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Reflection of the Source

If we look on the Self as the ego then we become the ego,

if as the mind we become the mind,

if as the body we become the body.

It is the thought which builds up sheaths in so many ways.

The shadow on the water is found to be shaking.

Can anyone stop the shaking of the shadow?

If it should cease to shake you would not notice the water but only the light.

Similarly to take no notice of the ego and its activities,

but see only the light behind.

The ego is the I-thought.

The true ‘I’ is the Self.

– Ramana Maharshi

We become whatever we look upon.

We see the shaking.

We see the illusion.

That is the way we know it is a reflection.

Without the shaking,

We see the source,

The light.

We do not see the reflection.

The ego is the reflection.

The true ‘I’ is the light

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It’s Never Too Late

It is never too late to go for it.  A moment, and an opportunity pass.  Instead of regretting something missed, prepare for the next time.  Be ready.  Do what feels right.

It is never too late, until it is.

There is something finite in it all.  But even then, with regret, I have to believe that there is something that will make it right.

It may seem that it could be done quicker, with less repetition,,but it still gets done the same.

If I have regrets, those regrets will eventually, always, go away.

One way.

Or another

https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/09/26/alan-watts-hurrying-timing/ “For the perfect accomplishment of any art, you must get this feeling of the eternal present into your bones — for it is the secret of proper timing.” BY MARIA POPOVA Among the...

For the perfect accomplishment of any art, you must get this feeling of the eternal present into your bones — for it is the secret of proper timing. No rush. No dawdle. Just the sense of flowing with the course of events in the same way that you dance to music, neither trying to outpace it nor lagging behind. Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present.

~ Alan Watts

Whatever I am doing, that is the process.

This moment, now is what I am doing.

This is the process.

This is now.

If we look on the Self as the ego then we become the ego,

if as the mind we become the mind,

if as the body we become the body.

It is the thought which builds up sheaths in so many ways.

The shadow on the water is found to be shaking.

Can anyone stop the shaking of the shadow?

If it should cease to shake you would not notice the water but only the light.

Similarly to take no notice of the ego and its activities,

but see only the light behind.

The ego is the I-thought.

The true ‘I’ is the Self.

– Ramana Maharshi

We become whatever we look upon.

We see the shaking.

We see the illusion.

That is the way we know it is a reflection.

Without the shaking,

We see the source,

The light.

We do not see the reflection.

The ego is the reflection.

The true ‘I’ is the light

There are no others.

Just our thoughts about others.

Echoing and reflecting

There is no thought, other than our own.

The Value of Life

I don’t know what happens when I die

I don’t know from direct experience

I don’t know anyone that has died and told me about it

I don’t know heaven

or hell

or any other worlds

other than what is in front of me
.

If you want to know the value of life, just know it is a brief happening

  • Sadhguru

Awakening

Awakening

Awareness

Enlightenment

These are words that only hold the meaning that we provide to them

 

Consciousness and the world

Mind and body

Thought and form

 

Form does not give rise to consciousness

Does consciousness give rise to form?

 

Conscious should drive and create the world.  The world does not create consciousness. – Sadhguru

 

Thought projects form

Thought perceives form

Thought gives rise to the physical interpretation

But does thought hit against something to realize form?

 

Interpretation must have something to interpret

Perception must have something to perceive

Or is it just banging against itself?

Thought perceives/interprets thought

And gives rise to form

 

Consider this: in our everyday state of consciousness, we regard our body to be extremely limited. What’s more, we feel that this body is the major source of all our sufferings — the feelings of pain arise in the body, the fear of illnesses and death are intimately connected to the body, etc. On the other hand, we think bright, encouraging thoughts about our minds, and our imaginative capabilities. Whilst the body is weak, limited and prone to breaking down easily, the mind is sovereign, it is our sanctuary and can give us a glimpse of the victory over our humiliating conditions. Our conscious thoughts seemingly know no bounds — we can fantasize to our hearts content about ideal conditions, distant lands, nice, heartwarming events and circumstances. We can easily imagine pigs with wings — something that’s impossible for the nature itself to accomplish. What can possibly stop our imagination? And look, it’s not only idle daydreaming — all the achievements that the science, technology, art and philosophy can boast of, all have their origin in our imagination.

Well, the experience of Enlightenment changes all that. Strictly speaking, it turns things on their heads. Upon opening our mind’s eye, we see that it is our conscious mind that is extremely limited, feeble, and prone to easily break down. Our body, which we have despised so much, turns out to be the wondrous limitless reality — we can go anywhere, climb any mountain and hill. Our body enables us to truly live.

How to Recognize Enlightenment – Alex Bunard via The Wanderling

 

Is it a misconception that our thoughts are limitless

and our bodies limited?

