Sunday, April 3, 2011

Pointers

Does a thought know that you are experiencing it?


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What, then, is doing the knowing?...Don't move from this...What, then, is doing the knowing?


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This understanding is not a transformational process. Nothing really happens, except a full and sudden knowing of that which is subtle and yet magnificent. Your day goes on as before, but now with an unalloyed vastness behind all of that arises. The immenseness was always there, of course--unhidden and being exactly what it is.


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Consciousness is the Alice in Wonderland.


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Awakening (enlightenment, self-realization, etc) doesn't mature. You can certainly garner experience with
being awake. But your natural state remains ever the same.


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The mind doesn't need to be brought into harmony with presence. (Would you be capable of doing that anyway?) All that is needed is a clear seeing that your so-called mind is not a thing unto itself. But rather, the mere ascending of thoughts, images, and concepts in a spaciousness to which you have given scant attention.


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You say that you "welcome everything into being." But who is doing the welcoming? Who, precisely, is at the door, motioning for everything to come in? Even awareness doesn't "welcome" manifestation. It simply
knows that a specific something has appeared. Return to what you are--unbounded presence and clarity--by noticing what is directly within and before you.


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You disappear into the Absolute after every thought and emotion. Why, then, strive to do this as a method or practice? And who would be the entity that would be attempting to do this? In such spiritual endeavors, you are simply getting in the way of yourself.


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Compassion can't be cultivated. It is a natural and spontaneous welling-up of concern and empathy. Neither can you use it as a path to enlightenment. For you
are the numinous! So who, then, would be this "you" trying to "reach" this other You? Obviously, this entity would be imaginary, and thus of no use whatsoever, spiritually speaking.


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News & Info

JUST IN: The beautiful and informative Nonduality Magazine has published a new discussion with Rodney about his book, A Vastness All Around. The extensive and wide-ranging interview was done by John LeKay, the magazine's editor.

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"Loved the book, Rodney. Enjoyed it as much as John Wheeler's first book, Awakening to the Natural State. My favourite quote of yours was "you are no more your personal history than you are your toothbrush." I like the fact that you included little tidbits of your life and surrounds. It felt more like reading a book on travel or history than some of the other textbook style books on nonduality. I think for anyone serious about a direct approach, your book and John Wheeler's are the two to have." -- Ian

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A Vastness All Around: Awakening to Your Natural State is Rodney's first collection of essays, discussions, interviews, and powerful pointers. It can be ordered directly from the publisher at Lulu Press.

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Vastness is now available for the Amazon Kindle! Order Here.

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And for the book's Press Release, click Here.

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If you would like to meet Rodney, have him to discuss nonduality, sign books, or read, you can email him at: writerguy@fastmail.fm. Such events are self-organized, so funding is key, with groups and universities that can cover travel expenses getting priority. And much appreciation!

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2 comments:

Finoh said...

That was a very good interview on Nonduality Magazine Rodney. I liked the way you answered his questions in a clear and precise manner. I used to view you as the 'Masters Apprentice' ( John Wheeler) but clearly you are one of the 'Knights of the round Table.'

Cheers

Ian

Rodney Stevens said...

Hi Ian,

It's always great to hear from you. And thanks for your kind and immensely witty words. Some might say that I am an errant-Knight, but that comes with the nondual territory. :)

Cheers,

Rodney