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(32) LIVING HERE: Spotting the Ego’s Nest

On Wednesday last, a few of us walked around our beautiful Berkeley and talked about the ego – that it is mind-made and maintained and that it is what I think I personally am – until that is recognized as an illusion. Perhaps we can expand on this theme a little here. The ego or […]

(30) LIVING HERE: Moving away from Wanting, NV.

When I was a small child, I moved to a place called Wanting, NV. You know the place, right? It has a population of 7.2 billion and it pretty much covers the earth! Wanting NV. (pun intended!) is not so much a US town in Nevada, as it is a state in which most of […]

LOVE AND BEING with Guest Teacher Nirmala

These last days of the year 2013 are a good time to reflect not so much on what has passed in Time, but what does not pass. In that regard, the other day I was gratefully contemplating reality and friendship, returning to the perpetual themes of sharing this love and being, when the article below […]

(29) LIVING HERE: Love, and the Fire of Time.

“It’s life’s illusions I recall, I really don’t know life at all.” (“Clouds” by Judy Collins) For some of us who are earnestly exploring our real self-nature, the fading of another year is a good time to listen to the bells, and not just the Christmas variety! And so I offer this soft ringing reminder […]

(28) LIVING HERE: The Feast of Life

(Part two: ALWAYS HERE) THE FEAST OF LIFE A mind-sourced life is the way most of us live our entire lives. Like Cinderella, we rarely get invited to the Ball – to this Feast of Life. Most of us will run through the corridors of our mind looking at our own portraits of reality as […]

(27) LIVING HERE – Seeing What Is

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” Henri Matisse Explore a flower, hold it in your gaze, in your hand, smell it, touch it, see it with reverence that acknowledges its very being and the beauty of its existence. Then you will simultaneously contact that same beingness which you also are. […]

(26) LIVING HERE: A Beauty In Decay

“I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least, Nor do I understand who can be more wonderful than myself. Why should I wish to see God better than this day?… That I walk up my stoop, I pause to consider if it really be.” (Walt Whitman, Leaves of […]

(25) LIVING HERE: What Men and Women Really Want

On a “personal” note (it all seems so personal, doesn’t it?) I have approximately 23,336 days today on my odometer or body-clock. The vehicle – mind and body – is showing a lot of road! Or as Leonard Cohen puts it: “I ache in the places I used to play.” There are challenges these days: […]

REAL PEACE and a ‘Natural Well-Being’ Course Premier!

James, I thought you might enjoy this: (above) This cartoon, also from the New Yorker, has been on our fridge for a couple of years now. Funny and true, P. ******************************************************************************************* Now – speaking of launches! – here’s the official posting of my upcoming course starting Oct. 23 here in Berkeley. If you’re in the […]

(24) LIVING HERE: Losing Face

For the past fifteen years or so, I have watched the sunlight and the lamplight play across a pair of 1800 year olds on my dining room buffet. They’re Han Dynasty (200 BC – 200 AD) Chinese terracotta funeral figures, about 15 inches tall; one is an Archer (left in picture above) with wide sleeved, […]

(23) LIVING HERE: Fidelity To Reality

INTRODUCING IDIOTMAN! I clipped a New Yorker cartoon the other day and still glance at it now and then with delight. There’s a picture of a wide-eyed, grinning man dressed up in a superman outfit with high boots and a cape; on his mighty chest is a large capital “I”. The banner above our guy […]

(22) LIVING HERE: A Three Bedroom House In Carefree, Arizona

We listen to our mind like our car radio. It feels some days like we’re driving along with the radio cranked up and angsting every time the street lights start to change, never change and always change! Fortunately, those sirens of our mind are not where life is lived; they’re where life is thought about, […]

(21) LIVING HERE: Nonduality – A Revelation Of The Obvious, In Action.

