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Highlights #52

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Rory posed:

Can one look at the past from now rather then looking at now through
the past?
Is it possible to see all this wrong that has generated fear not as a
victim, but rather as the last stop of the wrong, thus not perpetuating
the wrong?

The fragment cannot see the whole, but what sees the fragment and
fragmentation as they are Is the whole!


Marcia responded:

For a long time I kept trying to find out how I "really"
felt about something. This meant finding the real I
and seeing how I felt. But I have come to realize that
this is like trying to turn around and look at the witness.
If I can see it, it isn't who I am. If I can see it, it is still
just one fragment looking at another.

For me it has become a matter of continually taking a
second look to see what is "really" going on and
relaxing back into the present which includes a
sensate, aware body, open, and alive.



My unnatural identity knows nothing of naturalness,
being the effect of ideas.
My natural self, being the effect of omnipresent Nature,
knows both itself and the unnatural in equanimity.
I truly rest and enjoy as my natural self.

The Natural is now
and always has been
full of Life without definition
and Love without object.



The Origin is a seed that is latent in the structure
of an organized religion, waiting to burst free of the
structure when awareness illuminates and fertilizes the seed.
The seed doesn't depend on religion either, and there are
those whose process of incubation and birth didn't depend
on a religion.


we suffer the confusion of wanting because we are
depending on wanting as our key to happiness

we think to ourselves, "which want will it be? 1,2,3 or
4 or ...which one will do it?, or which correct combination of them?"

this is suffering, this is torment

and we add to this the torment of telling ourselves "I want to stop wanting!
I suffer it so much - damn it!, why am I so stupid, why am I so incompetent,
so dull!? why cant I make this crap go away!?"

believed me, I'm very familiar with all this.

the identity with control, leads to suffering the identity of failure

That failure, which we may be critisizing as " a total lack of intelligence"
must be felt to the core without rejecting it, with out combating it with
more and more defenses


letting go can only
happen outside of time, not in time

here and now is where tension appears and disappears

here and now is where fear emerges and submerges back to it's eternal,
ever-present, ever here and now- source

we have all been looking out for "me", we have all been trying to secure
freedom for "me", we have all been looking for freedom in "time"

but where is freedom felt?
where is the feeler who feels it?

right here and right now



Infinity - the no-thing - is exactly what is
unique this instant - what cannot be compared,
analzyed, explained, or debated.
See it now or don't see it - because it's only
life is now, unique, not a repetition
of any pattern. It uses patterns, images, thought
- but is never containable by them.



I believe that the most profound level of teaching
is to become aware that
happiness is our natural state of mind irrespective
of external "reality."
This flies much in the face of current mental health modalities, which would
have us believe that "boundaries" and the placement
of our bodies in time
and space and environment is critical to "being
ourselves." The lesson of
peace lies beyond this sphere, however. For better
or worse, this is the
lesson that is on my plate; it really has nothing to
do with kids, or jobs
or anything else. It has only to do with my willingness
to experience the
Self at peace; my preference for joy over pain...



The more I look, the more I notice that my mind
daydreams and relives prior conversations over
and over again ... lulling me asleep....just
so I will not look at the impulse, feelings, that
rise, particularly concerning a sense of failure.

Intellectually I may accept and aggree with the
notion "there is no failure". And in so
believing, the mind then seems to act as traffic
cop, not allowing any feelings that would contradict
this notion to arise. And so when they stir, it's
as if my mind acts as ether to numb me to what the
body is saying. Nice idea, maybe. But one that
keeps me asleep, and a 'slave' to the the mind.



Just as all matter and energy are inseperable, they
mutually arise
together as one, in that you cannot have one without
is perhaps our mistake to have ever assumed one caused
the other
or was independent of the other?? And if there is no such
distinction..??? I'd like to talk more about how the fall into time is not
a mistake.

Tim Lambert:

what happens when Non-Duality becomes the familiar? What happens
when the non-dual truisms become clichés, empty of meaning and power?
What happens when non-dualism becomes the belief system of choice for a
bunch of middle-aged baby-boomers? What happens when non-duality
becomes simply another veil drawn between ourselves and the Truth?

