Main Concepts on “The Power of Now”- Part II of III

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Part II – Chapters 5-7

The State of Presence

  • As long as you are in a state of intense presence, you are free of thought. You are still, yet highly alert. The instant your conscience attention sinks below a certain level, thought rushes in. The mental noise returns, the stillness is lost. You are back in time. To stay present in everyday life, it helps to be deeply rooted within yourself. Otherwise, the mind, which has incredible momentum, will drag you along like a wild river. (Pg 94)
  • Presence is needed to become aware of the beauty, the Majesty, the sacredness of nature. Have you ever gazed up into the Infiniti of space on a clear night, awestruck by the absolute stilnest and inconceivable then vastness of it? Have you listened, truly listen, to the sound of a mountain stream in the forest? Or to the song of a blackbird at dusk on a quiet summer evening? To become aware of such things, the mine needs to be still. You have to put down for a moment your personal baggage of problems of past and future, as well as all your knowledge. Otherwise you will see but not see, hear but not hear. Your total presence is required. (Page 96)
  • Consciousness takes on the disguise of forms until they reach such complexity then it completely loses itself in them. In present-day humans, Consciousness is completely identified with its disguise. It only knows itself as form and therefore lives in fear of the annihilation of its physical or psychological form. This is the ego of mind, and this is where considerable dysfunction sets in. It now looks as if something had gone very wrong somewhere along the line of evolution. But even this is part of Lila, the Divine game. (Pg 100)
  • Silence isn’t even more potent carrier of presents, so when you read this or listen to me speak, be aware of the silence between and underneath the words. Be aware of the gaps. To listen to The Silence, wherever you are, isn’t easy and direct way of becoming present. Even if there is noise, there is always some silence underneath and in between the sounds. Listening to the talents immediately creates Stillness inside you. Only in the Stillness in you can perceive the silence outside. And what is stillness other than presents, conscious freed from thought forms? Here is the living realization of what we have been talking about. (Pg 103)

The Inner Body

  • So, it’s a word doesn’t work for you anymore, then drop it and replace it with one that does work. If you don’t like the word sin, then call it unconsciousness or Insanity. That may get you closer to the truth, the reality behind the word, then a long misused word like sin, and leaves little room for guilt. (Pg 109)
  • To become conscious of being, you need to reclaim Consciousness from the mind. This is one of the most essential tasks on your spiritual journey. It will free vast amounts of Consciousness that previously had been trapped in useless and compulsive thinking. A very effective way of doing this is simply to take the focus of your attention away from thinking and directed into the body, we’re being can we fill in the first instance as the invisible energy field that gives life to what you perceive as the physical body. (Pg 111)
  • The fact is that no one has ever become enlightened through denying or fighting the body or through an out-of-body experience. Although such an experience can be fascinating and can give you a glimpse of the state of Liberation from the material form, in the end you will always have to return to the body, where the essential work of transformation takes place. Transformation is through the body, not away from it. This is why I know true master has ever advocated fighting or leaving the body, although their mind based followers often have. (Pg 115)
  • If you keep your attention in the body as much as possible, you will be anchored in the now. You won’t lose yourself in the external world, and you won’t lose yourself in your mind. Thoughts and emotions, fears and desires, may still be there to some extent, but they won’t take you over. (Pg 117)
  •  as long as you are in conscious contact with your inner body, you are like a tree that is deeply rooted in the Earth, or a building with deep and solid foundation. (Pg 119)
  •  Feeling will get you closer to the truth of who you are than thinking. I cannot tell you anything that deep within you don’t already know. When you have reached a certain stage of interconnectedness, you recognize the truth when you hear it. If you haven’t reached that stage yet, the practice of body awareness will bring about the deepening that is necessary. (Pg 122)
  •  if it anytime you were finding it hard to get in touch with the inner body, it is usually easier to focus on your breathing first. Conscious breathing, which is a powerful meditation in its own right, will gradually put you in touch with the body. Follow the breath with your attention as it moves in and out of your body. Breathe into the body, and fill your abdomen expanding and Contracting slightly with each inhalation and exhalation. If you find it easy to visualize, close your eyes and see yourself surrounded by light or immersed in a luminous substance, a sea of consciousness. (Pg 125)
  •  when listening to another person, don’t just listen with your mind, listen with your whole body. Feel the energy field of your inner body as you listen. That takes attention away from thinking and creates a still space that enables you to truly listen without the Mind interfering. You are giving the other person space, space to be. It is the most precious gift you can give. Most people don’t know how to listen because the major part of their attention is taken up by thinking. They pay more attention to that than to what the other person is saying, and none at all to what really matters: the Being of the other person underneath the words and the mind.  Of course, you cannot feel someone else’s being except through your own. This is the beginning of the realization of Oneness, which is love. At the deepest level of being, you are one with all that is. (Pg 127)

Portals into the Unmanifested

  • Another portal into the unmanifested is created through the cessation of thinking. This can start with a very simple thing, such as taking one conscious breath or looking, in a state of intense alertness, at a flower, so that there is no mental commentary running at the same time. There are many ways to create a gap and the incessant stream of thought. This is what meditation is all about. (Pg 134)
  • When you are intensely present, you don’t need to be concerned about the cessation of thinking, of course, because the mind then stops automatically. (Pg 134)
  • Even during a conversation, become conscious of the gaps between words, the breeze silent in a rose between sentences. As you do that, the dimension of Stillness grows within you. You cannot pay attention to silence without simultaneously becoming still Within. (Pg 136)
  • So if you withdraw attention from things, objects in space, you automatically withdraw attention from your mind objects as well. In other words, you cannot think and be aware of space or of silence, for that matter. (Pg 139)

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