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 69    *     Sunday, December 11, 2005  *
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    Q & A.
Question: Dear Awakened One(s),
This question has come up for 'me'. In the awakened state where all is seen as one self playing with itself, as it is, due to ignorance (which is fine) atrocities and cruelty is practiced by humanity (which is also fine); this is not an enquiry about judgments, about should be verses what is; the question that arise is how does the awakened one choose when stumbles upon the choice of participating in atrocities and cruelty with the full knowledge of actually 'doing' it to the one self. Particularly the question says, is the awakened one capable of choosing to harm 'others' deliberately in a premeditated way? By 'others', it includes animals that are farmed in most uncompassionate ways for the satisfaction of humanity's taste buds.
The awakened one, how does he see this, how does he act? How does the awakened one assigned to Jan Kersschot, Tony Parsons, Leo Hartong, Eckhart Tolle see and choose? The question is simultaneously posed to the one in four of you.
Answer: Oneness appears as everything. There is endless variation, but no difference. As such there really aren't any awakened people. If we would, for the sake of this question, assume that there are such people then they are those in whom the One plays the game of recognizing -or admitting- that there is only One; and that each and every one is an appearance of him/her Self.
From this 'perspective-less perspective' it is all seen as Oneness appearing as every character, as every grain of sand, and as every deed or choice; regardless of whether the idea of an individual choice maker is there or not.
Next to these typing fingers sits a glass of water. Every now and then the hand reaches out and a sip is taken. The choice to do so simply occurs without there being a 'me' that is first creating the choice. This is seen to be so for all apparent characters whether or not there is a belief in an individual that makes the choice.
Within the play there seem to be compassionate characters, less compassionate characters and cruel characters. There are deeds and there are consequences, but an independent and separate doer cannot be found. This is stated simply and clearly in the well known Zen verse "Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment chop wood and carry water."
In this verse we can sense the appreciation for the simplicity of what is, as well as the surprise that everything continues as it always did; even when it is clear that there is no one to be enlightened or to do the continuing.
A variation on the above verse comes to mind; "Before enlightenment, there is action and there are choices. After enlightenment, there is action and there are choices."
How choices are made and action is taken is 'known' in the same way that it is known how to move the hand and how to type these words. I have no idea how 'I' do it, yet it is no problem to take another sip of water. Like breathing, it simply happens.


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    Seekers of Enlightenment
For most seekers of enlightenment or liberation, the search is long and arduous with many twists and turns along the way. Finding truth is all the more challenging because there are so many varying viewpoints. People are different genetically, culturally, emotionally, and so on. There are paths for devotional types, intellectual types, mystical types, and so forth. What most paths and religions have in common is that they allow the disciple to seek without ever actually finding. This does not mean such paths are fruitless. It simply means that there is always more to chase and more to seek. There is always a bigger and better experience to be had. There is always a promise of a better future (even though life can only be lived in the present). And there is almost never a point where one stops to say, ?Aha! The goal is reached. I have found. I am complete.? There is, of course, the rare case where that occurs, but it is sure to be the exception, not the rule. The few who claim to have found are nearly always the leaders, never the participants. This fact alone should give one pause.
In this regard, the teachings of non-duality are entirely unique. They are unique because they leave room only for finding and none for seeking! In Advaita, seeking is patently absurd because it implies a future time of finding. If all that exists is oneness, how can there be a past or future? Past and future are concepts in the mind, while the present moment?right here, right now?is all that truly is. If there is an opposite to Advaita, it is the act of seeking!
Advaita is based on understanding reality and existence from the broadest possible viewpoint. It is entirely unconcerned with practices, disciplines, rituals, and experiences. Seekers looking for self-development or for promises of a better future will not find them here. Non-duality rejects preferences and considers no experience, positive or negative, one iota better or worse than another.
For seekers who are ripe, non-duality brings ending upon ending, until only freedom remains. Once it is recognized that the reference point we live from, the ?me,? is based on nothing more than a collection of thoughts and images, any sense of self-importance and individuality ends. Once the definition of reality is seen to be ?that which never changes,? the illusory nature of our ?apparent? creation is exposed. As soon as the essential oneness of existence is understood, the pervasive sense of separation gained in early childhood?when a so-called ?individual? identity was created?cannot continue to exist. It simply disappears


From: James Braha's new book"Living Reality"
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    Awakened Poetry


The Absolute
No mind, no form, I only exist;
Now ceased all will and thought;
The final end of Nature's dance,
I am it whom I have sought.

A realm of Bliss bare, ultimate;
Beyond both knower and known;
A rest immense I enjoy at last;
I face the One alone.

I have crossed the secret ways of life,
I have become the Goal.
The Truth immutable is revealed;
I am the way, the God Soul.

My spirit aware of all the heights,
I am mute in the core of the Sun.
I barter nothing with time and deeds;
My cosmic play is done.




    Quote of the moment!


You wander from room to room,
Hunting for the diamond necklace,
That is already around your neck!


~ Rumi ~
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    Smile of the moment!

He Who Tells the Best Story....
A clergyman was walking down the street when he came upon a group of about a dozen boys, all of them between 10 and 12 years of age.
The group surrounded a dog. Concerned lest the boys were hurting the dog, he went over and asked "What are you doing with that dog?"
One of the boys replied, "This dog is just an old neighborhood stray. We all want him, but only one of us can take him home. So we've decided that whichever one of us can tell the biggest lie will get to keep the dog."
Of course, the reverend was taken aback. "You boys shouldn't be having a contest telling lies!" he exclaimed. He then launched into a ten minute sermon against lying, beginning, "Don't you boys know it's a sin to lie," and ending with, "Why, when I was your age, I never told a lie."
There was dead silence for about a minute. Just as the reverend was beginning to think he'd gotten through to them, the smallest boy gave a deep sigh and said, "All right, give him the dog."



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