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 50    *     Sunday, February 13, 2005  *

    Table of contents.

    Q & A.
Question: In newsletter No 49. You say: "Could it be seen that it is not so much that you are the doer, but there is no independent you to BE the doer?" Awareness as Leo expresses that and awareness as Marianne hears.
Could One say awareness is the "doer."
Although I sense that this is not so as nothing happens. Awareness as Marianne plays at having a problem with this nothing happens.... what does awareness as Leo say? Nothing?
Answer: Some questions may yield an answer more easily when the answer is not expected to be 'either-or,' It could very well be that the answer is 'both-and/or-neither.'
Looking at your question with this in mind, we could say that Awareness, The One, IT, is the only doer. We could also say that it just IS. We could say that the sun gives light or we could say it IS light. We could say that all what happens is IT happening, or we could say IT is IT.
IT, AS IT IS, is Presence, not going anywhere, but simply being present. As such nothing happens, IT just is. All perceived happenings are seen from a relative position. When we look at the ocean we can say it moves as the waves on its surface, as the tides that roll in and out, and as the currents that move within its body. We could also say that the ocean as a whole does not move at all and remains were it is.
In the invisible mirror of Awareness, objects move in and out of existence, the mirror itself does not move at all. Like in a dream, a lot may be happening, yet nothing happens at all.

