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Nondual Highlights Issue #2754, Saturday, March 10, 2007, Editor: mark

hi darlin's!

We have often spoken of how our True Self is like the ocean and our thoughts like its waves - no difference in bein' water, just the latter a bunch of splashin' around. ok.

Our meditation instructions tell us that when all that wavin' starts doin' its thing, we just watch it - take no action, just do some Seeing. But i got a little idea the other day... instead of watchin' the waves, how about we watch the ocean... wave watchin' may open door to that tricky little dickens the Great Separator: ah, yes, m'dear, me here, thoughts there fine division... and ego gets all happy jumpin' up and down like it just got a new xbox.

what would happen if we let the waves do their thing... didn't bother even a glance their way.. just dove gently under the waves into the cool, still water... if we don't thrash around we can't help but sink down down into the very depths... and discover who we are - the boundaryless, birthless, deathless See...

something like that...

let's do it today, darlin's! let's drop all the controls.. take off our wet suits... plunge together... ahhhh... now we're cookin'!

love to all,
dg, posted to DailyDharma

Let this that has always been running your life have you. This complete cliff dive in every moment into "I don’t know." I don’t know where I am, I don’t know who I am, I don’t know what I am, I don’t know what I’m here for. Let yourself be nothing. Just here. Offered. Ahhhh, what a relief.

- Jeannie Zandi

C: Tell me a little about your spiritual history. How did you get to where you are now?

A: It started when I was 19 or 20. I got the enlightenment bug. Then I found a Zen teacher that I studied with for the next 15 years. I did a lot of seeking, which in my case was a tremendous amount of meditation. Over the next 10 or 12 years I basically worked and meditated. That’s pretty much all I did. I like to point out that there is not a cause and effect relationship, or that all the meditation or seeking paid off in awakening. It was actually kind of the opposite. Seeking really didn’t pay off except that I just burned it out. When we actually burn our seeking out, when it extinguishes itself, its much easier for the truth to be seen. Seeking actually gets in the way.

C: Is that the same as surrender or hitting bottom from 12-step traditions?

A: Yes, I guess so. You hit your bottom or for me, I hit the limitation of my personal will. That’s when we actually become available. For some reason a lot of us have to get to that place. We have to be brought to our knees. Most of us are not so evolved that we just surrender out of divine intelligence.

C: I read in your book that your awakening came when you were sitting in meditation.

A: Yes, that was the culmination. Parts of that same experience had presented itself over the years before. These were sort of like glimpses of awakening and were pretty cathartic. In the experience you mentioned it happened without any emotional bi-product. It was just sort of a scene of the truth which allowed me to grasp "This is the truth. This is really what I am. This is what we are." Finally, I didn’t fool myself into being seduced by the emotional bi-product.

- excerpt from interview with Adyashanti, rest of which is here:

Surrender to your own Self, of which everything is an expression.

- Nisargadatta

Our surrender then ought to be an entire leaving of ourselves in the hands of God, both in respect of the outward and inward state, forgetting ourselves in a great measure, and thinking on God only: by this means the heart remains always free, contented, and disengaged.

- Madame Guyon

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