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 103   Sunday, April 01, 2007   *
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        Table of Contents.
        Q & A.
Question: My question is can this "Ultimate Subject" this "Undeniable Presence" be directly known to the mind? Or more accurately can this Ultimate Subject ever be known to itself? It seems most teachers of non-duality claim to have a direct knowing and that upon this direct knowing there has been a change, an internal and external change in their lives. The change they claim to have happened upon this direct knowing is consciousness expanding to a unified awareness of Oneness, a personality that appears when needed and not present when not needed, an inner sense of peace, a "witnessing" awareness and an "undeniable Presence" which informs their daily lives.
If this Undeniable Presence can be known to itself what prevents most of us from knowing, from directly knowing, if it cannot be known then how is it possible for searching to ever end?
Answer: How could the seeking not end dear One? It had a beginning, and all that had a beginning will have an ending. This does not mean that it can only end trough actual knowing what this Ultimate Subject is. Perhaps it ends through being comfortable with not knowing.
Just like light cannot shine upon itself the 'Ultimate Subject' can never be an object of knowing to itself as it is itself the very knowing. It is like a knife unable to cut itself, or like a lens unable to focus on itself. When we attempt to focus a lens on itself, we may ask "What is it that prevents us from doing this?" and we have created a problem where there isn't one. As soon as 'the true nature' of the lens is taken into account, -or 'seen'- the attempt to focus it on itself will stop of its own accord.
The changes claimed by certain teachers are but linear translations of a non linear, non dual changeless presence. There will be many similarities in such claims, but also many differences. Best to not listen to any claims, but to have a direct look 'for your self.'
Presence cannot be attained as its very nature is 'already here-now-ness'. There may be the appearance of a person, there may be the appearance of the absence of a person, there may be the appearance of 'an inner sense of peace' or anything else. Those appearances may seem to differ, but as appearances they are equal; they come and they go without a leaving a trace on 'the Presence That Is.
When appearances are peaceful this may be easier to accept, but even when it comes to harsh appearances this Presence is like a mirror reflecting the breaking of an other mirror without breaking itself. It IS forever Unbroken Peace and remains unaffected, even when apparent non peaceful events arise in it. In the same way IT remains as limitless impersonal freedom, even when the idea of a limited person appears in it.
We could talk of a 'change' or 'a shift' in perspective: In such a shift, it may be seen that there is always and already complete All-ness. This implies that apparently not seeing it -or seeking for it- is as much IT as the 'end of seeking.' This 'insight' makes such a shift a non-event as it cancels itself out in paradox. This is the famous 'Gateless Gate.' Once this 'gate' is passed it is seen that there never was a gate nor any one to go through it.
We could also compare 'the end of seeking' to seeing through a mirage or a magician's trick. Every thing changes, yet nothing changes. Once we know a mirage to be a mirage, we still see the appearance of water on the road. Once we see through the trick of the magician, we still see the lady being sawed in two on stage. Similarly once the ego, the questioning, the thought processes and all other manifestations in space and time are recognized as appearances in and of Consciousness only, they still may appear.
This 'Undeniable Presence' -this Beingness- isn't 'some-thing' which needs to be attained BY a separate 'you', but it IS here right now appearing AS you -and everything 'else.' In other words: IT expresses as everything including the idea of a you who would attain this. IT is the 'Certainty of Being' (I AM that I AM) present right now, even before it gets translated by the mind into the thought 'I AM.' You ARE, before the words 'I AM' appear. YOU ARE; whether or not the thought 'I AM' is present. IT is this very life, expressing as reading, breathing, feeling, thinking, sleeping, dreaming, waking, heartbeat, drifting clouds, far of galaxies, and so on.
There really is no separate character with a daily life who gets informed by this Undeniable Presence; there is only this Undeniable Presence /Life appearing as such an idea. This Presence -being ALL- appears as everything, like the single substance of gold appears as countless ornaments, like clay appears as an endless variety of forms. All there is, is this Single-Non-Dual-Presence, this Unknowable Knowing. And since IT is al there is, You can only be That.

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Q & R en Fran?ais
Art by: Riki Mijling Title: 'The Gateless Gate'
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        Remembering and forgetting
Visitor: We get tied up in all the whys and the wherefores and how we've got to know this and we've got to understand that, and we watch TV and see all those horrible programmes about violence and nasty things ... We think, 'This ought not to be,' or 'Why don't they do so and so?' And we tie ourselves up into terrible knots. It's not very easy to simply stand back from that. How do you see that just as part of the play?
Nathan: There's no need for standing back. At times in the play as the character there will be the remembering of our true nature, and at times there will be forgetting. The whole of this struggle to make it work, to do the right thing, all the involvement with the daily news on the television - it's the story. The 'I' can't do anything about any of this; it cannot 'de-mesmerise' itself because it's part of the mesmerisation.
Maybe through this reminding of our true nature, or through the character in the play appearing to do some form of enquiry or whatever, the story, the play, is seen through. But this is not a prescription being made here - it's simply a description of what is. All prescriptions require the idea of identification as a separate character, and the idea that this supposedly separate character must do something to become whole.
Visitor: So really, we can't do anything.
Nathan: No, because the 'I' that would do something is the mesmerisation.

        Awakened Poetry

You are the endless sea.
11 You are the endless sea
In whom all the worlds like waves
Naturally rise and fall.
You have nothing to win,
Nothing to lose.

12 Child,
You are pure awareness,
Nothing less.
You and the world are one.
So who are you to think
You can hold on to it,
Or let it go?
How could you!

13 You are the clear space of awareness,
Pure and still,
In whom there is no birth,
No activity,
No "I".
You are one and the same.
You cannot change or die.

14 You are in whatever you see.
You alone.
Just as bracelets and bangles
And dancing anklets
Are all of the same gold.

~ Ashtavakra ~
From: The Heart of Awareness.
A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita by Thomas Byrom
Seascape by: Gerhard Richte
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        Quote of the Moment!

Before the first step is taken,
the goal is reached.
Before the tongue is moved,
the speech is finished.

~ Mumon ~
From: Mumonkan (The Gateless Gate), case 48
Art by: Kansh? S?jun (1895-1954) Title: 'The Snail'
(Before the first movement appears, the snail is already home.)
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        Smile of the Moment!

Dog Philosophy
The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
-Ann Landers
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
-Ben Williams
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
-Josh Billings
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
-Andy Rooney
We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made.
-M. Acklam
I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.
-Rita Rudner
A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
-Robert Benchley
Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.
-Franklin P. Jones
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.
-James Thurber
If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise.
Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
-Robert A. Heinlein
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
-Mark Twain
You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!'
- Dave Barry
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
-Roger Caras
If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.
-Phil Pastoret

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