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#4888 - Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - Editor: Jerry Katz

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    #4888 - Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - Editor: Jerry Katz The Nonduality Highlights http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights/ ... Thanks to Wayne and Bruce for
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      #4888 - Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - Editor: Jerry Katz

      Thanks to Wayne and Bruce for sending me info on Wayne Austin. From them I learned about this site with Wayne's writings:
      and this anti-Wayne Austin page:
      Today's issue features the solid wisdom of Colin Drake. If anyone knows of any anti-Colin Drake web pages, let me know. We could use the publicity. -Jerry

      Staying Awake by The Bodhisattva Vow
      Here is a recent e-mail encounter with a reader of my books: 
      From: XXXX
      Sent: Sunday, April 07, 2013 8:33 AM
      To: Colin Drake
      Subject: Oscillation--- 
      Hi Colin,
      I haven’t written to you in some time, but your writings are still at the foundation of much of my knowledge and practice of non-duality.
      The problem is, since I’ve retired, my mind, which was formerly more occupied, has reared its ugly head again in an apparent attempt to regain control of my persona through identification with feelings of failure, depression, anxiety, etc. Since you address this very issue at the beginning of “Beyond the Separate Self”, I thought perhaps you might suggest a “modus operandi” for dealing with this situation; even writing this email required me to overcome feelings of torpor, lethargy and shame---perhaps my “self-realization” was neither as authentic of durable as I thought---the Universe seems to have a tendency to bring one down a notch or two when reality doesn’t match his perception of spiritual progress. It’s quite disappointing, and any thoughts you might have on the subject would be very welcome.
      Best Wishes,
      From: Colin Drake
      Sent: Sunday, April 07, 2013 9:24 AM
      To: XXXX
      Subject: Re: Oscillation--- 
      Dear XXXX, As I am sure you know I have done nothing but attempt to answer this question. I am sure that you realize that the 'I' and 'me' that is referenced above (in your email) is not the Magnificent Pure Pristine Radiant Awareness that lies at the core of your (all) being, and that it is this constant self-referencing (identified with this 'small self') that reinforces the problem. I have attached the three articles that I feel address your particular problem the best. [editor's note: the attachments have not been included.] 
      One thing I would also suggest is to find something constructive for the mind to do, for few minds can exist in a vacuum without generating non-existent problems to solve, and as realizing that one is Awareness is extremely simple (see poem) this does not fit the bill! Maybe when one is totally awake one can live with a silent mind except for when it is called on to solve the problems of day-to-day living, but as modern living presents much fewer of these than formerly this would require an extreme degree of awakening to live in only this mode. Even on the Bodhisattva path (of Mahayana Buddhism) the stages require the aspirant to constantly engage with the world in an attempt to support the awakening of all beings. As I am sure you can see this is a never ending problem allowing the mind plenty of scope. In this regard I am extremely lucky ... and you too can be by taking up this challenge helping those you encounter to be aware of a nondual way of looking at the world. I do hope this has been of some help, Love, Colin 
      From: XXXX
      Sent: Sunday, April 07, 2013 10:14 AM
      To: Colin Drake
      Subject: Re: Oscillation---
      Thanks so much, Colin---your response was a great help and an even greater reminder to remain vigilant and avoid complacency!
      Love and Peace,
      This exchange highlights the problem of living with a mind that has insufficient constructive work to keep it content, for as I say on page 10 of Beyond The Separate Self: 
      For most of us much of our waking time is spent in obsessive thinking about ‘ourselves’ and our relationships with other people. This is especially true when we are not working, using our minds in a productive activity; or when we are not relaxing in such a way that engages the mind such as reading a book, playing a game or watching a screen. For the mind is akin to an onboard-computer which is a wonderful tool for problem-solving, information storing, retrieval and processing, and evaluating the data provided by our senses. However, when it is not fully utilized it tends to search for other problems to solve, and if these are not presently available it tends to speculate about the future, delve into the past, or imagine in the present, creating non-existent problems which it then tries to solve! 
      Most people tend to identify with their mind, rather than seeing it as a tool, which creates myriad problems. This causes everything to be seen through the filter of the mind: its opinions, judgements, and self-interest. When this happens we cease to see things as they really are which lessens our ability to relate to the world in a natural healthy way. Imagine the problems it would cause if your computer decided that it was ‘you’ and coloured all the information it retrieved from the internet with its own arbitrary opinions and judgements. In this case you would be unable to rely on any of this information, and if you did then any decisions made using this would be liable to be faulty. 
      Now it is easy to see that this identification with the mind is greatly exacerbated by having nothing (useful) for the mind to do, unless one is completely ‘awake’ when this misidentification is not present. In this case it is possible to live with a silent mind until it is required to solve a problem, plan something or engage in communication with those around us. As such it is in ‘working mode’ and relapses back into silence when the task in question is completed. However, this is not the case for most of us who flip-flop between being ‘awake’, identified with pure Awareness, and being asleep identified as a separate object in a universe of such. In this latter state the unoccupied mind will naturally ‘speculate about the future, delve into the past, or imagine in the present, creating non-existent problems which it then tries to solve’. 
      So it is very beneficial to have a useful activity for the mind to carry out, to prevent this counter-productive speculation. For this speculation, and wallowing in the past, reinforces the sense of a ‘separate I’, making the periods of ‘awakening’ shorter and more infrequent. Moreover, if one can discover a useful activity which satisfies the mind whilst also tending to facilitate ‘awakening’ and staying ‘awake’ then this is the ultimate win-win scenario! For it overcomes the problem of the mind being “the devil’s playground” and instead turns it into “The Absolute’s instrument”.  
      One of the best ways to do this is to help facilitate the ‘awakening’ of others, when one has flipped to being ‘awake’, which in turn keeps one ‘awake’ whilst this activity is occurring … another beautiful win-win!!  So I would urge you all to take the Bodhisattva Vow which is to aid all beings to ‘awaken’ by any means that you can, which also strengthens one’s own ‘awakening’… This activity is endless and contains a seemingly infinite number of ‘skilful means’ to be discovered and utilized, giving the mind plenty of scope to be of genuine use and attain fulfillment.
      ~ ~ ~
      Beyond the Separate Self and Colin's other books are available through http://nonduality.com/colindrake.htm
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