Friday, August 18, 2017

The Practice of Forgiveness 1

Forgiveness (practice notes - 1)



"I have invented the world I see." (Lesson 32)
"There is another way of looking at the world." (Lesson 33)
"I could see peace instead of this." (Lesson 34)
"Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world." (Lesson 62)



  • One of the main pillars of spiritual practice.
  • Synonymous with releasing, undoing, non-doing, acceptance, love, openness.
  • Negates and undoes the past in the present.
  • Gentler approach with same goal as Neti-neti

When to use:
  • When striving, self-effort, struggle, stress become obvious.
  • Over-effort or over-practice, trying
  • Stuckness
  • Lack of love & connection
  • Attacking others and self

How:
  • Sit quietly as per meditation instructions or contemplation as usually done
  • "I forgive myself" becomes the verbal object - silent or aloud
  • Hold oneself in loving-kindness, embrace, blanket
  • Await blessings beyond the self - "The peace that passeth understanding"
  • Non-doing
  • Just come back to the open aware feeling of forgiveness and expansive self-love
  • Release, relax as needed or when tension is noticed
  • Short practice reminders can also be used for a whole day of forgiveness

Related:
  • ACIM
  • Nondoing Wu wei
  • Nisargadatta Nisarga Yoga or effortlessness
  • Metta and loving kindness practice (as found in Buddhism)
  • The "Loving-All" method of ML

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The mirror and its reflection.







After a certain time, one has the feeling that life, existence and one's sense of beingness is rather like the reflection in a mirror.


Abiding as the "I am"-ness, or beingness is key. We need to start from where we find ourselves in life. For most, this is in total identification with the body-mind complex. We have been conditioned to believe and know ourselves only as this body-mind. Conditioning that has happened over the long course of our entire life (from around age 2), and over the course of the collective human existence as a whole. We cannot think or analyze our way out of this situation, any more than we can think our way out of eating lunch today.
 
By abiding as the "I am" for as much as possible, and whenever possible, we slowly come to know the situation as it really is. A subtle sense of being more than just the body-mind complex becomes apparent or intuited.


The life that we thought we 'owned' starts to reveal itself as merely the play of forces, conditions, and factors, which themselves are reflections in the 'mirror' of being. But this has to be experienced directly, rather than thought about or believed.. lest this too become another belief system parking-spot.


The mirror, its light and the play of the light (appearing as the dancing reflection) is just one wholeness- hence the term 'nonduality'. Any duality appearing in the whole, such as the reflection and its seeming parts, can't be outside or separate from the whole- any more than waves could be separate from the ocean (to coin a commonly used metaphor).







Sunday, August 6, 2017

Attention to living feeling thinking

"You live, you feel, you think. By giving attention to your living, feeling and thinking, you free yourself from them and go beyond them. Your personality dissolves and only the witness remains. Then you go beyond the witness. Do not ask how it happens. Just search within yourself."

Nisargadatta


This is a result of abiding in the I-am, instead of being absorbed in living, feeling and thinking objects.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ego preservation strategies (1)



Saw this conversation recently online in a 'nonduality' forum:


Questioner: What do people think about the ego? It's hard to find when it is looked for. Maybe these practices are just engaging the ego itself?


Respondent 1: Well I've never found the ego.. I don't know what people are talking about when they talk about 'ego'.


Respondent 2: Who's asking??


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Are these sorts of question / answer sessions really helpful?


No. Neither for the questioner who is none the wiser, nor for the respondent.


What are these sorts of responses, actually?


Ego preservation strategies.


Ego preservation strategy 1) Blatant denial of the ego by the ego-- "It doesn't exist!", "What? There's no such thing as an ego.. find me one!", "I can't find any ego here!"


Ego preservation strategy 2) Over-exertion or over-effort in trying to extinguish the ego by the ego-- "Kill the ego!", "I need to fight the ego, suppress it, and conquer it!", "I need to detach from the ego!"




Stay calm. Keep practicing.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Pure awareness- note.





I recently found a quote with the book 'The Seven Steps To Awakening' (ed. Michael Langford). It contained a quote from the Yoga Vasistha (The Supreme Yoga), an ancient Indian yogic text, that states:


"Consciousness does not truly undergo any modification nor does it become impure."


further,


"Nothing is created in or by cosmic consciousness, for it remains unchanged and unmodified."


I would like to draw attention to the idea of 'pure consciousness', which is spoken about in nondual teachings.


This term does not actually mean that consciousness can be or become 'impure', or that there are two types of consciousness- a mixed, impure consciousness and a pure unadulterated consciousness. It is also not referring to pure in terms of good/bad, morally speaking.


The term is rather a pointer to the idea of consciousness alone. When starting to work with the idea of consciousness (or awareness), a beginning point is often emphasized- to become acquainted with just consciousness, rather than the objects appearing in consciousness. Likewise, the idea is introduced to become more familiar with the subject of experience, rather than objects appearing in and as experience.


This pointer achieves 2 aims- 1) the seeker is led to the discovery that consciousness or awareness must be prior to the appearance and disappearance of objects that arise in one's experience, and 2) consciousness cannot be denied or negated, since the very denial must also appear within consciousness. There is also the added bonus that allows one to become less identified and enchanted with objects, events etc. appearing in one's experience, and more interested in the actual source of such objects and events in one's experience.


Ultimately however, it may be seen and experienced with increasing duration, that consciousness cannot be separated from the objects that appear in experience. Can a border between subject and object be found? Likewise, the search for consciousness is being conducted by consciousness itself, which has no observable characteristics, being self-evident only. The practice of self-enquiry and self-investigation (e.g. "Who am I?") is a practical and useful way to investigate and repeatedly experience this point.