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I always thought I had to choose between believing my story and rejecting it. Now I realize this story is a fantastic work of fiction. Let me explain.
From the highest perspective there is nothing but awareness, not separate from any experience. Any thought doesn’t mean much from this perspective, including a judgment on a personal story. There’s possibly not much more to say about the essence of non-duality, and hopefully I’ve properly introduced this for anyone unfamiliar with it.
If you have a painful personal story, and that’s your perspective, it is possible only staying with ‘this is a meaningless painful story, appearing in awareness’ isn’t going to bring forth a shift to a higher perspective. This can especially play if there is deep fear or rejection.
My inclination has been to reject my own story, and when I heard of non-duality I saw this as a confirmation of my beliefs. I saw only awareness as real, and any story as unimportant. Around the same time, I started to become more aware of the rejecting thoughts. For me, it was key in this process to get in touch with the body and with emotions. It was important to let these energies flow and bring some love and acceptance to them. Energetically, rejection reverses the natural flow of energy in the body so it doesn’t flow much anymore.
Check this out, it's so brilliant and so simple. I think that it is more effective than just plain micro-lending. More effective than revolution, arming the rebels, probably costs one/thousandth of the war on terror, and might actually work.
This group consciousness practice shows you how to reliably focus the attention and intention of a group to experience the joy of feeling liberated and at peace with everyone and everything. A state referred to as Cosmic Consciousness is often achieved, an unmistakable sense of existing in a unity with all people and the whole of Nature. In a word : PARADISE.
“We experienced his work to be very powerful and highly recommend it.”~ John and Lynn Marie Lumiere-Wins
"There was ‘no-other’ in total oneness. Deep joy and bliss."
~ Judy Woodrow
Question: For more than 6 years now I have been 'doing' Self-inquiry to figure out: Who is the doer? When there is no I-thought, actions seem to happen on their own. No doer, like a sentence that has just been written down. Or as you state on your website, seeing/hearing/smelling is happening without an I doing it or thinking about the action. Only when there is a pre-thought such as 'I am now going to lift my right hand in the air', 'I' can see that that thought just happened out of nowhere. Not that the arm is moving or happening on its own accord. That is why the I is still in place, because it feels like I am the doer. So I am the doer and I am not the doer at the same time. This cannot be right and at the same time it feels like something is missing. Any suggestions to make the seeing clear? [Click 'Read More' for Nick's response]
As I said below, I have enjoyed reading Paul Lowe, and I am thinking that for now he is not doing any filmed talks, so doubtful that I could get him on. You can get emails from him on a wide variety of subjects through his web site, but nothing as direct as his books, this one "In Each Moment" from 12 years ago.
He suggested reading that earlier passage out loud, and I enjoyed what came of it, even though it was not that easy for me to read coherently, and my voice was even distorted. But so what, it is just my disguise. Now I tried again with an even longer passage, still not that easy for me to read, but I hope some of you will enjoy it. I used a different image just to keep them separate. The video part is just a branding of Paul and probably not necessary to watch. I really don't have the habit of presenting straight audios, so Youtube it is. If I stumble too much you will have to find the book, which I recommend anyway.
In these two chapters he addresses directly the "true self". In a way, the true self perks up its head and listens. It is kind of a simple technique, but a miracle when that happens.
I just want to let you know what is happening with Living Realization. Lots of people are showing interest in this very simple, straight-forward message about the possibility of freedom right in the midst of whatever is happening in your life.
The Living Realization text has been revised. It hasn't lost its simplicity and clarity. But we've added some really powerful inquiries that cut through the sense of separation like a knife.
The new website is www.livingrealization.org.
Meetings will be starting soon, with a new technology that allows us to see each other, no matter where we are.
A chapter called "When the Spirit Takes Over". I crossed paths with Paul Lowe more than 25 years ago, but never really got close to what he was doing. Lately I have been reading his books from the 90's, and I find them quite helpful and clear. This reading he suggests listening to with closed eyes (or eyes at "half mast"), so I will read it for you. www.PaulLowe.org
Sperry Andrews introduced me to Zeitgeist almost 2 years ago. I listened to the director Peter Joseph speak about many obvious and not so obvious defects in our society, which I had appreciated. I left it because somehow the tone to me was too personalized, that there was a THEY out there, and they were doing it to us. The approach seemed to be a conspiracy theory, or another "anxiety approach".
The movement has much momentum, and this is their movie released this year. It really has some deep truths and presented in a level headed way. Whether the ultimate solution is their Venus Project, I can't say, but why not wish them well? This kind of living would have to get modeled in some place. Let them do it. Send them our encouragement. (This movie is long, 161 minutes - Most of this film is very rational and well thought out. It is impressive. Youtube allows only 3 choices for a thumbnail. This image is unfortunately not representative of what they are talking about and only a minor illustration.)
This ritual brought 60 local women together in celebration of water, our life giving source. The ritual also bore witness to the contamination of our water supplies* and ended with a healing prayer. Inspired by the tradition of women as water bearers, each woman carried her own pitcher in the ritual as a symbol of her personal commitment to guard and conserve this precious resource. The combined waters carried by these 60 women represent the collective impact of their individual commitment. Their prayers were sealed in a bottle and offered to the Pacific Ocean.
With Loch Kelly
In this course, we will explore the direct experience of Awake Awareness, which is at the heart of the world’s mystical and non-dual teachings. Being Awake is our natural condition, not something that is created or earned. Most of us have not been aware of this overlooked dimension of consciousness because we have not known how to re-connect with it. We can rediscover the freedom that is already here as we learn how to look, where to look, what to look for and who is looking. Loch presents an easy to understand framework for the paradoxical journey of waking up from our mistaken identity, waking in to an embodied life and waking out to relationship and activity. Each class will include a talk, dialogue, meditation and inquiry aimed at helping us re-connect with Awake Awareness at any time. Each class builds upon the previous one, so that we can explore the process of awakening as it unfolds.