the dream – nothing stays the same!
no-thing stays the same!
The entire manifestation is one energy, which is expressing and appearing as duality. Everything is that singular energy, which we can call ‘essence’. It is the same energy that appears as the North Pole and the South Pole of this planet and every magnet. The label ‘north’ or ‘south’ are relative to each other. Every stick has two ends. This same singular (universal) energy appears as a sperm and an ovum – the apparent beginning of your existence. It is the same energy that appears as anger, as love, as every emotion, every thought, feeling and concept. The discriminations between any two apparent things is also courtesy of the same undivided essence/energy.
In the seeming realm of time, many years ago, while sitting in a meeting at Bob Adamson’s home, a realisation ‘hit home’. The realisation was that the mind cannot and does not actually divide anything. Concepts about time vanish. It was like being in a semi-translucent state, a fog and also like being a billiard ball in the midst of a game of billiards one moment…. and then the clarity of being out of it all, pure seeing, as if one was above the billiard table, seeing everything just as it is, all happening by itself. No doer! Words fail in attempting to describe the absence of states of mind.
The mind came back appearing upon that clarity as a thought, ‘My God, the mind has never divided anything! Never! Separation is an illusion!’. The knowing was/is irrepressible. The resonance of this insight does not fade away or change. It wasn’t something new that ‘I’ had learned or acquired. A revelation, somehow, already known. No belief in ‘separation’ can survive that ‘insight’. The old habits will come up but the fabric of belief is in tatters. Belief has lost its hold. Relief. Something from childhood popped up: “All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again”.
We love stories. (Once upon a time…..) We seem to be attached to our own story and it obscures our true nature. Some belong to a religion that has at its core teaching ‘non-attachment’ and yet everyone in that religion gets attached to the religion and its dogma. How strange!
In the scheme of things mythology has played a significant role in binding tribal communities together. Belief in the myths provides primitive forms of wisdom, or so it seems, wisdom to share and give a relative structure to harmonised community life. The ‘rites of passage’ can be found in most native cultures. A young man or woman is encouraged to face the naked truths of nature, alone. Stripped of support from the tribe, through isolation, they are forced to find within themselves the courage to overcome their own fears. An apparent transformation, an initiation, takes place, alone, privately for the individual. Insights that are not accessible in ordinary community life open the individual to a fresh and new ‘way’ of being.
For modern man, who does not have the apparent benefit of tribal initiation rites, the realm of belief (tattered remains of ancient myths) needs to be transcended and seen through. A myth or belief is not reality. All myths are a ‘tool’ used for various ‘means’ in the dream. For the individual full of doubts and irrational fears, facing life as it is appears to require courage. Finding that there is a natural courage present, when needed, is a significant discovery. When all the myths and beliefs are seen through, life reveals that it is the essence that appears as everything. Every-thing! One Essence appearing as the myth, the courage, the entire display. We actually give it a name. We call it Life.
“You can’t convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it’s based on a deep seated need to believe” – Carl Sagan.
A dream appears in the sleep state. The sleep state is the ground for the dream. A dream also appears in the waking state and the waking state is the ground of the dream, the waking dream. What we are in essence is prior to all states and not perceivable from the perspective of mind. Like space, it is present, no matter what appears or disappears.
Lord Krishna: “No one can penetrate my world bewitching maya”. Man, in the dream, dreams he is awake. One man dreams he is an enlightened guru and another dreams he is waking up through his practice, while another wrestles with the demons of substance addiction. The way out is ‘full stop’. Reality is not a practice. Spontaneous life does not rehears anything.
Life is an impromptu dynamic display.
The free man rarely thinks about his image. The vain man can’t stop thinking about his image and how others might see him. Being a slave to an image of self that has no actual substance is the dream.
Our original ‘state’ is prior to star dust and everything that appears as forms, patterns forming from the elements of star dust, appearing as the galaxies, stars, planets, life forms of all kind, large and tiny. This original state is not in the past or in any time of any kind. The clear evidence is right here, right now. Presence of cognition before the mind translates it.
The following information is rarely found in so-called teachings, if at all. The self-image is a dream character.
