2. ANNETTE NIBLEY
Nature feeds your body. Nature feeds my body. We are
like the lilies of the field, as spoken of in the Bible. They are cared for by nature, as are we. Do lilies of the field have
to do anything to feed themselves? Neither do you. It happens automatically. You are under the mistaken impression that
there is a “you” who moves towards the kitchen and makes a meal. There is no “you” doing any
of that. Look into that. You are not the body.............
Only a “person” can bear the inevitable,
and can escape from the harsh reality of life. If you find out that you are not a person, then what happens to all of that?
How can there be anything to escape from, when all we ever have wanted to escape from was stuff that applied only to the “person”?
You are not a person. There is awareness, and that’s all. Notice right now, you are aware, and that’s all
you know. The contents of thought (a person, etc.) are only known to you because someone told you about them, and you remember.
They are not present in the immediate, spontaneous present of your knowing. Only in memory is a “person” there.
3. VINCENT FLAMMINI:
You exist and you know that you exist, yes? Is thought
necessary to know this or is there a knowingness that is not dependent upon thought acting here? After that, everything else
is conceptual and is open to argument. There are many who are very skilled at arguing about this - that is not my interest
or my strength. See that this SEEING is here, right now (there is no other time) - within this seeing there are certain tensions,
contractions, sensations, etc. that we have LEARNED to call "the body." However, notice that even now, these sensations, etc.
coalesce and dissolve with no one there to "control" them. Notice that even the sense of "you" arises and dissolves. If you
are trying to find a way to convince thought of this understanding, well, good luck. That certainly did not and has not happened
for me! Stay with this simple, direct, uncomplicated SEEING. Within that, the desire to feed others, change political systems,
fight for justice, etc. may arise (that has certainly been true here - I work as a social worker) - the dream is certainly
"real enough!" But, SEE that it is a dream and that all of us are dream characters within it. Within the dream - otherwise
known as samsara - the drama will continue. Fair enough. Don't mistake what you REALLY ARE with this character. Investigate
for yourself. This must become intensely personal or it is worthless.