Awakening to the true nature of all appearances, of beingness, appeared here in 2011 and all beliefs of being a personal self named Anita dissolved. All the words and phrases of the English language were not adequate to speak of this timeless, edgeless, seamless, vastness of no-thing appearing as every-thing.
The offerings here are mostly impressions of the Perennial Wisdom Teachings, an early nineteenth-century phrase pointing to the falseness of a separate and personal self. These teachings shifted and eventually dissolved the relative beliefs about what I am, about life, and what is appearing. These ancient teachings reflect the core Truths woven through all the major religious teachings of the world and point to the non-existence of a separate and personal self.
Not once did it ever occur to me I might be any other than Anita, the separate person. I attended a Southern Baptist or Methodist Church all my life and never heard any preacher or teacher mention the Perennial Wisdom Teachings of Jesus the Christ, Teresa of Avila, Saint John of the Cross, or Meister Eckhart.
In 2010, a friend from the church I attended suggested I meet with the Triangle Inquiry Group (TIG) in Raleigh. There, I met Bart Marshall, my nonduality teacher, and friend. The TIG is a group of like-minded friends examining the beliefs of existing as a personal self. We use the ancient tools of self-inquiry, meditation, and silence. Awakening to the true nature of being appeared December 27, 2011, nine months after joining the TIG. I hold deep gratitude for all my TIG friends and teachers, especially Bart.
Only he who loses his life will find it. – Jesus of Nazareth
The essential Understanding is that in reality, nothing is. This is so obvious that it is not perceived.
– Wei Wu Wei
Whoever discovers the true meaning of these sayings will never die: Let the seeker not stop seeking until he finds. And when he finds, he will be greatly troubled. And after he has been troubled, he will be astonished, and he will reign over the All. -Jesus of Nazareth (Gospel of Thomas)
Here is just emptiness. There is no getting my ego out of the way, and all that stuff. There is just seeing, shining in great brilliance and clarity. – Douglas Harding
The ultimate mystery of being is beyond all categories of thought. – Joseph Campbell
The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me: my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love. – Meister Eckhart