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AWAKENING CALLS OCTOBER 2015

Volume 3


Ivan Rados Awakening Calls’ is the invitation from timeless truth that can radically transform our perception, understanding, and our way of being in the world. We are all experiencing chasm between our humanity and our divinity, as though the lower and higher self were divided through constant struggle into two separate pieces. The Awakening Calls can help sew our two selves back to Oneness, and reawaken us to that which we already are. It is just a matter of perception.

• THE MIDDLE POINT - The Forward by David Robert Ord • UNDERSTANDING THE MIDDLE POINT - Preface by Dr Kurt Johnson • THE MIDDLE POINT - Unapproachable Approach • WHAT IS MEDITATION? • IVAN RADOS AWARD - Richard Dawkins, the most arrogant person in the world • WHAT IS LOVE? • THE MIDDLE POINT TOWARD ENLIGHTENMENT • YANTRA MEDITATION - How do I meditate on a Yantra? - BE THE CHOICELESS MOMENT OF NOW • METHODLESS METHODS OF THE MIDDLE POINT • THE MIDDLE POINT MEDITATION - Practice of Purification and Reconnection

Middle Point Publishing #616-402 West Pender Street Vancouver, B.C., V6B 1T6, Canada All material is copyrighted by Ivan Rados

For more information about the author and his publications see: www.ivanrados.com


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Amid today’s plethora of books offering familiar ‘spiritual’ platitudes,

‘The Middle Point’ stands out as a beacon of truth and insight. Ivan Rados does not recycle timeworn teachings or traditions, but speaks from the experience of his own living insight. This is not another set of beliefs to be learned, or a method to be followed; such things need to be let go as we are shown how to awaken to our true nature right now. What Ivan has to say may be very different to what you are used to from a spiritual book, but ‘The Middle Point’ is worth careful attention because it will guide discerning readers to experience truth for themselves. Paul Frost

The Middle Point Publisher: Middle Point Publishing www.middlepointpublishing.com ISBN 978-0-9780803-4-1 Format: Softcover 214 pages Publication date: December 2012 Price: @ $19.95 (CND) BUY Also available in Kindle Edition http://www.amazon.ca

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THE MIDDLE POINT THE FOREWORD by

David Robert Ord

Are you happy with your life as it is? More especially, are you happy with yourself the way you are? Perhaps you want to change things in your life because you really aren’t happy with things the way they are. In the hope of improving your life, you reach for self-help books, learn meditation techniques, attend seminars and retreats, turn to prayer, or maybe attend a place of worship. 8

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If you’ve been trying self-help, perhaps even sought the help of a counselor, or have in some other way embarked on a spiritual path, the question I really want you to ask yourself is: Is it working for you? So many people tell me they are “working on” becoming the person they want to be. When I ask them how it’s going, they tell me—usually with an expression of desperation—”I’m getting there.” Well, just how long do you suppose it takes to “get there?” As the days, months, and years pass by, your life passes you by. Don’t you really need something that works right here, right now? If you’ve discovered that “working on yourself” doesn’t work—that the countless millions who are trying to change themselves aren’t getting the result they want—I want to tell you about a book that can end all this “trying to grow” nonsense. But first a caution. You need to be prepared to see just about everything everyone who’s supposed to be a spiritual teacher has told you turned on its head. This stuff that the millions are devouring, with nightstands piled high, doesn’t work because it’s in many cases the exact opposite of what really does work. You’ll be both surprised and delighted by Ivan Rados’ The Middle Point. Statement after statement will stop you in your tracks. He will shock you into the realization that the way just about everyone says change is accomplish is exactly how it isn’t accomplished. No wonder so many are frustrated and disappointed with their lives despite all their efforts! I don’t want you to race this book. This is a book that reads more like a meditation than a self-help book. Sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, it’s a shocker you’ll need to sit with and slowly absorb. Rarely have I seen what it really takes to begin loving who you are—and loving your life— spelled out like this. Read The Middle Point, and change your life forever. -

David Robert Ord, author of Your Forgotten Self, The Coming Interspiritual Age and the audiobook Lesson in Loving.

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UNDERSTANDING______

“To understand this middle point, or more precisely the “pointless point,” we first have to understand two historic paths: the path of meditation and the path of love. Historically, the path of meditation (the right path) and the path of love (the left path) have been seen as having diametrically opposite values, different directions, different methodologies, different attitudes toward the search for enlightenment. In order not to be confused… you have to [understand] the two paths move differently, but they meet at one point as one realization.” Ivan Rados - The Middle Point 10

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__THE MIDDLE POINT Preface for the book by Dr Kurt Johnson

As key to Awakening, The Middle Point invites us to balance radical clarity with a grounded and fully-engaged embodiment. – Dr. Kurt Johnson, co-author of the highly acclaimed The Coming Interspiritual Age

Worldwide today, there is a broad eruption of deeper consciousness emerging across our entire species. It is trying to meet a global challenge facing humanity. Will we be able to achieve a healthy global civilization, transcending all the cultural “boxes” of the past, or will we not meet this “anthropological threshold” and, like all the other members of our genus Homo, go extinct? Fundamentally, this eruption in consciousness is about transcending the experience of “separateness”—at all levels of human experience and interaction. Realizations about non-separateness are arising across all spheres of human endeavor and world culture, from cutting edge advances in science to modern “words of wisdom” from myriad spiritual teachers around the globe. Because it is a worldwide phenomenon, the language and terminology of this “Great Turning” varies, sometimes radically, across the international landscape. But the “good news” is that the experience pointed to is essentially the same. How does one truly experience not being “separate”? This matter is one of deep consequence. Br. Wayne Teasdale, multi-faith mystic, spiritual writer and founder of the modern interspiritual movement, has stated “the definitive revolution is the awakening of humankind”. Eckhart Tolle, one of the most widely read spiritual voices of our time, says we are “faced with a stark choice: evolve or die”.

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This “awakening” is what Ivan Rados, and many other authors worldwide, are writing about. It is extremely important that there be a place for every one of these many voices. Only through myriads of unique “soul groups” (across national and cultural boundaries) getting this message will each be able to seek out, and find, specific teachers and writers who, for them, can help make their awakening actual and real. Cumulatively, on a global scale, this can have tremendous effect.

How Can it Happen? When people talk about the chances of our species achieving an enlightened global civilization, the crux of the matter comes down to “how will this actually happen?” How can it actually occur? This question has obvious and huge implications for the world’s religions, especially “religion” as it has conventionally been practiced. As Ivan Rados says: “People speak about needing ‘salvation.’ We don’t need salvation in the way most think of it. Our only real salvation is to awaken. We just need a reminder about our essential nature.” He also says—and is absolutely right—that today “the rules are changing.” As he asserts, “Real religion is free of rules, the need for obedience, guilt, shame, and fear.” He also stresses, “Nobody can save you. Not society, presidents, prime ministers, popes, Christ, Krishna, Mohammed, Buddha, or even God.” A particularly helpful insight concerns “isms.” Ivan writes, “‘Isms’ are accepted ideologies all over the world, with different formulations but with the same rule: create conflict and divide consciousness. One part becomes superior, while the other part becomes inferior; one part is holy, and the other a sinner. You are right and others are wrong.” This realization is trending dramatically worldwide, as reflected in the up to 20-40% of persons worldwide who now call themselves “spiritual but not religious”. Evidence of this global transition is found not only in this book but in many like it worldwide. Each has a piece of the emerging vision, the emerging understanding. They represent answers discovered by various contemporary pioneers which, when communicated successfully, may help others make their “realization” more and more truly real. It’s helpful to have this global perspective because, everywhere, readers are searching for the book or teacher who is just right for them. But further, this is not just about books and teachers. Energies are also arising, and often arising in radically powerful ways that many, especially those experiencing them, man not readily un12

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derstand. Swami Shraddhananda (formerly Dr. Sonya Jones), a monk in the Saraswati order, Bhagawan Nityananda lineage, and a scholar of this phenomenon, recently announced at a major interfaith conference in Nashville, Tennessee (the “Big I Conference”), that spiritual teachers worldwide need to be alert because so many energies (spoken of, and well-elaborated, across the ancient wisdom texts but not widely well known today) are now beginning to be experienced by thousands. It is important that they know what these energies are and how they can be moved toward the fullest capacity for awakening, sustaining awakened wellbeing, and sacred service.

