Clarifying Waking Up- THE VELVETEEN RABBIT –

Part 1

“What is REAL? (Enlightenment/Spirit/God/Truth/Realization)” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you (emotions/concepts) and a stick-out handle?”


“Real isn’t how you are made (body/emotion/concepts/skandhas),” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you (Life/Existence/Being/Awareness/Rigpa). When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”(Love)

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it (Waking up) happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

“I suppose you are real?” said the Rabbit. And then he wished he had not said it, for he thought the Skin Horse might be sensitive. But the Skin Horse only smiled.

The Skin Horse Tells His Story

“The Boy’s Uncle (Recognizing my True Nature) made me Real,” he said. “That was a great many years ago; but once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.”

The Rabbit sighed. He thought it would be a long time before this magic called Real happened to him. He longed to become Real, to know what it felt like; and yet the idea of growing shabby and losing his eyes and whiskers was rather sad. He wished that he could become it without these uncomfortable things happening to him.

-End Part I

About David

A generation X subjects inflections on Vajrayana and Dzogchen in the post modern and meta modern(?) frames.
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1 Response to Clarifying Waking Up- THE VELVETEEN RABBIT –

  1. Lynn says:

    Is this about becoming your authentic self? On the same day I coincidentally read in” Rebel Buddha”..The Buddha taught the key to waking up…self-knowledge which extinguishes ignorance like a light being turned on. The light illuminates …and we can see our true nature. Then in “The Book of Awakening”…We are all destined to be opened by the living of our days and whether we like it or not…every one of us wears the deeper part of who we are as a new skin… either by erosion from without or shedding from within…and often by both… we are forced to live more authentically.
    Wisdom and grace and finding one’s authentic self seem to come later in life than we might like… they seem to go along with losing ones” hair” and” eyes”.

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