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Self inquiry

Reading from wisdom text, short meditation and discussion.

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  • Rob

    Rapport sittings are possible as well.

    March 31, 2014

    • Rob

      The concept is related to the eastern one of the silent transmission. No worries no arms are to be twisted. It'll happen or it won't. Either is fine

      April 6, 2014

    • Scott R.

      Unlike the horse.

      April 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    If we are all one - and there is no "I" - then enlightenment has already been achieved.

    April 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      "we are one" is a statement that describes what our actuality "is". The"I" is a contributor to the "oneness on the "all". Enlightenment is the discovery in the "process of joining both the " I " and the "all" in one harmonious "equilibrium",­ so to attain enlightenment one must first seek the "self" in order to place himself in the "all" lest he does not know where he is or why he is there nor will he understand his purpose in the grand design.

      April 4, 2014

    • Scott R.

      You can't get lost in lostness if you are already lost. "Lose The Way!"

      April 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was assuming the phrase "self inquiry" was a reference to Ramana's basic method... Okay, I just did a google search on "ramana self inquiry pdf" ... and found this http://www.realization.org/down/ramana.self-enquiry.mahadevan.1994.pdf
    .. and there are other sites that have it.
    It's fairly short. The method is simple.

    March 18, 2014

    • Scott R.

      From #12 - ''If the mind should stray away from its state, then immediately one should enquire, “Oh! Oh! We are not the body etc.! Who are we?” and thus one should reinstate the mind in that (pure) state. The enquiry “Who am I?” is the principal means to the removal of all misery and the attainment of the supreme bliss. When in this manner the mind becomes quiescent in its own state, Self-experience arises of its own accord, without any hindrance.'' - Is this what you were getting at? When I read this, I see in a way that makes my experience impossible to understand, yet not contradictory.

      March 19, 2014

    • Scott R.

      Now I understand. It's the ocean.

      April 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    John Baines breaks down the process and inhibitors of the process and the reason we malfunction in the process in "Stellar Man" the information is very important if one discovers it...its a free PDF file easily downloaded with adobe reader....310 pages that you will conquer in a matter of hrs...

    April 4, 2014

    • Scott R.

      Go to the Beach instead. I'll go with you. There is a retreat coming in a month. You can come along with me. I can drive when that happens.

      April 5, 2014

  • Rob

    The work came after Byron Katie sat with her transformation for a few years. It hit her so strongly as I understand it that she was completely without any identification with her story. To the point where she simply had to trust someone when they said "I'm your daughter, son, husband etc." So my understanding is that Grace plays a big part in anyone's awakening process. We use the tools of inquiry until we break them or "ourselves" and discard them or "ourselves" and then it's up to Grace to step in on its own terms. Up to that point we can only prepare ourselves for that eventuality while maintaining an attitude of what Richard Rose called inbetweeness. This involves wanting enlightenment or truth at all cost while simultaneously being okay with never getting it. Even this "attitude" has to be dropped at some point lest it become dogma.

    March 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Equilibrium, harmony, polarities, and vibration are all keys to ones true self...put them into practice..be aware of the parts they play in your program, be aware of where you are standing...not where you stood- not where you will stand--- but where are standing, what your standing on, what your mind sees, and what your eyes don't see...its a beautiful, and ugly realization which simultaneously gives the mind light. Let me know how it goes!

      April 4, 2014

    • Scott R.

      Went to Folly Beach yesterday. The water rose... Now know why it is called that! Can't stand on the water. In the water. Under the water. The water... Rose. Everything falls, before it. Swept away. Svetlana...

      April 5, 2014

  • Rob

    It's never not been.

    April 1, 2014

    • Scott R.

      Same as it ever was.

      April 2, 2014

  • Scott R.

    8 1/2 movie - so aching lovely! Someone else start a Discussion of movies we could watch and discuss. I like the video of Byron Katie, "The Story of the ONE".

    March 23, 2014

    • Scott R.

      Enough Said movie - now I understand why people hate Hetairas. I never really got it before. I think I will go drown myself now. Can someone suggest a movie to understand about having children? I never got that either...

      March 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      "Knowing" with Nicholas cage...check it out if you haven't...

      April 2, 2014

  • Rob

    Hide and seek is divine fun.

    April 1, 2014

  • Scott R.

    Movie Suggestion: The King's Speech. It is in the West Cola library.

    April 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Who are you without "Your Stories" was the question asked? I would say the creator of the stories - the one who chooses not to follow those random thoughts. You are the pen and your life is the book with all the blank pages.

    March 31, 2014

    • Rob

      Know thy true self implies a false self. The actor leaves the character on the stage, takes a final bow and goes home. Who indeed.

      April 1, 2014

    • Scott R.

      Speechless.

      April 1, 2014

  • Rob

    What is it that asks "what am I?" What observes the asking and never asks?

    April 1, 2014

  • Scott R.

