Wednesday, August 18, 2010

After awakening, is it all sweetness and light?

We have been fortunate to have a variety of teaching opportunities this spring and summer, but it has been several months since I have held a discussion at this office. We will meet this Sunday (August 22) at my office (46 Riverside Dr. in Binghamton) at 3 pm for meditation and 4:15-5:45 teaching and discussion. I am still reflecting on the topic I want to consider, but this my current interest:

There has been remarkably little discussion of life after awakening. Adyashanti addressed this issue in his recent book and CD series (The End of Your World). Psychological and physical problems, energetic darkness and much more may well continue following even the most profound awakening. How do we recognize, learn from and release difficult patterns and experiences? Does clearing out the emotional debris of our minds facilitate awakening in those for whom it has not yet occurred? How is the essential psychological work required changed by awakened awareness-or is it?
As always, if you are interested in attending, please email me, as space is limited. The next silent retreat at Light on the Hill will be the week-end before Thanksgiving.


Greg said...

We can't be not awake, only stuck in amnesia to defend the fiction we are 'the people' we impersonate in this dream. Our status as dreamers in this dream is who we are and can only be, the rest defines how mind features us filling the dream with the fiction we are the person mind features us impersonating. When the fiction of personhood gives way to the truth of who we are, we get to be in the dream flat with the fact 1) that's all right now is and can be, and 2) we are dreamers in the dream, enjoying liberation from defending the lie we are people. What remains is being, humor, fun, and good will.

Greg said...

Upon awakening in this dream, the parody we occupy during the day fades in the night, so we have to 'boot up' to bring the parody we occupy back into focus. 'Booting up' is like accessing the program that runs our parody, stored on the hard drive. It acts like a gyro that keeps identity in place to keep the lie in place the self is real. What fades in the night is the suffering we require that gives our performance authenticity in the dream. Once we 'boot up,' we are good to go for the day. If fade sets in again, we scan for random suffering, anything we rely on to maintain our brand of upset. You can watch 'boot up' taking place in the morning.