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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:03 am 
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My weak understanding of clear light is as the most subtle mind or awareness that may only be realized by stripping away all obscuration to reveal the clear light of awareness.
My question: Is there any fear of grasping at clear light? Is this even possible?

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Sure fear is possible. But, basically, you have to become Fearless.

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My understanding is that the clear light is awareness. In the encounter with emptiness the "natural" tendency is to project either good feelings (desire/attachment) or bad stuff (anger/aversion) or to drift into unconsciousness (ignorance). Can awareness grasp at itself? I guess that would be to conceptualise the self and miss the encounter entirely.


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el_chupacabra wrote:
My understanding is that the clear light is awareness. In the encounter with emptiness the "natural" tendency is to project either good feelings (desire/attachment) or bad stuff (anger/aversion) or to drift into unconsciousness (ignorance). Can awareness grasp at itself? I guess that would be to conceptualise the self and miss the encounter entirely.

That is sort of what I thought.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:00 am 
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swampflower wrote:
My question: Is there any fear of grasping at clear light? Is this even possible?

you might become light headed.

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