A dream character cannot wake up and all efforts to wake it up fail. It is a dream. All methods and practices merely reinforce the idea that the self image has a possibility.. in the ‘future’ of waking up. The actual wakefulness is seemingly burdened by belief in concepts about a future time. In the ordinary sense of dreams, what happens to a dream when you awaken in the morning? It vanishes. It is known that nothing in the dream actually happened.
It is known in the immediacy that nothing ever happened! – There is the revelation!
Most ‘teachings’ contain a grave error and the ‘teaching’ will cover up this error as best it can. However, the ‘teaching’ is totally transparent and nothing can be hidden. The grave error is that the ‘teacher’ through the use of ‘the limitations of their teaching’ and belief in its methods, they get the aspirant to work on the image of self – using all kinds of mind games to wake up the image of self. Elaborate methods mystify the simplicity of being. The methods cannot work. Wakefulness is spontaneous. All you need to ‘do’ is recognise that and realise that any concept or idea about some need to engineer that spontaneous wakefulness is just tom foolery.
The suggestion that a method can bring a result is the conjuring, the lie. The ‘payoff’ for the conjuror is a sense of status in the eyes or minds of those who believe in them. It is vanity! Inner work is a complete fantasy. No result except more dream work and that is useless.
Waking the dreamer? It will NEVER happen! It can’t happen! The ‘teachings’ and methods take on a form of high sophistication, worthy of a prize winning novel – but it is all useless. Apparently I am casting pearl before swine. However, someone has to tell you and you wont hear it from any guru or spiritual teacher, that is for sure. Those who say that methods work must be kidding someone – first themselves and then whoever will believe them. It is a complete fiction. Sorry to be the barer of such unwelcome tidings. It may feel like one has just found out that the shares one purchased in a company deal were/are nothing but a fraud. It is useless to pretend to not know what is not true just as it is useless to pretend to know what is true. True is true. False is false. They do not mix.
Some ‘Teachers’ (conjurors) say they are not direct in their teaching because their followers are not ready yet. Where are they judging that from? Isn’t it obvious that it is they themselves who are not ready? When a baby emerges from the mother, the midwife does not say.. “Wait, the baby is not ready to take its first breath – I have to teach it to breathe first”. Life is spontaneous. Teaching methods and practices that actually support the illusion of the self image that is not ready yet is a shameless cover up. It is like putting a heavy weight on top of your head for no reason. The ‘delay tactics’ implied in ‘teachings’ are due to the fact that the ‘teacher’ does not know the actual completeness of this life essence, the true essence of the immediacy of life. So, they teach. They teach erroneous methods because it is lucrative and it gives them support for their delusional self-importance. That is the most obvious feature which stands out like a dogs swollen nuts when the bitch is on heat.
‘Tomorrow’ is a disease of the mind. The only life there is, is this immediacy of life. Any cover up job is unnecessary and why make any effort to cover it up, when you have to ‘come back’ and uncover it yourself? Madness!
The naked truth is self-shining. No mask, disguise, words or belief can actually cover it up, so why even try? And why call it a ‘teaching’ when it is so obviously nothing but ignorance? All teachings are based on the assumption that there is something to teach, something to learn. Your own true essence is already so. It cannot be taught, learned or unlearned. The image of self is an illusion.
Quote: “Once you have seen something as false, you can NEVER believe in it again” – Bob Adamson – (end of quote)
The activity of knowing (cognition) of itself is no thing. In partnership with the body/mind form, experience of everything happens spontaneously. All experiences come and go but the actuality, the experiencing, does not come and go. That which is remains as is. That which appears to be, appears and disappears spontaneously as the apparent continuum of the appearance, which is not separate from experiencing, cognition – that is changeless – not a thing.
You cannot ‘get that’ because you already are that.
Already perfect, already so.
Compassion may express itself as removing (or attempting to remove) the shackles of a seeker who is convinced they are bound. Resistance to the removal is due to fear of negation of that which they cling to, the belief in being a conditioned individual (me). The so-called past cannot re-present the present because it is gone. Your own shadow in the light of day has more substance than a concept about your self, from the past (or present). Yet, it surely appears that we bind ourselves to definitions of what we are with memory, a dead image. No memory is accurate by any means.
