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

For more than 25 years I’ve been a 'student' of the Time, Space, Knowledge vision (TSK), not a teacher. And I write from an inquiring student's perspective neither proclaiming nor declaring. I figuratively sit in awe at the feet of a master, Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. For the past 12 years, my personal TSK guide has been Jack Petranker, founder of the "Center for Creative Inquiry" (CCI), past dean of the "Tibetan Nyingma Institute", and author of "When It Rains Does Space Get Wet?", "Inside Knowledge", and other TSK related books and articles... I've also received TSK instruction from the late, Carolyn Pasternak of the Odiyan Retreat Center... As a volunteer for the past several years, I've been curating the TSK focused, CCI Facebook page at... https://tinyurl.com/ybyfolcf
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