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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #3252, Saturday, August 9, 2008, Editor: Mark 

When asked what he did for his disciples, the Master said, "What a sculptor does for the statue of a tiger. He takes a block of marble and pounds away at anything that doesn't look like a tiger." When his disciples later asked what exactly he meant, the Master said, "My task is to hammer away at everything that isn't you -- every thought, feeling, attitude, compulsion that adheres to your form, your culture, and your past." - Anthony de Mello, S.J., posted to The_Now2

The mind creates time and space, and takes its own creations for reality. All is here and now, but we do not see it. Truly, all is in me and by me. There is nothing else. The very idea of "else" is a disaster and a calamity.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to ANetofJewels

One of the most spiritual practices is to meditate deeply on the mortality of physical forms, including your own. The physical form dissolves and is no more. Then all thoughts also die. Yet you are still there - the divine presence that you are. Radiant, fully awake.

- Eckhart Tolle, posted to The_Now2

There comes a point of willingness to surrender individuality. In that willingness, what is actually released is conditioned individuality, and individual consciousness reveals itself to be unified with all consciousness. Yet, first must come the willingness to lose everything that is perceived to be the individual self.

Fear arises only because the reality of this loss cannot be imagined. When the loss comes, it is actually very good news. The individual identity is revealed to be the husk that covers the sweet truth of self-realization.

Mind patterns of defense against nothingness, against emptiness, can be found wrapped around this fear. These patterns are strategic responses to fear.

The mind may quickly become very active: "Yes, but what does this mean? This can't be so. How will I be able to do my job?"

Just for this moment, let all those thoughts fall aside. Allow your mind to rest in nothing -- being nothing, doing nothing, having nothing, getting nothing, keepng nothing.

In this moment, if you can actually, willingly, consciously, simply be nothing at all, in a flash you can discover the peace, the expansion, the freedom from boundaries inherent in nothingness.

- Gangaji, from The Diamond In Your Pocket, posted to The_Now2

Awakening reveals that there is no personal self, and that everything is myself. It appears to be a paradox. We find we are nothing and absolutely everything simultaneously.

When we see this, we realize there is nothing more happening other than love meeting itself -- or we could say you are meeting yourself, or the Truth is meeting itself, or God is meeting itself.

Love meets itself each moment, even if it's a rotten moment. This will never happen through the egoic state of consciousness, filtered through the mind. But from the innocence, love is simply meeting itself.

If you love me, it meets that. If you hate me, fine, it meets that, too. And it loves meeting that. I am talking about the One meeting itself, realizing itself, experiencing itself.

- Adyashanti, from Emptiness Dancing, posted to The_Now2

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