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 83   Sunday, June 25, 2006  *
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    Q & A.
Question: Could you please speak on the 'seemingly' unbearable pain of the loss of very close loved ones through apparent 'death' and how best to deal with this in a more aware way?
Answer: Dear One.
All this will take its own course. There is no way for 'me' to be an authority on 'your' pain. There is no way to know how this body/mind would respond in a similar situation. All that can be done is to respond from an 'outsider's' perspective and perhaps this is one of the ways the One 'deals' with this pain; so here is what comes up.
Pain relates to joy in the same way that the depth of the valley equals the height of the mountain. The dearer the loved one, the greater the potential for pain: Any attempt to escape this, is one of the ways this pain expresses.
The pain is based in the belief in separation, while there is a perspective from where it is clear that there is no separation: This may transform into a perspective in which gratitude for the time spent together is bigger than the pain of apparent separation. However, as long as pain prevails, see if it is possible to be 'welcoming space' for the pain instead of believing in the position of a separate resisting character.
Of course, it is a natural response to try and get away from pain -this protects the body/mind from unnecessary damage- but in some cases this approach only increases the pain. At such times a counter-intuitive response, like welcoming the pain, may be more healing. This is somewhat like getting into a skid with a car. The intuitive reaction is to resist by steering the other way, but -as they teach in advanced driving courses- this will generally not give the desired effect. In such a situation the way out is the way in. In other words, "go with the flow" even when you don't like where it seems to take you.
On a 'deeper' level, no one is born and no one dies; there is only the Unborn. Every character, every organism is one of the temporal ways in which the Infinite appears to ItSelf. Like waves in the ocean, forms appear and disappear in the Unborn. Such appearing and disappearing is often accompanied by emotions of pleasure and pain; they come of their own accord and dissolve in the same manner.
In apparent death, the four elements, which make up the body, return to the four elements, while THAT what appeared and 'lived' AS the body, is the same Being/Livingness that appears as you, as the pain, as the stars at night, or the song of a bird outside your window.
Seeing this will not change what appears, but the 'investment' in individual appearances may become less intense, somewhat like watching a movie, while being hypnotized to believe that one is watching a real situation. Coming out of the hypnosis will not alter the movie, but it certainly transforms the perception of it.
Here we come to a 'difficult' point. The mind may accept this 'theory' and try to apply it as a method. The attempts to escape continue, but now disguised as attempts to accept. Like the above mentioned movie, seeing through this mind/pattern does not necessarily change it, but it may undermine the hypnosis that fuels it.
In this 'happening' (of seeing through the mind/pattern) the clarity that there is no individual doer or sufferer may emerge. The 'way out' of the suffering may reveal itself in the recognition that actually there is no one to get out of it, no one who does anything, no sufferer, and no one who has died; only persons/waves rising and settling in 'the Eternal Ocean of Being.'
You are the Loved One; You are this Ocean.


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Art by: Irina Title: 'Oneness'
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    You Are the Buddha
Bankei to his assembly: Your unborn mind is the Buddha-mind itself, and it is unconcerned with either birth or death. As evidence of this, when looking at things, you're able to see and distinguish them all at once. And as you are doing that, if a bird sings or a bell tolls, or other noises or sounds occur, you hear and recognize each of them too, even though you haven't given rise to a single thought to do so. Everything in your life, from morning until night, proceeds in this same way without your having to depend upon thought or reflection. But most people are unaware of that; they think everything is a result of their deliberation. That is a great mistake.
The mind of the Buddha and the minds of ordinary men are not two different minds. Those who strive earnestly in their practice because they want to attain satori, or to discover their self-mind, are likewise greatly mistaken. Everyone who recites the Heart Sutra knows that the mind is unborn and undying. But they haven't sounded the source of the Unborn. They still have the idea that they can find their way to the unborn mind and attain Buddhahood by using reason and discrimination. As soon as the notion to seek Buddhahood or to attain the Way enters your mind, you've gone astray from the Unborn- gone against what is unborn in you. Anyone who tries to get enlightened thereby falls out of the Buddha-mind and into secondary matters. You are the Buddha to begin with. There is no way for you to become Buddha now for the first time.. Within this original, there isn't even a trace of illusion. Nothing, I can assure you, ever arises from within it. When you clench your fists and run about, for example- that's the Unborn. If you harbor the least notion to become better than you are or the slightest inclination to seek something, you turn your back on the Unborn. There is neither joy nor anger in the mind you were born with- only the Buddha-mind with its marvelous illuminative wisdom that enlightens all things.



    Awakened Poetry


Do not stand at my grave and weep,
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!


~ Mary Frye ~
Read more about this poem's mysterious origin at:
http://www.businessballs.com/donotstandatmygraveandweep.htm
Art by: Martin Ridley Title: 'New Arrivals'
Found at: http://www.wildlife-art-paintings.co.uk/bird-birds-animal-artist/limited-edition-prints.htm
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    Quote of the Moment!


Self is what gives breath to Life.
You need not search for It, It is Here.
You are That through which you would search.
You are what you are looking for!
And That is All it is.


~ Sri H.W.L. Poonja ~
Photo found at: http://www.poonja.com/Stories.htm
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    Smile of the Moment!


The Seven Secret Sayings of God
1. Before the beginning when God created the heaven and the earth, and the earth was without form, and void: and darkness was upon the face of the deep, God said, I AM THAT. And it is so.
2. Also, being in eternity which is neither linear or sequential, where all is nowever, God said, 'YOU MUST DRAW THE LINE SOMEWHERE' and it was drawn.
3. BUT! it was no dreary straight line or flat wall for God then said, 'HAVE A BALL..' And there was a ball in the image whereof all stars and planets come to be formed.
4. Thereupon God said, 'THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERYTHING.' And there are; the 'inside and the outside,' the 'dense and the spacious,' the 'right and the wrong,' the 'left and the taken,' for as it is written, one shall be taken and the other left.
5. And? God said, 'IT MUST BE IN TIME.' And thereafter it was, is, and will be, for as it is written again, 'As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, through all ages of ages. Amen.
6. And? forthwith God said, 'SPACE IT OUT.' Whereupon it came to pass that, beside 'this and that,' and 'now and then,' there is also 'here and there.'
7. And God beheld how firm a foundation this was and said unto himself, 'GET LOST!'
And there You Are.


~ Alan Watts ~
From his book 'Cloud-hidden.'
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