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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Correspondence 2

Hi Gilbert, I visit your site a lot. It’s a frustating contradiction to constantly read the brilliant and concise  pointing on both your site and Randall’s, and yet, here “I” still am.  I was amazed, when I first became interested in non-duality, to see how common it is for people to say “I understand this intellectually, but….” I’ve often wondered why, when everything pointed out makes so much sense, it’s so hard to get. Fear of ceasing to exist? Ignorance of the fact, or refusal of the fact, (same difference) if I understand all this correctly, that I can’t be enlightened, or happy? That […]

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By no means, what is, is what is

It is so common to recognize in so many ‘seekers’ a pattern of subtle belief.  They get accustomed to the ‘pointing’ and believe they have acquired some ‘true understanding’.   In such cases it looks like the old ‘position’ of me is just replaced with a new ‘position’ of me.  Listening to them expound their understanding is like listening to an orchestra that has the string section playing out of tune.  Lead violin is played by the me (is the me) and all the other facets of the personality follow suit.   The fixation on me is called self-centeredness.   […]

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Correspondence

Hello Gilbert, There is a knowing that I am ‘that’ but the mind seems to know all kinds of stuff, and it likes to get involved in various debates etc.. No matter what the mind thinks, I am still that, but my question is how does the mind stabilize in this knowing? Will the mind ever stop getting lost in the content of awareness? Best regards, W. Reply: There is no one in the content to get lost or to find itself.   The seeking never actually started.   But you have to discover this for yourself.  Without discovering this, then the apparent seeking […]

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