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by Maitrivajra
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Looking forward to this!
Replies: 160
Views: 9604

Re: Looking forward to this!

Hello Bob! Take a moment right now and pay attention to your foot. Close your eyes and feel direct, present-moment sensation, just for 10 seconds or so. In direct experience, is there any questioning of experience or wanting experience to be different? No, there isn't. Great! You have a simple exit ...
by Maitrivajra
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Looking forward to this!
Replies: 160
Views: 9604

Re: Looking forward to this!

Hello Bob! Sorry for all the intellectualizing, but I thought it might clarify what is experienced here. Let’s have a look at it. He talked about waiting for an "experience", but ultimately realizing that he was "already awake" and that aspiring for some kind of special experience was actually the p...
by Maitrivajra
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Looking forward to this!
Replies: 160
Views: 9604

Re: Looking forward to this!

Hello Bob! I was referring to the space where this body is - not to a sense of "I". Just checking! :-) This toggling on and off is interesting. When “I” is seen as non-existent, even for a moment, when it comes back into apparent existence it can be seen that it can’t actually be there because it’s ...
by Maitrivajra
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Looking forward to this!
Replies: 160
Views: 9604

Re: Looking forward to this!

Hello Bob! When I opened my eyes, there was just the office, but no Bob - just a space where "I" am. Just checking what you mean when you use the word “I” here. With my eyes open, it seemed ridiculous to mentally visualize an image of myself to fill that space! So imaging Bob from the past is easy, ...
by Maitrivajra
Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Looking forward to this!
Replies: 160
Views: 9604

Re: Looking forward to this!

Hello Bob! Less so over here, plus I'm Jewish! Ha ha! I’m Buddhist(ish) but still get a couple of extra days off work! :-) As to there being a TV over there and a “me” over here, that’s another issue. That’s a part of the mystery mentioned a while ago. As a sense of a personal “me” starts to loosen,...
by Maitrivajra
Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Looking forward to this!
Replies: 160
Views: 9604

Re: Looking forward to this!

Hello Bob! Less so over here, plus I'm Jewish! Ha ha! I’m Buddhist(ish) but still get a couple of extra days off work! :-) As to there being a TV over there and a “me” over here, that’s another issue. That’s a part of the mystery mentioned a while ago. As a sense of a personal “me” starts to loosen,...
by Maitrivajra
Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Looking forward to this!
Replies: 160
Views: 9604

Re: Looking forward to this!

Hello Bob! My weekend is going really well, thank you for asking. Easter is a big holiday weekend over here in the UK - not sure if it is over there? Its very hard to describe what is experienced. Its difficult to determine whether there is a "me" that decides to let go followed by a letting go, or ...
by Maitrivajra
Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Looking forward to this!
Replies: 160
Views: 9604

Re: Looking forward to this!

Hello Bob! For example, I just looked out my window and relaxed into the looking. When that happens, there is a letting go into the experience. Things seem more vivid and lighter. Lovely description of this, Bob! These words capture it really well. I wouldn't have called this "dropping the self beli...
by Maitrivajra
Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Looking forward to this!
Replies: 160
Views: 9604

Re: Looking forward to this!

Hello Bob! When there is focusing on sensation, there is little or no sense of me ("legs walking, sensations arising, etc.) Great, things are loosening up a bit around this, it seems, with less assumption that there is a personal self doing things. Legs always walked without “me” as a controller! Wh...
by Maitrivajra
Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Looking forward to this!
Replies: 160
Views: 9604

Re: Looking forward to this!

Hello Bob! Attention flits from the sensations to other things, then back to the sensations again. That’s how the mind works. No worries about that – thoughts flit to other things and then back. There is no choice about that, right? What is choosing to be anxious ‘to do it right’? in the first exerc...
by Maitrivajra
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Looking forward to this!
Replies: 160
Views: 9604

Re: Looking forward to this!

Hello Bob! That’s good that the procedure went well. It is a little strange about the disappearing message. Some desire arose here to say something witty about a disappearing “me”. In fact, on reflection, this seems like a pretty accurate metaphor – one day, when looking for “me” it is discovered th...
by Maitrivajra
Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Looking forward to this!
Replies: 160
Views: 9604

Re: Looking forward to this!

Hello Bob! When there is contraction (there is some right now), it feels like there is a me. The tension feels centralized as "me". When there's less contraction, there's less of a sense of me. Good, this is an accurate description of how “me” is often – perhaps mostly – experienced. When there’s le...
by Maitrivajra
Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Looking forward to this!
Replies: 160
Views: 9604

Re: Looking forward to this!

I forgot to add my best wishes for your procedure.
Just respond when you're feeling OK again after the anaesthetic.
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by Maitrivajra
Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Looking forward to this!
Replies: 160
Views: 9604

Re: Looking forward to this!

Hello Bob! I had a great retreat, thanks. I hope that your weekend was good. Interesting how this works for me. The "blah blah blah" of course interrupts the negative thought stream, but it does it in an annoyed, but good-natured way. It usually makes me smile. Ha ha! This sounds great. There is und...
by Maitrivajra
Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Looking forward to this!
Replies: 160
Views: 9604

Re: Looking forward to this!

Hello Bob! I'm very sorry to be posting so late - I was delayed. No worries. I think our time difference makes this irrelevant. Your posts usually come through to me late-ish evening and I respond in the morning, so if you post a few hours later I still get them in the morning. Thanks. And "blah, bl...

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