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  1. Mike
    May 24, 2021 @ 12:39 am

    Thanks Lloyd! I’m so glad somebody else says the clothes have no emperor (so funny, in the usual version, “somebody” is still getting the credit, even if it’s for being a bad emperor). And don’t get me started on awakeness! It had to originally be a pointer about how it is any/everyone’s, as completely and easily done whatever the station (emperor has nothing on it!). And only Awakeness can recognize how simple yet poingnant pointers become the (crypto!)currency of the ego realm. Thanks for a nice free swim in the water of easily allowing, yet naturally re-equilibriating, still…ness


  2. Lloyd
    May 24, 2021 @ 4:29 pm

    Hey Mike,
    Thanks for the reflection. Swimming can get tiresome, diving is always exciting. Once I noticed that upon diving consciously, the mind naturally went blank at the very moment the head hit the water! What? I had to dive again and again to see what was going on. The slap, I reckon, is quite close to the “hit” of the Zen kyosaku “encouragement stick” (especially when it is unrequested). It is not just refreshing physiologically, but even more so mentally, because, for a moment at least, mind stops. Blankness. Everything swims and floats in that. In this way “oscillation” or the diving process of “remisidentification and return” is also a blessing.


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