Wednesday, September 29, 2010

WHEN THE DESIRE FOR IDENTITY BLOCKS THE FREEDOM, THE PEACE, AND THE SWEETNESS

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Here, there is nothing that is believed, so there is no one here who wants you to believe anything, either. Here, the invitation is to be free of all that you have been programmed, conditioned, acculturated, and domesticated to believe so that you can be free, period.

NOTE: To answer several recent inquiries: co-host Louise Sterling will be posting starting this Friday. Welcome back to Louise.

F.: During the Online Advaita Classes offered by Louise and Floyd, participants are asked to list the various roles they have assumed and played over the past years as well as the roles that they are presently assuming and playing now.

Many list only seven to ten roles initially; they are asked to return to the silence and continue their list. When a participant named Dave submitted a list of fifteen, he too was invited to reconsider. His final list included 87 roles that he was playing or that he had assumed and played over the prior fifteen years.

At some level, all seeking is for identity: "Who am I, really?" and "I don't even know who I am anymore" or "I'm leaving you because you make me feel like this or that." The talk might be of a search for wealth or status or respect or fame or a financial caretaker.

The talk might be of a search for peace or for a way to de-accumulate. The talk might be of a search for freedom from misery, suffering, pain, a "bad" relationship...whatever. But at the core of all that is a seeking of identity (or identities).

The seeker of status wants the identity of "The Famous One"; the seeker of a financial caretaker wants the identity of "The Kept Man or Woman," or "The Entitled One Receiving The Lifestyle That Is Deserved";

the talk of being at peace might be about the assumed identity of "The Peacemaker," "The Spiritual One," "The Religious One," ad infinitum. The "goal" matters not...at the core is a search for identity.

Persons marry to gain a new identity. They join street gangs and get a new identity. They go to bars "where everyone knows your name" to get an identity; or, conversely, they go to "stop-drinking programs" and are given a new identity there: "You are an alcoholic" or "You are a jerk - change for the better" or "You are a child of God, agent of God, servant of God - depend on Him."

They go to churches or temples or mosques or join other cult-like organizations to receive new identities, new labels. They seek to replace their former "bad" labels with new "good" labels to show they have "improved"...that they are now "better" (and, yes, "better than...").

Relationships and jobs and hobbies generate new identities, as do homes in upscale communities and social classes. Some buy designer clothes or expensive cars or even undergo elective surgery in order to attain a "new" identity.

All of that seeking and searching at its core is driven by cultures that encourage accumulation, more, gain, expansion, big-ness, and better-ness, and that translates into the accumulation of even more things and places and - yes, even people - in order to acquire more identities.

Here, there is no identity. For a time, ego-states were being cast aside one at a time; then the pace quickened and eventually almost all were cast aside; later, there was an identification with the Absolute or with some Supreme Self; that gave way to identifying with the Nothingness, the Void; and even that identity gave way with an understanding of the no-concept, no-identity Reality.

Any place or person or thing that assists with the perpetuation of your false identities helps perpetuate your belief in lies. Find first who you are not. That can set the stage for you to find That Which You Truly Are. That discovery, in turn, might eventually set the stage for the manifestation of total freedom from all identity.

In the book From the Absolute to the Nothingness, this is offered:

The Realized can taste what the Italians call il dolce di fare niente—“the sweetness of doing nothing.” The Fully Realized will shift to a level even beyond that and will understand something even simpler than “the sweetness of doing nothing,” namely, il dolce di Niente—“the sweetness of Nothing,” period.

Please enter the silence of contemplation.

Much of what Louise has shared has resonated with many site visitors. to that end, some have inquired recently if Louise offers the online Advaita Internet Course. The answer is, "Yes."
Whether taking the course with Louise or Floyd, the price of the course includes all 11 of the Advaita eBooks, questions sent after completion of the assigned readings, replies to your answers, and follow-up as required.
With either teacher, you will be guided through all seven of the steps, in order, that lead from identification with the false "I" to the Absolute (and beyond). For more specific information and details about the course, you may click on the link to the right.
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1. BY WATCHING the 4-Disk Video (DVD) Set, or the same retreat available as a downloadable file. Either will provide an entire seven-hour retreat / series of satsang sessions showing three seekers being guided through all seven steps by Floyd and can provide viewers with an “experiential,” step-by-step series of satsang meetings that will move the viewers from identification with the I to abidance as the Absolute and then to abidance as That Which Is beyond
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2. BY READING these books in this exact order:
IT'S ALL BULLSHIT (And Why Knowing It Sets You Free)
SPIRITUAL SOBRIETY (Recovering What Religions Lost)
[Those two prepare the seeker to question it all]
THE MEDITATION GUIDES
[Provide a broad overview of the understanding]
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?
[Begins to free the seeker of body identification and the desire for body continuity]
THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "PEACE OF MIND" (There Is Only Peace if You're Out of Your Mind)
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of the false content of the “mind”]
LIBERATION
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of personas]
THE ESSENCE OF THE TEACHINGS
[Provides the final preparation for the seeker to be directed along the “path”]
FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)
[Directs the seeker along the “path”]
CONSCIOUSNESS/AWARENESS: The Nature of Reality Beyond Self-Realization (Peace Every Day When Abiding as The Absolute)
[Allows the seeker to understand the functioning of the totality, the manifestation, and what is involved with the un-manifestation]
FROM THE ABSOLUTE TO THE NOTHINGNESS
[Provides the seeker the wisdom to understand the Noneness as well as the Oneness]
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3. BY ENROLLING in the Online Advaita Classes

Received 19 August 2010 from one that just completed the entire course:

I would like to extend deepest appreciation towards you for these teachings that you have offered. It has been most valuable towards what may not have been revealed throughout this manifestation labeled "anthony." Understanding Truth and finding words for gratitude are one as is all. Thank you again for pointing "me" to THAT and the understanding that came as well. Hopeful for future "contact"! Sincerely, Anthony M. W.

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The Twice-Stolen Necklace Murders offers the non-duality message by way of a mystery-adventure novel, discussing the movement from pain to healing to awakening to peace.
From Dr. R.F. Maley, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus and former Head of the Department of Psychology, University of Houston: "Floyd Henderson's book, The Twice-Stolen Necklace Murders, is a fun read and an interesting mystery, but perhaps more importantly it serves as a vehicle for blending Eastern Philosophy and Native American Spirituality to make an intellectually challenging novel. The book's insights into both relationships and authoritarian conditioning of people in our society make it a must read, tracing the roots of narcissistic, sociopathic and psychopathic behaviors to the very core of the culture. This truly witty and politically-incorrect study of the aggressive nature of 'the American character' offers not only a diagnosis but also a treatment plan, making the book an excellent supplemental reading in courses such as psychology, anthropology, philosophy, sociology and counseling."

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