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    TheDreamofSeparation

    Allthereis,isNothingBeingEverythingandwhatappearsaspartofthateverythingisthebeliefand

    experienceofbeingaseparateselfanapparentindividualwithitsownfreewill,choiceandabilityto

    act.Thishappeningisuniquelyhumanandiscalledselfconsciousness.Tomostpeopleitisthereality.

    Thatapparentfeelingofbeingseparateisattherootofthesuffering,inadequacyandsenseoflossthat

    drivespeopletosearchforescapeorresolution.ItisBeingdreamingthatitisapartfromitself,looking

    allovertheplaceforthatwhichisalreadyEverything.Itisthehypnoticdreamofseparationwhich,for

    thedreamer,isveryreal.

    Thedilemmaforthedreamseekeristhatthefeelingofseparationdrivestheseekingforresolution,

    whichfurtherfuelsthesenseofseparation.

    Thedevelopmentofanintelligentunderstanding'mind'apparentlybringswithittheabilitytomake

    choicesandtakeactionsinanattempttonegotiatewith'theworld'livedin.Thesenegotiationsarenot

    alwayssuccessfulandtheindividualseemstoexperienceitsownpainandpleasure.Italsodevelopsa

    greatrespectfortheguidanceandcontrolapparentlyemanatingfromtheunderstanding'mind'.

    However,aslongasthereisasenseofseparation,thereisasenseofdisquietorlossandthereisa

    seekingtodispelthatsense.Itseemslogicalthatthemuchrespectedunderstanding'mind'mustbe

    capableofinvestigatingthecauseofthisdisquietanddiscoveringwaysofdispellingit.

    Theseparateentitycanonlytrytoimagineorprojectanideaofwhatitmustbelikenottobeseparate.

    Whatissoughtisthepossibilityofafuturegoalorstatethatcanberealisedandtherefore,logically,

    mustbeapproachable.Consequently,thefunctionofseekingandtheteachingofbecominglocksthe

    seekerintoastateofcontinuouslyapproachingsomethingthatitcannotcomprehend.Allofthisisthe

    expressionofBeing,arisingasthegood,old,dependableandreliableunderstandingmindfunctioning

    asitcanonlyfunction...incontinualmovementandanticipation.Itisthisactivityofbecomingwhich

    veryeffectivelykeepstheseekerinthehypnoticdreamofreachingoutforsomethingitcannotgrasp.

    Ofcourse,Liberationcanapparentlyhappendespiteallofthiseffort.

    Theonlyotherhopeforthedreamseekeristobelievethatanotherbenevolentenergy(sayGod,

    Consciousnessorasocalledenlightenedteacher)wouldbemotivatedtoguideandinfluencetheseeker

    alongapathwhichwouldeventuallyleadthemtofulfilment.Alloftheseideasofbecoming,purpose

    anddestinyariseinthedream.

    But

    the

    paradox

    is

    that

    although

    Being

    appears

    as

    the

    dream

    seeker,

    Being

    is

    not

    a

    state

    that

    can

    be

    imagined,conceivedof,attainedorevenrealisedbytheseekingofit.Beingrequiresabsolutelynothing

    itistheNothingandEverythingthatisalreadyimmaculatefulfilmentandwholeness.Nothingneeds

    tobechangedorattained,lostorfound,forBeingtosimplyBe.Theappearanceofseparationissimply

    theexpressionofBeing.Theveryideaofsomethingneedingtoapproachthatwhichitalreadyis,is

    wonderfullyfutile.Beingisacomedianwithanaudiencewhichneverlaughs.

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    Thedreamseekerfeelsasenseoflossandunworthiness,andsoisveryattractedtodreamteachings

    whichinvolvepurification,hardcommittedeffort,surrender,devotionandthedevelopmentof

    renunciationanddetachment.Thereisakindoflogicalinevitabilityandworthinessabouttheseideas

    whichresonateswiththesenseoflack.Thealmostendlesspathofstrivinghappilyensuresthe

    continuationoftheindividualexperience.Theseideasseemtoariseoutofaverysubstantialand

    reliablehistoryoftraditionalwisdomwhichsurelymustberespected,eventhoughitisonlyavailableas

    wordsonbitsofpaper.

    Twotraditionalwayswhichseekresolution,orescape,fromthesenseofseparationaremeditationand

    selfenquiry.

    Inmeditationitseemspossible,throughapparentchoiceandguidance,toreachcertainstatesof

    stillnessorblisswhichseembetterthanfeelingseparate.Thebeliefisthatcontinuouseffortwith

    meditationwillsolidifythestateandeventuallymakeitpermanent.Butthesestatesareonlyrefined

    personalexperienceshappeningwithinthedreamstory.Solikeallothertimebasedactivitiesthey

    comeandgoaway.

    Selfenquiryisasimilarprocessinthatthegoalisfortheindividualtochoosetotakeactionormakethe

    efforttoreachaplacecalledawarenesswhich,itsteacherspromise,willbringpersonalpeaceofmind,

    happinessandtheendofallsuffering(?).

    Thereisagreatemphasisontheneedforproperlycarriedoutinvestigationofthoughtprocessesetc,

    andthenecessityforvigilancefrombeingdistractedbyselfcentredthoughts.

