Update on Saturday Satangs

Satsangs are on Summer Break and will return October 2021 for in-person meetings for fully vaccinated attendees.  Your CDC Vaccine Record Card will get you in the door at Anita’s place.

3rd Saturday at 2pm at Anita’s – fully vaccinated friends only. 

October – 16, 2021
November – 20, 2021
December – 18, 2021

 

 

Our self-inquiry gatherings are for ardent pilgrims.  We discuss and explore the nature of what is self-evident, here, now.  We expose and grok the illusory nature and appearance of the personal self and rest in the spaciousness of aware presence, just this, here, now.

Many of us are searching for relief from the weight of incessant thoughts in our heads. We want inner peace and calm and have forgotten the simple wonder and aliveness we felt as children before we were taught to name, label, and claim what we perceive through our senses.

We are so convinced that accumulating knowledge is beneficial. It is this knowledge that is the hindrance to seeing what is self-evident. There is nothing to be gained by investigating non-duality nor is there any gain from practicing self-inquiry.  What is is all there is and isn’t. Self-inquiry will collide with and demolish the world you were taught and programmed to believe to be real and lasting.

Optional reading:

Perfect Brilliant Stillness – David Carse
Headless Way – Douglas Harding
I Am That – Nisargardatta Maharaj

Please send us a note by email if you are joining us for the first time.

anita@nondu.org
jennylclarke@gmail.com
lharris@hiddenvoices.org
zortacular@gmail.com

Eternity – Joseph Campbell

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

“Eternity isn’t some later time.  Eternity isn’t a long time.

Eternity has nothing to do with time.

Eternity is that dimension of here and now which thinking and time cuts out.

This is it.  And if you don’t get it here, you won’t get it anywhere.

And the experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life.

 Joseph Campbell

 

According to Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity, time is just another dimension in space, traversable in either direction, and our human perception of moments passing steadily and sequentially is all in our heads.

I agree — time is a belief, a mental construction.  Widely believed, yes.  True, no.

There is only now, now, now and all else is a mental story about what has happened, what is happening or appearing, and what will happen.  Time is a mental construction that perpetuates the belief of being a separate and personal self.

Anita

 

Bart Marshall’s Latest Book

I am happy to share the news about Bart’s (my spiritual teacher) newest book — now available on Amazon.  I’ve already ordered my copy and it sounds like a page-turner.  I am sure this book will fuel deep and earnest discussions in self-inquiry groups.

Here is a book blurb from Bart’s website RealFacePress:

This is a book about spiritual enlightenment—what it is, how it happened for me, and how you might live in such a way that it could happen for you. Few undertakings are more pretentious than writing about Absolute Truth and the “path” to it. For starters, positioning oneself as an authority on the subject is obscenely audacious, and takes a lot of chutzpah.

Second, words cannot touch it, so no matter how well you might be able to choose and order yours, the end result will fall so far short of the mark it may as well be an outright lie. And yet, to have something informed to say about Truth and not speak it is almost impossible. To have True Nature reveal Itself to Itself in “your” presence is the greatest gift anyone could ever receive, and leaves you wishing that gift be given to everyone.

 

Suzanne Segal

Suzanne Segal

(1955–1997) was a writer and teacher about spiritual enlightenment, known for her sudden experience of self-realization which she wrote about in her book Collision With the Infinite: A Life Beyond the Personal Self.

Two years after her shift into a “sense of unity,” Segal relapsed into the uncomfortable state of constant anxiety she had first experienced. At this point she returned to exploring psychological themes from her childhood which included recovered memories of abuse and persistent migraines. Shortly thereafter, in 1997, Segal’s health began rapidly deteriorating, and she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. She died two months later that year, leaving many questions about the root cause of her experience unanswered.   source – Wikipedia

When asked Who I Am, the only answer possible is:
I am the infinite, the vastness that is the substance of all things. I am no one and everyone, nothing and everything— just as you are. – Suzanne Segal

From the perspective of the infinite it is obvious that the individual self absolutely does not exist. The idea that we have a self that controls, arbitrates, or is the doer behind our actions is absurd. – Suzanne Segal

The individual self is nothing but an idea of who we are. Ideas are ideas – and nothing more.  – Suzanne Segal

Who is Wei Wu Wei?

Wei Wu Wei is one of my favorite Perennial Wisdom teachers.  Getting straight to the point, he wastes no time on frills.

“Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent of everything you think, and of everything you do, is for yourself—and there isn’t one.”  ― Wei Wu Wei

“Disciples and devotees…what are most of them doing? Worshipping the teapot instead of drinking the tea!”― Wei Wu Wei

“THIS which is seeking is THAT which is sought, and THAT which is sought is THIS which is seeking.”― Wei Wu Wei

“Terence James Stannus Gray was born in Felixstowe, Suffolk, England on 14 September 1895, the son of Harold Stannus Gray and a member of a well-established Anglo-Irish family. He was raised on an estate in the Gog Magog Hills outside Cambridge, England. He received a thorough education at Ascham St Vincent’s School, Eastbourne, Eton and Oxford University.

Early in life he pursued an interest in Egyptology which culminated in the publication of two books on ancient Egyptian history and culture in 1923.  After he had apparently exhausted his interest in the theatre, his thoughts turned towards philosophy and metaphysics. This led to a period of travel throughout Asia, including time spent at Ramana Maharshi’s ashram in Tiruvannamalai, India.  Between the years 1958 and 1974, eight books and articles in various periodicals appeared under the pseudonym “Wei WuWei.” The next 16 years saw the appearance of seven subsequent books, including his final work under the further pseudonym “O.O.O.” in 1974.   Wei Wu Wei influenced among others, the British mathematician and author G. Spencer-Brown, Galen Sharp, and Ramesh Balsekar.
From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wei_Wu_Wei

Anita