Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.
Do you believe in the ability to share conscious moments with individuals you have a close relationship with without planning or proximity? (i.e. 'checking in' and seeing what there doing, or having an inkling that they are thinking about you)
Reality is whatever you can get away with. Why care about belief? Either space and time are an illusion that can be exploited by the divine sarcasm of clarity or it is a tyrant under whom we have no means of escape.
Personally I’m inclined toward the former.
However, why bother mutilating our concept of reality and diverting our attention away from awakening when we can simply text message those individuals? :P
In a dream of perception and individuality, almost anything is possible. I just think it’s important not to get distracted by this fact, since it’s quite possibly the reason we fell into delusion in the first place.
When you first awaken, it can be so shocking, so profound, that trying to express it in words, is quite difficult. So we can only use the words that we already know, such as, love, oneness, bliss, divine, universe, god. However, there are many other symptoms of awakening, especially ones that follow awakening, that cannot be described in a way that others can relate to you. So if you try, people may think you are crazy, and judge you for things that they can’t possibly understand.
You might wake up one night to find your entire body is vibrating, it may feel like you’re going to dissolve into nothingness, evaporate into thin air. So you wake up the next morning having had this incredible experience in the night, possibly frightening, and you have no one to tell. So you’re stuck by yourself, having no idea what to make of it.
What is really happening, is you are becoming more and more aware, that you are not just a physical being. That you exist on multiple dimensional planes at the same time. So when you experience your entire body vibrating, what you are really experiencing, is two planes of reality at the same time. You’re consciously awake in the physical, and you’re consciously awake in an energetic state. The vast majority of us, cannot relate to this experience, and so any attempt to describe it, will fall on deaf ears. How do you describe what music sounds like to a deaf person? Or how fantastic your dinner tasted last night? Mere description never does it justice.
Other experiences may include, feeling your entire body spinning as if on a merry go round, or perhaps different parts of your body, spinning in different directions, as you become aware of each chakra at once. You may experience extreme temperatures that make you sweat, as energy swirls through your entire body. You may experience a strong magnetic pulling, or feel a connection with the earths magnetic field. Often you will probably get frightened by such experiences and pull back, as they can get incredibly strong. You may feel wind in a room that has no open windows or doors, or feel chills around your body. You may feel a presence in the room with you, perhaps one that engulfs you as you go to sleep, like a light blanket. You may see flashes of light in a dark room through closed eyes. You may wake up into sleep paralysis where you cannot move, but you are fully awake, and it may terrify you. Once you get past that fear, you may discover that you can leave the body and view the room you are in while your body remains asleep. Or work on healing techniques and feeling the love and bliss that you are, as you discover that you are an energetic being.
You may go through extreme emotional fluctuations from happy to depressed, sexual to non sexual, as your body adjusts to receiving more energy due to your awakening. Once you have awakened, you are able to control to some degree, what energy you want to receive, by putting that same energy out in to the universe. So the fluctuations occur, because you may have been sending out negative energy before, so those old thought patterns have to be released and you will experience that happening. Some take longer than others. So the real trick, is to be comfortable being uncomfortable, rather than falling back into the victim mindset. Allow the process to unfold as it is. The awakening itself, should have given you enough information, that you know that you are not your thoughts, so you do not have to be a victim of them any longer.
The awakening allows you to see your ego, to see it from a perspective that is not the ego, but rather as an awareness beyond the ego. Which enables you to identify what is ego and what is not. So as the process unfolds, and you are going through those extreme emotional changes, you should be able to recognize that the old identification of who you thought you were is simply falling away. The real you, begins to shine, you begin to feel better, as you let go of the old. The old identity becomes like a character in a book, rather than the reader of that book.
All of these energetic changes, especially for those that do not understand them, are unspeakable. They cannot be described in a logical way, and they cannot be understood by anyone who has not already had these experiences to some degree. What you must know, is that what you are going through, is an awakening process, and it is normal. You are not sick, you are not going mentally insane, there is nothing wrong with you.
The first thing that you may wish to do, while going through such a process, is run away from society to the mountains to live with the monks. This draw can be very powerful, as you have created an aversion to society due to the discovery that you were attached to society in ways you couldn’t comprehend. The awakening process breaks those chains. However, due to that breaking, it creates aversion. Which is no better than the attachment that was broken. Because what occurs, is a new ego, one in which, is afraid of everything. So the trick is find a balance. To not be attached or averted, to anything. To be comfortable being uncomfortable. Then you are at peace. Then you are free to choose the life you want to live, not from egoic desire, but from your intuition. You react different to all situations and people, you see ways to be more compassionate and kind and you have a sense of empathy. Which is not a burden, it can be used to understand others, so that you have the ability to help them, rather than share their suffering. You become the example they need, you share that love with them, and in turn you ignite hope in their hearts, which may just be enough for them to come into that same awakening process. The more you do this, the more people that will awaken, and suddenly the awakening process is not as unspeakable as it once was.
