Middle Pane

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Reflection of the Source

If we look on the Self as the ego then we become the ego,

if as the mind we become the mind,

if as the body we become the body.

It is the thought which builds up sheaths in so many ways.

The shadow on the water is found to be shaking.

Can anyone stop the shaking of the shadow?

If it should cease to shake you would not notice the water but only the light.

Similarly to take no notice of the ego and its activities,

but see only the light behind.

The ego is the I-thought.

The true ‘I’ is the Self.

– Ramana Maharshi

We become whatever we look upon.

We see the shaking.

We see the illusion.

That is the way we know it is a reflection.

Without the shaking,

We see the source,

The light.

We do not see the reflection.

The ego is the reflection.

The true ‘I’ is the light


Eternal Present “For the perfect accomplishment of any art, you must get this feeling of the eternal present into your bones — for it is the secret of proper timing.” BY MARIA POPOVA Among the...

For the perfect accomplishment of any art, you must get this feeling of the eternal present into your bones — for it is the secret of proper timing. No rush. No dawdle. Just the sense of flowing with the course of events in the same way that you dance to music, neither trying to outpace it nor lagging behind. Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present.

~ Alan Watts

Whatever I am doing, that is the process.

This moment, now is what I am doing.

This is the process.

This is now.

The sense of flow.

The grind.

In the zone.

It comes by many descriptions, but it means the same thing.  Total immersion in the moment.  At times of heightened adrenaline, we are pushed into the moment, but this can be achieved with any activity.  Me writing this is me coming into connection with the steam and putting thoughts into actions into keystrokes into words on the screen.  To be totally present is to be totally present in every moment without loss of the flow.  This can be done.  This is what Alan describes.

I have said it before, but I consider him the closest thing to my guru.  He isn’t alive, but his words still speak to me.  I mean, couldn’t a guru transcend death? The appeal of a live spiritual guru is one that can affirm or challenge me.





These are words that only hold the meaning that we provide to them


Consciousness and the world

Mind and body

Thought and form


Form does not give rise to consciousness

Does consciousness give rise to form?


Conscious should drive and create the world.  The world does not create consciousness. – Sadhguru


Thought projects form

Thought perceives form

Thought gives rise to the physical interpretation

But does thought hit against something to realize form?


Interpretation must have something to interpret

Perception must have something to perceive

Or is it just banging against itself?

Thought perceives/interprets thought

And gives rise to form


Consider this: in our everyday state of consciousness, we regard our body to be extremely limited. What’s more, we feel that this body is the major source of all our sufferings — the feelings of pain arise in the body, the fear of illnesses and death are intimately connected to the body, etc. On the other hand, we think bright, encouraging thoughts about our minds, and our imaginative capabilities. Whilst the body is weak, limited and prone to breaking down easily, the mind is sovereign, it is our sanctuary and can give us a glimpse of the victory over our humiliating conditions. Our conscious thoughts seemingly know no bounds — we can fantasize to our hearts content about ideal conditions, distant lands, nice, heartwarming events and circumstances. We can easily imagine pigs with wings — something that’s impossible for the nature itself to accomplish. What can possibly stop our imagination? And look, it’s not only idle daydreaming — all the achievements that the science, technology, art and philosophy can boast of, all have their origin in our imagination.

Well, the experience of Enlightenment changes all that. Strictly speaking, it turns things on their heads. Upon opening our mind’s eye, we see that it is our conscious mind that is extremely limited, feeble, and prone to easily break down. Our body, which we have despised so much, turns out to be the wondrous limitless reality — we can go anywhere, climb any mountain and hill. Our body enables us to truly live.

How to Recognize Enlightenment – Alex Bunard via The Wanderling


Is it a misconception that our thoughts are limitless

and our bodies limited?

Though the body we have the ability to achieve our dreams

And move through the physical world

The body is the tool

The linkage between thought and physical

Between dreams and reality


But is consciousness any of this?

Is it body (form)?

Or mind (thought)?

Or is it the awareness?




A viewing of both melded together

Does it make anything possible or is it the witness

Through which everything is observed?



