Edited by Jerry Katz
This issue includes an article by Colin Drake, a link to a new forum from Fred Davis, a new meetup group from Arlene Zubris, introduction to Mary O’Malley who I’ll be talking to on the radio next week, and announcement of a new book on Sanskrit from Dennis Waite.
The Joy and Power of Awakening
by Colin Drake
Here is an email exchange which highlights one person’s experiences of the immediacy and joy of awakening, by directly investigating the nature of one’s moment to moment experience which reveals that we are, at the deepest level, Pure Awareness. The framework for this is given in all of my books. It also shows the power of repeated recognition of Awareness when the yo-yo of misidentification occurs.
Just ordered four books. I read Beyond the Separate Self. WOW a whole new existence has opened for me. Years of searching and mental suffering melted away in one evening. With great ease and clarity you have done for me what no else would do. I am no longer on the outside looking in. You have my whole heart., XXXX
Far out … thank you!
Thank you Colin,
I will reread this (my email-out: ‘The Dance of Awakening’) again.
The morning after my release the yo yo asserted itself and the immediate feeling (of muddiness, from your book) was my signal to relax back into awareness. The effects are immediate. I am sitting or relaxing thrice daily to help sustain this release. The lightness you talk about is big for me. I am 65 with lots of baggage but as Awareness I feel 20 yrs old. I used to arrange life in certain ways to support my identity. Now there is absolutely no concern. I know who I truly am and life is beautiful in any arrangement it wants to take.
Another point is the ephemeral experiences we have as we dive into awareness. You mentioned this in your book. Oh my God, I have never enjoyed life more than now. In practicing Zen, I thought kinhin and mindfulness was a nebulous practice. But, Being aware of awareness, Mindfulness is an ever present reality not a practice. I used to struggle with disciplining myself to do Zazen even after very peaceful states. But, after realizing my true nature and its joyful lightness there is an actual, felt pull to sit, relax and be Awareness, no discipline needed. I don’t get it, all these years of struggle to realize, turned into (laughing) an ease and comfort I couldn’t have imagined. This is the End of the Search. The Beginning of Joyful Surrender
Best Wishes. XXXX
Dear XXXX, I am very happy that my pointings have been so helpful and that they have brought so much enjoyment … the more the merrier!! It’s not possible to enjoy life too much, the more we do the more we honour our function as an instrument through which Consciousness can enjoy its own manifestation … a wonderful win-win situation, Love, Colin
Colin Drake’s books may be viewed, ordered, and downloaded at www.nonduality.com/colindrake.htm
Fred Davis has opened a new online forum to which he actively contributes and responds to questions and comments:
Arlene Zubris is moderator of the forum. Arlene recently started a nonduality meetup group in Lynn, MA:
This coming Wednesday, June 11, 2014, my guest on Nonduality Talk Radio will be Mary O’Malley. Compared to last week’s guest, Gary Tzu, who takes an uninsulated look into darkness, Mary tempers the look in various ways. Hey, we die as we live, and share nonduality as we live. The following is from Mary’s recent newsletter:
In last month’s newsletter, we explored the art of “Let Go, Let Life.” One of the important points was the truth that coming back to life – not an idea of it, but the living experience of it – is all about opening to the 10,000 joys and the 10,000 sorrows.
For the past five weeks I have been in the middle of a family crisis that wakes up fear, despair and heartache inside of me. And yet I am not a victim to this process. I know that this is not happening to me. It is happening for me. Or, as I said in my latest book What’s In the Way IS the Way:
Life is set up, to bring up, what has been bound, up so it can open, up to be freed up, so you can show up for life!
This is such a radical shift of perception. We have been conditioned to either identify with all of the deep feelings that the challenges of life bring or we try to get away from them, stuffing these feelings inside us with our compulsions. And yet it is my experience that embedded in each and every one of the challenges that life gives us is a treasure and a doorway back into being fully open to life – all of it.
To remind myself that whatever I am experiencing is for me so that I can get curious about what is asking for my attention rather than resisting, I made what I call my “Yes! File.” It is full of quotes from many different wise ones who, each in their own way, are inviting us to show up for what life is offering us rather than turning away. Here are a few of the quotes.
“Learn the alchemy true human beings know. The moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given, the door will open.” Rumi
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” Eckhart Tolle,
“Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always.” Rilke
“It appears as a vivid and overwhelming certainty that the Universe, precisely as it is at this moment, as a whole and in every one of its parts, is so completely right as to need to explanation or justification beyond what simply is.” Alan Watts
“What happens when, even in the midst of apparent darkness, we know ourselves as unbreakable Light?”- Jeff Foster
So I leave you with an invitation: hold to the possibility that your challenges are not something that is wrong in your life. Rather they are invitations to directly experience whatever you are experiencing so that all of the bound up energy you have been carrying can be set free.
Be light, Mary
Dennis Waite‘s new book, Sanskrit For Seekers, is available at Here. The following is from the web page:
The book is in three sections. First you learn the alphabet in its transliterated form. You are given both the ITRANS format that is commonly used on the Internet and the form with diacritical marks that is used in books. Next you go through the entire process again, learning the script form of the letters. Just to make things a bit more interesting, some of these letters change their form slightly when combined with other letters – these are called ‘conjunct’ characters. In the third section, there are some practical examples to prove to you that you can now actually translate some simple scriptural texts for yourself. Finally, there are a number of appendices containing such things as resources on the Internet for further learning, on-line dictionaries, Sanskrit documents etc, information about other transliteration schemes and letter forms, how to learn to write the script.