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Highlights: Issue #2899, Sunday, August 12, 2007
Ram Tzu knows this:
If you looked in the mirror
And saw no reflection of yourself
You would naturally assume
There was something wrong
With the mirror.
So it is
With Ram Tzu.
- Ram Tzu, No Way for the Spiritually "Advanced", posted to AlongTheWay
awareness is not personal. "i" is an apparent superimposition on the "isness" itself
- Yosy Flug, posted to NondualitySalon
Awakening is a shift in consciousness in which thinking and awareness separate. For most people it is not an event but a process they undergo. Even those rare beings who experience a sudden, dramatic, and seemingly irreversible awakening will still go through a process in which the new state of consciousness gradually flows into and transforms everything they do and so becomes integrated into their lives.
Instead of being lost in your thinking, when you are awake you recognize yourself as the awareness behind it. Thinking then ceases to be a self-serving autonomous activity that takes possession of you and runs your life. Awareness takes over from thinking. Instead of being in charge of your life, thinking becomes the servant of awareness. Awareness is conscious connection with universal intelligence. Another word for it is Presence: consciousness without thought.
The initiation of the awakening process is an act of grace. You cannot make it happen nor can you prepare yourself for it or accumulate credits toward it. There isn't a tidy sequence of logical steps that leads toward it, although the mind would love that. You don't have to become worthy first. It may come to the sinner before it comes to the saint, but not necessarily. That's why Jesus associated with all kinds of people, not just the respectable ones...
Awakened doing is the alignment of your outer purpose - what you do - with your inner purpose - awakening and staying awake. Through awakened doing, you become one with the outgoing purpose of the universe. Consciousness flows through you into this world. It flows into your thoughts and inspires them. It flows into what you do and guides and empowers it.
Not what you do, but how you do what you do determines whether you are fulfilling your destiny. And how you do what you do is determined by your state of consciousness.
- Eckhart Tolle, from A New Earth, posted to The_Now2
What exists in truth is the Self alone.
The Self is that where there is absolutely no "I" thought.
That is called Silence.
- Ramana Maharshi, posted to SufiMystic
No particular thought can be mind's natural state, only silence -
not the idea of silence, but silence itself.
When the mind is in its natural state,
it reverts to silence spontaneously after every experience,
every experience happens against the background of Silence.
- Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to SufiMystic
The question is
"I am God"
rattle around in
with all the other
Or does it flood
your body mind soul
with delicate joy
- Xan, posted to SufiMystic
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