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Standing As Awareness (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Greg Goode

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Inspired by Sri Atmananda (Krishna Menon), the Direct Path is a “pathless path.” It simply articulates the being of you and the world as loving, open, clear awareness. If this truth is realized as your experience, then nothing need be done. The path disappears, and life is lived in sweetness and celebration! But if there are still questions or doubts, the Direct Path contains unique and powerful resources that stabilize this truth as your everyday reality.

This is a revised edition of the book, expanded to add chapters on the Direct Path in addition to its selection of dialogs from a decade of “Nondual Dinner” gatherings. The first three chapters unfold the basics of the Direct Path, such as standing as awareness, being in love with awareness, and exploring awareness. Included are several experiments that help establish your everyday experience as awareness always and already. The dialogs cover questions such as the desire for enlightenment experiences, the relationship between the brain and awareness, the question of “nondually-correct” language, the belief in physical and mental objects, the idea of having a sage’s experience, and more.

“Greg is known for offering hands-on assistance with a direct inquiry that savors the reality of our experience. Dissolving belief itself, his radical approach helps you discover the nondual nature of the world, body and mind as one awareness, from bow to stern, leaving no stones unturned. This is Greg’s great gift: he’s as clear as a bell.”
--Chris Hebard, editor, StillnessSpeaks.com

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Highly Recommended! 19 novembre 2009
Par Scott Kiloby - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
As the author of [...], this is one of a handful of modern non-dual books that I do and will recommend to friends or anyone interested in non-duality. Here are a few striking things about this book. There is no dogma in it. There is no absolutism of ideas or fundamentalism here. It never feels as if its being written from the position of someone with authority or from a center of knowledge. It never makes ontological assertions that can't be proven. It invites the investigation of its own words and pointers. That is simply rare! It never makes truth claims or claims about reality that cannot be discovered through direct investigation or present looking. It never gives you a word--such as awareness, consciousness, being, knowing, Oneness, God, Buddha--and leaves you there, as if the word is the final "word." It doesn't make the assertion that the word is the only and right word. This book is directed towards investigation itself. It's very clear and simple in that regard.

This book reveals an awareness of post-modern philosophy. As such, there is an 'awareness in its words' of the slippery nature of views (even views about awareness and non-duality) and of holding tightly to one view as opposed to its opposite. This book never seems like it falls prey to the myth that language mirrors reality. It's more of a discovery into the very question of whether language is delivering truth. This is rare in modern non-dual teachings. There is a sweet interplay between opposites being pointed to in this book as well as a perfect stability as that which is unmovingly aware of both opposites and not separate from them. One field appearing inseparably as "two."

This book uses language while deconstructing it. It uses the intellect as a tool. So instead of feeling as though concepts are being treated as something bad, this book uses concepts in a way that assists the reader in directly investigating how concepts create the appearance of duality (or separation). So it uses conceptual frameworks to reveal that the frameworks themselves give the appearance that things exist separately. As each pointer is given, it is not given as a "statement of final truth." It is given very lightly and lovingly, as merely a pointer. You can feel the lightness in the words. And each word allows the mind to take the pointer and then just look. And as the looking takes over, the pointer itself is revealed to be not needed anymore. This reveals that there is never any pointer that is in conflict with some other pointer. No teaching (including Greg's) has ever been truly in conflict with any other teaching. Pointers are just different words or frameworks that are helpful in different "spots" in the investigation. The pointers themselves are seen to be part of the play of duality. And this is exactly why there is no dogma here and no one-ups-manship in Gregg. No inner conflict here. No agenda. No shadow boxing. Just pure humble pointing.

In this kind of looking or teaching, concepts are celebrated, instead of vilified. They are celebrated for what they really are--not statements of ultimate truth but rather simply tools of communication. And those tools reveal the limitation of language itself, which appears in a realm of opposites. But one does not feel from reading this book that the author's approach is, in the end, about the denial of form, or appearances, or stories, or worldviews. It does not feel like the author has landed on one side of an opposite including on the notion of existence v. nonexistence, being v. nonbeing, or presence v. absence. This book somehow pulls the "whole thing" off. And that is beautiful and rare.

