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    From David Spector on Too Mental?

    Your text is quoted, but no author is given. Is this written by Holger? I find it helpful.

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    2022/01/27 at 4:33 am
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      From H Hubbs on Too Mental?

      Thank you David for your sensitivity and openness.
      Not to kill the messenger, but to embrace the message.
      If it resonates in you then it is maybe good enough.

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      2022/01/27 at 8:42 am
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    From David Spector on Lullaby For The Seeker

    Yes, Jeff Foster from the extreme end of nonduality. The simple question to ask in response to such “teaching” is: if a teacher has no guidance to offer a seeker, if a teacher says that they have no philosophy, no teaching, and that they have no status that is any closer to the goal of self-realization and the elimination of suffering, then what damned good is that teacher? You might as well learn nonduality from a stone or the nonsense coming from your TV. If you follow such an admittedly unqualified teacher, then you are destined for frustration as your goal. You are wasting your time here in the waking state.

    The wonderful thing about the teachers who actually teach, and are actually qualified to be teachers, at the other extreme of nonduality, is that you can learn from them and be more likely to achieve self-realization, and with it peace and happiness.

    Do you want to lull your mind with extreme intellectual dogma, or do you want to transform your life based on actual experience? That is the important decision facing all of us on this path.

    The above is just my opinion. I am not a qualified teacher.

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    2022/01/26 at 4:49 am
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      From H Hubbs on Lullaby For The Seeker

      Dear David, when will you be qualified to teach?

      What is missing on your side, with so much mental understanding?

      Isn’t so called awakening or self-realization simply the recognition of our true nature as formless Awareness?

      Effortless, who could claim an achievement of self-realization?

      What about the gift of humility, of having overlooked the obvious for decades.

      How do you explain suffering?

      I love this Shakespeare quote:
      “I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching”.

      In mental academia teaching seems to be the highest purpose; maybe it is overrated?

      Thank you David for your openness and bravery to have nothing anymore to entertain your mind with; what is missing right here and now?

      What veils our true nature?
      What disturbs the peace of being?

      Expectations, blame, shame, guilt, pride, worry arise from the delusion of personal doership.

      Mooji is a great friend:
      “Truth is simple, the seeker is complex.”
      “Excitement is a scam of the mind.”

      Isn’t it amazing how the separate-self manages to keep its imagined existence alive.

      Waking up from the dream of “me”; to acknowledge and honor what always IS; that which is closer than breathing, nearer than hands and feet; somehow we manage to overlook the obvious.

      I am.

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      2022/01/26 at 10:33 pm
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    From Sylvie on Roger...

    Dear Bill, I love reading your writings. The movement of your lovely horses is wonderful .. and your simplicity shows through in your expression of words and artwork.
    Love Sylvie 💞

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    2022/01/24 at 4:34 am
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    From David Spector on Roger...

    We are looking forward to seeing you!

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    2022/01/24 at 4:05 am
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    From Bill Smith on Spirit Moon

    Thanks for the close reading, Kevin. The sounds, rhythms, structure are just based on what sounds and feels right to me. Of course, I’m analyzing it after the fact, but I’ll point out a few things.
    Look at the first 5 lines. Lines 2, 3, 4 and 5 end in similar sounds: waxing, screen, exfoliating, and clean. There’s a “grating” quality and a tightness. Something has to give.
    I try to make the structure, sounds and rhythm fit the meaning, although sometimes, they’re meant to startle or trip the reader.
    Notice how many plosives, consonants that stop the tongue (p,t,d,k), are in “…spirit jerked/ my night psyche up by the roots.” To me, it feels like you’re grabbing, pulling, with a release.
    Most of these choices are made unconsciously when I write, then more consciously when I edit. For me, the main question is, Does it work in the context?
    Yes, the format is as written.
    Thanks for the questions!

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    2022/01/23 at 7:17 pm
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    From David Spector on Sharpen your axe, mend your bucket

    Walter, a beautiful summation.

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    2022/01/23 at 5:14 am
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    From H Hubbs on Sharpen your axe, mend your bucket

    Thank you!
    Focused or undistracted?
    Not to split hairs, foolish words; relaxed openness.

    I struggled a lot with effort…
    not knowing where to rest attention;
    believing “me” needs to get somewhere to survive.
    I didn’t see that “me” is a mental buildup.

    Three legitimate uses of the mind:
    Being practical, celebrating, sharing.

    No resistance, for no reason, unburdened.
    Peace.

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    2022/01/22 at 7:24 am
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    From David Spector on Invested in Survival

    Your understanding of nonduality and the role of the ego appears to be deep, yet you display again and again as a believer in odd beliefs that appear each to have many untrue components, heavily believed in to the point of eager and unrelenting defense. What is the ego value of believing firmly in bizarre and untrue concepts? I ask not because I need an answer, but because some introspection may be of help to you. Of course, I have my limitations, too. But I would hope you would take these words as an opportunity to introspect rather than turn it around as an attack on me.

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    2022/01/22 at 6:22 am
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    From Kevin Harlow on Spirit Moon

    Deep and dark, Bill. But the poem is ultimately about coming into the light, painful as it seems.
    Parts of the poem have a syllabic rythm and other parts do not, are more prose like. Is this intentional? Does the change represent a change in emphasis in the narrative? And one more question: does the format of your poem actually appear as Holger has reproduced it?

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    2022/01/21 at 9:35 am
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    From Allen on Spirit Moon

    Thanks Bill, for beauty, of a still moon shared.

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    2022/01/20 at 9:31 am
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