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 108   Monday, November 05, 2007  *
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        Table of Contents.
        Q & A.
Question: All there is is presence/oneness. This presence is all being, all knowing.
Oneness plays the game of two and the story of 'me' is born. Along with 'me' arises 'others', the world, history, time and space etc. This 'me' appears within (as) a specific localized perspective.
The recognition arises that this 'me' is a fiction, a dream, all that can be found is presence.
In the arising of this recognition that this 'me' is a story it might be expected that there would be a restoration (although it was never lost) of the original state of ALL knowing ALL being?
You say that after awakening ?What is left is THAT which appears AS you and everything - your true Self, which is already awake to the dream of life.
So, it looks as if Consciousness HAS to appear as something, and awakened or not the localized viewpoint has to remain? But yet the localized viewpoint seems to be a function of the mind and the mind has been seen to be a fiction.
This seems to present a paradox.
Response: When I say something like 'after awakening' we have to keep in mind that this is just a pointer appearing alongside the reminder that there is only 'Already Awakeness', that there is no personal awakening, nor a 'before' or 'after': Just 'Chopping wood and carrying water'.
As seen here the mind seems more like a function than a fiction. The illusion of the localized viewpoint you mention seems not so much in its appearance, as in I-dentifying this viewpoint as an independent entity.
If I understand you correctly you say that since/when the mind is recognized as an illusion it should disappear together with the localized perspective. Is this really so? A mirage, recognized as a mirage, still appears as long as the conditions for it to appear remain intact. Also, it will look pretty much the same whether or not it is recognized as a mirage.
Likewise, as long as a body/mind appears, there will be the appearance of a unique perspective/experience particular to that organism. This may include a sense of separation as well as possible peak experiences where all sense of locality in space and time dissolves, but neither of those 'options' is more or less IT, as there is no-thing but IT.
IT/Consciousness appears presently AS everything, but to say that "It HAS to appear AS something" is like saying that the sun HAS to give light, water HAS to be wet, and fire HAS to be hot. The sun IS the light, the water IS the wetness, and the fire IS the heat; they are inseparably one. Likewise, Consciousness does not have to appear as anything but it is 'its nature' to appear as everything.
No restoration to an original state can occur as all 'restoration' would assume a 'not-already-so-ness.' IT is already the Timeless-Ever-Present-Original-Stateless-State appearing.
To imagine an Original State to which IT/Consciousness could be restored is Consciousness appearing presently AS such imagination. If there seems to be a seeker trying to accomplish this, or a mind trying to grasp it, then it is again nothing but Consciousness appearing to It-Self as such attempts. All appearances are equal in and to Consciousness; much like different reflections are of 'equal impact' to the mirror.
There is only Consciousness, presently appearing AS All. Or, as you said so well at the beginning of your letter, "All there is is presence/oneness. This presence is all being, all knowing." So if there seems to be a paradox, it can only be an appearance of -and nothing but- This All Being Presence.


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        Nothing Being Everything
This aliveness is nothing being everything. It's just life appearing. It's not happening to anyone. There's a whole set of experiences happening here and they are happening in emptiness?.they're happening in freefall. They're just what is happening.
All there is is life. All there is is beingness. There isn't anyone that ever has or does not have it. There's nobody that has life and somebody else doesn't have life. There's just life being Life.



    What Appears
What appears is at the same time disappearing, the arising and the passing away, a single movement, without beginning or end. This is the preciousness of life, this amazing constellation of feelings, thoughts, sensations, and the mystery of wakefulness that illuminates them all, here and then gone in a flash.
And the extraordinary paradox is that this which is ever changing is, at the same time, changeless. A bird, a tear, a star- all the movement of a single life, one ocean dancing as a thousand different waves and yet always remaining itself.


        Awakened Poetry


From: A Zen Harvest
There seems,
But there's never:
Moon in the water.
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"There is", someone says,
And we stick to that "there is."
See there's nothing-
Only the sound
Of the pine wind from the beach.
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Since legendary times,
Nothing has changed:
Running water and the love
Between woman and man.
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In the dark
I lost sight of
My shadow;
I've found it again
By the fire I lit.




        Quote of the Moment!


You imposed limits to your true nature of infinite being,
then, you get displeased to be only a limited creature,
then you begin spiritual practices to transcend these nonexistent limits.
But if your practice itself implies the existence of these limits,
how could they allow you to transcend them?



~Ramana Maharshi~
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