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Highlights #272

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Dave:
The labour of liberation must be born
individually by the whole.

Christiana:
This sentence can be read so many
ways.. and each points exquisitely to
personal responsibility as impersonal
One.
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Tracking Jerry:

<snip>
One of the signs that a person is on the right track, the
track that cuts through high bush and fallen trees, is that
they are being ignored. You do that for 20 years and then
one day you see someone in the distance helping you to push
the trees away, and you meet them and help them push their
trees away, and you find all the tracks are very close
together, traversing similar terrain and all headed to the
same place and we see that place together. Many have arrived
already, many have been there and come back to tell us what
it is like. Many are specialists in track building and
engine maintenance. Many cool us with lemonade and show us
there's nowhere to go, but go along with us, toiling and
sweating just to be with us on the day we stop, the day we
arrive. All in all, it's a good trip.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

....it is everything to make the effort, to look into the
eyes of the Guru (within), even if for only a second and
even if it means looking away. Making the effort brings
buckets full of Grace, when the effort is automatic and
innocent.
~~~~~~~~~

and... also this from Kerouac:

"The simplest truth in the world is beyond our reach because
of its
complete simplicity, i.e, its pure nothingness-- There are
no awakeners
and no meanings--"

Truth, whatever it is, is so fine, finer than angel hair. I
tell you, the universe weighs two ounces, at the most.
Probably less. Probably nothing. The two ounces comes from
thinking about it.

jerry
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Dan and Gene get ultimately ultimate with Annie:

Dan:

Gene recently wrote of levels of awareness, with unknowness always
outside of each increasing level of awareness.

Any understanding or awareness that is higher than another level, will
itself be surpassed. However, the ultimate understanding has
nothing above it. Because nothing is above it, nothing is below it,
either. Nothing above me, nothing below me, nothing beside me,
nothing in front of me, nothing behind me. The only reason
this is called "ultimate awareness" and similar terms
is because people are lost in higher understandings
and lower understandings. The ultimate awareness is purely Unknown
to all levels of awareness, however, to itself it is neither known or
unknown.
~~~~~~~~

Annie:
I don't understand the concept that awareness can be 'neither
known or unknown'. Does this refer to just being?

Dan:
It can't be known or unknown to itself.
It can't be awareness or nonawareness to itself.
It can't be being or nonbeing to itself.
Any of these categories can only make sense to
an "other" looking at "it" - not "it to itself"
or "I to I-self".
Love,
Dan
~~~~~~~~

Gene:

Hi Annie...

Oneself is only 'known' as a supposition, impression or assumption;
what is 'knowing' the assumed self, is itself unknown to that assumed
self.

The assumed self cannot 'know' anything which is not included and
validated via experience of that assumed self; thus, the assumed self
is limited to perceiving a 'reality' which is composed entirely of
history, or as it is called, the past.

Constrained to an interpretation of reality which is only a
reflection of the past, the assumed self is incapable of recognizing
(due to lack of prior experience) its own limited nature; still, the
whole and complete Being which is Self, is actually what is going on,
the whole time.

Our words and thus thoughts are constrained to a grammar which is
itself predicated upon an assumption of separation; consequently, our
language is used to describe particles and agglomerations of
particles, each named and ranked according to the best use of the
grammar of separation. Such a grammar, ruling language as it does,
excludes any word which would threaten that grammar. The grammar of
language, thus enforces our notion of separation and particulars, as
being the ground of reality.

Awareness is the whole of what contains all perceived particulars;
indeed, all particles are misperceived language of wholeness. All
particles, individuals, each separate thing, are actually in total, a
great harmony; it is the perfection of this harmony, which allows the
persistence of 'us' as apparently discrete and separate 'Beings'. We,
as products of harmony, are imbued with a sense of harmony, which is
our ability to be attracted to beauty. In this way, is each Being
attracted to the greater harmony; and that greater harmony is the
'ultimate awareness' to which Dan alludes, above.

It is one thing to be attracted to beauty, and another to be beauty.
When a person has a glimpse of their own beauty, in that instant,
everything is beautiful; in that instant, is seen a glimpse of the
great harmony which sustains us.

Now that this is in the category of experience, all of what is 'past'
is rewritten; now, everything is beautiful and harmonious, and always
has been, for eternity. In this moment, in this glimpse, self is
reconciled, and can thus fall away.

Thus falling away, the assumptions of which oneself is composed, also
fall away. In this moment, free of assumptions, is freedom. In this
freedom, one realizes that one has been dreaming a life; and one may
then also realize, that they are truly free to dream any life or
quality of life, which they may choose. Thus free of assumptions, and
thus so free, one realizes the unrealizable nature of realization
itself; that it depends upon no validation or evidence or anything at
all.

It is only our assumptions which constrain us. Letting go of
assumptions on no basis whatsoever, is quite difficult to do; there
is no evidence that such a course of action could possibly have a
desirable outcome. What one must remember, is that a reality which is
qualified by experience, is itself only a reflection of those
experiences, and thus cannot ever be anything 'new'. It is good to
remember also, that knowing is built upon what has been known; and
that it is not-knowing which encompasses all of what we do not know.
By not-knowing, one opens space, and that space is awareness. In that
space, is what is known, but the space itself is unseen.


Looking at space,

==Gene Poole==

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Dan in bloom:

...Indeed - it's an unsplit situation. Once we talk about it,
our words seem to split it up. But even so, it's still not "really"
split, and our words themselves are a manifestation of unsplit reality.
As a flower forms petals, humans form words.
Our words will never clarify what is always the case.
Love,
Dan
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Hans opening up:

<snip>
You just have to see the trick. I realised it not as some big bang, but
gradually, this understanding grew. A thought sets itself apart giving you
the illusion of the "I" but it is just a thought or a concept or whatever
you want to call it.

Just do not go into it. Realize it is just a thought but do not follow the
contents of the thought because you will get lost in all sorts of
associations etc. Just realize it is a thought, and all thoughts are
worthless (for this purpose anyway) and this realization is also just a
thought ! Beautiful, isn't it ?

When you keep watching something starts happening. it seems almost
inevetable. It gives me much joy just to see it happening. Thoughts are
getting less and less, they are also getting less dense and also you stop
caring about them, they are just there so what, which is really is a great
joy. it frees a lot of energy that was lost before in this never ending
friction.

Things are opening up for me (and i thought it would never happen after 35
years of dialogue !) and this process can not be stopped, no way, because
once you have seen it, it takes over.

Anyway, this is how i experience it. It might not work for everybody just as
anything else.

Bi
Hans
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xan xan xan:

... The thought of the presence
or absence of an "I thought" has never been useful in my
awakening. As I see it everything at essence is energy.
When energy contracts it feels cut off, separate, static.
The *I thought* IS contraction.

When I notice contraction in myself and stop it, relaxation
is automatic and awareness returns to unlimited expansiveness.
This goes on at more and more subtle levels.


xan



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Big Jack Bhodisat (thanks John Metzger):


All great statements ever made
abide in death
All the magnificent & witty
rewards of French Lettrism
Abide in death

All the Roman Sculptor
of Heroes, all Picassos
and Micassos and
Macayos
and
Machados
and K e r o u a c o ' s ---

even Asvaghosha's Glorious Statement
and Asanga's and Holy Sayadaw
and all the good and kind saints
and the divine unabstractable ones
the holy and perfect ones
All Buddhas and Dharmas
All Jesuses and Jerusalems
And Jordans and How are You's
---Nil, none, a dream,

A bubble pop, a foam snit
in the immensities of the sea
at midnight in the dark

Jack Kerouac, Mexico City Blues, 24th Chorus

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