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 65    *     Sunday, October 16, 2005  *

New Book: From Self to Self

Notes & quotes in response to 'Awakening to the Dream'

This book is now available from Non-Duality Press at:
Also available as an e-Book at:

Publisher's note:

From Self to Self contains a compilation of expressions, questions and answers that came about in response to Leo's highly praised first book 'Awakening to the Dream'. Leo writes with characteristic insight and uses metaphor to illuminate the paradoxical and apparently confusing nature of non-dual reality.
His original writing is reinforced by a wide knowledge of non-duality in other spiritual traditions and he weaves these together with his own direct path to present clear pointers to contemporary seekers. Each short chapter concludes with an appropriately chosen quotation taken from various sources. Also included, as the final chapter, is the full text of the Hsin-hsin Ming by the third Chan patriarch Seng-ts'an.
Quote: "The words in this book repeatedly point to the essence which knows the reading as it takes place. Rather than an encouragement to follow a lengthy path, it is an invitation to step off the path. It does not point to 'your' awareness, but to Awareness itself in which the idea of 'you' appears. It does not point to 'your' beingness, but to the undeniable Beingness that appears as you."
PS: Many of the questions and answers in the book have appeared in the news letters, but it also includes Q & A's that did not make it into the news letter; usually because they were considered too lengthy.
Below is such a 'Q & A' as it appears in the book.

    Table of contents.

    Q & A.
Question: I wonder about the difference between those who consider,that meditation, stages of enlightenment etc. are of utmost importance, and those who are sceptical about that, (Tony Parsons, Nathan Gill, You) .It is as if you say, stop searching for what you are already now and those that say only a few are able thanks to severe practice to reach that goal. Both, you and they, name the same sages, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta. Can you inform me about this turnover? With love,
Answer: There is no independent character who can choose to seek through effort, or who can decide to not make such an effort. Whatever happens is the way it is. IT is the One appearing AS whatever appears. All action and all inaction is from the One. To quote from the Bhagavad Gita:
All works are being done by the Gunas (or the energy and power) of nature, but due to delusion of ego, people assume themselves to be the doer. (3.27)
The Bhagavad-Gita Copyright 1988 by Dr. Ramanand Prasad

Now Tony, Nathan and Leo may emphasize that practice feeds the illusion of an independent character that through its efforts may reach a future goal of enlightenment, but it is definitely not a new idea. Below I will list a selection of quotes from different sources pointing in this direction. To be sure, one can find plenty of quotes that encourage seeking and practice as well, but what if the idea of being ?the doer? is a phantom? How could this phantom see through itself? How could a non-entity accomplish its own non existence? Is it not already non existent, even when it is believed to exist?
Furthermore, if practice was the cause of clarity, then such clarity would be the effect of such practice . Since clarity is non-dual it can not be the half of the dualistic pair ' practice and its result.? Also it is said that IT is pure presence. How can presence be reached through time? It simply IS ; much like space cannot be reached or left by the objects occurring in it. Nothing can be done by the illusory character to see this, because it is not this character that will see it. It is again the One appearing AS such seeing. Working with the ego on the ego is like having a convicted man in charge of his own execution. Or like in an alleged conversation between Lao Tsu and Confucius, where Lao Tsu says:
Your attempt to eliminate self is a positive manifestation of selfishness.
You are like a person beating a drum in search of a fugitive.

Here are some more pointers:
Since Buddhahood is not developed but occurs naturally,
You err in meditating and trying to achieve Buddhahood.

From; ?The Precious Treasury of the Way of Abiding? By Longchen Rabjam

So I went on practicing very hard. I did zazen. I went and lived in the mountains. I disciplined myself as severely as I possibly could. But none of it helped a bit. I didn?t get any closer to understanding the Buddha-mind.
The Unborn The Life and Teachings of Zen Master Bankei (1622 ? 1693)
Translated by Norman Waddell. North Point Press ISBN 0-86547-595-4

You don?t know that you?re already living Buddhas in all that you do. You think that you attain enlightenment and become a Buddha by piling up merit through religious practice. But since that?s totally wrong, you go along pathetically, leaving one darkness only to enter an other.
As for me, I don?t preach about the Buddhist teaching. I only point out the false notions you bring with you.

