Edited by Jerry Katz
I’m always pleased to announce one of Colin Drake‘s new books. I no longer publish Colin’s books. He’s since been discovered, interviewed on Conscious.TV, and excerpts from his works are appearing in various books. Colin now publishes his books himself.
Colin writes in his recent newsletter…
Dear Fellow Explorers, Here are the contents, chapter synopses and a review (by Ramaji, author and teacher) of the new book, ‘The Happiness That Needs Nothing’. Love, Colin
Prologue – The Happiness That Needs Nothing 17
One – Self-identity – The Key to Spontaneous Living 24
Two – The Joy of Embodiment 31
Three – Detachment or Engagement? 41
Four – Non-attachment and Love 46
Five – Vigilance, Mindfulness and Fun 52
Six – Witnessing, Experience and ‘The Spiritual’ 57
Seven – Unanswerable Questions 65
Eight – Partial Truth and Direct Communication 71
Nine – ‘Gratitude is Heaven Itself’ 75
Ten – Joy Without a Cause 81
Eleven – Desire and The ‘Dark Side’ 86
Twelve – Strong Desires and Addictions 92
Thirteen – Unavoidable Pain Vs Mental Suffering 98
Fourteen – ‘The Kingdom of God’ 104
Fifteen – Loving the Beloved 111
Sixteen – Different Paths Up The Mountain 117
Seventeen – Consciousness, a Definition 126
Eighteen – Balancing Worldly Life & Nurturing The Spirit 132
Nineteen – The Dance of Awakening 140
Twenty – Combating Depression by Repeated Awakening 147
Twenty one – The Agony and Ecstasy of Awakening 155
Twenty two – Nonduality and Christianity 161
Twenty Three – Seeing is Believing 168
Appendix One – Investigation of Experience 174
Appendix Two – Instruments of The Absolute 184
Addendum – Love Loving Itself 189
The Author – A short spiritual biography 200
The Prologue discusses how awakening to the fact that one is Pure Awareness reveals the peace within and the innate joy of existence as an instrument (and expression) of Consciousness. This evokes the happiness that needs no particular set of external circumstances to manifest.
Chapter one attempts to show that when one is identified as (and with) Pure Awareness there are many wonderful outcomes which allow us to live authentically and spontaneously. This is achieved by giving a précis of many chapters of previous books, each of which discusses one of these outcomes.
Chapter two discusses the joy of using the body/mind as an instrument through which Consciousness can participate in, and enjoy, its’ manifestation – the world.
Chapter three continues this theme by discussing whether it is preferable to engage fully with life or to stay detached so that one’s equanimity is not disturbed.
Chapter four was written in answer to a question concerning how one could love whist staying non-attached to life. As such it continues the theme of the previous two chapters.
Chapter five discusses the difference between vigilance and (maintaining) ‘mindfulness’ and attempts to show how, although aiming for the same result, they produce very different lifestyles. As such this chapter is a continuation of the main topic under discussion since the beginning of the book … that of enjoying life.
Chapter six is a dialogue with a reader of my previous books who had just undergone an ‘awakening’ which left him with a series of questions.
Chapter seven is my answer to a series of questions concerning karma and reincarnation – which were unanswerable by direct investigation. Thus any answers given would only be my beliefs (or dogma) and as I don’t operate in this paradigm I could only say that I don’t know.
Chapter eight discusses the fallout from the previous chapter when a supporter of mine became involved in a disagreement with the partner of the questioner concerning (me saying only the) ‘partial truth’. Whereas, if the questioner had contacted me directly we would have been in complete agreement … for there is always more (Truth) to be discovered as what is under investigation is limitless!
Chapter nine considers the paradox that gratitude arises even when one realizes that there is no separation, and thus no ‘other’ to be grateful to.
Chapter ten is my response to John Wren Lewis describing God as ‘Joy Without a Cause’. As The Absolute is often caused ‘The Causeless Cause’ and we are expressions and instruments of That, the realization of which gives great joy, then John’s description is very apt.
Chapter eleven is my response to a reader who said that he had not found much written, in spiritual books, about the nature of desire and was wondering about my ‘take’ on the subject.
