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 72    *     Sunday, January 22, 2006  *
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    Q & A.
Question: I have major issues with world hunger, mistreatment of people, child abuse, etc. Yet I've been in the presence of people who proclaim it's all an illusion.
If it is an illusion, does that mean that those people are not being harmed, are not hungry or hurting? I tend to take action where I can to make their lives better (even in typing that I realize it sounds like I'm making myself God) and yet I've long believed that "God" does not directly do everything, but gives people the opportunity to rise in His stead and make the world a safer more loving place. And I don't see that changing anytime soon. Rather I find those people who don't get involved as pious and heartless in their safe little minds and do not understand how they can use ACIM etc., as their platform.
Can you address the dichotomy of these two views?
Answer: The two views are not necessarily mutually exclusive, nor does asserting that the world of appearances is an illusion deny the presence of suffering; on the contrary, the belief in its reality is often cited as a major contributor to the appearance of suffering.
There are endless occurrences, including, dancing, thinking, feeling and suffering. There is going to the dentist, doing the shopping, reading books and having opinions. Non-duality has very little to say about all this various happenings, but invites the apparent person to investigate to who or what all this appears.
Non-duality draws attention to the page under the words, to the screen behind the movie and to the Consciousness in which all dancing and suffering appears. It does not argue with any opinion or belief one holds, but investigates the 'I' that is assumed to hold those beliefs and opinions.
When this is looked into, the peace beyond the agitation and the clarity beyond belief may be re-cognized as the true nature of each and all, even of those that seem to suffer a great deal.
This insight does not interfere with natural arising compassion, nor does it solve the perceived problems of the world. It may, however, put it all in its proper perspective. And, even though this perceptiveness is not a 'doing' in the usual sense of the word, it may somehow turn out to be the kindest thing One can 'do' for this good old world of ours.


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    This Amazing Realization
Why or how Consciousness should arise as it does from the blank inane Here, as it's doing all the time, is just incredible mystery. And if you call this God, I'm sure that God is absolutely astonished by his own impossible feat of self-origination. He doesn't know how he does it. If he knew how he did it, he would be missing out on the greatest joy imaginable, which is the wonder of Consciousness arising from Unconsciousness for no reason and with no help.
Human beings are so incredibly blas?. You show them something like this, and they say, "So what! What are you going on about? Of course Being has to be. Consciousness has to exist. Isness is natural." I think that God's hair stands on end in wonder at her own self-invention. It's impossible! It's that wonderful. Gosh, let me live from this realization, this astonishment.
Put it like this: we congratulate ourselves on various things, don't we? I congratulate myself on being English, perhaps. Ha ha! I congratulate myself on being male, which is even more ridiculous. I congratulate myself on not having Alzheimer's too badly at this time. A million things we congratulate ourselves on, give ourselves good marks for. But there's one thing that's superb, and we never realize what an incredible thing it is: I Am. I've occurred. Not I am this, not I am that, but just I Am. That is the great Marvel. I Am! After that, a billion universes are chickenfeed.
This is so important for me because it puts in perspective my troubles. A reality that can get off its own launching pad with no help and for no reason and invent itself and get cracking and produce the kind of universe we have - I trust the One who can do that. I'm not going to get too bogged down in the silly, quirky little details of Douglas's nonsenses. I'm not going to take my little self and my troubles so seriously, now. I'm awake to this astounding miracle going on Here all the time. This mystery of what's behind the I Am puts the I Am and all other stuff into perspective, and my problems become peanuts in the light of this amazing realization.


From: Douglas Harding's book"Face to No-Face"
Art by: Ton Haarmans. Title: 'Douglas Harding'
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    Awakened Poetry


Ripple
If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung
Would you hear my voice come through the music
Would you hold it near as it were your own?

It's a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken
Perhaps they're better left unsung
I don't know, don't really care
Let there be songs to fill the air

Chorus:
Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow

Reach out your hand if your cup be empty
If your cup is full may it be again
Let it be known there is a fountain
That was not made by the hands of men

There is a road, no simple highway
Between the dawn and the dark of night
And if you go no one may follow
That path is for your steps alone

(Chorus)
You who choose to lead must follow
But if you fall you fall alone
If you should stand then who's to guide you?
If I knew the way I would take you home



~ Words by Robert Hunter; music by Jerry Garcia ~
Ripple; a Grateful Dead song.
The Annotated "Ripple" may surprise you.
You can find it at: http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/ripple.html
Art by: Monte Dolack. Title: 'Ripple'
Found at: http://www.dolack.com/
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    Quote of the moment!


Long seeking it through others,
I was far from reaching it.
Now I go by myself;
I meet it everywhere.
It is just I myself,
And I am not itself.
Understanding this way,
I can be as I am.


~ Tung-shan ~
(806 - 869)
Art by: Jan Zaremba Title: 'Traveller'
Found at: http://janzaremba.com/
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    Smile of the moment!

Dog Philosophy
Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
-Robert A. Heinlein
The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
-Anonymous
Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
-Ann Landers
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
-Ben Williams
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
-Josh Billings
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
-Andy Rooney
We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made.
-M. Acklam
I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.
-Rita Rudner
A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
-Robert Benchley
Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.
-Franklin P. Jones
If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise.
-Unknown
My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money.
-Joe Weinstein
Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul -- chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!
-Anne Tyler
You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!'
- Dave Barry
If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.
-Phil Pastoret




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