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

    Table of contents.

    Q & A.
Question: There is no I. there is awareness. Why is this awareness restricted to this body and the input from the sense organs? There is awareness of the mind and its thought process. But this awareness is restricted to what the mind can perceive and imagine. Since the mind is brain based, is there awareness where there is no brain to perceive? Why is the awareness which is writing to you so restricted to one body and one mind?
Answer: This morning the sunlight passes through a crystal in front of my window, which projects various specks of light onto the walls. The reflections range from small white circles to stretched out rainbows glowing in various intensities.
The spots seem limited to their own boundaries, but are in fact not different from the single light that causes their appearance. Only because the light breaks up, this variety appears. When the crystal is removed they withdraw into their source.
When Consciousness breaks up into different 'light spots' it seems restricted to these spots. These 'spots' cannot go beyond their limits without fading away into the single light that projects them. There can, however, be a recognition that the 'spots of awareness' are identical with the Awareness that projects them. When that happens, it is also seen that this recognition actually does not originate in the limited character, but in the Source that appears AS the character.
Source plays as this manifestation and, to do this, limitations are needed to move the game along. Only by being limited in space and time can there be the illusion of location, of going from here to there, and from now to later on.
In a dream you can occupy a relative position to other dream characters and objects. You might agree or disagree with those dream characters and they even may surprise you with their actions, but they are all borrowing their existence from your 'dream stuff' and they all dissolve into nothing when the dream ends.
The drop cannot contain the ocean, but ocean and drop are the same water. Personal awareness cannot contain Awareness, but it can be recognized that it is all One Taste. So for the time being you appear as a being in time, but what you truly are is the Aware Centre from which this whole manifestation emanates.


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Painting by: John William Waterhouse Title: The Crystal Ball. (1902)
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    Dharmakaya
By virtue of its all-penetrating freedom this total presence that has no centre or circumference, no inside or outside, is innocent of all partiality and knows no blocks or barriers. This all-penetrating intrinsic awareness is a vast expanse of space. All experience of samsara and nirvana arises in it like rainbows in the sky. In all its diverse manifestations it is but a play of mind.
You need only look out from the motionless space of intrinsic awareness at all experience, illusory like the reflection of the moon in the water, to know the impossibility of dividing appearances from emptiness.
In a state of total presence there is no separation of samsara and nirvana. Look out from the motionless space of intrinsic awareness at all experience, illusory like the reflection in a mirror, and no matter what manifests it can never be tasted, its existence can never be proved. In this dimension samsara and nirvana do not exist and everything is the dharmakaya.
(Dharmakaya: The true nature of Buddha, transcendental reality, essence of the universe.)


From: 'The Flight of the Garuda'. Translated by Keith Dowman
Available at: http://www.wisdompubs.org
Painting by: Eli Joel Rodriguez Jr. Title: Reflection of the Moon
Visit him at: http://www.elisgallery.com/

    Awakened Poetry


The Song of Everything
"I am all there is.
I am nothing and that is everything.
I have no relationship with another
For there is no other.

I do not move.
I have no sense of time or space.
I am utterly complete
Being what I am -
Nothingness not needing anything -
Love.

Love can't help expressing itself,
So everything imaginable appears.
I open my mouth
And silence sings.."


Poem by Liz Jones. Visit her at: http://www.simplythis.net/
Painting by: Didier Nolet Title: Silence
Visit him at: http://www.caconline.org/cacartists/NoletD/noletd.htm

    Quote of the moment!


When I think of the Supreme Being as inactive neither creating nor preserving nor destroying-, I call Him Brahman or Purusha, the Impersonal God. When I think of Him as active-creating, preserving, destroying-, I call Him Shakti or Maya or Prakriti, the Personal God.
But the distinction between them does not mean a difference. The Personal and the Impersonal are the same thing, like milk and its whiteness, the diamond and its lustre, the snake and its wriggling motion. It is impossible to conceive of the one without the other.
The Divine Mother and Brahman are one.


Ramakrishna

    Smile of the moment!


The 7 Secrets Sayings of God
1. Before the beginning when God created the heaven and the earth and the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep, God said, 'I AM THAT' and it is so.
2. Also... being in eternity which is neither linear or sequential, where all is NOWEVER, God said, 'YOU MUST DRAW THE LINE SOMEWHERE' and it was drawn.
3. BUT! it was no dreary straight line or flat wall for God then said, 'HAVE A BALL' and there was a ball in the image whereof all stars and planets come to be formed.
4. Thereupon God said, 'THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERYTHING' and there are; the 'inside and the outside,' the 'dense and the spacious,' the 'right and the wrong,' the 'left and the taken,' for as it is written, one shall be taken and the other left.
5. And...God said, 'IT MUST BE IN TIME' and thereafter it was, is and will be, for as it is written again, 'As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, through all ages of ages.
6. And... forthwith God said, 'SPACE IT OUT,' whereupon it came to pass that beside 'this and that,' 'now and then,' there is also 'here and there.'
7. And God beheld how firm a foundation this was and said unto himself, 'GET LOST!' And there YOU ARE.


Alan Watts in his book "Cloud-hidden"

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