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#3629 - Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - Editor: Gloria Lee

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    #3629 - Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - Editor: Gloria Lee Nonduality Highlights http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights within even it.... Slowly, slowly, I
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      #3629 - Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - Editor: Gloria Lee
      Nonduality Highlights
      within even it....
      Slowly, slowly, I tended
      the bellows of my throat,
      and the light inside grew

      and filtered out through
      the dark, so that within
      even it, I saw the truth.

      - Lalla
      14th Century North Indian mystic

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      From "Naked Song"
      Versions by Coleman Barks
      posted to Along The Way

      God created pain and sorrow that
      happiness might show itself by contrast.
      For hidden things are made manifest
      by means of their opposites:
      since God has no opposite, He is hidden.

            - Rumi

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      Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
      "Rumi: Daylight"
      posted to Along The Way

      The light of consciousness has no mind to change or alter anything. When you start to see the light that you really are, the light waking up in you, the radiance, you realize it has no intention to change you. It has no intention to harmonize. It has no agenda. It just happens. The Truth is the only thing you'll ever run into that has no agenda. Everything else will have an agenda.

      -- Adyashanti

      posted to TheNow_2


      Gaining Confidence in Awareness

      John Astin


      I recently heard a phrase which I believe comes out of the Tibetan non-dual tradition of Dzogchen, “gaining confidence in awareness.” That is the sense of what has been happening here and I believe, happening for many of the people I know who are engaged in this kind of investigation and inquiry. Awareness is first recognized to be the ever-present ground and source of all that is, the light of wakefulness that illumines all experience, the emptiness that dances as all form. But for most people, there is not initially a deep and abiding confidence in its ever-present nature. And so, seeking for it, seeking for something else, returns in all its many forms. It is in many ways, understandable that we would seemingly lose sight of the ever-present nature of awareness, for the simple reason that awareness cannot be seen. It is what is SEEING. But you see, the seeing is always happening, is it not? Something is always being seen, even if in certain moments, what is being seen is the sense that nothing is being seen or that what is being seen is somehow not quite enough. But, it doesn’t much matter what is there - pleasant, unpleasant, clear, confused, ordinary, extraordinary, a sense of remembering or forgetting, opening or closing - the seeing is always there at the center. It cannot be absent for everything that appears, appears to the seeing. Everything is illumined by that dark and invisible light. And, even more, everything IS none other than that light, the seen none other than the seeing. The seeing outshines everything for it IS everything. Never absent. Always present. And always, only ever now…

      May we all gain confidence in this Friend we will never see, this awakeness that is beyond all points of view even as it shines in and through and as them all.

      In the words of Adyashanti, “You are neither free nor bound, but ever-present.”

      In Gratitude and Love…

      John Astin

      To my granddaughters who visited the Holocaust
      Museum on the day of the burial of Yitzhak Rabin
      Now you know the worst
      we humans have to know
      about ourselves, and I am sorry,
      for I know that you will be afraid.
      To those of our bodies given
      without pity to be burned, I know
      there is no answer
      but loving one another,
      even our enemies, and this is hard.
      But remember:
      when a man of war becomes a man of peace,
      he give a light, divine
      though it is also human.
      When a man of peace is killed
      by a man of war, he gives a light.
      You do not have to walk in darkness.
      If you will have the courage for love,
      you may walk in light.  It will be
      the light of those who have suffered
      for peace.  It will be
      your light.
      ~ Wendell Berry ~
      (A Timbered Choir)

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