enlightenment… is simply your natural state of felt oneness with Being.
Being can be felt, but it can never be understood mentally.
The word Being explains nothing, nor does God. Being, however, has the advantage that it is an open concept. It does not reduce the infinite invisible to a finite entity. It is impossible to form a mental image of it. Nobody can claim exclusive possession of Being. It is your very essence, and it is immediately accessible to you as the feeling of your own presence, the realization I am that is prior to I am this or I am that. So it is only a small step from the word Being to the experience of Being.
The compulsive thinker, which means almost everyone, lives in a state of apparent separateness, in an insanely complex world of continuous problems and conflict, a world that reflects the ever-increasing fragmentation of the mind.
Enlightenment is not only the end of suffering and of continuous conflict within and without, but also the end of the dreadful enslavement to incessant thinking. What an incredible liberation this is.
The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly – you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you. This is the disease. You believe that you are your mind. This is the delusion. The instrument has taken you over.
…can you be free of your mind whenever you want to? Have you found the “off” button?
The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated.
It is not uncommon for the voice to be a person’s own worst enemy. Many people live with a tormentor in their head that continuously attacks and punishes them and drains them of vital energy.
The good news is that you can free yourself from your mind. This is the only true liberation.
…listen to the voice in your head, be there as the witnessing presence.
You’ll soon realize: there is the voice, and here I am listening to it, watching it. This ‘I am’ realization, this sense of your own presence, is not a thought. It arises beyond the mind.
As you listen to the thought, you feel a conscious presence – your deeper self – behind or underneath the thought, as it were.
…a gap of “no-mind.” At first, the gaps will be short, a few seconds perhaps, but gradually they will become longer. When these gaps occur, you feel a certain stillness and peace inside you. This is the beginning of your natural state of felt oneness with Being, which is usually obscured by the mind.
… directing the focus of your attention to the Now.
This is the essence of meditation.
There is one certain criterion by which you can measure your success in this practice: the degree of peace that you feel within.
…80 to 90 percent of most people’s thinking is not only repetitive and useless, but because of its dysfunctional and often negative nature, much of it is also harmful.
The term ego means different things to different people, but when I use it here it means a false self, created by unconscious identification with the mind.
The present moment holds the key to liberation. But you cannot find the present moment as long as you are your mind.
The predominance of mind is no more than a stage in the evolution of consciousness. We need to go on to the next stage now as a matter of urgency; otherwise, we will be destroyed by the mind, which has grown into a monster.
All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.
…creative breakthroughs came at a time of mental quietude.
Mind in the way I use the word, is not just thought. It includes your emotions as well as all unconscious mental-emotional reactive patterns. Emotion arises at the place where mind and body meet. It is the body’s reaction to your mind – or you might say, a reflection of your mind in the body.
If you have difficulty feeling your emotions, start by focusing attention on the inner energy field of your body. Feel the body from within.
If you really want to know your mind, the body will always give you a truthful reflection, so look at the emotion, or rather feel it in your body. If there is an apparent conflict between them, the thought will be the lie, the emotion will be the truth. Not the ultimate truth of who you are, but the relative truth of your state of mind at the time.
So observing your emotions is as important as observing our thoughts?
…ask yourself: What’s going on inside me at this moment?
You will not be free of that pain until you cease to derive your sense of self from identification with the mind, which is to say from ego. The mind is then toppled from its place of power and Being reveals itself as your true nature.
Love, joy, and peace cannot flourish until you have freed yourself from mind dominance. But they are not what I would call emotions. They lie beyond the emotions, on a much deeper level. So you need to become fully conscious of your emotions and be able to feel them before you can feel that which lies beyond them. Emotion literally means “disturbance.”
Real love doesn’t make you suffer.