I had a thought when I was three Since then I’ve been dreaming I was me. Nonduality is a kind of revelation of the obvious. Like real love, which can only be truly known in its verb form – loving – nonduality can only really be known by its action. In an ultimate sense, it […]

(20) LIVING HERE: A Note On Waking Up

…Hi F, thanks for the note. I’ll try with words to convey the wordless here; please do not read this with your mind, but with your innate knowing, like a letter from a lover who you know you have met, but forgotten – lost in the fog of getting caught up in the worlds activities. […]

(19) LIVING HERE: A Present that’s not for “you”.

It’s a curious thing, life. People always say how it goes by so fast. Truth is, we run through it so fast. We’re in such a hurry in our heads and hearts, to grasp experiences – to touch, to taste, to hear, to smell, to see, move, think and talk. In truth, we live in […]

(18) LIVING HERE – May Our Guns Go Silent.

Let’s continue this little report on living here with a caveat: I make no claim to know anything other than love, and, like Walt Whitman during the Civil War, pretty much find myself to be all that really interests me these days. That “myself” includes you; we are not, and have never been, separate. And […]

(17) LIVING HERE: Self – An Inner Light

The Buddha once said: “The cause of all suffering is ignorance”. It is this innocent “not knowing” about our inherent Oneness – this ignoring of our one-self nature – that has, and continues, to create such worldwide suffering. And it is only in the knowing of this source of our suffering that we may find […]

ON DEPRESSION, MIND, LOVE AND JOY IN LIVING!

Here are a few pieces I’d like to share with my NDL friends! We’ll start with an amended letter exchange on Depression and Reality, follow that with another (famous) letter on the same subject from Rainer Maria Rilke and finally offer a delightful duet of poems from my NDL friend Wilcox Snellings! Be well! James […]

Part 16: LIVING HERE – The Eyes Of Time

We shall not cease from exploration, And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. T.S. Eliot If death is the end of the illusion of being a person, birth is the beginning of that illusion. At birth –and for the first […]

Part 15 – LIVING HERE: The Asking Price.

Life as we drive through it is mostly “curves and round-abouts, with the odd straightaway,” as my British friends would say. Generally, the idea behind driving in England is to proceed obediently in an orderly fashion. Now, contrariwise, the French and the Spanish and especially the Italians are propelled with an added reckless tiger in […]

Part 14: LIVING HERE – Do we have free will?

Perhaps a useful way to approach this subject of will is to “pop the hood” so to speak, and look at the machinery inside a little; to take a look at the wheels-within-wheels and to seriously pose the question: “Do I have free will?” When I look into this for myself, I find that from […]

Part Thirteen:LIVING HERE – Bedtime Stories

As very young children, we’re told fabulous bedtime stories. Even if our parents never actually read stories to us, we take in all of our life-story at the nipple of life, so to speak. And what we’re fed adds not only flesh to our bones, but ideas to our head. From birth right up to […]

Part Twelve: LIVING HERE – When old tricks don’t do the trick!

There’s a certain kind of anguish we all experience when apparent realities collide! We’re talking about that mouthless scream that happens when we see we’re wedged tight between our contradictions; when we’re in such a pressed place we can’t… hardly…breathe, and yet…somehow we must! At first, the old tricks do the trick and we wiggle […]

Part Eleven: LIVING HERE – Death, Dreams and Grace

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool…because almost everything -all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure -these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” (Steve Jobs) Famous or infamous, rich or poor, we all assume a dream life shortly […]

Part Ten: LIVING HERE – The End of Fear and Hope

We start to toddle in early childhood and spend the rest of our days teetering into tomorrow. Our balance is precarious; we reach for that parental hand that will help hold us up, keep us going and otherwise save us from what we fear may harm us. From our first, hesitant steps into our brave […]

VIDEO:DISCOVERING OUR NATURAL WELL-BEING

I recently interviewed with Rick Archer over at Budda at the Gas Pump (batgap.com) and am delighted to share the video with my friends on NDL. Here’s the intro and the video. Be well! James. DISCOVERING OUR NATURAL WELL-BEING As the name suggests, well-being is natural – that is, it’s a normal condition (if not […]

Dancing to the music: INSIDE THIS LIFE WE’RE LIVING

First, a letter concerning a discussion I had about Alzheimer’s with Dr. David Hilfiker over at www.davidhilfiker.blogspot.com. He’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and he’s blogging bravely with first-hand reports from the inside, so to speak, titled “Watching the Lights Go Out.” That resonated with me in light of my own adventure in reporting the inside […]

Part Nine: LIVING HERE – The Invention of Me and You.

