Beyond the Separate Self by Colin Drake (Author)

A ‘Simple Guide to Awakening’ by investigation of one’s moment to moment experience,which leads to one becoming ‘aware of awareness’. Awakening is becoming fully established in, and identified with, awareness.

Colin has been seeking the Truth since he was born in 1948, and has been meditating since 1978. In 1996 encountered a disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi, Gangaji, who said : ‘Stop! Be still, you are already That’. The message being that the effort and search were masking that which is always present; all that was required was to ‘stop’ and see what is always here. This news came like a breath of fresh air and he glimpsed the essence, that undeniable ever-present reality. He then undertook a 7 day silent retreat which resulted in his first ‘awakening’, and also in an ecstasy that slowly faded over the next year.

His books are based on the realization that occurred then and matured over the following years. During this time he has written many articles and poems, based on his meditations/contemplations, which have been collated into books.

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Colin Drake ‘Beyond The Separate Self’ Interview by Iain McNay

Published on Jun 16, 2014
Author of several books including, ‘Awareness Of Awareness’, ‘Awakening And Beyond’ and ‘Beyond The Separate Self’. Colin says, “The vital question is, Who Am I? Without a clear idea of one’s essential identity one cannot relate to the world and others in an appropriate way.”
“There is a need for continual cultivation of awakeness — there is always the danger of nodding off again, staying awake is like walking on a razor’s edge.”
“We need direct investigation, to put aside all belief systems and acquired knowledge. The easiest way is to enquire into the direct experience itself from the position of knowing nothing.”

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Vedic Astrology – Week of June 30 – Mercury Direct

In the early morning of July 1 Mercury moves direct in the sky, after being retrograde for the last 3 1/2 weeks.
Vedic Astrology – Week of June 30 – Mercury Direct – VIDEO

This most recent Mercury retrograde has taken place in Gemini, the masculine sign ruled by Mercury. Therefore, it has been very active in bringing communication issues to the forefront — especially as it relates to language and the interaction between grown up people (Gemini is a “Human” Rasi, not a quadruped or insect, etc. and Related to adults interacting).

This most recent Mercury retrograde has taken place in Gemini, the masculine sign ruled by Mercury. Therefore, it has been very active in bringing communication issues to the forefront – especially as it relates to language and the interaction between grown up people (Gemini is a “Human” Rasi, not a quadruped or insect, etc. and Related to adults interacting).

The retrograde motion of Mercury generally places an emphasis on listening, and the more receptive qualities of communication. In a nonverbal sense this has to do with things like editing/fact checking etc.

I’ve noticed this Mercury retrograde cycle to have been especially disruptive for water signs, (especially Cancer and Scorpio), as well as Aries. This is not surprising considering Mercury is a cruel house ruler for Mars ruled signs and has an inimical relationship with a moon, the ruler of Cancer.

Yet,There is the possibility, based on anyone’s natal Mercury, that it could have delivered powerful or difficult lessons. Regardless, communication issues have been important the last few weeks and now we must move forward with more intelligence, and flexibility around the messages we have been receiving.

But are we listening?
Are We thinking clearly?
What Is the story we are constructing about those things we can’t control?
Can we adapt to this world of paradox?

True intelligence lies is in the capacity to hold opposing views, and honor them both – seeing the strengths and weaknesses with neutrality and non-judgment.

Baladi Avaastha
Mercury begins his direct motion at less than 1° of Gemini – in the “Bala” state – the child state. When a planet is at such an early degree it holds the capacity for purity and innocence, but also immaturity. Now is a time to stop all of the grouching about the problems of Mercury retrograde, and approach new situations with beginner’s mind in the spirit of childlike innocence and possibility.

A Story About Discrimination
Recently when I was with my Guru, Amma, she told a story that illustrates the nature of mercury, discrimination and getting the story right. One day, three older women were sitting around pondering the plight of aging.

The first woman said “have you ever found yourself standing in front of the refrigerator with a jar of mustard and you can’t remember whether you’re supposed to put the mustard back into the ‘fridge or use it to make a sandwich?”

Then the second woman said “Well if you think that’s bad, listen to this. Sometimes I find myself standing at the bottom of the stairs and I can’t remember whether I just came down or I’m supposed to be going up them!”

Then the third lady said “Well thank God none of that happens to me”. Then she “knocked on wood”, and said quickly afterward “somebody’s knocking at the door, I’ll get it”.

Like this, we misread situations and spin them into incorrect stories about ourselves and others. These stories become conclusions and opinions we form which later becomes our very value system.

May we all develop better discrimination and adapt a beginner’s mind as we move forward with Mercury in Gemini for the next month.

All Experience Takes Place in the Placeless Place of Pure Knowing


Published on Jul 1, 2014
In this video clip, Rupert describes how feeling, sensing and perceiving all take place in Awareness.

Awakening from Virtual Reality

Published on Jun 28, 2014

This talk looks at the power our virtual reality of thoughts can hold over our lives. We then explore how bringing mindful awareness to thinking enables us to heal historical wounding and discover who we are beyond the self-story in our mind. We don’t have to believe our thoughts; they are “real but not true! “

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