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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    Q & A.
Question: I keep reading your web site, but all this info about what we really are etc. aren't they just a lot of -not useful- words? Since "Knowledge" is beyond mind, words really waste a lot of time. There are teachers who don't waste the seeker's time, and give Direct Transmission, (like Dave Oshana for ex.) So why isn't this suggested?
Answer: Direct transmission, a seven step plan to enlightenment, karma yoga, past life therapy and a zillion other systems are not suggested here as they all feed on the illusion that THIS as IT IS, is not already fully IT. Every step towards 'enlightenment' confirms the mistaken belief that there is a person separate from THIS Oneness, who -through effort or transmission given by 'others'- can somehow become an enlightened person.
This is not about freedom for the person, but about freedom from the idea of being a person. As such, the idea of 'the enlightened person', is itself the great delusion. No one can give it to you, no one can transmit it to you and ultimately the you that wants to learn or have this, is an illusion.
Whatever is transmitted is an experience and all experiences are finite. The Infinite One is not an experience for some one, yet It is always and already fully here as This Timeless Presence, in which the reading of these words is known. As there is only THIS, from where to where would this Omnipresent Light be transmitted? AS there is only Oneness, from whom to whom would such a transmission flow?
Of course, all you read here is nothing but words. The funny thing is that even the conclusion that words are useless is itself built from words. And yes, words can indeed be a waste of time if they are not understood to be concepts and pointers. For example: If you assume that the word water is intended for drinking, you might die of thirst. On the other hand, words may be a useful tool in giving directions to the source, where only you can quench that thirst. No one can drink for you.
'Enlightenment' is the end of the 'you' who seeks enlightenment and it is the end of apparent 'others' that are 'enlightened.' It is the end of the seeker and the seeking. It's the end of all ideas about 'time to waste' and 'enlightenment to achieve.' When it is clear that THIS is the Source, all maps to it -and writings about it- are known to be 'useless'. Including this one of course.


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Art by: Michael Parkes. Title: 'Source'
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    Hooked on Enlightenment
I ploughed through hundreds of religious/spiritual books by dozens of wise men, gurus, teachers and heavily bearded philosophers. And I read and I read, and I meditated and ate vegetarian food and listened to poor quality mp3's of happy Indian people telling me what a wonderful thing it was to have a "silent mind", and yet the yearning to be free still burned more fiercely than ever. How could I attain this state of utter stillness and peacefulness that these so-called "enlightened" people had apparently stumbled across? I certainly had moments of peace, stillness and clarity, but how could I make this permanent? How could I dwell in Heaven all the time? How could I escape my "ordinary life" once and for all? How could I be free from myself and all my so-called "psychological baggage"?
I was hooked on enlightenment.
Fast forward to today, and the search is over, or more accurately, it has been seen through. Or, more accurately, it IS being seen through, now, now and now.
There is, of course, no such thing as enlightenment, there is no "ultimate" state, no way to meditate one's way to Nirvana, no way to "get rid" of the ego. These are just more desires of the ego, more ways to maintain the separate self-sense, the sense of "I".
The search implies that there is something more to life than what is presently the case. But the search is in vain, for there is only ever this. Only this! The feeling of the book between the hands. The beating of the heart. The morning traffic rumbling outside. The cat begging for food. Why do we search for liberation when it is always here?



    Awakened Poetry
Cosmic Consciousness.
I have wrapped the wide world in my wider self
And Time and Space my spirit's seeing are.
I am the god and demon, ghost and elf,
I am the wind's speed and the blazing star.

All Nature is the nursling of my care,
I am its struggle and the eternal rest;
The world's joy thrilling runs through me, I bear
The sorrow of millions in my lonely breast.

I have learned a close identity with all,
Yet am by nothing bound that I become;
Carrying in me the universe's call
I mount to my imperishable home.

I pass beyond Time and life on measureless wings,
Yet still am one with born and unborn things.





    Quote of the Moment!


If there is no distinction between division and non- division,
If there is no distinction between the knower and the known,
If there is only the limitless One, all is Shiva.


~ Dattatreya ~
From: Dattatreya?s Song of the Avadhut
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    Smile of the Moment!

My God....

Four Catholic ladies are having coffee together, discussing how important their children are.
The first one tells her friends, "My son is a priest. When he walks into a room, everyone calls him "Father."
The second Catholic woman chirps, "Well, my son is a bishop. Whenever he walks into a room, people say, 'Your Grace '."
The third Catholic woman says smugly, "Well, not to put you down, but my son is a cardinal. Whenever he walks into a room, people say 'Your Eminence'."
The fourth Catholic woman sips her coffee in silence. The first three women give her this subtle "Well...?" She replies, "My son is a gorgeous, 6'2", hard bodied, well hung, male stripper. Whenever he walks into a room, women say, "My God...."




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