If you love Oneness beyond, and at the heart of, the great Traditions please read this – ‘I = Awareness’

Yesterday in our ‘One Garden’ session we celebrated the fact that at least one academic has bridged the gap between academic research and teaching and the age-old wisdom core of the great Traditions.

Yesterday we used a paper entitled ‘I = Awareness’ by a professor of psychiatry Arthur J Deikman.

If you are at all interested in inter-spirituality, nonduality or interfaith understanding this paper is absolutely key!

You can read, or re-read, the paper here – http://www.deikman.com/awareness.html

Professor Deikman’s spiritual path included Buddhism and Sufism.

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Arthur J. Deikman (September 27, 1929 – September 2, 2013) was a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and a member of the editorial board of the ‘Journal of Humanistic Psychology’ and ‘Human Givens’. He was also a contributor to ‘The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease’.

About Deikman and his work – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_J._Deikman

Articles by Arthur J Deikman – Dig deep there are many more articles on several layers down – http://www.deikman.com/

Books by Arthur Deikman – https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=deikman

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AWARENESS: inspirations from Baha’u’llah, Abdu’l-Baha, Ken Wilber and Rupert Spira

Earlier today I posted a piece about Deikman’s ‘I = awareness’.

Here are four other teachers on the nature of awareness;

1a) “…..according to the great sages, there is something in us that is “always conscious” that is literally conscious or aware at all times through all states, waking, dreaming, sleeping. And that “ever present awareness is Spirit in us”. That underlying current of constant consciousness (or non-dual awareness) is a direct and unbroken ray of pure Spirit itself. It is our connection with the Goddess, our pipeline straight to God.” — Ken Wilber in One Taste p. 64 – -0-

1b) The one thing that we always are already aware of is….awareness itself. We already have basic awareness in the form of the capacity to witness whatever arises. As an old Zen master used to say, “you hear the birds? You see the sun? Who is not enlightened? None of us can even imagine a state where basic awareness is not because we would still be aware of the imagining. Even in dreams we are aware. Moreover, these traditions maintain, there are not two different types of awareness, enlightened versus ignorant. There is only awareness. And this awareness, exactly & precisely as it is, without correction or modification at all, is itself Spirit, since there is nowhere that Spirit is not. The instructions then are to recognize awareness, recognize the Witness, recognize the Self, & abide as that. Any attempt to get awareness is totally beside the point. “But I still don’t see the Spirit!” “You are aware of your not seeing Spirit, and that awareness is itself Spirit!” You can practice mindfulness, because there is forgetfulness; but you cannot practice awareness, because there is only awareness. Ken Wilber in One Taste: p130

2a) BAHA’I INSPIRATIONS: “Earth & heaven cannot contain Me; what can alone contain Me is the heart of him that believeth in Me, and is faithful to My Cause.” How often hath the human heart, which is the recipient of the light of God and the seat of the revelation of the All-Merciful, erred from Him Who is the Source of that light and the Well Spring of that revelation. …..Those hearts, …. that are aware of His Presence, are close to Him, and are to be regarded as having drawn nigh unto His throne. SOURCE – http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/GWB/gwb-93.html

2b)…..the Essence of God is incomprehensible to the human mind, for the finite understanding cannot be applied to this infinite Mystery. God contains all: He cannot be contained. ….. The whole is greater than its parts. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá – SOURCE – http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/ab/PT/pt-5.html

3) Rupert Spira inspirations: Awareness cannot be found by the mind, in most cases it is deemed missing. And as a result of that, the peace and the happiness that are inherent in it are also considered missing. And hence the imaginary self goes off into the world in search of the missing peace and happiness. And as we all know, it doesn’t live there. Where does it live? In the simple knowing of our own being. It’s knowing of itself, that is, awareness’s awareness of awareness. And it is your innermost experience at all times. It’s not a new experience. It’s not something that has been lost and has to be found. At worst, we could say it has been overlooked, apparently. The screen has been overlooked due to our exclusive fascination with the body, the mind, and the world.
…….. just relax the focus of your attention from the body, mind and the world. You don’t have to get rid of them, just cease being exclusively focused on anything. It’s like withdrawing your attention, it’s like putting the camera slightly out of focus. Your attention flows back to its source which is your self. You just stand as this space of awareness. You just let the body, the mind and the world do whatever they’ve been conditioned to do. Just let them flow by. NB Rupert’s YouTube videos are here – https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rupert+spira+

JOAN TOLLIFSON: ‘The Simplicity of What Is’

Joan’s writing is deeply inspiring for many of us – she is one of our contemporary’s worlds best nonduality teachers.

I wonder about her focal point of ‘The Simplicity of What Is’. Not because I feel any challenge to the beauty and truth of The Simplicity of What Is but because the greater the simplicity the greater the demands that are placed on the the reader or listener. If we are wholly caught up in the agitation of a dual world and a false self image we need a bridge or life-line to experience the breakthrough of realization.

Having said that the bridges or life-lines that are necessary for all seekers exist in plenty in her books and in her Outpourings

Here is how Joan begins her piece on The Simplicity of What Is – read deeply her work here – http://www.joantollifson.com/writing1.html

The Simplicity of What Is – by Joan Tollifson
What is life all about? Does it mean anything? Where are we looking for happiness or liberation? Do we have free will? What is enlightenment and how can I get it? Can anything be done to free ourselves from depression, anxiety, compulsive behavior, wars, holocausts, prejudices? What is spiritual (and what isn’t)? What happens when we die?

The thinking mind wants to find answers to questions. When you’re trying to find out which bus to take or how to build a house, this ability to find answers is a useful function. But the thinking mind doesn’t know when to stop thinking or when thinking is useful and when it isn’t. And so, as we grow up, we live more and more in a conceptual world trying to think our way to happiness. We lose touch with the immediacy and wonder we had as children.

