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      #1810 - Thursday, May 27, 2004 - Editor: Jerry
       
      Highlights Home Page and Archive: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm
       
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      "I" refers to the title of a book by David R. Hawkins, upon whom the website is based.
       
      The Ego
       
      Most people believe that their view of the world
      is the correct view. Everyone that is not highly
      spiritually evolved to the point of enlightenment
      has a distorted view of the world. As one
      progresses through the levels of consciousness,
      his or her perception of the world get closer to
      the Ultimate Reality.
       
      A person’s perception is distorted due to one
      factor that is inherent in every human being. The
      ego (commonly known as the mind) is the common
      defect within each person. It is the inner
      commentary. The reason that it is so destructive
      is because the ego claims to be the person’s true
      self. The following are some basic
      positionalities of the ego:
       
      1) Phenomena are either good or bad, right or
      wrong, just or unjust, fair or unfair.
       
      In reality there are no opposites. Bad is not the
      opposite of good; it is merely the absence of
      goodness. “The opposites are not opposite at all
      but are merely linear graduations along the same
      line and not different lines” (quote from I, page
      46). The following are examples of the previous
      quote:
       
      Degrees Fahrenheit
       
      ­3,000
       
      2,000
       
      1,000
       
      500
       
      100
       
      50
       
      0
       
      -50
       
      -100
       
      -500
       
      -1,000
       
      -2,000
       
      -3,000
       
      (Excerpt from I, page 45)
       
      Goodness
       
      Heavenly
       
      Very Good
       
      Good
       
      Pleasant
       
      Okay
       
      Sort of Okay
       
      Fair to Middling
       
      Not Too Good
       
      Unsatisfactory
       
      Bad
       
      Wicked
       
      Horrible
       
      Ghastly
       
      (Excerpt from I, page 46)
       
      2) The “bad” deserve to be punished and the
      “good” rewarded.
       
      The main problem is the labels of good or bad.
      Actually, there is no such thing as good or bad.
      The mind labels anything that is wanted or
      appealing as good and anything that is unwanted
      or unappealing as bad. The labels are completely
      arbitrary, and therefore have no basis in
      reality.
       
      3) Things happen by accident or else they are the
      fault of somebody else.
       
      There are no accidents, therefore everything
      happens for a reason, but the reason is not
      because someone caused the event. In reality
      there is no causality. No one thing can cause
      anything else. A good example is a car accident.
      The two cars collide because the entropy
      associated with their movement. The engine starts
      the car and propels it. The wheels carry the car
      to its accident location. The body of the driver
      starts the car and steers it to the accident
      location. The mind of the body influences the
      body’s actions. Society and the past of the mind
      affect the decisions of the mind. There are an
      infinite number of causes that influence one
      event. In order for anything to occur the whole
      universe has to cause it.
       
      4) The mind is capable of comprehending and
      recognizing truth from falsehood.
       
      The mind is convinced that it knows what the
      difference between right and wrong. This
      assumption is simply not true. The mind can only
      make projections on what is the correct method or
      answer from past experiences or from the ‘advice’
      of other people. If the mind could be able to
      tell the difference between truth and falsehood,
      then there wouldn’t be any wars or
      misunderstandings of any kind.
       
      5) The world causes and determines one’s
      experiences.
       
      People were endowed by their Creator with free
      will, the ability to make a decision based upon a
      set of choices. People are ruled by the
      ever-present law of karma. The law of karma will
      be elaborated on more completely in later pages,
      but basically the law of karma is expressed in
      the bible as “you reap what you sow.”
       
      6) Life is unfair because the innocent suffer
      while the wicked go unpunished.
       
      Refer to positonality two.
       
      7) People can be different than they are.
       
      The ego has this assumption that it is the
      person’s true self. The true self is in fact a
      person’s etheric energy body also known as one’s
      soul. The Self does not think. Instead it exudes
      an infinite knowingness. The Self is eternal and
      does not change; therefore, people cannot be
      different then their true self.
       
