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 94   Sunday, November 26, 2006   *
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Question: I have been practising mainly soto zen meditation for over 10yrs and have had no so called awakenings. For the last year I have become interested in advaita and have read a number of books including your own.
Im not expecting a great awakening to happen anymore but Im still waiting for the penny to drop. Have you any suggestions?
Answer: My suggestion is to re-read the book, especially the last chapter and the chapter "Blinded by the light". Not to get IT, but perhaps to 'get' that there really is nothing to get, nor anyone to get it.
You see 'awakening' is sort of a disillusionment; the end of illusion - including the illusion of awakening as something to 'get' later on. Full Awakeness is present here and now. It is not an experience for some one; IT is the impersonal Now-Present-Experiencing. It 'not being an experience' may sound 'mystical' but it is as simple as the realization that sight -while clearly present- is not something that can be seen.
At this moment there is reading. Perhaps thoughts come up in response to the reading. 'Something' which is not a thing -nor a thought- knows the reading and the thoughts as they appear. This 'some-thing' is the light in which all that is known is lit up. Even the ideas of 'awakening' and the 'you that waits for the penny to drop' are known 'appearances' in this light. There is nothing this 'you-object' can or has to do for this; IT is always already so of it's own accord and without any effort. And even when there is the appearance of effort, it is effortlessly 'known' by -and in- THIS.
Whether the thought "Aha, I've got it" or the thought "I'm still waiting for the penny to drop" drifts by, makes no difference to THIS. A full blown mystical experience, or doing the dishes, are both like reflections which do not affect the mirror wherein they appear. The simplicity of this ever present Mirror-like Awareness may be overlooked and dismissed as too simple and ordinary to be the 'holy grail' of all seekers, yet it is the mystery of mysteries and cannot be captured in a net of concepts and ideas; all such attempts are known in this indescribable Awareness.
What-You-Are is not limited to this I-dea of the waiting character. You are the All-Inclusive-Silent-Background in which the meditation, this reading, the thoughts and this whole universe appear. Just like this, a sigh of relief, you are already home.

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    The End Of Seeking?
When, in spite of intense practice, various teachers, numerous Satsangs, and all the right books, the seeking does not come to rest, it may help to see the 'connections.' From our unique vantage point in time, we can see relations and similarities between the different teachings, books, and scriptures that have been handed down through history. This 'overview' has not always been available. Did Jesus know of Buddha? Did Meister Eckhart know about Lao Tzu? Was Rumi familiar with Bodhidharma? Perhaps, but most likely they were not. Voices come to us from different cultures, from east and west, north and south, some centuries apart, yet all pointing in the same direction and sometimes literally saying the same things. Here are a few concrete examples:
Christianity: For behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (Luke 17:21)
Buddhism: You are all Buddhas. There is nothing you need to achieve. Just open your eyes. (Siddhartha Gautama)
Zen: If you cannot find the truth right where you are where else do you expect to find it? (Dogen Zenji)
Taoism: Great knowledge sees all in one. Small knowledge breaks down into the many. (Chuang Tzu)
Science: Bell's theorem demonstrates that the universe is fundamentally interconnected, interdependent, and inseparable.' (Fritjof Capra)
Tibetan Buddhism: There is not a single state that is not this vast state of presence.*
Islam: 'In that glory is no 'I' or 'We' or 'Thou.' 'I,' 'We,' 'Thou,' and 'He' are all one thing.'(Hallaj)
Hinduism: Tat Tvam Asi - Thou Art That.
Judaism: I am That I am.
Is it not utterly fascinating that the same expressions are repeated over and over? Is it not heartening that they consistently point to the fact that all is one, that this is IT, and that you are IT ? Is this moment not the perfect moment to accept what they offer, to realize that it is your own voice inviting you home? If not now, then when?
It's not difficult to discover your Buddha Mind
But just don't try to search for it.
Cease accepting and rejecting possible places
Where you think it can be found
And it will appear before you**

I have heard people ask questions about the nature of enlightenment and then dismiss the answer by saying something like, 'These are just words and concepts. I have heard them before, and this is not enough. I want to know what it really is all about.' What such seekers are waiting for is a confirmation through a special event, or perhaps a peak experience, thus postponing the realization that the Awakeness they're looking for is already fully present. What they overlook is the actuality of that which does the seeing - that which everything has in common - the one universal canvas sustaining all manifestation. It is the substratum underlying all apparent diversity. It is the extraordinary in the absolutely ordinary. It is the common ground. Interestingly, common means both 'ordinary' as well as 'universal.' This common essence is our true nature, regardless of the shapes and diversity the mind projects on this undivided whole. It is the light that shines on everything, but cannot and needs not shine on itself. It is the magical illusion, the marvel that can manifest unity as diversity and the single as the many. It is the One Identity or Pure Awareness.
* You Are the Eyes of the World Longchenpa.
** Hsin Hsin Ming ? verses on the faith mind by Sengstan 3rd Zen Patriarch.

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    Awakened Poetry

Love After Love
The time will come
When, with elation,
You will greet yourself arriving
At your own door, in your own mirror,
And each will smile at the other's welcome

And say, sit here. Eat
You will love again the stranger who was yourself.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
To itself, to the stranger who has loved you
All your life, whom you have ignored
For another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

The photographs, the desperate notes,
Peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

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    Quote of the Moment!

I?ve told you all that constitutes the very core of Truth;
There is no you, no me, no superior being, no disciple, and no Guru.

From: Dattatreya?s Song of the Avadhut.
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"You mean I do the Hokie Pokie
and I turn myself around
and that's what it's all about?"

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