Ah, the Great Assumption! The self-sense of being a critter called “me” and “you”, is a fiction – a story invented with a learned language of symbols and images about reality contrived by mind and supported by feelings like fear and hope. Psychological fear is a man-made invention of course, and not to be confused […]

Part Eight: LIVING HERE:Not The Life I Planned.

Growing up in the Age of Plastics, i.e. the 1960’s and 70’s, in an old fashioned English–from–England speaking household in Canada, we boys learned a word that used to be common but is rarely used these days: “shall”. Now “shall” was the proper way to refer to a contemplated action in the future. So, sitting […]

Part Seven: LIVING HERE: Leaving the Island

The Island is called “Terra Cognito” – Latin for “known territory“, and the name pretty much describes how our habitual self takes up residence with its repetitive, reassuring and therefore safe, routines for daily living. The island is an insane little place where we live on a very limited diet surrounded by an ocean of […]

Part Six: LIVING HERE -The Hallway of Time

LIVING IN THE HALLWAY OF TIME. We’re always passing through time, living our actual life in a hallway that connects a remembered yesterday with an anticipated tomorrow. You could say we’re in the importing and exporting business – we import yesterdays’ experience into todays’, and export that repeated experience with our notions about tomorrow. That […]

POCKET NOTES AND AN INVITATION

As it happens, I’ve been meeting with a small group of friends at Peets for tea here in Berkeley on Wednesdays (11 am) and Sundays (2 pm). If you’re in the Bay area, I’d be delighted to see you there! You can slip an email under my door at: nondualityliving@gmail.com As a writer, one of […]

Part Five: LIVING HERE

THE PHANTOM “I opened myself too wide. I forgot there’s more outside than things and animals at ease with themselves, whose eyes reflect the wholeness of their lives. I forgot my habit of grasping every look that fell my way: looks, opinions, scrutiny.” Rilke The personal ego can only fake responses to life. It encounters […]

Part Four: LIVING HERE

A MISPLACED SELF. “Everywhere joy in relation and nowhere grasping; world in abundance and earth enough.” Rainer Maria Rilke Sometimes, I write to weep, and sometimes to sing, but always to explore reality. To explore this joy, this aliveness…to celebrate all that life offers up moment to moment, day to day. I take particular joy […]

Part Three: LIVING HERE

NOT FAR FROM HERE. It’s funny how far we go to get away from our self, only to someday find we not only never left, we never returned either! It’s at that point not far from here where we’ll pick up our story about living here. And we’ll reflect a little on life up to […]

SPIRITUAL PAIN: The Doctor is In!

It seems that for most of my adult life I’ve had more trouble with my doctors than with my pain. Or to put it more precisely, it’s always been more troubling to go to a doctor than it was to grin and bear the pain. And that suffering doubles for some of us when it […]

THE BOOK OF UNDOING with guest Fred Davis

This book has arisen from Direct Pointing sessions that I’ve had with clients around the world. These deceptively simple inquiries and dialogues work. Men and women who have studied Nonduality for decades, both in and out of structured traditions, without experiencing even the first authentic glimpse of themselves have come to recognize their true nature […]

FREE WILL and a poem by Will Gaines

POPULAR DREAMS: Do we have free will? Perhaps a useful way to approach this is to turn to our own authority, to turn the question around: “do I or you have free will?” When I look into this for myself, I find that from early childhood, I have never had free will; that, in truth, […]

THE COLORS OF SPIRIT

THE COLORS OF SPIRIT: A Dialogue with Laurel Adams

(First, for context, here’s my 2010 NDL article, followed with comment by Laurel:) BEDTIME STORIES As very young children we are told bedtime stories. Even if our parents never actually read stories to us. We take in all of our life-story at the nipple of life, so to speak. And what we are fed adds […]

Part two: LIVING HERE

Communion-with-Self. I lived the first 38 years of my life pedaling around familiar terrain within sight of the hospital I was born in. Early marriage, family, career, cars and houses – you know it! – the whole imported dream that turns into a nightmare! Of course, these nightmares are exactly what we need to wake […]

Part one:LIVING HERE.