This post is a late entry to A SELECTION OF TRUE AWAKENING EXPERIENCES PART II, and a follow-up to My Awakening Experience and Moving Forward.  My apologies for the late entry Barb, I was travelling.  I understand if I have missed the deadline.




Why is it that we can remember some things some of the time, but not all things all of the time?  Why is memory selective to the situation and the frame of mind?  Why does doing certain things trigger certain memories?  Why are those memories chosen over others?

Sometimes the memories bring pleasure, and we cherish those over the ones that bring us pain.  Still, we remember the ones that bring us pain.

One memory…  one moment… triggering the next one.

What was the first one?  And how could there ever be a first one?

An empty state

A state of emptiness

Screenshot from 2015-12-04 22:41:18

Continue reading “Memory”

Thankful – Abundance – Coyotes

I feel that I spend so much time looking at where I want to be that I don’t take the time to be thankful for where I am.  I have a loving wife that puts her family first.  2 smart, vibrant, creative children.  Parents, siblings, in-laws, extended families.  Readers and supporters like you.  A career (not a job) where I am paid well and challenged.  A nice house, car, stuff…Freedom.  Independence. Safety. Security. Love. Prosperity. Abundance.

Continue reading “Thankful – Abundance – Coyotes”

Grow a Greater You (Law of Attraction) – Part 1

Law of Attraction

As part of researching pictures and links for my last post, I ran across a YouTube audio of Greg Kuhn reading part 5 of his book Why Quantum Physicists Create More Abundance.  The audio was about using the law of attraction and quantum physics.  I had watched The Secret on Netflix a couple of times and I am pretty interested in manifesting more abundance.  As I said in the original post, I would like to be in a position where I can take care of my family, friends, and give back to the world.  The Secret talked about these things being possible and creating a vision board to see your success, but it never really clicked with me.  It felt more like positive thinking to bring you what you want, and I never really believed that.

Greg explains the law of attraction with principles from quantum physics.  I had never really tied the two concepts together before, but it just made sense.  Everything exists in the quantum field as potential.  The quantum field delivers exactly what we expect, which may not be in alignment with what we desire.  This is the rub.  How do we get our expectations/beliefs to align with our desires?  How do we change our beliefs?

Continue reading “Grow a Greater You (Law of Attraction) – Part 1”


I have been looking externally for a vision on what I should do at work.  I have been waiting for something to just take away the responsibility and just tell me what I should do.  I spoke with my manager today about how I don’t have a clear vision of my career path.  He told me that instead of waiting or depending on others for a vision, I should create one for my department and grow it from the inside out.  I had never really looked at it that way.  I have been looking externally for direction, when the only place that I can really look is internally.

How can I find work that will give me joy?

Continue reading “Vision”

My Awakening Experience and Moving Forward

This post is part of a series of posts that was initiated by Barbara of Me My Magnificent Self. In this challenge each blogger writes of their own experience and then highlights the blogger that will be posting the next in the series. For all the original detail please see the January Challenge on Barabra’s own blog and for the next in this series please go to DottaRaphels.   I am posting after the insightful, stupendous, marvelous, magnificent madam M.  A very tough act to follow.  For a full schedule of contributors scroll down to the bottom of this post.


ObviousState –

So, what is awakening?  I will skip looking up the Webster’s dictionary definition of the word and go to the heart of how I define awakening.  To me, being awake is being aware and mindful that reality is deeper than what we perceive on the surface.  I keep wanting to assign additional attributes to this that are more feelings than realization of the true nature of things.

“That which makes you think that you are a human is not human. It is but a dimensionless point of consciousness, a conscious nothing; all you can say about yourself is: ‘I am’. You are pure being-awareness-bliss. To realize that is the end of all seeking. You come to it when you see all you think yourself to be as a mere imagination and stand aloof in pure awareness of the transient as transient, imaginary as imaginary, unreal as unreal.”

View each person as a teacher

Each situation as a lesson

A chance to grow

Just because you are learning

Doesn’t mean that you are doing it wrong

It is better to tell the truth

You will always be found out by your self


Continue reading “Lesson in Truth”

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