Reading The Middle Point When I read this book, I took a lot of notes. In fact I had so many pages of notes I couldn’t hope to discuss them all here, although they all have worth. However I want to share some of the major “take-aways” because they might be useful orientations to readers exploring The Middle Point. The one below is a “big one” and hopefully helpful as an initial guide for Middle Point readers: “To understand this middle point, or more precisely the “pointless point,” we first have to understand two historic paths: the path of meditation and the path of love. Historically, the path of meditation (the right path) and the path of love (the left path) have been seen as having diametrically opposite values, different directions, different methodologies, different attitudes toward the search for enlightenment. In order not to be confused… you have to [understand] the two paths move differently, but they meet at one point as one realization.” Dig into this one and you really have something. Have you ever wondered why consciousness at rest is always satisfied but, in the movement of love, you are often unsatisfied? If this is the only exploration you get from this book, it is a big one! A very healthy aspect of The Middle Point is its emphasis on balance—of course implicit in the title itself. If there has ever been a major problem common to all the world’s wisdom traditions, it has been how to find this ultimate balance—which is the “Middle Point” itself. Buddha spoke of the “Middle Way” and only found it after many years of bouncing back and forth! The balanced character of The Middle Point may save readers a lot of trouble because, historically, the spiritual traditions and their adherents have suffered from serious “waffling” when it comes to trying to chose between apparent opposites—transcendence and immanence, being and doing, the absolute and relative, knowing and not knowing—a long list of perennial confusion!

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Balance in The Middle Point Some good examples of balance in The Middle Point are worth mentioning because it is still common, across many spiritual communities and even teachers, to persist in choosing one “opposite” over another. Rados’ message is always about balance:

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“What the mind is actually saying is, ‘I will change from one state of mind to another state of mind, and all the states are us’.” “The truth can be experienced in one place just as much as it can in another. It’s as much in you as it is in everyone else.” “In enlightenment, you neither grasp [things], judge them, nor reject them.” “Detachment isn’t indifference.” …”conscious acceptance of the moment, intelligently responding from your loving heart” “Consciousness is a process of creativity.” “Is love independent? Existentially, with your being, no! Non-existentially, with your mind, yes!” “You don’t need to renounce the world to actualize your full potential, your enlightenment.” And finally: “Be in active inactivity and you will be enlightened!” In The Middle Point there is also healthy caution that awakening doesn’t necessarily happen automatically—the panacea often appearing to be promised by many spiritual teachers. “Hitting the mark is the result of ninety-nine failures” (Dogen Zenji), Rados records. And, “Change the cause in this moment, and this moment will open the door for awareness to disconnect consciousness from all causes from the past. Otherwise, the condition in the next moment will be exactly the same as your condition in this moment.” “With discipline, you create a certain atmosphere around you in which awakening becomes possible”. And, for sure, “Enlightenment is unpredictable”. There are some good “laughers” in The Middle Point for the seasoned practitioner, like this perennially true caution: “Meditation Is So Simple, but the Mind Isn’t Interested in Simplicity.” Ever noticed? The Middle Point also pays attention to how emerging experiences of awakening are addressing planetary problems that must be addressed if awakening is to move beyond personal realization and toward effective world change—corrupt politics, exploitive economics, environmental degradation, competition instead of community and how all this inevitably breeds our planet’s perennial conflicts and wars. These are all symptoms of what Eckhart Tolle calls our species’ collective insanity. Let’s hope books like this can help put it right.

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Some Final Notes A major paradox explored in The Middle Point, and one–frankly—making the book somewhat different from many other books on awakening is “the big one” pointed to, and quoted, in paragraph twelve of this Preface. The paradox is this, and it has been one very confusing to “people on the path”. Consciousness, as a resting energy, always appears to give satisfaction—as nearly universally acknowledged spiritual adepts. Love, however, as a “moving energy” (that is, energy in motion)—especially in human relationships—often is experienced as falling short. The reason for this is, of course, that we are in an evolving process. While the root of consciousness (call it “emptiness”, “no-thing”, “source”, or whatever) is, as Rados says, always the same, skillfulness in love appears to still be working itself out in the evolutionary process. It’s healthy to see it in this universal sense of Yin and Yang or we’ll be confused and wonder why what we appear to be taking away from it often appears so “mixed”. Without this perspective, the spiritual search may lead to disappointment. This paradox is one of the major evolving points human beings are working through, no doubt about it. It’s good that The Middle Point invites us to investigate it. Finally, some comments may be useful about words and terminology in The Middle Point. There are many expressions in the book that will be recognized as “classical”, that is, similar in essence to the core of awakened (or “non-dual”) teaching across all the traditions. This is because it isn’t unusual for individual realization to produce the same insights found in the classic literature of awakening even if individuals have not read this literature. Accordingly, many readers of The Middle Point will see language reminiscent of Advaita Vedanta, the tradition associated with Eastern sages well known in the West like Ramana Maharshi or Nisargadatta Maharaj. Because of this, some of it will remind of the contemporary teacher Eckhart Tolle, who has been widely regarded as Advaitic. The emphasis on balance in The Middle Point is reminiscent of Dzogchen (Tibetan Buddhism) or some more mature understandings within Advaita Vedanta. Readers familiar with current spiritual trends worldwide will also recognize much in Rados’ writing that reflects “unique-self” enlightenment and emphasis on “natural state” realization. These emphases are consistent with current world trends in which some spiritual teachers now start their teaching with what they used to reserve for “toward the end” or the increased popularity and recognition of “Raja”, or “natural state” yoga. This is an emphasis on awakening being the natural state of all things, also the message of Krishna Menon’s classic book the Atma Darshan. It is important to mention because Menon’s book was written as a reminder that “all this teaching, teaching, teaching” can obscure the fundamental self-evident reality of awakening. Rados emphasizes this same thing. 16

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important. A clear example in The Middle Point is the many pages about the dangers of the mind, or of paying attention only to the mind. This can be misunderstood—as happens across so many traditions—concluding that the mind, or any use of the intellect, is bad. In some contexts worldwide, like “American neo-Advaita”, this misunderstanding has led to teaching that awakening means detachment and not engagement. As Rados summarizes, what is “bad” about the mind is how our species has fixated on it. In The Middle Point it might appear hidden among all the other pages, but the mind is a tool and meant to be a valuable one. “Use your mind when you need it”, Rados ultimately says. “When you don’t need it, switch it off. Take responsibility for managing your mind.” “Remember, there’s nothing wrong with the mind itself. Neither is there anything wrong with thinking or verbalizing. It’s just a process. The mind is an instrument to be used, but the instrument isn’t who you are.” Finally, the basic structure and message of The Middle Point has to do with polarity balancing itself in the middle. As I read, I couldn’t help but think of what science now knows about the origin and structure of galaxies. Galaxies are born in a tumultuous tug of war between centripetal force and centrifugal force, forces moving inward and forces moving outward, tugging in two opposite directions. Eventually the spiral arms formed by the myriad stars find balance and homogeneity with the Black Hole at the galactic center. Finding this balance, a galaxy has a long life. Not finding it, it either implodes or explodes. It is this same dynamic that is being asked to balance in all of us as we explore The Middle Point.

Dr. Kurt Johnson is co-author with David Robert Ord of the highly acclaimed book The Coming Interspiritual Age. Known internationally as a scientist, comparative religionist, activist and former monastic, Kurt co-founded Interspiritual Dialogue with Br. Wayne Teasdale, founder of the modern interspiritual movement. Kurt is ordained in three spiritual traditions and has contributed widely to the peer-reviewed scientific literature of evolution, ecology, and comparative biology, including a “Ten Best” book in popular science, Nabokov’s Blues: The Scientific Odyssey of a Literary Genius, co-authored in 2000 with Steve Coates of The New York Times. He is currently co-editor of a new book for Yale University Press on the science and art of Vladimir Nabokov. http://www.thecominginterspiritualage.com/

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disciple came to the master and asked for his blessing. The master said to him, “I will bless you when you write down all you understand about the religious life and what has brought you to it.” The disciple went away and began to write. A year later, he came back to the master and said, “It has been a challenging year trying to understand the religious life and my own struggle to live it.” The master read many thousands of words and said, “I can see your point and your reasons. You are very eloquent and clear in explaining your way, but it is too long. Go and try to shorten it a little.” The disciple went away and after three years came back to the master with a shortened version of his understanding. The master read it and said, “I can see your clarity, your perception, and your openness, but it is still a little long. Go and try to condense it.” After seven years the disciple came back to the master. Bowing down, he offered him one page, explaining, “This is the essence of my life, and I ask your blessings for having brought me to it.” The master read it and he said, “This is so simple and beautiful, but it is not yet perfect. Go and try to reach a final conclusion.”

