Dallas Reminder Aug. 19-21

Just a last minute reminder about our workshop being held at CompassionWorks, hosted by Jordan Shafer.

Friday night Aug. 19 is a free lecture, from 7:30 – 9 PM

Saturday and Sunday will both be 10 AM – 4 PM with a lunch break.

For full details, please visit http://compassionworks.com/workshops If any questions, please get in touch via the Contact form here on the website. Hope to see you there!

Audios from recent Phoenix meeting

Below are two audios from one of our weeknight meetings in Phoenix last month. A variety of points are discussed.

Please be aware that some background noise comes and goes, due to the central air conditioning in the meeting room (hey, it’s hot in Phoenix in the summertime!). Part 1 runs about 66 min. Part 2 is 48 min.

      http://www.consciousnessisall.com/downloadsKeyDZIUBAN/PHX-6-16-11-A.mp3
      http://www.consciousnessisall.com/downloadsKeyDZIUBAN/PHX-6-16-11-B.mp3

Just click on the links to listen or download to your computer or listening device.

Enjoy!

Dallas Weekend Workshop, Aug. 19-21

There is a full weekend workshop coming up on Aug 19-21 in the Dallas, TX area. If you live nearby and can join us, that would be wonderful!

The workshop is being held at CompassionWorks, and will be hosted by our new friend Jordan Shafer.

Friday night Aug. 19 is a free lecture, from 7:30 – 9 PM

Saturday and Sunday will both be 10 AM – 4 PM with a lunch break.

For full details, please visit http://compassionworks.com/workshops And if there are any questions, please get in touch via the Contact form here on the website. Hope to see you there!

Would Awareness Still Exist…?




Reality Check now has audio–and this post is the first to use it. Audio brings variety to our format, and is sometimes a more effective way to respond to deeper questions.

Click on the link below to hear the latest post (please wait a few moments while it downloads). The audio also can be saved on your computer, ipod, etc. for listening later. This particular audio runs 39 min. due to the nature of the question. Not all audio posts will be this long, and we expect to have short video posts soon, too.
Please feel free to comment and/or ask questions below as usual.
The question is from a friend who shall be called Joan:

“If there were nothing to be aware of, would awareness still exist?”

Click and enjoy:
      http://www.consciousnessisall.com/downloadsKeyDZIUBAN/RCAud1.mp3

NEWS–website updates & lower prices. New Phoenix meetings.

Hi Everyone — Just some updates on recent activity.

WEBSITE:

The website here is getting a few revisions–some of which are in place already. Please see the changes to the Audios section, including lower prices for all audios, and more free audios.

The 2-DVD Series also is now only $9.95.

Look for more changes in upcoming weeks.

PHOENIX/SCOTTSDALE AREA:

If you live in the area, we will be starting a new series of weeknight meetings. The theme is:

YOU: An Investigation

The new weeknight workshop for being clear about what you really are.

Join us to take an eyes-wide-open look at what “you” are—beyond body, beyond thoughts, emotions and sensations—all the way to Infinity. You’ll clearly see:

*The simple “switch” that instantly ends all need for seeking.
*How to stop wasting time trying to spiritualize a “you” that isn’t real!
*Why the Real You is effortless—and an unshakeable certainty.
*Instantly know whether a spiritual teaching is “off” or right on.
*The “Duh!” factor that strips away any sense of awe or intimidation.
*How humor helps in “busting” the false sense of self.

Join us this ongoing “detective series”—in which you are both the detective and the one being investigated! Everything today is all about helping “you”—and what this “you” should do, or not do, to have a better life and experience. But—exactly who or what is this “you”? What if this “you” that you’re working so hard over isn’t the real you? Before launching into self-improvement, is it crystal clear what “you” really are?

FIRST MEETING: Thursday June 16, 2011 7-9 pm Cost: $10/person
New Vision Center Room 2 18010 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix AZ 85032

Seating is limited. RSVP REQUIRED. Please call 928-759-9943 or use the Contact form at www.ConsciousnessIsAll.com

Thanks! Peter

Live Webcast-Interview April 26, 12 Noon EDT

Hi Everyone,

Join us for an interesting hour-long live discussion with John Troy and Trip Overholt this coming Tuesday, April 26 at 12 noon Eastern, 9am PST, and 5pm BST:

Wisdom’s Soft Whisper
http://www.thewizardllc.com/satsang-radio-archives
WCOM 103.5 Chapel Hill, NC

Just go to the website, click on the red button and your computer becomes a radio. This is sure to be a lively, in-depth discussion. If you can’t make it at that time, John and Trip archive all their interviews, so you can go back at any time. Their website is a wonderful resource.

All the best,
Peter

Freedom Inquiry

There is a new post on the micro-site at stillnessspeaks.com titled, “Do A Freedom Inquiry.”

