Being Alone

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makara
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Being Alone

Post by makara » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:11 am

Being alone is often easier than
not being alone.

But often the question arises here
"Is this a form of escapism?"

It is easy to be unaffected if
one rarely interacts.
Yet is that interaction necessary
to discover where reactivity lies hiding?

Is awakening to the dream
facilitated by being fully in it
with all the reflection, challenge
and conflict that this entails
yet able to emerge calm with eyes open?

Just as iron is only tempered by
entering the fire.

Or can it occur just as easily by
staying far away where
it's quiet and uninterrupted?

Of course there is no answer yet
as this question visits me
I'd be interested to learn what
happens in the apparent lives
of others.
dilaram

Re: Being Alone

Post by dilaram » Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:14 am

makara wrote:Being alone is often easier than
not being alone.

But often the question arises here
"Is this a form of escapism?"

.
So what?

Nonduality is not about 'being alone'...

Nonduality is about 'being'.

And this 'being' is not 'some-thing' but can emerge as every kind of thing, included being alone or being together.
makara wrote:Is awakening to the dream
facilitated by being fully in it
with all the reflection, challenge
and conflict that this entails
yet able to emerge calm with eyes open?
"Awakening" is not facilitated by anything or it seemingly can be facilitated by anything.

"Awakening" is already always the case...

It is only apparenlty obscured by the false belief 'that it's not' but in fact that is another disguise of "Awakening".
ANNA
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Re: Being Alone

Post by ANNA » Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:07 am

makara wrote:Being alone is often easier than
not being alone.

But often the question arises here
"Is this a form of escapism?"

It is easy to be unaffected if
one rarely interacts.
Yet is that interaction necessary
to discover where reactivity lies hiding?

Is awakening to the dream
facilitated by being fully in it
with all the reflection, challenge
and conflict that this entails
yet able to emerge calm with eyes open?

Just as iron is only tempered by
entering the fire.

Or can it occur just as easily by
staying far away where
it's quiet and uninterrupted?

Of course there is no answer yet
as this question visits me
I'd be interested to learn what
happens in the apparent lives
of others.

coooooeeeeeeee, makara! :)

at first i smiled a bit at your post,
then was thinking for a long explained serious answer,
then a houmur answer came in,
then a statement arose that the
answer is very clear in your question itself....

.....and then............

all answers fed away
like autumn clouds,
blown by the wind.....

....and only clear blue, calm sky
left,
cloudless,
questionless.......


..............silence..............

..........................nothing...........


8) :)
makara
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Post by makara » Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:30 am

Coooooo eeeeeeeeeeeeee Anna!
....and only clear blue, calm sky
left,
cloudless,
questionless.......


..............silence..............

..........................nothing.....
smile
ANNA
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Joined: Sat Oct 16, 2004 6:11 pm

Post by ANNA » Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:47 am

makara wrote:Coooooo eeeeeeeeeeeeee Anna!
....and only clear blue, calm sky
left,
cloudless,
questionless.......


..............silence..............

..........................nothing.....
smile

a shared smile

is

an enhance, common smile....


:D
Xmac
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Re: Being Alone

Post by Xmac » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:27 pm

makara wrote:Being alone is often easier than
not being alone.

But often the question arises here
"Is this a form of escapism?"

Yes, and sometimes being with others is escapism too.

It is easy to be unaffected if
one rarely interacts.
Yet is that interaction necessary
to discover where reactivity lies hiding?

For me, if I've got a large backlog of reactivity: stressful memories, it's not necessary.

Is awakening to the dream
facilitated by being fully in it
with all the reflection, challenge
and conflict that this entails
yet able to emerge calm with eyes open?

I see it as a kind of feedback loop.

Just as iron is only tempered by
entering the fire.

Or can it occur just as easily by
staying far away where
it's quiet and uninterrupted?

There seems to be a built in assumption that awakening or enlightenment is a permanent state that clicks one day (or night). As soon as I realize that I'm an asshole in the moment I see the other as an asshole, BOOM: enlightenment. Later, I freak out when I see my tux jacket in a ball on the floor, BOOM: dream. Enlightenment, dream, enlightenment, dream, etc. And when I inquire deeply enough I see I love both. It happens where it happens, it happens when it happens. And when I think I'm in control of it, that's just me playing again.
[bigsmile]
Log on to the inner-net and be kind to your mind (or not).
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