This is the first part of a talk by Tony Parsons about what is. He speaks about the hidden but essential essence of Advaita and unadulterated non-dualism, out of which can arise a radically different perception of reality. If you are interested in more Tony Parsons check out his website www.theopensecret.com
Here is a quote from "The Headless Way", a leaflet by Douglas Harding "Over the past [sixty] years a truly contemporary and Western way of 'seeing into one's Nature' or 'Enlightenment' has been developing. Though in essence the same as Zen, Sufism, and other spiritual disciplines, this way proceeds in an unusually down-to-earth fashion. It claims that modern man is more likely to see Who he really is in a minute of active experimentation than in years of reading, lecture-attending, thinking, ritual observances, and passive meditation of the traditional sort. Instead of these, it uses a variety of simple, non-verbal, fact-finding tests, all of them asking: how do I look to myself? They direct my attention to my blind spot - to the space I occupy, to what's given right here at the Centre of my universe, to what it's like being 1st-person singular, present tense."
We pretend space isnt there. It is all just backround - and we forget about it. The supremely important thing to be concerned with is like a hypnotic song: eat - sleep - work! In our current culture we can maybe add something like a hedonistic break on the weekend. There we forget ourselves or on the opposite: indulge in our socalled pleasures. We confuse the world as it is with the world that we talk about and describe. There is the real world and then there is a whole system of symbols to use to describe this world. But we confuse the symbols with reality. Like we confuse money with wealth or the name and image of ourselves - with ourself. Check out Les Kaye's speech on spiritualism and the modern world.
Most people nowadays are not intouch with themselves anymore - because of the tremendous amount of stress and involvement in their work. We grow up believing that we have to succeed. This has been indoctrinated into our being. That's why we think everything that is worth something has to be hard earned. Anything that comes easy cant be of an value. Jon Kabat-Zinn is a wonderful person that reminds us of what really matters.
I have read this sentence many times. It is not something we can say without a pause - most of the times we do mind. We do mind that our partner forgot about us. We do mind that our boss didn't promote us but the other person. Or that we didn't leave this impression on someone we wanted to impress. What about family or friends? Do we not mind if they forget us? In this sentence lies one way to peace and back to where we come from. The real self that we cannot see out of ignorance - never minds. It is there - wether we forget it or not.