#3273 - Friday, August 29, 2008 - Editor: Jerry Katz
- #3273 - Friday, August 29, 2008 - Editor: Jerry Katz
The Nonduality Highlights - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlightsIn this issue an excerpt from Scott Kiloby's new book, Love's Quiet Revolution: The End of the Spiritual Search. Scott lives near Evansville, Indiana, U.S.A. On his website, http://www.kiloby.com, you can read more from his book, access his other writings, watch videos, find out about retreats, addiction recovery, and internet satsang using Skype. Scott offers a solid nonduality, as I think you'll see.Love's Quiet Revolution: The End of the Spiritual Searchby Scott KilobyExcerpts from Chapter 24: The Liberation of Not KnowingBeliefs or thoughts such as, Its all One, or there is no self, will not lead to enlightenment. They are merely forms arising in This. They can actually keep thought locked into the dream of self. Belief cannot see This because belief is identification with thought, which is self. Belief is too busy maintaining an identity or holding onto a position to see the truth beyond all identities and positions. This just is. It is free, loving, and open. It has no preference for the characterizations we place on it, the positions we take on it, or the identities we make out of it. Thought is temporary, self-involved, and largely involuntary. To believe that thought can truly tell you who you are or what This or God is, is the dream.
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So what is This? What is enlightenment? It is not the words This, One, enlightenment or God. This is realized through seeing what it is not. Liberation is beyond belief and thought, and yet it includes it. In other words, it plays with preferences and concepts, but it is not attached to them. It is not seeking a sense of self from them.
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If you listen to non-duality teachers or read books on it, the mind may start to believe this stuff. It gets lost again in the conceptual. Then, it believes that all is One. But belief will never see This. This is nothing the intellect can grasp. It is vast, and includes it all. This does not get stuck on the level of the mind in any way, including notions that we should use only certain words or that words can even express it. In other words, This does not get stuck on self. This is that within which expressions of This arise.
To say that the spirit should be expressed a certain way, or is a certain thing, comes from a point of reference, which is identification with thought. It is self. If I use the word God or Allah here and you are a Christian or a Muslim, something in your brain will register that word as being the truth. On the other hand, if you read a lot of non-duality books, the word One or presence may trigger a familiar mental response. The brain is simply stuck in words and beliefs. It is chasing after its own ideas. This stuckness is obscuring the truth of This.
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You will know liberation when it strikes. You will close this book and never open it again. I wrote this book knowing that if you see what it is pointing to, you will stop reading it. When liberation strikes, you will see your favorite guru as no different than your neighbor or a frog beside the road. You will stop being concerned with making the point that your guru, your neighbor, and the frog are not separate. You will know in your heart that they are not separate, but you will see that the mental insistence energy behind your point just creates the illusory separate self known as you. You will stop making points about God, as if you have any idea who or what that is. Or you will continue making points, without any notion that your points have anything to do with that to which the word God points.
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Every moment is teaching us. But it is not teaching us an accumulation of ideas, which we can carry with us over time. We are not becoming spiritual egos who know something. Life is teaching us that we are not separate from it and that love means not knowing, not resisting, and not trying to control. Accumulation, by its very nature, creates a rigid, separate dream self which is trying to know, resist, and control life. This self is at war with life.
Insight is fresh, new, innocent, and clear. It cannot be carried over into the next moment. True spiritual learning has nothing to do with memory. It is the moment by moment awareness of what is arising and falling. It is holding onto nothing. It is the wisdom that sees that life begins and ends in this moment. It is constantly waking you up out of your points of reference, out of your false sense of mental certainty, and out of the dream of separationall of which is the past in you.Love's Quiet Revolution: The End of the Spiritual Searchby Scott Kiloby