Please have a look if you care to check it out: http://peterdziuban.stillnessspeaks.com/ssblog/inquiry-presence-freedom-conscious-aliveness-infinity-nonduality/

I would repeat the post here, but having the same text repeated in two places on the web supposedly results in Google penalizing a website’s status in its rankings.

One final reminder about the talks in the LA area.

Friday, April 8 at 7:30 pm at the Bodhi Tree Bookstore in West Hollywood.

Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10 from 10AM-4PM at the Sunset Park Church in Santa Monica.

For details, please see recent posts here on Reality Check, or get in touch using the Contact form here on the website.

Thanks! Peter

Perfect Love Does NOT Cast Out Fear

This post is in response to a question from a friend who shall be called Renee. It is repeated below with slight editing:

“The fear of death and physical suffering still seizes me sometimes. not only for myself, but for my loved ones. This indicates to me that there is still some belief that what I am is encased in this body/mind and that there is a personal doer. yet, when the fear arises, and I investigate, what I experience is emptiness, spaciousness, boundlessness, lightness. yet the belief of a personal doer must be there otherwise this fear wouldn’t arise. but I can’t find the root of this belief to root it out!

The arising of these fears tells me that the liberation I have been searching for, the freedom, still has not come, otherwise there would be no fear. I have seen suffering in my loved ones…my parents who passed away, my husband who died, and dear friends, who have suffered, and who are currently suffering with cancer. So, from my experience of loved ones around me, there is the potential for horrible suffering. Fortunately, in my life, I have been blessed with a healthy body, so I have not experienced physical suffering very much myself. But I see the potential for suffering, and I think this inhibits my ability to rest in the pure lightness of being that is our very essence and trust that it is indeed holding this very experience of being, which is called, Renee, in its loving arms, and that all is well, all ways and always for all of “us”.

First, the title, “Perfect Love does not cast out fear,” is based on a passage from the book of John in the Bible which says, “Perfect Love casts out fear.” It exemplifies how the “perspective” of this website differs from much of spirituality—whether in the Bible, nonduality, or as implied in the question above.

Perfect Love leaves only Perfect Love.

Period.

If Perfect Love co-existed with something besides Itself called fear that it could cast out, or should be expected to cast out, It wouldn’t be Perfect Love.

Perfect Love is another way of saying unconditional Love. It is infallibly present Love. It is unrestrainable Infinite Love. It cannot be manipulated, directed, funneled, partially blocked or shut off, for there is only Perfect Love. This Infinite, unconditional Love never is influenced by another nor even experienced by another—because there is no other.

There is only Perfect Love.

This infallibility is exactly the same as how history-less Presence is right now infallibly present, infallibly and unconditionally free of any prior existence or experience—even for Itself! This is the only One present, alive—so all there ever is to “consider” is This—and the only One to “consider” or experience It is Itself.

If the use of “history-less Presence” as used above is not crystal clear, it is suggested you read the free excerpt “Present Consciousness” on the Writings page here on the website.)

The Bible version, of course, is speaking of how Love casts out fear, or leads to improvements, in what appears as human experience. It is speaking from the apparent, from the “human side of the fence.”

This is not speaking from that side of the fence. It is speaking from Infinity which is not even “the other side of the fence,” but Infinity where there is no fence, and not two sides. There is no attempt to improve an apparent experience, nor is there a negating of such a thing. There is only Infinity, history-less Presence, which has had no prior experience. Please do not “read into” this any other conclusion.

The way the question above is worded, it sounds as if there is much wonderful clarity. However, it also sounds in places as if it is about a “me” who has gained some clarity, but still has a ways to go. It also sounds as if there is an idea or expectation (thought) as to how Freedom should look or feel. And if Freedom isn’t experienced, then it is the fault or shortcoming of this “me” who has progressed somewhat, but not completely.

It is not wholly and only “starting from” or AS what Infinite Presence is to Infinite Presence—period.

“…when the fear arises, and I investigate, what I experience is emptiness, spaciousness, boundlessness, lightness. yet the belief of a personal doer must be there otherwise this fear wouldn’t arise.”

As long as one still appears to have a body that breathes and eats food, etc., there may be some degree of experiencing what goes with the human, including human feelings. However, none of this experience is personal, and none of it can be claimed as personal, or taken personally. The body that appears in the “dream” of human experience is 100% a product of, or puppet of, the dream. That includes all the apparent thoughts and emotions that seem to go with body. It all belongs to the dream.

Perfect Love, (pure Presence here now) was not born, so IT cannot have a fear of death. That too, would belong to the so-called dream only. So there is no claiming of such feelings as “mine” and they are not seen as a problem “which I have not yet rooted out.” History-less Presence has had no prior experience in which It picked up something which now must be rooted out. It is utter Purity. Such feelings may even still seem to “knock at the door” for awhile. The key is to not identify with, or claim them.

“…but I can’t find the root of this belief to root it out!”

