Dustin LindenSmith

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various selections from recent Nondual Highlights

Busy summer for me so far. Not much list reading, spiritual practice or writing. But I have a newly-sodded backyard, a new deck, a new garden shed, and a new climber for my daughter to show for my summer so far. Plus a new baby yellow Labrador puppy (pictured in icon). And all of that is a type of spiritual practice in itself; especially when it's done under torrential downpours vascillating between blistering heat waves, such as the weather has been here in Nova Scotia this summer so far.

Nondually selections follow below...

--Dustin (iamom)
Jed McKenna from Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment

Am I pro-truth? No. Do I hate delusion? No. Do I consider the dreamstate evil? No. I'm not opposed to all the teachers and teachings that keep us so effectively narcotized. I don't think anyone or anything is other than perfect. I'm not a warrior for truth. I'm not at war with the armies of the lie. I like the lie. I'm all for it. Maya and her magnificent Palace of Delusion have no greater fan than I. Having myself escaped from the confines of delusion, I'm able to appreciate its strengths and its vulnerabilities. Its greatest vulnerability is that it has no mass, no substance. There is no it, and all you have to do to see that for yourself is look for yourself. Its greatest strength is that looking for yourself is the last thing anyone, say what they may, really wants to do.

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The Second of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings:

"Aware of suffering created by attachment to views and wrong
perceptions, I am determined to avoid being narrow-minded and bound to
present views. I will learn and practice non-attachment from views in
order to be open to others' insights and experiences. I am aware that
the knowledge I presently possess is not changeless, absolute truth.
Truth is found in life and I will observe life within and around me in
every moment, ready to learn throughout my life."
--Plum Village

From the website, http://www.plumvillage.org/index.htm
Selections from Gabriel Rosenstock: quotations from self-realized Native Americans:

“We learned to do what only the student of nature ever learns, and that was to feel beauty. We never railed at the storms, the furious winds, and the biting frosts and snows. To do so intensified human futility, so whatever came we adjusted ourselves, by more effort and energy if necessary, but without complaint.

"Even the lightning did us no harm, for whenever it came too close, mothers and grandmothers in every tipi put cedar leaves on the coals and their magic kept danger away. Bright days and dark days were both expressions of the Great Mystery, and the Indian reveled in being close to the Great Holiness...”

--Chief Luther Standing Bear

“We do not want churches because they will teach us to quarrel about God, as the Catholics and Protestants do. We do not want to learn that.

We may quarrel with men sometimes about things on this earth. But we never quarrel about God. We do not want to learn that.”
--Chief Joseph

“I have attended dinners among white people. Their ways are not our ways.

"We eat in silence, quietly smoke a pipe, and depart. Thus is our host honored.

"This is not the way of the white man. After his food has been eaten, one is expected to say foolish things. Then the host feels honored...”
--Four Guns

“The white man who is our agent is so stingy that he carries a linen rag in his pocket into which to blow his nose, for fear he might blow away somerthing of value...”

“The more I consider the condition of the white men, the more fixed becomes my opinion that, instead of gaining, they have lost much by subjecting themselves to what they call the laws and regulations of civilized socities...”

(x-posted to nonduality)


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