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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #3050, Saturday, January 19, 2007, Editor: Mark

It is not the present which is fleeting past us with sickening speed. The present moment is indeed eternal. It is our imperfect perception that creates the horizontal succession in time. Sequential duration is a consequence of the single-track verbalization of our split-mind, which does not grasp the outer world instantaneously but interprets it perversely by extracting bits and pieces and calling them things and events.

- Ramesh Balsekar, posted to ANetofJewels

The form of this moment is the portal into the formless dimension. It is the narrow gate that Jesus talks about that leads to life. Yes, it's very narrow: it's only this moment.

To find it, you need to roll up the scroll of your life on which your story is written, past and future. Before there were books, there were scrolls, and you rolled them up when you were done with them.

So put your story away. It is not who you are. People usually live carrying a burden of past and future, a burden of their personal history, which they hope will fulfill itself in the future. It won't, so roll up that old scroll. Be done with it.

You don't solve problems by thinking; you create problems by thinking. The solution always appears when you step out of thinking and become still and absolutely present, even if only for a moment. Then, a little later when thought comes back, you suddenly have a creative insight that wasn't there before.

Let go of excessive thinking and see how everything changes. Your relationships change because you don't demand that the other person should do something for you to enhance your sense of self. You don't compare yourself to others or try to be more than someone else to strengthen your sense of identity.

You allow everyone to be as they are. You don't need to change them; you don't need them to behave differently so that you can be happy.

- Eckhart Tolle from Eckhart Tolle's Findhorn Retreat: Stillness Amidst the World,

Eckart Tolle on silence:

Throw out all your talking, concepts and words! After all, what is the mind? It is just the noise that goes on inside. With waking begins the chattering, and the talk goes on endlessly thereafter. This is your mind and you run after it.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, from The Nectar of the Lord's Feet

After aeons of choosing to tell a story of separation from God, the story seems choiceless. It seems choiceless, but it is not. You have simply been continuing to choose the story that was passed on to you by your ancestors, by your past lives, by your past mistakes, by your past desires. What is choicelss is the truth of who you are.

Choice lies in the mind's ability to either deny that truth or to embrace it. That choice is free will - the freedom of choice. You have no free will regarding who you are. You are that fully and completely. But you do have free will regarding the powers of mind and imagination. You can play as if you are not who you are. You can play any number of variations and permutations of choosing or denying who you are.

- Gangaji from Freedom & Resolve: The Living Edge of Surrender

Gangaji's Core Teaching:

It is impossible for the mind to translate that non-conceptual awareness into a concept and yet concepts are all we have to direct the attention in this investigation.

- Gilbert Schultz, from Everything is Clear and Obvious

Wakefulness is not an entity - it is absolutely formless - presence awareness.

- Gilbert Schultz, from Everything is Clear and Obvious

finally, Gilbert Schultz sums it up:

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