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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #3387, Saturday, December 20, 2008, Editor: Mark

Beingness has the quality to become whatever you think of. Whatever concept you feed to the consciousness, the consciousness will provide you with that.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to ANetofJewels

...if we dive into ourselves in genuine pursuit of self-realization, we cannot grasp who we really are without, at some point, encountering the irreducible mystery at the ground of conscious experience. Then we will also meet and have to challenge all the dogmatic beliefs that we hold about God or Source that block us from true self-knowledge. Equally true is that to know oneself is also to be capable of deep connection with another. We discover that the distance we may feel from any other person is actually the distance we are living, in that moment, from ourselves. To mature spiritually we will have to meet and overcome the obstacles within us to empathy and compassion for others. Finally, if our nature is more contemplative, we find that the effort to know God is always a mirror of how we honor ourselves and others. Ultimately, there is only one Consciousness, and we realize it and mature ourselves in it through these three facets.

- Richard Moss, MD

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My life is a succession of events, just like yours. Only I have detached and see the passing show as a passing show, while you stick to things and move along with them.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj,posted to ANetofJewels

You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.

- Jon Kabat-Zinn

When you dwell in stillness, the judging mind can come through like a foghorn. "I don't like the pain in my knee...This is boring...I like this feeling of stillness; I had a good meditation yesterday, but today I'm having a bad meditation...It's not working for me. I'm no good at this. I'm no good, period..." This type of thinking dominates the mind and weighs it down. It's like carrying around a suitcase full of rocks on your head. It feels good to put it down. Imagine how it might feel to suspend all your judging and instead to let each moment be just as it is, without attempting to evaluate it as "good" or "bad." This would be a true stillness, a true liberation. Meditation means cultivating a non-judging attitude toward what comes up in the mind, come what may.

- Jon Kabat-Zinn

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In non-objective meditation, our attention is drawn towards the non-objective, the ultimate subject, consciousness. This is accomplished as a result of understanding. At the first stage, the truth-seeker is asked to notice that the happiness he is really looking for is non-objective, which means "not contained in any object, gross or subtle". When this is understood, he is then asked to realize that the mind, which can only grasp mentations (thoughts and sense-perceptions), cannot have access to the non-objective realm. It follows that any attempt to secure the happiness he is looking for through the mind is bound to failure. When this is understood, the mind soon finds itself in a NATURAL state of stillness.

In this natural form of meditation, sensations or thoughts are neither sought nor avoided; they are simply welcomed and seen off. It could be described as a total openness, in which we are totally open to our sense perceptions, our bodily sensations, our emotions, our feelings and our thughts. We could compare these mentations with the various characters of a play. As long as we find the play interesting, our attention is completely drawn by the actors on the foreground, but, if there is a weak moment, our attention progressively relaxes until we become suddenly aware of the background, of the stage. In the same way, as our attention becomes global, unfocused, open, disinterested, (and this detachment follows from our understanding that these mentations have really nothing to offer in terms of real happiness), our attention relaxes, until we become suddenly aware of the background, consciousness, which reveals itself as the ultimate immortality, splendor and happiness we were looking for.

It is not necessary for the actors to leave the stage in order for us to be aware of the background of the stage; similarly, the absence of mentations is not a prerequisite for awareness of the Self. However, in the same way as, when the actors leave and our attention relaxes, we have an opportuniy to become aware of the background, there is an opportunity to "visualize" our real nature when a mentation merges into consciousness.

The inner attitude of welcoming which is the essence of non-objective meditation is also easily and naturally conveyed by "induction", in the presence of someone who has merged with the background, to a truth-seeker who has a genuine desire for it.

- Francis Lucille

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