Edited by Jerry Katz
Charlie Hayes will be my guest on Nonduality Talk Radio this coming Wednesday:
Q: What exactly IS this “Eternal State” You promote?
Q: WTF do you mean by that?
Any word is a tool of the mind, whose purpose it is to divide, distinguish and describe. So ANY word, such Awareness, Beingness, Love, The Eternal, Presence, ALIVENESS etc. Pure merely POINTS to That Which IS. No word can EVER capture the wholeness, which is not apart from the Real You. Slap me upside the head, I saw truly that the whole shebang is not “out there” or “in here” BUT (as Werner Erhard points out,) “OUT HERE.
I shit thee not! In short, the entirety of manifestation, including, well, ALL of, exists in Awareness. Try to locate anything, any appearance, any state, OUTSIDE of this very always=so PRESENCE. THAT is effortlessly aware and is in fact Aliveness…. Ah nutz there I go with words again. Ah, such is life Living Itself fully, Out Here!
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Charlie Hayes is on Facebook: www.facebook.com/charliehayesnow
Charlie’s blog is everythingisthis.blogspot.ca/
Charlie Hayes is a former Pro Racing Driver, drove for Ferrari team, later in Can Am, then Ferrari new car dealer in Santa Ana, CA. Now offering powerful Communications Coaching. Free Sample session: +1 775 342-3561. See also http://alivenessjustthat.com/. “I look forward to being of service to YOU.”
In my last issue I mentioned three meetup groups that have an open approach, and I want to add three more.
Gonzalo Fernandez in Costa Rica has started a gathering called Grupo de Investigacion Psicologica/Espiritual.
Anything Gonzalo does is of high quality. If you’re in Costa Rica or planning to visit, connect with Gonzalo through his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gonzalo.fernandez.5437?fref=ts
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As well there are two other long-running gatherings. One is run by Mark Hovila in Seattle. I don’t know how current this information is:
Seattle Nonduality Dialogue
We meet most Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. on the lower level of the Lake Forest Park Town Center, at 17171 Bothell Way NE in Lake Forest Park. Once a month we meet in the Lake Forest Park Library conference room, and the rest of the month we meet at a table outside the library or near the Rite Aid. For more info, or to get on the email announcement list, write Mark at email@example.com or contact Mark through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hovila
The meetings are open to everyone who has a serious interest in nondual teachings. We don’t have a set structure and we don’t have a leader. People bring up whatever they want to talk about.
The other is organized by David Zinn in Cambridge, Massachusetts and may be accessed here: www.meetup.com/Open-Awareness-Meditation-Group/
Open Awareness Sangha is a group of friends who meet for meditation and discussion on Monday nights, 7:30 pm at the Cambridge Friends Meeting House. (The Friends Meeting House is located at 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA 02138) The format is very relaxed and open— anyone interested in contemplative practice is welcome!
At the heart of these meditation sessions is the silent exploration of what we refer to as Open Awareness. We all know what it means to feel closed, limited, vulnerable, or separate. What is it like to allow ourselves to return to our natural condition of openness, presence, non-separateness and ease? This is what we explore in our meetings.
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And remember you can always start your own group. Meetup.com costs $12/month and is a great hosting and organizing platform. Or like some of the groups you can grow by word of mouth and local postings.
There’s actually a Yahoo Group called Nonduality Gatherings which I started in 2009 to publicize the Science and Nonduality Conference. Maybe the group should be reactivated: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NondualityGatherings/
Thanks to reader Wayne Ferguson for sending the following:
A beautiful poem by Jane Goodall (the interview at the bottom is a must see, IMO).
“The Old Wisdom”
When the night wind makes the pine trees creak
And the pale clouds glide across the dark sky,
Go out, my child, go out and seek
Your soul: the Eternal I.
For all the grasses rustling at your feet
And every flaming star that glitters high
Above you, close up and meet
In you: the Eternal I.
Yes, my child, go out into the world; walk slow
And silent, comprehending all, and by and by
Your soul, the Universe, will know
Itself: the Eternal I.
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In this clip from Bill’s 2009 interview with Jane Goodall, the primatologist known for her research on chimpanzees talks about how her spirituality grew while spending time alone in nature, the limits of science and her mother’s role in developing her beliefs. She also reads the above poem in this video:
a little post-Valentines sanity:
SEND YOURSELF SOME FLOWERS AND CANDY
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe,
deserve your love and affection.”