Awakening to the Dream
The Gift of Lucid Living
The book 'Awakening To The Dream' is about Self-realization and written from the non-dual perspective.
Many of you who found this site are familiar with these words, but for those of you who are not, here is a short description: Non-duality is a general term that covers several -mostly eastern- schools of thought, which point to the single source before and beyond all temporal experiences and apparent diversity. While reading texts from non-dual systems such as Zen, Advaita, Taoism, or Dzogchen, you will find the affirmation that Self-realization has no promise other than to release you from your belief in a separate self or ego. That's it. The dropping away of the illusion simply reveals this as it is, often summed up in the phrase "Before enlightenment chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water." The best known teachers in this field are Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj and Ramana Maharshi. For more information I'd suggest you go to my links page, where you'll find pointers to some of the best sites I could locate. Enjoy.
Awakening To The Dream
Awakening To The Dream is a book about you. It points to and from the source of your true identity. The clear seeing that it refers to is neither complex nor simple. It is not something exclusive for an intellectual or spiritual elite, nor is it remote or hiding in the future. It is all inclusive, pure presence, closer than your breath. It is the heart of hearts, your birthright and innermost Self. This is your invitation to re-member what was never really forgotten.
From Self to Self
Publisher's note: From Self to Self contains a compilation of expressions, questions and answers that came about in response to Leo's highly praised first book 'Awakening to the Dream'. Leo writes with characteristic insight and uses metaphor to illuminate the paradoxical and apparently confusing nature of non-dual reality.
"The words in this book repeatedly point to the essence which knows the reading as it takes place. Rather than an encouragement to follow a lengthy path, it is an invitation to step off the path. It does not point to 'your' awareness, but to Awareness itself in which the idea of 'you' appears. It does not point to 'your' beingness, but to the undeniable Beingness that appears as you."
Quote of the Moment
Self is what gives breath to Life.Papaji
You need not search for It, It is Here.
You are That through which you would search.
You are what you are looking for!
And That is All it is.
Only Self is.
Just realise you are dreaming a dream you call the world and stop looking for ways out. The dream is not your problem. Your problem is that you like one part of your dream and not another. Love all or none of it, and stop complaining. When you have seen the dream as a dream, you have done all that needs to be done.~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj ~
During the day I praised you and I didn't knowJalaluddin Rumi
At night I laid with You and I didn't know
I had thought that I was myself
but I was entirely You and I didn't know
Tension is who you think you should be.Ancient Chinese Proverb
Relaxation is who you are...
Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.Chuang-tzu
There's nothing in the universe *other* than ourself. Nothing to compare, name, or identify. When it's the only thing there is, how can we talk about it??Taizan Maezumi
form itself is emptinessHeart Sutra
emptiness itself is form
so too are feeling
formation and consciousness
If you seek enlightenment diligently enough, someone will sell it to you..Source Unknown
One who jumps to conclusions cannot always expect a happy landing.Source Unknown
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.Lao Tzu
Silence is the language God speaks and everything else is a bad translation.Thomas Keating
Things are not what they seem; nor are they otherwise.Lankavatara Sutra
A thing can prove only itself. Seeing proves only seeing. Hearing proves only hearing etc, etc. Similarly I prove only myself.Shri Atmananda
One matter, one energy, one Light, one Light-mind,The Rumi Collection - Andrew Harvey
Endlessly emanating all things
One turning and burning diamond,
One, one, one.
Die while you're aliveBunan-17th Century Japanese Zen Master.
And be absolutely dead.
Then do whatever you want:
It's all good.
The mountains, the forest, the earth and the sky - all these are but infinite consciousness. That alone is the very being of all, the reality in all.Yoga Vasistha
For see!The Ashtavakra Gita (15-6) Translated by Thomas Byrom
The Self is in all beings,
And all beings are in the Self.
Know you are free,
Free of 'I',
Free of 'mine.'
Consciousness is only ever having this conversation with itself There is no 'other'. There is the appearance of 'many', but it's all the very same one, speaking as all these mouths, listening as all these ears, looking as all these eyes.Nathan Gill.
There is no person that becomes enlightened. No-one awakens. Awakening is the absence of the illusion of individuality.Tony Parsons
The scientific view is of a 'Big Bang' followed by evolution, eventually leading to conscious beings. The Advaita view is the reverse: Consciousness/Awareness is primary. Everything appears in That.Leo Hartong
Consciousness/Awareness is primary. It is not dependent on anything, but expresses AS everything.Leo Hartong
The 'I' in 'I think' and 'I do' is as real as the 'it' in 'it rains' and 'it is cold.'Leo Hartong
Dream as if you'll live forever ... live as if you'll die today.James Dean
He is hidden in His manifestation, manifest in His concealing.Muhammed Al-Kalabadhi
He is outward and inward, near and far…
IT is not some-thing to be known by someone. IT is the knowing that cannot be known. In essence you are that Knowing.Leo Hartong
Liberation is the aliveness beyond belief, the aliveness of awareness itself. Liberation is when all the answers, explanations and positions disappear, and you're left with the open mind of not knowing.Joan Tollifson.
…to say 'I do' is altogether false, because there is nobody who does; all happens by itself, including the idea of being a doer.Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The split between knower and known, as well as between intellectual and 'real' knowing are in themselves concepts arising in -or known by- the Knowing You already and always are.Leo Hartong
In the depth of winter I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.Albert Camus
Kye ho! Wonderful!Tantric Buddhist Women's Song' (8th - 11th c) translated by Miranda Shaw.
You may say `existence', but you can't grasp it!
You may say `nonexistence', but many things appear!
It is beyond the sky of `existence' and `nonexistence' I know it but cannot point to it!
The whole universe is shining as One,Dattatreya's Song of the Avadhut
Without any split or break, or separate parts.
The idea of 'Maya' is itself the great delusion;
Duality and Non-duality are merely concepts of the mind.
The self-effulgent light which illumines the world ever shines. It is indeed the witness of the world, the Self of all, pure in form, the basis of all beings, whose nature is pure consciousness.Translated by Prof. A. A. Ramanathan.
Self is the Moment that has no coming or going.Papaji
It is the Heart, Atman, Emptiness.
It shines to itself, by itself, in itself.