All-ways Home

Welcome to this website. The blog posts and pages represent the last five years of the teapot’s whistling and blowing steam as it boils.

This period can best be summed up as the end of seeking or the destruction of the notion of a separate self. The setting in which all of this has been happening has been my marriage to Natalia. This relationship has pointed to some of the unconscious (hidden) barriers that can appear to block the recognition of our true nature.

It is paradoxical.

Out of complete nothingness arises a creative power that thrives in expressing itself as the appearance of many forms and finally subsides into the formless.

The expression is a pointer back to the Source, the Home, or the Heart.

This five year period has had its trials and tribulations, and these too become a resource to behold the Beloved in all circumstances.

Sometimes the life of one whose separation has been terminated can be referred to as a “burnt rope”. Although, it appears that one may be bound, it is no longer actually possible to identify with this, so momentary bondage collapses and the search for freedom ends. This is to go beyond bondage and freedom. What remains?

The human conditioning carries on but there is a different orientation with what one takes oneself to be. This quote from Jean Klein sums it up well:

“It is only through silent awareness that our physical and mental nature can change. This change is completely spontaneous. If we make an effort to change we do no more than shift our attention from one level, from one thing, to another. We remain in a vicious circle. This only transfers energy from one point to another. It still leaves us oscillating between suffering and pleasure, each leading inevitably back to the other.

Only living stillness, stillness without someone trying to be still, is capable of undoing the conditioning our biologoical, emotional and psychological nature has undergone. There is no controller, no selector, no personality making choices. In choiceless living the situation is given the freedom to unfold. You do not grasp one aspect over another for there is nobody to grasp.

When you understand something and live it without being stuck to the formulation, what you have understood dissolves in your openness. In this silence change takes place of its own accord, the problem is resolved and duality ends. You are left in your glory where no one has understood and nothing has been understood.”

On this website, you will find book projects featuring Robert Wolfe and Charlie Hopkins, documentaries, interviews, short films, poetry, meetings with teachers, references to saints and sages, and the philosophy or understanding of Advaita (Nonduality).

As Ramana pointed out to me in 2009, during my one and only visit to Arunachala: All Ways lead Home. All people are a manifestation of the Divine. See Ramana in everyone and everything you see. And finally, see that Ramana is the seer.

Later Bob Nickel told me that Ramana literally means “That which lives in the Heart of all Beings.”

Each being, according to nature, temperament, and or disposition is attracted by various methods to awaken to the underlying pure being-ness that is the singular source of all this seeming variety.

Where I once saw many teachers as being false and unworthy of attention, due to my strong conviction that Ramana was the only relevant embodiment of the Divine, it was through the above message that I received at Arunachala that I opened to looking at many expressions as valid and useful.

As my close friend Jon said today in fact, “My own realization is not a debate.”

On a lot of websites, you will find a distinction between what people are calling Traditional Advaita and Neo-Advaita; and the arguing and debating will reflect your own divided intellect. There are even multiple sites offering “Guru ratings”. Many so called awakened sharers like to make distinctions about who is fully realized and who isn’t, who is totally pure and who has some “vasanas” mental tendencies that point to a remains of an ego. It all becomes a bit silly and can be a forceful distraction in the end.

Although, I have found more value and interest in particular teachers over this five year period, I have learned from everyone I have looked into. I have learned and had revelations reading or watching Tony Parsons as much as reading the Yoga Vasistha. All Ways lead Home.

It takes as long as it takes to undo or unlearn that we are not these bodies, with all their thoughts and conditionings. And that at the same time, these bodies are the vehicles by which what we are recognizes its infinite nature.

Finally, we come to a certain realization that we are not doing anything in the Absoluteness of who we are. We are That bodiless, action-less, undivided wholeness, and That is not incarnated in a body.

And yet the paradox continues, the body lives on.

Are you liberated now? If you can roar “Yes!” then there isn’t anyone “more” liberated than YOU!

Welcome Home,

Rafael Stoneman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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