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light3We are so engrossed
with the objects,
or appearances
revealed by 
the light,
that we pay
no attention
to the light.

Ramana Maharishi

stillness

“Q: Is there any way to stop this chatter?

Bob: No. Do you chatter? Understand and watch it. If you haven’t got a vested interest in it, what is going to happen? It is going to die down. You see, when the chatter starts and I attribute it to ‘me’ and ‘I want this’ or ‘I don’t like that’ or ‘He said so and so’ and ‘blah, blah, blah, blah’ – I have a vested interest in it. Now, in that vested interest what is happening? The energy of ‘I’ and ‘this’. The ‘I’ is a thought, and the ‘this’ is a thought. But that energy is opposed to itself. It is a dissipating energy. It is in conflict with itself. But if I understand that there is no centre here and that it is just chatter and I am aware of it, then there is no ‘me’ that wants anything out of it. There is nothing resisting it. It is just what is. Then there is no energy going into it.

Now can a thing live without energy? No! So, in the watching of it, in the awareness of it without bothering about it, in seeing it for what it is, that is false, it is going to die down of its own accord. So, there is no need to try and stop it. In trying to stop it, the mind will be in conflict with the mind. That will get you into all sorts of trouble, which it has done until now.

Q: How do we stop? I see that chatter but I am still giving it value?

Bob: Well, keep watching it and ask yourself who is this ‘me’ that is giving it value? Until it comes up that you see that this ‘me’ is only an idea. Where is this centre? Where does this so-called me start? Look and try and find a centre or a spot in your body which you believe is ‘me’, or in your mind which you believe is ‘me’. Look as hard as you like. If you can find it, you come and tell me! I know for certain that there is no particular place in this body or this mind of which I can say ‘This is where I begin’, ‘This is where it all starts’.

In your own looking you will find that the false cannot stand up to investigation. You are not the hand; you are not your ear; you are not your nose. There is no particular spot where you can say ‘This is where I began’. Have a look at the body. It started off as a single sperm and a single ovum, which were the essences of the food that you mother and father ate. Where is that cell? That would be the centre, that would be the start of it all, but that cell has doubled and redoubled and it is long gone.

From another angle, am I this mind? the mind is just composed of thought. Which particular thought am I? Am I this ‘I’ thought, but where is that ‘I’ thought if I am deeply asleep or unconscious? It is not there! That would be the finish of me if I was that ‘I’ thought. But the breathing is still happening; the functioning is still happening; there is  not centre there.

So when the chatter goes on and you see that there is no centre to attribute it to, then it must lose its hold. It becomes laughable!”

What’s wrong with right now, unless you think about it?  Talks with Sailor Bob Adamson

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“To know ourselves as silent open awareness is limitless freedom.”

 

Stuart Swartz

water

“Q: Do I know myself through the mind, or is it independent of the mind?

Bob: The only instrument we have is the mind. So, it has to be understood that you can never grasp it with the mind. Because it contains the mind; the mind can never contain it.

Q: What about the feeling or the thought ‘I am”?

B: That is the  primarily thought from which all dualism appears. As soon as there is ‘I am’, there must be ‘you’ or ‘the other’. That idea ‘I am’ is the cause of all seeming problems. That sense of presence is expressing itself through the mind, but prior to that thought, you know that you are, don’t you? You are not thinking ‘I am’ constantly all the time, are you? You know that you are sitting there. You are aware of being present, continually.

Q: What about the when I am in deep sleep? I am not aware.

B: The mind is in abeyance in deep sleep, but that effortless functioning is still going on. The mind is not there. That functioning is still breathing you. It is  still causing the blood to flow around through the body. The fingernails continue to grow. All these do not stop because the mind is not there.

Consciousness, or the mind, stirs in that deep sleep, and you start to dream before you are awake. In this dream you create a world, and you see yourself taking an active part in it. It might be in a town, a city, a room or out in the country. You can dream of all sorts of things. There can be other people there. There could be cars, animals or anything, and you see yourself taking an active part. Yet, that body has not moved from the bed. All of this seeming world has been taking place in that little space between your ears. If you continued on from the night before just as it appears to do in the waking state, could you tell the difference between the dream state and the waking state?

So, is the world anything other than mind? What substance has the mind? What substance has a thought got? That ‘I am’ thought is what you believe yourself to be. Can the mind stand on it’s own? If you were not conscious, if that consciousness was not there, could you have a single thought?

Q: I don’t know!

B: Well, you just said that even in deep sleep, you were not aware o f it. No thoughts. The mind is dependent on consciousness or awareness or whatever you want to call it, that pure intelligence energy. So that must be primary, that must be the reality, not the ‘I am’ thought, not the ‘me’ as such.

Q: Is consciousness dependent on anything else?

B: That is also just a movement in awareness. All this world appears in that consciousness. All this world is the content of consciousness. So, it cannot be anything other than consciousness. There is nothing that you can think of, conceive of, perceive or postulate outside of consciousness. Even if  you are talking about other universes or other solar systems, the moment you think about or talk about them, you have brought them into consciousness. When that ‘thinking and talking’ consciousness is out of the road, there is that pure intelligence there. It just shines of itself.

Q: So is consciousness a part of the universal?

B: The whole thing is universal, if you look at it closely. No parts. Awareness, the absolute, consciousness, mind are one and the same thing in different aspects. Like with water: you have water vapour or steam, then the liquid state of water and then there is ice. These are three different aspects of the one thing, water. So, it still never changes from that non-dual one-without-a-second. Grasp that fact and stay with that. It does not matter what appears. It is still only the One. Then that sense of separation can no longer be there.”

 

Sailor Bob Adamson “What is wrong with right now, unless you think about it?”

 

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