The book does not say that nothing exists. It says that nothing exists independently. This book does something else that is rare. It invites an investigation of what appears as a gross "physical world" and reveals its transparency. It doesn't just talk about the world in terms of concepts. And in that seeing, it is revealed that the boundaries of separation are not in fact real. But the real sweetness here is that once this non-dual realization is seen, there is no one there to even make stories, ideas, language, concepts or apparent boundaries or "things" into the enemy. Greg's humility (his "absence" as a center) is a very sweet and open field that invites this seeing. I could sense that Greg is only ever pointing to space and showing that the space is none other than everything. This book is rare in its ability to reveal this astonishing paradox. This is both a celebration of the nothing and a celebration of the everything--of every story, word, idea, worldview, religion, scientific theory, and philosophy. Some teachings leave you with only the idea that nothing exists or only the idea that everything exists independently or in and of itself. Some leave you with the idea that the teacher is trying to sell you something (usually a pointer) other than what you already are or is trying to destroy some other viewpoint "out there" in order to further its own viewpoint. This book doesn't do any of that. It leaves you right where you are right now, but without the sense that there is something or someone "out there" that is separate from what you are. I highly recommend this book!

Scott Kiloby
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Grown Up and Intelligent 25 octobre 2009
Par Eugene J. Shearn - Publié sur Amazon.com
Dr Greg Goode's book is easy to read, extremely practical and highly intelligent. Unlike most books on nonduality these days, Standing As Awareness doesn't deny the value of thought, words, mind or the world up front. Nor does it leave the objective world standing while negating the psychological self. Instead Standing As Awareness offers a comprehensive "look-see" for yourself, using what Krishna Menon called "higher reason", applied to direct, empirical experience as the way to realize nondual awareness. Standing As Awareness uses experience as the path to nondual awareness with the confidence of knowing awareness is all there is.

Included along with uncomplicated, profound and non-mystical "experiments" are: important cautions about some of the traps of this sort of teaching; addressing the very subtle aspect of dissolving the "higher witness"; the unmistakable parallels of identity between the "I principle" and awareness as well as what this implies; built in sublimation along the way (even of the teaching itself in the end) and the sweetness of "falling in love with awareness". This is followed by a series of insightful one on one dialogues.

Greg's comprehensive nondual chops are obvious and his extensive background in both western philosophy and nondual eastern teachings can save the discriminating seeker loads of time and energy in their "treasure hunt". As Greg points out, "everything is awareness" has almost become a cliche today, but, if anyone would like to explore in an open, bright and visceral way where "everything is awareness" points, Standing As Awareness is a really smart way to go.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Deconstruction is the superhighway to freedom, and Greg deconstructs deftly 7 novembre 2009
Par David Trindle - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Don't be deceived by the simplicity and utter succinctness of this wonderful book. Be ready to set aside long-held beliefs, "common sense", and the desire to acquire additional spiritual knowledge. And become ready to have the entire structure, content, and solidity of your world-view dissolved into the simplest of simple awareness.

Added July 24, 2010: Also GET HIS NEW DVD "ILLUMINATION" (from non-duality press). It is enjoyable and effortless to experience this interview-style presentation of the basic principles in the book. It drives points home in a way the written word can't. Even if you have no interest in "spirituality", if you are just a curious observer of life, this DVD will astound you, in its simplicity, and its easily-followed deconstruction of everything most of us take for granted: There is a "me' and the "world" that are solid and independent. "You" are contained in the body. "You" are located somewhere, etc. It is simple and compelling, yet totally unravels the conventional view of reality and the suffering it brings. It will upset your mental apple-cart. The author pulls from Eastern wisdom and from western philosophy, presenting in an easy an entertaining way, clear plain-english insights that would otherwise be inaccessible to most of us.