Our average living (if not “normal”) is guided by emotions and intellect, by pleasure and pain, by the habitual self…what’s it like to let the love inherent in our natural well-being guide us in daily aware living? About 30 years ago, at a time when I was poised to begin a decades long search for […]

Guest John Greer: THE SILVER LINING OF SUFFERING

“Darkness is your candle” Rumi. Suffering is endemic to the human condition. Even with the extraordinary advances we in the developed world have made in the quality of daily life, few would deny the suffering that continues to dominate our horizons. In addition to the endless conflict, starvation, and natural disaster we see on the […]

MAY OUR GUNS GO SILENT.

Let’s start this little report on aware living with a caveat: I make no claim to know anything other than love, and, like Walt Whitman during the Civil War, pretty much find myself to be all that really interests me these days. That “myself” includes you; we are not, and have never been, separate. And […]

A PRESENT THAT’S NOT FOR “YOU”

It’s a curious thing, life. People always say how it goes by so fast. Truth is, we run through it so fast. We’re in such a hurry in our heads and hearts, to grasp experiences – to touch, to taste, to hear, to smell, to see, move, think and talk. In truth, we live in […]

A NOTE ON WAKING UP

(The following is a reply about awakening I’d like to share with the NDL community. Have a lovely Christmas! James) …Hi F, thanks for the note. I’ll try with words to convey the wordless; please do not read this with your mind, but with your innate knowing, like a letter from a lover who you […]

AN OVERVIEW OF SPACE AND TIME

Life is lived the way we describe it to our self – usually narrowly and conceptually. Our conditioned memory-based mind – when believed – shapes our present experience. What is, is not an idea or a feeling we have about it. What this is and we are, is infinite spirit, and its manifestation in form: […]

Guest John Greer:THE WONDER OF IT ALL

Whenever I have the opportunity to spend time with my little grandsons, all under the age of three, I am vividly reminded of the wonder and miracle of simply being alive. A muddy twig or stone they find on the ground fascinates them as easily as a shiny new toy. They see with “Beginner’s mind,” […]

Guest FRED DAVIS PREVIEW: “BEYOND RECOVERY”

Dear NDL community: I’m delighted to premiere the new book “BEYOND RECOVERY” by our friend Fred Davis. It is truly a fine expression of the power of love founded on reality. Be well! James) Intro and First Chapter: BEYOND RECOVERY Nonduality and the Twelve Steps Fred Davis INTRODUCTION There is just one thing going on […]

GUEST FRED DAVIS:TELLING THE TRUTH

ONE OF THE PRIMARY DIFFICULTIES I had in trying to fit both recovery and Nonduality into my life and lifestyle was figuring out what a recovery-style spiritual awakening was–and what it wasn’t. I mention this here because this column is about telling the truth. This truth may upset a bunch of people. So be it. […]

THE almost REAL: DEATH AND IMAGINATION

We cannot know anything, unless and until, we know our self. And when self-knowing occurs, there is no self that’s knowing. No particular self remains. Nobody with a limited identity founded on an idea about reality, a creation of minds’ imagination. A fiction founded on words and beliefs that have defined almost all our entire […]

ON NOT HAVING A PRAYER FOR THANKSGIVING

A friend emailed, asked me “do you pray?” earlier today. I’m moved to share the response with my NDL community, along with my best wishes for Thanksgiving. Perhaps real thanksgiving is all about prayer?…James Hi you! For me, there’s prayer and there’s prayer…the first is a kind of bargaining; it arises mostly from a conditioned […]

