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Highlights: Issue #2859, Saturday, June 30, 2007, Editor: Mark
Words are words, meanings are meanings. The word is the guide - post along the highway that tells you how to get somewhere; the post is not the destination. I start with that, because I want you to listen to the talk this morning in a new way. I want you to understand that while words are needful for communication, they are, compared to higher truths, very, very shallow.
Your awareness that words are indeed shallow, your awareness of that must be elevated, because if it is not, then you'll think that because you understand the word, know how to spell it, can find it in the dictionary, can use it in a conversation, you will think that that indicates insight within yourself when it merely means you have taken a first good and necessary step in learning what is beyond verbalization.
I'm telling you that there are heights within a spiritual man or woman, heights that are without words at all, that cannot be spoken.
Vernon Howard, from a talk given 1/28/1990, posted to adyashantigroup
The only way someone can be of help to you is in challenging your ideas. If you're ready to listen and if you're ready to be challenged, there's one thing that you can do, but NO ONE CAN HELP YOU. What is this most important thing of all? It's called self- observation. No one can help you there. No one can give you a method. No one can show you a technique. The moment you pick up a technique, you're programmed again. But self-observation -- watching yourself -- is important. It is not the same as self-absorption. Self-absorption is self-preoccupation, where you're concerned about yourself, worried about yourself. I'm talking about self- OBSERVATION. What's that? It means to watch everything in you and around you as far as possible and watch it as if it were happening to someone else. What does that last sentence mean? It means that you do not personalize what is happening to you. It means that you look at things as if you have no connection with them whatsoever.
The reason you suffer from your depression and your anxieties is that you identify with them. You say, "I'm depressed." But that is false. You are not depressed. If you want to be accurate, you might say, "I am experiencing a depression right now." But you can hardly say, "I am depressed." You are not your depression. That is but a strange kind of tuck of the mind, a strange kind of illusion. You have deluded yourself into thinking -- though you are not aware of it -- that you ARE your depression, that you ARE your anxiety, that you ARE your joy or the thrills that you have. "I am delighted!" You certainly are not delighted. Delight may be IN you right now, but wait around, it will change. It won't last: it never lasts; it keeps changing; it's always changing. Clouds come and go: some of them are black and some white, some of them are large, others small. If we want to follow the analogy, you would be the sky, observing the clouds. You are a passive, detached observer. That's shocking, particularly to someone in the Western culture. You're not interfering. Don't interfere. Don't ''fix'' anything. Watch! Observe!
The trouble with people is that they're busy fixing things they don't even understand. We're always fixing things, aren't we? It never strikes us that things don't need to be fixed. They really don't. This is a great illumination. They need to be understood. If you understood them, they'd change.
- Anthony De Mello, SJ, posted to The_ Now2
i looked for the seeker
within and without.
searched for him everywhere.
and found no trace
only echoes of the friend's laughter
all is s/he!
yosy flug, posted to NondualitySalon
The sense of presence is closer to what you really are than any image could ever be. And the sense of presence is "alive". Static images are not you. Never have been. Instead, be with the aliveness.
Notice that fear always functions in terms of static images. When you stay with the aliveness, which is always in the moment, in the now, fear can never find you, for you are then dwelling where fear cannot enter.
Bill Rishell, posted to The_Now2
Dear Bill, Thank you for sharing. This seems similar to my experience also. If i find a fearful story running about "what if...?" etc., simply bringing myself back to the reality of the present moment, ends it. There appears to be nowhere for the fear to sit down and make itself at home.
love and light,
jani, posted to The_Now2
Do not simply seek to transcend life,
but realize that you are all of Life.
You are Life itself.
- Adyashanti, posted to The_Now2
Could it be that this being is enough? Could it be that life knows how to live you and you don't have to bother working hard at figuring it out? This personality was never meant to run the life, to plan the life. Something else has always been living you. You thought these were your successes and failures. This is simply how the little car you were riding in moved, left, right. And you thought it was all you. So this is also good news, because you're entirely off the hook for everything, forever, starting now. Forever.
- Jeannie Zandi
It's not about getting way from our imperfect selves toward some perfect selves; this is about just simply allowing all to be as it is until all battles fall away and we're just left shining, no more perfect than we ever were in this me, and yet this perfection shines through us. All these improvement projects to perfect this tacked-together piece of doo-doo we call the personality that we think we need. If we get that a little bit better looking then we'll attract bliss. No, it's about it just crumbling down out of disrepair. And then what's left is just this emptiness, and out of the emptiness shines the Beloved.
- Jeannie Zandi
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