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Standing as Awareness [Paperback]

Greg Goode
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20 Sep 2009
Inspired by Sri Atmananda (Krishna Menon), the Direct Path is a "pathless path." It simply articulates the being of you and the world as loving, open, clear awareness. If this truth is realized as your experience, then nothing need be done. The path disappears, and life is lived in sweetness and celebration! But if there are still questions or doubts, the Direct Path contains unique and powerful resources that stabilize this truth as your everyday reality. This is a revised edition of the book, expanded to add chapters on the Direct Path in addition to its selection of dialogs from a decade of "Nondual Dinner" gatherings. The first three chapters unfold the basics of the Direct Path, such as standing as awareness, being in love with awareness, and exploring awareness. Included are several experiments that help establish your everyday experience as awareness always and already. The dialogs cover questions such as the desire for enlightenment experiences, the relationship between the brain and awareness, the question of "nondually-correct" language, the belief in physical and mental objects, the idea of having a sage's experience, and more.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Non-Duality Press (20 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956309151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956309150
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 21.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Non-duality is a difficult subject to write about as it is so intangible. The vocabulary required is sophisticated yet totally subjective, which often makes it hard for the reader to grasp. Greg Goode deals with the argument from a practical standpoint and thus attempts to avoid the airiness of many writers. In itself that is excellent. He makes many points fairly simple to understand provided you take the time to read (and reread) carefully. His arguments are logical, structured and progressive, which facilitates comprehension and gave me the feeling I was making progress myself.
The reason I cannot give a fifth star is that I feel the book has not been prepared thoroughly enough. There are passages where questions that I feel are of major importance need to be answered, yet are blithely passed over, and at times I found I was unnecessarily confused by a poor choice of vocabulary. The book seems not to have had a rigorous editor and a subject as abstruse as consciousness surely needs it. Maybe others won't want to ask the same questions as I do, but they will undoubtedly have their own.
If you find your comprehension of non-duality frustrated by the insubstantiality of the subject in books by other authors, try Standing as Awareness: it will give you the basic building block you require to find sense in the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic in its utter simplicity! 11 Jan 2010
Greg's book made its way from the UK here today and as I'm already deeply immersed in it-a big Bravo!

Written with such clarity shining through every page, and a down-to-earth language that gets right to the core of Truth, it gently deconstructs every overlay on Awareness one might have previously identified with.

Dropping one concept after another, a clear, yet utterly profound practice, elegant in its simplicity and never betraying what is true and available right now, right here, timeless, unlike so many progressive paths that suggest a fall from grace, yet at the same time ignore what is.

Cutting deep through all layers of solid objects, mind, world, this jewel establishes consciousness as immanent and our only reality, no more separation/duality is seen or felt, the overlay gently collapses into True Self as one turns each page.

Truly a masterpiece and must-read, couldn't agree more with the previous fellow reviewer!
Many thanks, dear Greg, for this immense gift!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Major contribution 14 Oct 2009
Greg Goode's 'Standing In Awareness'is a major contribution in the field of nonduality.Greg explains in a practical,as well as philosophical way,the true meaning of nonduality.With his background in the study of Western philosophy and Eastern traditions,he also brings to the table a profound knowledge of the 'Direct Path'teachings of Atmananda Krishna Menon.He is an acknowledged authority on Atmananda.
The first three chapters of this work are as clear a description of nonduality and its 'practical'application,(together with Rupert Spira's 'The Transparency of Things'),that I have seen.
From chapter 1.' Awareness sees what arises.Whatever appears,appears to awareness.In order for form,thought,feeling,sensation,time,space,unity and multiplicity to appear to awareness,awareness itself cannot be limited or be defined by these factors.Awareness is the single subject of all objects.It is the formless which sees all form.It is the unseen seer.'
From chapter 3.'There is no difference between seer and seen,and no rising objects.Your experience as pure consciousness is unbroken in every way.Pure consciousness is full,radiant presence.Pure consciousness shines in its own glory.It is the being of you and the world.'
This book takes you straight to the heart of the matter and is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Guide to the Direct Path 29 Nov 2011
This is a SUPERB book. Mind you, I doubt this would be the best beginner's Nonduality title,but it's highly readable by most people who are going to stumble upon it. I'd seen it on Amazon, and had it on my wishlist, but after hearing about it from my teacher, Scott Kiloby, it then shot to the top and was the next thing I read. I'm so glad that it was.

Dr. Goode (he's a PhD, but don't hold that against him) starts off where many other teachings end: he has you standing as Awareness very early on via the experiential material in the first third of the book. This "teaching strategy" comes from Shri Atmananda (a.k.a. Krishna Menon), whom both the author (and this reviewer) respect very highly.

[I might as well go ahead and highly recommend the three-book series, Notes on Spiritual Discourses by Shri Atmananda as taken by Nitya Tripta. It's published by Non-Duality Press, available cheap on Amazon, and it's a great series, genuinely on a par with I Am That. That's about as high as praise gets around here. Most of Atmananda's other stuff seems to be out of print, but you can find a good bit of it on the website run by Dennis Waite (of Back to the Truth, 5000 Years of Advaita and The Book of One fame], which is advaita dot org dot UK.]

Greg has some hands-on experiential stuff at the beginning of the book which is illustrative, but I really found the Dialogues to be the most helpful and illuminating segment. They compose about two-thirds of the book.

You are dealing with an clear-as-clear-gets guy when you get into these Dialogues. He's fabulous at gently knocking away whatever it is you're resting on, which of course is the thing that's keeping you cloudy. If this book isn't on your list, put it on your list.
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