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can contain conscious everything. Beyondness is being that is infinite in extension and its all-pervading awareness of everything and all-quality of nothing. In infinite being there is no distance, because this being is not only everywhere, but equally every-where and in the same manner no-where. All things in this reality have their function. It isn’t a matter of understanding, but a matter of a sudden happening. Beyondness is happening. Nothingness is happening. The universe just happened and is still happening. It all about recognition, recognizing your real One-Self as happening, and being aware of it as nothing, as the point of now. This is the middle point. You actually achieve nothing, because you are it. If you realize this with awareness, you have attained the very point of now. When you think you understand something, ask yourself: “Is there more? Is there something I haven’t fully resolved? Is there a higher meaning yet to come?” The ultimate understanding is inner understanding that there’s nothing to understand. That is the happening. Life is meaningless if there’s no point in it. The point is awareness. This is the happening, the moment of beyondness in infinite being. How can I describe the way of infinite being? How can I express it? What words will move your life in the direction of beyondness? What will turn you in the direction of being for others? Don’t hang onto my words about being. There’s the possibility that my own words can be yours. But if you hang onto them, you may limit your own capacity to find out what is real for yourself. I have to say something for nothing to appear. I have to say something in order for the energy to go inward. If I say nothing, you might stick to your habitual ways of non-being. Infinite being is nothing special. Enlightenment is a very ordinary happening, a simple and innocent expression of nothingness, a humble and unpretentious experience of simply being joyful, radiant, and overflowing with love for life. Infinite being is ultimate awareness as ultimate love for everything—whether that is something or nothing. Dismiss the idea of aiming for any special experience. There’s nothing in this world that will change your life forever. If you still have expectations, desires, and goals, realize right now that they are mistaken—errors of perception—and instead become receptive to the moment. Forget this moment and be receptive to the next. The next moment is already now. Can you 24

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recognize the point? Don’t Cling to the Words: Go Beyond Them Every word can point to the truth, but the words aren’t the truth. Be receptive to the words, and be willing to dive beyond them into your being, into the moment of beyondness, without interpretation or judgment on the part of your mind. THE MIDDLE POINT

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Words in any language are inadequate to distill the truth, though they can point to it. Language through the history of human collective unconsciousness has evolved to express the ego, or a social consensus concerning a projected reality. Used consciously, words can guide others toward the real, the unexplainable. It’s up to the seeker to be attuned, receptive, and open enough to welcome the truth to shine from beyondness. I will use words to go beyond words, to go beyond thoughts, beyond the mind and its ego. I will use the mind as the tool to show you the Middle Point. I will try to explain the unexplainable. I know I’m going to fail because I’m not able to give you the truth. I can only do the pointing— at you. Truth is you, and you are truth—individually and existentially. Celebrate this ultimate fact and jump with me into the infinite. The way you experience this mystery depends on your degree of consciousness. When you are conscious, the whole of existence is conscious. When you are unconscious, the whole of existence is unconscious. When you are aware, there is nothingness. It must be understood that meditation isn’t enough for us to actualize the truth that we are. One has to go beyond the practice of meditation and be the meditation. Then meditation transforms your unconsciousness into consciousness. Once the fullness of your consciousness is present, there’s no need for meditation anymore. When you remove the meditation, you transcend the consciousness, and what is left, only fullness of you. You are aware, but you are not, only awareness is. In the fullness of awareness, the ordinary stone becomes a diamond, and every diamond is just a stone transformed. Consciousness is a process of creativity. If you aren’t creative, you are repetitive. Every repetition us unconsciousness. Many professional meditators end up in the pitfall of repetition. Don’t be an expert on meditation, because experts never go beyond the limits of their expertise. Add something new in your life and delete something old. That is the point, the middle point, the creative way. Let awareness lead you. Be patient. The middle point will happen. When you are in the midst of this moment now happening in your life, choose to bring more awareness into it. You should see that any mind involvement is going to be useless. You will see It—this moment now. If you are able to see It consciously, then there is nothing you need to do. The now just is. Unconsciousness Is Impossible with Gratefulness This is a profound key that has been kept secret. Be grateful for everything that’s happening in the moment, because whatever is happening is a gift.

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a system of labelling. If you stop in the middle of a judgment you’re making, you’ll enter silence—and in deep silence, gratitude automatically arises. In deep acceptance, every situation becomes a blessing. The mind is your history, not your reality. The mind is your guilt for not being the real you, for not being the truth. The presence of guilt is like chains around the soul. With these self-imposed chains removed, bliss rises. With bliss, you are harmonious and free. In a state of bliss, you are in grace. And grace is your nature. Be still. In stillness, the entire world is restored. Achieve results, but never glorify it or be proud of them. Care about One-Self.

From caring comes courage. From contentment comes richness. What was hidden by the forms is revealed by formlessness. From nothingness comes somethingness The essence of something is nothing.

Don’t be something or somebody. Empty yourself. In the book of Philippians, it says that the one known as Jesus “emptied himself, becoming a servant” to truth. The middle point is emptiness, right where you are. There’s no result to be achieved, no reward to be earned, just an act of emptying yourself. Make the act the result, make the effect the cause, and you will find yourself beyond all limitations of the mind. In other words, reverse the process from the way we have learned it. Sacrifice that which is not for that which is. No goal, no result, no conclusion. Since results are sought through the mind, when you don’t seek a result, where is the mind? Awareness cannot be a result because it’s infinite. You cannot know it through thinking, only be it through non-thinking and inactive acts in the infinite now. When you think, by default your whole being is plunged into unconsciousness. When thinking stops, your whole being is free in emptiness. An inactive act is the whole acting through you without your mind. It’s a spontaneous act, without motivation, always here and always now. To look into reality without any thoughts is to see that whatever is here is now. Whatever is not now is not here. Blindness happens when the mind sees that which is not here and not now. In 28

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awareness, there is no distance between you and now, and no distance between now and the whole. Ordinary ways of looking for it won’t do. You can’t travel to now because it’s right where you are. Be present in awareness, doing nothing, and clarity will become you. Despite the illusion of mind, you are now. You can’t die in the now. You are infinitely becoming born in the now, though by default you aren’t aware of it. Be aware, and you will witness your rebirthing in this one point of now. This is the middle point. This is enlightenment.

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What is meditation? There’s no way I can answer this question. How can I explain the taste of an apple? I can only give you an apple. If you’re willing to eat it, you’ll know the taste. The taste is unimaginable, inexpressible, but it can be experienced. You can live it, but you can’t know it. You can taste it, but you can’t explain it. Meditation symbolizes a reference point—a place to experience, in order to meet the experiencer. Meditation is like soil, the ground in which it’s possible for a seed to sprout. The seed is your being. Water the seed with awareness, and it will be alive; it will sprout, and start to grow, stretch, and expand. Meditation is a divine flower, and compassion is its fragrance. Meditation provides the entry into wholeness. It opens the flow of love and compassion. Through meditation, you release the energy held imprisoned by your mind. When released, this energy will disperse all disturbances in your life and your being. The freed energy will release you from the prison called the “mind” and realign you with your wholeness, which already exists in this present moment, right now.

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Meditation Is Your Natural State of Being Meditation is purity of consciousness, a state of spaceless no-mind, which is consciousness without any content. Beyond consciousness there is a meditative state of being, but no one to meditate. That is the ultimate awareness. Ordinarily the mind is full of shifting thoughts. It experiences the constant traffic of desires, memories, hopes, and ambitions. The mind is in constant motion, day in and day out, functioning and dreaming day and night. Meditation is when there’s no thinking. No thoughts move in the mind, no desire stirs, no projection of the future occurs, no attachments to past memories arise. You are utterly silent and still in the present moment—present with your pure consciousness. This undisturbed presence in your consciousness is meditation. In its full essence, meditation is the art of being aware, the art of being ultimate awareness. Meditation means allowing life to go on its own way, without control, force, or attachment. It’s pure spontaneity, an intimate relationship with this moment now. Meditation brings a sense of fullness and wholeness. It’s the only permanent source of tranquility, bliss, calmness, collectedness, and benediction—all of which are nourishment for One-Self, provided by the divine. You are divine, so you are providing nourishments for One-Self.

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happy and unhappy, peaceful and disturbed, miserable and blissful, good and bad. Existence rests in the middle. It’s the harmony between the opposites. The mind is never in harmony; it’s always in conflict with duality. The mind thinks in dualities and divisions, for or against something. Meditation is beyond duality, deeply resting in emptiness. It’s the absence of dualities, the transcendence of thought. In transcendence, all dualities and divisions dissolve into nothingness. To be in meditation, you have to put the mind aside by being aware of its illusory nature, so that you aren’t identified with it. The day you are completely unidentified with your mind, you will experience a revelation: you’ll look around and realize that nothingness—pure spaceless-space—flows through you. In this spaceless-space of silent stillness, the mystery reveals itself as you. In that infinite moment of divine mystery, which is the now, you’ll know who you are. When this moment reveals itself as the truth, you are blessed with eternal bliss. Meditation becomes your natural state of being. The entire universe is in your heart. The divine heart and your heart are one heart. This one heart contains the infinite field of expansion called compassion. Your heart pulsates with What-Is. The heart shines compassion on All-That-Is. Meditation and compassion are the essence of your aware consciousness. Life is a marriage between consciousness and compassion. Compassion is a flowering of meditation. Meditation is the portal to one’s heart in What-Is to All-That-Is. This is the fractal loop of infinite joy from meditation to compassion, from the one moment in the now to the next moment in the now. Nothing is excluded and No-Thing is included.

