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Highlights #392

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Being is one...not two.
Being is perfect...not imperfect.
By being myself...I am being perfect.
By trying to improve myself, I strengthen
the duality between I and Myself, which
are not two. Not two = One.

It's letting life come as it will
and doing the best I can with it,
without beating myself up for not
doing it better, which I have done
for 50 years. It's saying yes to life,
instead of always trying to figure it out.

Hope this helps,

Michael

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Thanks, Dave.
I woke up this instant.
What woke me up was this instant,
because this instant is all that is.
Give me a nanosecond so I can
make a dream about me waking up.
Give me another nanosecond so
I can make an experience out
of this.

Love,
Dan-not and Dave-not

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>Dan Berkow wrote:
>
>> Experience is what's left
>> after the wishing, hoping,
>> and fearing are gone...
>
>Hi Dan,
>
>Is not my experience of anger, fear, wish
>legitimate?
>
>Marcia

Marcia,
it's a good question.
let's go into it carefully.

By the way,
I didn't say
"anger", I said "wishing,
hoping, fearing (really,
'anxieting' would be more
precise). If anger or
fear is the result of an
image I construct, "real
experience" has been
distorted into the unreality
of projected construction.
If anger or fear is simply
an immediate event that isn't
categorized and made into
a story, then it's not unreal
in the way I'm discussing.

the immediate experience as is,
isn't labelable.
to categorize, we need to take a
"mental (i.e., unreal) step back"
from experience,
construct a separation from experience,
to associate and label.
now, we have an "understanding" of
what's going on: "I'm angry about
being disrespected like this," or
"I'm afraid that so-and-so is going
to happen."
then our experience is no longer
immediate and actual, it's become
translated into something else,
a modification according to our
memory-images, associations,
and "personal story".
it's not "pure experience", it's
the mind getting the known
back from itself and reacting
as if that is experience.

when one reacts to one's constructed
ideas, labels, images,
these reactions seem to be "real experience"
but they're not, they're constructions
based on memories and associations,
with reactions that generate
a sensation that "this is real".
without our construction and projection,
the supposed experience vanishes, so
how real is it? It's a production,
an assembly, a composite construction,
not the "real deal".

we can make our constructions seem
awefully real to ourselves, until
we notice that *we're* manufacturing
this. Then, the construction fades,
and it's unreality is suddenly
apparent. It never actually *was*
real experience after all.
Real experience is what's left
when that unreality is gone.
Now I experience directly, without
the interposed image, wish, anxiety.

can one notice that one's anger is
over a self-produced image,
that one's wishful feelings
the result of images, that one's
anxieties are reactions to self-produced
images?

what happens when one notices this
really clearly?
what happens to what had seemed like
"a real experience"?

if one simply accepts anxieties, wishes,
and hopes as "real experience",
one will never discriminate
between reactive patterns based
on constructed representation,
and authentic experience as *is*,
which is not based on an image from the
past.

Love,
Dan

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See the false as false, and what remains is true. What is absent now will
appear when what is now present disappears. Negation is the only answer to
finding the ultimate truth - it is as simple as that.

--RAMESH S. BALSEKAR

Anyone care to comment on this.

How do you see the false as false when it appears so true.

Is negation the only answer to finding the ultimate truth?

Thanks,

Michael

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The mind can't handle reality.
Reality can't be categorized,
described, continued by
the mind.

Negation gives the mind nothing
to grasp. Nothing is really
being negated, only the mind's
attempt to affirm unreality.

When we affirm, we assist the mind
to think it can have reality,
that a conception can be made.
This is not the case.

Love,
Dan

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Getting at the truth requires undoing, undoing to the very
core, and beyond.

We are "born" into a physical world...
In that instant the deceptions started.

We must undo those.

Many teachings use techniques of undoing, but they are not the
only ones.

Once one "arrives"; is undone, everythig is thrown away
including the teachings.

Words from nowhere,
Dave


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what is true is always always present
it's the only thing that can't be seen
that's why i said "stop seeing" (negating)
you're left with your naked boundless self
and the notion of seeing or negating
never occurs

deepest regards,
cee

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that I love you?
Have I told you there's
no one above you?

Sparkle on, all you being
dreamed from infinity's loom!
Sparkle on, these dreams are
infinity's shining...

Love,
Dan



Dear Dan,

Somehow through so many tears, I want to find words to thank you. But how can I
tell
you what you already know? Your words reached into the deepest of my heart of
hearts.
>From the beginning of "a river ran through it" till now the tears keep
flowing, now
joyously. You were so right about "that last distinction" being this subtle
grasping
onto "experience"... let me have at least the sound of the crickets in the
dark, that
is even the very edge at which I often float among the stars, hearing one last
sound
from earth...something known and familiar. How did you know that is my last
sound?
Somehow tho...the holding on and the letting go..both were seen as love, both
become
"only love"...a love beyond the immensity of this universe to contain, yes we
are
galaxies passing in the night.

Thank you for the light of the love you bring here. Indeed, emptiness is not
empty.

Love,
Gloria

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