Issue # 1569, Saturday, Sept 27, 2003
- NDH Issue # 1569Saturday, September 27, 2003Editor: ChristianaThis edition of the Highlights includes extracts from online newsletters, not lists.Consciousone http://www.consciousone.comGay Hendricks -It's wise to remember that the quality of your life is not about how many breaths you get to take but how many moments you have that take your breath away.Moodshifter http://tinyurl.com/oz4z
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Daily Journal #10: Wisdom Is Avoiding All Thoughts That Weaken YouEvery single thought you have can be assessed in terms of whether it
strengthens or weakens you. Authentic wisdom is the ability to
monitor yourself at all times to determine your relative state of
weakness or strength, and to shift out of those thoughts that weaken
you. In this way, you keep yourself in an upbeat, higher state of
consciousness, and you prevent your thoughts from weakening every
single organ of your body. When you use your mind to empower you,
you're appealing to that which uplifts and raises your spirits. A
thought of force requires a counter-force, and a battle that weakens;
while a thought of power strengthens you, since no counter-force is
called into play to consume your energy. Power thoughts energize you,
since they make no demands on you.Write down three power thoughts you can read over and over today
and focus on during today's tasks and doings.
Michael Gluckman: Light up your Life http://www.light-up-you-life.comRamana Maharshi
You and I are the same.
What I have done is surely possible for all.
You are the Self
now and can never be anything else.
Throw your worries to the wind,
turn within and find Peace.
Sri Ramana Maharshi
Thus Spake Ramana
by Swami Rajeswarananda
© Sri Ramanasramam
In your meditations feel this out:1) You are aware of the world and all of the limitation that the world seems to put on you. Therefore you are naturally beyond the boundaries of the world.2) You are aware of the body and everything that makes it up. Therefore you are naturally beyond the boundaries of the body.3) You are aware of the life force such as breath and digestion, so you are naturally beyond the limitations of your life force.4) You are aware of the mind with its maze of
feelings and thinking that seems to box you in.
So you are naturally beyond the mind.
5) You are aware of the state of nothingness
like in deep sleep, so you are even beyond
6) Finally, you are aware of the subject, the
thought that you take to be 'I', so you are even
7) You don't see the awareness. You know the
awareness because you are the awareness.
In your meditation practice, step by step consider each of
these. For more details on each step see "Making Your
Wisdom Come Alive".Photo: Falung Gong meditation exercises Civic Center, San Francisco
Daily Zen http://www.dailyzen.com/journal.asp
In the beginning of practice we are fixated on our own progress and
understanding. As we train further our ability to help others grows,
whether in clarifying a technique or in sensing when a few kind words
are needed. To continue in practice involves moving beyond our own
personal practice to an awareness of the needs of others as well. The
dissolution of the separation between self and others is more than an
intellectual construct; our actions demonstrate how deeply
Understanding has penetrated. Actions always speak louder than
words, discussions, and concepts.
Compassion is a powerful doorway into a life of practice. How many of
us will choose a life of compassion in action? Each moment we stand
at a crossroads; every action reveals our heart.
Enjoy a compassionate Equinox,
Amigos http://www.ods.nl/am1gos/Kees Schreuders: Standpoints, light, darkness, letters, words, stories,
bliss, toothache. Does consciousness prove itself by playfully pointing
to itself with these words?Jan Kersschot: It is like being aware without interference, or 'being a
witness without judging'. It is about simply being. Then all that is left
is 'what is'. This 'Beingness' doesn't originate from restlessness nor
from a battle against evil, it is just naturally available from a Oneness
with what is without there being anyone who can lay claim on this
Leo Hartong: ATTD http://www.awakeningtothedream.com/newsletter/
From the book 'Awakening to the Dream.'
Throughout this text, I'll keep reminding you of
the book's conceptual nature and of the fact
that this writing is simply a pointer or signpost,
constantly repeating the same directions in
different ways. Climbing the signpost will not
get you to your destination. It is like Zen
describing itself as "a finger pointing to the
moon." If you focus on the finger, you will miss
the luminosity at which it is pointing.
The moon for this textual finger is the ultimate
subject, or that which cannot be made into an
object. It is the source beyond space and time,
which escapes all attempts at labeling and yet
has been given many names, such as God, the
ultimate ground of being, The Tao, your original
face, or the deep Self.
- Question: Really enjoyed all the excerpts and
newsletters. Your explanation is profound and
understood, perhaps only because I have been
reading about the awareness/observer for so
long. Unfortunately, I get in this loop of my
mind trying to go beyond my mind, out of the
- "So nothing happens. I decided to put off the
awareness until I die! Otherwise it is too
painful and I cannot cope with this life."
- Answer: The main thing to see is that there is
no 'I' to either get in or out of the loop. It is
also not 'your' mind it is just mind. Nor is it you
that has to see this. There is just seeing
without someone doing the seeing. The
command structure of our language demands
there to be an 'I' to do the seeing and then it is
forgotten that this 'I' itself is nothing but
language/thought. The 'I' in 'I think' has as
much substance as the 'it' in 'it rains.'
- Observe and see that thoughts simply come up
without a you doing the thinking and they will
no longer be seen as problematic. It is just
what is, complete to ItSelf and in no need of
alteration or modification. It can also be seen
that something is aware of the minds activity,
otherwise it could not be reported. This
Awareness can not be an object to itself. It is
the knowing that cannot be known and the
seeing that can not be seen. Realizing that
THAT is what you truly are, is not an experience
for some one; it is the inexperience-able
experiencing itself. You Are THAT.
- Waiting for this to become clear is again just
self arising and spontaneous thought, which is
just the way IT appears to ItSelf and not 'you'
not getting it. Everything is IT and you are
THAT. It is not about something that you can
put of until you die; IT is what you truly are,
just like the wave and the ocean are nothing
but 'One Water.' This is so, even when IT is
expressing AS an apparent separate you and
everything else that appears; including, stars,
birds and doubts whether or not this is really
- As you said 'nothing happens.' It is as it is and
there is no need to wait for an experience. All
experiences come and go, but THAT which is
aware of them does not come and go. It is the
Aware Space in which it all arises and
dissolves, just like yesterday's thoughts came
up and dissolved again.
- There is no you that has a life to cope with.
Life is simply 'living' life and IT does it also AS
'you.' Painfulness may arise, pleasure may
arise, but THAT in and to which it arises is the
uncaused joy that knows no opposites. IT is the
still heart at the centre of the storm, IT is the
self shinning mirror, unaffected by whatever is
reflected in it. You are THAT.