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Today's Highlights Edited by Christiana

Today's highlights include an invitation, a shared revelation, a
quirky query, quotes, and graceful direction and affirmation of
*What Is* which arose through the fellowship of dialogue. Enjoy
the variety of facets! ø¤º°+°º¤ø

NDHighlights: a need, an invitation, an opportunity to listen in
service

Dear friends of this Salon,

Jerry's website and his lists have been a gift to many of us for
3 1/2 years. Here we've learned, been challenged, made deep
friendships, and mostly have been allowed the opportunity to
witness and discern the movement of mind and the emptiness of
being.

For several years a very few loyal people (mostly Jerry, Gloria
and Andrew Macnab) have selected the daily highlights and posted
them to a parallel list NDhighlights. There are 100 or so people
who read the highlights. Some depend upon it like a daily
newspaper, others use it to catch up, for most it is just a pause
with intelligence and clarity. Now it is only Jerry and Gloria
doing this work for all seven days. I think it may be time for a
call to support them by giving back a little of your time and
heart.

On occasion, Jerry has opened the door for volunteers, few have
come forward. Most of us live busy lives and the thought of a
steady commitment might be daunting, so I have proposed that we
explore the idea of working in partnership or teams. Maybe you
could commit to one or two days a month and be paired with two or
three others. We are writing basic guidelines, but essentially
this is not hard work, and we'll hand hold you through the
basics. In fact, it can be an interesting exercise in self
observation to note what moves you as a "highlight".. a line
here, a phrase there.. creates a different order of truth
revealed.

If you have a few hours a month to offer, if you are curious
about what this might involve, if you'd like to try it for a
limited time, or if you have organizational ideas about how this
might be accomplished, please write to one or all of us.

Our email addresses are posted below.

I will be doing the Sunday highlights (of Saturday's posts) and
would like to work with one or two others. Any hearty souls out
there?

Thanks for your time and consideration, Christiana
[email protected] [email protected] [email protected]

Affirmation of What Is

James Traverse and Jan Barendrecht

James: There is no way *to* Love. Love is The Way. To say that it
should be nasty or nice is to define 'the way'. The action of
Love is autonomous - it is always appropriate to the moment.

Jan: 1. There is only Love so how could there be a way to it? How
could it be a way? 2. Hence sentient life in its entirety is but
Love. 3. Remember, Love neither requires nor needs lovers but a
true lover is ready to die for Love. 4. When forgetting that,
ample are the reminders: Love gives by seemingly taking until
nothing is left. 5. When ignoring that, also blessed are the
hardest stones as even they can't resist the soft, gentle touch
of flowing air or water. 6. Don't count blessings - there is only
1 which "repeats until..." 7. Love doesn't act: that is what
lovers are for! What are you? 8. Remember 1...7, especially when
pain seems to get unbearable..... 9. Hence, love the smelly swamp
called collective unconscious too - no way 'around' it: Emptying
it is called "the Work".

A way connects one place to another whereas there is no place to
go. Hence there is NO way. Whatever the name, any imagined way
but leads astray!

James: Yes! a way connects one place to another and there is no
place to go. Hence the place to be is HERE-NOW - that is Love and
it is the only 'WAY' to be connected with HERE-NOW. And, Yes! Any
imagined 'way' is just that imagination - it is a movement away
from HERE-NOW.

Jerry Katz on [email protected]

Mark Hovila asked: Jean Klein said that our establishment in our
true nature is reached by a complete elimination of the world of
objects. I would be very interested in hearing anyone's views on
this statement. What does it mean to eliminate the world of
objects? How is it done?

Jerry responds:

I 'll give my dollar fifty. But if it's a garage sale, will you
take a dollar? Alright, a dollar twenty-five.

'true nature' is awareness. The world of objects means not
knowing true nature. To eliminate the world of objects, know
one's true nature. There's no act that eliminates the world of
objects, though perception can be modified through meditation so
that the world takes on a flimsy, dream-like, subtle appearance.
But what's that?

"Complete elimination", as you say, has to be complete. I think
it requires a constant return to inquiring, 'who am i?'. Or 'who
is having this experience, THIS experience?' If the moment is
caught rising NOW and in that moment one asks Who am I?, it's
like two subatomic particles coming together and pure awareness
results. That's the experience of enlightenment: the NOW moment
colliding with I Am, yielding awareness. It's a partless dynamic
known as awareness itself. That's what it means to eliminate the
world of objects. Clearly. Because it is the elimination of
what's already less than objects: the now moment and the I Am.
And it's done through enquiry.

That's the process.

~ Along those same lines Jerry, as Aweboss, wrote this to a
friend in LiveJournal's Nonduality community
http://www.livejournal.com/users/nonduality/

It's possible to have the experiences you're having without
knowing who is having them.

The one having them has a real nature known as 'I Am'. The
experiences you uniquely describe could happen as the knowing of
'I Am' develops. But they could happen independently of that.