Though the body we have the ability to achieve our dreams

And move through the physical world

The body is the tool

The linkage between thought and physical

Between dreams and reality

 

But is consciousness any of this?

Is it body (form)?

Or mind (thought)?

Or is it the awareness?

 

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A viewing of both melded together

Does it make anything possible or is it the witness

Through which everything is observed?

 

 


This post is a late entry to A SELECTION OF TRUE AWAKENING EXPERIENCES PART II, and a follow-up to My Awakening Experience and Moving Forward.  My apologies for the late entry Barb, I was travelling.  I understand if I have missed the deadline.

 

 

Memory

Why is it that we can remember some things some of the time, but not all things all of the time?  Why is memory selective to the situation and the frame of mind?  Why does doing certain things trigger certain memories?  Why are those memories chosen over others?

Sometimes the memories bring pleasure, and we cherish those over the ones that bring us pain.  Still, we remember the ones that bring us pain.

One memory…  one moment… triggering the next one.

What was the first one?  And how could there ever be a first one?

An empty state

A state of emptiness

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Thankful – Abundance – Coyotes

I feel that I spend so much time looking at where I want to be that I don’t take the time to be thankful for where I am.  I have a loving wife that puts her family first.  2 smart, vibrant, creative children.  Parents, siblings, in-laws, extended families.  Readers and supporters like you.  A career (not a job) where I am paid well and challenged.  A nice house, car, stuff…Freedom.  Independence. Safety. Security. Love. Prosperity. Abundance.

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Vision

I have been looking externally for a vision on what I should do at work.  I have been waiting for something to just take away the responsibility and just tell me what I should do.  I spoke with my manager today about how I don’t have a clear vision of my career path.  He told me that instead of waiting or depending on others for a vision, I should create one for my department and grow it from the inside out.  I had never really looked at it that way.  I have been looking externally for direction, when the only place that I can really look is internally.

How can I find work that will give me joy?

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My Awakening Experience and Moving Forward

This post is part of a series of posts that was initiated by Barbara of Me My Magnificent Self. In this challenge each blogger writes of their own experience and then highlights the blogger that will be posting the next in the series. For all the original detail please see the January Challenge on Barabra’s own blog and for the next in this series please go to DottaRaphels.   I am posting after the insightful, stupendous, marvelous, magnificent madam M.  A very tough act to follow.  For a full schedule of contributors scroll down to the bottom of this post.

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So, what is awakening?  I will skip looking up the Webster’s dictionary definition of the word and go to the heart of how I define awakening.  To me, being awake is being aware and mindful that reality is deeper than what we perceive on the surface.  I keep wanting to assign additional attributes to this that are more feelings than realization of the true nature of things.

“That which makes you think that you are a human is not human. It is but a dimensionless point of consciousness, a conscious nothing; all you can say about yourself is: ‘I am’. You are pure being-awareness-bliss. To realize that is the end of all seeking. You come to it when you see all you think yourself to be as a mere imagination and stand aloof in pure awareness of the transient as transient, imaginary as imaginary, unreal as unreal.”

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It feels like it has been a while since I have done a real post. I have been relying on a backlog of prose and found videos, neglecting the real intent of this blog which is to show this aspect of my mind. But it is all part of the show. A transition. A chance to let things go on autopilot for a bit.

I have been sick the past few days. It is odd how being sick puts me in a different state. One where I can see more of the body vs. mind. Awareness of the body looking one way, but the mind looking another. Sort of like being put in the passenger’s seat. I had this feeling another time recently. I was running and I hit a stride where I felt like I was sitting back with my feet up while this body I was in went along on its own. I guess this is the sort of mind-body separation that I am looking for in my meditation as well, so it is interesting to see glimpses of it in the physical world. And I quite imagine that is what a fully awakened state is like the whole time.

We watched The Host last night. A soul (Wanda) enters the body of a girl (Mel) that refuses to let go. That sort of plays into my current theme of mind/body. Mel acts like the mind giving thoughts and opinions to the body Wanda. Wanda has control over the body, but Mel can at times push her way through. All in all a good concept for a movie, but ruined a little by the love story aspects that stopped the movie from going further than it did.

I don’t know. Movies and books give great insight into how other people view the world. I guess that is what we do here on a micro-scale. This is where technology is what sets us apart. Communication. Ability to pass stories from generation to generation. An evolved social evolution, where we grow from being focused on the individual, to focused on the group. The survival of the group. Except when the group gets too large it seems that the focus goes back the the individual. An evolution to devolution. The process repeats and the individual can find compassion towards the external. Devolution is another step towards evolution. It is a practice of what does not work so it can be shed from the pool.

I have been trading some emails on Sam Harris with my friends. This is a really good talk with Joe Rogan. I may write more here later.

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