Exactly! The root can’t be found because it doesn’t have its own root. It doesn’t have its own presence or “inherent existence” as emptiness teachings would say. Its only seeming presence seems to arise thanks to an “ignoring” of the lightness, spaciousness, openness and emptiness of pure Infinity, history-less Present-ness.

When 100% “consciously busy” as Infinite Openness, a sense of fear simply cannot continue to operate because it doesn’t have its own cause, source or presence to operate. It only seems to “show up” when it seems there is a “falling asleep” to pure NOW. It’s just the way a dream seems to show up when there’s a falling asleep or an “ignoring” of awakeness.

“I have seen suffering in my loved ones…my parents who passed away, my husband who died, and dear friends, who have suffered, and who are currently suffering with cancer. So, from my experience of loved ones around me, there is the potential for horrible suffering.”

Perfect Love is always “on.” It is infallibly Its own pure Presence, which is ALL Presence, if one is to use such terms. Perfect Love does not “see”—whether by way of eyes, or even mentations, or mental concepts. It just is unrestrainable, unconfined, history-less Love. To It, there is no potential for suffering—the only “potential” there is, is for “endlessly more and more pure Love.”

Perfect Love is un-seeing and un-see-able.

Invisible, indivisible Love does not see anything visible.

Love equally does not see anything divisible, or separate that It could be loving toward.

There is only Love’s un-see-able-ness as All.

Love cannot, and does not, make such statements as those in the question above. So it seems from that statement, as if there is still a bit of identification with the apparent. It is the identification with, attachment to, what appear as loved ones. Yet Perfect Love does not have any “loved ones” and no attachments, for there is only Itself.

As long as there appears to be this kind of attachment with the apparent (with the “good” side), then one is subject to the “other side of the coin” which is fear, loss, etc. When there is this kind of attachment to forms (even family) it, too, really would be an “ignoring” of Infinite Presence. And it is in this “ignoring” or dreaming that the door opens to all the other aspects of the dream (fear, etc.).

Don’t misunderstand, there is nothing wrong with “having loved ones”!—but one should not kid oneself either. Unconditional Love cannot funnel Itself more towards some bodies than others. In fact, It cannot funnel Itself, period. Nor is there a lesser self to mistakenly do such a thing.

This is what “separates the men from the boys” in spirituality—because it definitely is not popular with a personality that wants to be loving toward what it assumes are other personalities! This does not mean one will appear to be cold or aloof or shut off from others either—for that would be just as human and personal as being attached! It’s just the opposite side of the coin of being humanly loving and compassionate. But it’s still human.

Perfect Love cannot shut Itself off.

“I see the potential for suffering, and I think this inhibits my ability to rest in the pure lightness of being that is our very essence and trust that it is indeed holding this very experience of being, which is called, Renee, in its loving arms, and that all is well, all ways and always for all of “us”.

This again is where the perspective here differs. To Perfect Love, Indivisible Love, there never has been, never will be, anything beside Itself that It could “embrace in Its loving arms.” There being only Perfect Love, It is not looking over “others” nor are there others looking to It.

The notion that Infinite Love is all of what appears as a world and relative experience can be misleading. That’s actually starting in the “wrong place,” with the seeming apparent—because it is not genuinely existent, alive, present.

Rather, what Love’s un-shut-off-able, alive openness and invisible Purity is—THIS is what All is! And if it appears as if a world is superimposed on Invisible Love—so what? It doesn’t alter Love’s pure Present-ness in the slightest.

Rather than “investigating” feelings, sensations, thoughts, etc. (which can seem helpful at times)—do a Perfect Love investigation.

Do an Infinite Presence inquiry. Can It be shut off? Does It have a border, an edge where It stops? Can It be said to have any history, any prior experience? Would Love say such a thing, or would those be only human assumptions?

Santa Monica Reminder April 9-10

Please join us for what promises to be a fantastic weekend–still a few openings remaining for
“Are We Having Fun Yet?”

Life’s freedom and happiness are present right now, so there’s no reason why this can’t be experienced right now. It’s a matter of “coming from” Present-ness, Aliveness, and Its unlimitedness. If there’s anything that still seems to “be in the way” we’ll be taking a close look at it–and seeing through anything that pretends to make for “un-freedom.”

Dates: April 9-10 (Saturday & Sunday)Times: Sessions will be approximately 10 AM to 4PM both days. Location: Sunset Park Church, 1515 Maple St., Santa Monica 90405Cost: $75 for both days – $50 for either single dayParking available.

RSVP required. To RSVP, or for more information, please email via the Contact page here on the website.

Bodhi Tree Friday Eve. Talk: “Untie Yourself From Time”

There will also be a talk Friday, April 8 at the Bodhi Tree Bookstore from 7:30-9:30 PM. Admission $15.

8585 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90026. Phone: 310-659-1733. For directions and parking: http://www.bodhitree.com/

Please join us if you can–it would be great to see you there! Peter