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
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    Table of Contents.
    Q & A.
Question: Can you please explain how it is asserted that all there is is presence arising presently? In other words there is no past and no future and time is only a concept. So I never did what I remember doing last week with A, B & C even though they also remember doing it.
"I" can appreciate there is no "I" which did anything with A, B & C and that there is no A, B & C as entities but there is a body/mind apparatus known as "me" which has a history with other body/mind apparatuses.
How can there be aging etc or indeed any sort of change if there is no "time"?
Answer: The mind, being duality in action, throws up concepts like past and future, before and after, and takes them to be real; but all such ideas, memories, and anticipations -including change and aging- are conceptual and not actual.
Change and aging are stories. They appear like a 'voice over', or as a linear and dualistic 'translation' of the non-linear 'arising' of THIS as it is.
In THIS/Presence, memories of the past and the anticipation of a future are currently arising as part of the dream.
Time and space are the 'building blocks' of this dream we call reality/life. Within this dream/context, space and time 'exist' like the image of water exists within a mirage.
To continue with the dream metaphor: While dreaming, you may meet different people. Within the dream they can seem as real as the words you now read. But where are those people? Where is the space they occupy? When where they born and where did they grow up? Who gave them their names, and how did they learn your language? If questioned on such matters, they probably could answer with a story as how it all came to pass and even introduce 'evidence' of such a past.
So within our self arising dreams, such dream characters may appear, including their memories and stories that seem to explain their present situation; but all there really is, is only and ever 'the present situation'.
This universe can be likened to such a dream. In this 'magic dream hologram' all options can be projected; including those of space and time, shared memories, ancient ruins, and geological 'evidence' for the passing of time.
Within the dream context such stories of passing time can be verified and 'proven' in the same way that the above mentioned dream characters may share their 'verifiable' history.
Obviously, time does (apparently) exists as part of the play, and it comes in handy for making appointments and catching airplanes, but ultimately it has as much reality as a dream, a mirage or a holographic projection. Present and direct 'evidence', without a conceptual overlay, will not reveal the reality of time, but only this All-Inclusive-Timeless-Presence.

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Art by: Cynthia Breusch Title: 'Illusion to Time'
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    Who pays the bill?
Question: How do you find out what happens after death?
Answer: You ask someone who has died.
Last night I dreamt that I was having dinner in a restaurant with an old friend. We asked for the bill but before it came I woke up. Did my friend have to pay my share of the bill?
It is easy to see that the question about my dream is absurd. It is the same with the question "What happens to me after death?" The question dissolves when it is seen that I am a dreamed character. Then it is seen that there is no 'me' who dies, no 'after' because time is created only in the dreamed mind and no 'death' because death is simply the awakening from the dream. If there were anyone who could choose not to worry, I would say "Don't worry. It will be alright."
But the mind cannot imagine its own annihilation. Faced with the appearance of death in the dream, the mind creates stories about its own continued existence after death. All of these stories are like answers to the question "Who pays the restaurant bill of the dreamer who wakes up before the bill arrives?"

From: Richard Sylvester's new book "I hope you die soon "
Available from Non-Duality Press at:
Or visit Richard's web site at:
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    Awakened Poetry

Bulleh! to me, I am not known
Not a believer inside the mosque, am I
Nor a pagan disciple of false rites
Not the pure amongst the impure
Neither Moses, nor the Pharaoh

Bulleh! to me, I am not known

Not in the holy Vedas, am I
Nor in opium, neither in wine
Not in the drunkard`s intoxicated craze
Neither awake, nor in a sleeping daze

Bulleh! to me, I am not known

In happiness nor in sorrow, am I
Neither clean, nor a filthy mire
Not from water, nor from earth
Neither fire, nor from air, is my birth

Bulleh! to me, I am not known

Not an Arab, nor Lahori
Neither Hindi, nor Nagauri
Hindu, Turk (Muslim), nor Peshawari
Nor do I live in Nadaun

Bulleh! to me, I am not known

Secrets of religion, I have not known
From Adam and Eve, I am not born
I am not the name I assume
Not in stillness, nor on the move

Bulleh! to me, I am not known

I am the first, I am the last
None other, have I ever known
I am the wisest of them all
Bulleh! do I stand alone?

Bulleh! to me, I am not known

~ Bulleh Shah ~
Found at: The Poetry Chaikhana
Art by: Salvador dali. Title: 'The Endless Enigma'
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    Quote of the Moment!

Two birds, inseparable companions, perch on the same tree.
One eats the fruit, the other looks on.
The first bird is our individual self, feeding on the pleasures and pains of this world.
The other is the universal Self, silently witnessing all.

~ Mundaka Upanishad ~
Art by: Unknown
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    Smile of the Moment!

Quick Assumptions
A man, who smelled like a distillery, flopped down on a subway seat next to a priest. The man's tie was stained, his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half-empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn coat pocket. He opened his newspaper and began reading. After a few minutes the disheveled man turned to the priest and said, "Say, Father, what causes arthritis?"
"Mister, it's caused by loose living, being with cheap wicked women, too much alcohol, and a contempt for your fellow man."
"Well, I'll be damned," the drunk muttered, returning to his paper.
The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized. "I'm very sorry, I didn't mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?"
"I don't have it, Father. I was just reading that the Pope does."

Thanks to Rosanna for sending this joke.

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