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The Art of Meditation Is to Do Nothing Whatever you “do” is a result of controlling your mind. Meditation isn’t about controlling the mind. Real control involves doing nothing to the mind. When you do nothing but instead simply witness, you are in meditation. The mind has no ultimate reality, so how can you control non-existence? “Doing” consists of a projected future in relationship with past events. “Non-doing” is awareness of the present moment now. Meditation exists in the now. Don’t do anything. Just close your eyes, witness, and wait. Layers of thought-form disturbances will melt, darkness will become light, and a deep settling will occur. Profound relaxation will replace tension, and you will feel the flow of consciousness expanding in this moment now. Meditation doesn’t involve focusing or concentrating on something. It means dropping all content and all thoughts from the mind. It’s an objectless state of awareness. When you are in meditation, simply pay no attention to anything that appears. In objective external reality, whatever you see, hear, smell, taste, or touch isn’t real and isn’t you. In subjective internal reality, whatever you see with your inner eye, imagine, perceive, or think isn’t real and isn’t you. By dropping your attachments to objects, illusions, and the very idea of the self, you become No-Thing and No-Body. In this no-thing-ness, meditation blooms the lotus of compassion. Only a contentless awareness understands what a free being is. Transform meditation into compassion and compassion into meditation. The mind then won’t be able to use these words to separate you from the divine nature in your being. THE MIDDLE POINT

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drawA sodaR navI I am aware of this ‘prominent’ and ‘respectful’ scientist who is a leading international anti-religious crusader and supporter of the Darwinian Theory. He wrote the book ‘The Selfish Gene.’ I read somewhere that some critic called this book a mainstay in contemporary culture. You know what is ‘the contemporary culture’ for me? It is the arrogant intellectual mind where the interiority of the common man is denied. Try to understand this. Society has been forcing an idea in your mind that you are just a common man. Intellectual, rational, and logical people want to prove themselves uncommon, in some way special, to prove themselves extraordinary. They are the ones who represent that contemporary culture. If everyone is special then there would be no reason for the existence of an ego. Contemporary culture promotes the mind not the consciousness. Arrogant intellectuals cannot see the whole, they can only see a part. They think, believe and behave as they are above common people, the chosen one, and everyone else is the ordinary mass. An arrogant mind believes only in one possibility, the without. To live only without is to live a non-essential life. Don’t take me wrong. It is not that I am against it, but the without in itself it is very partial, one extreme, an attachment by the mind to justify its ‘glorious’ ego. Arrogant people deny the interior core, the consciousness, but unless you have an interior core to each of your acts in the without, life is only a projection, a dream, an illusion without any meaning. His comment that it’s ‘immoral’ to allow Down’s syndrome babies to be born, is a form of “eugenics.” With this comment he presented himself as a very moral person. Morality is the cunning device to inflict fear in people. But fear is immoral itself, so when you feel fear you start running away from immorality. You see, people have an immoral attitude, the attitude of fear, and the authority rules them through proposing codes of morality. People are unconscious, trying to be moral, but their fear makes them immoral. Real morality is fearless. Do you understand? Every moralist in the world is good in hiding his own fear. Take all these moralists for example, they are all great thinkers, great egotists. The ego can exist only when you are serious, when you have a arrogant look, you walk uptight, you are educated and ‘intellectually awakened at Oxford’, you have a mission, you are doing something very serious, scientific, important for humanity that nobody else is doing it. You are trying to reform the whole world, because in your arrogant view the existence is wrong, everybody is immoral, only you are the only THE MIDDLE POINT

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one ethical, with moral qualities. All ethical, moral concepts are partial, and its rules are strictly pre-calculated. Consciousness is impartial, natural, not taking sides one way or the other, passing no judgment about what is good and what is bad. By being conscious you are blissful, and then whatever you do is ethical and moral. If you are not beyond your arrogant mind, if you are not conscious, without being blissful, your morality will not be able to help anybody, your actions will be only harming. Unconscious people can only harm and a conscious person can only help. He once said that “if you can breed cattle for milk, horses for running speed, and dogs for herding skill, why should it be impossible to breed humans for mathematical, musical or athletic ability?” He also said that the pseudo-science of eugenics that drove the Nazi regime’s genocidal project “may not be bad.” Dawkins is a rational atheist. Atheism always leads the thinking mind to nihilism, to absolute negativity. Every child has to go through the stages of saying no, that’s a part of natural growth, then when one has grown, that nihilism has to be dropped, yes has to be included. It seems that Dawkins got stuck at age three , lacking ability to say yes. I feel really sorry for Dawkins, because he is in a real state of suffering called ‘arrogance.’ Arrogance is mental suffering, a torture, always in denial, doubting and nihilistic. To ease the enormous pain from his no, he has to release his mind pressure and through his inflated ego, morally preach people ‘eugenics.’ He feels that life is wrong, and he has Gods right to correct it, even though he doesn’t believe in God. That is his arrogant, nihilistic orientation. He is seeing the darker side of things. He calls himself a reasonable thinker, but his atheistic view is the proof of his wrong reasoning, even though it looks like reasoning. His God is his own ego. He is on the mission to correct the wrong existence. What is the definition of right from the meditative point of view? Right is that which is harmonious with existence. What is the definition of wrong then? It is that which is disharmonious with existence. When you are in harmony with who you are existentially and essentially the existence is right. When you are not who you are, 40

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but the replacement, a compensation, the non-existential mind, then the existence is wrong. Only egotistic minds depend on morally readymade answers for what is right and what is wrong. If you follow the moral codes from those people who are wrong, then you are in denial of your intelligence, of your right. The views of those eugenics is, ‘If everything is wrong with existence, how can there be any meaning to life, how can there be any happiness?’ You see. You can always find something wrong in life because life consists of a duality. The mind reasoning leads nowhere. It moves in a circle because it is always in suppression of consciousness. With the consciousness you come to a final conclusion. The conscious conclusion is consciousness itself, the contentment of One Self, attained balance between duality, yes and no together beyond the mind. Be aware. Whatever you found around you is you, your own self, your own creation. Arrogant people are absolutely negative people. They are great nihilists, always destroying everything that is really alive. By placing too much attention to the suffering and miseries of life is the sign of a psychopathic, neurotic, diseased mind. A philosophy of life that strongly asserts and emphasizes misery and suffering is bound to be negative, nihilistic, and fascistic. Eugenics is a fascistic philosophy, the belief and practice of improving the genetic quality of the human population, by culling out undesirable traits. For example, every royal house in the world are fascistic. They claim to have a ‘Blue blood.’ They are not including ‘normal’ blood’ in their family, they are not allowing a common people in their ‘pure’ bloodline. They all believe that they are above others, more superior than the nature, equal to Gods. You see, that is the blatant form of Eugenics, Fascism or Reptilianism. So, Richard Dawkins comment about Down’s syndrome babies not deserving rights to live, shows his attempt to establish his supercilious manner and fascistic, reptilian attitude. All fascists are psychopaths. The psychopathic, fascistic ideologies is to kill individuality in the name of social progress and perfect humans in a perfect society. Fascistic philosophy is not for human being, but human being is there to be sacrificed for fascistic ideologies. It is all in the mind of absolute nihilists. THE MIDDLE POINT

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Contemplate this. Fascists are trying to provide an escape from individual freedom and a neglect of individual responsibility. Your individual freedom is your being, and your responsibility is your consciousness, so when the consciousness is taken away from you, you are not individual any more, you become part of the collective structure, a crowd, and the society becomes responsible for your being. Richard Dawkins is a rational atheist. To live and not include the soul in your life is to sacrifice oneself at the altar of negativity. Atheism has a philosophy which is soulless, it is absolute materialism. Atheist minds have been too conditioned by the objective reality without any sensibility, without any subjectivity. If Richard got out of his arrogant mind, then he might see that everything in this reality is full of subjectivity because every-thing has a soul to it. Nothing in existence is soulless. Even Richard has a soul, but his arrogant mind would not allow his consciousness to connect to it. Atheists live in the world of deceptions and desperation, living the reality of the past facts and at the same time trying to validate their own inflated ego which is lacking sensibility. To live in deception is to live in darkness, to live with the meaningless concepts and theories. These people are afraid of hope because to hope you have to start believing in something. You cannot hope without belief. It doesn’t matter whether you are a believer or nonbeliever, both options are inauthentic. Richard Dawkins is fixed with the scientific facts that there is no meaning of life. The scientific fact is that the whole existence seems to be accidental and in accidental reality you stick to your ego, because that is the only reasonable value and apparently, meaningful existence you can have. It is difficult to live with illusion, because you have to maintain it, keeping it in good respectful condition, constantly checking and repeating it, twenty four hours a day. It is almost impossible to live in self-deception and not to start including consciousness in your life, because one feels as if he is going mad, as if the entire false structure you build and invested yourself in it will collapse. He wrote an autobiography ‘An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist’. Autobiographies are all around ego, inventing the past. When you try to create the future and you failed tremendously, because that creation is impossible, than the only substitute is to create a past. Every autobiographies are fiction, invented, exaggerated memories of the past. Only uncon42