When I was a little girl, my mother used to give me a pail of water and a paintbrush so that I could paint on the sidewalk. I’d paint these paintings on the sidewalk with water, and they would disappear in a matter of minutes, but that didn’t matter because what I was enjoying was the sheer joy of doing it. It needed no reward, no praise, no permanence. It was complete in itself.

And then at another point in my life, I was an art student, and I can remember seriously questioning whether it was worth painting at all if I weren’t Leonardo or Picasso, if I were less than perfect. That sense of playfulness and curiosity that children have so naturally, enjoying the simplicity of being, gets overshadowed by this attempt to make something out of me, to make “me” into a successful me.

Very often when we come to spirituality, even when it’s supposedly all about waking up from this story of me, it morphs into it’s own new version of this same story, focused now on how successfully I’m waking up, how well I’m meditating, whether I’m enlightened or not. Oddly enough, this me that we’re so concerned about may be nothing more than a kind of mirage or mental image, the central character in a movie story generated by thought and imagination, nothing real at all.

How can we find out? Is it possible to wake up from this mental mirage, this entrancement in thought? What is it that would wake up? Is it “me”? Or is it something else?

Again, the thinking mind looks immediately for answers. We seek out authorities and adopt their views. We cling to ideas and explanations, and seek bigger and better experiences.
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Liberation is not about having the answers or having an experience. It has nothing to do with belief, but is rather the absence (or transparency, or seeing through) of belief. Waking up does not happen in the past or the future, only Now. Liberation or enlightenment is not something you find or acquire like a new car. It is not some dazzling or exotic experience like being permanently high on ecstasy or LSD. Liberation is seeing through or waking up from entrancement in the ubiquitous fabrications and mirages of conceptual thought, including the whole idea of being a separate someone who supposedly needs to be liberated. Liberation is being just this moment, recognizing the simplicity of what is and being awake to the undivided unicity that is ever-present and ever-changing. It is the absence of the belief that “this isn’t it,” and the falling away of the search for enlightenment “out there” somewhere in the future. Liberation is realizing the emptiness of every apparent form and the unbound openness that is always Here / Now even in the midst of apparent contraction or resistance.

Ultimate Reality is hidden right in front of our eyes in plain view. It is showing up as breakfast dishes, laundry, sunlight on leaves, the barking of a dog, sound of traffic or rain, the humming of the computer, the taste of tea, the shapes of these words, and the awareness being and beholding it all. And only when we describe all of this in words does it seem as if “awareness” is one thing and “the taste of tea” is something else. The non-conceptual actuality of this breathing-hearing-seeing-awaring-being is undivided, without center or periphery. No inside, no outside. No subject, no object. Simply this, just as it is.

Go to Joan’s Outpourings here – http://www.joantollifson.com/writing1.html

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‘I’ = AWARENESS

‘I’ = AWARENESS by Arthur J. Deikman

Deikman from within the new (newish) field of published a paper in the Journal of Consciousness Studies strikingly entitled ‘I’ = Awareness.

This stopped me in my tracks since it is what nonduality and mystical teachings have been teaching for thousands of years – has at least some small bit of Academe caught up?

Abstract:
Introspection reveals that the core of subjectivity — the `I’ — is identical to awareness. This `I’ should be differentiated from the various aspects of the physical person and its mental contents which form the `self’. Most discussions of consciousness confuse the `I’ and the `self’. In fact, our experience is fundamentally dualistic — not the dualism of mind and matter — but that of the `I’ and that which is observed. The identity of awareness and the `I’ means that we know awareness by being it, thus solving the problem of the infinite regress of observers. It follows that whatever our ontology of awareness may be, it must also be the same for `I’.

Published in Journal of Consciousness Studies, 3, No. 4 (1996), pp. 350-6

Arthur J. Deikman was a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Human Givens.

http://www.imprint.co.uk/online/Deikman.html

Rupert Spira: How should I deal with my agitated thoughts?

Rupert in the Youtube video ‘Who is the I who chooses?’ frames the question “How should I deal with my agitated thoughts? – and reveals the ‘shocking’ truth about nondual teachings!

app for your computer, phone or tablet – ‘The Bell of mindfulness’ Thich Nhat Hanh

“In the busy time of our daily life, we let our mind float away to many distractions.

We forget about our body, our breath, and our mind; we forget about the unity of our mind and body.

In order to remind us of this unification, the bell of mindfulness is meant for us to bring our mind back to our body.

When we hear the sound of the bell, please stop what we are doing and take three breaths to bring our mind back to our body.

Let this unification happen and be happy in the present moment.” translated by San Nguyen

Software is designed and written by San Nguyen. Language is translated by San Nguyen. Software is written in honor of the teachings by Thich Nhat Hanh.

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VERSION FOR CHROME: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/bell-of-mindfulness/lggmmceliiaoddfnbaccgpfnpoifilic?hl=en

There are other versions – see this brilliant page; http://www.thichnhathanhfoundation.org/#!mindful-bell-sounds/c14kg

Juxtaposition-ing: Teachings from Baha’i and Zen Buddhism

FROM BAHA’I TEACHINGS:
This most great, this fathomless and surging Ocean is near, astonishingly near, unto you. Behold it is closer to you than your life-vein! Swift as the twinkling of an eye ye can, if ye but wish it, reach and partake of this imperishable favor, this God-given grace, this incorruptible gift, this most potent and unspeakably glorious bounty………. by Baha’u’llah – http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/GWB/gwb-153.html

FROM BUDDHIST TEACHINGS:
Not knowing how near the truth is,
People seek it far away, what a pity!
They are like him who, in the midst of water,
Cries in thirst so imploringly.

Zen master Hakuin – (January 19, 1686 – January 18, 1768)