- Issue # 1484 - Sunday, July 6,
2003 - Editors: Christiana & Joyce
An old fashioned coffee pot
not from the hands that fill it with water,
and not from the coffee grounds within a filter,
but rather from the heat of fire
under the container of water
which makes the process possible.
The flavor of the product,
is dependent not upon the coffee,
nor upon the pot or the heat,
but rather upon the mouth that tastes it.
Photos of the natural
world observed by list members:
Lotus with dragonfly -
Bee and flowers - eric paroissien
Robin fledglings - LadyJoy
diary, something interesting happens every day.
Nigel Sackville-West.. quoting Virginia Woolfe
LiveJournal - "zen within" community
Intelligent people know others.
Enlightened people know themselves.
You can conquer others with
power. But it takes true strength to conquer
to Livejournal - I thought this was interesting.
author of ROUGH LIVING: TIPS AND TALES OF
A VAGABOND to set out on the Twenty Book Tour of the
Chris Damitio, author of ROUGH
LIVING: TIPS AND TALES OF A VAGABOND today announced that
he will be doing a book tour despite having an overdrawn
bank account, no money, and a quarter tank of gas.
Damitio calls it "The Twenty Book Tour".
When asked how he would fund the
trip, Damitio, the
world-traveling vagabond extraordinaire shrugged his
and said " I'm going to sell my twenty books. It's
gonna to be
rough living, but you know, I wrote the book on that. I
should be able to see that the methods I talk about in
LIVING: TIPS AND TALES OF A VAGABOND actually
His book has done well so far
with zero dollars spent on
promotion. "The book almost paid my rent in the
first month, but
now I'm back to not having any bills, except paying my
back," Damitio said. "Hopefully, people will
understand that they
can order the book at
http://www.booklocker.com/books/1097.html and get it in two to
three days. That way they can bring their copies for me
when I visit their cities." Damitio thinks the
twenty copies he has
will sell pretty fast.
As unemployment rates continue
to rise and dissatisfaction with
the consumer society continues to grow, Damitio will
demonstrate the techniques, rewards, and pitfalls of
living a rough
life. Those interested can follow his progress at his
http://roughliving.blogspot.com and those interested in
communicating on-line with Damitio should join his
board forum at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gonzobeats/ In
October of 2000, Damitio set out on a unique travel
as he began to explore the possibilities of living
many people consider essential. As a result of this rough
Damitio was surprised to find himself climbing the Great
China, abducted by pirates in Laos, and playing guitars
strangers who became friends throughout Asia. All of this
done on the budget of a bum.
In ROUGH LIVING: TIPS AND TALES
OF A VAGABOND,
Damitio reveals some of the secrets that made his
possible and some of the adventures he had along the way.
Damitio hitches, flies, drives, floats, and climbs his
adventure. \ Now, Damitio is doing it again on The Twenty
Tour. Damitio plans to drive north and south but is not
about east and west. He's not sure how long it will take,
will be in each city, or what will happen, but you can be
sure it will
be exciting. The public is encouraged to follow his
rough living at http://roughliving.blogspot.com ###
Chris Damitio (503) 502-3384
E-mail: [email protected]
ROUGH LIVING: TIPS AND TALES OF
A VAGABOND is
currently available at www.booklocker.com and now by special
order at bookstores nationwide.
The July issue of one of my
favorite online journals "Amigo"
is ready to read at: http://www.ods.nl/am1gos
Below are clips found there:
A talk with Leo Hartong
~ Why is the title of your book
Awakening to the Dream and not
Awakening from the dream?
Leo Hartong: Awakening to the
dream is like lucid dreaming. You
wake up in a dream and realize that you're dreaming and
carry on with your dream. Even when you see that life is
dream it nevertheless carries on. At that point you have
the dream; that's what I mean. You could say: 'It is
clear that it is
but a dream, so if I know that, I am awake', but the film
anyway. It does not all come to a stop. There isn't a
flash of white
light wherein everything disappears.
~ So you have 'awakened'. Did
any specific thing happen? Would
you talk about it?
The idea that it is possible for
someone to wake up is nonsense.
An awakened person is a paradox. The awakened Self is not
person. There is the clarity that there is no one to
awaken. So it is
not about freedom for the ego, but about freedom from the
But the show continues, the apparent characters continue
Leo Hartong's book Awakening to
the Dream is now available:
The paperback is available at:
eBook can be found at:
Excerpt from the book:
All the seeking, all the
spiritual practices, and all the effort to
understand veils the plain and simple truth of this, as
Whatever thought arises, whatever feeling comes up, be it
labeled good or bad, there is something still and quietly
all that's going on. It simply is, without the slightest
your fingers. Did you hear the sound? How much effort did
take? None! Now, at this very moment, Pure Awareness is
silent background to you reading these words. You don't
do a thing for it to be there. It is always present, even
though it is
too close to get at, like the eye is too close to see
for more and to subscribe to his
newsletter, go to: http://www.awakeningtothedream.com/
from Steven Harrison
- 'The question to life's answers'
~ Do you think then that there
is an enlightened state?
What would that be?
~ Why do all these enlightened
beings, supposedly beyond any
sense of personal doer-ship, still find it necessary to
themselves as separate entities? Would a truly non-dual
consciousness speak or write, and what would it have to
Enlightenment is a myth.
Non-duality is a story. Aren't these
so-called enlightened beings defined as such by those of
choose to define ourselves as unenlightened? Isn't this a
construction and a mutual delusion?
~ You seem to me to be a teacher
in the lineage of Ramana
Maharshi. Do you see yourself that way?
Ramana Maharshi had no lineage.