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scious people can write their autobiography. While you attain your consciousness, your autobiography simply disappears, because there is no more past, no more memories that are possessing you, as if you had never existed. By being conscious on one hand you die, on the other hand you get born again, you start a new kind of life, the life of agelessness being. Richard cannot be egoless because he is stack in his dogmatic belief that he is an atheist. Dogmatic people are in fear of consciousness, in fear of love. Those people live a closed, defensive life so that consciousness cannot disturbs their ideology. Love makes you conscious, it makes you an individual, and that conscious individuality gives a birth of a soul in you. Without love a human is soulless. Life is here and now without any interpretation, because it is infinite aspect of love. Every soul is born out of infinite love, that include souls with the physical condition we call Down’s syndrome. I can simply have a good laugh at the whole stupidity of his argument. You see, it is impossible to find a person who has no body defects, and who is perfect psychologically without any limitations, but whatever the physical and mental conditions, everyone is loved by the wholeness. Now the question comes, ‘Can you love someone who is physically or psychologically ‘deformed’? With consciousness every-one is utterly complete and perfect. If you don’t see that then you are consciously blind. Understand this. You are not your body. You are not your mind. You are not a matter. You are more than what you think and see. Any system that makes thinking atheist more important than the individual consciousness is a dangerous philosophy, because it kill the individual, it denies soul to have an experience, it is fascism in open. For unconscious people, the body becomes very important only when they suppress their soul, the mind becomes the master only when they suppress their consciousness. That is the reality of Richard Dawkins, an arrogant nihilist with the fascistic traces in his thinking, controlled by his rigid reptilian brain. I am awarding Richard Dawkins as the most arrogant person in the world.

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Love contains All-That-Is. Love is the real name of God. There is only one God: love. All other gods are arbitrary inventions of the cunning, manipulative mind. Love is the only true God, and it is experienced as inner realization. It’s a characteristic of your inner temple. It therefore requires no rituals, dogma, obedience, punishment, churches, or popes. When you love, there’s no need for any worship places; your own heart is your temple, with compassion as the only prayer and the only worship. To experience God isn’t a given, but God can be experienced in each moment through love. 46

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God’s time is now and God’s space is right here. To be present in the now, in this place here, you have to be in love. To be Now, you have to be Love. To find God, you have to surrender to this moment right now in love. In order to know God, you have to allow love to posses you, hold you, flow deep in the core of your being, knowing it’s your very soul. I order to Be God, you have to Be Love. Love is everybody’s birthright—everybody’s existential state. This is why you cannot make love happen, cannot create love—only allow it to happen by opening your heart. Whenever you “make love,” it won’t be authentic. If you “create love” or “make love,” or if you “fall in love,’’ it will be just an empty gesture, a mechanical experience indicative of a lack of awareness, because you’ll miss God. Those who create love, make love, or fall in love, fall into unconsciousness. Love is the consequence of awareness. Be aware of One-Self and you are immediately in love. Keep that awareness burning infinitely Now, you become Love. In a sense you become anonymous, annihilated, and most certainly humble. This is the most divine, holy phenomenon in all of existence. Love is a poverty of thoughts and can’t be possessed. Love is giving infinite freedom to others. Possessiveness kills the purity of love and transforms it into hatred. If you hate, hate appears all around you. But if you love, love becomes All-That-Is. Remove hatred, and love will start arising in you. Love takes you to God, and love brings God to you. When you allow love to happen, it cleanses all the impurity of your being, and it flows so abundantly that you can’t contain it. It overpowers you and overflows from you as compassion. This is the ultimate divine experience: compassion! All other experiences of this world are banal. Life and love are the same. If you love, you live; if you don’t love, you don’t live. Those who miss love, miss life. When love deepens, it becomes divine. That very moment, love becomes sacred; it transcends your body and mind, going infinitely beyond into unknown wholeness. Love is irrational and illogical. Love is innocent and simple. God is very simple, needing no proof. Be love in this moment now, and the simplicity of God will come of its own accord. Love is experienced without time and space, which places it beyond the scope of science— yet not beyond the scope of religion. Real religion is free of rules, the need for obedience, guilt, shame, and fear. Real religion is freedom and fearlessness. In love you are in fearlessness. Unless love is understood in its totality, we are all bound to be separated from what is—that is, bound to be in suffering. THE MIDDLE POINT

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“Hitting the mark is the result of ninety-nine failures” (Dogen Zenji).

Failure is actually the practice, and hitting the mark is attainment. Any time you shoot, shoot knowing it’s okay—it’s just practice, a preparation for the actual hit. Enlightenment doesn’t come until your mind, body, and soul are perfectly aligned with nothingness. In every moment of everyday life, you have an opportunity to attain the unattainable. If you are walking, it’s an opportunity to attain. When you eat, it’s a chance to attain. When you clean your house, it’s a chance to attain. You may fail, but that’s all right. So whatever you do, do the best you can by doing nothing, not expecting anything, and without expecting anybody’s help. Be still, alert, and present where you are. Don’t run in time. Don’t stray from the middle point. Be in it, and enlightenment will happen on its own. You are not necessary for it to happen.

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“Through emptiness we are born, we live in emptiness, and into emptiness we return. For you cannot debate about emptiness, you can only be empty. A dialogue with the truth is not possible through debate. Everything else can become a religious lecture, or an educational talk, but not emptiness. Emptiness is always now. That is the truth. Can you see it? With the very effort to see it, it’s no longer now. With the very effort to say anything about it, it’s no longer here. Even a single thought is enough and the emptiness disappears, and the truth is no more. I cannot talk about emptiness because its nature is thoughtlessness. So ‘What’ are we searching then for? The search of ‘What’ is not the search for emptiness, but the truth of it. I cannot talk about emptiness, but I can talk about the truth of it. I will sit on the mind and ride the thoughts of the truth to help you be aware of your own thoughts, and emptiness might give you the truth beyond your mind. But there is no guarantee. There is no guarantee that I will succeed in helping you to remove your thoughts. Deep down in your mind you might not want it, you might be scared of the disconnection from it, or you might be indifferent to my attempts to help you remove your thoughts. You choose. I am indifferent to your choice. But I am not in-different to your truth because your truth is my truth as well. Actually, there is no my truth and your truth, only the truth right now. “

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THE MIDDLE POINT TOWARD ENLIGHTENMENT excerpt from the book THE MIDDLE POINT

There’s an ancient parable from Tibet. At the beginning, the human heart was exactly in the middle, harmoniously supplying energy to the left and right sides of the body, to the upper and lower parts of the body. But because of being constantly pushed, ignored, controlled, and in a state of disharmony, it’s no longer in the middle. And when you aren’t in the middle, you are in time. Do you know who you are? Do you have some kind of image, idea of yourself, or identity? If you start with “I am…,” the “I” isn’t the real you. The “I” is manufactured by society so that it can have power over it. Society can destroy you at any moment. You have to obey, follow, and conform, so that your ego remains intact. 54

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The mind and its big “I” is manufactured by unconscious family members, together with educational, religious, and political systems. Your identity is the name given to you by others, which makes you a social product. It takes at least three years to suppress consciousness and create the mind with social programming, at which point it’s ready to accept anything that’s sold and told to it. “I have a name, an identity, a bar code; I am respected and loved by others; I am extraordinary; I am somebody special.” Yes, and you have to behave as you’ve been told or you’ll be punished. This is why the heart is no longer in the middle. Can you remember your childhood? What has remained from your childhood up until now? Nothing remains; it’s just a fuzzy memory. Can you make a distinction concerning whether something really happened or whether it’s just your imagination? Did you contribute to your identity? Did you choose your name? Did you create your personality? Not even 0.01% comes from you.

Identity is a Substitute for Being. Do you really know who you are? Society doesn’t like individuals because Individuals live from the freedom of awareness. If there is enough awareness in an individual to create a deep urge to become free, which means becoming intelligent, then the individual will start to question their social conditioning. A conscious individual becomes self-realized, unconventional, unpredictable, very much alive, and filled with awareness! Such an individual views reality with the heart, not the mind. In order to control people and prevent them becoming conscious and therefore free, society needs a substitute false identity. To be free, to decide your own life with your own awareness— to act out of your own being—has been made almost impossible by society. The social, collective mind is a big controller. However, existence is greater than the mind. If you permit existence to flow through you, then the mind can’t be in control. If your consciousness is free, then existence itself will control you through your freedom. The key is to allow yourself to be an ordinary nobody, a No-Thing who isn’t trying to make a name for yourself, a person with no labels and no identity. In existence there is no ownership, nobody can own you. Try to be ordinary nobody. Try it! Nothing will happen. Only your identity will be broken. In that very moment, existence will flow through your being, and your heart will be in the middle.

