Really, it does not matter if you call something choice or fate/scripted/preordained. Either you can say you chose it all or you can say you chose none of it. I find the “no choice” side tends to promote distancing and escapism. Distancing and escapism is contrary to nonduality. You are this and you can’t get away from it. So I tend to speak from the choice side. This tends to promote more intimacy and engagement with what-is.
Really either stance is fine, but the problem is when we say we chose something and other things just happen to us…that is duality. We want to pick and choose…some things are my choice and some things are not my choice. Continue reading Would you say there is no doer and no choice?
As long as you are setting conditions on Awakening or Enlightenment, it will not happen. What you are saying are really conflicting statements. “I’d like to Awaken, but…”, as soon as there is a “but” in there…what you are really saying is I don’t want to Awaken. You are saying – I have these attachments and I don’t want to let go. What if letting go was the only way to Awaken?
Your effort to remain what you are is what limits you. Also, the unknown is often scary for people, but there can be no assurances given. You have to be willing to take the chance…come what may. Otherwise, fear will always stop you at the edge of the cliff…unwilling to jump into the void. Continue reading I’d like to Awaken, but I don’t want to lose my interests or friends.
With this logic, you would not be most of your own body. You are not aware of what the adrenal or pituitary glands are doing right now. You are not aware of what cells in the body are dying and which ones are splitting to form new cells. You are not likely aware of your shins right now…well maybe now that I brought your attention to it. You are not likely aware of the inside of your nose nor your ear lobes. You are not aware of your ear drums. You are not aware of the backs of your knees. You are not aware of how many white blood cells you have right now or even feel one of them. I can go on like this…but I won’t.
My point is…not being consciously aware does not mean separation or not being it. Continue reading If I am everything, why am I aware of only me?
Whether in the dreaming or waking world, I hope we can agree that there is a happening and events. I do not deny the world’s existence (or the existence of dreams…they happen). Those events are not predetermined and it is not fate and it is not clockwork/mechanical. There is a will creating what is in the moment…ad-libbing and doing improv. There is only the eternal now, which is the Self, and even the Self does not know what will happen. Continue reading Is there free will or is there no free will?
There are two things I want to cover regarding this question. The first is that it is best to not try to quiet the mind. That is fighting the mind and that battle will never end in victory for you no matter how long you fight. It becomes a never-ending battle. When you are trying to quiet the mind, you are actually agitating and fueling the mind to create more thoughts.
In the yoga sutras of Patanjali, on the first page, is the line, “Yoga is the cessation of the revolutions of the mind. Then the Seer [i.e. Self] abides in its own nature.” The mind revolves like a wheel spinning. So, when you try to quiet the mind, you are actually helping to spin the wheel and the mind continues to revolve. Continue reading I am trying to quiet my mind. Should I just witness my thoughts?