"In the sky, O monks, various kinds of winds are blowing: winds from the east, west, north and south, winds carrying dust and winds without dust, winds hot and cold, gentle and fierce. Similarly, monks, there arise in this body various kinds of feelings: pleasant feelings arise, painful feelings arise and neutral feelings arise."
Just as in the sky above winds of various kinds are blowing: Coming from the east or west, blowing from the north or south, Some carry dust and others not, cold are some and others hot, Some are fierce and others mild — their blowing is so different. So also in this body here, feelings of different kind arise: The pleasant feelings and the painful and the neutral ones. But if a monk is ardent and does not neglect To practice mindfulness and comprehension clear, The nature of all feelings will he understand, And having penetrated them, he will be taint-free in this very life. Mature in knowledge, firm in Dhamma’s ways, When once his life-span ends, his body breaks, All measure and concept he has transcended.
“Love is the only alchemy that transforms people. It should be the only religion too. So become absolutely loving. Don’t allow any corner in your heart for anything else except love. When one is loveful, one is godful.”—Osho
the only thing that matters are the trees and the air and the love you pass on in everything you do. you are not even here. life should be treated like a dream. enjoy your dream, stop thinking about things that dont matter, everything is okay.
“As we grow in our consciousness, there will be more compassion and more love, and then the barriers between people, between religions, between nations will begin to fall. Yes, we have to beat down the separateness.”—Ram Dass (via occult101)
There is some confusion as to what magic actually is. I think this can be cleared up if you just look at the very earliest descriptions of magic. Magic in its earliest form is often referred to as “the art”. I believe this is completely literal. I believe that magic is art and that art, whether it be writing, music, sculpture, or any other form is literally magic. Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words, or images, to achieve changes in consciousness. The very language about magic seems to be talking as much about writing or art as it is about supernatural events. A grimmoir for example, the book of spells is simply a fancy way of saying grammar. Indeed, to cast a spell, is simply to spell, to manipulate words, to change people’s consciousness. And I believe that this is why an artist or writer is the closest thing in the contemporary world that you are likely to see to a Shaman.
I believe that all culture must have arisen from cult. Originally, all of the faucets of our culture, whether they be in the arts or sciences were the province of the Shaman. The fact that in present times, this magical power has degenerated to the level of cheap entertainment and manipulation, is, I think a tragedy. At the moment the people who are using Shamanism and magic to shape our culture are advertisers. Rather than try to wake people up, their Shamanism is used as an opiate to tranquilize people, to make people more manipulable. Their magic box of television, and by their magic words, their jingles can cause everyone in the country to be thinking the same words and have the same banal thoughts all at exactly the same moment.
In all of magic there is an incredibly large linguistic component. The Bardic tradition of magic would place a bard as being much higher and more fearsome than a magician. A magician might curse you. That might make your hands lay funny or you might have a child born with a club foot. If a Bard were to place not a curse upon you, but a satire, then that could destroy you. If it was a clever satire, it might not just destroy you in the eyes of your associates; it would destroy you in the eyes of your family. It would destroy you in your own eyes. And if it was a finely worded and clever satire that might survive and be remembered for decades, even centuries. Then years after you were dead people still might be reading it and laughing at you and your wretchedness and your absurdity. Writers and people who had command of words were respected and feared as people who manipulated magic. In latter times I think that artists and writers have allowed themselves to be sold down the river. They have accepted the prevailing belief that art and writing are merely forms of entertainment. They’re not seen as transformative forces that can change a human being; that can change a society. They are seen as simple entertainment; things with which we can fill 20 minutes, half an hour, while we’re waiting to die. It’s not the job of the artist to give the audience what the audience wants. If the audience knew what they needed, then they wouldn’t be the audience. They would be the artists. It is the job of artists to give the audience what they need.
