This interview with Cee was conducted August 9, 2015.
Cee was passionate about finding the truth of existence from a very early age. She spent her formative years seeking truth and meditating. She is thankful to Da Free John. Master Nome is her guru, for whose Timeless Presence she is grateful beyond expression. She bows to Sri Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta. Like all of our stories, the story of Cee is a flickering illusory mind form. May all who read these words enjoy the bliss of Self.
Cee’s website is www.presentnonexistence.org
Present Nonexistence is a tangible and spiritual communication of Self Knowledge for all those who yearn to understand. We honor and uphold the teachings of Advaita Vedanta but do not claim to represent them. We offer satsang sessions, retreats, and personal correspondence, where one can immerse oneself in these ancient teachings and be guided in deep meditation to realize the blissful Nondual Truth of Existence.
At a young age, consciousness knocked at Magdi’s door and, as he says in his own words: “Consciousness revealed that I am not what I thought I was. In a flash, I realized that the person I believed and felt myself to be is a figment of the universe’s infinite imagination. I instantaneously realized the infinity and eternity of consciousness. A deep stillness and joy revealed itself”.
Over the years, further similar non-events followed and led to years of Zen meditation and inquiry. First at the Sharon Springs Zen Center with Richard Clarke, then at the Rochester Zen Center with Philip Kapleau and finally with Toni Packer at the Springwater Center for Meditative Inquiry.
This exploration continued as Magdi remained engaged in family life and work.
It is when he met the Advaita teacher, Francis Lucille, that questioning came to an end. Magdi says of Francis, who he considers to be both his sat guru and friend: “I bow to my teacher and friend Francis Lucille who patiently answered all my questions. Words fail to express my immeasurable and eternal gratitude. ”
Magdi also acknowledges the influence of the profound teachings of Rupert Spira to whom he is deeply grateful.
Magdi meets weekly with friends, “truth lovers”, to share, explore and answer questions.
He is available to share his experience and teaching of non-duality.
Cheryl Abram is the author of Firing God, a guide to living effectively by looking at things and seeing them as they are without an overlay of belief: http://www.amazon.com/Firing-God-Cheryl-Abram/dp/1908664487/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1415968920&sr=8-2&keywords=Firing+god
Cheryl welcomes public speaking opportunities. She may be contacted through http://www.cherylabram.com
Cheryl’s active Facebook group is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/Nondualityineverydaylife/
This interview with Cheryl Abram is a response to her interview with Rick Archer:
The following mp3 includes Parts 1 & 2:
This is a response to Rick Archer’s interview of Cheryl Abram conducted on July 25, 2015 and which may be heard at https://batgap.com/cheryl-abram/.
Cheryl talks about what she would like to have talked more about in the interview with Rick. Certainly Cheryl breaks new ground in nonduality culture.
This interview is supportive of Rick’s work in nonduality and exposes the discomfort probably everyone experiences in conversations on race relations.
Perhaps listening to this series of interviews will help the listener feel more comfortable with their discomfort!
Nonduality culture is mostly a White person’s game, but there is an opportunity to open it up to African culture, which will in turn open nonduality to more diversity.
Choose the MP3 audio or the MP4 video:
Gabor Harsanyi spoke to us from Budapest, Hungary. His website is https://silentroargh.wordpress.com. Gabor is a spiritual coach who frees people from thought addiction, allowing consciousness to awaken and to become the real guide. Gabor guides people by observing and exposing any and every thought form or belief that tries to keep their human mind in control and usurp the power the NOW.
00:00 – 06:50 Introduction to Gabor Harsanyi. The main job of a teacher is protect the student from the mind. Most teaching happens in the “being” state rather than the intellectual. However the intellectual approach serves to point the student toward certain values such as simplicity. Gabor describes the intimate process between teacher and student.
06:50 – 09:33 What is meant by sameness in a world where differences are valued?
09:33 – 14:00 Is there a choice to value sameness or differences? How does the mind handle that?
14:00 – 21:40 The importance of the embodiment of the experience of nonduality. We are connecting to the universal power that runs our body.
21:40 – 31:04 Further exploration of the embodiment of the memory of a nondual experience and in which time is transcended and nonduality or presence is known and takes root so that a person can function on a day to day basis. This is normal, simple being, not magical, from which all lives, and society, could be built. You must live from this nondual perspective or the mind will take the experience back.
31:04 – 43:35 Native American spirituality. Sweat lodge experience. Hot yoga. Some of Gabor’s spiritual biography: Ramtha school of enlightenment. Gathering of concepts. Living with a shaman in Ecuador where no English was spoken and therefore no concepts could be gathered. Ayahuasca experience. “In spite of all my knowledge, how come I don’t know anything?” “I saw that simplicity is not in the concepts.”
