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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #3500, Sunday, April 12, 2009, Editor: Mark

Pause all thought and look in direct experience. What is here and now, and what are you? How far are you from non-conceptual presence-awareness, and where is the presumed person, with his or her need for paths, practices and purifications? Before granting the need for such things, one must first establish the presence of the defective person. If there is no person, then who are we speaking about? The problem with teachings, however grand they may be, is that in the end they are collections of concepts. The recorded teachings of the greatest teachers, such as Shankara, Buddha or whomever it may be, are nothing but words and concepts. What I am talking about is your natural state, which is here and now and not even touched by the mind. This is the beauty of the direct, non-conceptual truth of things. All the questions and problems are constructions in thought, for and about an imaginary entity whom we cannot even establish as present. That is the hitch with approaches that are dualistic and unfold in time or through a process of becoming. These approaches reaffirm the primacy of the individual, time, processes, attainments, teachers and students and so on (all of which are purely conceptual), as opposed to the ever-present, non-conceptual reality that you are.

- John Wheeler

To put it differently: Awakening is a paradox as it reveals that there is no one to awaken and 'no-thing' that could be called awakening. Awakening -like a self consuming fire- cancels itself out in the realization that there is no awakening and no one to awaken while, at the same time, it may be seen that 'Awakeness' is already and always fully present. There is only This-Oneness and this Omnipresent One cannot reach 'awakening' as it IS already everywhere. It cannot really lose or find anything either, as it is everything. When there is only This-One, appearing as apparent diversity, then who or what could exist apart from this, get closer to this, or avoid THIS?

- Leo Hartong

Seeking "Wholeness, Completion, Happiness, Love or "Liberation" from "Another," whether that "revered other" be a "Guru, Guide, Lover, or Friend", is a perfect way to avoid Paradise Paradise is THIS. Just as it Is and just as it Isn't. All seeking "out there" is a dream of a "me," foolishly knocking on the door to Paradise, from inside Paradise Paradise is only lost in seeking it. This Loving Oneness Cannot Be Known. To "know" Oneness there would have to be a sense of separation FROM Oneness. Who cannot see the fault in that logic?

- Charlie Hayes

Each new moment arrives empty, fresh, totally free of content.

- Annette Nibley

what else is there?

oh yes, there is the Wave
that keeps turning those
oddities into its depth

but the glint
the sparkle
the lustrous shining

full of those myriads
in its tumbling
again and again

Bill Rishel, posted to NondualitySalon

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