Ed, I'm REALLY feeling your book. I love the fluidity and the insights. I feel really connected to what you say and that is rare for me. I think only Nissargadatta before has made me feel that. What you say is true. I feel it. I know it. I'm now reading what you say abut feelings and it's exactly what I have experienced myself. I totally agree that it's a neglected area (p 79-81). I also feel that it's extremely important, key even. I find it bizarre how little we know about the world of emotion in this time and age. I wrote a blog post about suffering a few months ago and it was my most popular post so far. That and about being human.
Feelings originate from a place deeper than we can imagine and understand. It's not just cause and effect. I can't say I understand, only intuitively.
Please forgive me if I'm writing too much and too long. This is so interesting and it's putting things in motion. I thank you with all my heart for your book. Of course it's not a coincidence.
I'd say let loose the Shakti. Allow and encourage it to take you over. Become its servant. Yet continue at the same time to go deeper by following the I-Am sense.
Continue to read my book.
I take a different way than many towards awakening. Use bliss, energies and miracles to take you deeper. Emptiness is boring.
Look at my quote of Aurobindo on my blog:
http://itisnotreal.blogspot.com re awakening to Atman, or Nirvana, as opposed to SELF and the "Mother," what I call the divine or God in partnership.
Do this and your control over your unfoldment will be lost.
Shakti will take you on a wild ride and people by the thousands will follow you.
This is what I am doing with my students, turning them into gurus and healers, world-changers.
Please consider yourself part of our family. We are working on creating a world-wide organization of healers and changers. Some of our members are making miraculous changes and healings because they are infused with Shakti.
Awakening becomes a small thing within the context of a
developed ability to move from room to room of spiritual experience with great ease, including several different kinds of awakenings that most people consider as final goals.
Bliss is a reward for your efforts, and a carrot to make you take it deeper.
Before I saw this e-mail I felt: I'm losing all control. (It felt great!)
Then I read and see you encourage me to do just that!
I feel a lot of energy from reading your book. Almost uncomfortable, impossible to contain. I have to read it slowly (unusual for being me who can devour and digest quickly). This is different and I'm loving it.
Thank you thank you thank you for everything.