What's up with Kale in the title of this news letter? It just so happens that my son, Ben, is harvesting a plethora of it at his farm in Ballground. He's offering big bags of organic Kale to anyone who wants to stop by and pick it up here at Namestoy, 7490 Whitmire Rd, Cumming. Believe me, there's nothing like it in the grocery stores.....fresh from his garden. Call Nancy at 404-414-8122 & we'll have it waiting at the gate.
Two weeks ago in our Zoom Meditation session, we talked about Awareness. We were having a discussion, and all of our definitions seemed applicable, but still lacking something. On Wednesdays Carrie and I have a conversation around the teachings of Sadguru in his book Inner Engineering. He has a section entitled "Awareness Is Aliveness." That happened to be the section I turned to, and I read it to her because she only has the audible edition. Sadguru wrote "First and foremost, let us make an important distinction: awareness is not mental alertness. Mental alertness will only enhance your ability to survive in the world. It is a doglike alertness---useful in self-preservation but not in self-expansion. Awareness is not something that you do. Awareness is aliveness, or chitta. This is intelligence that is completely unsullied by memory. This is the deepest dimension of the mind and one that connects us to the very basis of creation. When you are in touch with this dimension, you are in a state of heightened awareness, which allows you to be fully conscious and intoxicated at the same time and with no external stimulus whatsoever! When you learn to access chitta, being blissful is entirely natural.
Sleep, wakefulness, death---these are all just different levels of awareness. Suppose you were dozing and somebody shook you awake. Boom! The whole world comes back in a single moment! That is not a small thing. You re-created the whole of existence instantly. The world, which was obliterated in your experience, pops back. Not in seven days--in just a moment.
When you are asleep, the world does not exist because you are largely unaware. But even in sleep, you are not completely unaware. The difference between a sleeping person and a dead person is one of awareness. Similarly, between a wakeful person and an awakened person, there is a difference. An awakened person sleeps too, but has managed so much awareness that some part of him or her does not sleep. The sense organs shut down, the body rests a bit , but everything else is on. This is because awareness has been notched up another level.