#4657 - Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - Editor: Jerry
Dear Fellow Explorer, Here is the latest poem inspired by
a chapter of the same name from the new book 'Awakening and Beyond', Love,
Why Do Anything?
by Colin Drake
Why do anything?, a reader asks,
If with Awareness I identify,
Wouldnt one just sit back and bask,
In this new definition of I ?
For Awareness is always at peace,
Absolutely silent and utterly still,
As This surely desires would cease,
Needing nothing more for life to fill.
However, this overlooks the measure,
Of body/mind and the creation,
Manifest for Its self-knowing and pleasure,
Achieved by apparent separation.
In which we are all instruments,
Through which Awareness can enjoy and sense,
Sights, sounds, feelings, tastes and the
Of the cosmos
Body/mind is like a virtual reality host
In which Awareness is the player,
Aiming to live and enjoy to the utmost
The world through this outer layer.
Deeper than this we can find,
The constant subjective presence,
Consciousness, perceiving body/mind,
Of all things the ultimate essence.
So by living life to the full,
And discovering the true inner Self,
We can the function of manifestation fulfill,
Awareness enjoying and knowing Itself.
~ ~ ~
Colin Drake's e-books are available at
I know the term non-dual thinking is still new or strange to many people.
It simply means our ability to read the moment, to read reality in a way that is
not judgmental, a way that is not exclusionary of the part that we dont
understand. And it takes practice to learn that. Its very interesting that the
term non-dual is taken for granted in three of the Eastern religions: Taoism,
Hinduism, and Buddhism. This word would be very familiar to them because its
the best descriptor of high-level consciousnesswhen you dont split everything
up according to what you like and what you dont like. You leave the moment
open, you let it be what it is in itself, and you let it speak to you.
I was able to reintroduce this word for many people in my book, The
Naked Now. I would like to continue to build on that because I think
its central to the reform of religion, to our own spiritual progress, and
really to building a necessary bridge between East and West. We had it in the
West, but we called it unitive consciousness. So its just a different word
for the same reality. Non-dual, however, forces Westerners to struggle, so I
think well keep using it. Reality is not totally one, but it is not totally
two, either! Stay with that necessary dilemma, and it can make you wise.
~ Richard Rohr, 2012
Adapted from Fr. Richards teachings on his
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