored? The seer is. So go back to the seer and just see whatever arises. It is not you seeing it, it is just seeing it. Notice that there isn't anyone seeing it, there is just seeing it. It's so simple, so immediate. That's it. That's what all the religions and all the scriptures are about, simply seeing this. The only thing that is constant, the only thing that never leaves is this. You can go out of here now and go down the road and there will be this. It doesn't matter what you do or where you go, there'll always be this. You can never escape the lover, the absolute, the no-thing. You can never escape the one. The one is all there is. The whole point of what we are talking about here today is giving up any idea that there is anyone anywhere. There isn't anyone so there is nothing to do, there is nothing that can be done. Look for me...where is me? Nowhere. All there is is this. All there is the seeing of this. Whatever that is...feeling warm, hearing a sound, sitting on a chair, feeling angry, feeling frustrated, all of these things are simply sensations but there is no fixed datum called me in here ? just happenings. Visit him at The Open Secret:


From the book 'Awakening to the Dream.' The dreamer contains the dream and, at the same time, occupies a relative position in the dream. Everything in his dream, whether rocks or clouds, feelings or thoughts, people or animals, is made of "dream stuff," and as the dreamed character, he can say:

Like the shadow
I am
I am not

Now consider the possibility that the Self dreams up this manifestation in a similar way. Like the dreamer appearing in his own dream, we can say that the Creator appears in his manifestation while, at the same time, the manifestation appears in the Creator. Dreamlike, He manifests the whole cosmic drama out of Himself.

He is hidden in His manifestation, manifest in His concealing.
He is outward and inward, near and far?
  *  *

The substance of this dreamed up "reality" is Pure Awareness -the dream that stuff is made of. The paperback is available at:
The eBook can be found at:

      * The Love Poems of Rumi. Edited by Deepak Chopra. Harmony Books ISBN 0-609-60243-8
  *  * Doctrine of the Sufis by Muhammed Al-Kalabadhi, Arthur John Arberry (Translator) AMS Press; ISBN: 0404146376


Awakened Poetry

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

William Shakespeare

from 'The Tempest', Act IV, Scene 1.

The painting is done by Debra Sievers. More of her work can be found at:


Quote of the moment!
The basis of self realisation or recognition is ones 'own' pure presence awareness. Contrary to whatever you may have been told - this is already present with you and requires no 'doing' or mental constructions. In fact the freedom from the concept of a 'doer' and the seeing through of 'mental constructions' is the 'key' to freedom.
From Gilbert's web site at:


Smile of the moment!

My friend June mailed me this one from Australia.
I don't know whom to give credit to, so if any one does, please let me know.


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