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 111   Sunday, February 17, 2008  *
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        Table of Contents.
        Q & A.
Question: Some ramblings here. If you have any thoughts, I would appreciate hearing them.
I thought that I was content with the ambivalence of being consciousness. But as I shift back and forth throughout my day between consciousness, mom, consciousness, wife, etc., I sense more questions.
As magnificent as your book is as well as other books like Tony Parsons are, is there more? Is it oversimplified to say that nothing really matters because we are not really the wife or the mother, as there is only consciousness? Could two things be correct simultaneously, that nothing matters and yet perhaps something else could matter?
I think of what I knew to be the truth back in the 80's, then the 90's. Then in 2000, with Advaita I believed that I knew the real truth. But, it can't really ever be completely figured out, can it? So what is the new truth for 2008 and beyond?
Maybe you could write a book from the place that we are all already awake, now what?
Response: "Now what?" is certainly a title I'd consider for a new book, if there's ever going to be one. Or perhaps, "Now This" or simply "This."
There is always more, because THIS is limitless, yet THIS is all there is and all there ever will be. Appearances including 'awakening', being a mother, or anything else, are neither real nor unreal. We could also say that such appearances are relatively real and in the absolute sense unreal; just like appearances in a dream are real within the dream and unreal when the dream is over.
While in the ultimate sense 'nothing matters' in day to day living many things matter; Love and pain, health and sickness, food and hunger, the warmth of the sun, the stinging cold of winter, the stars at night, feeling lonely or connected? to name but a few 'options' in this tapestry we call life.
So things matter and they don't; both and neither. Such contradiction may seem to make this complex, yet it is clear and simple and seeing this can be instantaneous. Let's take a metaphor like 'humor.' It is not something difficult, yet what it really is cannot be satisfactorily put into words. It can't actually be taught or explained, but totally different jokes and situations may be used to illustrate the idea of 'humor' and result in sudden laughter. It is not a formula to be understood, but thinking that it is may be a humorous indication that it isn't really 'grokked.'
The same is true for seeing through the idea of an independent character that could somehow 'find it', 'lose it', 'be awake' 'understand' or has to plot a course through life. The I-dea that there is a character that at one point seemed to know the truth shows the misconception, as there is no character to know this. The character is not the 'knower' but a 'known object.' There is no 'I' that has to figure out "Now what?" and no 'I' shifting back and forth; the apparent shifting back and forth IS the 'I-object' which appears in This-Unknowable-Knowing.
It is not that you are not really the wife or the mother. We could say that 'what you truly are' is not limited to these roles. You are both and neither, the character and THAT what appears as ALL characters. You alone are, and 'you' are not. It sounds like a contradiction, yet it is as simple as an actress both being and not being the role she plays.
This is not something to intellectually figure out, it won't really work, just like a joke when explained and analyzed, is not half as funny as when it is instantly 'grasped.' Here the joke is on us and yet there is no 'us', which is again the joke. 'Getting IT' is like a dog that finally caught his tail. He always already had/was that tail and 'grasping' it has added nothing to the situation and holding on to it is not a good idea either. This 'understanding' is the gateless gate: Once it is passed it is clear that there never was a gate or anyone to pass it. All words, all paradox, and there is no way of knowing whether this will result in laughter or confusion, but whatever appears, it is all IT appearing as such.
"So what is the new truth for 2008 and beyond?" Well, there is only NOW in which 'beyond' is just an idea presently arising. The 'truth' for now is that there is no one apart from 'the truth' to know it. The 'truth' for now is that there is only life appearing AS all? and what 'you' truly are is this One, being all.
"Now what?"
Now THIS! Emptiness full to the brim; "Chop wood and carry water."

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Art by: Beth Avary Title: 'Embroidering The Tapestry Of Life '
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As space is always freshly appearing and never filled, so the mind is without limits and ever aware. Gazing with sheer awareness into sheer awareness, habitual, abstract structures melt into the fruitful springtime of Buddhahood.
White clouds that drift through blue sky, changing shape constantly, have no root, no foundation, no dwelling; nor do changing patterns of thought that float through the sky of mind. When the formless expanse of awareness comes clearly into view, obsession with thought forms ceases easily and naturally.
As within the openness of universal space, shapes and colors are spontaneously forming, although space has no color or form. So within the expanse of awareness realms, relations and values are arising, although awareness possesses no positive or negative characteristics.
As the darkness of night, even were it to last a thousand years, could not conceal the rising sun, so countless ages of conflict and suffering cannot conceal the innate radiance of Mind.
Although philosophers explain the transparent openness of appearances as empty of permanent characteristics and completely indeterminable, this universal indeterminacy can itself never be determined.
Although sages report the nature of awareness to be luminosity, this limitless radiance cannot be contained within any language or sacramental system. Although the very essence of Mind is to be void of either subjects or objects, it tenderly embraces all life within its womb.

        Awakened Poetry

This poem seemed just perfect for newsletter 111.

'One, One, One'
The lamps are different,
but the Light is the same.
So many garish lamps in the dying brain's lamp-shop,
Forget about them.
Concentrate on essence, concentrate on Light.
In lucid bliss, calmly smoking off its own holy fire,
The Light streams towards you from all things,
All people, all possible permutation of good, evil, thought, passion.
The lamps are different,
But the Light is the same.
One matter, one energy, one Light, one Light-mind,
Endlessly emanating all things
One turning and burning diamond,
One, one, one.
Ground yourself, strip yourself down,
To blind loving silence.
Stay there, until you see
You are gazing at the Light
With its own ageless eyes.

        Quote of the Moment!

If I've never been bound,
I can never be liberated.
How could you think that the Self
Is restricted to formlessness or imprisoned by form.

~ Dattatreya: ~

From: The Song Of The Avadhut.

Art by: Susan Hazard Title: 'Liberation.'
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