Saturday, September 27, 2008

THE STATE OF THE CONSCIOUSNESS WHEN IT IS READY TO FORFEIT BELIEF IN THE PERSONAL SELF AND A PERSONAL GOD, Part Four, The Conclusion

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[Continued from 26 Sep 2008] Yesterday’s post ended with a sharing of the response to a reply to a visitor’s e-mail:

THE VISITOR’S RESPONSE: Spectacular! Yes! All I was seeing was Ego's rebuilding new Egos that they found more acceptable.... nothing internal. It was seeming crazy to me. I will take these thoughts I am attaching to into inquiry and they will be undone as the others have.

So simple. It is shocking to me that it was unseen before, but alas, it is sweet today to stop the rebuilding of self. Oh, and this 7 steps, I will read more about that on your website, as I am unravelling and sometimes feel "unguided", and that too is just a thought...

I love that you are in the world, Floyd and thank you again so much. Your words had me laughing out loud as they matched what I could not yet seem to articulate. Glad to get your books, too.

F.’s reply to the follow-up e-mail from the site visitor: Indeed, there can be no path since a path would be traveled by a walker and there is no “one” to walk. [There is the Pure Witness that can notice walking if it happens or does not, but still...no walker.] Your order has shipped, so when you read about a “journey,” then you will already know that it is a journey not only to nowhere but to no-thing. Regards, Peace and Light, f.

The exchange recalls several Advaitin pointers:

1. The readiness is all.

2. The teacher must determine the seeker’s “position” on the “seven-step path.”

3. Level appropriate pointers must be offered.

4. Steps cannot be skipped and must be completed in order. There was an exact order by which the consciousness manifested and became convinced that it was the “I.” The shift from identification with the false “I” to abidance as the Absolute must be completed in the exact reverse order in which the conscious-energy manifested and was programmed to believe in the false “I.” (The way Maharaj put it was: “…You should go back, reverse, to the source.”)

5. A willingness to ask “Is that true?” in reference to every idea and concept and belief is a prerequisite for movement along the “path” to Realization.

6. To find Who/What You Are, you must find everything that you are not but that you have taken yourself to be.

7. The consciousness that is “ready” is marked either by (1) non-attachment to any persons, any places, any things, any concepts, any ideas, and dualism, or by (2) a willingness to at least question attachment to any persons, any places, any things, any concepts, any ideas, and dualism.

So, L.L., it is to be seen if, after reading about the third and fourth steps in the FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE, if the shift beyond step three and into step four happens.

This is a pivotal juncture on the "journey" because there are seven degrees of separation from Reality among all persons, (that is, among all of the non-Realized). Steps One, Two, and Three involve removal of "The First Three Degrees of Separation from Reality." Step Four begins "The Movement Toward Reality." Regards.
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