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    The Inexpressible Door of Nonduality
How is the inexpressible door of nonduality to be entered?
Through recognition of the ultimate voidness of everything, the inexpressible is realized as immanent. Gone, gone, gone beyond; gone beyond gone; there's nothing to go through....
In this way, creation and destruction are two, but what is not created and does not occur cannot be destroyed. Thus, the attainment of the tolerance of the birthlessness of things is the entrance into nonduality.
"I" and "mine " are two. If there is no assumption of a self, there will be no possessiveness. Thus, the absence of any assumption is the entrance into nonduality.
"Defilement" and "purification" are two. When there is thorough knowledge of defilement, there will be no conceit about purification. The path leading to the complete transcendence of all conceit is the entrance into nonduality.
"Distraction" and "attention" are two. When there is no distraction, there will be no attention, no mentation, and no mental intensity. Thus, the absence of mental intensity is the entrance into nonduality.
"Spirit of universal liberation" and "spirit of individual liberation" are two. When both are seen to resemble an illusory spirit, there is no spirit of universal liberation, nor a spirit of individual liberation. Thus, the sameness of natures of spirits is the entrance into nonduality.
"Grasping" and "nongrasping" are two. What is not grasped is not perceived, and what is not perceived is neither presumed nor repudiated. Thus, the inaction and noninvolvement of all things is the entrance into nonduality.
"Uniqueness" and "characterlessness" are two. Not to presume or construct something is neither to establish its uniqueness nor to establish its characterlessness. To penetrate the equality of these two is to enter nonduality.
"Good" and "evil" are two. Seeking neither good nor evil, the understanding of the nonduality of the significant and the meaningless is the entrance into nonduality.
"Sinfulness" and "sinlessness" are two. By means of the all- penetrating wisdom that pierces to the quick, not to be bound or liberated is the entrance into nonduality.
To say "This is impure" and "This is immaculate" makes for duality. One who, attaining equanimity, forms no conception of impurity or immaculateness, yet is not utterly without conception, has equanimity without any attainment of equanimity such enters the absence of conceptual knots, thereby entering nonduality.
To say "This is happiness" and "That is misery" is dualism. One who is free of all calculations, through the extreme purity of gnosis such a one's mind is aloof and impartial, like empty space; and thus one enters into nonduality.
To say " This is mundane" and "That is transcendental" is dualism. This world has the nature of voidness, so there is neither transcendence nor involvement, neither progress nor standstill. Thus, neither to transcend nor to be involved, neither to go nor to stop this is the entrance into nonduality.
"Life" and "liberation" are dualistic. Having seen the nature of life, one neither belongs to it nor is one utterly liberated from it. Such understanding is the entrance into nonduality.
"Destructible" and "indestructible" are dualistic. What is destroyed is ultimately destroyed. What is ultimately destroyed does not become destroyed; hence, it is called "indestructible". What is indestructible is instantaneous, and what is instantaneous is indestructible. The recognition of such is called "the entrance into the principle of nonduality".
"Self" and "selflessness" are dualistic. Since the existence of self cannot be perceived, what is there to be made "selfless"? Thus, the nondualism of the vision of their nature is the entrance into nonduality.
"Knowledge" and "ignorance" are dualistic. The natures of ignorance and knowledge are the same, for ignorance is undefined, incalculable, and beyond the sphere of thought. The realization of this is the entrance into nonduality.
Matter itself is void. Voidness does not result from the destruction of matter, but the very nature of matter is itself voidness. Therefore, to speak of voidness on the one hand, and of motion, dimension, form, concept, feeling and sensation, perception or form-of-consciousness on the other is entirely dualistic. Consciousness itself is voidness. Voidness does not result from the destruction of consciousness, but the nature of consciousness is itself voidness. Such understanding of the previous components of consciousness and the direct knowledge of them as such by means of gnosis is the entrance into nonduality.
To say that the four main elements, earth or feeling and sensation, water or form, fire or perception, and air or concept, are one thing and the etheric space-element or dimension another is dualistic. The four main elements are themselves the nature of space. The past itself is the nature of space. The future itself is the nature of space. The present itself is also the nature of space. Likewise with the components of motion or motility and the form-of- consciousness. All the components are of the nature of voidness. The gnosis that penetrates the elements in such a way is the entrance into nonduality.
"Eye" and "form" are dualistic. To understand the eye correctly, not to have attachment, aversion, or confusion with regard to form that is called "peace". Similarly, "ear" and "sound", "nose" and "smell", "tongue" and "taste", "body" and "touch", and "mind" and "phenomena" all are dualistic. But to know the mind, and to be neither attached, averse, nor confused with regard to phenomena, that is called "peace". To live in such peace is to enter into nonduality.
The dedication of generosity for the sake of attaining omniscience is dualistic. The nature of generosity is itself omniscience, and the nature of omniscience itself is total dedication. Likewise, it is dualistic to dedicate morality, tolerance, effort, meditation, and wisdom for the sake of omniscience. Omniscience is the nature of wisdom, and total dedication is the nature of omniscience. Thus, the entrance into this principle of uniqueness is the entrance into nonduality.
It is dualistic to say that voidness is one thing, signlessness another, and wishlessness still another. What is void has no sign. What has no sign has no wish. Where there is no wish there is no process of thought, mind, or consciousness. To see the doors of all liberations in the door of one liberation is the entrance into nonduality.
It is dualistic to say "The Enlightened One", "The Teaching of Enlightenment", and "The Universal Fellowship of Enlightenment". The Teaching of Enlightenment is itself the nature of The Enlightened One, The Universal Fellowship of Enlightenment is itself the nature of The Teaching of Enlightenment, and all of them are uncompounded. The uncompounded is infinite space, and the processes of all things are equivalent to infinite space. Adjustment to this is the entrance into nonduality.
It is dualistic to refer to "aggregates" and to the cessation of "aggregates". Aggregates themselves are cessation. Why? The egoistic views of aggregates, being unproduced themselves, do not exist ultimately. Hence such views do not really conceptualize "These are aggregates" or "These aggregates cease". Ultimately, they have no such discriminative constructions and no such conceptualizations. Therefore, such views have themselves the nature of cessation. Nonoccurrence and nondestruction are the entrance into nonduality.
Physical, verbal, and mental vows do not exist dualistically. Why? These things have the nature of inactivity. The nature of inactivity of the body is the same as the nature of inactivity of speech, whose nature of inactivity is the same as the nature of inactivity of the mind. It is necessary to know and to understand this fact of the ultimate inactivity of all things, for this knowledge is the entrance into nonduality.
It is dualistic to consider actions meritorious, sinful, or neutral. The non-undertaking of meritorious, sinful, and neutral actions is not dualistic. The intrinsic nature of all such actions is voidness, wherein ultimately there is neither merit, nor sin, nor neutrality, nor action itself. The nonaccomplishment of such actions is the entrance into nonduality.
Dualism is produced from obsession with self, but true understanding of self does not result in dualism. Who thus abides in nonduality is without ideation, and that absence of ideation is the entrance into nonduality.
Duality is constituted by perceptual manifestation. Nonduality is objectlessness. Therefore, nongrasping and nonrejection is the entrance into nonduality.
"Darkness" and "light" are dualistic, but the absence of both darkness and light is nonduality. Why? At the time of absorption in ultimate cessation, there is neither darkness nor light, and likewise with the natures of all things. The entrance into this equanimity is the entrance into nonduality.
It is dualistic to detest the world and to rejoice in liberation, and neither detesting the world nor rejoicing in liberation is nonduality. Why? Liberation can be found where there is bondage, but where there is ultimately no bondage where is there need for liberation? One who is neither bound nor liberated does not experience any like or any dislike and thus one enters nonduality.
It is dualistic to speak of "good" paths and "bad" paths. One who is on the path is not concerned about good or bad paths. Living in such unconcern, one entertains no concepts of "path" or "nonpath". Understanding the nature of concepts, one's mind does not engage in duality. Such is the entrance into nonduality.
It is dualistic to speak of "true" and "false". When one sees clearly, one does not ever see any truth, so how could one see falsehood? Why? One does not see with the physical eye alone, one sees with the eye of wisdom. And with the wisdom-eye one sees only insofar as there is neither sight nor nonsight. Here, where there is neither sight nor nonsight, is the entrance into nonduality.
All explanations are themselves dualistic. To know no teaching, to express nothing, to say nothing, to explain nothing, to announce nothing, to indicate nothing, and to designate nothing such is the entrance into nonduality.
"Duality", "nonduality"; "entrance" and "non-entrance", all views are as nonviews, inexpressible and inconceivable. Nothing in general. Nothing in particular. Nothing as such.
Keep silence, saying nothing at all. Here there is no use for syllables, sounds, and ideas.

