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lunatic skywalker #34 by Jacques De Schryver
NONDUAL HIGHLIGHTS #1092
Sunday June 2, 2002
Edited by Gloria Lee
This issue will feature more photographs by Jacques De Schryver,
the # refers to his online photo gallery.
Jacques is a journalist, now teacher, and he tells some
amazing stories on his other website. "The Gopher´s Death is an
account of an incident with synchronicity that happened to me in
1972, when a rockslide blocked me underwater in a restriction, in
the cave of the Rupt du Puits, in France, at the very moment when I
got out of air. I then had an Out Of the Body Experience. And a
curious kind of `death transfer´ occured which I can just state
since I am still here."
excerpts from Gopher's Death: http://jdsetls.virtualave.net/kundalini.html
is thus with a realism reinforced by the urge to much later face
the dull happyness of retreating, that I had accepted that Bertrand
Leger teach me to drown. If french philosopher Montaigne could
assess that philosophize is learning to prepare for dying', Bertrand
taught me that survive in sumps is learning choking and suffocating
through multiple spasms'. Montaigne and Bertrand were right. But I
owe more to the later than to the former.
In this position, nearly motionless, my hands easily grasp the vault
and I push. I progressively retreat down the rockslide, through two
or three shovings. Luckily, there are more space here, and I can
raise myself a little, and even kneel. I grasp my second regulator.
So, that will have a quick happy end, without any harm but a non
justified fear, since it was again a mere training for drowning. In
short, an egg-brain fright since at that time, I still am a student. By
pure nagging I suppose, Murphy's law adds its recurrent
paragraphs. The second regulator is entangled around the first in a
way I dont understand. It is a shielded Aquilon model, quite robust,
and the diameter of the hose is about that of a thumb. Though I push
or pull, it doen't come. It still sticks to my chest. Impossible to
raise it to my mouth. Then I feel the first serie of spasms.
Things are now coming strange. As I tinker desantangling the second
regulator off the first, I perceive myself as dedoubled. Incongruous
thoughts flutter around, as if I were both myself, similar though
different in the same time. The second myself is floating up. He (it
?) looks with grand curiosity at the first I', from behind and up,
left side, as if three feet away from my shoulder at a 45° angle. The
first I' thinks in the same that it is not possible that the second I'
be behind, for there is only water and rock. So I know that
something is not going right . Curiously, this element of knowledge
puts me in the confident mood of the one who is in control. I
definitely know events are now unexpected and I am carefully
looking at them. I feel soundly logical and zenly detached, since I
realize it is impossible that I am two, though time is suspended.
JERRY KATZ on NDS
purple summer hat
blowing like drunken wheel
chased by woman
in purple blouse
kirlian09_photo from web
JERRY KATZ on NDS
This is a description of a new list someone has started
OTHER SYNTAX! is a forum for those warriors, seers,
stalkers and dreamers who are interested in the works of
Carlos Castaneda and company. Our party, our lineage
invites members to post memorable events from Carlos
Castaneda literature, to include 'related' works by
similar writers. There is no discussion of the quoted
works because it is felt that both the seasoned
warrior-traveler and the beginner benefit in their own
ways - respective to their individualizing processes -
from the passages given, when discussion about them is
not indulged. Members are encouraged to keep private
conversations and opinions to themselves. Private
discussions are encouraged. The creator of THE OTHER
SYNTAX! has found that going quietly over the material,
highlighting memorable events and retyping for the
enjoyment of others is a way to travel the Path With
Heart while practicing Impeccability and Inner Silence.
Portrait by Jacques De Schryver
ZENBOB on HarshaSatsangh
Your warm glow is welcome. your comments about sharing the
presence of those you have known and found important in life, in
dream or meditative states seemed to synchronize with many of my
own recent experiences.
When we are in a receptive state, and also contemplative,
reflective...we seem to bring to the surface the most important
experiences and persons of our lives.
I do not think that the sense of this understanding is necessarily
limited to our own memories and being...it is important to have an
inner memory or appreciation in order for higher levels of
communication to come about...but I believe that higher levels of
communication occur for those who are receptive.
For one thing, when we have such "unexpected" contacts...where
daily life and thoughts in no way invoke the person or persons who
appear in our minds, our meditations or dreams, who are we to say
that such "sudden" appearances are not the desired state of those
others in some higher level of common consciousness?
