Essential Alison Krauss (2009)

' On the "Witness" '...

At this point, higher reason has almost finished all the work it can do. The gross world, the subtle world, that body and mind are no longer seen as though they exist outside of awareness.. Nothing is experienced as self-sustaining, independent thing, but rather as made of spontaneous arisings in the witnessing awareness.

Having realized the witness, you discover that you've always been home. You no longer feel that you were born or that you will die. If the universe itself perishes, you as awareness will be there.

You don't take any of this personally, because the structures that allowed this are seen never to have existed. You no longer feel lonely, separate or alienated in any way at all. You no longer compare your own spiritual attainments to those of another. You no longer wish to have another's experience, since it no longer seems that experience is in any way personal. Experience has become another term for this same global awareness.

Your experience is utterly sweet and open. The earlier descriptions of awareness as love now fully agree with your direct experience at every moment. It's not that sweetness is experienced as arisings which are pleasant. The sweetness is much deeper than that. It is not an arising object. Rather sweetness is globally felt as the very source and nature of the arisings. Even arisings that would normally be called "pain" are lovingly held as sweetness by this very same sweetness. Nothing is felt to be an exception to this perfect openness, clarity, love and sweetness. This is radical and revolutionary. And it is your natural state.

-Greg Goode, Standing as Awareness, Non-Duality Press

' The Real Work '...

The Real Work .

It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,

and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.

The mind that is not baffled is not employed.

The impeded stream is the one that sings.

- Wendell Berry (Collected Poems)

' Compelling Insight '...

Mentalism is the study of Mind and its product, thoughts.

To separate the two, to disentangle them, is to become aware of Awareness itself.

This achievement comes not by any process of intellectual activity but by the very opposite--suspending such activity.

And it comes not as another idea but as extremely vivid, powerfully compelling insight.

-- Notebooks Category 28: The Alone > Chapter 2: Our Relation To the Absolute > # 119
-- Perspectives > Chapter 28: The Alone > # 3 Paul Brunton

' Mind at Rest '...

Sadhana (spiritual practices) do not wake you up by themselves.

They have no awakening powers.

But they put your mind to rest.

When your mind is at rest you awaken.

~ Robert Adams

' Sadhana '...

Sadhana (spiritual practices) do not wake you up by themselves.

They have no awakening powers.

But they put your mind to rest.

When your mind is at rest you awaken.

~ Robert Adams

' Look into your Heart '...

Your vision will become clear

only when you look into your heart.

Who looks outside, dreams.

Who looks inside, awakens.

- Carl Jung,

Bob Dylan - Desolation Row (Audio)

' By His Grace '...

"The heart is the innermost man or spirit. Here are located self-awareness, the conscience, the idea of God and of one's complete dependence on Him, and all the eternal treasures of the spiritual life....

Where is the heart?

Where sadness, joy, anger, and other emotions are felt, here is the heart.

stand there with attention....

Stand in the heart, with the faith that God is also there, but how He is there do not speculate.

Pray and entreat that in due time love for God may stir within you by His grace."

-Saint Theophan the Recluse
in George A. Maloney, S.J.
Prayer of the Heart
Notre Dame, Indiana: Ave Maria Press, 1981, p. 25

' God is That which You can See '...

It is natural for man to make God that which he thinks to be best;

therefore whether people belong to the same religion or nation or

each one of them has his own God,

depending on the way he looks
upon Him.

Each person's God is as he looks upon Him;

and if one says
that there are as many Gods as there are people in the world,

is also true.

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