But this is not philosophy. It is the usage of our own direct experience (unadorned by any second-hand knowledge passd down by culture) to see that conventionlly defined "reality" is pure inference. It does not hold up to our own direct looking. Looking at our direct experience is something culture does not teach, but everyone has the ability to look at their direct experience. It's innate in us. There is nothing to learn. Our own direct experience is closer to us and more accessible than any second-hand knowledge. It is so close and familiar to us, it is overlooked by most people. Once you stop relying on what you have been told, and start relying on your own direct experience, life takes a liberating turn.
14 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Friendly with a Light Touch. Also Dissolves You. 4 novembre 2009
Par Jerry Katz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Greg is like a pianist playing a complex composition with a light touch. I've read this book about four times and each time something new emerges.

This book creeps up on you. Although I wrote a friendly Foreword, and Greg Goode comes across as kindly and with a clean cut ego, this book takes you to where there is no person. It's good that this book creeps up and doesn't hit you all at once.

You've heard over and over again that "there's only awareness." Standing As Awareness delivers that knowing.

This book is about self-inquiry, using methods you have probably never seen. It also comes with this notice:

"Don't stop if it gets rough. The search is sweet, but it is not always comfortable or reassuring to the assembly labeled as the person. Be unafraid of what might come up." ... "Comfort is not the criterion of being in touch with awareness, and discomfort is not the criterion of being out of touch with awareness."

There are many other exquisite nuggets of revelation. This is a rarely heard statement:

"One can wait until the dissolution (of the witness) happens. There is no reason to hurry, because there is no suffering, and the witness is sweetness itself. ... One may wait for the dissolution to happen, or one may feel called by higher reason to investigate the dualities. Either way is fine."

Greg shows you how to bring about that dissolution of the witness or the I Am, whatever you want to call it. That you can dissolve the witness without waiting, is an amazing teaching, and delivered so effortlessly. That effortlessness of rare teachings is what makes the book creep up on you.

I recommend Standing As Awareness even if you are already familiar with nondual teachings and books. If you are first exploring the teaching of nonduality, this book may be challenging but it will smarten you up quickly about the game of enlightenment, satsang, and nonduality itself.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 My review of "Standing as Awareness" 13 juin 2010
Par M. Jeffreys - Publié sur Amazon.com
"The world, body, and mind appear as sensations, feelings and thoughts. These appearances are all arisings in awareness. The person does not see these arisings. Rather, the person is made up out of these arisings, including the supposed act of seeing." -Greg Goode

Over the last few years, Dr. Greg Goode, (he has a doctorate in philosophy) has emerged as an authority on many eastern and western non-duality traditions. In 2007 he put out an e-book called, "Standing as Awareness: Dialogs from Non-Dual Dinners." It contained transcripts of informal non-duality talks held at various New York restaurants from 1997-2005.

In 2009, Non-Duality Press put out an expanded hard copy edition which includes three new chapters, followed by all the original dialogs from the e-book. Says Goode in the new book's Preface:

In the years since the books initial publication, I received many comments and requests that boiled down to two issues. People wanted a more step-by-step unfolding of the teaching, and they wanted exercises, experiments or guided meditations. Towards that end, I added three new chapters.

The three new chapters are:
1. How to stand as Awareness
2. Falling in Love with Awareness
3. The Witness--From Establishment to Collapse

First, let me say that the three additional chapters are a welcome addition. Thus, even if you have the original e-book, I would recommend that you get a copy of this expanded edition. That's because the "dialogs," as Greg himself mentioned above, don't really give you a step-by-step 'here's how you go about it' approach. Rather, they are more a collection of commentaries about various aspects of non-duality, depending on whatever questions happened to asked by those seekers at that dinner.

Now, many of Greg's answers are very good (no pun intended). The problem with only reading the dialogs is, if you are new to non-duality, they can very easily lead to confusion. Sort of like trying to learn chess by eaves dropping on a conversation between a chess master and his student; you may grasp a few points, but most of the material will leave you with more questions than answers. Thankfully, these three new chapters help break down and explain much of the material (although, I can't help but feel an even further breaking down of the material is possible--think "Standing as Awareness for Dummies" or "Standing as Awareness for Children").

Greg begins chapter one, very logically, with an explanation/definition of Awareness:

Awareness sees what arises. Whatever appears, appears to awareness. In order for form, thought, feeling, sensation, time, space, unity and multiplicity to appear to awareness, awareness itself cannot be limited or defined by these factors. Awareness is the single subject of all objects. It is the formless that sees all form. It is the unseen seer.

