Awake Awareness Is Aware without Using Thought

Porch 11-3-15

I’ve been working with some of the practices in the book, ‘Shift Into Freedom’, by Loch Kelly, a gifted teacher and author, who explains his Open-Hearted Awareness Approach to Being. As my friend and fellow long-time TSK student, Bruce Alderman, points out, Kelly’s approach is consonant with TSK for it is “rooted in Tibetan Mahamudra, as TSK is rooted or influenced — however indirectly — by Dzogchen (which is very similar to Mahamudra).”

Today, the weather is perfect, hovering around 70 degrees, Fall colors have announced themselves, and lately, perhaps influenced by the seasonal change, I’ve been ‘blissed-out’ as I work with this book…

My quick-notes for the moment on this practice… Glimpse 2 – “Awake Awareness Is Aware without Using Thought”…

Deep breathing fills the lungs with air, clears the mind with fresh oxygen, new openness greets my external view, a non-focused and non-naming looking at the trees and fluttering leaves. Within, space is made for a rising, loving-appreciation of color, light and shadow, moving forms, the flow of emotion… moisture rises for the eyes while just ‘feeling’ the body. The sound of music moves simultaneously with the flow of inclusiveness… a lyric is recognized, connected, and affirmed…

“Oh that magic feeling…nowhere to go…” (Beatles, ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’)

Sunlight warms with a golden glow that x-rays yellowing leaves, simply filling me with fullness, a pouring in and reflected out. A womb of belonging, a home of homes, no distance ‘from’ or between what appears, no separation because there is no location adopted, no identity assumed from which to feel and observe. There is a most basic ‘aware of being aware’ feel, the unity of the act of observing with the feel of the observed, the unity of awakened awareness, as what is always here.

About David Filippone

David Filippone has been a student of Tarthang Tulku’s Time, Space, Knowledge (TSK) vision for over twenty-five years. For the past twelve years, he has studied TSK and Full Presence Mindfulness with Jack Petranker, director of the Center for Creative Inquiry (CCI). He also participated in programs offered by Carolyn Pasternak of the Odiyan Center. For the past several years, David has curated the CCI Facebook page, which is often TSK-focused, and he serves on the CCI Board of Directors. The CCI Facebook page can be found at the following link... https://www.facebook.com/CenterforCreativeInquiry/
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