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 82   Sunday, June 11, 2006  *
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    Q & A.
Question: I had a wonderful opportunity to spend several days with Sailor Bob in Melbourne in January, but just recently it dawned on me what this Awareness business is all about. I realized that I had been laboring under a misconception that Awareness was ?mine? -- so I was trying to grasp Awareness as a personal experience, not realizing that it?s as impersonal as can be. Once this mistake was recognized, it seems everything clicked into place: there?s Awareness, and there are objects in Awareness, and to identify myself as an object in Awareness (including human body, thoughts, sensations, etc.) is simply ludicrous. I am the ?no thing? that perceives and makes space for all the ?things.? Is it really that simple?
Answer: Beautifully expressed, and yes it really is that simple. Or perhaps I should say ?It is much more simple than the mind ever could hope to comprehend.?
Question: Yet there?s an undeniable tendency to be pulled back into identification with the objective world, since Awareness is a rather subtle matter, isn?t it? Trying to turn and look at Awareness is not possible -- as you say, like the sun attempting to shine on itself -- and so it?s only by a kind of indirection that Awareness is ?known? (and of course ?known? is not the right word here). Does recognition of Awareness, and disidentification with the world of phenomena, just settle in after a while, once the illusion is seen through? It does seem that the pull of the old habit patterns, built up through the years, is strong.
Answer: Is the ?pulling back? not also an object/appearance in Awareness? Does whatever appears in Awareness affect Awareness? In the same vein; does that what is reflected in the mirror, affect the mirror in any way?
All there is, is Presence, and any idea about past conditioning arises only presently. IT may appear to itself as the idea of ?being pulled back?; IT may appear as a story about ?the strong pull of old habit patterns, built up through the years? but all this is as much presence/appearance as the idea that all is clear and that identification is no longer the case.
To say it in another way: All there is, is THIS and IT manifests AS everything, yet IT is no-thing at all. IT may appear as a dance, in and out of identification, but there is no one that is identifying or disidentifying; there is only One appearing as such.
There is no need for a settling away from identification and there is no separate character to do this. The idea that disidentification would somehow be preferable is in itself the manifestation of apparent identification. And again, there is nothing wrong or right with this.
IT may appear AS Identification or AS disidentification, while at the same time IT is forever beyond such duality, IT is neither and both and there is nothing else than IT that could be more or less IT and ?you? are (IT is) always and already THAT.


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Art by: Bill Brauer Title: 'Mirror Dance'
Found at: http://www.firstartsource.com/Content/BrauerB.htm
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    Transparent Radiance
Because of the unobstructed nature of the mind, there is a continuous arising of appearances.
Like the waves and the waters of the ocean, which are not two (different things),
Whatever arises is liberated into the natural state of the mind.
However many different names are applied to it in this unceasing process of naming things,
With respect to its real meaning, the mind (of the individual) does not exist other than as one.
And, moreover, this singularity is without any foundation and devoid of any root.
But, even though it is one, you cannot look for it in any particular direction.
It cannot be seen as an entity located somewhere, because it is not created or made by anything.
Nor can it be seen as just being empty, because there exists the transparent radiance of its own luminous clarity and awareness.
Nor can it be seen as diversified, because emptiness and clarity are inseparable.
Immediate self-awareness is clear and present.
Even though activities exist, there is no awareness of an agent who is the actor.
Even though they are without any inherent nature, experiences are actually experienced.


From: "Self-Liberation through Seeing with Naked Awareness"
By: Padmasambhava Translation by John Myrdhin Reynolds

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    Awakened Poetry


Call it Tao
Something mysteriously formed,
Born before Heaven and Earth.
In the silence and the void,
Standing alone and unchanging,
Ever present and in motion.
Perhaps it is the mother of the ten thousand things.
I do not know its name
Call it Tao.


~ Lao Tzu ~
From: The Tao Te Ching
As Translated by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English, Vintage Books, 1989
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    Quote of the Moment!


Nature has no end set before it.
If God acts for the sake of an end,
he [must] want something that he lacks.


~ Spinoza ~
Art by: Martha Saudek
Title: 'Nature's Majesty, Yosemite National Park'
Found at: http://www.tirageart.com/artists/saudnature.shtml
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    Smile of the Moment!


Long ago...
A man and his ever-nagging wife went on vacation to Jerusalem. While they were there, the wife passed away. The undertaker told the husband, "You can have her shipped home for $5,000, or you can bury her here, in the Holy Land, for $150."
The man thought about it and said he would just have her shipped home.
The undertaker asked, "Why would you spend $5,000 to ship your wife home, when it would be wonderful for her to be buried here and you would spend only $150?"
The man replied, "Long ago a man died here, was buried here, and three days later, he rose from the dead. I just can't take that chance."


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