“What exactly IS nonduality? People sometimes ask me this. In a nutshell, nonduality is nothing more or less than the smell of rain, the caw-caw-caw of the crow, the whoosh-whoosh-whoosh of traffic, the sound of the airplane passing overhead, the taste of coffee, the red of the fire engine, the sensations of a tooth ache, the wave-like movements of breathing, the dog leaping to catch a ball, the homeless person begging for money by the freeway, the listening-awaring-presence being and beholding it all: Here / Now, just as it is, ever-changing, ever-present, magnificently diverse but without separation. Nonduality is not a philosophy or a belief, but rather, the living reality that is impossible to doubt or deny or understand. We can never grasp it or pin it down. It eludes all attempts at formulation, and yet here it always is, unavoidably present and most intimate.
Nonduality points to a sense of wholeness and non-separation, a recognition that everything is one seamless happening, that everything belongs, that opposite polarities arise together and are not actually in conflict with each other. Nonduality sees no conflict between oneness and multiplicity, or between relative and absolute, or between individuality and the unbound wholeness that includes everything. It doesn’t fixate on one side of any conceptual divide or stick to any partial or limited view. It is all-inclusive, dialectical, fluid, always open to new discoveries.
There is undeniably something here that we call a person, and yet when we look closely and carefully, we find no separate self with an independent free will, no thinker behind the thoughts, no doer behind the deeds, no actor apart from the action, no seer apart from the seeing, no creator outside of the creation. “Subject and object” or “self and other” are different words for one undivided happening, one seamless event. At the same time, true nonduality has no need to deny the relative reality of me and you. We can discern the difference between the mountain and the valley, or between me and you, and there is undeniably a relative and functional sense of being a particular person that doesn’t disappear with nondual awakening. In Zen, they speak of “leaping clear of the many and the one,” or “Not one, not two.” Nonduality is the freedom of non-grasping, non-fixating, groundlessness. No-thing stays the same. Here / Now is at once ever-present and ever-changing.
In Zen, they say that before we encounter these teachings, there are mountains and valleys. This is the ordinary dualistic view. After we take up the practice of Zen, it is said that there are no mountains and no valleys. This is realizing the absolute oneness of everything. But Zen doesn’t stop there. With enlightenment, there are mountains and valleys again. We can discern the differences between them and function within the world of relativity, but we’re not back in the ordinary dualistic view either, for we have awakened to the bigger context, the unity of all apparent diversity and the interdependence of all apparent opposites. Both views (relative and absolute) now co-exist and function together, neither to the exclusion of the other.
It could be said that consciousness IS the dividing up of wholeness (or unbroken energy) into apparently different things—emptiness appearing as form. With the arising of consciousness, there is the first basic sense (or sensation) of duality: subject and object, self and other, here and there, now and then, this and that, up and down, light and dark, me and you. Although consciousness instantly brings forth that primary kind of diversity and differentiation, we might notice that bare perception by itself, prior to thought, is still essentially whole—there is variation and differentiation in pure perceiving or pure sensing, but there is no actual separation or conflict. Everything is arising together as one flowing, interdependent, seamless whole.
Conflict, separation and independent “things” that persist over time are conceptual IDEAS that emerge only with thought. Thinking gives rise to this virtual reality that we call dualism. In dualism, rather than seeing opposite polarities as one whole happening, we get the idea that they are actually separate forces, and we begin to think that up should (and could) actually triumph over down. We come to believe that we are all independent agents moving forward in linear time with free will. Consciousness becomes totally identified with the idea of being a separate self encapsulated in a separate bodymind. We lose sight of the bigger context, the seamless and boundless wholeness of being, our True Nature.
Presence-awareness (the Ultimate Subject, the living reality Here / Now) is inherently nondual and whole. It is here prior to consciousness, during consciousness, and after everything perceivable and conceivable disappears. It is aware of consciousness and it is what remains in deep sleep. Presence-awareness includes both oneness and multiplicity. It is the openness that is so open that it allows contraction, resistance and closing down—the harmony that includes dissonance. It has been called the Self, God, the Tao, the One without a second, the Holy Reality, the True Self, no self, emptiness, no-thing-ness, unicity, Totality.
In the dualistic view of life, we see ourselves as separate individuals fighting to win the game. We imagine that we can control the universe, rather than seeing ourselves as an activity of the universe. We search for meaning and purpose and then scare ourselves with imaginary specters of meaninglessness and purposelessness.
