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by EnterZenFromThere
Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:36 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: Embodying awareness
Replies: 37
Views: 3248

Re: Embodying awareness

I think it's a Christian phrase originally Onceler perhaps the idea crept in somewhere from there..who knows. Jesus spoke about being fully human and fully divine. It's a messahe often ignored throughout Christian history. The divinity of Christ was heavily emphasised, while the humanity of Jesus wa...
by EnterZenFromThere
Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:41 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: Embodying awareness
Replies: 37
Views: 3248

Re: Embodying awareness

Hi Andy, I think I now Francis well enough that he would be a bit confused at seeing you refer to him as a "person". His next book is called "Fully Human, Fully Divine" and points to the Truth that we are simultaneously completely the ephemeral Presence of the radiant Spiritual Heart AND completely ...
by EnterZenFromThere
Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Experiences
Topic: This has all been a wonderful surprise!
Replies: 6
Views: 1295

Re: This has all been a wonderful surprise!

Hi Andy, It's nice to be back and see familiar faces again. Though I see an aspect of the Self as being pointed to in the teachings of 'there is no person here' I feel for the most part that this is a rigid position that lacks the full integrity it was original designed to move one into. On one leve...
by EnterZenFromThere
Fri Sep 02, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Embodying awareness
Replies: 37
Views: 3248

Re: Embodying awareness

His name is Francis Bennett. He was a Trappist monk for 30+ years and also ordained in Theravaden Buddhism and was well studied in Zen Buddhism and Hindu Vedanta. He left the monastery following a big awakening in 2010 and started teaching in a style that drew from his experience across traditions. ...
by EnterZenFromThere
Fri Sep 02, 2016 3:57 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Embodying awareness
Replies: 37
Views: 3248

Re: Embodying awareness

I think there is some truth to that kind of communication with plant-life BDF. My teacher often says that trees are radiant beings that can teach as well as any awakened human - we just require the openness to hear their teaching. It's the same presence manifest as the tree that is manifest as you a...
by EnterZenFromThere
Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Embodying awareness
Replies: 37
Views: 3248

Re: Embodying awareness

I can imagine hugging a tree would be a nice grounding experience. I'm a bit self conscious to do that. I prefer just walking with them and feeling them with attention (though a friend and I were walking through a beautiful forest recently and agreed we would both hug a tree and swore a vow of silen...
by EnterZenFromThere
Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Resistance question :)
Replies: 2
Views: 512

Re: Resistance question :)

I think of the mind as the surface of an ocean. Desires and thoughts are essentially the same. They both create turbulence in the mind. If the mind is still, we can create something like throwing a stone into the water. If still the water ripples out clearly and our desire completes easily. If our m...
by EnterZenFromThere
Sat Aug 27, 2016 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Experiences
Topic: This has all been a wonderful surprise!
Replies: 6
Views: 1295

Re: This has all been a wonderful surprise!

Hi Leslie, It's funny, your story is so similar to mine in so many ways but also so different - it's like we're sharing something that is uniquely our own :) I too was triggered into awakening by watching an Eckhart video. I hadn't known anything about him or spirituality but was in an exploratory p...
by EnterZenFromThere
Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: Embodying awareness
Replies: 37
Views: 3248

Re: Embodying awareness

Ah I saw you mention neo-advaita above and put that together with the teaching words about 'this' and assumed you were following a neo-advaita teacher. Are you a student of any teacher or tradition at the moment? When you say 'and that's when I knew I was home' what exactly do you mean? I've heard t...
by EnterZenFromThere
Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:58 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Embodying awareness
Replies: 37
Views: 3248

Re: Embodying awareness

Good to hear from you too Rach. It sounds like you're dedicated to your teaching. I think finding a teaching which feels right for us at our current state is the best way to go. Is this a neo-advaita teaching? For the record I'll say a bit about my personal experience with neo-advaita and how I feel...
by EnterZenFromThere
Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:12 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: Embodying awareness
Replies: 37
Views: 3248

Re: Embodying awareness

That's an interesting position rach. I can see a usefulness in guiding the mind into the non-existence of things. I use a similar technique sometimes. I also feel balance is important. As Nisargadatta famously said: Wisdom is knowing I am nothing. Love is knowing I am everything. Between these two, ...
by EnterZenFromThere
Sun Aug 21, 2016 6:05 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Embodying awareness
Replies: 37
Views: 3248

Re: Embodying awareness

Hi BDF, I'm glad you've been having progress through your grounding exercises. I heard a teacher say recently that every spiritual group has it's own strengths and limitations. A lack of focus on grounding seems quite common in some modern western spiritual groups. Allowing awareness to descend into...
by EnterZenFromThere
Sun Sep 20, 2015 10:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Enlightenment bliss vs chemical bliss (drugs)
Replies: 4
Views: 878

Re: Enlightenment bliss vs chemical bliss (drugs)

I can relate to this nyseto. I used to use drugs and alcohol as a kind of self-medication to have brief periods of relative peace - which I then suffered for pretty intensely after the high faded. Since going sober and exploring the insecurities within myself that led me to feel the need for drugs I...
by EnterZenFromThere
Sat Sep 19, 2015 10:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ramana Maharshi - LIFE Magazine Article(1949)
Replies: 4
Views: 819

Re: Ramana Maharshi - LIFE Magazine Article(1949)

I loved this article too - especially the reverence that this unashamed non-believing journalist gave to Ramana. I remember the first time I saw a picture of him recognising how authentically relaxed and strong he looked - like a benevolent King. I also enjoyed the adverts. My favourite was the List...
by EnterZenFromThere
Thu Aug 13, 2015 7:35 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: I notice the watcher but I'm not aware of it. Please help
Replies: 16
Views: 1780

Re: I notice the watcher but I'm not aware of it. Please hel

It is the fictional self Fictional in what sense? If it exists, is it not real? that believes it can become enlightened Is there no such state as enlightenment? It is the self that constantly seeks to improve, to be better, to one day fundamentally transform, to transcend. Would a self that is perc...