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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #3535, Sunday, May 17, 2009, Editor: Mark
There's a phenomenon happening in the world today. More and more people are waking up - having real, authentic glimpses of reality. By this I mean that people seem to be having moments where they awaken out of their familiar senses of self, and out of their familiar senses of what the world is, into a much greater reality - into something far beyond anything they knew existed.
These experiences of awakening differ from person to person. For some, the awakening is sustained over time, while for others the glimpse is momentary - it may last just a split second. But in that instant, the whole sense of "self" disappears. The way they perceive the world suddenly changes, and they find themselves without any sense of separation between themselves and the rest of the world. It can be likened to the experience of waking up from a dream - a dream you didn't even know you were in until you were jolted out of it.
- Adyashanti, from End of Your World, posted to The_Now2
In my case the "bliss" was for about six months. This was as result of a deep transformation of the heart. But *bliss is not liberation.* Real liberation for me came some months later, with a loss of sense of self. It was really wierd because it was like something was suddenly gone, as if surgically removed. The old self-oriented ways of looking at things became literally impossible.
In one sense I am absolutely not a human being. In another sense I am absolutely fully and completely a human being.
But in both senses, there is absolutely nothing that can be done about it!
And that is the flavor of true freedom.
- Bill Rishell, posted to The_Now2
Full awakening comes when you sincerely look at yourself, deeper than you've imagined, and question everything.
The word enlightenment conjures up the idea of some super-human accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way, but it is simply your natural state of "felt" oneness with Being - It is finding your true nature beyond name and form.
- Adyashanti, from The Power of Now
Many spiritual seekers get "stuck" in emptiness, in the absolute, in transcendence. They cling to bliss, or peace, or indifference. When the self-centered motivation for living disappears, many seekers become indifferent. They see the perfection of all existence and find no reason for doing anything, including caring for themselves or others. I call this "taking a false refuge." It is a very subtle egoic trap; it's a fixation in the absolute and all unconscious form of attachment that masquerades as liberation. It can be very difficult to wake someone up from this deceptive fixation because they literally have no motivation to let go of it. Stuck in a form of divine indifference, such people believe they have reached the top of the mountain when actually they are hiding out halfway up its slope.
Enlightenment does not mean one should disappear into the realm of transcendence. To be fixated in the absolute is simply the polar opposite of being fixated in the relative. With the dawning of true enlightenment, there is a tremendous birthing of impersonal Love and wisdom that never fixates in any realm of experience. To awaken to the absolute view is profound and transformative, but to awaken from all fixed points of view is the birth of true nonduality. If emptiness cannot dance, it is not true Emptiness. If moonlight does not flood the empty night sky and reflect in every drop of water, on every blade of grass, then you are only looking at your own empty dream. I say, Wake up! Then, your heart will be flooded with a Love that you cannot contain.
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