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 66    *     Sunday, October 30, 2005  *
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    Q & A.
Question: I was reading with interest your 'quotes from different sources pointing in this direction' and the last one caught my critical eye! So, if 'we' 'let go' of longing and aversion, everything will be perfectly clear! Does this mean some forms of 'doing' are ok and others not?
It reminds me when I was talking to a Buddhist nun once and she said how relieved she was to be out of the worldly play. I queried whether she may in fact have substituted the old play for a new one.
Answer: All words appear in duality and are not able to express non duality properly. As such they are simple pointers, and the invitation is to see to what hey refer. What is being communicated here is not that one type of doing is ok and another type of doing is not, but that there is in fact no independent character to be a doer.
When that is not seen, then it is like what you describe: The world play gets replaced by the play of no play and the doing gets replaced by the 'act' of non-doing. This still leaves the idea of the person intact; whether as a doer or a non doer, whether as having volition or as not having volition.
Now even this idea of being the doer is not of 'our' doing. It arises out of Source just like the apperception that there is no one to do anything. Prior to its conceptual translation into I AM there is Presence (or pre-sense). At present it appears as these words and as the immediate awareness in which they appear. It knows the reading without postulating an "I' that does the reading. For this 'I' to appear the reading has to be interrupted by the thought 'I read.'
This direct knowing, prior to a translation into concepts, can be called 'the ultimate-subject which cannot be made into an object.' It cannot be reached, nor can it be left behind. It appears as everything and nothing. It appears as, and at the same time it is beyond, this duality we can speak of. IT is not what you will become; IT is what you always and already are.
You see, subtly the words deviate from what they try to point at. Here 'I' say "IT is what you always and already are." When this sentence is taken apart, there is the assumption of time in the word 'always' and the assumption of a 'you' that is doing the being. When the mind goes quiet, even for a moment, the beingness is still there, but no time, no 'me' being something, and no other conceptual labels. What can be said about this without an inbuilt contradiction? And yet, this contradiction is itself a clue, inviting 'us' to forget the words and to be the knowing space in which they appear and disappear.


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Painting by: Sarciat Ydan. Title: 'Invitation au voyage'
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    The Supreme Self
All this time I thought I was of this world. For so long I have been fooled by illusion. But now I know I am the immortal self. I alone illumine this body and this universe, because I alone exist.
Just as waves, foam and bubbles are not different from water, so the universe is not in the least different from me. Just as cloth is made up of nothing but thread, so this universe is made up of nothing but the supreme self.
Just as every iota of the sugar that is produced from the sugarcane is pervaded by the juice from which it came, so also every iota of the universe that is produced in me, is permeated by me, through and through.
Through ignorance a snake appears where there is only a rope. In the same way, through ignorance, a world appears where there is only the self. The world has no existence of its own. It is an illusion superimposed on truth. It comes about because of ignorance of the self and it disappears with knowledge of the self. It is like the superimposed snake which comes about because of ignorance of the rope and disappears with knowledge of the rope.
Just as a clay pot eventually dissolves back into clay, just as a wave eventually dissolves back into water, just as a gold bracelet eventually dissolves back into gold, so the universe having emanated from me through ignorance, will dissolve back into me with the dawn of self-knowledge. When all the illusory names and forms have disappeared, only I, the supreme self, will remain.


From Self-Realization -The Knowledge of the Absolute
Al Drucker's rendering of "the Astavakra Gita"

Painting by: Byron Pickering. Title: 'A Walk at Dawn'
Found at: http://www.pickeringstudio.com/

    Awakened Poetry


Nothing
Nothing sings in our bodies
like breath in a flute.
It dwells in the drum.
I hear it now
that slow beat
like when a voice said to the dark,
let there be light,
let there be ocean
and blue fish
born of nothing
and they were there.
I turn back to bed.
The man there is breathing.
I touch him
with hands already owned by another world
Look, they are desert,
they are rust.
They have washed the dead.
They have washed the just born.
They are open.
They offer nothing.
Take it.
Take nothing from me.
There is still a little life
left inside this body,
a little wildness here
and mercy
and it is the emptiness
we love, touch, enter in one another
and try to fill.


~ Linda Hogan ~
Found at: Panhala http://www.panhala.net/Archive/Index.html
Painting by: Chris Broadbent. Title: 'Time? Means Nothing'
Found at: http://members.shaw.ca/cbroadbent/index.html


    Quote of the moment!


As I see it, there's no Buddha, no living beings, no long ago, no now. If you want to get it, you've already got it -it's not something that requires time. There's no religious practice, no enlightenment, no getting anything, no missing out on anything. At no time is there any other Dharma superior to this. If anyone claims there is a Dharma superior to this, I say it must be a dream, a phantom. All I have to say to you is simply this.


~Lin Chi~
From: The Zen Teachings of Master Lin Chi: A translation of the Lin-chi-lu

    Smile of the moment!

An Irishman in a wheelchair entered a restaurant one afternoon and Asked the waitress for a cup of coffee The Irishman looked across the Restaurant and asked, "Is that Jesus sitting over there?"
The waitress nodded "yes," so the Irishman told her to give Jesus a cup of coffee on him.
The next patron to come in was an Englishman with hunched back. He shuffled over to a booth, painfully sat down, and asked the Waitress for a cup of hot tea. He also glanced across the restaurant and asked, "Is that Jesus over there?"
The waitress nodded, so the Englishman said to give Jesus a cup of hot tea, "My treat."
The third patron to come into the restaurant was a Redneck from Kentucky on crutches. He hobbled over to a booth, sat down and hollered, "Hey there, sweet thang. How's about gettin' me a cold glass of Coke!" He, too, looked across the restaurant and asked, "Is that God's boy over there?"
The waitress once more nodded, so the Redneck said to give Jesus a cold glass of Coke, "On my bill."
As Jesus got up to leave, he passed by the Irishman, touched Him and said, "For your kindness, you are healed." The Irishman felt the Strength come back into his legs, got up, and danced a jig out the door.
Jesus also passed by the Englishman, touched him and said, "For your kindness, you are healed." The Englishman felt his back Straightening up, and he raised his hands, praised the Lord and did a series of Back flips out the door.
Then Jesus walked towards the Kentucky Redneck. The Redneck jumped up And yelled, "Don't touch me. . . I'm drawin' disability!!


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