Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Self-observer and the Universal Witness by Katie Davis, Author, Awake Joy

In these teachings, I differentiate between the person (body), the self-observer (eyewitness) and the true witnessing consciousness that is the reference point "I am the witness only."

The self-observer is still identified with the body. Attention has shifted from projecting outward toward the world and has turned inward. The study is one of watching thoughts, emotions, body, physical energies and mental images. While it may seem that one is "inside," being inside the body is not yet inside. I guess we could say there is an inside to the inside! :-)

You see, the appearance of the body is also another worldly object. It is still a part of the dream of form. Self-observation is essential to the awakening process, yet this watching is not the witness.

At some point, a profound and radical detachment from both body and world will occur and this opens to the true witnessing consciousness. Some mistaken this with enlightenment since pure being-consciousness-bliss is so dynamically at the forefront.

The subject witness ... the true witness ... is totally free of the person. It is formless and has no identification with person and form. Its study is formlessness. It still has its object, but the object is the "dimension" of the Heart. While it is perfect for crossing over from the world of form into formlessness, it prevents Self-realization.

Once again, the profound surrender will happen by itself when the persistent duality is noticed. In the disappearance of the subject-witness, we have Self-realization.

Continued Self-inquiry will assist ... even when one is totally free of the ego and the body.

While the universal subject-witness is free of form, it is not yet free of the universal mind. In fact, it IS the universal mind. Nisargadatta calls the universal witness "God." In these teachings, I save that label for only the Supreme Absolute.

Since this is a "seasoned" group, I must quickly add of course that the Absolute (Self) is all there is ... everything "else" is only Self ... appearing as.

So why differentiate? Advaita is more than a philosophy, it is in fact a perfect road map. If there is not clarity at point A, point B will remain a mystery, etc. The outer layer of the onion is peeled to reveal the next layer. There cannot be clarity of what an onion truly is ... other than conceptually with mind ... unless each layer is realized.

Likewise, we shift from reference point to reference point until none remain.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Friends of the Heart May 2009 Issue by Katie Davis, Author, Awake Joy

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This Issue Includes:

Daughters and a Full Recovery ~ Thanks to all Heart Friends for all the prayers and messages of love and support that we received this last month for my daughter's recovery from critical care ... (continue reading)

Does a Moonbeam Have Free Will?
~ In spiritual circles, when the interpreting mind of the ego begins to debate, the question sometimes arises whether the human being has free will or if in fact, humans are governed by determinism. Today, I would like to share with you why ... (continue reading)

Never Not Here Live with Katie Davis, June 10 ~ Live worldwide webcast with Chicago's Richard Miller. Call in on Skype for free and speak with Katie ... (continue reading)

Mediterranean Silent Retreat, September 16-20
~ SILENT RETREAT with Sundance and Katie is an opportunity to step out of daily activities and profoundly rest as deep silence. This stillness is the aliveness that is already within you, untouched by the ego, its time and suffering. This is an extraordinary chance ... (continue reading)

Conscious TV with Iain McNay in London, England, September 23 with interviews with Katie Davis and Sundance Burke ... (continue reading)

Satsang in Bristol, England, September 24, 25, 26 with Katie Davis and Sundance Burke ~ Leo Hawkins, author, Break Out of Your Mind! will be hosting in Wesley Conference Centre ... (continue reading)

Direct Experience ~ Excerpt from the book Free Spirit by Sundance Burke ~ Sitting comfortably and quietly in my teacher’s living room, I was silently querying, “Who is that speaking and who is this listening?” Without the slightest forewarning ... (continue reading)

Satsang in London with Sundance and Katie, September 30, October 1, October 4 ~ Gina Holland of Celebration of Being will be hosting at the Library of the Philadelphia Association and at The Studio ... (continue reading)

Body Soul and Spirit Expo at the Vancouver BC Convention Center in October ~ Katie Davis will be offering "AWAKE Right NOW!" in Vancouver BC, Canada ... (continue reading)

Silence in Golden by Sundance Burke, author, Free Spirit ~ What is Silence? Silence is your natural being ... (continue reading)

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