Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Nonduality Explained - "The Table"

Nondual experiencing is not at all complicated. As a matter of fact, it's as simple as bumping into your kitchen table. One must only understand that when you bump into your kitchen table, you also bump into all the experiencing that arises from it. Your entire neurology simply reacts to the situation.

When you understand that you and others don't consciously control the perceptions, thoughts, feelings, and emotions that arise in any situation, you are open to being the nondual experiencing of each moment. Bumping into a table is no different than encountering the rest of life. What you are is the experiencing of an inherited and conditioned neurology "bumping into" life situations.\ Whether you are bumping into a table, meeting a friend in the park, considering the pros and cons of "paper vs. plastic" in the checkout line, awed by a beautiful sunrise, or grieving the death of a loved one, it's all part of the experiencing of living. Pain, pleasure, confusion, beauty, amazement, and grief are some of the many elements of living that are experienced along the way.

Every second of living is interpreted through the lens of your absolutely unique neurology that has been built and shaped through your genetics and life conditioning. You are the experiencing of your neurological lens meeting life. With this understanding, "living" becomes the magnificent and completely unique experiencing of each moment.

The good news is that you are always already the experiencing of life. Whatever allows for the dismantling of "the illusion of conscious control over your present moment experiencing" will only free you to discover what you already are. And then there you'll be, the nondual experiencing you've been searching for, but that you have always already been. You'll simply be the dynamic experiencing of living - all "Am" and no "I."
Gary Crowley, From Here To Here: Turning Toward Enlightenment

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

What can we do but keep on breathing
in and out,
modest and willing,
and in our places?
~Mary Oliver

Thursday, July 10, 2008

"Once again we face a paradox, for it appears
that softening your heart
and gently tending its
wounds will protect you from evil. Building a

fortress and defending yourself behind it will
only make you more
vulnerable. Healing your
own heart is the single most powerful thing
can do to change the world. Your own
transformation will enable you to
withdraw so
completely from evil that you contribute to it
by not one
word, one thought, or one breath."
-Deepak Chopra, *The Deeper Wound Recovering the Soul from Fear and

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Life and death as nirvana.

Don't be picky, don't choose this or that.
However comfortable your life is,
right now at this moment,
I know some of you have pain.

Whatever painful situation you are involved in,
consider that as the very life of the Buddha,
the very state of nirvana itself,
and be it.

Just live that life.

It doesn't matter whether it is

life of hell,
life of the hungry ghost,
life of the animal.

It's okay.

Just live that life, see.

And as matter of fact,
no other way.

Where you stand,
where you are

that's what your life is

right there,
regardless of how painful it is,
or how enjoyable it is.

That's what it is.

That condition never continues forever.

You can even say it changes completely

in less than a second.

This life, death.

--Taizan Maezumi

Friday, July 04, 2008

Introduction to Poetry

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem's room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author's name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.
Billy Collins

Kris Johnson (July 4, 1951 - January 5, 1985)

The lamp once out
Cool stars enter
The window frame.
Natsume Soseki
(1867 - 1916)

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Ramesh S. Balsekar

Once there is a clear apprehension that an individual human being is an inseparable part of the totality of phenomenal manifestation and that he cannot pull himself out of the totality as an independent and autonomous entity, man naturally ceases to have personal intentions. When he is convinced that living is a sort of dreaming in which he cannot have any effective control either over his circumstances or his actions therein, all his tensions cease, and a sense of total freedom takes over. He then willingly and freely accepts whatever comes his way within the totality of functioning that this dream-life is.
To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else...
-Emily Dickinson

hat tip Anne L-M