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Consciousness belongs to the whole. Ultimate awareness is the whole. It’s the essence of “beginninglessness,” the eternal process of now. The mind can’t comprehend “eternal” because it has a beginning and an end for everything. The mind is time, and time consists of two tenses—past and future. It’s rooted in that which is non-existential. How can the mind possibly understand existence when the mind is unconscious? How can unconsciousness comprehend consciousness? If the mind wants to comprehend existence, it has to shift out of time. All of us are capable of being awareness. The reason for this is that there’s only one center to existence, which is your awareness. Your awareness isn’t different from my awareness because both are part of the now. The center of existence is within you right now. You recognize this center through awareness. You recognize One-Self through my awareness. It’s all in your choiceless awareness. You can become self-conscious—that is, alienated from the whole. Or you can simply be conscious without a self-identity, which means you are ex-

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panding your consciousness. Then you know the eternal harmony of existence. Then you are in the middle. When you are self-conscious, you move to extremes. You become tense, and this tension makes your being solid and rigid, in a state of disharmony with the whole. By being conscious without a self-identity, you are part of the oneness of One-Self. You are in the center, in the middle of existence. In the middle, tension disappears. In the middle, you become soft, relaxed, harmonious, and at ease. Ultimate awareness is exactly in the middle of existence. It’s neither big nor small, high nor low, cold nor hot, good nor bad. Rather, it’s perfect balance, absolute harmony, and ultimate equilibrium. Ultimate awareness is the beginninglessness of now. The mind is like a pendulum, always moving toward extremes—from left to right, right to left. Like a pendulum, people move from one extreme to another. When the pendulum is moving to the left, it builds momentum to go to the right. When the pendulum is moving toward the right, it builds momentum to go to the left. When the mind loves someone, it starts building the momentum of hatred. When the mind doubts existence, it starts creating the momentum of belief. To go contrary to awareness is to build the momentum of attachment. When the pendulum stops, the clock stops. There’s no ticking, no time movement; you become the eternal moment, the now. With no mind, you enter into the world of timeless, spaceless, beginninglessness truth.

You Are Perfect as You Are Maybe you might have forgotten what it is to be enlightened. You might be sleeping and have become lost in the dramas and dreams of your mind; but once you remember your nature, you awaken to the state of enlightenment. You have already attained enlightenment because you are infinitely now. We forgot our enlightenment when we learned the consensus ways of the mind. Just a little push, a little effort to provide an opportunity to enter into a love of the meditative state, and you will find the source of wholeness within you. Our enlightenment is in the now; it is the now. Not being in the moment is the cause of all of our miserliness. The person who cannot give One-Self to the moment becomes incapable of receiving from the moment. THE MIDDLE POINT

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Don’t ask God to give to you. Give One-Self to the moment now, and God will give you infinity. Do you need anything else when you have infinity in your being? The person who is afraid to melt with the moment becomes closed in their being. That person becomes enmeshed in thoughts of lack. God is absent from all thought of something missing, something lacking. Enlightenment isn’t something you have to achieve. You cannot “do” being in the now, since it’s your continual state of being. Enlightenment happens in a state of non-doing. You are already enlightened. God means nothingness. Just tune into your being and do nothing. Be aware of the one who is aware. Enlightenment is only a matter of remembering. Remember your primordial awareness, your infinite being, and you will be a member of infinity. Enlightenment is only recognition of what’s real. You are real. You are in God, and God is in you. You are already enlightened, and all you need is to be aware of it.

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Enlightenment Is All About Being Natural Enlightenment isn’t doing; it’s happening. It isn’t a mechanical, technical exercise. Neither is it like ambition or achievement. Enlightenment is dropping all desires, ambitions, and goals. It’s dropping all attachments, appearances, identifications, and beliefs. You don’t have to climb the mountain to reach the top. You are the mountain, so there’s no need to climb it. You are already enlightened; you just have to remember this self-evident fact. In order to remember it, you have to totally dissolve into nothingness. But you cannot “do” dissolving in order to be what is yours essentially and existentially forever. You have to allow dissolving to emerge from awareness. This is the middle point. THE MIDDLE POINT

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Enlightenment Is Nothingness At the top of the mountain, you are in love with One-Self, and you are aware of it. At the bottom of the mountain, you are still in love with One-Self, but you are unaware of it. That’s the difference. You are always where you need to be, right now. Are you aware where you are?

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There’s no difference between a material and spiritual search—it’s the same thing. Whenever you are in search of power or enlightenment, recognition or humility, prestige or divinity, you are in a state of separation. The mind involves a separation from the whole. The mind is full of desires and objective goals. You don’t need to renounce the world to actualize your full potential, your enlightenment. You just need to renounce your ambition to achieve something special, your desire to experience an extraordinary phenomenon. Enlightenment is a very ordinary state of joyful being. This ordinariness is the most extraordinary of divine experiences. To be extraordinary is to be tied up in the mind. To be ordinary, you need to renounce your mind. Without the mind, there’s no desire to reflect your dreams, and no belief or expectation of achieving extraordinary phenomena. Your ultimate truth is in a no time zone. Time and space are needed to journey outward. The inner journey isn’t a journey at all. It is quiet, silent, relaxed, meditative love. You are the ultimate truth. You don’t need to search for One-Self. Just relax and be in One-Self. Desires travel in time, and dreams travel in space. In no-time, there’s no travelling. In no-space, there’s nothing to find. Awareness is doing nothing. If nothing is happening in your journey, you are closer to the ultimate truth. If you become nothingness, you are enlightened. Everything comes from you; it flows through you to you. Every atom, molecule, and cell of your being contains a truth: “You are the whole. You, as the individual wholeness, are an essential part of universal wholeness, unique and irreplaceable. You are Immortal light, ultimate awareness. You are Infinite health. You are divine. You are God. You are being, the essence of All-That-Is. Everything comes from you; it flows through you to you. You are the essence of everything that exists. Everything comes out of essence and returns back to essence. As your infinite One-Self, you are in infinite peace rooted in the heart of infinite existence, exactly at the middle point. You are the essence of limitless possibilities. You are the infinite awareness of infinite love and Infinite truth, right where you are.”

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Sickness isn’t something that just “happens” to us,

and neither is health something that can be achieved simply with the right foods, medicines, exercise, and mental attitude. Health and sickness are a reflection of our essential being, and hence the potential for health resides in each of us at all times. When we are grounded in our essence, our whole being is in balance, which gives rise to wellness. This is because there is no fracturing within our essence, which knows nothing but wellbeing. It is whole, or “holy.” To the degree we are in harmony with our being, we enjoy an easy, flowing aliveness and vibrancy. Dis-ease only occurs when this flow is in some measure blocked. There’s no longer an easiness about us, no longer an abundance of energy, no longer a suppleness. Ivan Rados’ insight into how we can consciously reconnect with our essence enables us to address illness at its source—the mind, which through thought and emotional reactivity blocks the flow of our essential being. By clearing out anxiety, delusion, projections, belief in separation, and our sense of limitation, we restore the health that is intrinsic to our humanity. This book is for anyone who wants to live in tip-top condition. It shows us how to get well, and how we can enhance our current state of being and avoid future illness. David Robert Ord, the author of ‘Your Forgotten Self’ and ‘Lessons in Loving - A Journey into the Heart.’ An illuminating guide on our journey toward wholeness. Ivan’s highly conscious approach connects the dots between spiritual wisdom and scientific knowledge. He reminds us that luminous health and well-being are available in every moment. Jeanna Zelin, Publicist, President Zelin Communications, Inc., Phoenix, AZ Incredible Book! I have been on my path to reconnecting to my essential self for along time. I encourage everyone who asks to get on their path and your book is now what I am recommending. Thank you for having the courage to bring your work to the world. Barbara DeGraw, editor, Inner Realm Magazine

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Yantras are inspired artworks and designs based on the principles of sacred geometry used for meditation. Each yantra design contains a centre point or “dot” from which geometric shapes and designs radiate. Traditionally, such symbols are used to balance the mind or focus it on spiritual concepts, and the act of meditating on a yantra is held to have spiritual benefits.

