Monday November 13th
- Nonduality Salon Magazine is now called Nonduality for the People and is
no longer a monthly magazine, but a continuously updated portion of the
website. I think you'll find in the new batch of articles something for
There is only enlightenment to be found anywhere, nothing to seek and
nothing to change. Dive in, everyone!
Patience is not seen from here as a virtue, but more
a quality found in those who neither expect, nor demand,
that people/events should unfold a certain way.
And thus a doctor who is *patient* would simply
do what was before him to do (such as sew stitches
in someone's skull, and prescribe appropriate
follow up care) WITHOUT yelling thru a loud speaker
......announcing to the entire hospital that the person
he was treating was an 'abject slave'.....was
nothing more than someone's "puppet".... whose
presence makes him so sick he could throw up.
Stop. Silence. Stillness. Reach out in humility and receive with empty hands, and
clear eyes what cannot be grasped or seen...
She who cannot be held and whose name cannot be spoken is outside you....
Your empty heart is full and ready to give because your Sacred Heart is full of
He who cannot be seen and whose name cannot be spoken is within you...
Your blind eyes see and your mind ready to give because your Mystic Mind is full of
Total nothingness ignoring! (as opposed to not ignoring) of another!
It brings to mind a Universal Being, that is only interested in THIS,
or is that the problem? Too much interest in THIS, too much focus? The
interest in THIS is not the Universal Being, nor is THIS, but for THIS
we (may) see IT (by default).
Sandeep and Marcia:
> > M:M:
> > I did go to a slumber party with a group of friends of twenty-five
> > years. I was trying to intuit in the moment some feelings and
> > my friend kept asking for examples and finally I said this was
> > very frustrating as she was asking me to switch from feeling
> > in the moment to thinking about feeling.
> Feeling in the moment is always impersonal.
> Thinking about feeling is in time, in recollection, in memory (could be just
> half a second later) and is always by the 'me".
> > M:
> > There is a big
> > difference of which I am suddenly very aware.
> What was the difference that you have become aware of?
Location in the body. Feeling in the moment located primarily
in the chest area. Sensing my entire body and feeling in the
chest area. She kept pulling me to think about which seems
to be located in the head. Feeling in the moment seems in
tune with what is coming through or seeping through whereas
trying to find an example ssems to be in the scanning mechanism
in the head. I mean, I felt like I was in the moment describing
feeling in the moment so the example was right there now.
One friend kept asking what I was feeling when my other friend
kept asking for an example and I said frustration. Frustration
cause the feeling was be disrupted. Make sense?
I am convinced that almost every human being, deep
down inside actually knows what is going on. The evidence of suppresion
is overwhelming. The knowledge is kept, securely, umpteen levels
below the surface, well out of conscious reach.
Even when they're saying yeah, uh huh, yup, um hmm, even when they're
asking for knowledge.
The full context of existence permits expansion of the paradigm beyond
the physical. The physical context is incomplete and is evidenced by
anomolies in structure, like infinity, which physically can't be, but
is evident, like I AM, which can't be but seems evident, and I'm sure you
name numerous others, which itself is impossible but I'm sure you would
agree is also evident.
Well, I'm rambling on. Unfortunate that the ears that understand are
the ones that already know.
*The Attention Game*
I enjoy hearing your thoughts on this
You had my undivided attention.
Hey, if I've now got yours, let
me tell you a paradoxical, ambiguous and wise
nondual story. It's for your further
edification of course. Once there
was this priest who wanted attention.
But when he asked his parish for attention,
they thought he said, "a tension." So,
they all started yelling at him in unison
about all his flaws and short-comings.
He got an ulcer.
Pretty eddie-frying, huh?
Anyway, enough of me talking about me.
What do you think of me?
O.K., as (if?) you've suffered through the
preceding bullshit, I will now
state uniquivocally that you are
on to something.
Images coming to mind regarding what
you say about attention:
Hitler in front of the masses ...
the Pope speaking in Vatican Square...
the Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones,
Michael Jackson, 'N Sync on tour...
Adi Da, Osho,
Jim Jones, David Koresh speaking
for hours to enthralled disciples...
Jesus on the Mount, the Buddha
with his disciples, Mohammed
speaking of visions...
All the politicians giving speech
All the stage hypnotists doing their
All the lovers enraptured with each
other, until it wears off, and
is heard, "...you're not paying
attention to me anymore" or
"I just fell out of love with you"...
Not to mention, the television set attracting the
entranced attention of millions of viewers.
Well, the list goes on and on --
and all the audiences giving
their undivided attention
unconsciously hoping for
to be in the presence of
greatness, to be witnessing
a historical moment...
or at least to be entertained
and forget their suffering for
a moment ...
Well, your story about attention
as a causal factor in suffering
is fine, and then there's this:
There is nothing to cause attention
to be diverted to something "out there"...
There is nothing there until attention
believes/perceives something out there
to give attention to, and to receive
attention from ...
There is nothing there until awareness
believes/perceives itself to have
lost something (e.g. undivided attention/love)
So, really, the question is, how does
anything "other" come to be perceived
by awareness in the first place, and
how does awareness perceive itself
as lacking something from outside
of itself (i.e., needing unconditional
attention) in the first place?
Many theories abound (Greg's idea of
creation stories fits here)...
many spiritual theories talking about
the attraction/experience of
materiality, splitness, duality ...
Follow this closely and you'll see, it
starts right here, now.
The only reason there seems to be games
being played for attention is because
right now, here, there is this split
in awareness which is attributed
to a past event (e.g., the child wanted
unconditional love but didn't get it, etc.)
How is this split occurring right now, this
instant, here? (I assure you, now that
I have your attention, that it does indeed
begin and end here.) Because the
instant there can be believed to be
a past, a memory of something that happened
to me -- that perception of something
outside has already "now" split "now".
Now, attention can "heal" itself.
Awareness can re-cognize that the past
actually *is* "now", and therefore
isn't what it appears to be perceptually
(i.e., a record of events that happened to "me"
from things outside of me)
The delusion of time happening to an entity
can end right here, now, and then it doesn't
matter if I get or don't get attention...
(Is anyone reading this?)
The delusion is
that there ever could be something outside
of awareness from which awareness could "get"
something. And of course, without this
delusion, we'd never have this incredible
machine of advertising, consumerism, greed,
My theory is that "now" splits itself "now" into
a receiver and giver of attention because
"now" is "now" doing that, based on attributing
what is happening "now" to "the past".
And my theory is
that "now" can't help doing that because whatever
"now" is doing "now" is being done by "now",
See? It all makes sense "now"...
Well, maybe not...
Thanks for your kind attention...
Tim, the people on this list don't realize that what they're doing is
suffering, in fact, they even enjoy it! :-) I mean, they scream, hollar
and complain and all that baloney, but they really love it. :-) They
love their ignorance so. :-)
If one of them were truly to come face to face with their suffering, I
guarantee you, they'd bring an end to it post haste! :-)
Faster than you could shake a stick at. :-)
The undisturbed state of being is bliss; the disturbed
state is what appears as the world. In non-duality
there is bliss; in duality - experience. What comes
and goes is experience with its duality of pain and
pleasure. Bliss is not to be known. One is always
in bliss, but never blissful. Bliss is not an attribute.
- Nisargadatta Maharaj
Bliss is Eternal,
even though it appears to arise when the mind dies.
Bliss is not an experience, it is your nature.
This is the Heart of the Wise.
This Gift is always calling to everyone,
"You are seated in the Heart of all Beings."
This is the Truth: Your face shines.