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 29    *     Sunday, April 18, 2004  *

    Table of contents.

    Q & A.
Question: I do understand that all that exists on the plane of the game that is played out here, but how do you personally keep playing this game knowing that nothing is relevant?
My understanding of all that is, is that it doesn't matter what toys you choose, as long as you enjoy the game and quit suffering, seeing that it's only a game and we are here to enjoy it.
Is this the reality of things?
Answer: It is not me playing the game. There is just IT playing me. It is prior to relevant/irrelevant which are just labels and modifications in the current of life. There is no me being the doer there is just IT appearing AS you, me and everything else. Now there is typing going on. Now -as you- there is reading going on. Now the next thought appears like a bubble in a glass of champagne and action may or may not follow. It all happens spontaneously, not to or by us, but AS us.
Don't take this personal, because it cannot be personal:-) The cosmic joke is that there is no you to understand, to choose toys, to enjoy the game or to quit suffering. There is just the One Energy taking all different shapes forms and vibrating into all possible patterns. There is simply IT appearing AS understanding without a 'you' doing the understanding. As I wrote in news letter number 15:
The 'I' in 'I think' (or the 'I' in 'I understand') has as much substance as the 'it' in 'it rains.'

Of course it is fine to use the word 'I', just as it is convenient and correct to use the word 'it' as long as it is recognized for the abstraction it is.
You ask 'Is this the reality of things?' In the absolute sense there are no things. It is all the One appearing to herself in different shapes, forms and patterns. Just like a million statues made out of clay are all in essence the same One Substance. See through the illusion of differentiation and the One Substance is recognized as the true essence of all apparently different statues.
Just keep it simple. Non-dual..... Not Two..... One! What ever 'you' think, it is IT thinking AS you. Whatever 'you' do, it is IT doing it AS you.

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Painting by Paul Cezanne 1839-1906: The Joy of Hide and Seek

    This First Instant
"All that you know, is this First Instant. The 'knowing' itself is this First Instant.
You never actually deviate from it, for there is nothing apart from it. It is the unmediated awareness of Being and non Being. All 'comings' and 'goings' arise and fall in this presence of the First Instant.
You are this First Instant. Looking through the mind it appears as the 'razors edge'. Looking from open awareness (where you are actually seeing from), it is the vastness of unbound wakefulness. Rest in this openness, this natural stateless state of being."
For anyone that has not read 'Sailor' Bob Adamson's book "What's wrong with right now - unless you think about it ?" I suggest that you do so, for it is a unique series of 'pointers', spontaneously expressed in ordinary language. It is transcripts from meetings with 'Sailor' Bob, where our true essence is uncovered.
I can vouch for his authenticity as a teacher, because his direct influence has eliminated all doubts and brought me fully into what I call the first instant. Through talks with Sailor Bob Adamson, I resonated and recognised the natural non dual essence that is all that there is.
Something grabbed me and drew me in - a subtle recognition or stirring - like an ember deep within the heart of a seemingly dead fire, when a gentle breeze blows upon it, starting a glowing, it ignites into the flame of knowing which burns away the 'seeker', along with the search and left me as I AM.
That same knowing was already with me as it is with you. It didn't need to be transmitted or learned or acquired, only stirring, (subtle energy) like the coals in the fire.

Preview of a New Book by Gilbert Schultz
'The First Instant'
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Painting by Dan Stouffer: Tetons - First Light.
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    Awakened Poetry


From: The Four Quartets
Quick now, here, now, always--
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of things shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.


T. S. Eliot


    Quote of the moment!


When it's time to get dressed, put on your clothes.
When you must walk, then walk.
When you must sit, then sit.
Just be your ordinary self in ordinary life,
unconcerned in seeking for Buddhahood.
When you're tired, lie down.
The fool will laugh at you
but the wise man will understand.


"Lin Chi."
Painting by CHITFU YU: Laughing Monks.
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