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Pain Bliss and the Eternal Now

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Hello my friends Well it's the day before Christmas and I am confined to my bedroom and find myself in quite a bit of pain. A few days ago I took my daughter Zoe (7 yrs. old) for a horse ride. On the trail a huge tree fell right as we were riding by, it made a tremendous noise, like a gunshot, only louder (to my ears). The horses were spooked and suddenly all hell broke loose as the horses bolted. Little Zoe struggled to stay on as her horse (named spook ironically) galloped full pelt up a hill, Zoe suddenly came off and smashed into a tree. I was probably in shock and on top my own bolting horse (named Jerry) we flew by Zoe who lay on the ground screaming in pain, I dismounted my horse while it bolted at full speed and hit the ground hard, tumbled down a hill and suddenly a tremendous pain in my right foot. Running to Zoe the pain was almost unbearable, we huddled together on the ground, covered in scraps blood and dirt, it was a hot day. "This was the worst thing that
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Coming Undone Once again life brings "the me concept" and its supposed "volitional power to do" undone. Each time this happens, I have a chance to open deeper to the revelation that "I am not that" Yet, this is the very situation the self improvement teachings seek to amend. The self improvement teachings never question the nature of the self that they propose to improve. Whereas the Advaita teachings simply ask us to look and see that we may not actually be the conditioned self we take ourselves to be. Its this conditioned self that "comes undone" in what I term The Living Teaching, meaning Life's unending dance of  change and transformation, wherein, if we are open and fortunate, we may come undone and loosing a foothold find ourselves free falling in endless wonder and awe.

Galen Sharp, Wei Wu Wei & Non-Volitional-Living

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It's been a long while since I last updated this blog and the thought to do so, has been popping into my mind for a while now, so here goes! I run a small publishing venture Tandava Press with my wife Natasha The first book to be published was my own The Dance of Stillness Well, recently we published "What Am I? A Study in Non-Volitional-Living" By American Author, Artist Galen Sharp. I can't begin to express my gratitude for to the Universe for the gift that it has been, to both my wife and I, in being privileged to help bring this book into being. Galen is a teacher, albeit, a reluctant one, of what is known as Advaita, or Non-Duality. The word Advaita quite literally meaning Not-Two! The central thrust of the message in Galen's book is "You Are Not What You Think You Are", that we have a completely false idea (generally speaking), of who or rather what we-are! In Galen's book the reader is taken on a tremendous, life transforming journey of

How important is it?

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Nothing really matters Unless you say it does Go figure Or don't
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To imagine a nihilistic end to suffering is (I feel) to miss the point entirely. The Self is nothing other than Light, suffused with Bliss and Contentment. Holding onto the notion that I am a self-existent, self-sufficient entity apart from the All, is the thorn to be removed, which only serves to block or cover our real Being. Consciousness is fathomless Bliss.

The Dharma of the body

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The deeper ones penetration into the organic feeling of the body - the more present one is to its depth -without the overlay of opinion and comparison, the more fully the organism can- express the wisdom of the universe, which is inherent within it.

What is the value?

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If our spiritual quest is to mean anything at all, then the Timeless Awareness that is our heritage needs to become a whole new way of living. One in which, our lives touch and even enter into the very core of suffering in this world of such bitter pain and brutal darkness. The shimmering light of Oneness needs to be translated into the helping hands of a friend, into food for the starving, or clothing for the poor. Then (perhaps) the Birth of Timelessness in time can be said to be worth something.