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  1. 1. The Droplet and the Sea
  2. 2. Copyright © 2010 Lisa M. Lindeman Cover illustrations by Lisa M. Lindeman Book design by Lisa M. Lindeman All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the author. The only exception is by a reviewer, who may quote short excerpts in a review. Printed in the United States of America First Printing: October 2010 ISBN: 1453873643
  3. 3. The Droplet and the Sea A Story of Awakening By Lisa M. Lindeman
  4. 4. The journey of awakening begins easily enough...
  5. 5. ...with a droplet of water dribbling here and there across the earth. With a droplet identity. And a droplet life.
  6. 6. ♪♫ You are wandering along. Oblivious. Happy. (for the most part)
  7. 7. Although you have a lot of surface tension ...and a few gas bubbles.
  8. 8. One day, you encounter something very strange.
  9. 9. It might be a meaningful coincidence that turns your head or a brief moment of indescribable clarity that gives you a glimpse or a perception of something other than what you expected you could see that stops you.
  10. 10. Nothing has ever felt so important, so relevant.
  11. 11. All that water seems familiar somehow.
  12. 12. Like home. Only... closer. The water exerts a great pull.
  13. 13. Something within you knows, though you cannot say how it knows, but it knows that the great expanse of water holds a missing something of your being.
  14. 14. I am going to love this --you say to yourself.
  15. 15. As if entering the ocean of existence is just another experience to be felt by the little I.
  16. 16. You dip your toe into the water and...
  17. 17. disappear!
  18. 18. In that moment you become YOU. Wordless bliss fills your awareness. Understanding. Compassion. But...
  19. 19. Holy crap!
  20. 20. Becoming YOU can be scary! I mean, where did you go?
  21. 21. You grab on to what you were before. A droplet identity.
  22. 22. With a droplet life. I mean, you run like hell.
  23. 23. And yet...
  24. 24. You miss the great expanse.
  25. 25. To enter the sea again, you realize you must lose everything. (in a way) (not really)
  26. 26. To enter the sea again seems an enormous task for one little droplet. Silly droplet.
  27. 27. The sea remembers.
  28. 28. YOU remember.
  29. 29. Bloop!
  30. 30. ♪♫
  31. 31. Who are you?
  32. 32. Are you the droplet?
  33. 33. Are you the sea?
  34. 34. Or are you both the droplet and the sea from beginning to end?
  35. 35. Do you fall into the water only to be consumed by the waves? Do you become the great swell --opening your eyes from within its vast, borderless body? Pose these questions to the sea, and the sea says...
  36. 36. Bloop!
  37. 37. About the Author Lisa Lindeman is a droplet who earned a BA in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1999. She will earn her PhD in psychology in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In her graduate research and personal writing, she explores the relationship between conceptual thought and emotion as well as the intersection between consciousness and reality. She began meditating in 1993 following an accidental plunge into that sea of awareness that permeates existence. She loves to paint and dance. She lives in Oklahoma with her two little droplets, Erik and Luke.