I am not sure who wrote that. But they hold a frightening trace of truth.
Are we becoming so clever with words, concepts, answers that we are able to
play this game even in our deepest dreams? Could it be that we are becoming
extremly smart in our rethorical abilitys, to the point of taking them for
what they are not.......?

Tim G:
Then we are lost... until and unless we see what's going on and make a
"course correction." Don't anybody mistake this "walk" of nonduality -
it's like walking on the sharp edge of a razor. Surrounding the razor are
quicksand and bogs. This may be simple, but it's not "easy" (especially
when we're still far from "the goal" - (note the quotes)).



I was walking in a green field. It was spring. I thought of nothing
meaninfull -- sudenlly, for the first time.....I had to stop. There is
nobady else...for havens....this is the moust impossible fact ever!!! The
moust obvious is the moust impossible!!! I am not 1 among many....I am the
only could such a thing be? What is this strange awesom bond?
What have chosen this? And I carry this same questions today. I know
nobady will answer them to me....but still....this is so impossible!!!

Dan: This reminds me of Gautama, the Buddha, declaring, "above the earth
and under
the heavens, I alone am the Enlightened One."


Samuel penned:

A little verse... inspired by recent 'music',
which has drifted... 'out on the beach'.

The Nondual-Salon... is a one room school.
All are welcomed... Tarot sage / Tarot fool.
Discussions range from mundane to sublime,
from beloved dog... to nature of Divine*.

Spiritual kindergarten... to Grad school,
all 'levels' spoken here... is the 'house rule'.
We get to 'listen in'... on each exchange,
whether beyond/beneath our 'knowledge' range.

Sometimes it bewilders... the neophyte,
who then 'takes flight'... before 'seeing' the light.
Sometimes it bores... the tired and jaded sage,
who then do... 'see the light'... and leave the stage.

It is most of all... a 'singular space',
blessed... by each manifestation of Grace*,
who's unconditional giving / sharing,
fills each partaker with love and caring.


The field of the
known is limited - the unknown, transcendent is unlimited. Yet the field
of duality is included in, and emanated from the nondual transcendent. It
is not a mistake, an error, something to be eradicated. It partakes of the
same "energy" as the nondual transcendent. So it must be a matter of
vision, an opening of vision, so the dual is transfigured and transformed
but not eliminated, not ended as you would end something that "isn't
supposed to be there". How could a mistake come from perfection?; how
could error arise within That which has no division? The error is in the
way it is being perceived, and that error is a limited view that is "meant"
to expand. There's really no error then anywhere, and limited views are
views designed for expansion.



I have lots of friends who look to advaita
teachers/teachings to help when they are hurting with issues like
abandonement, neglect, addictive behaviors, psychosomatic ills,
self-contempt, depression, etc. They look for enlightenment in order to
make them feel better, and they are told to just be quiet or to see that
they are not the do-er of actions.

There is nothing that ain't spiritual! But an advaita sadhana isn't always
the best direction for everyone.

When I met Papaji I was in a fairly messed-up condition. I received healing
of emotional wounds through my relationship with him, which allowed more
space in me for silent rediscovery of mySelf.



The Heyoka tradition exists in many tribes. The function of the Heyoka was
to provide evidence of the opposite in daily life. They rode their horses
backwards, wore their clothes inside out, walked east around the sweat, when
everyone else walked west, and so forth. They performed the added function
of what might equate to the western court jester....they might imitate a
chief who had gotten too enamored of his own power, following him around the
camp with their nose up in the air, acting haughty, giving imperious get the picture. Frequently the Heyoka was a niche filled by
a gay or lesbian person....

I love this, love the simplicity with which tribal cultures institutionalize
reverence in their every action and their social structures. While providing
balance in representing the opposite, they demonstrate that opposite-ness
is, at once critical, and also, irrelevant, to living life in a good
way...How's this for a non-dual mode.

Heyoka were very, very holy people and much revered and turned to for
conflict resolution and in times of hardship, need and confusion.


Xan posed:

What if?

When you and I disappear, that is love.

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