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An excerpt from a 2009 interview with Jon, conducted by Chris McKenna. For more of Jon's teachings and
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Hypothetically, if I was to throw gasoline on you and light you up would the Self that you are say "nothing happened"?
"It seems that the non-dual perspective holds that respect & disrespect arise from the same source. So it is with all alleged "opposites". Yet I can not reconcile unbearable suffering, (e.g. being burnt alive as one of many examples), with the view that "nothing happened" because there was not an separate individual to witness this "non-event" and that the One Self is all there is. Hypothetically, if I was to throw gasoline on you and light you up would the Self that you are say "nothing happened"? Also since every body is the One Self, then does that imply that there is a sharing of ALL "possessions, food, money, etc." with every body. Auschwitz ..."nothing happened"; galactic super novas..."nothing happened". Human instinct rejects these examples that Advaita (the One Self) is indifferent to. If Advaita is not a belief system how does the One Self perceive such "non-events"? Your comments would be most appreciated."
"Nothing happened" is just a way of pointing. Actually everything happens but nothing happens in that everything.
Here is the newest video from our monthly Seattle satsang. Enjoy!
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Abundant blessings, peace & love,
It's frightening, losing your life. Everything you ever thought was important just melts away. The complex value systems, the vehicles for outrage, the impassioned striving for a better world, all that happens to no one. What dies is what believes it is not whole. What goes is the notion that any of the morals or outrage or striving is the "why" of being; what drops away is the need for any "why". It is the seeker that dies, although seeking can still arise, but perhaps not in the context of the search for some massive existential purpose.
There is still seeking, and longing, and circumstances that require apparent actions that seem opposed to this message, such as raising your children to be constructive citizens, with a drive to fulfill their potential. But who is all this happening to? When does it happen? To no one, and not in time. It is shining, singing being, speaking through the senses and thoughts and feelings, observing itself with duality, but it is only and ever being, playing the game of living. There need be no one taking it all so seriously, for what is being taken seriously is an illusion, the illusion of a separate self. What can happen, can happen unfettered by this funny idea of you.
Jim Carrey in The Truman Show - everything you've always believed in collapses; it's not necessarily a "bad" thing. Who can make such a judgement?
Here is the newest video from our offering of Seattle satsang on "The Fragrance of Truth."
Abundant, joyful blessings,
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Read from the full post Man is alive, and he or she knows it. Man is very clear that he or she is alive; he does not doubt it. He has no need to verify it from others either. No teaching of any sort is required to know that he is alive. Man does not pray to God to know that he is alive; he is happy that he or she is alive, though he may think that he is not happy in life. But man cannot perceive and experience this aliveness. If he were clear about life, then he would certainly be happy; so he should be clear whether life is real or an illusion. Life cannot be both. If life is real, nothing can be done about it, because that which is real cannot be changed and, if life were an illusion, there would be no need for anything to be done about it. Furthermore, if life is an illusion, then man will be an illusion too, and there would be nobody real to do anything about the illusion. But man thinks that life is real; he thinks that life is real because he or she is convinced that perception and experience are real. These need to be examined as to whether they are or not.
The newest video clip from our recent Seattle area satsang. Enjoy:
Who is it that can be hurt? Pain may arise, but there is no one who can be hurt. In separation, however, the hurt is personal, and sometimes unbearable. We seem to need all kinds of help. Help is always there. The apparent story is a kinder one than it seems it used to be. And my character is not at all averse to asking for help!
That paradox of the character in the story seeming to carry on, and yet there being no one and nothing, isn’t something the mind can resolve. Yet it is blindingly, screamingly obvious; duality is nonduality, twoness is oneness, apprehending itself. We have dreamed ourselves up. If it doesn't seem obvious, perhaps, if you want, you could inquire why that is. What does it matter if an apparent individual is “awake” or not? What is it, exactly, that you are looking for? And perhaps “exactly” is the operating word; some apparent individuals have a very specific idea of what enlightenment, or whatever we’re calling it today, is “like”. It’s like this. This is it.
No one is “enlightened”. No one can awaken. Indeed, that is what is seen. There is no one that can awaken. There is no one, and everything, absolutely everything in the appearance is love. There is no samsara. Some apparent individuals still have the idea that they are separate, most of them in fact, but there is nothing wrong with that. There is nothing that is not Oneness, the Source, Consciousness, aliveness, beingness, whatever the preferred term is.
Here is the newest video from our offering of Seattle satsang on "Eternal Love."
Abundant, joyful blessings,
For satsang calendar or for individual sessions with Matt, please see: http://www.TrueDivineNature.com
In subtle and not so subtle ways a lot of people are rushing to gather info, gather spiritual experiences, gather spiritual knowledge in the hope of getting insights to arrive faster to this ‘final spiritual place’. Is that really what it is about? I have found that we need to come to a total disillusionment and disappointment with life. Nothing on the outside can give ‘it’ to us, no teacher, no partner, no job, no nothing!
The spiritual path is very simple, not always that easy! We need to stop and ask ourselves what is already still what is not touched by our minds? We need to stop and have the courage to listen to the voice of Spirit and not to the voice of our small minds. How do we do that?
Relaxation is the doorway. Making space and realizing that this Silent Being is always here resting in the midst of us and as us. The more you take time to listen to your within-ness the more your life harmonizes itself and becomes magical. Just imagine putting all your love and adoration into this Silent Being. You’ll find your small mind will fill itself with Big Mind; this Silent Being All of your life becomes whole in front of your eyes. It may take some time before you can let go of the human condition. Sooner or later it will happen.