Two Approaches to Suffering


Published on Mar 11, 2016

A discussion about suffering and the obscuring of Awareness.

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‘ I ‘ as AWARENESS… CONSCIOUSNESS

Rupert Spira speaking in Berkeley, California

Published on Apr 10, 2015

Rupert Spira speaking in Berkeley, California
Produced by Open Circle East Bay

The Disentanglement of the Self – Rupert Spira

It is common for people who encounter this teaching to fear a dissolution of their identity. What do we fear disappearing with the recognition of our true nature? It’s true that what seems to define us as a person — our thoughts, feelings, ideas, name and form — is going to disappear.

If we were truly afraid of letting go of the individual characteristics of our particular body and mind, we would be afraid of falling asleep at night. But we do so happily; we even look forward to it! Without a moment’s thought we give up our body, our mind and our world as we fall asleep, and are left only as the peaceful Self – pure Awareness – that we essentially are.

We don’t miss our body and our mind when we are asleep. We’re perfectly happy there without them. Then, in the morning, we happily ‘get dressed’ in our body and mind again. First we put on our mind, then our body, and then the world.

All the time, underneath the body/mind/world that we assume, we are always this peaceful Self that is inherently unattached to the body, mind and world. What we essentially are is no more attached to them than it is the clothes we’re wearing. We don’t have to work hard to detach ourselves from thoughts, sensations and perceptions. We just see that what we essentially are is already unattached to any particular object.

So, why are we afraid of letting a collection of thoughts, sensations and perceptions disappear? What do we think we are going to lose? The reason we fear it is that we have invested our identity in a collection of objects — ideas, knowledge, history and the sensations that we know as the body — in something that comes and goes.

To say, ‘we have invested our identity’ means that our essential Being of pure Awareness, or the simple experience of being aware, has mixed itself up with a collection of thoughts and feelings to such an extent that it can no longer distinguish itself from them. By allowing our Self to be entangled with an object or a collection of objects, we have allowed our true nature to be veiled.

Once we have consented to limit ourselves in time and space and seem to have become, as a result, a temporary, finite entity that lives in and as the body, we are destined to experience in a way that is consistent with that consent, and are thus destined to suffer. The experience of suffering is like a red flag signalling us, ‘Stop, you have mistaken yourself for an object. You have consented to limit yourself to a mind and a body.’

From the point of view of Awareness, which is the only real point of view, there is no veiling of itself. To say that we have allowed ourselves to become entangled with the body and the mind is a concession to the apparently separate self that believes and feels itself to be temporary and finite. So the statement is made to that apparent one that we believe and feel ourselves to be.

The implication of the phrase, ‘We have allowed ourselves to become entangled’ is the possibility that we could not allow it, that we could choose not to become entangled. This then raises the question, ‘Do “I”, the separate self, have the free will to choose whether or not I become entangled with the body/mind?’

The idea that we have the freedom to choose whether or not to become entangled with thoughts and feelings is a concession to the separate self we believe and feel ourselves to be. From the separate self’s point of view, it has choice, freedom. If we think we are a separate self, then by definition we feel that we are making choices.

For this reason the teaching says, ‘You have the choice. You have consented to limit yourself. You can choose not to. Choose to disentangle yourself. Make that your first choice in life, to disentangle yourself from the body and the mind and to know yourself as you truly are.’

As an apparently separate self, the highest choice we can make is to turn our attention away from the objects that we seem to know, towards the Knowing with which they are known. Making that choice effects this disentanglement of our self from the body/mind, and, as a result, our true nature stands revealed as it is.

When the mind returns to the heart — when the separate self is divested of its separateness and stands revealed as the true and only Self of pure Awareness — it becomes clear that there was never a separate self to begin with, and therefore the question as to whether or not that separate self has choice is moot.

The choice of refusing to be limited by the body and mind is open to everybody. At every moment there is the possibility to turn the light of our attention around on itself so as to know the nature of our Self, that is, the nature of the Knowing with which we know our experience.

This experience of being aware has never left us. We have never ceased to be this ‘I am aware’. Just give your attention to that. Instead of shining your attention on an object — a thought, feeling, sensation or perception — shine that Awareness on the experience of being aware, in other words, on itself. Allow your attention to come back to itself, just to rest in itself. That experience is peace itself.

