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Noticing What You Already Know (Robin Dale)

In Issue 2432 of the Nondual Highlights, Jerry Katz reviewed a book by a nondual Aussie author named Robin Dale called Noticing What You Already Know. The book is only available by contacting the author directly (rdale02@ozemail.com.au or +61 3 9754 8641 in Australia), and the excerpts Jerry included were very good. My favourites follow.
There is only This. If you think you're enlightened, throw it away and begin again. The idea of 'enlightenment' is like a big ugly monster with a pretty face, inside you. Like the idea of the Abyss is a big warm openhearted angel with an ugly face.

Self or mind is always hiding things from itself. That's the only way it can exist. The fact that it doesn't exist is the biggest secret it keeps from itself.

For a dose of reality, have a clear, wise, calm look at what would happen to you if you were successful in your favourite 'spiritual' endeavour. And then don't blame me for the disappointment.

Worldly people with an investment in the Dream are like ambitious toads guarding a nest of eggs. They're thinking, that when the eggs finally hatch, they're going to get something other than toads.

Seeing that there is a gap between thoughts is the first step. Then it becomes obvious that the whole thing is one big gap with thoughts appearing on top of it. Then you find that you are that gap. Then you can't find a gap between thoughts, because the thoughts themselves are made of 'gap,' which you are; it is like an eye trying to see itself.
(x-posted to nonduality)

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fireceremony April 24th, 2006

"For a dose of reality, have a clear, wise, calm look at what would happen to you if you were successful in your favourite 'spiritual' endeavour. And then don't blame me for the disappointment."

I liked that one. :) Thanks a lot for the quotes and the always fun to read journal.

iamom April 24th, 2006
Thanks back. It's my total pleasure, and it's also nice to see you peek your head in.

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