All 'NOWs' are the same.
I have just spent a week with my family on the beautiful East African
This time things were different for me.
On the way to the Coast
in a slow night train there was no excitement or
expectancy, nor impatience
to get there. I was quite content with the NOW
of the train journey.
the Coast my Wife and kids had the best holiday ever. For me it was just
another NOW to be content and happy with.
Back in Nairobi I am still
content and peaceful with the NOW.
I think living in the NOW makes a
person content, even happy with any
situation. I suspect it would make no
difference to me living in
Afghanistan [at risk of a bomb falling on me, and
a very uncertain future]
or on a beautiful deserted Island with friends [and
comforts] of my choosing.
Anybody with similar [or more 'non-dual' ]
If all we know is only known in reference to something
How can we know anything?
How can anything be certain?
uncertainty itself is uncertain.
Thinking about the segment of the population generally interested
spiritual thoughts and approaches, and which reads spiritual books,
would you explain to the people making-up that population why it
important to understand nonduality?
Yes, I'm trying to con a
publisher into publishing my book, which will
make us all
Some thoughts that might help with the selling in your
publisher or agent:
-Teaches tolerance for all,
something sorely needed these days
-No nondualist has ever attacked another
-The core of all religions
-Has unexpected answers to purpose of
life, where everything came from, and
what will happen after we die
getting to be a hot subject
-Quietly becoming a grass-roots phenomenon (I
know, contradicts the
-It's what Deepak and Oprah's
teachings are based on
-The Dalai Lama's teachings too, but buried a bit
-Lots of internet activity in this direction
-Goes more quickly to
the very heart of the matter than anything else
-No conceptual baggage,
nothing to learn or memorize
-A person needn't have a religion, adopt one, or
abandon their current one
-There are versions with spiritual practices, and
Break a leg Jerry! If yours gets published, I'll
write one next! What
about the NDS Books
Good points Sir Greg. I'll keep them in mind for my book.
title is 'The Awakening Heart'. However I have been
geting good response to
the title 'Zen, Poetry and Other Spiritual
Other points to
- Non-duality is open, freewheeling, full of laughter and
- you can't do it wrong, only better.
- is low on calories but
high on energy.
- meditation is optional.
- accepts you just as you
- always has a place set for you at the table.
- makes you a better
- keeps you warm at night.
- is gentle but strong.
- lasts a
- answers all questions.
- chuckles at itself.
I think the main reason people turn to spirituality is to
self-acceptance. If they can make themselves God, then of
they will accept themselves, despite the fact that they're ugly,
fat, or stupid, or freakish, or whatever other putdowns are
It begins this way, and hopefully leads to self-acceptance
and then, the self-realization, which cannot occur without
acceptance in place. This is why I believe psychotherapy to be
an important component of sadhana. Therapy with a good
will get you the self-acceptance. That's 90% of the program
there. The last 10% is up to the Cosmos.
Ahh yes, it's a tough one!
Before we were seekers, we lived, and no
more, asleep and suffering.
Being, actually, being what we are.
perhaps, we see that there must be more!
Yes, the suffering did
So God knows, I look.
I see that there are some unanswered
There are incongruencies, and yes,
with perserverence I begin
to discover wonders.
Yes, suffering did that, and not accepting the status
So I take my treasured shiney box,
Proof that there may be
I see by the light of this shiney box,
that it was my
fettered mind that kept these treasures from me.
I see that I am not
quite what I thought I was.
Well, how did I get here anyways?
with time, the door opens!
What a surprise, that "last?" barrier,
of view from "inside" snaps!
I want to tell the world not to waste
time. I cry at the suffering, knowing now
that there really is
nothing to do.
But I am free.
And the secret is there to be
Over and over again.
Could that be what it's all about?
Love and Light,Dave
sentences are an excerpt from a letter that I wrote to HS a month and
a half ago:
"A surprise visitor from the past appeared on
the scene and after the first day I became confused, disoriented, lost my
cool, etc. The result was a frantic search into the mind for various
metaphysical explanations, which of course led to further confusion,
disorientation, and loss of coolness."
I have good news! (Someone dance with
my old friend unexpectedly showed up in the driveway again. She
is still who she is and I am still who I am, but the difference this time
I learned a
secret: when I stop acting like myself and I start
acting "nice," I find myself in a mire of tremendous
As myself, I
may not be "nice" but I am tapped into a resource of love and compassion
that is without condition and without limit!
Aaaahhh!!! It is so very SIMPLE!
As fate would have
it, my friend couldn't bear to stay too long. Silence makes her
I wished her well
on her journey and sent her off with great love.
She gave me a hug
and a kiss and went to give one to Ananda (one month shy of 4) and Ananda said
to her quite plainly, "I don't like kisses on me." I just
beamed. I guess my daughter already knows that secret.
And the autumn wind
is blowing gently
crispy leaves from their hold
They are floating
down without effort
even though they are lifeless
they paint the
i'll tell you where it is
it is not over there
nor is it
it is not up there
nor down there
it is not on this side
of the door
nor on the other side
it is not in fantasy land
it is not in reality
nor is it unreal
it is not
it is not lost
it is not a state of mind
nor is it
it isn't found some where or some when
it is in every
where and in every when
let this become very clear
and you will see
loveya - michael