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 101   Sunday, March 04, 2007   *
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        Table of Contents.
        Q & A.
Question: To crush the ego is what one would think and feel is necessary to identify more with the 'Greater Source' or 'Universe' How would a student of the dream go about accomplishing this!
Answer: A mirage can only seem problematic when its true nature is not recognized. When the mirage is known for what it is, it does not suddenly disappear, nor does it have to. To know that one cannot fetch water from it is enough.
Likewise, the ego illusion is not in its appearance, but in the way it is perceived. When there is the conviction that what we are is limited to the ego, we are under a sort of hypnotic spell.
Once it is clear that our thirst for insight and liberation cannot be quenched at the mirage of the ego, the investment lessens. This understanding does not depend on erasing the ego, but simply sees through it to its illusory nature. What is more, attempts to do away with the ego, are now recognized as the ego illusion itself.
Ultimately, the personal 'I' and the 'Impersonal Self' are not two. It is the One Universal Self appearing as this 'I'. Self-re-cognition shows that there is no one to accomplish anything, yet everything unfolds presently as this. There is no independent separate character to identify with the 'Greater Source.' There is only the 'Greater Source' regardless of how it appears. Many waves may rise and fall, but they are the expression of a single ocean. There may be a variety of ornaments, all crafted from the single substance of pure gold; there may be many appearances, but there is only One Consciousness.
In clarity the student of the dream is recognized as part of the dream, and all studying of the dream is known as nothing but the dream. Obviously the dream character cannot dream her self beyond the dream in which she appears and disappears. THAT -in and to which the whole dream appears- does neither come nor go. IT does not need to wake up as IT is fully awake to the dream.
IT appears as you in the dream, and IT is the common ground of all phenomena. This 'singularity' is the True Self, closer than close and presently aware of the reading of these words. THIS Presence/Awareness is the father and mother of all dreams, even the dream of awakening. You, as an assumed, dreamed up individual, cannot become or reach 'the Greater Source', YOU -as Totality- are THAT.

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        There is no oblivion
Stephen: There's just consciousness. If anyone gets that, the whole concept will be burned out -there's no one to get enlightened. There's no enlightenment, and there's no one who's un-enlightened. It's just a story, a concept -it does exist as a concept. There is a concept of enlightenment. But it's only a concept!
Jason: We could ask, does the mind become enlightened? Does the body become enlightened? Is there such a thing as enlightenment?
Stephen: Anyone who is caught up in the concepts of enlightenment will have all sorts of expectations- well, you should be loving and kind, and emanate this positive, loving and kind energy-no! Kill the Buddha! If you see the Buddha on the road-if you see the loving and kind, peaceful Buddha on the road, kill him! [laughter]
If there are any concepts of how there should be loving and kind behavior all the time, kill it. This is what Huang Po is saying, there is no difference between all the Buddhas and all the sentient beings- they're all One Mind. So if there are any ideas that you should be loving and kind, or emanate any positive energy-kill it. [laughter]
I like some of the old Zen masters. They're really direct. It's so refreshing and clear. There are no Enlightened men or ignorant men, and there is no oblivion. Even Enlightenment, the Absolute, Reality, Sudden Attainment-every one of them-are concepts; they have nothing to do with the Buddha-Mind.
-Zen Master Huang Po~

From The book: "Dogs, Cats & Dreams of Spiritual Awakening"
By: Stephen Wingate

        Awakened Poetry

Early in the day.
Early in the day it was whispered that we should sail in a boat,
only thou and I, and never a soul in the world would know of this
our pilgrimage to no country and to no end.

In that shoreless ocean,
at thy silently listening smile my songs would swell in melodies,
free as waves, free from all bondage of words.

Is the time not come yet? Are there works still to do?
Lo, the evening has come down upon the shore
and in the fading light the seabirds come flying to their nests.

Who knows when the chains will be off,
and the boat, like the last glimmer of sunset,
vanish into the night?

~ Rabindranath Tagore ~
From his book: Gitanjali
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Although its light is wide and great,
the moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide.
The whole moon and the entire sky
are reflected in one dewdrop.

~ Dogen ~
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        Smile of the Moment!

Love Is

From The book: "Dharma The Cat : Philosophy With Fur"
By: David Lourie and Ted Blackall

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