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 28    *     Sunday, April 04, 2004  *

    Table of contents.

    Q & A.
Question:There is this sadness that arises that feels like the loss of the story of Life, the story of me. Learning, growing, helping others. Is this part of what happens when exposed to a steady diet of advaita?
Answer:There seems to be a sense that this sadness relates to a 'me.' In other words, that there is someone experiencing a loss. This is still the story of 'me.' This 'me' is holding out on a small island of unhappiness and considers this better than having its cover blown completely.
I do not suggest that 'you' have to do some more work to get rid of the 'me' as this is just more of the same illusion. What is suggested here is to recognize that 'me' is one of the objects that arises in the Pure Awareness you are. This Awareness you are is not affected by what appears in it, just like a mirror is unaffected by what it reflects. To the mind this 'unaffectedness' appears to be dreary. The mind wants to comprehend, but finds that It is not something it can take hold of. It cannot be perceived as it is the very perceiving, it cannot be an experience as it is the very experiencing. This may make it seem empty and dull to the me/mind.
The invitation is to be the mirror and to consider the possibility of IT being empty and marvellous. What seems dull to the mind can be reframed as peace, and unaffectedness can be reframed as total acceptance. The disappointment in the sadness can be seen as a total willingness to be with each feeling that arises.
Learning, growing and helping can still arise without the idea that the destination is more important then the journey. What is more, the whole idea of journey and destination can drop away in favour of clear, simple and marvellous presence. There can still be helping when helping is required, but not from 'me' to an other. It is just Self reaching to Self.
The mind is accustomed to have reasons to do something. It wants to 'grasp' meaning and to assign value, but when 'you' get the hang of it, when 'you' get in the swing of things, it is seen by no one, that THIS as it is, is its own fulfilment. It is seen that the reason for being is being itself and that, when manifest as sadness, it can be loved as such. Unconditional Love does not reject anything not even a sense of loss. Letting those 'negative' feelings unfold and dissolve is the loving thing to do.
Be kind to your Self.

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Painting by Alan Graham Dick: Beauty and Sadness
Oil on canvas 102x152cm (40x60in)
    What is wrong with Right Now?
Q: in terms of the futility of looking in the mind, what you always say is the false cannot stand up to investigation. So how do we start to investigate?
Come back to the only reality that you are absolutely certain of - the fact of your own being. Everything else is a mental concept. But you cannot negate your being-ness.
Staying with that being-ness or the thought 'I am'. which is the nearest thing you can get to that being-ness with the mind. That is the primary thought.
Stay with that. come back to that.
Q: How do you define staying with the thought 'I Am'?
Whenever it moves away to ' I am this' or ' I am that' bring it back to just 'I am'. Also have an affectionate awareness of just being 'I Am' - be warm towards that 'I am-ness'.
Love that 'I am-ness' - that is the first point where the mind comes into it. You will realize after a while that you do not have to say 'I am" to know that you are. You have known this all the time -you don't go around saying 'I am', 'I am' repeatedly. You are still functioning, the living-ness is still going on, other thoughts are coming in, other activities are taking place, but it all comes back to that sense of presence that expresses through the mind as the thought 'I am'. That is the only reality you cannot negate.
Stay with that long enough - be affectionate towards it - then there is a seeming response to that warmness. That warmness may only be a mental warmness but there will be a seeming response to that warmness and that warmness will well up through your being-ness, through your body and through the mind. It will suffuse that being-ness and bring about the change that is necessary.

From 'Sailor' Bob Adamson's book
'What is wrong with Right Now unless you think about it?'
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Painting by Mark Henson: Arboreal Affection.
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    Awakened Poetry

The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Jelaluddin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks
Painting by Jan Lis: Morning Light
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    Quote of the moment!

"How can we ever lose interest in life?
Spring has come again
And cherry trees bloom in the mountains."


    Smile of the moment!

What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?
Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?
We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%.
How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life?
Here's a little mathematical formula that might help answer these questions:
is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.

8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%
2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%
And, look how far ass kissing will take you.
1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

So, one can then conclude with mathematical certainty that hard work and knowledge will get you close, that attitude will get you there, while bullshit and ass kissing will put you over the top.

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