How do I meditate on a Yantra? 1. Position the yantra so its centre is at eye level and a comfortable distance away. Sit with your spine straight. If this isn’t possible, find a comfortable position in which you can remain alert. Breathe in and out slowly until your breath flows naturally. Begin with your eyes open, simply gazing at the yantra. It’s necessary to look only at the center of the sacred geometry yantra, focusing on the dot in the middle of the symbol, trying not to blink or blinking as little as possible. Gaze at the centre for fifteen minutes. The key is to maintain a receptive, alert frame of mind, without drawing any conclusions, and free of concepts or thoughts. As you feel yourself gathering consciousness, allow yourself to flow with the momentum of this consciousness. 2. When your awareness begins to shift inward, close your eyes. Now watch the yantra imprinted in your mind’s eye, allowing it to gradually guide you within. 3. Do nothing, and you will find yourself participating in pure consciousness without the mind defining it. In other words, you will feel no need to tell yourself such things as “this is the experience I have been seeking” or “this is what people mean when they talk about enlightenment.” 4. Forget about looking for results as you meditate. Meditation brings us to a place of sensitivity wherein we experience a great interconnectedness with All That Is. This sensitivity generates a loving intimacy with everything we see, smell, touch, taste, hear, and intuit. 5. Meditation doesn’t bring joy, but joy comes when we are meditative. To be joyous requires a drastic shift in our perception of reality and a drastic change in our way of life. When this occurs, we are born again and sensitivity pours innocently from our “empty” heart. When you are ready, you may wish to take a deep breath, begin to move your toes and fingers, open your eyes, and become aware of your surroundings once again THE MIDDLE POINT

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BE THE CHOICELESS MOMENT OF NOW You are always given one moment. Be watchful. The second moment is the one moment in continuity and expansion. Be very alert. The second moment is here alone with the same potential - to be Now, the same capacity as the one moment here, before now, the same posibility as the one moment here, after now. Can you see IT? The second moment is manifesting the one moment NOW. You are in IT. You are IT. Be aware of your thinking. You cannot choose to be now, because you are alredy now. Now is thoughtless, so how can you choose thougthless. The thought is a choice. The thoughtless is choiceless. Choicelessness is ultimate freedom. To choose is to choose slavery, fragments, repression, domination, and tyranny of the mind. You cannot choose choicelessness; you can only be aware of the choice and do nothing. When you look at the moment of now without the mind, you are looking without any choice. That is the real way to see and the only way to be. Look! You are right now. Are you aware of IT? THE MIDDLE POINT

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hile many struggle to reach enlightenment, the author believes that everyone has the capacity to experience this state, which is an experience of freedom from our illusionary egoic mind, without all of this struggle. This capacity is realized not by following rules, performing rituals, or imitating enlightened masters, but by bringing awareness to the mind’s attachments. Simply sitting with the yantras is so powerful that it conveys the energy to heal without the person doing anything else! To gaze at one of these sacred yantras is to enter into the heart of our being. It is to encounter that aspect of ourselves that is one with the sacredness in which the whole of reality is bathed. No matter what may be going on in your life right now, simply looking at a yantra can bring you into that still place within you where all is peaceful. Here you will find the joy that’s often lacking in so many of us as we go about our daily routine. Indeed, you will discover how blissful it can be to live in the sacred wholeness of our deepest being. You will also begin to experience that wise part of yourself that can provide you with the answers to every single issue you are facing—whether you are experiencing sadness, depression, anger, problems at work, or difficulties in your love life. The box set contains 52 yantras, printed on high quality 5” x 5” glossy cards. Each yantra is accompanied by an explanation of its meaning and a description of how it can make a difference in your life. Through 52 tantra meditation cards, Transform Your Life Through Sacred Geometry offers one of the most effective means of entering into present moment awareness, enabling one to move rapidly into living fully in the Now. The yantras feature Ivan Rados’ stellar artwork, which flows from his profoundly rich experience of present moment awareness. Through his stunning yantras and clear explanations, Rados offers us a simple way to still the mind so that we become deeply aware of the Infinite Consciousness at the heart of our own being.

“Visually stunning provoking, well written, Onlock your true potential with Ivan’s book, as you allow the didden frequency within the imageries to resonate with your consciousness. His words will inspire, touch, and enchant you!” Dale Kobialko, B.Sc, Energy Healer, Heart Resonance Therapy Facilitator,Certified Massage/ Stone Therapist & Instructor THE MIDDLE POINT

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TETHOS - ORIGIN: from Middle French methode, from Latin methodus, “way of teaching or going,” from Greek methodus, “scientific inquiry, method of inquiry,” originally “pursuit, following after,” from meta- “after,” “a traveling, way.” Meditation requires a method to go into a spaceless whole. Love doesn’t require any method 74

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because it involves total surrender to the whole and in a sense is a methodless approach. The method of meditation isn’t the meditation. However, a meditation method can be tremendously helpful in achieving a meditative state. In order to grow through meditation, understanding must come to you as a feeling from the heart, not as a mental process from the mind. When understanding is derived from the mind, it’s superficial and only scratches the surface. Real understanding, which is love, lies hidden in the interval between thoughts. It’s beyond the thinking process, a higher knowing in the heart. The differences between the different methods of meditation lie in non-essential components. The methods given by masters from different ages, different philosophies, might be different, but essentially all methods are about awareness. Only awareness leads to What Is. Meditation methods are good only if they are in tune with you as an individual—if they are enjoyable, so that there is harmony between you and the method. Enjoy the method with your full heart, and go into it as deeply as you can. Drop the method when the joy disappears. If you practice a certain method and don’t find joy in it anymore, then the method isn’t giving you anything. It becomes your attachment and addiction. Be aware of this habit and drop the method. If you decide to follow the path of meditation, choose a method that brings excitement and joy. Certain meditation methods can help you reach a certain state. When you reach that state, move on to another method. Be in tune with One-Self. You have to be aware that a method can’t lead you to the end; it’s only a passage on your journey toward eternity. Meditation methods consist of “doing,” whereas meditation is about “non-doing.” Effort carries tension and determination, and these are obstacles to change. At the beginning, a meditation method will require a certain amount of effort. However, over time, this “doing” sensation needs to disappear. Meditation then becomes an effortless and spontaneous state of “non-doing.” Inner transformation can only occur through unconditional acceptance. This transformation will happen on its own. Love isn’t a technique. Love is a methodless approach to life. It isn’t about traveling through the mind in order to attain the state of no-mind. It’s an intimate love relation with eternity in this moment, now. Meditative love is one feeling of two hearts: your heart and the divine heart beating with the same rhythm. The point of the middle point is to be in meditative love—methodless, nontechnical, nondoing. Through effort, you attain effortless being. Lao Tzu says, “Open now,” meaning give up the search, give up the method. Use the method with awareness and drop it immediately. If THE MIDDLE POINT

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for some reason you aren’t able to do that, you can try again, and again. In trying, be aware that you can become imprisoned in the method. It can become your addiction. In trying to love, you are trying to fulfill your ego. Love and meditation just happen. There’s no destination. You are the end point of your beginning. Don’t journey, don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, and don’t demand. Just be where you are 76

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at this moment, relaxed and doing nothing. Wherever you are, you are in the moment, so just relax. If you relax in the moment, you are as you are. If you relax, you start vibrating with What Is. This is a methodless method, the middle point.

Ultimate Participation is the Middle Point Ultimate participation is a marriage between meditation and love. It is getting deeply, intimately involved in the ultimate existence of wholeness, which is a compassionate act of commitment, involvement, and participation with watchfulness. Ultimate participation is the conscious ability to dissolve into the unknowable. The unknowable is the pure energy of compassion. In compassion, you dissolve into the mystery of divine love. Divine love can only flow from the whole to the whole. Only when you melt into the whole can the whole melt into you—like a drop of the ocean dropping into the ocean, and the ocean dropping into the drop. Ordinary participation gives life to the mind and its thoughts, beliefs, emotions, behaviors, and desires. When you don’t participate with the mind, you are immediately engaged in ultimate participation. When you don’t participate with the mind, the mind simply dissolves in emptiness, and you dissolve in utter aloneness. You become the whole.

First and Second Perception In most English dictionaries, perception means the basic component in the formation of a concept, the representation of what is perceived. Perceptual experience is a way of conceiving something or becoming aware of something via the senses. For example, consider a physical symptom. The first and correct perception of a symptom is awareness of the experience. In the case of common head pain, you experience imbalance in your head, or what people generally refer as a “headache.” You become conscious of this “headache,” which is something that isn’t real but is just an experience of certain neuro connections in your brain talking to your consciousness via the experience, nothing else. You don’t define it or judge the experience as positive or negative. You don’t attach yourself to the experience, but just witness it. This is the correct way of seeing. The second perception arises incredibly quickly, almost instant, “I have a headache,” “I am in pain,” or “I don’t like this headache.” This perception has absolutely no relation to the experience itself. It’s a discrimination, such as “like or dislike” and “beautiful or ugly.” This discriminaTHE MIDDLE POINT

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tion arises from within your own mind. As long as you remain aware of the first perception and stay in it with awareness, you will go through the experience without attachment to it. If you lose awareness and yield to the second perception, so that you identify with the experience, you are discriminating with your mind. Consider a woman or a man passing by you. With the first perception, you are simply aware of another being passing by. This is what I call the right way of seeing, using the mind to notice the passing phenomenon. But when thoughts arise such as “beautifully/ugly, like/dislike, want/ don’t want,” you have become trapped in the second perception and are being used by your mind. Awareness involves simply the passing of another being. But when the mind interferes, the relation of yourself to a passing being is replaced with a relationship. Thoughts have nothing to do with the passing phenomenon in itself. Thoughts about the passing phenomenon involve your own mind and its need to possess and compensate. In this ego-self interaction, you become unconscious. Coming from the mind, you’ll be unable to recognize oneness in another being but will be lost in your own conditioning. Human beings have five senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching. Plus we have a sixth function—thinking. Thinking isn’t an actual physical sense, but is the master of the five bodily senses. The five senses, together with this sixth function, are mysterious. No matter how complicated or easy a thing may be, it’s impossible to control these senses, or even to mistakenly activate them. For instance, we say, “I accidentally saw you.” There’s no center in human beings that gives the order to “hide this,” “see this,” or “think this.” So to allow these six functions to be as they are is a great spiritual attribute. The whole point of the middle point is to entrust One-Self to in-formation coming from the senses, along with thoughts as they arise, without being moved by what you see or think. The whole point is not to be attached to the second perception and be bothered in any way by these things.