He had ample time to create
one and did not. He did not even want an ashram. He
agreed to speak or teach. How then can anyone claim to be
lineage, and further, what is the motivation to claim
this? I have
the highest regard for Ramana, and I honor him each day
having nothing to do with him.
Steven Harrison www.doingnothing.com
Michael L to
I created a new web page today
that has the story of how I disovered the Awareness
watching Awareness method. It includes many quotes
by Sri Muruganar on the Awareness watching Awareness
To read it click this
eric paroissien photos:
the flower self and his busy bee
pictures fresh from the garden
(click on the "flowers and bees" folder)
Agni: The Fire of
by David Frawley
Other seekers with a more
intellectual background tend to approach the Self in a
conceptual way , as if it were some category of cosmic
existence to be appreciated by the rational mind. This
too misses the living reality of the Self which has the
power to consume the mind and cannot be approached by any
mere logic or dialectic.
To question deeply about who we
really are is
to create a friction at the core of the mind that
naturally gives rise to an inner fire. The inquiry
'Who Am I?" is the ultimate stirring of the mind
that brings forth an inner flame that can
consume all other questions and doubts , like a
fire burning dry grass. It takes us back to the
core fire at the core of the mind , which is the
inextinguishable light of the supreme I AM. That
universal Self of pure light and consciousness
shining deep within us is the real goal of our
from THE MOUNTAIN PATH
, Jan-March 2003"
Gill on [email protected]
From: 'Meeting The Shadow'
Edited by Connie Zweig and Jeremiah Abrams
snip from The Shadow Of The
by Georg Feuerstein
That the personality of
enlightened beings and advanced mystics
remains largely intact is obvious when one examines
and autobiographies of adepts, past and present. Each one
manifests specific psychological qualities, as determined
or her genetics and life history. Some are inclined
passivity, others are spectacularly dynamic. Some are
others fierce. Some have no interest in learning, others
scholars. What these fully awakened beings have in common
that they no longer identify with the personality
it may be configured, but live out of the identity of the
Enlightenment, then, consists in the transcendence of the
ego-habit, but enlightenment does not obliterate the
it did, we would be justified in equating it with
The fact that the basic
personality structure is essentially the
same after enlightenment as it was before raises the
question of whether enlightenment also leaves untouched
that in the unenlightened individual might be called
believe that this is so. If they are true teachers, their
purpose can be expected to be the communication of the
transcendental Reality. Yet, their behavior is, in the
always a matter of personal style.
on [email protected]
shares (in delightful prose and photos) the joy of
discovering a Robin's nest built on her porch; and her
family patient excitement in watching the process from
eggs laid to fledglings chirping. Note the touch of green
Easter egg grass in the nest.
Mommy! Mommy!" Jason, 6,
runs up the gentle slope of our backyard to where I am
pulling weeds left over from last fall, his face flushed
with excitement. He beckons me to follow him down to the
back porch, and points to the outdoor rack which is still
filled with the refuse
and other things which I did not put away for the winter.
Amidst the mess of potting soil, pots, plant food,
unplanted seeds and bubble blowing liquid, I see nothing.
Nothing but a mess.
"Look, Mom, there is a
robin's nest there." He points to the top shelf of
the rack. I hesitate and
think to myself that he has to be mistaken. Surely we
aren't going to have another robin's nest this year, and
surely it is not going to
appear on my back porch. Still, to humor him, I follow.
As I approach the porch, my mouth drops as I see what is
clearly a nest. It is
perched almost precariously atop a leftover salt
One day, I come home and go out
to the porch.
As I approach the nest, I see a little head
hanging out over the side of the nest. As I get
closer, I see the our little friend is fast asleep. In
fact, they are all asleep, lazy yawning mouths,
not a care in the world except where the next
worm is coming from...is this enlightenment or
Leo to [email protected]
There isn't any acceptance or
non-acceptance. There are only
explanations about appearances. Change, doing doers,
acceptance all are appearances in the unreal. These
happen because 'you' are observing. The real is
the unreal changes. As long as there is someone looking
show will go on. So acceptance is only a pacifier for
controlling their illusory activities.
In Spaceship Earths
Cockpit By Leif Utne, Utne.com July 7, 2003
More than 30 years ago, the late
architect and futurist R.
Buckminster Fuller, who, among other things, invented the
geodesic dome, said, There is no energy crisis,
food crisis, or
environmental crisis. There is only a crisis of
imagined a Geoscope that would allow people
to overcome that
ignorance by seeing, in real time, humanitys impact
planet, and compute possible future scenarios so as to
better choices and correct our past mistakes. The
Fuller Institute (BFI) is close to making that vision a
reality, in the
form of a computer program under development called the
EARTHscope (download a Flash demo at the link below). A
of interactive atlas, this visually stunning tool will
let you tap into a
vast library of both historical and live data, and view
displays showing the current state of each of
systemsenergy, population, education, food, human
many others. The most interesting feature will allow you
compare future scenarios for business as
sustainability. The EARTHscope, says BFI
Arnow, makes the invisible visible.
Go there>> EARTHscope
Douglas E. Fireman
Mandala of Light
Slowly rotating in your head a
kaleidescope of light!- generating images dreamed of every day
and every night
Close your eyes and visualize...
that mandala called Soul, the source of God and all the
images of Life's inner/outer show.
Intensely focus on its center;
on the images that appear, and sacred words will emerge
from within that golden sphere
Glistening like scarab wings
against the rising sun soon these words will lovingly
as the poet and poem
Douglas E. Fireman July 4, 2003
Helga [email protected]
'This is essay TWO of a series
of essays by W. Michael Breland,
M.D., Ph.D., laying out what he calls "The
Mechanical Hypothesis Of Consciousness."
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