43:35 – 53:17 Following your heart. Why is it simpler to communicate the simplicity of the experience of sameness? “The magnetic field of the planet is changing … and influences human openness.” Trading financial markets according to fluctuations in earth’s magnetic field. Some details of trading futures on the New York exchanges. If you want to see if you’re enlightened play the stock market. Don’t play the game they want you to play, that way you will be able to see financial indicators clearly and follow your plan. Therefore even making money requires staying in the moment.
53:17 – 59:07 Aikido as practice for dealing with financial markets. In other words, you have to respond to the market “coming at you.” Trading software discussed. “Between money management and staying centered, you basically got it made.” “Simplicity makes the money.”
59:07 – 1:08:01 Simplicity versus the simplification movement. Simplification is mind based. Simplicity is out of inner silence. Concluding words.
Cecilia Weiss is a wife, mother, author and editor. She lives in Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India where she is an active participant in the Auroville Nondual Meetup Group, whose primary facilitators are her husband Didier Weiss, who I interviewed here, and Anamika Borst, who was interviewed here.
Cecilia edited Anamika’s book, Life At Zero Distance, and is currently editing a book by Didier on nondual teachings. Cecilia has written books for young learners of French through the simple and complex vowel sounds of the French language (Rimes et assonances en Français / Phonics in French). Cecilia spoke from Besançon, France, where her daughter is receiving medical attention for Tourette syndrome.
In this passionate and authentic sharing we talk about her daughter’s struggle with Tourette syndrome, and the journey to actualism and headlessness via experiences with the Finders Course.
00:00 – 07:07 Music by Prosad. Introduction to Cecilia Weiss. Cecilia’s daughter’s struggle with Tourette syndrome discussed.
7:07 – 12:03 Enjoying spending three months in Besançon, France. Hearing thunder and rain. How Cecilia and Didier found themselves living in Auroville, India. Moving through life in response to what comes and what is right and ripe.
12:03 – 16:00 Cecilia’s childhood known by an innate sense of happiness which has sustained throughout life. More rain in the background! Responding to life. Recent discovery of the sense of how life and events are impersonal.
16:00 – 19:23 Experiencing an earthquake of understanding when attending the Science and Nonduality Conference in 2012 (SAND2012). Value of listening to podcasts of teachers.
19:23 – 24:06 Times prior to the ripeness for SAND2012. A miscarriage and meeting Ramesh Balsekar around 2000. In current times importance of listening to interviews as reminders to just be, let things go, no need to go into the story of the poor me.
24:06 – 25:19 Value of the Auroville meetup group. Being this being-ness.
25:19 – 29:25 Reviewing experience with Ramesh. In-person meetings with Unmani and Karen Richards and their influence. Rupert Spira’s help in clarifying what this is all about.
29:25 – 36:13 Discovering the Finders Course as a resolution to her remaining misconceptions about waking up. Concerns that the Finders Course could require a degree of letting go that would interfere with day to day life. The drowning of the me.
36:13 – 37:39 Release of life energy when the “baggage” is unloaded.
37:39 – 43:18 What does the Finders Course do? Actualism. Let’s you find what resonates with you to bring clarity.
43:18 – 46:39 Unlearning. Abandoning what blocks clarity. Finders Course further discussed.
46:39 – 49:00 The headless way and riding a bicycle or running or whatever is happening.
49:00 – Life after the Finders Course. Writing what comes. Full of wonder. Editing nondual books. Desire to share that one can be happy. Concluding words. Music by Prosad.
Finders Course: https://www.facebook.com/finders.course
Auroville Nondual Meetup Group: http://www.meetup.com/Auroville-Nondual-Meetup-Group/
Tourette Syndrome: http://www.tsa-usa.org/Medical/whatists.html
Phonics in French: http://www.amazon.com/Cecilia-Weiss/e/B00MCDG1XS
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Random hand of cards 26/06/15
by Cecilia Weiss
Like a castle of cards
the “me” falls apart and disintegrates
when it is Seen and Known
once and for all
that the “me” castle is imaginary,
only and simply made of cards
ruffled and reshuffled
according to the Law of Chances
so utterly and completely at random.
The cards may come out of their box,
be dealt and cut in neat stacks
any number of times.
And the card castle may tumble
at any now
any number of times.
The cards remain unconcerned and unaffected
while in turn standing in the air,
leaning against one another
or piled up like a small mess all ruffled up
while waiting for the next reshuffling
or going back to their deck.
It is a no brainer.
This is no master mind and no headache.
No losers, no winners.
No winning, no losing.
It would never come to a castle’s mind
to blame or to praise the Law of Chances
that takes a chance each time it plays its laws
according to some divine plan
the cards may not conceive,
for how could they?
Each castle gets a deck of cards to play with.
Only IT is constant in any random hand of cards
and remains the same
whether a King or the Queen, a Jack or a Joker
an Ace or any significant or insignificant number…
whatever the suit club, diamond, heart or spade.
What is IT?
The back of the cards.