In spiritual circles there are various particulars that are skipped around, ignored… or kept out of any discussion… or discredited… or down right denied. Threats to the belief system must be kept at bay, at any cost.
The grand illusion that is commonly believed in is that the seeker, the dreamer, can wake up. The dreamer is the dream. In the same manner, a seeker is a concept, an idea. I have never yet met any idea, image, concept or dream character that ever woke up.
It is impossible for the dreamer to wake up. It is totally and utterly impossible. The spiritual self-image is a dream. It appears to grow in the imagination to grandiose proportions in some and remains as a stunted guilt ridden image in others. Each case is unique and variations are infinite. Anyway it appears, it does not ‘matter’ because it is a dream figure and can never be real, can never wake up or even go to sleep.
One can explain in very clear terms and point in the simplest language and it goes straight over everyone’s head. It is not heard. It is deflected via an almost instantaneous denial or translated via a cumbersome referencing to the image of self (me). Self-centredness is the assumption that at the centre of this body/mind there is a static point (me). Investigate and see if you can actually find it. It is not there! Don’t take my word for it. See for yourself!
The irony of it all is that spending one’s energy and time trying to wake seekers up is just a dream. Methods and practices are an efficient way to keep seekers occupied and on an imaginary path that the seeker can dream about, measure their progress and imagine a wonderful secret progress, or the common beating oneself up over how unready I am… or how ‘I will never get it’, which is all indulged in privately…. or blabbed about to others who are in a similar situation. It is all a self-centred dream. Sympathy for the devil.
The perfection of (naked, unadorned) wakefulness is present (for all) no matter what! This wakefulness is clearly obvious, easily recognised in a new born baby. Seemingly covered over by psychological suffering in a typical adult. Wakefulness is present before the dawn of words. Before reason. This is why words and reason fail to grasp it.
Quote: A salient pointer… “The place where even the slightest trace of the ‘I’ does not exist, alone is Self.” – Ramana Maharshi (end of quote)
Before your next thought! Recognise it!
Whatever appears upon this wakefulness, whether it be the thought ‘I’ or any other thought, feeling or emotion, will also disappear and the apparent duration of any content of mind is an illusion. Mind is time. Mind appears upon awareness. There is no separate or independent awareness in the mind. What appears in the mind is an appearance. Fixation upon the content of mind gives it a seeming ‘reality’. Investigate!
Nothing corrupts, damages or alters this natural wakefulness (which is shared by all).
What use is there in a dream, for one apparent separate dreamer to try and wake up other apparent dreamers?
The convoluted mind game of trying to integrate ‘pointers’ into the realm of belief in the me of memory is a thoroughly tedious strategy that never works…. and yet it appears to be so common.
How can anyone, who believes they are attempting to be more awake, fall for any kind of mind game? Unless it is a dream! If it is not a dream then it doesn’t make sense. Actually nothing makes sense. The senses are already spontaneously functioning. We focus on the intellect and miss so much of what is self-evident in nature.
Seekers actually show little or no sign of being interested in letting go of their ‘story of me’. Consciousness is real. The ‘me’ is unreal. How can anyone believe that they can use something unreal to attain something real? Millions try every day and fail and still they miss the obvious error. Why? Because it is all a dream! The dreamer can never wake up! Never!
In the scheme of things ‘spiritual people’ appear to be convinced that they are ‘on the right path’ and they do not recognise that the ‘path’ is just a fanciful dream path. To point this out is taken as a personal insult. Yet they are convinced that there is something ‘real’ to be gained from continuing upon this imaginary path. They even call it a ‘sacred path’.
Belief must be investigated. The problem is that the me can’t investigate the me.
Impartial intelligence is required.
Belief is the me – ‘my beliefs’.
It is all about ‘me’ and the ‘me’ is the dreamer! The dreamer gets offended so easily and in the dream will surely snap viciously at you if you manage to actually disturb their dream. It is just a dream.
Recognition of this natural wakefulness is not a result of any content of mind or any transmission from someone else.