Excerpted and edited from The Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra
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    Awakened Poetry

There is a pleasure.....
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes
By the deep sea, and music in its roar.
I love not man the less, but nature more,
From these our interviews in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the universe, and feel
What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal.

Lord Byron
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    Quote of the moment!

It remains unaffected,
Though It takes the form of earth, air, water and fire.
Though It takes all these forms,
It remains always the same.

From: Dattatreya's Song of the Avadhut. Atma Books ISBN 0-914557-15-7

    Smile of the moment!

A cleaning lady, ancient, shriveled and bent, was hired by The White House one day. Her duties were to include cleaning the Oval Office in the wee hours of the morning. Unbeknownst to the Chief of Staff or anyone else in the House, this old crone was a True Sage. Ordinary in appearance, nothing special, just an elderly cleaning woman.
One night there was an alert that required the President to come down from the residence to the Oval to meet with a special delegation that would be arriving at four AM. The Assistant Chief of Staff decided he'd better check to make sure the Office was ready for the President and his visitors.
Opening the door, he spotted the old woman asleep in the President's chair, her feet up on the desk, snoring loudly.
"What the hell are you doing?" He shouted. Who do you think you are to be sitting in the president's chair?!?"
Yawning, the old lady smiled at the Assistant Chief and said nothing.
Even angrier now, the Chief yelled, "I said, who do you think you ARE to sit there? Do you think you are the Majority Leader or something to be sitting there??"
"No," the crone murmured softly, with a very kind look in her eyes. "I am much higher than that."
"WHAT!? Higher than a Majority Leader? I am the Assistant Chief of Staff. Do you believe that you are higher than ME? Do you think you are the new Chief of Staff here?"
"No. I am much higher than that, sir."
"Well, higher than the Chief Of Staff in THIS place is only the President Of The United States! Do you think you are the PRESIDENT?!?"
"Oh, no sir. Not at all. I am MUCH higher than THAT." Smiling sweetly, she spoke with a clear deep voice that evoked a silence that was all but unmistakable. But the man missed that Silence and continued to rant.
Now the man was truly outraged. "WHAT!!?? How DARE you, madam! I demand that you recant. Higher than the President is only GOD. DO you think you are GOD??"
Laughing aloud, she said "Oh, of course not, dear boy. I am MUCH higher than GOD!"
"Higher than GOD? NOTHING is higher than GOD."
"Ah. Now you have it, dear boy. I AM that NOTHING."

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