They are a wise comfort to me, Jacques, as I am sure they are to
Native Americans and other Shamanistic cultures revere this sense
of connection and believe that if there is an individual person, that
they are made more complete by the process of taking into
themseves the essence or spiritual being of these others. They do
not believe that others necessarily need be passed into the spirit
world in order to provide this sharing of spirit--but that deep
bonds and spiritual sharing in life actually can "clone" a part of one
person's being into another person. Then, even after that person
passes to another state of existence, that bond remains and
communication can continue to take place.
In western society, I think we tend to believe that death must be a
precondition for this altered state of communication--no spirit
communication without a spirit from beyond.
I no longer adhere to such a limited view, and truly believe that we
actually do absorb something from others who we value and share
spiritual bonds with.
Oddly, I have had moving and profoundly real experiences in the
dream state, where things of very valuable insight and strong
emotional sharing have occured with others--others whom I know
only in the dream state! This alternate existence is so persistant and
realistic that I often wonder if it is not the result of living multiple
existences in alternate dimensions or some thing.
I would be interested in knowing if others have had any experiences
along these lines. And, also, by the way, some of the data
comunicated by these others, during such states, has been validated
as authentic, real, and of such content that I in my waking state
could not have known this data by any means.
HOLLY BARRETT on HarshaSatsangh
This is sure how I experience it! There seem to me to be many
distinct levels of dreaming -- from information processing down
(out?) to strange and marvelous worlds, indeed. I regularly return
to (and have relationships with) worlds, people, even creatures that
are unknown to me in waking life. I've also had some success with
the exercises in Carlos Casteneda's The Art of Dreaming --
particularly the one where you look down at your hands and wake up
in the dream to lucidity and control. The Toltec idea is to
increasingly understand the dream qualities of waking life so that all
states are seen as a continuum. But mainly these events just happen,
beyond my volition.
Also, the psychological roto-rootering that comes with kundalini
awakening was seen clearly in dreams. Holly
Bubble Spider by Jacques De Schryver
DAN BERKOW on HarshaSatsangh
Alan Watts described what he considered a personal awakening
experience, a release of any continuing mental contents or sense of
identity apart. However, that he described such in text and to
friends is mentioned not to validate or invalidate him or his teaching
-- but simply to say it's a mistake to think that he was saying that
he lacked insight and thought he needed more. He frequently talked
about the self-deception involved in attempts to get to
enlightenment or claim a certain state as enlightenment. He saw such
attempts as attempts to get "one-up on oneself," attempts that could
His self-proclaimed position as "entertainer" was a way to avoid the
paradox of selling water to the river as a guru.
His difficulties with alcohol indicate addictive tendencies. This
raises the question of whether or not "seeing beyond 'me'" releases
Watts claimed that he saw "everything as it," and thus could say,
"my addictive tendencies are it, too."
If one doesn't need someone else to be enlightened, then the
question of whether or not Alan Watts told the truth becomes
If enlightenment is the nature of the source of all, and if it is all, if
it is totality, then there is no concern with whether or not Watts, or
Chogyam Trungpa, or anyone else is or isn't enlightened.
Only resting in this truth, prior to being or not-being, is the case.
All images appearing and disappearing, Watts and Pope Paul and
Virginia Wolfe are images appearing and dissolving ...
From my perspective, Watts wasn't saying that he was a perfect
human being, nor that there is an enlightenment that makes a person
perfect -- but that perfection is the ordinary, is the way things are.
Now, can a person dealing with alcoholism use this as a defense, to
assist denial and avoidance? It may well be the case. Which seems to
point to the limitations of making insight into a belief system,
including the belief that no beliefs are necessary.
The efforts to claim that certain people are the source and other
people aren't just divides truth into more of it over here and less of
it over there --
When one is not trying to locate truth, one rests in one's own being
as truth ...
Love and namaste, Dan
Blues portrait #43 by Jacques De Schryver
JODY RADZIK on HarshaSatsangh
Chris: "When we look back into history at the numbers of known
sages, saints, and messiahs, we can see that awakening has been
Jody: Only when you make exclusive to the group "awakened" only
those who have make a big enough splash to get recorded by history.
There have been millions more who just were enlightened without
telling anyone or gathering large satsangs. They didn't get recorded
and so we didn't hear about them, but they were there.
Carnival by Jacques De Schryver