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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #3934, Saturday, June 26, 2010, Editor: Mark



If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the sea.

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery, posted to Distillation




Close your eyes...
and notice your heart.
See if it needs some gentleness from you.
Comfort it the way
you would comfort
your best friend...

- excerpted from A Golden Retriever's Guide To Enlightenment Some of Life's Mysteries Solved, by Honey W (a close friend of Pamela Wilson)




The source of all problems
is the mind.

Thoughts arise,
you identify with your thoughts
and this, then, defines your
experience.

So many thoughts arise
and you are lost in them
obsessed with them
without you even knowing it.

So many worries
and troubles constantly arising
and repeating,
and though you may not be
aware of all of them,
you are none-the-less identified
with them.

You are identified with the
stress of it, the conflict of it
and so that is your experience.

Say you have to get your toilet
fixed.
You know you have to get your
toilet fixed.

But the thought
repeats itself
as a conflict
until you resolve it.

It sits on your shoulders
like
a hundred pound weight
telling you life is not the way
it is supposed to be
until the toilet is fixed
and then the stress will go away.

And then the plumber says
"I can't come until next
Wednesday"
and that hurts because you know
you will have to carry around
that
thought, that conflict of
"I have to get the toilet fixed"
for another week.

And there are thousands of them
arising so fast!

Toilet fixed, doctor appointment,
not enough money , your lover
dumped you, you hate your
job.

You wake up in the morning
from a state of deep peace
and freedom from all identity

and boom!

the mind looks for something to
identify with
and there's the broken toilet,
the doctor appointment, the empty space next
to you
that your lover used to fill,
you hate your job,
and you do not want to go to work

Thousands of others arise within seconds.
And that's who you think you are,
that is how you perceive life.

Sure you get the good thoughts
too
but then that creates conflict
and stress.
You want one thought over the
other;
one experience over the other.

And so the remedy
is not to try and have one
thought
over the other,
but to stop the identification
with thinking all together,
after all, it's all phenomena.

Whether through witnessing
thoughts
or placing your attention
on what is here beyond
thinking,

it is to break that addiction
of identifying with thoughts
and rest as your natural state
of being.

To stop allowing thoughts
to dictate your experience
and instead discover what
is truly here beyond the
thinking.

It is to realize your natural
state.

Because your natural state is
love,
your natural state is peace,
your natural state is free of all
of this,
all of this.

Do you realize that your natural
state,
your birthright,
is not some superficial emotional
experience
but one that every cell is
vibrating with
in a changeless state of love and
peace -
a state beyond what mind could possibly comprehend?

And if you can taste that once,
for one tiny instant,
then you can do it twice.

Then you can rest in your natural
state for longer periods of time
before being pulled back into
thinking.

And eventually, the duality
between thoughts and peace
ceases to exist.

You begin to experience
thoughts as energy.

It's like you stop being involved
with the lyrics to the song
and simply enjoy the music,
the simple beautiful joy of the music.

The toilet still needs to be
fixed
but you're no longer wearing
the toilet as if it were a hat.

It no longer defines you.

You exist
completely free of all of it
as unconditioned and
unconditional
changeless beautiful peace.

- Pelkyong, posted to The_Now2




Love, not as an expression of separateness based on emotion, but as compassion, is that which holds the world together in Unicity. In Unicity we do not love others we ARE them.

- Ramesh Balsekar, posted to ANetofJewels




All
The craziness,
All the empty plots,
All the ghosts and fears,

All the grudges and sorrows have
Now
Passed.

I must have inhaled
A strange
Feather

That finally

Fell

Out.

- Hafiz, from The Gift: Translations by Daniel Ladinsky, posted to AlongTheWay

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