    Allofthisactivityisbasedontheprincipleoftheenquirergettingonenessandmaintainingpersonal

    possessionofit.

    Theeffectofthestateofawarenessisapparentmovementintoaplaceofdetachmentwhichatfirst

    feelsveryfreeing,powerfulandsafe...ratherlikebeinginaglassboxfromwhichlifecanbewatched

    withoutthewatcherbeingaffected.Itisstillasubtlydualpersonalexperiencewithinthedreamstoryof

    separationandsoitistransitory.

    Awarenessoflifehappeningisnot'Beinglife'.

    Predictablythestateofawareness(Buddhistmindfulness)iseasilyforgottenormislaid,oritcanbe

    overwhelmedbydreamthinkingoranypowerfulemotionalsituation,forinstance.Theglassbox

    shattersandtheplaceyouseemedtobeinseemslostagain.Thedreamseekereitherstartsself

    enquiring

    again,

    for

    another

    boost,

    or

    it

    is

    realised

    that

    awareness

    is

    just

    another

    refuge

    from

    within

    the

    dreamofseparation.AllofthisissimplytheexpressionofBeing.

    AnotherwayforthedreamseekertoavoidsimplyBeingistotrytounderstandordevelopclarityabout

    itsownnature.ItisveryeasytogetstuckinAdvaitaornondualconcepts.Thesingularand

    unrelentingreiterationofsuchideasasallthereisisBeing",everythingistheexpressionofBeingor

    thereisnooneareanaridandsimplisticformofcommunication.Itdoesn'taddressorilluminatethe

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    dreamseekersapparentdilemmaanditobviouslyignorestheprimaryenergeticessenceoftheimplicit

    alivenessofsimplyBeing.

    TocontinuouslysaythatbeingawakeorbeingasleepisnotrelevantbecauseBeingisallthereisislike

    tellingablindpersonthatitsOKtobeblindbecauseseeingisallthereis.Thisispureidealism.Of

    course,thereisnosuchthingasbeingasleeporbeingawake,butthisisnotseenuntilthereisnoone

    looking.

    TheOpenSecretcommunicationisnotdependentonclearconcepts,howevermuchtheymayexpose

    confusedconcepts.Speakinghappensandwordscanonlypointtoanotherpossibilitywhichisbeyond

    verbalexpression.Itistheeternallynewmessagewhichishiddenwithinthescripturesandeither

    overlookedorrejectedinthemind.

    Theideaofprescriptiveteaching,guidanceortheofferofanykindofhelpsimplydoesnotarise.Thisis

    amessagewithouthopeorcomfortofanykindfortheindividual,butinvariablythedreamseekerwill

    stillbelievethatsomethingisonofferthisisthefunctionofseeking.Itisalsopossiblethatallthatwill

    beleftisnothing,andthenanotherpossibilitycouldarise.However,thereisnoagendaormotive

    becausenothingisforsale.

    Itispossiblethatclaritycouldarise,butabsoluteunderstandingisnotliberation.Nevertheless,allofthis

    conceptualcommunicationissecondarytotheprimaryelementthatismostilluminating.Thatprimary

    elementisenergetic,impersonalalivenesstheimplicit,vibrantwonderofsimplyBeing.Itisan

    energeticshift,apparentlyoutofcontractionintoboundlessness.Thisboundlessnesscannotbeowned

    andsocannotbegiven.Itssimplicityutterlyconfoundsthemind,butwhatarisesisanimpersonal

    recognitionthatthereisnooneandnothingtobeliberated.Allideasofseparation,individualsuffering,

    freewill,choice,meaningandpurpose,destiny,hierarchyandtradition,aresimplyseenbynooneas

    thedreamplayofBeing.

    Itseemsthattheseekingmindisfascinatedbystruggleandcomplexity.Thewholefabricofseekingis

    fullofstoriesofgreatedifices,seeminglyarisingoutofsimplebeginnings.Buddhism,Christianityandso

    manyotherdogmas,ariseandgrowandfighteachotheroverhavingbettergods.Catechismsofsinand

    worthiness,degreesofawarenessandlevelsofenlightenmentareinvestigated,dissectedandstruggled

    over.

    Themindlovestheideaofenlightenmentbeingsomekindofdistant,virtuallyunobtainable,perfect

    placeofpermanentbliss,freefromsufferingandfullofomniscience,omnipresenceandlotsofother

    importantomnisstompingaround,shoutingtheoddsandsavingtheworld.Andofcourse,becauseall

    thisgloryandspecialnesshastobeattained,itseemstherehastobealonghaulthroughthedarknight

    ofthesoul,endlesspastkarmas,originalsin,rightthinking,rightactionandpreparationforthebardos.

    Itisataletoldbyafool,fullofsoundandfury,signifyingnothing.

    YetNaturalBeingissuchanordinaryandgentleconstant.Whenitisseenitis.Whenitisavoideditis.It

    requiresnoeffortanddemandsnostandards.Beingtimelessthereisnopathtotread,nodebttopay.

    Whenthisisheardandconfusioncollapses,whenthecontractionofstrugglingtogetsomethingfalls

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    awayandthevibrantenergyofbeingalivenessbecomesapparent,somethingelseisseen,verynaturally

    ofcourse,becauseitisalreadyallthatis.

    TonyParsons

    1stJuly2006

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