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

 

What is a Human?

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A personal identity accumulates slowly, influenced by family, culture, religion, and societal norms and begins to gel as young children. Most of us are taught to be separate by family, society, educators, and the traditions of using a dualistic language. Society and religions continually reinforce we are separate from each other.

Nearly 95% of humans on planet believe they are separate beings.  Since 2012, the numbers of the awakened have increased as technology makes the ancient Perennial Wisdom Teachings of awakening and enlightenment more available to us average folks.

We are programmed to embrace all manner of beliefs, concepts, and interesting ways of being but are rarely challenged to accept the reality of appearing as a separate or personal self. Seeing, hearing, tasting, touching – all perceiving and sensating is mental in nature even if biological in appearance. What is is an appearance of every-thing-ness, as presence, as consciousness, dreaming a dream of itself.

Time, space, birth, death, exist only as concepts and beliefs…inquire deeply and earnestly and see what you are, here, now, this moment…edgeless, seamless, timeless aware presence…consciousness. You’ve never been a separate self.  Don’t take my word for this, explore for yourself what the great sages say about the personal identity with the paradoxical wisdom Jesus the Christ, the Buddha, and the great sages.

Anita

A Course in Miracles

“An Introduction to A Course in Miracles: 

This Course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way:

     Nothing real can be threatened.
     Nothing unreal exists.

A Course in Miracles – often abbreviated ACIM or simply called the Course – is a complete self-study spiritual thought system. As a three-volume curriculum consisting of a Text, Workbook for Students, and Manual for Teachers, it teaches that the way to universal love and peace—or remembering God—is by undoing guilt through forgiving others. The Course thus focuses on the healing of relationships and making them holy. A Course in Miracles also emphasizes that it is but one version of the universal curriculum, of which there are “many thousands.” Consequently, even though the language of the Course is that of traditional Christianity, it expresses a non-sectarian, non-denominational spirituality. A Course in Miracles, therefore, is a universal spiritual teaching, not a religion.

The Text presents the theory of the Course and has built into its study the development of the experience of forgiveness that is the Course’s goal for the student. In this regard, A Course in Miracles states that “its goal for you is happiness and peace.” (T-13.II.7:1) The Text also explains the basis for fear and guilt, and how they can be overcome through miracles, which are defined as maximal “expressions of love.” The miracle is defined as the shift in perception from fear to love.

The Workbook for Students consists of 365 lessons, an exercise for each day of the year. This one-year training program begins the process of changing the student’s mind and perception, though it is not intended to bring one’s learning to completion. As stated in the Preface to the Course, “At the end, the reader is left in the hands of his or her own Internal Teacher, Who will direct all subsequent learning as He sees fit.” (Pre: ix-x) You can study the Workbook’s daily lessons in both text and audio in English; also available as text in DutchFrenchGermanItalianPortuguese and Spanish.

The Manual for Teachers is written in question-and-answer form and provides answers to some of the more likely questions a student might ask. It also includes clarification of a number of terms the Course uses, explaining them within the theoretical framework of the Text and for their practical application through the Workbook.

A Course in Miracles was “scribed” by Dr. Helen Schucman through a process of inner dictation that she identified as coming from Jesus. A clinical and research psychologist and tenured Associate Professor of Medical Psychology, she was assisted by Dr. William Thetford, her department head, who was also a tenured Professor of Medical Psychology at the Medical Center where they both worked.”

Noticing the Thought Stream

Do you notice the internal commentary and chatter zipping through your mind? Your head? Most of us do notice this incessant chatter and wish it to be quiet.  We meditate and practice yoga or walk to lessen our stress of listening to the constant chatter. We have deep habits of internally commenting, critiquing, judging every thought stream, every moment, according to our preferences, emotions, opinions and desires.  We begin to see the thought stream is uncontrollable as we cannot create it or make it disappear.

We are taught from a young age to take ownership of the internal thoughts and claim them as belonging to a me at the center of the world look out upon a world of people, places, and things.

Claiming these thoughts as belonging to a personal me is the root cause of great drama, fear, and emotional pain. Yet, we cannot delete the thought stream but we can watch it, observe it, and from a place a calm detachment and focused attention we can simply notice the stream of thoughts and go about our day.  Meditation and mindfulness practices are the tools for learning to be the quiet detached observer of all thoughts and actions taken by the body.

In 1992 I started to meditate and learn how to observe and notice my thoughts without judgment, without trying to make my thoughts different than what was appearing.  When I initially began meditating I was absolutely blown away by the intensity of how much I was thinking and the negative overlay I placed upon the passing thoughts in my head.

After many, many years of meditation practice I was finally able to notice the thoughts with a sense of curiosity, ease, of simply noticing what was arising, and opening to accept thoughts as a condition of being human, of being conscious, yet knowing they are not personal unless I believe they are.  I had no idea I had this choice!

Seeing thoughts arising the same way we see clouds passing across the sky, allows an opening to curiosity, wonder and amazement.  This attitude seems to neutralize passing thoughts into passing fragments of energy and keeps the body much calmer. This process of simply noticing thoughts also opens the portal for a deep inner peace and acceptance to settle and remain while the thoughts continue their incessant parade.  When we are able to have compassion and a sense of acceptance while listening and watching our inner dialogue we can become more compassionate towards others as well to ourselves.

The space that holds the thoughts, that holds the thinking, that holds the thought stream is the same edgeless empty space that holds the cosmos. But believe the space is in our heads until we investigate this for ourselves.  When this is felt inside the body there is a wonderment and amazement, a sheer bewilderment at how any thoughts and external experiences are even seeming to appear.  These thought fragments and streams are so effervescent and momentary that they are like empty particles dancing through a prism of light, reflecting and refracting into a prism of possibilities as life.

Without a personal me to claim these thoughts, to own and manage the thought stream, there is an enormous freedom to be present, to experience openness and spaciousness, to feel the fluidity of this moment without any mental story, without any mental critique, without any need to change what is appearing or make it any different than it is.

Anita

2021 Saturday Self Inquiry Group

Update on Saturday Satangs: 

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

 

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

3rd Saturday at 2pm on Zoom (During Covid-19)

October – 16th
November – 20th
December – 18th – tentative