FADING IN THE LIGHT – Book Review by John Greer

I have just finished reading James Waite’s book, Fading In The Light, Nonduality Insights on Living and Dying, and I loved it. It is a gem of uncommon clarity, and is written in an almost lyrical style that can be savored long after it is finished. His gift for written expression gently draws the reader […]

AUTHENTIC LIVING: FIDELITY TO REALITY

I clipped a New Yorker cartoon the other day and still glance at it now and then with delight. There’s a picture of a wide-eyed, grinning man dressed up in a superman outfit with high boots and a cape; on his mighty chest is a large capital “I”. The banner above our guy says: “Introducing […]

Guest teacher Fred Davis: UNWAKING UP

I had lunch last Saturday with a really pleasant guy who lives in the area. He discovered Awakening Clarity not long ago, {That’s Freds’ blog; more below. Ed.} and invited me to eat with him. I liked him right away, but noticed that he did tend to have a bit of a racing mind. It […]

SOUNDINGS: What’s the truth here?

In my days of sailing, it was common to drop a long length of rope from the bow of our boat as it was entering unknown waters in search of a safe harbor. Let’s call it “sounding for bottom” or probing the depths. Likewise, here are a few pointers to help us “sound for truth”. […]

MORE “DELIGHTS” AND A MEETING INVITATION!

I’d like to share some “delights” my friend John Greer sent (below) and also issue a second invitation to San Francisco bay area NDL readers to a 6 part series on NATURAL WELL-BEING & AGING starting Sun. Sept. 9 here in Oakland, CA (More Meeting details are posted on NDL home page) And now this, […]

A DELI OF DELIGHTS!

I’d like to share a little walk with you. The other day, two friends and I were alternately strolling, loitering and walking randomly about our Berkeley ‘hood. It was a walk on a day not unlike any other day. You know, a full sky and a full town – up to the heavens and down […]

NATURAL WELL-BEING & AGING: A Meeting Invitation

It’s our nature to be happy! You’re invited to a free, 6 week exploration with friends about life’s most profound and timeless existential questions – “Who am I?” and “What is this?” This is an unstructured and teacher-less gathering, drawing on some of the core non-dual spiritual principles common to all the major religious traditions […]

LIVING IN THE HALLWAY OF TIME

We’re always passing through time, living our actual life in a hallway that connects yesterday with tomorrow. You could say we’re in the importing and exporting business – we import yesterdays’ experience into todays’, and export that repeated experience with our notions about tomorrow. That is , we’re always living in transit, in the connecting […]

THE WAVE OF LOVE – An Invitation

( PASS IT ON! ;>) Thank you for registering for Spiritual Awakening: A Radical Shift in Identity with Adyashanti. This two-hour live video event will start on Wednesday, August 22, at 9 pm Eastern Time (GMT -4). Please bookmark the link below to join the event once it starts. http://live.soundstrue.com/spiritualawakening/event.php We look forward to sharing […]

CURIOSITY CAN ALSO LAND US ON PLANET REALITY

We’re not talking about the recent landing of the space-ship “Curiosity” on Mars here! (Although we offer our congratulations all around, and salute spirits’ amazing expressions in science, time and space!) The kind of “curiosity” we’re talking about here is the kind that always moves toward love. The kind of curiosity that lands us smack […]

GUEST TEACHER FRED DAVIS: CLARITY IS A TWO-WAY STREET

SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS ARE TYPICALLY LAYERED. For example, sacred literature, whether it was written a thousand years ago, or the day before yesterday, can only reveal to us what we’re already prepared to see. There is a wealth of terrific information, and a ton of fabulous pointers in plain sight every day. We can’t see them […]

Crashing Through Dreams

I’ve had vertigo all my life –ever since I was dropped off here. It’s a strange kind of fear of heights, this fear of falling. It gives me sweaty palms just to think about it. I cringe when I reflect on all that losing, all that slipping, all that disappearing. One by one –and rarely […]