In nondual understanding, we see that good and evil arise together as one inseparable whole, that neither can exist without the other. We may still be moved by life to practice medicine, to repair cars, to remodel houses, or to work toward reducing carbon emissions and saving the environment, but we know that all such actions are the actions of life itself, and that ultimately, there is no final solution to life’s problems, no finish line to our efforts. Eventually, regardless of how well we practice medicine, every one of our patients will die; and no matter how skillful we are at repairing cars, eventually every one of them will turn to dust; and no matter how hard we work to slow climate change or prevent environmental devastation, eventually, the human species and planet earth and our entire solar system will be gone. Nothing is permanent or unchanging, and while this sounds scary from the perspective of the imaginary separate self, it is actually wonderful news. It is what makes life so alive. It is the heart of liberation. Intuitively, we already know this. We care for our children even though we know they will grow old and die because we know that this living reality that we are doesn’t begin with us or end with our children. We know that nothing is really separate or lost.
From the nondual perspective (the perspective of wholeness), we see that all our human activity (from pollution to meditation) is no less natural, no less an expression of the universe, than the activity of volcanoes, tides, hurricanes, earthquakes, predators, tsunamis, sunshine, and everything else in this vast happening. We are no longer in conflict with how it is. That doesn’t mean we lose the ability to discern relative errors, or that we are no longer moved to fix problems or work toward what we regard as positive changes of various kinds. But we’re doing all this in a significantly different way now, not fixated on results or imagining that we know what’s best for the universe. Instead, we’re enjoying the dance itself. We know that our concerns, our interests, our urges and motivations, the work we do and the outcomes of it are not in our hands, and we know that ultimately all is well, even when it seems broken and lost. We know that thought is limited and that it cannot possibly comprehend the whole, so the effort to grasp and pin down reality falls away. We realize that the eye cannot see itself, that totality cannot stand outside of itself, that the Ultimate Subject can never be an object. We recognize that the dance of life needs no added meaning or purpose beyond the dancing itself.
This awakening is not a personal achievement. There is no enduring person who stays the same from one instant to the next. No wave is separate from the ocean. Having awakened to this nondual realization in one moment, consciousness can be caught up again in the movie-world of thought in another moment, entranced and mesmerized by the story of being a separate and encapsulated individual—feeling angry, upset, hurt, defensive, anxious, or anything else that humans feel. Taking that personally as “my failure” can only arise from the perspective of the fictitious self. In the absence of this mirage-like self-image, there is no secondary story about how “I” lost it or how “I” screwed up. We recognize that nothing is personal and that even this mesmerization and imagination is an activity of the whole universe, part of the dance. There is no “me” being caught up or set free. There is simply the One Mind dancing: being entranced and waking up. It is all a form of play, an infinite Self-discovery and Self-realization, a journey from Here to Here in which absolutely nothing is accomplished and nothing is ever really lost.
Realizing this doesn’t lead to some nihilistic feeling that life is meaningless or that everyday reality should be ignored because it is “just an illusion.” On the contrary, this nondual realization is unconditional love. The more we realize the jewel of Here / Now, and the more we see that the bodymind and the story of “me” is only a tiny part of what we truly are, the less seriously we take our personal and global dramas, and the freer we are to break out of the imaginary boxes that seem to bind us. Far from being detached or uncaring, this openness is total intimacy, unconditional love, complete abandon, unhindered responsiveness or response-ability. Not “my” response-ability, but life itself leaping free from it’s own imaginary chains.
And if thought is now saying, “I’m not very loving or able to leap, so I still have a long ways to go before I get this,” can it be seen that this is another story, a train of thought that instantly reincarnates the imaginary self and the goal-driven journey through time? Is that self real? Can it actually be found? Is there anywhere to leap to or anywhere to leap from? Who would leap? What is not already here, fully complete? Who is not enlightened? Find this one and the imaginary problem is solved. (And please note: it isn’t solved by believing the opposite story that, “I’m enlightened now, I’ve arrived, I’ve got it.”) Liberation is letting go, even of the need to let go. When everything that can be doubted falls away, what remains is nonduality. Try to formulate what that is and you immediately go astray. And yet, life moves us to speak. Words pour forth like the cheeping of the birds and the roaring of the traffic, and the heart of what is being said is in the energy and the love and the listening presence.
Of course, there are as many versions of what the word nonduality means as there are versions of Buddhism or Zen or Advaita or Christianity. To my mind, nonduality is a kind of umbrella term that covers a broad range of teachings including Buddhism, Advaita, Taoism, Sufism, mystical Christianity, and many expressions that are not associated with any religious tradition. To others, the word nonduality may mean something much more narrow. But ultimately, it all points to Here / Now, being just this moment, the simplicity of what is. That’s where the aliveness is.
Like”—Joan Tollifson - What exactly IS nonduality? (via oceanandwave)