space and time

Q: Can you talk about space and time being the same thing?

Bob: Well space is volume really, isn’t it, and time is duration?

Q: Yes

Bob: Now for me to get from here to where you are, does it take duration, take time? If it wasn’t  for the volume, would there be any need to get from here to there? So they’re really one and the same thing. Again it brings it back to the non-duality of everything. And you see that couldn’t happen if there wasn’t a me and a you first – there wasn’t a centre for it to be measured from. That duration and the seeming apparent entity have to be in the volume. There can be no distance without measuring from some point.

Q: So do reference points still keep coming up?

Bob: Yes. Just the same as choices are seemingly made, opinions are seemingly held, and reference points seemingly come up. But knowing that there’s nothing there for them to attach on to, they don’t hang around. That’s the difference. They’re not fixated on and clung to. They are free to move on.

Q: In a sense, though, the reference points seem to be useful to exist in this world.

Bob: Yes, but there is no psychological trouble in any of that, is there? It’s just a natural function of the living-ness. Things get done or don’t get done, or whatever. Referring to this conceptual entity that we believe ourselves to be – that’s where all the suffering comes from. That’s all that can ever be seemingly hurt or touched.

But when you look in nature, can  you see a reference point anywhere? Is there anything in nature where other things are being measured from? Does the earth in its orbit around the sun say, “I’m this far today and I’ll be a bit closer to the sun at the end of next week”.  Do the comets in the outer reaches of the solar system say, “I’ll soon be heading back towards earth”? The reference point measured from is from the earth and the earth’s constantly moving too, so how can you say it’s a valid reference point? In relation to space, where is earth? Is it here or there or wherever?”

 

Sailor Bob Adamson

http://www.sailorbobadamson.com/

Forest
“The result of observing only the universe is anxiety. Only observing the Observer of the universe will put a stop to a man’s worrying and fussing and scheming. When his interest is diverted inwards he naturally relaxes his hold – his stranglehold – on the outer world. Having withdrawn his capital and paid it into his own Central Bank (where it appreciates to infinity), he has nothing to lose out there and no reason for interfering. He knows how to let things be and work out in their own time. He’s in no hurry. Knowing the Self, he can hardly fail to trust its products. Whatever occurs is fundamentally agreeable to him. In Christian terms, he has no will but God’s: what he wants is what happens and what happens is what he wants. Paradoxically his obedience to the nature of things is his rule over them. His weakness is in the long run all-powerful. And the secret of his power over things is that he goes to the Source. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Seek ye first these things, and even they shall be taken away.

This perfect obedience isn’t just lining oneself up with God’s will, or imitating it, or even becoming part of it. It’s that very will itself in full operation. If we wish to find out what it’s really like to create the world, we have only to desire nothing and pay attention. But total acceptance is very hard. It’s precisely the opposite of the lazy indifference that lets things slide. It springs from inner strength and not weakness, from concentration, not slackness. Why is the world so troublesome, so frightful? Is it like that by nature, or because we take the easy way of fighting it instead of the difficult way of fitting in with it? We have to find out for ourselves the truth of the sage’s demonstration that even in the smallest things the way of non-interference, of giving up all self-will, of “disappearing,” is astonishingly practical, the way that works. Not only in the long run but from moment to moment consciously getting out of the Light, giving place to whatever happens to be presenting itself in that Light, is astonishingly creative. We do too much and therefore remain ineffectual, we talk far too much and therefore say nothing, we think far, far too much and therefore prevent the facts from speaking for themselves – so say those who know the value of emptiness. It’s for us to make our own tests, not – repeat not – by the direct method of trying to be quiet and mindless (it just won’t work) but by the indirect method of seeing Who, it seems, was trying to be like that. No man becomes Godlike except by seeing that he isn’t a man anyway. (Douglas Harding. Look For Yourself.)”

 

http://www.headless.org

buddha_smile” The hearing is happening through the ear. The ear is not telling me, I hear. Again it’s translated by thought, I hear. So the eye is not telling me I see and the ear is not telling me I hear, but the thought comes up and translates it. Now ask yourself this: Can the thought, I see, actually see? Look closely and you’ll realise that the thought is not seeing. Can the thought, I hear, actually do the hearing? All the thought is doing is translating. This ego is thought up and has no power to see, to hear or to be aware. The thought, I choose, can’t choose. The thought, I’m aware, is not your awareness.

