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by James
Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why is abiding awakening so elusive?
Replies: 37
Views: 2563

Re: Why is abiding awakening so elusive?

Hi runstrails, It's a good question. Yes you are probably correct when you say it is "mind" that is wanting to hold onto abiding awakening. For spiritual seekers it is like the ultimate "candy." It is yet another way that mind can deceive us. This is how I see it, based on my own understanding, expe...
by James
Wed Aug 25, 2010 2:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Realising your true self
Replies: 34
Views: 2710

Re: Realising your true self

Some very clear and direct responses, thanks Kiki.

There is a saying that Meditation is not something you do, it is what you are; the allowing Presence in which everything appears.
by James
Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Supposed Age of Awakening
Replies: 20
Views: 1902

Re: The Supposed Age of Awakening

I don't like to speculate about what might happen, can or hope to happen, because that is future, time-bound thinking. I'd prefer to take a stance of humility and admit I don't really know, and be open to any and all possibilities. We can only perceive through our limited construct, the filter over ...
by James
Sun Aug 15, 2010 12:08 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: Questions, questions, questions........
Replies: 19
Views: 2259

Re: Questions, questions, questions........

Indeed Ralph, Nisargadatta referred to it as "earnestness," an essential quality. This is a very different quality than egoic grasping that is trying to experience more and better states. Adyashanti in his talks often discusses this paradox of "being and becoming". There can be an egoic tendency to ...
by James
Sat Aug 14, 2010 5:44 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Questions, questions, questions........
Replies: 19
Views: 2259

Re: Questions, questions, questions........

That's really funny Ralph, thanks. It reminds me of some of Papaji's satsangs, he had a tendency towards humor and uncontrollable laughter. One of the videos I watched, a young man begins laughing uncontrollably, and Papaji asks him to come up and sit next to him on the pillow. He puts his hands on ...
by James
Fri Aug 13, 2010 3:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: You are not Pure Awareness
Replies: 24
Views: 2687

Re: You are not Pure Awareness

Hello Alex, welcome to the forum. You wrote: I do the I am thing it feels like a presence thats in my eyes but at the same time everywhere and nothing, is the in the eyes feeling off track? As Kutso already said everywhere and nothing describes it well. As for the sensations in the eyes, that's a co...
by James
Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 50
Views: 3417

Re: Free Will

Very eloquently said KR.
by James
Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 50
Views: 3417

Re: Free Will

And I'll add: That is not to suggest that pretending or believing that we have control of our lives is wrong, apparently it is a necessary phase of life; it's just what life does, and it can be fun for awhile.
by James
Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 50
Views: 3417

Re: Free Will

Thanks Andy, Karmarider.

Much of what we consider control of our lives is pretend or imaginary, although we are convinced otherwise, but it's not obvious until there is awakening. The most meaningful choice we can make is to awaken.
by James
Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 50
Views: 3417

Re: Free Will

While I love science, scientific experiments of this type, and reasoning, it can only take one so far in terms of awakening; in fact the reasoning/logical mind with its constant questioning and complex analysis and descriptions, can delay awakening. Higher truth or wisdom is beyond mind, it is an in...
by James
Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Utter Simplicity of This
Replies: 12
Views: 1517

Re: The Utter Simplicity of This

This quote from Adya fits this topic: "For most people it's difficult to rest for more than a few moments, because their mind keeps trying to entice them - you know, like a seducer or seductress: "No, no no, see if you really understood this one last thing. Then you would rest so much easier, you re...
by James
Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:56 am
Forum: Recommended Links
Topic: Light entertainment
Replies: 4
Views: 1511

Re: Light entertainment

Cute... perhaps it mistook it for a firefly.
by James
Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 50
Views: 3417

Re: Free Will

WW: That's not my experience. I'm at a fork in the road and not sure which path to take - the busier thoroughfare or the road less traveled. I choose to make a decision, I weigh the possibilities, and choose one or the other. (Of course we all know how that turned out.) Andy: Meanwhile, please choo...
by James
Wed Aug 11, 2010 1:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 50
Views: 3417

Re: Free Will

The website is looking good KR, nice to see your face.
by James
Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Utter Simplicity of This
Replies: 12
Views: 1517

Re: The Utter Simplicity of This

I'm not familiar with Burt Harding, but I agree with your remarks Ralph about feelings. One way of putting it is that the glimpse of one's nature as impersonal awareness is often referred to as "Enlightenment" . And that may be an instant realization although usually not immediate. In other words th...