      8) It is critical and necessary to be right.
       
      The main function of the ego is to lift itself
      above others. The ego believes that it must put
      others below it in order to survive. When one
      strives to be ‘right,’ someone is always made
      wrong in the process. In the end, there is no
      such thing as winning an argument since the end
      result does not benefit anything other than the
      ego.
       
      9) It is critical and necessary to win.
       
      Refer to positonality eight.
       
      10) Wrongs must be righted.
       
      The universe self balances itself due to the law
      of karma. Therefore, people need not correct
      anything. Plus, the definition of wrong is
      completely subjective. Attributes of right and
      wrong are based completely on perception.
      Anything can be justified under the right
      circumstances. The religious fundamentalist
      groups do not believe that they are doing wrong;
      they actually think they are executing God’s
      will.
       
      11) Righteousness must prevail.
       
      Refer to positonality ten.
       
      12) Perceptions represent reality.
       
      Perceptions are variations of reality. If one’s
      perception represented reality, then everyone
      would have the exact same opinions and tastes
      because everyone would see the same world. Since
      this is obviously not the case, perceptions are
      only one perspective of the world and not the
      Ultimate Reality.

       

       
       
      The following is also from the above website, although it is not clear who the author is. Numbered calibrations of consciousness refer to the Map of Consciousness as depicted at http://enlightened1.741.com/truths/calofcon.html
       
      Ultimate Purpose
       
      The most prominent question on the minds of
      humans since the beginning of their existence has
      been that of purpose. Everyone is faced with this
      question sometime in their life. Whether they
      find some simplistic answer based upon past
      belief systems or if they store it in the back of
      their heads for future mentation is irrelevant.
      The very word means one’s most important goal in
      the infinite continuum of one’s existence. When
      one is aware of that purpose, he or she can start
      living for the permanent instead of the
      temporary. Because the permanent is what everyone
      has an inner longing to achieve.
       
      Evolution is a continual process. The universe
      has been evolving since the beginning of time.
      Homo sapiens have been at the top of the
      evolutionary chain for millions of years. The
      greatest leaps in technology have occurred within
      the past century. Man has mastered land, sea, and
      the sky. It is only a matter of time before
      humans master the science of space travel with
      travel that exceeds the speed of light. Homo
      sapiens have mastered physical form; therefore no
      physical evolution is necessary.
       
      The world is far from being described as problem
      free. Violence is seen in the streets, broken
      homes have become common place, and hatred has
      become widespread throughout the Middle East .
      Governments have tried countless tactics to
      remedy the problems that sweep the nation. The
      have remained largely ineffective due to their
      nature. All the ‘solutions’ that governments have
      tried are external and as a result only deal with
      the effects rather than the causes.
       
      Causality does not exist. It is a figment of
      perception that is ruled by time. For every event
      that occurs, there is not a individual thing that
      causes it. There are an infinite number of causes
      to each event; therefore, everything is
      connected. Nobody can change anyone else; they
      can only improve or weaken the ‘environment’ for
      change. Therefore the key to the world’s problems
      is to change oneself. More specifically, the
      Ultimate Purpose is to evolve spiritually.
       
      Since humans have already mastered physical form,
      there is only one more domain that humans have
      not mastered. The spiritual domain has remained
      untapped by the vast majority of society for the
      last few million years, but more and more people
      are joining the spiritual revolution. For the
      first time in history, the entire collective
      consciousness of the world has made the jump past
      level 200 in the mid 1980s. The Ultimate Purpose
      of one’s existence is to evolve spiritually.
      One’s purpose of evolution in one’s physical
      lifetime stops when it is one’s karmic destiny,
      but the ideal level to reach is enlightenment
      (consciousness level 600) where the ego is no
      longer in control and one sees for the very first
      time.
       