    "Of all the Qualifications, Love is the most important, for if it is strong enough in a man, it forces him to
    acquire all the rest, and all the rest without it would never be sufficient."
    http://www.theosophical.ca/otherdocuments/AtTheFeetOfTheMaster_AlcyoneJKrishnamurti.pdf
    This Cosmic Jewel is free for you to download, I am stunned to disbelief. I read and reread this little book for years! This is all the Dharma you need!!!

    March 31, 2014

    • Scott R.

      "It is well to speak little; better still to say nothing, unless you are quite sure that what you wish to say is true, kind and helpful. Before speaking think carefully whether
      what you are going to say has those three qualities; if it has not, do not say it."

      March 31, 2014

  • Rob

    Thanks to everyone for supporting this meetup. I'm open to input from you all as to alternate locations and approaches to them as it grows. I'm enjoying the organic quality of it.

    March 31, 2014

    • Scott R.

      I would like to meet more often.

      March 31, 2014

  • Rob

    One meetup was on walking meditation at riverfront park. Other examples might involve doing the Work on stressful thoughts or some of Douglas Harding's exercises.

    March 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    nice .. minds open ... good chats. Nice to see you all.

    March 30, 2014

  • Scott R.

    I figured it out!

    1 · March 30, 2014

    • Rob

      Now isn't that a relief. Ha.

      March 30, 2014

    • Scott R.

      Well, if it is SELF Inquiry, then I already know the right answers, so it makes passing a cinch.

      March 30, 2014

  • Rob

    http://www.selfinquiry.org/Durant140509.html. this links to info on an upcoming retreat in Raleigh for those interested. I attended a retreat lead by Bart and Deborah last year and found it well worth the time.

    March 23, 2014

    • Scott R.

      I am going, if someone wants to car-pool.

      March 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will not be able to attend tomorrow due to other plans but I would definitely like to attend another meet up time. I am so happy to know there are groups like this one who meet to discuss spirituality and meditation.

    March 29, 2014

  • Rob

    A more local resource for inquiry is Fred Davis. He provides one on one sessions that guide a person to non dual nature. I've experienced this for myself and can recommend it. Another option is his book "The book of Undoing". In it is a dialogue between Fred and a client. If read as though you're the client, it's a powerful read that may leave you undone. 108 pages

    March 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the tip, Rob. I bought Fred Davis book, The Book of Undoing, on Kindle.

      March 27, 2014

  • Scott R.

    Now we can play chess. I am the Knight, because I jump from black to white.

    March 27, 2014

  • Scott R.

    Self-Inquiry, meet your new best friend: Self-Compassion! I bow to Josette here: http://throwingbacktokens.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/self-empathy-self-compassion-compassion-training-4/

    March 21, 2014

  • Rob

    In my view both Ramana's and Katie's respective inquiries head in the same direction. A place where thoughts are no longer believed.

    March 19, 2014

    • Scott R.

      Unbelievable. (joke) So, did Byron Katie's experience described in "Dying in to Love" happen because she followed her process, or did it happen for other reasons and the "process" arise from her insight? I am asking, I don't know anything about her. Lots of processes arise *after the fact* and they can help, but they don't DO it.

      March 19, 2014

  • Scott R.

    So, apparently the phrase "self inquiry" has a particular meaning to people in this group that I did not know about - to do with Byron Katie's work, I guess? I never thought to do that, since if I am asking I don't have the answers. When I don't know, I just synthesize. Everything is made-up anyway. We are made in God's image, so that is our role: Reality Creation. But I do like to compare notes with other Creators, like the person who wrote about the Enneagram. I can't possibly live long enough to make up everything, so it is helpful to get some from others. "Bad artists copy, great artists steal." But that is just too 2.

    March 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Labels are extremely dangerous... it could prevent the self-inquiry.

    March 18, 2014

    • Scott R.

      Anyone who would mistake a label for the truth would probably Oh my Gosh, a huge LION !!!! Run!

      March 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    As I understand it, enlightenment is not about describing the ego, dissecting the ego, analyzing the ego, or perfecting the ego. It is about stopping the habit of believing that the ego is who and what you are.

    March 18, 2014

    • Scott R.

      I added a Discussion about the Enneagram. To me, Enlightenment is about more light - seeing more. It is about more Being, more Awareness, more Bliss - the Sat, Tat, Aum trilogy / trinity / triune, thingy. Also called Sat-Chit-Ananda.

      March 18, 2014

    • Scott R.

      "I can stop any time I want." Heard before?

      March 18, 2014

  • Scott R.

    THIS: Enneagram description - http://tap3x.net/EMBTI/page13.html -
    "Two worlds together but they won't combine."

    March 18, 2014

  • Rob

    Now we're getting nowhere!

    March 13, 2014

  • Scott R.

    I would like to buy a vowel.

    March 11, 2014

    • Scott R.

      "No story, no World", right?

      March 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Can there be a brotherhood of solipsist?

      March 13, 2014

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  • Rob
    Another Yourself, Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Scott R.
    Avaloka, Co-Organizer
  • A former member
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