The Unborn The Life and Teachings of Zen Master Bankei (1622 ? 1693) Translated by Norman Waddell. North Point Press ISBN 0-86547-595-4

The nature of phenomena is nondual,
but each one, in its own state,
is beyond the limits of the mind.
There is no concept that can define
the condition of "what is"
but vision nevertheless manifests:
all is good.
Everything has already been accomplished,
and so, having overcome the sickness of effort,
one finds oneself in the self-perfected state:
this is contemplation.

From: Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu.
Snow Lion ISBN: 1559390573

Nothing to do or undo,
nothing to force,
nothing to want, and nothing missing----

Emaho! Marvelous!
Everything happens by itself.

From: Free & Easy By Venerable Lama Gendun Rinpoche.

"The great way isn't difficult for those who are unattached to their preferences.
Let go of longing and aversion, and everything will be perfectly clear.

From: The Hsin-hsin Ming. (Full text included in the book 'From Self to Self')

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Painting by: William Robinson Leigh (1866-1955) Title: Vision Seeker.
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Dear Readers.

Those of you who mailed me during the last 6 to 8 weeks did not receive a response because a hard disk crash wiped out a lot of my data; including emails and email contacts. Feel free to resend your questions. I have some catching up to do so the response can take a little while.
    Are you awakened?
Sometimes, someone will listen carefully to expressions of the Understanding, that there is no doer of anything, that there are no individuals, that all there is is Consciousness, and that you are That; and they will say, "This all sounds a little theoretical, how do I integrate this into my daily life?" That's usually a good conversation stopper, because the answer is, you don't. Actually, it's one of those questions like, "Are you awakened?" which from the point of view of the seeker is sincere and begs for a decent answer but from the perspective of the Understanding makes no sense, because the premise is back-asswards. It's a little like the tourist who stood next to me as we took in our first view of Cliff Palace, the ancient Anasazi ruins at Mesa Verde, a complete adobe village thousands of years old built into a cliffside in the Colorado desert.
"Humph," he pronounced, "looks like a movie set." "But you see," I couldn't help but reply, "actually, it's the movie set, if it's a good one, that may look a little like this." You come across this all the time. Sitting on the porch on a summer evening listening to the insects, someone will say, "That cricket sounds just like a cell phone." Sure, it's all dream, all illusion, but even within the dream the cricket is just itself: it was there before there were cell phones, and it is the cell phone that came later and was programmed to (poorly) imitate the chirp of a cricket. This is a perspective, a mind-set, which obfuscates clear understanding. As a first step, at least get clear on what it is that is real, and what it is that is the illusion, the construct, the derivative.
Asking how you integrate the Understanding into your daily life is like asking how you incorporate total freedom into captivity.

From: 'Perfect Brilliant Stillness:' Beyond the Individual Self. By David Carse
Highly recommended Available from Non-Duality Press at:

    Awakened Poetry

No postmortems, please
No postmortems, please.
The world is immortal.
The world renews itself.

What about poems and songs --
Do they perish?
Maybe they only
Vanish awhile.
Maybe they go underground
To gather some other
Knowledge and come back
In another form:

New words, a new melody,
Yet somehow
The same beloved,
Singing the same song.

~ Gregory Orr~
Painting by: Victoria Kwasinski Title: Renewal.
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    Quote of the moment!

During the day I praised you and I didn't know
At night I laid with You and I didn't know
I had thought that I was myself
but I was entirely You and I didn't know.

~Jalaluddin Rumi~
Painting by: Vincent Van Gogh Title: Starry Night.
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