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Practice of Purification and Reconnection 1. See Everything as a Dream We are living in a dream world and we are all asleep. When we think we are awake, this is a dream, too. Everything you see and observe, everything you witness or that can be witnessed—along with all that you experience and all that can be experienced—is a dream. It doesn’t matter whether we are talking about a physical dream, psychological dream, or spiritual dream—all the objects of objective reality and all the subjects of subjective reality are just dreams. Meditate this way. Wherever you are, whatever you do or experience, contemplate it as a dream. The people passing by, the houses, the cars, the airplane overhead—all are dreams. Whatever you experience—your feelings, thoughts, and body sensations—is a dream. The moment you realize everything is a dream, an insight arises in your perception: “If I am dreaming, I am a dream, too.” If all experiences are dreams, then who is this “I”? If the object is a dream, then the subject “I” is also a dream. This is the simplest way to drop your mind, your “I.” The big “I” is a byproduct of the illusion that whatever you are seeing and experiencing is real. Once you see that everything is a dream, the quality of your consciousness will change. Remember, awareness and dreaming can’t exist together. When you are awake, the whole of existence is awake with you. This is the experience of transcendence. The objects and subjects are no longer points of your attention. As you transcend duality, what’s left? All that’s left is awareness—a witnessing, with no idea of “I” and “thou,” just a pure mirror that reflects All-That-Is.

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2. See One-Self as the Truth the mind is involved with knowledge, which is object-oriented: it knows something. Awareness has no object to it: it knows nothing. Awareness is pure, free of all content. Awareness can’t be defined, since there’s no object involved and it can’t object to anything. It can however be experienced. Knowingness knows itself. When the goal is achieved, the path is forgotten. This THE MIDDLE POINT

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is why, for those who have attained awareness, all methods become useless and nonessential. First, see One-Self as the truth. To know something, distance is needed; whereas to know the truth, distance is an obstacle and truth can’t be known. If there’s distance, there’s no truth at all. The truth is where you are, right now and here. The truth is always in you. You are the truth. To reconnect with this eternal truth, all that’s needed is awareness. The mind is a barrier, a distance between you and truth, hindering you from accessing the truth. It’s a projection that surrounds you, a repetitive arsenal of content from the past that engages you in separation, blinding your perception. Mind is nothing but dreams, projections, and fantasies. It’s a mix of the drama and comedy of dreams, involving your motives, desires, ambitions, and achievements. The mind thrives on repetition. Why does the mind hanker for the same experience again and again? The reason is that the mind doesn’t like the unknown. Hence you remain in separation, and something in your remains discontented. If the mind can go through an experience totally, there will be no hankering for repetition. Consequently you will be free to explore the unknown, including your own unexplored potential for growth. Growth means something new is happening every moment right now and you are totally immersed in it. You are living intensely in the moment. See One-Self as the Truth. Be aware of your awareness. Do not think that you are aware. Just be aware. You are the one.

3. Witness The Witness Now you are aware of what awareness is. You are aware that objects and subjects are dreams. And you are aware of the purity of your awareness. You are looking at the truth. Now witness this awareness. Look deep into it. You will start laughing, because awareness is eternal. Since it was never born, there’s no possibility of its death. Awareness has always been here and now, eternally. At this point you are no longer in a finite reality, no longer afraid of the dream. You realize that nothing has ever happened, but that all is a dream. Realizing this eternal truth, one becomes at ease and laughs. The whole journey in life up to now has been absurd, surreal, and ridiculous. You are free. No more pain, disease, misery, or suffering.

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4. Be Aware of the Mind’s Clinginess This methodless method has given you such a deep experience of reality that naturally you would like to cling to the method. Be aware of the mind’s last effort—its final attempt to survive before it disappears forever. If you allow the mind to cling to the method, the mind is back in the same old routine again. The mind is all about dependence and possessing. Depend on anything, cling to anything, and the mind is back. Possess anything and you are possessed by it—and you’ll be afraid to lose it. The moment awareness is released in you, immediately drop the method. No more rememTHE MIDDLE POINT

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bering that all is a dream. No more looking at the truth. Don’t wait, dissolve. Drop the method. Drop all activities. Surrender. Respond quickly at the first taste of awareness, otherwise your mind will start clinging to the method. Mind always needs support because it can’t exist on its own. Mind depends on knowledge, on methods, on experience. Mind keeps you interested in something that isn’t who you are; it never allows you to settle into your being. Consequently each step has to be taken with great caution. If awareness needs a method, it’s not yet true awareness. It’s still a byproduct of the mind, not yet the truth. Don’t take settling into the truth of your being for granted. At the beginning, glimpses of settling in will occur momentarily. One moment you will relax into your being, and in another moment the settledness will disappear. Unexpectedly, you will find One-Self filled with joy from the mysterious unknown, and in another moment it’s no longer there. Don’t make the mistake of searching for it. If you try to find those moments, you’ll fail. Dive deep into meditation. Use the method—and when joy comes, immediately drop the method and settle into your being. Continue to use the method, and drop the method when you are deep in meditation. Just for a moment you are. Then the darkness gathers again, and the mind is back with all its projections, imaginations, and dreams. Start again, using the method again. See it as an illusion, and witness the witness again. Patiently wait in meditation and trust the unknown.

5. Settle into the Essence of the Truth If you drop the method, automatically you’ll start settling into your being. You can’t go anywhere because all paths have been dropped, all dreams and desires have disappeared, and relaxation happens of its own accord. You have come to your being, settled in your real home. In your being there is pure awareness with no effort and no method. Now there is nothing else, only the tranquil moment of the now. This tranquility is you. To know this serenity is to be One-Self—to be God. We cannot separate our health from our essential being, as if it somehow were a thing we possess, because its source is more encompassing than just the body. This is because, although we were born into the world, we didn’t originate from our physical birth. Each of us is a physical manifestation of an essential being that encompasses far more than our material existence. We didn’t spring just from matter. Consequently our physical body isn’t just a machine whose functioning is entirely dependent on what happens to it in the world of matter. When the body is healthy, we are experiencing not a state of matter but a process we refer to as well-being. 84

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The process of experiencing health is a reflection of our essential being. Even the term “wellbeing” shows us that wellness is an expression of being.

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NEW ARRIVALS

The Language of Wholeness Ivan Rados - The Middle Point Act of Awerness

Spontaneous Discourses on The Middle Point to disciples and friends in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, 2011

It is important to understand that I am not going to discuss any system of beliefs or dogma, or any contemporary philosophy or new age spirituality. I am not interested in metaphysics, because I am not dominated by the mind and possessed by dry thoughts. I don’t represent so-called religions, which has been exploited humanity for thousands of years. I am all for the true religion which deals with consciousness and being, not with the mind and its ideologies. I am here to offer you my understanding beyond the mind and its boundaries, how to awake in your consciousness, become aware of your being, and to be religious again. Be open, receptive and listen with your heart. If you are listening with your mind, include the heart in that process. The mind can listen only to that which fits with its own structure of beliefs. Also, do not avoid listening to that which you see as a disturbance, otherwise you will work against your awakening. I will provide an opening for you to love yourself through the Art of Meditation. I will guide you to the Language of Wholeness, but for that to be alive in your heart, you have to be aware that ‘I’ will not be present but only sharing information as it comes and goes like a swinging door. If you are looking at me as the source of your knowledge, you will be disappointed and in disagreement with your knowingness. To speak the Language of Wholeness you need nothing, just a different attitude, and your commitment to be who you are naturally and existentially. You are always in the middle, that is the whole point of religion. You are The Middle Point and that is your Being. Meditation means, dissolving, dispersing yourself before that being, absorbing yourself in the Middle Point, and consciously opening door of a new perception. The Art of Meditation means, speaking the Language of Wholeness. Publisher: Middle Point Publishing www.middlepointpublishing.com ISBN 978-0-9780803-8-9 Format: Softcover 214 pages Publication date: November 2014 Price: @ $19.95 (CND) - BUY

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The Middle Point October 2015  

The Middle Point is not another set of beliefs to be learned, or a method to be followed; such things need to be let go as we are shown how...

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