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Post by solarwave » Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:51 am

Hello everyone,

My name is Patrick, I'm 20 years old and I'm on active duty service in the United States Navy. I've been listening to/reading ET's books for almost a year now. I rarely ever go to sleep at night without putting a few random chapters on my playlist and just listen/meditate while I fall asleep. I've probably heard The Power of Now and A New Earth from beginning to end at least a dozen times each, and I still can't get enough of them. But its not the books themselves that are important, its the message; the stirring up of the sleeping conciousness to fill the void left by unconciousness. Until I heard this message and accepted it into my life, I was never, not even for a single moment, present. I set up my house in the mind-created future and that's the only place I was ever to be found. And of course, this led to a lot of frustration, anger, and discontent when things didn't work out like I had envisioned. I spent virtually my first 18 years on the earth in a completely fear-based, ego-driven roller coaster ride inside my head. My mind was my sanctuary, and the only place I felt safe. Well suffice it to say, my point of view has changed dramatically.
I guess on some level I have always KNOWN that I wasn't present. It has been a dream of mine ever since I was a kid to travel to a remote part of the world, leave everything and everyone behind, and live by the fruit of my own two hands. And in this environment, learn who I am, and ultimately achieve lasting inner peace and harmony with the world (i.e. enlightenment). I realize that the point of the Power Of Now is to get you to understand that you don't have to look to some point in the future to achieve this, its here right now. But I want to know if this goal of mine is the wisest thing I can do with my life or a fool's errand. I know that inner peace can be found anywhere, at any time, but I believe that this is my destiny and that I have to do this. Am I losing my way with this? I don't know. Any thoughts?

-Patrick

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Post by kiki » Tue Oct 23, 2007 1:08 pm

First of all, welcome to the forum. And thank you for your service to your country. It sounds like you've realized something quite profound at quite a young age, which seems to be happening with more and more young people. I find that quite heartening.
But I want to know if this goal of mine is the wisest thing I can do with my life or a fool's errand. I know that inner peace can be found anywhere, at any time, but I believe that this is my destiny and that I have to do this. Am I losing my way with this? I don't know. Any thoughts?
Let there be a clarity of awareness of what you are deepen and become firmly established on a conscious level, then see what happens. You may find your sense of "destiny" fulfilled when you know what you are on a daily basis, then let action flow. Activity then becomes an adventure for adventure's sake rather than a hope to bring fulfillment or fulfill some kind of "destiny". The activity itself will be a source of enjoyment rather than the "accomplishment" of some sort of mental goal or some idea of destiny. Activity then becomes a way to explore the world of form and no longer is something to get lost in.
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Post by yougarksooo » Tue Oct 23, 2007 1:21 pm

Hi Patrick,

Presence "took me" to a place I could not envision, which was and is right here. So I'm in paradise right now. I happen to be typing a message to you. That is paradise.

Wouldn't the greatest dream lead to a waking up and realization that you are already exactly where you want to be. What could be better? No dream, for me, comes close to the reality of truth, love, presence. Dreams are thoughts, and poor substitutes for this. This is beautiful, but not really experienced until presence is . . . well present.
"When people ask me who they are or who God is, I smile inside and whisper to the light: there you go again . . . pretending."

Adya

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Post by Webwanderer » Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:06 am

Hello Patrick, welcome to our forum. I too wish to express my appreciation for your service.
solarwave wrote:I realize that the point of the Power Of Now is to get you to understand that you don't have to look to some point in the future to achieve this, its here right now. But I want to know if this goal of mine is the wisest thing I can do with my life or a fool's errand. I know that inner peace can be found anywhere, at any time, but I believe that this is my destiny and that I have to do this. Am I losing my way with this? I don't know.
You're going to have a tough time putting the genie back in the bottle. How can you go back to sleep now that a degree of truth has been realized. But don't make too big a deal out of it. Just do what you do and let clarity of awareness grow. Destiny, by definition, is not something you can control. As Kiki mentioned in his post, let your daily life be an adventure of experience and exploration. There is nothing to do right or wrong, there is only living fully with what is in this moment. Once we are clear of the ignorance of ego/mind identity and living life in mental concepts, we are free to engage with the beauty of now. And the point about not knowing... that's what makes it an adventure rather than a rerun.

Please enjoy the forum.

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Post by tikey » Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:34 pm

Webwanderer wrote:Once we are clear of the ignorance of ego/mind identity and living life in mental concepts

How to actually do that and be sure that it is done?
Im just a cloudless sky :)

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Post by Webwanderer » Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:04 am

tikey wrote:
Webwanderer wrote:Once we are clear of the ignorance of ego/mind identity and living life in mental concepts, [we are free to engage with the beauty of now.]
How to actually do that and be sure that it is done?
When one looks upon the world, free of the self-sense of time and judgment, the richness of this eternal moment dawns clearly within awareness. It is known in same thoughtless perception as the undefined taste of an orange as it washes its uniqueness across your taste buds. It is the direct perception of being here without need of identifying characteristics.

How will you know? You will know when "how" is no longer relevant.

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Post by weopposedeception » Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:25 am

Wherever you go, there you are.

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Post by Number9 » Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:11 pm

Patrick,

You are describing the perfect situation. You are free to travel the physical world with the Navy, and the spiritual world by yourself. You are very lucky to discover such truth and adventure at such a young age. Most people never realize they are asleep, even in old age. Take this time in your life to enjoy everything you experience to the fullest. There is no reason not to.

Dave

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