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 41    *     Sunday, October 10, 2004  *

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    Q & A.
Question: You quoted Ramana: "Understanding is everything." This sounds to me as if understanding is a prerequisite for realization. Do I have to interpret this as a portal? If the 'me' is a dreamfigure, who has to do the effort to come to understanding? Or is understanding a divine gift; is it 'grace' that annihilates the illusion of a seperate 'me' in the apparent seeker?
Answer: Understanding as used here is not a prerequisite but another pointer to -or label for- realization. When it's understood that there is no separate ?I? doing the understanding then there simply is understanding.
Often the word 'seeing' is used instead of understanding. This ?seeing? simply sees, without the idea that there is an ?I? that is somehow doing the seeing. It is not limited to the sight of the eye, and when the eyes close, the closing of the eyes is seen.
In this seeing, the blood circulates, the breath comes and goes, the tides roll in and out, the rivers flow, the clouds drift by and the planets move around the sun. It is seen that all this appears to happen without a separate doer in charge.
Nothing has to be done for IT to be as IT IS. If anything has to be done at all, it is to verify this truth inside. Have a look and see if there is a you who is having this look. Confirm the living presence that allows the reading of these words and check if there is a separate entity that can be located as the ?owner/doer? of this livingness.
When the absence of a personal doer is seen/understood -by no one- it is clear that there is no you having a life, no you having thoughts, no you making the decisions, and no you doing the living.
This ?realization? shows that there is no one to realize anything, and no one who has to wait for grace or the divine gift of understanding. It shows that all there is is This exactly AS IT IS; not as it shall be or become, but AS IT IS.
From here (not from ?then onwards?) all is seen as the Body of the One and it is clear that it is truly life living life AS you and everything else.

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Painting by: Wendy La Rusch. Title: 'Realization of Being'
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I am not subject to space, therefore I know no 'where',
I am not subject to time, therefore I know no 'when',
What space-time is I am, and nothing finite appertains to me.
Being nowhere I am every 'where', being everywhere I am no 'where',
For I am neither any 'where' nor no 'where',
Neither inside nor outside any thing or no thing,
Neither above nor below, before nor after, at either side of any or no thing.
I do not belong to that which is perceptible or knowable,
Since perceiving and knowing is what I am,
I am not beyond hither or thither, within or without,
Because they too are what I am.
I am not extended in space, I am not developed in duration;
All these are my manifestations, all these are conceptual images of what I am,
For it is my absence, my absolute absence, which renders concepts conceivable.
I am ubiquitous, both as absence and as presence,
Since, as I,
I am neither present nor absent.
I can never be known as an object in mind,
For I am what is knowing, and even 'mind' is my object.

From Wei Wu Wei's book: 'Posthumous Pieces'
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Painting by Joe Maktima: Dream I Am.
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    Awakened Poetry

When there is...
Pray; when prayer appears,
laugh!; when there is laughing,
cry! when there is crying,
sing! when there is singing,
work! when there is work,
angry! if there is malice,
dance! if there is dancing,
speak!: if there is speaking,
make love!; if there is love or loving,
struggle!: if there is struggle,
be still!; if there is stillness
and wonder!: if there is wonder...

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Painting by Jean Leon Gerome (France, 1824-1904): Prayer on the Housetops
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    Quote of the moment!

You are like a mirage in the desert, which the thirsty man thinks is water; but when he comes up to it he finds it is nothing. And where he thought it was, there he finds God.
Similarly, if you were to examine yourself, you would find it to be nothing, and instead you would find God.

Al-Alawi (1869-1934)
Painting by Ethel Greene: Green Mirage
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    Smile of the moment!

Seeing the obvious!
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine, they lay down for the night and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend. "Watson, look up and tell me what you see." Watson replied, "I see millions and millions of stars." "What does that tell you?", Holmes asked, Watson pondered for a minute. "Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Virgo. Homologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Why, what does it tell YOU?" Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke. "Watson, you idiot. Some jerk has stolen our tent."

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