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    Nonduality Digest for Thursday, July 15 Today s digest include posts from the Nonduality Salon and the Bridge-L list. Have a great weekend!
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 16, 1999
      Nonduality Digest for Thursday, July 15

      Today's digest include posts from the Nonduality
      Salon and the Bridge-L list.

      Have a great weekend!

      >What does everybody think about tribalism anyway?
      >Does it have a function? Did it serve a purpose?

      Tribalism (preference for one's own, not necessarily hating others) might
      be an intermediate stage in the expansion of one's love and identification.
      One starts out loving/identifying with one's own body and urges. Then one
      learns to love one or two others, then the family, the extended family, the
      neighborhood, the tribe, the country, maybe later all of humanity. Then
      later all sentient beings, all of phenomenality, till all of what-is is
      loved, is love.

      Plato alludes to this in a section I believe in Symposium where Love and
      its universalizing are discussed.



      What if love is not so much a connector
      - like a love conduit -
      but the sea in which we are all swimming,
      and it is swimming in us.

      No boundaries at all.
      Not bodies
      Not karmic ties
      Not family ties
      Not commonalities.
      Not shared history

      Just love everywhere.

      Maybe our only boundary
      is where we let ourselves
      notice it.


      I really wish with all my heart that I felt it like you
      do. That would make it truly wonderful. I am just
      not there. Yet. :-)

      I feel it like a conduit. It feels like the connector
      which allows the current to flow from one to the

      I can't think my way out of this conundrum.


      Marcia, try this way to see it...
      Love is not the connector, its the current.

      Okay, you are plugged into the outlet, the electricity lights you
      Similarly, me, and everyone else.
      The source of our light is the same, right?
      I do not need "your personal electricity"..I have my own source.
      I will however lend you an extension cord, if you are in the dark
      and can't find the outlet.

      That is when we touch and connect.


      a snip of the continuing discussion between
      Dan & Ivan:

      If we're talking about what's *really* important here, I would see
      spiritual reality as the overriding and all-encompassing important area for
      awareness, and this is interconnected with psychological and possibly
      physiological change. As far as the gradual change aspect that originated
      this tangent we went on - I do think that it is in the psychological area
      that the gradual change is experienced and worked on.
      It is the psychological acceptance of the eternal (nontemporal)reality that
      can change gradually, although that nontemporal aspect, in and of itself,
      is timeless. Reality is timeless, yet time continues. In other words, the
      psyche continues to have a "life in time" so to speak, although it is aware
      of the inherent timelessness of reality. In this "life in time" -- day to
      day events, interactions, planning meetings, speaking, going to a
      conference, etc. -- there can be a gradual shift that increasingly
      accomodates and integrates the atemporal timeless One.
      To me, this means that eternity is in love with the productions of time, a
      la William Blake.

      To clarify - my focus is on the point where time meets eternity, where the
      instantaneous meets the gradual. My focus isn't on eliminating time or
      human development. Sometimes when I read postings by people who seem to be
      aiming at eliminating time or the body or relative experience, I find
      myself feeling that my approach must be different. My awareness of what
      reality is and how this works isn't about eliminating one aspect for the
      sake of another -- more of a shift in emphasis and direction for awareness,
      while life goes on. As I go in this direction, I am discovering a basis
      for appreciation of life, for its simplicity and complexity, and for
      acceptance. I find for me, it has an instantaneous and a gradual aspect to
      it, simultaneously. As something that is present, infinite, and yet which
      can deepen in terms of appreciation, assimilation, and incorporation into
      day to day life...


      It seems that changes in the brain should allow for a different kind of
      cognition. I mean perceiving things as they come for their own impact
      rather than "recognizing" them by way of comparision with an item from
      the field of the "known".
      The faculties of memory and comparision would maybe secondary to the
      main activity, which is facing "what is" and responding with no
      intermediary to the necessary as evident in the inner order of whatever
      comes moment to moment.

      I like your way of putting this. How does one arrange a perception
      with no memory involved?

      When would memory be used? Why at one time and not at another time?

      Something about what you're describing makes sense to me. Immediate
      perception would be not in reference to anything else. Perhaps memory can
      function in this field of "immediacy" and when memory functions it simply
      acts as a kind of reverberation. What I mean is memory itself is changing,
      patterns that are recalled today are recalled in a different form than
      yesterday. From the field of immmediacy, as memory functions, it too is
      changing instant to instant along with all that *is*.

      Memory in itself is not a danger. Psychological memory is what veils us
      from facing what is. For instance, I have a bad date at a restaurant
      that has Jasmin odor all over, so I tend to associate that smell with
      something negative. But since there is no center - all this is seen and
      the association is no longer.
      So, what remains is memory of technical things; I don't have to learn
      driving each time I need to use a car.
      The memory is recalled spontaneously. The switching criterion is "what
      From the Bridge-L list:


      And I submit that there are "spaces" where eternal Truth and Consciousness
      is not two.

      Have you heard of a term "SATCHITANAND"

      The essence of concsciousness (CHIT) is Truth(SAT) and the flavour of this
      is Joy(ANAND).


      > How do any of you know
      >that your feelings are of God rather than just your egos and desire for

      If the doubt is there, then indeed it has been another "play" of the ego.
      If the dew drop doubts whether an Ocean has been attained and not just some
      desires being played out, the dew drop still IS.
      And the Ocean has not yet happened.

      Who doubts?
      Never your essence, your soul, your Truth or whatever you want to call "it".
      It is your ego which always doubt.
      The doubter is no different than the ego itself.
      And it is thus that the ego is very useful tool, a very effective
      utilatarian tool at a level of existence, which is phenomenal, surfacial,
      A tool which effectively doubts your ability to achieve "oneness" with an on
      rushing vehicle and maintain the awareness at the same time.
      So you move ass fairly quickly and look to achieve oneness through more
      gentler means.
      Difficult, not impossible as Gurdjieff showed.

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