Chapter twelve is a continuation of this topic when considering strong (overwhelming) desires and addiction.
Chapter thirteen is a dialogue with a reader of Beyond The Separate Self concerning the difference between unavoidable (mental) pain and unnecessary suffering caused by misidentification.
Chapter fourteen considers how awakening and discovering ‘The Kingdom of God’ (that is within us all) overcomes worrying about the future and also renders needless questions concerning karma and death.
Chapter fifteen is an updated practice based on ‘Love Loving Itself’ (see addendum) in which one engages all five senses simultaneously.
Chapter sixteen is a response to a good friend, who runs a Christian meditation centre, regarding her analogy that we are at different ‘coal faces’ of spirituality such that my pointings are of not much use to those mining her ‘face’ … It is also a general discussion of the ‘negative mystical path’ in the world’s major religions.
Chapter seventeen is an attempt to define the undefinable – Consciousness – to give a definition of consciousness which is a cogent conclusion based on reason and modern science and can be directly experimentally verified by one’s own investigation.
Chapter eighteen was the result of noticing the levels of tiredness and exhaustion among those I know, which are often needlessly self inflicted. This discussion is about achieving a balance between engaging with the world and nurturing the ‘spirit’.
Chapter nineteen is an email exchange with a reader which details her ‘dance’ with awakening, or yo-yo as she puts it. I have include it for it is a fairly typical account, which I think many can relate to and I have added a few comments at the end.
Chapter twenty is an email discussion with a reader who has a tendency to suffer from depression, concerning whether identification with, and as, Pure Awareness – awakening – has the potential to combat this problem.
Chapter twenty one is an email exchange with a newly awakened reader highlighting the joy that can occur on awakening and the efficacy of re-identifying with Awareness.
Chapter twenty two was stimulated by the graduating address given by the principal of a theological college which led me to examining the resonances between Christianity and Nonduality.
Chapter twenty three posits that ‘ direct seeing’, which leads to understanding is of more importance than spiritual experiences, although these may sometimes lead to that. It also contains a very concise and clear way of seeing that ,at the deepest level, one is Awareness.
BOOK REVIEW OF “THE HAPPINESS THAT NEEDS NOTHING” BY RAMAJI JULY, 2014 Colin Drake’s new book “The Happiness That Needs Nothing” is a spiritual self-help manual in the best sense of the word. Nothing is kept mysterious.Colin’s writing is like one of those guides for budding magicians where a famous illusionist reveals the true secrets of his famous tricks. The naked simplicity of the exposition is what takes the breath away. Unlike some who seem to think that the fact of awareness or an experience of awareness being aware of awareness is enough, Colin takes it the full 100 yards and makes an enlightenment touchdown. He does not let up until you, the reader, have had a chance to grasp the essence in a way that is compatible with your particular personal perceptual filters. I especially like Colin’s emphasis on happiness. I’m pretty sure that Ramana Maharshi answered numerous questions with words to the effect “If realizing the Self did not yield the greatest happiness, what would be the point? Happiness is what we human beings yearn for!” His Holiness the Dalai Lama is known for repeatedly affirming the same message. Teachers at a lesser level emphasize other things. It is, perhaps, because they themselves are not actually happy! Colin’s emphasis on happiness arrives at the right time. Enough already with teachers who have a reached a cosmic consciousness or non-dual awakening of some kind where they still kick the dog, sneak out on their wife for sordid affairs and do not practice basic human virtues like kindness or telling the truth. Happy people do happy things. For one thing, they enjoy loving and being loved. Colin does a great job of bringing all of this home to the reader. We are human beings after all. Everything has Buddha Nature, even rocks, but the Buddha Nature of human beings flowers as love, peace, happiness and joy, even the sweet joys of the senses. I am thrilled to see Colin emphasizing this fundamental day to day truth about authentic awakening and the solid realization of the Absolute. Call this attainment what you like, it is important to understand that it fulfills the deepest yearnings of the human heart. That makes Colin’s book a great service to non-dual readers who, perhaps misled by moody enlightened misfits like the late U. G. Krishnamurti, could not understand what all the noise is about. Well, folks, what the noise is about is being truly happy — and Colin points the way with a smile.
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