At the point of stability with I AM, a handshake occurs. It seems
like the meeting of I Am with I Am. After that point, everything
appears to happen on its own. It's another realm of 'doing'.

This 'I Am' is 'the answer' to the inquiry: Who am I? Of course
it's useless to simply give the answer. It has to be known as the
only knowledge or occurrence. As one's real nature. I Am may not
be known explicitly as I Am. It may be a feeling, a wordless
knowing of one's real nature, a living or envisioned Guru, a
mountain in India, etc. When it is known, it is known as the
source, the only real knowledge, the only thing that ever
happened.

When that's known, then there's some stability, the handshake has
taken place.

To 'want' knowledge or stability isn't a right approach. Desire
will push it further away. To be fascinated with the experiences
of changing consciousness isn't a right approach either. There
always has to be turning toward who is having the experiences.

By staying where one is, taking off the shoes and feeling just
one pebble on the path. That pebble is I Am! Just stay with that
pebble.

Don't move. Stay exactly here. There is attention happening.
Attention to the most minute apparently insignificant thing. It
is no different than attention to some exquisite dreamlike fabric
of all of reality. Attention is attention is attention. Attention
to attention is like touching the wrapper of I Am, of your true
nature. Spontaneously the wrapper falls away. And there you are.
Then the handshake.

The main message is to constantly turn to the source and not to
the experience. Aweboss: How do you turn to the 'source' and not
the experience, when the experience is stressful?

There has to be a relationship with the source that comes from
somewhere. Whether it is from practice during times that are
quiet and sane. This could be some meditation or mindfulness
method. It doesn't have to be sitting still in a room. It could
be walking, jogging, or anything that is conducive to looking at
your real nature.

It really could be anything. It could be refusing to search
anymore and just being. But something has to happen that
initiates a genuine relationship with source or real nature.

It has to be check and mate with your real nature.

A nice meditation method that relaxes you, isn't enough. Or
something that someone says intended for someone else, may or may
not help.

As the relationship with source or real nature develops, it can
be carried to times when there's a mildly stressful thing going
on.

Then the relationship can be maintained when a child is throwing
things and screaming. It can be maintained.

It's another relationship that takes work! But at least you're in
control. And it gives perspective to all other relationships, and
to existence.

Gary Merrill and Dan Berkowitz from
[email protected]

G: We could say that any 'thing' would have to be true now, or
false now. Those categories would be meaningless outside of time.
Perhaps we can still say that true and false continues to apply
within a limited framework, a context, but not as a whole.

D: It's a concept that presupposes a picture of reality that can
define events in terms of other events, by measuring the
proximity of one event to another in terms of a spatial metaphor
(near and far to me, who is here) combined with a movement
metaphor (events move past me, who is here).

G:Yes, time implies some kind of relationship. 'To look', there
would be a 'looker' to whom this would be relevant. The 'looker'
would have to be present, seeing time change, come and go, seeing
events. A much simpler explanation or understanding wouldn't need
this 'looker', wouldn't need this separation of 'self' from
events.

D: Another way to say this is that memory is insubstantial, time
has no ground, and volition and control depend on a developing
being existing in time.

What's developing turns out to be a complex of self-replicating
memory associations, not a really existing being.

There isn't anything brought forward, and countless beings
protesting by screaming and killing, or by attaining and getting
things, doesn't change this at all.

Insight shows these beings for what they are, memory-complexes
activated under certain conditions, which conditions involve
other memory complexes.

The self-replication of memory-complexes ad infinitum ends up in
the same place it begins: nowhen ...

G: Like the reflection on the water it doesn't mean anything.
Putting 'oneself' in time is the attempt to give the 'self'
meaning e.g. 'I am doing this'. Whilst it makes a good story, and
makes the central character real, a good chase, 'I' will never
catch myself, as 'my' movement is not mine. I never started
moving, never acted, despite stories to the contrary.

D: There is no really existing space in which memory could exist,
nor an external reality for memory to encapsulate, let alone a
user of memory to attain a purpose.

Memory "manufactures" space and time, which are the assumptions
that "carry" memory forward, in its ad infinitum self-replication
feat/quest.

G: Yes, I am not separate from my memory. I am memory. If I think
I'm separate I can believe anything, because I think my

knowledge is objective, real. But it's only real to me. So memory
functions, but 'I' don't. 'Truth' then is not subjective or
objective, but it is whole, if not defined and objectively
certain.

This replication, from the whole view, has no meaning. Obviously
from a partial view it has tremendous meaning being a source of
security. People being ready to kill for their imagined rights.
So programs, behaviour, based on self continuance, must continue
as long as 'self' has this independent meaning. So its something
of a vicious circle i.e. 'I must act because I must go on and
because I go on I must act'.

We are suggesting that 'You can't act because you don't go on and
you can't go on because you don't act' :-)

D: "I" am not a real unity. "I" am a conglomerate: an association
of memory-images whose only coherence turns out to be an imagined
shared center of reference.