Just abide there. Give your attention to your Self. Allow the Self to give its attention to itself. You’ll simply forget about the fear of losing your identity, of disappearing. This knowing or remembering of our own Being – its knowing of itself in us – will formulate itself in the mind as a kind of conviction: I am not just aware; I am eternally aware. I have never experienced myself disappearing. I never go anywhere. I have never been hurt. No experience has ever left a trace on me, yet I am totally intimate with all experience. I never die.

~ Rupert Spira

The Reality Problem: Can Science Become Enlightened – Deepak Chopra


Published on Nov 24, 2015

Science goes where reality leads it, but what happens when reality itself comes under question? Since the quantum revolution over a century ago, the solid, tangible nature of reality has been undermined. Scientists were faced with three linked mysteries that are only now being seen as inseparably linked:
What is the nature of the universe?
What is the nature of consciousness?
What is the origin of both the universe and consciousness?

The era has ended when consciousness and the universe could be treated as separate and unrelated. Once accepted as independent, material reality depends on observation – the “measurement problem” in quantum mechanics. At the same time, mind/consciousness/awareness can no longer be considered epiphenomenal, a complex product of brain processes having no bearing on reality.

On the way to making the case for “consciousness first,” the following issues will be considered:

Can exploring consciousness through spiritual methodologies lead to some of the same insights as science?

Can the conscious observer and ‘self’ be understood through introspection – self awareness, self reflection, transcendence, and conscious choice making and intentional self – observation?

Is there a difference between perceptual experience and fundamental reality?

Where do consciousness and conscious experience occur?

In Vedanta, reality changes as consciousness expands. What brain states in neuroscience correlate with different states of consciousness?

Enlightenment or nondual awareness also referred to as liberation (moksha), has been the ultimate goal of life in Vedanta. How does this state of unity bear upon modern science?

This workshop will discuss theoretical topics, but also take attendees through various meditation techniques to gain experiential insight into these ideas. Harnessing the power of synchronicity can be achieved by the sutras taught in yogic traditions as a means to shifting from local to nonlocal awareness.

Aisha Salem – A Short Biography

About Aisha Salem

Aisha Salem is a Woman of Truth.

The deep integration with her human gives Way for her Being to operate across all levels, with an indefinably transparent yet deeply tantric approach, which has no seed of renunciation based on rejection or avoidance. It has fulfillment and completion – and thereby freedom within existence – as beyond it – at its core.

For the past 13 years, Aisha has been cultivating and realizing in deep surrender, the Truth of Being across all different dimensions – over Heart to Mind and deeply down into her Gut. Her dedication has brought her into realization of her Self as Universal Consciousness (God), beyond Existence into the Absolute (Void) and back into existence as the True Human.

Below, a short portrait of the life and realization of Aisha Salem.

A Short Biography

Aisha (; March, 1979) was born and raised in a non-religious family in Denmark. The beginning of her life played out under the flag of conventionality. After attending Business School and University, she established a family-life with marriage, motherhood and work in a big international firm. With all settled, it became obvious that this life was infinitely unfulfilling for her Soul.

At the age of 23 the question “Who am I?” rose in her mind with the demand for Truth. In her surrender to Love of her Self, Life broke loose knocking down every illusion of individual and separated existence through 2 years of extreme spiritual unfoldment.

Her endlessly expanding consciousness sent her through daily trances, bodily burning, periods of bodily paralyzation, resettings of her mind and memory, layer after layer of consciousness breaking her Hearts hierarchy down and revealing the reality of the Self. In Life penetrating her body, realization happened gradually by her Being becoming pure Life itself. As the expansion brought the realization as Universal Consciousness, the answer became clear: God is Love is Life is Me!

A return to living invited for integration through the solving of every puzzle Aisha had regarding human life and living. At this point, in being a single mother in service as a spiritual teacher, she touched upon every aspect of living; including man/woman, parenting, family, friends and nature – all was embedded in/as the One reality of Life, of Love itself.

By the fulfillment of all desired aspects of her human life and living, Aisha was (8 years after the initial rise of demand for Truth) called into the solitude of retreat. The calling into Silence invited for the passing beyond the final belief in Self/God – to realize the Absolute Truth by emergence of- and solidification as Reality beyond consciousness; pure Awareness – the Primordial Silence/Space.

For 2 years she was out of reach, merging Only with the Void beyond Existence – A deep cultivation which flipped the entirety of her Life/God-realization into Nothing/Truth-realization, by the implosion of Self into Space – from Love into Clarity by recognition of what is prior to God. It was a deep integration with and beyond the Head-space, which revealed Pure Mind as the diamond sharp Clarity of Source.

