Awakening to the Dream

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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 67    *     Sunday, November 13, 2005  *
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    Q & A.
Question: Leaving legal issues aside, what are the pro's and cons of exploration of consciousness using psychedelics? I have never used them but have heard great things about them. As you know, they have been used for countless centuries in many cultures around the world, and I have heard that, used in a controlled and very sacred environment, they can facilitate great understanding and realizations of our true Self. They have also been used to explore and experience the bardo realms. What are your thoughts on this subject?
Answer: Psychedelics, like anything else, can be an invitation from Self to Self. They may throw you beyond you, and they may provide a mystical experience. They also may bring you face to face with your greatest fears and, as with any true adventure, there is the option of great reward or great disaster.
One may bring home marvelous stories and memories of such an undertaking, and a safe return is reason for celebration but, like the Trojan horse, there might be unwanted consequences as these fantastic experiences may become the next barrier to clear seeing.
What I mean is that the possible psychedelic aided insight of Absolute Oneness gets claimed by the returning sense of ?I?. Something like; ?I? had that experience and saw that all is one. ?I? was exploring and ?I? had great realizations. Here duality is back: The ?I? is still taken as an independent agent, and the experience gets confused with what it revealed. In other words the experience may be seen as the goal and may be sought again and again.
To be sure, as far as experiences go, a deep psychedelic trip certainly can knock your socks off; but what is pointed at here is the Inexperience-able Experiencing to which all these fireworks appear. This Silent Center is the same One to which the reading of these words appears now.
By their very nature all experiences are of the time dimension; they have a beginning and an ending, they come and go. See what it is that remains permanent and untouched in all of this, whether a boring day or a blazing experience presents itself. Re-cognize the Single-Cognizing-Light in which all these temporal occurrences are lit up. IT shines prior to all such experiences and remains forever unseen as it is the very seeing. You Are THAT.

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Painting by: Brian Exton. Title: 'Land of Psychedelic Illuminations'
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    Naturally Occurring Timeless Awareness
Although the effort and achievement in dreams seem so exhausting, they are pointless, for you do not move from the single place in which you sleep and nothing at all that you seem to have done is actually done or finished. The effort and achievement in which you are engaged at present -trying to apply antidotes in order to abandon certain things- are just like that. Given that there is nothing other than simply the scope of awareness, nothing in the least is ever done or finished, for there is no straying from what is simply the scope of awareness itself. To invest what is clearly apparent yet nonexistent with some ultimate meaning is nothing but confusion, like the scope of Dawa Gyaltsen's (hundredfold) mind; this does not bring you one bit closer to your true nature.
Therefore, nothing need be done by way of effort or achievement concerning mind itself, which is like space, because it cannot be altered by causes or effects. Since naturally occurring timeless awareness abides as the ground of everything, all phenomena arise from it, although it itself is beyond the extremes of positive and negative.

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    Awakened Poetry

Talking about food won't make you full,
Babbling about clothes won't keep out the cold.
A bowl of rice is what fills the belly;
It takes a suit of clothing to keep you warm.
And yet; without stopping to consider this,
You complain that Buddha is hard to find.
Turn your mind within! There he is!
Why look for him abroad?

~ Han-shan ~
From: Cold Mountain. 100 poems by the T'ang poet Han-shan. ISBN 0-231-03450-4
Painting by: Yun, Dooseo. Title: 'Cow and rice field'
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    Quote of the moment!

Tension is who you think you should be.
Relaxation is who you are...

~Ancient Chinese Proverb~
Painting by: Mikki Senkarik Title: 'Eternal Relaxation'
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    Smile of the moment!

And after that?
A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.
"Not very long," answered the Mexican.
"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.
The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.
The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life."
The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat."
"And after that?" asked the Mexican.
"With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise."
"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.
"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.
"And after! that?"
"Afterwards? Well my Friend, That's when it gets really interesting," answered the American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!"
"Millions? Really? And after that?" said the Mexican.
"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends."

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