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#3559 - Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - Editor: Gloria Lee

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    “I woke up and suddenly got it,” Carrey says. “I understood suddenly how my thoughts were just an illusory thing. And how 'thought' is responsible for most of the suffering we experience ... and suddenly I had this amazing feeling of freedom – from myself, from my problems. I saw that I was bigger than what I do. I was bigger than my body. I was no longer a fragment of the universe – I was the universe.” 

- Actor Jim Carrey
  posted to Living_Only_Love by Mark C. and sent by Pelkyong  

M: When you are bound by the illusion: 'I am this body', you are merely a point in space and a moment in time. When the self-identification with the body is no more, all space and time are in your mind, which is a mere ripple in consciousness, which is awareness reflected in nature. Awareness and matter are the active and the passive aspects of pure being, which is in both and beyond both. Space and time are the body and the mind of the universal existence. My feeling is that all that happens in space and time happens to me, that every experience is my experience every form is my form. What I take myself to be, becomes my body and all that happens to that body becomes my mind. But at the root of the universe there is pure awareness, beyond space and time, here and now. Know it to be your real being and act accordingly.

I Am That
Nisargadatta Maharaj
Chapter 93
posted to Wisdom-l by Mark Scorelle  

  You live in consciousness; your body merely moves about; but few persons will pause long enough to perceive who they really are and what they are really doing.

— Notebooks of Paul Brunton
posted to Wisdom-l by Mark Scorelle  

  The mind turned inwards is the Self; turned
outwards, it becomes the ego and all the
world.  Cotton made into various clothes we
call by various names.  Gold made into various
ornaments, we call by various names.  But all
the clothes are cotton and all the ornaments
gold.  The one is real, the many are mere names
and forms.

                     - Sri Ramana Maharshi

"Be As You Are"
The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi
edited by David Godman
posted to Along The Way

  'I AM' itself is God. The seeking itself is God.
In seeking you discover that you are neither
body nor mind, but the love of the self in you
for the self in all. The two are one. The
consciousness in you and the consciousness
in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity,
and that is love.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj
posted to Along The Way

What is the Mind?

You should not consider the mind to be that which reflects upon visual forms, sounds, tastes, and tactile sensations. Many people think that the mind is simply that which reflects upon what is seen and heard and is able to distinguish between good, bad, and so forth. Thus they regard the sixth sense, the intellect, to be the mind. But such views are just delusive thinking. Before seeing, before feeling, and before thinking: what is the mind? This alone is what you have to search for and awaken to.

–Kusan Sunim, translated by Martine Batchelor, from The Way of Korean Zen (Weatherhill)

  I much agree with Candice O'Denver on this one, when she says:
"Strip away all your ideas about everything and trust your own experience that will take you all the way!". On this she is quite correct ... but this appears to be the nub of the problem .... the inability of human beings to just strip away the ideas and rely on their own experience.

My feeling as to why this is so is that it is not just a case of the mind deciding to strip away the ideas. The ideas don't just exist in the mind, because they are also embedded into the very fabric of every cell (even the DNA)in the body. They are etched into each and every emotion that has been felt since the adult human being was a small child (and no doubt this goes back even before actual birth, as suggested by people such as Frederic Leboyer ... and the teachings about reincarnation). There is, for most people, a lot of undoing, a lot of unwinding, un-etching, before they can possibly even be ready for this. I say this as someone who naturally eased into this without any sense of suffering or struggle. I know, from seeing friends around me, that they do not have this ... they have inner obstacles in the way, and they cannot see what you/Candice are suggesting. Whatever I say doesn't help. They may even feel they are being patronised when someone tells them it is simple and effortless.

For once I will speak personally, and it is this: For me, I feel that all obstacles lifted when I witnessed myself in extreme anger (for a few hours ... something the mind wouldn't let go of) (and anger was never a natural trait of mine ... but it arose from somewhere ... God knows where? ... with some intensity). In that anger I perceived the whole suffering of humanity, and I could from then onwards see that suffering in almost everyone I meet. It is not ours ... it is like a collective karma that we are all conditioned into, and it is then embedded deeper and deeper into us, through repetition. It is not what we are, but it informs, all the time, how we are as human beings ... until the point when we are given a glimpse beyond the prison of mind-emotion-collective karma. For me, it brought about a welling up of compassion (for myself ... which includes everyone), which has not left me in 15 years or more. Until that glimpse (The View/Rigpa), do what one will, the unravelling will go on, and people will not see the blindingly obvious. Ever has it been thus. Candice is merely carrying on a traditional teaching about the blatently obvious ... This teaching has been available for thousands of years, I am sure ... but still humanity doesn't get it.

On realising this, the songbird can only sing his song ... offer his beauty to the world. If the world doesn't receive it (because it can't), then it is not his job to get involved. This is one thing I learned clearly from Jean Klein (and Krishnamurti) ... the teaching is offered only .... no expectation that it will change the world. The songbird sings .... Sometimes the world crushes songbirds ... but they still sing. This is the nature of songbirds. They don't get involved or demand that they are listened to. They just sing.

with warm regards

Roy Whenary is the author of The Texture of Being book excerpts were presented in  

Roy's website

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