So this fictitious ego is an idea to which we have been in bondage for all these years. The belief that it is an entity that can choose has self-will, self-awareness,  is having bad luck, etc, is just a thought. In the seeing that it’s a fiction, what’s going to happen then? Isn’t the natural livingness going to carry on the way it’s been carrying on anyway? It’s breathing you, it’s beating your heart, it’s growing your hair and fingernails, digesting your food, replacing cells, causing the thinking, feelings, emotions and everything to happen quite effortlessly.

If all the functioning is not being related to a me, then what’s the problem? Is good or bad a problem unless it’s related to an entity that thinks it should be some other way? It doesn’t mean to say problems won’t come up. They’ll come up, sure, because as in natures the pair of opposites are constantly functioning, but when they are coming up, they are seen for what they are. With un-fixated awareness,they move on. When we’re fixating on something, clinging to something, attaching to something, it keeps it there. There’s a resistance going on and it’s not free to move.

That’s why we say that all our problems come from the belief in a separate entity. See that it was never real and  you realise things have just happened that way.”

 

“Sailor” Bob Adamson simplifies it once again.

http://www.sailorbobadamson.com/

absolute

“If you are seeking truth, reality, God or whatever you like to call it, I suggest you start with the only reality you are absolutely certain of that is the fact of your own being. There is no one sitting here who can say ‘I am not’. Each one of us knows ‘I am’. But that thought ‘I am’ is not the reality. It is the closest you will ever get to it with the mind. That ‘I am’ is just a translation by the mind of that sense of awareness, the awareness of presence or the presences of that awareness. That is the only reality we are absolutely certain of. Nobody under any circumstances can say ‘I am not’. That knowing is constantly and ever with us. And that is why we say that what you are seeking you already are.”

Sailor Bob Adamson

 

search
” The search itself is the trap.  You are already what you are seeking.  You think there is something to attain or to get.  You have never been anything other than that, and never could be.  We hear that, but how many of us really take a good look at it and stick with it, hang onto it?  What do we do?  ‘That is not good enough!’  We will race away and look at somebody else.  We will go to somebody else, hear somebody else, read another book or do this or do that, thinking we will get the answer somewhere else.  But the only place the answer is, is with you..  It is not with anybody else.  You already are that.  You can’t be anything else other than that.”

Sailor Bob Adamson

simplicity” Another thing we say is that you won’t find the answer in the mind, so it’s pointless looking there. In looking, is there any place that is outside of the mind? Every direction  you look in is always in the mind. When  you realise that you can’t get out of the mind by looking, what must happen? Wouldn’t there just be a natural full stop? In that full stop, the thought is paused for a brief moment. In that pause, when there’s no thought going on, you haven’t stopped seeing, you haven’t stopped hearing, you haven’t disappeared and you haven’t fallen apart. When there’s no conceptualizing going on, no thinking, you are prior to the mind. And that’s how simple it really is.”

Sailor Bob Adamson

awareness“…There is a sense of presence with each and every one of you  right now in the immediacy of  this moment. It’s the presence of awareness, or the awareness of presence. Nobody sitting here can say I am not. Each one knows I am.

So that’s what we’re speaking to – the sense  of presence that is expressing through the mind as the thought and that which is speaking to it. In actuality, it is that sense of presence speaking to itself. There will be a resonance in hearing it. The resonance happens because innately you already know it. You recognise that you are That and always have been.”

Sailor Bob Adamson

one existenceQ: I don’t know whether I can come to terms with the fact that I don’t exist.

Bob: Nobody says anything about non-existence. You are existence itself. There is only one existence, one presence, one power, one intelligence. Instead of confining yourself to that little pattern you call me, which in the scheme of things is nothing, you’re trying to work it out in the mind. Me can never come to terms with it. As Nisargadatta says, “You’re trying to grasp it with a concept – and  you fail. And you are bound to fail.” He means you’ll always fail while you’re trying to grasp it with a concept.

 

But, full stop right now, without a thought, are there any concepts going on? Yet have you stopped seeing? Have you stopped hearing? Have you stopped being aware? In that instant without a concept, without a thought, before another concept arises, you realise that you are existence; you are the living-ness, the being-ness. Do you have to come to terms with that? You can only come to terms with it with another concept. It’s just as it is – unadorned, naked awareness – not adorned by concepts. As the poem says, “It’s closer than your breathing, nearer than your hands and feet.” you’ve never been away from it. Never could.

Taken from Only That – the life and teaching of Sailor Bob Adamson

by Kalyani Lawry

“If it’s not here now, it’s not real.

Life only happens now.

You are not your history. And if you’re not your history, that takes away all the problems to work on, doesn’t it? “

Hale Dwoskin

“Wisdom is knowing I am nothing,
Love is knowing I am everything,
and between the two my life moves.” 

― Nisargadatta Maharaj