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 57   *     Sunday, May 22, 2005  *

    Table of contents.

    Q & A.
Question: The last words of the book 'Ask the Awakened One' by Wu Wei Wu is a quotation from Huang Po:
"Let me remind you
That the perceived
Cannot perceive"

(A more accurate translation from the same passage from Huang Po goes: "You have been clearly told that the object seen does not see in its turn. Why put another head on yours?" ).
And Wu Wei Wu adds:
'If you should ever come to understand the full significance of this, will you not have understood everything that needs to be understood?'
This full significance ?What a jump! An abyss, is it not? To put it briefly: I cannot feel you, Leo, as but an "object" for "Me" and devoid of perceiving, seeing and ...answering?? Could "you" help the motionless jump?
Answer: Here is a little twist on Huang Po's words:
Let me remind you
That the perceiver
Cannot be perceived.

The very centre from which the perceiving emanates cannot be an object of perception, just like fire cannot burn itself This centre cannot be known, it is itself the very Knowing. In its light all objects of perception are lit up. One of these objects is the perceived person. Another is thought; aka the mind.
This unknowable knowing is here right now, aware of the reading of these words and the thoughts that arise. It is the all reflecting mirror, which remains itself beyond being reflected. It is the unheard listener, who 'hears' the thoughts as they tumble by. It is the ever still point to which all movement appears. It is the innermost innermost. It is the Presence that always already is the full significance.

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Painting by: Cynthia Breusch Title: At The Still Point.
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    Yearning for otherness
You know that experience when life is continually believed to be somewhere else? First it was 'finishing work' (while working), then it was 'being at home in front of the cricket' (while walking home), then it was 'falling asleep to build up energy "to how it should be" (while watching the cricket). And all of this happened against the backdrop of thinking I should be out in the sun, because that's more healthy, because it'll make me look all brown, blonde, blue-eyed and attractive to women, and it might be rainy tomorrow.
All of this has inspired one nice reflective bit of clarity though. It is clear that prior to awakening I would definitely have believed that all of this yearning for otherness was very dualistic and unenlightened. (Incidentally, I would also have believed in the extinction of this impulse by, say, meditation or 'not being a slave to my desires', 'leaving these chocolate biscuits next to me alone'. But actually, of course, this activity is nothing but a function of this very yearning for elsewhereness, the wish to be 'somewhere still, a place beyond desire'.) But the fact is, the fact that is so clear and obvious now and which makes this all so simple, that all of this, everything, including all desire, including the desire for desirelessness, is the presence, oneness, that is absolutely unmoving, desireless.
Remembering and seeing this is a kind of permissiveness and love for the processes - making them playful. And at other times this somehow gets in amongst all the dry striving and softens it, melts it.

From a new book by Guy Smith: 'This is Unimaginable and Unavoidable'
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Art by: Michael Cook Title: Otherness
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    Awakened Poetry

When you see beyond the illusion
Of the phenomenal world,
You see that you haven't really lived.

I projected a world
With birth and death
Buying and selling
The sun and a moon

Unbeknownst to you
I placed you in the dream.
Sleeping, you dream along with Me.

Now, when I chose to wake you up
I whispered love songs in your heart.
The world vanished.
All that's left is you and Me.

More music and you vanished.
There was only Me

In Truth that's all there ever was.

Salah J. Abed
Painting from: The Osho Zen Tarot Deck
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    Quote of the moment!

The state of Self-realization, as we call it,
is not attaining something new or reaching some goal which is far away,
but simply being that which you always are and always have been.

Sri Ramana Maharshi

    Smile of the moment!

It sure is hot!
Mr. Johnson, a businessman from Wisconsin, went on a business trip to Louisiana.
He immediately sent an e-mail back to his wife, Jean.
Unfortunately, he mistyped a letter and the e-mail ended up going to a Mrs. Joan Johnson,
the wife of a preacher who just passed away.
The preacher's wife took one look at the e-mail and promptly fainted.
When she was finally revived, she nervously pointed to the message, which read:
"Arrived safely, but it sure is hot down here!"

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