      There are many paths to enlightenment, but the
      narrow paths are the way of the heart and the way
      of the mind. Neither path is better than the
      other, but one may be more difficult depending on
      the spiritual speaker.
       
       
       

       
       
       
      'Sailor' Bob Adamson correspondence
      Awakened Awareness list
       
      Email to Bob and reply:

      I received your book....read it once....and now I am on the second
      reading. Once again, after reading the teachings the first time, it felt
      like there was nothing more to 'know'....like the seeking was
      over........................ After reading your book, there was a deep
      sense of Peace and strong confirmation of the Oneness THAT IS.
      Then all these thoughts and feelings arose which seemed to cloud over the
      deep sense of Peace and Oneness, although there still is the 'knowing'
      that the Peace at the core is not disturbed. There is 'seeing' that these
      thoughts and feelings are just energy vibrations with no real substance on
      the one hand, AND there is also a direct experiencing of these thoughts
      and feelings which can be rather intense.

      There is more witnessing happening, as well. When the witnessing arises
      (which is usually during or after the intense feelings arise), the
      thoughts are cut-off and the feelings are seen for what they are (energy
      vibrations). When this happens it feels as if a light switch is being
      turned on in my brain!

      (Question) Is awakening always sudden? (Two teachers) have said this.
      One has used the analogy of someone that has been carrying a heavy load in
      his backpack...and then suddenly it is like the backpack is emptied and
      has no weight anymore. Or like a pebble in one's shoe is suddenly removed.
      This is confusing to me in the light of what you have said about there
      always BEING PRESENSE here.....and nothing to wait for in terms of a
      'happening'.

      Although, you have also said that there is a "consolidating" that happens.
      Please clarify.

      (Also) When you talk about the desire to change WHAT IS into what one
      would like it to be........it seems that Consciousness may operate through
      a body-mind organism in such a way as for change to happen as part of IT's
      functioning. So I do not see a problem in trying to change WHAT IS, if the
      thought and action arises to change something.....as long as there is no
      attachment or expectation about the outcome being a certain way. If
      something is to change, it still IS WHAT IS! Do you have anything to
      clarify here...

      or do you agree? Hopefully, if all of these questions are addressed, this
      'mind' will be able to relax and there will be no more questions!!!
      But I guess one never knows! I hope I am not wearing your patience too
      thin with all these questions!?

      I feel that if anyone can help put an end to these questions, it is you
      ('you' as an instrument of Consciousness). I feel that if you can answer
      these questions one at a time rather that generally, it would be most
      helpful and clear......but then what do I know!!! Again, thank you dear
      sir, for your Presence in 'my' life.


      REPLY:
      Good to hear from you again.

      We will start from basics, you are always, already and ever THAT (pure
      presence awareness) - only THAT -nothing else. Though the clouds may
      constantly move around the sky they can never pollute or be lost in the
      sky, nor can they grasp or know or understand the sky. You, the reality
      are the sky like awareness.

      The statement "The answer can never be found in or through the mind" is
      constantly made until it is understood and seen - that it is pointless to
      go looking there. You saw and understood in a previous email that
      thoughts, feelings, emotions, so called body - mind organisms, teachers,
      sailor bob, you, others, witnessing, the concept of a sage, realization or
      enlightenment, the whole manifestation etc. appearing in the skylike
      awareness are like the clouds, appearances with no substance or
      independent nature.

      SEE the subtle trap; thoughts (clouds) are looking for the answer in more
      thoughts, questions etc. (clouds), and it can never happen - as it ALREADY
      IS.

      The sky was there 'before the clouds', 'while the clouds are there', and
      'after the clouds disperse' - KNOW for certain YOU ARE THAT.
      If a question arises, ask yourself "who is the questioner" - and in
      investigating, see that the 'questioner' (thought) - is the 'question'
      (thought), both are thought - and understand that there can be no
      'questioner' without the 'question' - both are thought without substance
      or independent nature - so the questioner and the question cancel each
      other out.

