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intense awareness

Postby herenow » Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:07 pm

Over the years I've tried to learn about this feeling of intense awareness I've been able 'get' since I was a kid.
I've posted questions on New Age-type boards and other on-line forums over the years, trying to find other people who get this feeling.
I read Ramm Dass' book "Be Here Now", but that was too drug-focused and the New Age sites were too weird or religious.
But lately I've been reading about Buddhism and have found info which more closely describes that feeling.

It is an intense feeling of consciousness, I guess. In fact it is like really waking up, even though I'm already awake.
I can be anywhere, and if I'm relaxed and not having to interact with anyone and not distracted, I can
get this intense awareness, and I find myself thinking "I'm here, right now". And every time I do that,
time slows down more and more. I get an intense awareness or realization and it kind of accelerates.
It is like I had been in a dream but I am now awake. It only lasts a few seconds at a time, but it is an awesome, exciting feeling.

Just now, poking around I found DhammaWheel and kind of freaked when I saw the 8-spoked wheel symbol, and really freaked when I saw the avatar "Indiviual" uses. I just got a tattoo of an 8-spoked bicycle chainring a hand in the middle (a Rudge bicycle chainring) and felt the urge to sign-up here and learn more.
I look forward to reading everything I can here...

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Re: intense awareness

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:33 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

You might want to read some introductory books on Buddhism, such as, What the Buddha Taught and some others.

You might also check out some temples and Dhamma centers in your area. And of course you can read and ask questions here.

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Re: intense awareness

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:30 pm

Greetings and welcome, Herenow!

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Metta,
Retro. :)
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"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: intense awareness

Postby genkaku » Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:45 am

Welcome herenow. Hope you find something useful here.

Maybe the practice of Buddhism is nothing more than getting used to what was never missing.

But that's just a guess.
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Re: intense awareness

Postby jcsuperstar » Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:00 am

:hello:
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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: intense awareness

Postby Ben » Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:38 pm

Hi Herenow
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.
At some point you may wish to explore Buddhist meditation as a means of making sense of and harnessing your 'intense awareness'. As other have mentioned, Dhamma Centres and teachers closer to your home might be the first port of call for you. And to reiterate, you are more than welcome to ask questions here.
Kind regards

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Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: intense awareness

Postby Guy » Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:57 pm

Welcome herenow!

I hope you are happy now that you have arrived here at dhammawheel. :group:

With Metta,

Guy
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: intense awareness

Postby herenow » Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:44 am

Thank you for the warm welcome(s).
I've been reading the links and discussions here over the past 48 hours but have not been grabbed by a connection.
I'd like to hear from others who feel this thing.
I love the philosophy and 'non-organized-religion' of what I've read.
Maybe I'm just looking for a shortcut, but I want to talk to other people who do this. I know I'm not alone.

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Re: intense awareness

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:48 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: intense awareness

Postby genkaku » Fri Jun 12, 2009 2:54 pm

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Re: intense awareness

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Re: intense awareness

Postby Dhammabodhi » Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:16 pm

:goodpost: Jechbi!

And welcome, herenow! There are so many experienced people here I'm sure that if you keep your radar on you'll find many a blips on it!Good luck with your search!

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Re: intense awareness

Postby Guy » Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:13 am

Last edited by Guy on Sun Jun 14, 2009 10:23 am, edited 2 times in total.
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: intense awareness

Postby acinteyyo » Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:58 am

:goodpost:
Thag 1.20. Ajita - I do not fear death; nor do I long for life. I’ll lay down this body, aware and mindful.

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Re: intense awareness

Postby herenow » Mon Jun 15, 2009 12:14 am

These past few posts are motivating.

Over the years (I’m in my early 50s), when I’ve had the time to explore this thing, I’ve spent a lot of time reading, trying to figure out the buzz words and the concepts of whatever group I’ve stumbled upon.
Many times it ends up with somebody trying to sell me something, or worse, to sell me _on_ something.

I’m totally in with the idea that you don’t have to go somewhere to tap this. You don’t have to go to a geographic location and you don’t have to go to a physical building or setting.

I also think everyone one has this and can do it _right now_.

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Re: intense awareness

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jun 15, 2009 12:20 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: intense awareness

Postby herenow » Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:57 pm

Thank you, Retro. This is a very good lead.
I appreciate your time.

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Re: intense awareness

Postby herenow » Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:02 pm

Figured I'd follow up here, many months later.
I've absorbed as much as I can on this subject and still haven't quite found the information I'm looking for.
But I did have a strange experience this week which pointed back to Buddhism.

To keep it short - there's a place where I've been hiking regularly for nearly 20 years. And there is an unremarkable section of a trail where I've always felt a strange vibe. There is a particular tree on this section of trail where I once saw a person standing, but when I came up to the tree the person was no longer there. There have been several other strange things like this at this tree, and on Tuesday I stopped at the tree and began examining it. When I walked around to the back of the tree I found a 2" clay Buddhist face (picture below). It looks like it has been there a number of years, judging by the way the bark has grown around it.
Does anyone have any info on this symbol?
Thanks.
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