Hinduism Books, Indian Saints, ‘Awakening to the dream – Leo ‘. The book, Awakening to the Dream, is written with a clarity of perception that is is seen as relevant, and Leo Hartong speaks straight out of the clear blue sky of. Read “Awakening to the Dream The Gift of Lucid Living” by Leo Hartong with Rakuten Kobo. For centuries, philosophers and theologians have pondered.
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Advaita for the 21 st Century. See Book recommendation for ‘ Awakening to the Dream ‘. The following is an extract from Leo’s book ‘Awakening to the Dream: The gift of lucid living’. As I am sitting at my computer writing these words, I become aware of the sensation of thirst.
If you watch your mind, you will see that thoughts arise of their own accord. Please, do not simply accept or reject this. When you honestly observe and investigate, it will become clear that you are not the thinker of your thoughts. What this chapter will try to show is that you are also not the doer of your deeds. This may go against your deepest convictions and beliefs, so I ask you to suspend the judgment that may come up as a reflex and see what is really being offered here.
All apparent decisions and choices are thoughts. To act upon a thought feels like choice and is labeled choice by the language, but choice is really just the expression of whatever thought arises most predominantly. I did not choose my desire for tea, nor did I choose the stronger desire that I should finish the paragraph first, but that is what is spontaneously happening.
Awakening to the Dream: The Gift of Lucid Living
This is not to say that I am an apparatus without free will. There is actually no individual here to be deprived of free will. From this awakeinng, there is a sense that life is simply living, thinking, and acting through you and as you. The Taoists call this Wu Wei, which loosely translates as non-doing.
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Lao Tsu describes it in the Tao Te Ching as follows: Tao, without doing anything, Leaves nothing undone Less and less is done, Till only non-action remains.
Nothing is done, yet nothing is left undone. Suffering exists, but none who suffer, The deed there is, but no doer thereof. We all know the feeling of being in the flow of things. At such times, we lose ourselves in our activity.
Writers frequently have this experience when the words seem to simply pour onto the page and they have no idea what the next line is going to be yo they write it. Most athletes also have moments when suddenly everything clicks and they manage to perform beyond their normal capacity. There dreaj sometimes moments during lovemaking when lovers melt into a union that knows no separate individuality. Or what about narrowly averted accidents on the highway where you later wonder just who was steering the car?
Nor is it like the absentmindedness induced by too much booze or too many tranquilizers. It is a forgetfulness that is alert and alive. All works are being done by the Gunas or the energy tge power of nature, but due to delusion of ego, people assume themselves to be the doer. The Bhagavad-Gita Copyright by Dr. Although being in the flow feels wonderful, the idea of our actions happening by themselves instead of through our free will can rdeam upsetting. For the atheist, his doing or failing to do the right thing may be a measure of his true character; for the religious person there is a lot more at stake, since for him it determines the quality of his after-life.
From the free-will point of view, the idea that something is living harotng us can be quite objectionable. It seems to reduce us to mere marionettes, implying a helplessness, which is hard to accept. Furthermore, there arises a fear that if nothing we do is truly our own action, then people have an excuse for undesirable behavior.
No Claim, No Blame, No Fame – Leo Hartong
What is overlooked in such arguments is that all activity is of the one Self, appearing as the multiplicity of characters that apparently do the thinking, acting, and choosing. To excuse our undesirable behavior on these grounds does not work, for there will still be consequences. Awakenig may protest that the thought that led you to steal from your employer simply arose, and you are not responsible; but then neither is your employer responsible for the thought that led him to fire you and press charges.
Ultimately, since the ego is an illusion, it cannot be deprived of free will nor can it be the victim of predestination. The ego is neither the doer nor the non-doer; it simply does not have an existence independent of the Self, any more than a character in a novel exists independently of the author who portrays him. He and all other characters in the story arise from the imagination of the writer. When it is realized that we all arise from Pure Awareness in much the same way, it is instantly clear that there is no one from whom free will could have been taken.
The paradox in the suggestion that the ego should be dropped is that when one is not the doer, one cannot do the dropping. Although this realization comes by itself—it is often referred to as grace—it is not something one has to wait for. Waiting is just another way of trying to get it, which only perpetuates the illusion that there really is someone who should get something. Intellectually accepting the idea that we should not try often results in trying not to try.
This double bind is acutely felt when you try to will yourself to forget something unpleasant. It also features prominently in so-called self-improvement projects and can lead to bizarre thought patterns such as:. I will really try to be more spontaneous; I will seriously work on my sense of humor; and In the very near future, I resolve to become more accepting of what is right now. Okay, this might be a slight exaggeration, but it shows the principle at work through the contradictions that pop up when the ego embarks on a project of becoming better adjusted, more accepting, or more relaxed.
As long as we believe that there is an ego to either improve or remove, and as long as we work toward the betterment or elimination of that ego, the more the illusion is perpetuated. Trying to remove your face by cleaning the mirror is useless.
The deceptive sense of a personal self is a complex system of thoughts, memories a special kind of thoughtsemotions and conditioning. This mental structure may even cause certain sensations in the body-mind, through, for example, habitual muscular contractions and nerve firings, further supporting the perception of the illusion as reality.
We may argue that when it is felt and perceived it also must exist. In the same way, we could say that a mirage of an oasis in the desert exists when it is observed; or we could say that it does not. It only becomes a problem when it is not recognized for what it truly is and one expects to find water there. See that you are not limited to this mirage known as the ego.
You are that which appears as and—at the same time—is aware of the awakdning. The ego concept is built into the drream syntax we use for thinking and talking.
You already are free. Saying that you do not have to wait eream this freedom is not meant to put you again into a double bind, in which you might try to give up trying or find yourself waiting for the waiting to stop.
The acceptance of this reveals what you truly are. Behind the veil of ignorance ignore-ancedreqm are the Awakened One, aware of—as well as harhong in and as—this marvelous show of manifestation. You are, at once, Awareness and the totality of its content.
Again, let me stress that, due to the limitations of language, I seem to suggest that there is Awareness on one hand and its content on the other. In truth, there is nothing but Oneness here, preceding and including the duality of duality and non-duality. There is no individual entity to either get it or not get it; there is only this.
There is not now, nor was there ever, an ego either to be burdened by guilt or to bask in individual glory. No claim, no blame, no shame, and no fame—it all goes out of the window when thoughts, feelings, decisions, and actions are known as arising spontaneously from the welter of life. If you cannot believe this and are still convinced that you are a separate individual in charge of your life, try this small experiment.
Right now in this moment decide to feel elation and feel it. Then nartong of your least favorite food and for the next five minutes really crave it.
Consider your opinion on capital rream and change it. Finally, ask yourself what your next thought will be and see if you can know it in advance. On the contrary, it becomes less stressful. When the person you thought you were continues as a dreamed character—as one of the many guises of the universal actor—there is no longer any effort dedicated to keeping up appearances, no need to carry resentment, no point in worrying about an imaginary future.
In this context, it is interesting to awakeening that the word person comes from the masks that were used in ancient Greek-Roman theatre. Through per which the sound sona is coming. Read the review of his book in the Recomended Reading section. See Leo’s own website for other excerpts and endorsements. Return to list of topics in Discourses by Teachers and Writers.
See the list sorted by Topic. See the list sorted by Author. Library Extracts Reviews Recommendations. Tao, without doing anything, Leaves nothing undone 37 And again: It also features prominently in so-called self-improvement projects and can lead to bizarre thought patterns such as: