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Treadmill Spirituality

"I'm really getting closer to enlightenment." Says the fictitious "I."

"You're in the same damn place!" Yells, What Is.

Home, heaven, whatever we wanna call it is always What Is, and when the seeking energy of time collapses, you end up right where you are. The only difference? The tension, and contraction of free will and personal identity is no longer there, and so, of course, there is an ease and relaxation.

“Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.” — Zen Kōan


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These ideas sound a bit like the knowledge of Alan Watts. It's nice to hear it in current situations. Let the deprogramming commence!

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I was just thinking this morning how people have been conditioned to treat the body as a tool, which of course corresponds to the idea of work, subject and object, and working towards a goal. Contrasted with dance and a celebration of life it's quite stark and very pervasive. The same could be said of the mind of course. Coming to this image of the treadmill I'm also considering how the goal of exercise is a kind of conditioning, especially this kind of mechanical exercise. Maybe the ridiculousness can be plainly stated by saying "I'm trying to wake up with spiritual conditioning" or something, which is of course considered a virtue in this industrial mentality. If it isn't about moving…

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"No thing such "enlightenment". Just Life" Me ;)

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Not creating delusions is enlightenment. Bodhidharma

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When I first started gaining exposure to Anna's messages, my predominant mind set was dualistic, with occasional glimpses of the non-dual. Now, progressively, my point of view is settling into a non-dual openness to all that is, with only occasional lapses into a this-that duality. But I can catch it early now, and re-open to just what is. It's very freeing. You can imagine how grateful I am that Anna can explain this experience so eloquently. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Thank you, Anna.

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