What does this mean? It means that whatever arises within your consciousness, whatever you are aware of, is NOT seen by an "individual" or a "person" or an "I." But rather, it is seen ONLY by Awareness. Period. No exceptions! Why? Because Awareness is ALL that is.

And yet, this is not how most people experience the world. For most human beings, there is a distinct sense of being a separate self, of being a "me" inside a body, with all its positive and negative qualities. And when this feeling of separation is intact, we spend most of our time trying to get rid of our negative attributes and replacing them with positive ones (someone once described this as rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic!).

Even for those on the spiritual path, who intellectually know that they are not their body or their thoughts, it can still feel as if there is a separate self inside of them. They say things like, "I had it (awareness), but I lost it and now I want to get it back." And so they are suffering psychologically because they want that experience back. However, the error in their thinking is obvious to you once you have read Greg's book: They are still seeing themselves as a separate being, who can gain and lose something. However, once again, because Awareness includes EVERYTHING, then it even includes the thought, "I feel like I lost it" or "I feel as if I am not awakened."

A similar mistake I see (and I can write about these errors with confidence because I have made them myself!), is having a mental image/feeling of what enlightenment is suppose to be/feel/look like. The problem with this is when my current experience doesn't match the picture in my head (or doesn't feel like I think it should feel), I reject it in search of something better, something that will be more in line with how I envision awakening to be. The result is a sense of never feeling fully complete, never feeling "at home." And so the search must continue... and for many of us, it will continue until we take our last breath.

And yet, the solution lies in making one single, but extremely critical shift. What kind of shift? A shift in identification. Instead of identifying as an individual person who is separate from the rest of the world, you claim ownership of who/what you have been all along, but simply forgot: pure Awareness.

Now, your mind might try to tell you that you have no basis to believe this, but let me ask you a question: who told you you were a person inside a body? Is that not too also simply a belief? "No Michael, because I can really feel that there is a 'me' inside of my body." Yes, I know it feels that way, but is it really true? Can you actually find this 'me' anywhere inside you? Seriously, have a look. The reality is that society, our parents and teachers, etc. were all brought up believing that they were separate individuals, so they simply passed onto you the way they experienced the world. However, now it's time to wake up!

This is where the title of Greg's book comes in handy. Instead of seeing yourself from the perspective of being an entity within a body, what if you took a stand as Awareness? In other words, what if you claimed your true nature once and for all, i.e., that you are nothing more and nothing less than pure Awareness... and always have been!! Something in you knows this to be true, or you wouldn't be searching in the first place.

Note that the subtitle on the front of the book is, "The Direct Path." This is a phrase used by one of the great, but lesser known Indian sages, Sri Atmananda (a/k/a Krishna Menon 1883-1959) whose two advaita classic works, Atma Darshan and Atma Nivriti, Greg studied extensively. It is called the direct path because it makes no distinction between your direct experience and Awareness. In other words, there is nothing you need do or become. All that is required is to see that the conceptual "I" that you take yourself to be, is simply one more thing that is arising within your awareness.

This quote by Greg, which I found in a short article by him at nondualitydotcom, sums it up beautifully:

"The world, body, and mind appear as sensations, feelings and thoughts. These appearances are all arisings in awareness. The person does not see these arisings. Rather, the person is made up out of these arisings, including the supposed act of seeing."

In other words, every single thing you experience is arising within your awareness. This includes all thoughts, bodily sensations, feelings, beliefs, ideas, likes, dislikes, etc. All of it. Even the thought, "I feel like a separate individual"... that too can arise within your awareness.

Lastly, I want to encourage you to be patient with yourself. The material is such that you may want to put the book down after reading a paragraph, or even a sentence, and let what Greg is pointing to "marinate" within your being for a while. The result, which can happen quite suddenly and unannounced, is an "opening up to," "a shift," or a "seeing of" something that has always been right there in front of you, closer than your next breath, but was previously overlooked: the spacious Awareness that is your true nature.


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