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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #3887, Sunday, May 9, 2010, Editor: Mark

Awakening: The Modern Heresy

There are many factors contributing to our inability to recognize our Original Nature and our own inherent state of Natural Awareness. Perhaps the greatest of these is our addiction to the process of searching for meaning and truth. In our modern Western culture, we have often cleverly cloaked and disguised this addiction with a rationalization that it is the journey, not the destination, that is important.

While it is vitally important to recognize that:
Reality is continuously manifesting through a dynamic
and on-going process of unfolding, and
in an Infinite universe, we may never actually
arrive at a final destination or end point,
...we often lose sight of the inherent completeness and
perfection of Reality, as it is, within the present moment,
and we use the popular metaphor of a spiritual journey as
a way of justifying our restless wandering and searching
for an elusive and mysterious Essence that seems to be
missing from our lives.

By convincing ourselves that there is something noble and humble in never arriving at our spiritual destination, we rob ourselves of the opportunity to recognize our own essential and fundamental nature, and doom ourselves to living within a perpetual state of psychological and spiritual homelessness.

In fact, I believe an assertion that one has experienced an Awakening or Realization has become the ultimate modern heresy, for this declaration challenges and sabotages the accepted, intellectual assumption that we must be forever journeying toward a distant and unreachable destination.

In many Eastern religious traditions, however, there is a much greater willingness to accept the possibility that experiences of Awakening may actually be a legitimate insight into, or recognition of, the fundamental and essential nature of Reality. I have begun to suspect that, in most cases, this openness and willingness -- at least to consider the radical possibility we might one day awaken into a liberating recognition of our innate and Original Nature -- may be an essential precursor to the actual experience of Realization, itself.

Without this willingness to accept the possibility that we might one day actually experience a stunning Realization of who and what we really are, we will be forever destined to wander in search of a Reality that, ironically, is inherent within the immediacy of the present moment.

- Metta Zetty

Part 3 of a 5-part poem called "drops of rain"...

It was the buoyancy of Water
that finally
my heart;
it held me
I let go,

- Anna Ruiz, posted to NondualitySalon

Words of wisdom
Spoken at the right time
In the right company
Are chipping off
Petrified concepts and ideas
Breaking off
Fossilized thoughts and beliefs
The underlying ever-present
Everlasting life,
As it always

- Yosy Flug, posted to allspirit

Listen for the stream
that tells you one thing.

Die on this bank. Begin in me;
the way of rivers with the sea.

- Rumi, version by Coleman Barks, posted to AlongTheWay

One night I asked Love: "Tell me truly, who are you?"
It said: "I am life eternal, I multiply the lovely life."
I said: "O you who are beyond each place, where is
your home?"
It said: "I am together with the heart's fire and beside
the wet eye,
I am a dyer; due to me every cheek turns saffron-colored.
I am a swift-footed messenger, and the lover my lean
I am the crimson of the tulip, the merchandise's worth,
I am the sweetness of lament, the unveiler of all that is
veiled . . ."

- Rumi, Ghazal (Ode) 1402, translation by Annemarie Schimmel, posted to Sunlight

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