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Old 08-03-2008, 07:36 PM   #1
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Today I experienced...something

I was putting clothes on the line about 11AM on a cool (for August) dry morning and I experienced something.
Zen?
Tao?
Fugue state?
Oneness with the Universe?
A temporary losing of the boundaries between self and not-self?

This has happened before: On the point of a St Croix beach at 2AM on a moonless night standing in the Trade Winds watching the surf.

Minor and insignificant in the universe at large, but a bit interesting and disconcerting.
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Old 08-03-2008, 07:45 PM   #2
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I've had that feeling a few times myself. I wish it would last longer.....
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I dont know if I have ever felt that exactly.

Is it the same as you are so content that nothing else matters? Ya Ive had that.
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What did you experience?
Hard to describe.

A feeling that I was awakening into the moment; that everything in my life had configured to this moment of standing in the sun, under the blue sky, hearing the birds.

Of course, my rational mind knows that the universe does not rearrange itself to give me moments and insights and visions.

Our brains are curious things, and we often fall for the 'transcendental temptations'.

Still, an interesting experience.
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For me, it was like I didn't exist...however I was acutely aware of everything around me.
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Ya Ive never been that deep..
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Hard to describe.

A feeling that I was awakening into the moment; that everything in my life had configured to this moment of standing in the sun, under the blue sky, hearing the birds.

Of course, my rational mind knows that the universe does not rearrange itself to give me moments and insights and visions.

Our brains are curious things, and we often fall for the 'transcendental temptations'.

Still, an interesting experience.
Ralph.

At least that's what I named this big ass Blue Heron used to land on this piling around lunch time(pre Katrina summers) lift one leg, stick his head under a wing and take a nap. My brain told me he couldn't do that - even though his center of gravity 'had' to be right.

The universe was speaking to me - ER not en ga neer. Work is a no no.

ooooooommmm. Right? .

heh heh heh - over the decades I've experienced those moments - on rare occasions both at work or play. I just smile and savior the occasion.
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Ralph.

At least that's what I named this big ass Blue Heron used to land on this piling around lunch time(pre Katrina summers) lift one leg, stick his head under a wing and take a nap. My brain told me he couldn't do that - even though his center of gravity 'had' to be right.

The universe was speaking to me - ER not en ga neer. Work is a no no.

ooooooommmm. Right? .

heh heh heh - over the decades I've experienced those moments - on rare occasions both at work or play. I just smile and savior the occasion.
My parents lived many years in Gulf Shores, AL and Mother often remarked on the heron that would nap on the neighbor's dock.
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This reminds me of the experiences Carlos Casteneda went through with Don Juan. Don't know if you read any of the books, but they attracted lots of interest many years ago. Here's a quote that your message brought to mind:

"For me there is only the traveling on the paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge for me is to traverse its full length. And there I travel—looking, looking, breathlessly."
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I was putting clothes on the line about 11AM on a cool (for August) dry morning and I experienced something.
I look out at our view every morning with a cup of coffee and have a similar "Dang, life is good!" moment.
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For me, it was like I didn't exist...however I was acutely aware of everything around me.
Exactly.

I didn't exist, but was somehow part of everything that did exist.
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I look out at our view every morning with a cup of coffee and have a similar "Dang, life is good!" moment.
In my case it's tea.

Ever experienced that momentary shift of consciousness?
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Well, you guys are getting a little to deep for me to fathom

...but I've had those moments. When there is nothing more important in the world than being there and just...being. And if the moment lasted forever, that would be okay.

Edit to ad: I've been wracking my brains trying to remember exactly where I was and who I was with when this last happened. The answers didn't come, but in the last few months I had a very strong experience like this. All I can remember was laying in the grass watching the clouds overhead and, for lack of better words, that was all there was. I had no conscious thought other than just enjoying the clouds floating overhead. I wasn't thinking about anything else, not even trying to imagine pictures formed by the clouds, I was just experiencing them. Afterward I thought that I had not enjoyed a moment of such peaceful nothingness since I was in my teens or early twenties.
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Exactly.

I didn't exist, but was somehow part of everything that did exist.
Whenever I tryed to describe it to someone else - usually said - one moment the universe shifted. Everything stayed exactly the same, but it wasn't.

That was the best I could muster - you experience but you can't put into words.

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It is gratifying to see that others have some idea of what I am trying to describe.
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Well, you guys are getting a little to deep for me to fathom

...but I've had those moments. When there is nothing more important in the world than being there and just...being. And if the moment lasted forever, that would be okay.

Edit to ad: I've been wracking my brains trying to remember exactly where I was and who I was with when this last happened. The answers didn't come, but in the last few months I had a very strong experience like this. All I can remember was laying in the grass watching the clouds overhead and, for lack of better words, that was all there was. I had no conscious thought other than just enjoying the clouds floating overhead. I wasn't thinking about anything else, not even trying to imagine pictures formed by the clouds, I was just experiencing them. Afterward I thought that I had not enjoyed a moment of such peaceful nothingness since I was in my teens or early twenties.
A form of meditation: letting the thoughts and such just drift and leave. I have also watched the clouds.
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i lived on st. croix as a teen.

it is a nice place to visit, khan, but do not linger there.
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Now that I think about it, I've always been outside when this occurs.
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