Like the demon said in "The Exorcist": "We are many in here."
And, "I am no one."

Also, as the demon said to Jesus, "My name is legion."

I am only a conglomeration of images, attempting to use imaginary
belief as a means to continue a fragmentary existence.

Hell is dissolved by the ending of any separable "me."

Memory no longer constructs a hell for me, when there is no
attempt to refer to a center conceived as having independent
significance.

Revelation

Linda [email protected]

I have had the experience of all objects dropping way.

If one's life is lived in service, and the mind is made pure and
subtle. Then the heart shines brighter and brighter, and the
world and objects become more and more beautiful, more
transparent, as though backlit from behind. The mind stops dead
in its tracks at the beauty, and is not creating distinctions and
differences. The spiritual eye has opened and you feel as though
you're spirit or the space in which everything happens. The body
and all else is in your heart. The tiny bit of residual mind gets
sucked into the heart and the light of the heart is so bright
that everything disappears in pure radiance.

Every night, in deep dreamless sleep, you are back in the Source,
and the mind isn't moving outward, creating sleeping dreams or
world dreams. As you awaken, there is pure radiance, then the "I
am the body" idea, then the world. You may also look at it as a
number of sheaths appear as layers constructed over the heart of
pure light. If the seer is focussed on and kept in the heart,
then you are looking from the Source, the heart. Without the
seer, there is nothing to be seen.

The substratum of everything is the Self, the heart. Creation
flashes out from there each second. Then the mind splits it up
into over here and over there, me and not-me.

When you sink below and behind the mind, into your heart, in
silence, then you are at one with everything.

I don't think that the mind can be used as the tool to get there.
Everything that the mind thinks is ignorance. It doesn't know of
its Source in the heart. It is only after the mind has become
silent and humble that the heart is felt and heard. The mind,
turned outward IS the world, the mind, turned inward IS the Self.

Quotes

TRANSCENDENCE: The Birth of Homo novus. by MT Taylor
http://www.radicalconsciousness.net/

Once you Know the Source, the dim consciousness of present level
belief systems, currently ruling and determining experience, will
seem like products of the Dark Ages. While the limitations or
problems of these old beliefs may persist, the individual who has
Known the Source can more consciously choose or not choose to
operate those beliefs. The wholeness, peace and certainty you
have sought all your life in substitute programs and beliefs lies
right at the center of yourself. Find out who you are. Discover
the fundamental Ground of all existence.

from [email protected]

When you go deeper you lose yourself, as it were, in the abysmal
depths, then the Reality which is the Atman that was behind you
all the while takes hold of you. It is an incessant flash of
I-consciousness, you can be aware of it, feel it, hear it, sense
it, so to say; this is what 'I call' Aham sphoorti.

Sat-Darshana Bhashy and Talks with Maharshi, p. XXI

Zoran from [email protected]

Verses from the Avadhuta Gita of Dattatreya, conveying the
message of nonduality with a Vedantic flavor.

* * * I do not know God; how shall I speak of Him?

I do not know God; how shall I worship Him?

If I am the Supreme One, who is the highest Truth, homogenous
Being like space, how shall I speak of Him and worship Him?

* * * The Self transcends all, is indivisible and all-pervading.
It is free from attachment, immovable and all-pervading. It is
without day and night, and all-pervading. Why do you, who are the
identity in all, grieve in your heart?

* * * As the self is filled with Self So is all filled
continuously by you. There is no meditator or meditation. Why
does your mind meditate shamelessly?

* * * As the space within a pot dissolves in the universal space
when the pot is broken, so a yogi, in the absence of the body,
dissolves into the supreme Self, which is his true being.

Query Bobby Graham

People are a peculiar group. Individually we always act like we
know what we are doing. Each person is the final judge on their
own activities. But when we see someone else do something we are
quick to say they don't know what they are doing. It should be
reasonable to assume that since we have the same equipment as
they that we don't know either, but that idea just won't stick.

When someone gets drunk on alcohol they are given license to do
things not ordinarily acceptable. These impulses point to another
"side" of people. So we put a name on it, subconscious, and go on
thinking we know what we are doing. This seems to me a double
standard. How can we know what we are doing at the same time we
acknowledge a subconscious that we do not know about? Accepting
this premise as food for thought is another indication of how
peculiar we are.

Another thing, we watch as people "go crazy". Someone drops out
of the regular crowd and loses the ability to function within the
given structure. There are reasons given why this happens:
childhood trauma, abuse, chemical imbalance, heredity. But of
course we can't ADMIT it could happen to us for fear it would
happen, while accepting the double standard of KNOWING it could
happen.

We acknowledge our imperfectness (accepting a double standard)
with aplomb. How dare anyone challenge my right to be imperfect.

If there are reasons for imperfectness then it is not imperfect.
It is perfectly natural to be this way, imperfect. Perfect! But
no one can let it go at that. No matter how many time we say
everything is perfect we still strive to be better, while
pretending to others to be better than we know we are. Isn't this
a peculiar way to be?

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