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Nondual Highlights Issue #2351, Wednesday, December 28, 2005, Editor: Mark
Imagining is like feeling around
in a dark lane, or washing
your eyes with blood.
You are the truth
from foot to brow. Now,
what else would you like to know?
- Rumi, version by Coleman Barks, Birdsong, posted to AlongTheWay
There are just a few things we want you to be aware of: The Fire of NOW!
This sacred moment of Now is the only door to freedom.
How long has it been since you first heard this truth? Many of you have been seekers for decades. You have Acquired spiritual knowledge and profound experiences, but the fulfilment of freedom has yet to embrace you in the sublime ecstasy of awakening. The words of teachers are logical and you understand perfectly, yet the invitation to burn in the fire of Now remains just an invitation.
The invitation is to remain open to the fire of Now!
Understanding and applying the wisdom of both Shiva and advaita is the foundation for spiritual maturity. Meditation and advaita are the two wings of the same bird; Their synthesis supports the most potent method of spiritual transformation - conscious surrender to the fire of Now.
"If you are capable of standing in the very middle of a raging fire that will melt your heart and open it to eternity, then you have come to the right place."
- Sampava, from the files at ConsciousnessOne
First there is the "taste" of nothingness. It may take a long time to find the savor. But when it comes, it is unmistakeable.
Then there is the release of attachment to that "little nirvana". A coming home to what is, to unconditional acceptance of what is in this moment. Again, it may take a long time. It may not. But in any event unconditional acceptance does take hold. When it does, it only dawns as a quiet realization that what was looked for so long the looking itself has been long forgotten... when there is no investment or belief, when resignation is ultimate and complete... it gradually dawns that complete acceptance in the now is the case.
When that dawning shows itself, it is a miracle to realize the sweet beauty of "whatever" state of mind, of whatever content of consciousness.
All effort, all interest in altering one's state has utterly extinquished. No intent arises to make a change. How can this be?
Well, it seems that the "fly in the ointment", whatever turbulence within, has finally ceased, dissolve, melted away.
Something that was is no more.
And what has always been is plain to see.
Oh yes, and that "nothingness" is now so clearly seen in "everything". There is nothing that is not the nothingness.
Bill Rishel, posted to SufiMystic
The pearl beyond price, the incomparable pearl, the personal aspect of essence is central for many important reasons. It is actually the true essential personality. It is the person. It is experienced as oneself. When the individual finally perceives it, the contented expression often is "But this is me!" The sense of oneself as a precious being. There is then a fullness, a completeness, and a contentment. It is as if the individual feels full and complete, realized. Nothing is lacking. No more search, no desire or wanting anything else. The person feels "Now I have myself. I am a complete individual. I am full. I am fullness I am complete. I want nothing else.
- A.H. Almaas from Essence and the Elixir of Enlightenment - The Diamond Approach to Inner Realization
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