      What's left without thought? Isn't there still an awareness of being present?
      KNOW I AM - the pure Being in whom ALL the manifestation is appearing.
      There is nothing separate or apart from THAT which I AM - whatever appears
      is in essence THAT - which I AM, which understands the appearance to be
      fictitious and dreamlike. So there is no concrete reference point to
      'attach to' or 'detach from', or accept or reject, so to 'who' or 'what'
      could it 'matter' what is thought, felt or done? - I AM complete as
      ISNESS. As was said earlier, start from that - and instead of trying to
      get 'somewhere', just drop anything that tends to have you think otherwise
      and realize, that with 'nowhere' to go and no 'time' to go there - there
      can only be an effortless relaxation into isness - As isness.
      I could go into it for you, question by question, and give you answers
      that would appease the mind for a while - but that would not break the
      minds seeming hypnotic spell and keep you a seeker forever.
      The cold hard facts are: There is no difference between a 'sage' and a
      'seeker' - they are both appearances in that which you really are - ONE
      without a second - pure intelligence energy (Awareness) - BE what you are,
      you cannot really be anything else, though at times you may think so (both
      - mind clouds).

      - 'Sailor' Bob


      from:
      http://members.austarmetro.com.au/~adamson7

       
       

       
       
      Excerpt from chapter 21 Awakening to the Dream
       
      Lucid dreaming is a term that refers to waking up
      inside a dream, realizing it is a dream, and then
      continuing the dream with this understanding.
      Seeing through the illusion of separation could
      be termed lucid living, as it is not you waking
      up from the dream of life, but the impersonal
      awakening to the dream of life. From which point
      could an illusion see through itself as an
      illusion? What could an assumed doer do to become
      a non-doer? What thought could take the thinker
      beyond thinking? The answer is nothing and none.
      Like Rumi said,
       
      "Whoever brought me here will
      have to take me home."
       
      This "coming home" reveals
      the illusory nature of the ego, the world, time
      and space. All this does not disappear in a blast
      of white light, but what does disappear is the
      sense of separation that constitutes the ego
      illusion. Although it may put a glint in "your"
      eye as "you" delight in this cosmic illusion,
      there will be actually no you to delight in it,
      no you to see it, and no you to get it. The play,
      including your role in it, continues with the
      altered perspective of knowing, delighting, and
      seeing, without an individual claiming these as
      personal activities or achievements. What is left
      is that which appears as you and everything-your
      true Self, which is already and always awake to
      the dream of life.
       
      This realization happens by itself. No new
      knowledge is acquired, but old assumptions fall
      away. No effort in the world can make you what
      you already and actually are. The truth behind
      ego is a no-thing-ness too close for
      investigation, since it is the very source from
      which the attempt to investigate arises. Seeing
      this makes it clear that the activating agent in
      all your actions is not a fictional "me," but the
      universal energy, or one's true Self. The belief
      in a "me," as well as the seeking for
      enlightenment, is seen through by no-one as
      nothing but the playful activity of this primal
      activating energy. The cosmic joke in the journey
      of the seeker is that the energy that fuels the
      seeking is precisely what is being sought. In Zen
      this is called "riding an ox in search of an ox."
      Wei Wu Wei compared it to looking for your
      spectacles, not realizing that they are on your
      nose and, were you not looking through them, you
      wouldn't be able to see what you are looking for.
       
      IT awakens to itself or, more to the point, IT is
      Awakeness itself. It is the light in which all
      apparent opposites reveal their interdependence
      and ultimate One-ness; it is the clarity in which
      the illusion of separation dissolves. The witness
      and that which is witnessed merge into
      witnessing, while the illusion of past and future
      dissolves into the clarity of timeless presence.
      As It Is, life has no meaning beyond itself. It
      is always at the point of completion and,
      simultaneously, as fresh as the morning dew at
      the dawn of creation .
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