Non Duality

Correspondence (another)

Email from S:  I have a question. Some suggest we rest in awareness, as a non-practice of course (Peter Fenner, Candice O’Denver). Some suggest we rest in the body to see that we are not the body (Linda Clair, E. Tolle). Some suggest we don’t make any attempt to rest because we are already that (Sailor Bob)… I’m confused…are all these approaches fundamentally the same? – S Reply: There is no entity that can rest or not rest.    The very idea of an ‘I’ that can rest ‘in awareness’ is absurd. Awareness is everything.   So it appears as all states of mind and body […]

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Correspondence (via email)

Some questions about meditation and some other issues via email. Gilbert’s response: Meditation is useless.  If the mind is in chaos, then meditation may assist to calm the mind but beyond that, meditation turns into a trap.  The idea that ‘I am meditating’ to achieve something is the actual blockage.   Seeing is happening. There is no method for seeing – there is no actual entity to use a method or do any practice.  What appears to be ‘a difficult time for me’ is an opportunity to recognise the fictional ‘me’ – seen from the freshness of the immediacy of seeing.  The […]

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Correspondence (more)

Email: Gilbert,  It is interesting that you say most seekers don’t really want to find out that they don’t exist.  I think you’re right, they’re seeking to make their experience of life better through making themselves better.  I don’t believe that is what this is all about.  I seem possessed sometimes by an innate drive to find the truth.  I feel it overtakes my drive to do anything else, like trying to achieve goals in life, to do all the things I used to want to do or have been told I should do, to make more money or have […]

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Correspondence happens.

Question via email: Hallo Gilbert, I have some questions. When I boil it all down and just ask myself “What am I?”, I find I have no answer.  Of course I can say – this body, a father, an engineer, a citizen of a particular nation but I know these are all just my outward “appearances”, what I’ve come to be.  This is all I can say. I find that this question delineates the outside from the inside – the “outside” answers are all obvious.  The “inside” is what my mind doesn’t seem to be able to see.  I don’t […]

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Another Correspondence

Email questions from R:    Hi – my name is R….. and I hope you’ll take a moment to read this and maybe offer a few words/pointers. I’ve been reading a lot of your writings and they are some of the clearest I’ve read. I’ve been studying Eastern Philosophies since I was about 12 and for the past couple of years I’ve been reading Advaita Vedanta through Nisargadatta, Stephen Wolinski, John Wheeler and a few others. I feel I have a pretty good understanding of what all this is about – basically I am awareness and have always been.  The […]

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You think you know what love is

“When there is love, self is not. Reality, truth, is not to be recognized. For truth to come, belief, knowledge, experiencing, virtue, pursuit of virtue—which is different from being virtuous—all this must go. The virtuous person who is conscious of pursuing virtue can never find reality. He may be a very decent person; that is entirely different from the man of truth, from the man who understands. To the man of truth, truth has come into being. A virtuous man is a righteous man, and a righteous man can never understand what is truth; because virtue to him is the […]

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The messenger wants nothing in return

The messenger wants nothing in return.  That is why the messenger has no need to use seductive concepts or fabricated notions like ‘unconditional love’.  Pointing at ‘what is’, without deviation, may appear to be rude or love-less.  Only after seeing through the fixation of me, does the true nature of love reveal itself.  Compassion may appear to be its opposite, viewed from the self-center fixation. (What follows is partly repeating the closing section from a previous post) For most, it seems that being with one who knows is good enough.  They believe that something will rub off.   Bollocks!   […]

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No time – No duration. What is, is what is.

In the scheme of things, most seekers are not ‘ready’ to hear the direct message. They spend all their ‘time’ avoiding anything that threatens the fixation on ‘me the seeker’.   The fact is that the seeking NEVER ever started.  The seeking is an illusion of a separate entity seeking something (anything) to anchor itself to. Emotional drama is the default anchor and suffering is its companion.   Giving up the habit of afflictive emotional turmoil for the ‘personal life’ is something that no one wants to give up.  Why?   Because without it, they feel lost and don’t know […]

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Is the matter settled now or later?

Doubt is a thought.  Thought is a sensation.  On its own a thought or concept is too fleeting and too subtle to grasp.  The experiencing of a single thought appears to be impossible and it may well be so.  Do you know if it is so or not?  Truly? Here is a sentence: “Are you fooling yourself with an attitude that doesn’t fool anyone but yourself?”  A cluster of words have an apparent meaning and it seems that we can get a general grasp upon a sentence.  But do we truly understand what a sentence of words is pointing at? […]

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Correspondence 3

The basic message:  The most simple and the most obvious. The natural oneness. One, without a second. Balanced and wide open. This immediacy of knowing. Knowing is the only thing that is happening. Non-conceptual knowing. It is unchanging, always that. You Are That! …………………….. Questions from Chris: Gilbert, you got time for some non-duality talk? G: Yes. Chris: Awareness, I see this word stressed frequently amongst teachers, but depending on the teacher it gets used in a different context. Are we awareness and what is that? Is awareness something that we are or is it a pointer? I am still a little […]

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