#2956 - Sunday, October 14, 2007
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Nondual Highlights: Issue #2956, Sunday, October 14, 2007
Do you want to change the world? How about beginning with yourself? How about being trans- formed yourself first? But how do you achieve that? Through observation. Through understanding. With no interference or judgment on your part. Because what you judge you cannot understand.
When you say of someone, "He's a communist," understanding has stopped at that moment. You slapped a label on him. "She's a capitalist." Understanding has stopped at that moment. You slapped a label on her, and if the label carries undertones of approval or disapproval, so much the worse! How are you going to understand what you disapprove of, or what you approve of, for that matter? All of this sounds like a new world, doesn't it? No judgment, no commentary, no attitude: one simply observes, one studies, one watches, without the desire to change what is. Because if you desire to change what is into what you think SHOULD be, you no longer understand.
A dog trainer attempts to understand a dog so that he can train the dog to perform certain tricks. A scientist observes the behavior of ants with no further end in view than to study ants, to learn as much as possible about them. He has no other aim. He's not attempting to train them or get anything out of them. He's interested in ants, he wants to learn as much as possible about them. That's his attitude. The day you attain a posture like that, you will experience a miracle. You will change - effortlessly, correctly. Change will happen, you will not have to bring it about. As the life of awareness settles on your darkness, whatever is evil will disappear. Whatever is good will be fostered. You will have to experience that for yourself.
- Anthony de Mello, from Awareness
Although one may be afraid of the process of dying, deep down one very definitely has the feeling, the intuitive conviction, that one cannot cease to exist. This feeling has been misrepresented as the basis for the theory of rebirth, but the fact of the matter is that there exists no actual entity to be either born or reborn or to cease to exist.
- Ramesh Balsekar from A Net of Jewels, posted to ANetofJewels
can one expect
at every glance,
such happenings exist...?
In Light and Encouragement... ARIAL, posted to Mystic_Spirit
Should a situation arise that you need to deal with, your action will be clear and incisive - and more likely to be effective - if it arises out of present moment awareness. It will not be a reaction coming from the past conditioning of your mind but from an intuitive response to the situation.
When you have reached a certain degree of presence, you no longer need negativity to tell you what is needed in your life situation - but as long as negativity is there, use it. Whenever you notice that some form of negativity has arisen within you, look on it not as a failure, but as a helpful signal that reminds you to be more present.
When you surrender to what is and so become fully present, the past ceases to have any power. You do not need it anymore. Presence is the key. The Now is the key.
- 3 quotes by Eckhart Tolle, posted to The_Now2
Never, Never Lonely
In Liberation, you stand alone.
You stand alone
because you need no supports of any kind.
You need no supports because you have realized
that the very notion of a separate you no longer exists;
that there is nothing to support;
that the whole ego experience was a flimsy illusion.
So you stand alone but never, never lonely
because everywhere you look,
all you see is That,
and You are That
- Adyashanti, posted to The_Now2