After these years, the reappearance of Life started happening as the emerging of the balance-point between the Light (Life) and the Darkness (Void) – Love and Clarity as One and the Same; the Black Light of Being pouring as Grace deeply into her human form, revealing the Deep Wisdom Teachings of Earth as the True Human. With this, Aisha once again started accepting invitations from abroad – once again travelling, sharing Truth with the planet, but this time devoid of any identification with the wisdom of her Heart and Human.

Despite Aisha being a realized Being, her cultivation never ends: Her Truth body, Action body and Enjoyment body are in ever ongoing evolution. In the year 2015, she lives in Deep Cultivation, Birthing Truth of Man and Woman with her consort. A Deep Birth of Human Wisdom, which is brought to the planet as ever stronger transmissions through her work in online satsangs, writing and traveling, giving retreats and satsangs.

Masters

Through Aisha’s spiritual maturation, she has had the fortune of receiving transmissions from some of time’s Greatest Masters, all of which have appeared “on her doorstep”, communing with her from beyond the physical realm over year-long periods of time.

Without reading a single book on spirituality, she listened only within her Self, which made it possible for these Masters to reach her through her own Heart – in this way the Sat-guru took many forms.

The Masters who have continuously merged with her Being through significant periods of time are Djwhal Khul (1,5 years), Longchenpa (3 years), Yeshe Tsogyal (2 years) and Padmasambhava (ongoing). The intense communions with these Masters have- and are still revealing deep Buddhistic knowledge, despite the fact, that Aisha has had no occupation with Buddhism or any other religion or tradition in this lifetime.

In between this work, Aisha has of course been meeting and falling in Love with Beings of different traditions like Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Ananda Mayima etc. among several of the presently living awakened Ones.

Without assigning herself to a specific tradition, but in staying open to learning as Being from Source – Aisha has become a weed in the garden of spirituality; by ongoing cultivation and integration between her realization as Space, the Pure Heart and her humans integral Individuality – the eternal lesson, which is the Full Embrace of Truth.

Aisha Salem – Self Love

Published on Nov 18, 2015

Aisha Salem – Yearning for Truth

Aisha Salem – Yearning for Truth

Extract from the Online Satsang October 2015

Do you need an experience to know that you are nondual awareness? ~ Vedanta James Swartz

Published on Nov 15, 2015

This short video is part of the Panchadasi 2015 video set. It can be bought in the shiningworld shop.

Meditation: ‘I’ Is the Name of Pure Knowing

Published on Nov 6, 2015

All experience takes place in the mind; there are two elements to mind: the objective element and the knowing element.

The Primacy of Consciousness


Published on Nov 5, 2015

Wave-particle duality, the uncertainty principle, the collapse of the wave function, and entanglement all point to awareness being an intrinsic aspect of reality. Yet we are still trying to understand these phenomena within a worldview that assumes the real world to be that of space, time, and matter, and relegates consciousness to some artifact of brain processes. Yet the one thing of which we are certain is that we are aware. And it is the one thing the current worldview cannot account for.

This profound anomaly will ultimately lead to the full paradigm shift to which contemporary physics is, unwittingly, pointing. With consciousness as primary, everything remains the same and everything changes. Mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry are unchanged. What changes is our assumption as to what they are describing. They are not describing the unfolding of a physical world, but the unfolding of a universal self-aware field.

We are led to the conclusion that the entire cosmos is a vast field of knowing, knowing itself, and in that knowing creating for itself the appearance of a material world. Why then don’t we see it that way? Why does the material world appear devoid of consciousness?
Looking for consciousness in the material world – the world that appears in awareness – is like searching a map to find the paper on which the map is drawn. The closest we can come is a sign saying “You Are Here.”

Peter Russell
From the deep pools of Eastern wisdom, to the fast-paced rapids of the West, Peter has mastered many fields, and synthesized them with consummate artistry. He brings a sharp, critical mind to the challenge
of self-awakening. The next great frontier of human exploration, he shows, is inner space – the development of the human mind. He has degrees in theoretical physics, experimental psychology, and computer science from the University of Cambridge in England, and has written ten books in this area, including The Global Brain Awakens, Waking Up in Time, and From Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness. http://www.peterrussell.com

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