Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pointers

"Use not vain repetitions," as Jesus counsels in Matthew 6:7.


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You don't have to halt your thinking to discover Truth. Just note that there is a natural spaciousness between each thought. And it is within that spaciousness that the Ultimate can be discerned.


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Many seekers give an aliveness to the mind that simply isn't there. They claim that it wants nothing but power or that it orchestrates cunning ways to defeat your attempts to suppress it. But the mind is nothing but the arising and disappearing of thoughts, concepts, and feelings. There is no defined "thing" present. You are the pauses between the thoughts!


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Awareness is self-luminous and without beginning or end. And you are That. What is it, within you, that has those qualities or attributes? See for yourself that which has always been readily apparent.


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There is no bridge to Truth. You are already on the other side.


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You need no special guru or lineage of teachers to help you awaken to your natural state. All that's required is a self-realized person (teacher or not) who directs you to Self with clarity, nuance, and self-assurance. It is presence pointing to presence.


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This is key: You exists as awareness. Your body, thoughts, and sensations are appearances in that awareness.


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When you meditate, you think you are accomplishing something, but you aren't. It is just a massive waste of time, energy, and money (if payment or expenses are involved). Why are you attempting to be something that you already are? Where is the logic in that? Or the sanity? And because self-knowing does not transpire in that manner, you are going to spend a lifetime striving to "achieve" something that absolutely will not occur!


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"Enlightenment" is not an empty mind. Rather, it is the teeming presence of awareness in which the so-called mind sporadically arises.


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So much spiritual writing is pure fluff. And that fluff is not going to help you in the least to recognize your fundamental state. It may make for entertaining reading or workshops, but it will not pause your thinking in any significant or life-changing way.


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I recently read an article in a beautiful Buddhist magazine, where the late and well-respected author wrote: "Although Mahayana Buddhism has the concept of sudden enlightenment, it remains a long and gradual practice." With all due respect to the writer, that simply is not true. Awakening will indeed remain interminable as long as it is seen as a practice--that is, as something that you have to attain or work progressively towards. If, however, you were to simply take note of this presence of awareness that is ever before you, the answer can be found, right here and now.

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News & Info

John Wheeler's Web site is no longer up. But earnest and serious seekers (and that's the only kind we have here at "Radiance") can reach him at: johnwheeler111@yahoo.com

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JUST IN: A review of the Kindle Edition of A Vastness All Around on Amazon.

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RECENTLY 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...

Hi Rodney,

I think your email address is wrong
writerguy@fastmail.fm. Also I posted a review of your book on Amazon. It takes a day or so to show up.

Cheers

Ian

Rodney Stevens said...

Hi Ian,

Thank you so much the review! I deeply appreciate that. And I'll check on the Fastmail address, but it seems to be working okay.

Again, many thanks, Ian. :)

Rodney