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What Else Is Here Besides the Doer?

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Q: While watching and being with the Self, how do I feel "I am not the body" and "I am not the mind " when they are always showing up when my attention is turned inward?
Also, while performing daily tasks and errands, how do I stay as a non doer of actions?

A: I would simply suggest that you soften the intent slightly. Instead of "I am not the body", hold the idea, " I am more than the body." "I am more than the mind." Then there can be a gentle inquiry as to what else is here beside the mind and body, without any expectation or need for the body or mind to disappear or be any different than they are. Yes, there is a body and a mind here, but what else is also present right now? Even if you cannot truly define it or describe it, is there also a sense of Presence or pure awareness that is here just as much as your body is here? Do you really need to deny or get rid of the body or the mind to experience this larger Presence?

Similarly, when performing your daily activities, become curious as to what else is here in addition to the sense that you are the doer of your actions. How many actions also occur without that sense? And how much of a sense of doership is there moment to moment? Do some moments have a greater sense of doership and some moments have less of a sense of doership? Is there something else that is present right now that is doing things?

There are some fascinating studies that show that our body and our muscles start moving before for example, we have the thought, "I am going to get up now".  It is intriguing to catch the actual movement of both the body and the mind and to see if there is some other deeper source for our actions and our thoughts. Where do thoughts come from? Where do our physical movements originate? Do they always happen first in the mind, or do they sometimes just appear spontaneously in the muscles?

There are no wrong answers to these questions as there are several levels to truth and for practical purposes, it can still be appropriate at times to hold the perspective that I am the doer. But perhaps there are other levels that are also operating here that we can become aware of. Here is a short article that explores these different levels: http://endless-satsang.com/what.htm

I hope this is helpful.

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Please Help Us Give Away One Million Free Nondual Ebooks!
Update on our expanded ebooks program and a request for support:  For the past 10 years or so, we have been offering ebooks at no charge on Endless-Satsang.com. Recently I added up how many free ebooks we have given away and was thrilled to discover that we have already given away over 800,000 ebooks! There are over 6000 ebooks a month being downloaded for no charge from our websites. This past year, we added a completely new website, http://FreeSpiritualEbooks.com that offers a wide range of free ebooks by other nondual teachers including Adyashanti, Nisargadatta and Papaji. We have also begun to do online promotions to introduce more people to the opportunity to download our ebooks at no charge from the major online ebookstores. Specifically, we have done several paid promotions on Bookbub(dot)com and other ebook promotion websites that resulted in over 200,000 of our ebooks being downloaded at no cost from Amazon and other ebookstores in the last two years. 
 
We hope to have given away over a million ebooks by the end of this year! And we would love to give away the second million even faster than the first million! If you would like to support this effort, please consider offering a donation. Any amount from $1.00 and up will go a long way towards helping us reach our goals to give away even more free ebooks. Endless Satsang Foundation is a tax-exempt 501C-3 organization, so donations may be tax-deductible. Click on this button to make a donation on Paypal:
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We also understand that not everyone can offer financial support and so we have created a webpage at http://endless-satsang.com/how-to-help-support-endless-satsang-foundation.htm with several suggestions of other no cost ways that you can support Endless Satsang Foundation, including several simple actions you can take that will increase awareness of our ebooks. Thank you always for your continuing interest and support. The greatest satisfaction for us is when our words and teachings touch someone deeply. Your interest in and involvement with our work is deeply appreciated and makes all of our efforts worthwhile.
 

 

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Job Opportunity with Nirmala's Teacher, Neelam

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My teacher, Neelam is looking for someone to work part-time at home for her organization. Here are the details about the position:

 

Office manager/administrative assistant

Part-time work from home, on-line and some phone/skype 

Available immediately.

Approximately 10 to 15 hours per week, flexible, sometimes less, sometimes more.  

Small non-profit organization is looking for a committed, skilled, kind, mature, professional and service-oriented individual to run its virtual office.  

Must be a strategic thinker, consistent and focused.  Excellent organization and communication skills are very important.

Be reliable for a predictable work schedule.

Must be able to create structure where needed and handle last minute changes, tight deadlines and stressful communications with ease.

Must be able to track a lot of information, so keen organization skills are necessary to execute and coordinate tasks smoothly. Ability to double check information before sharing/creating to make sure it's accurate. Be able to communicate clearly and problem solve collaboratively.

Must have a strong ability to recruit and coordinate a team of volunteers (i.e. for event  hosting and other activities)

Must have prior  similar office or organizing experience, non-profit and fundraising experience a plus.
Must have an ability to help  organize and oversee
teleconference meetings and ongoing teleconference programs.

Must have your own computer, printer, smart phone. 

Be proficient in or at least familiar with:

-Todoist
-Google Drive, creating docs, spreadsheets
-Mailchimp, maintaining contact list, create and schedule newsletters
-Gmail
-Facebook
-Conference call programs like freeconferencecall.com
-WordPress websites and the ability to update and create content
-Event Espresso

Also needed is the ability to:

-Create mailing labels from spreadsheets with contact information
-Download audio recordings into audio acrobat for emailing
-Upload videos audios and pictures to website and Facebook
-Support web based video

Hourly pay dependent on experience

We are seeking someone with an open mind and heart who would share a sense of the vision of the organization  “To bring Neelam's teaching to the wider world community"  and who can help co-create and execute that vision. (We are a spiritual not-for-profit organization that is sharing the teaching of Neelam in the lineage of Ramana Maharishi and H.L.W. Poonja.
Because of the nature of this organization, an interest in or experience with personal growth and spiritual or non dual organizations is extremely helpful. )

To send a resume and for inquiries please send us an email to bhakti.2u (usual symbol) juno.com

 

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Learn more about Neelam and her teachings at http://neelam.org/

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