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 32    *     Sunday, May 30, 2004  *

    Table of contents.

    Q & A.
Question: What is meant in non-duality by 'It' being the real, and that what appears being the unreal?
Answer: The 'real' and the 'unreal' are terms often used in Advaita; the Hindu teachings of Nonduality.
The 'unreal' is that what is impermanent, or that what constantly changes; a.k.a. the objects in awareness. The 'real' is the unchanging context/awareness in which everything appears and dissolves again. There are metaphors involving the ocean and gold, which both are powerful pointers. The ocean metaphor portrays the ocean as the 'real' and the separate existence of individual waves as the 'unreal.' In the go(l)d metaphor, the gold is the 'real' and the temporal ornaments/shapes IT assumes, make up the 'unreal.'
The famous advaita story of seeing a snake on the garden path is also about this. All normal responses to being confronted with a snake arise, but -as it turns out- it is but a rope that has been mistaken for a snake. The rope is the 'real' the snake the 'unreal.
This story is often used to point to the illusion of the world. The world, seen as a collection of separate objects by a separate person, is the snake in the rope. The apparent snake/separation is a projection or 'unreal' The 'real' is to know the whole manifestation as nothing but the One appearing to ItSelf; appearing AS variation and apparent multiplicity.
Here is a Buddhist poem/quote to illustrate this.
Plop, there it is! Nothing else than that, which is empty of matter, fills all corners of the universe! Mountains, rivers, the entire world, you and all, they manifest the body of the 0ne.
In the end we have to leave the duality of real/unreal behind as just two more concepts pointing to the clarity/mystery from which they arise.

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    All That Jazz
The first thing to understand when you say, "What can I do about getting rid of my false ego?" is that the answer is "Nothing." because you're asking the wrong question. You're asking "How can I, thinking of myself as an ego, get rid of myself as an ego?" Well, obviously you can't. Now, you say, "Well then, it's hopeless." It isn't hopeless. You haven't got the message, that's all.
If you find out that you're ego feeling, your will and all that jazz, cannot get rid of the hallucination, you've found out something very important. In finding out that you can't do anything about it, you have fond out that you don't exist. That is to say, you as an ego don't exist - so obviously you can't do anything about it. So you find you can't really control your thoughts, your feelings, your emotions; all the processes going on inside you and outside you are happenings. There is nothing you can do about it.
So then, what follows? Well, there's only one thing that follows: You watch what's going on. You see, you feel, this whole thing happening and then suddenly you find, to your amazement, that you can perfectly well get up, walk over to the table, pick up a glass of milk and drink it. There's nothing standing in your way of doing that. You can still move, you can still act, in a rational way, but you've suddenly discovered that you're not what you thought you were. You're not this ego, pushing and shoving things, residing inside a bag of skin.
You feel yourself now in a new way as the whole world, which includes your body and everything that you experience, going along. It's intelligent. Trust it.

"Underneath the superficial self, which pays attention to this and that, there is another self more really us than I. And the more you become aware of the unknown self -- if you become aware of it -- the more you realize that it is inseparably connected with everything else that is. You are a function of this total galaxy, bounded by the Milky Way, and this galaxy is a function of all other galaxies. You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes. You look and look, and one day you are going to wake up and say, 'Why, that's me!' And in knowing that, you know that you never die. You are the eternal thing that comes and goes, that appears -- now as John Jones, now as Mary Smith, now as Betty Brown -- and so it goes, forever and ever and ever."

From the book: 'The Essential Alan Watts'

    Awakened Poetry

The Mysterious
One Reality only -
How deep and far-reaching!
The ten thousand things -
How confusingly multifarious!

The true and the conventional are indeed intermingling,
But essentially of the same substance they are.

The wise and the unenlightened are indeed distinguishable,
But in the Way they are united as one.

Desirest thou to find its limits?
How broadly expanding! It is limitless!
How vaguely it vanishes away! Its ends are never reached!
It originates in beginningless time, it terminates in endless time.

By Seng Ts'an - The 3rd Zen Patriarch
From the "Manual of Zen Buddhism" Translated by D.T. Suzuki
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    Quote Of The Moment!

In God there is no duality. In that Presence, 'I' and 'we' and 'you' do not exist. 'I' and 'you' and 'we' and 'He' become one? Since in the Unity there is no distinction, the Quest and the Way and the Seeker become One.

-Mahmud Shabistari 13th century Sufi poet -
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    Smile Of The Moment!

It is not always what you ask.....
A monk noticed a another monk smoking a pipe in the temple garden while sitting in the lotus position. He approached him later and said he envied him -- the envious monk had asked his master if it was permissible to smoke while meditating, and was told no.
The other monk smiled and said, "ahh- the key is in how you phrase the question, dear brother-- I simply asked the master if it was permissible to meditate while smoking".

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