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The Greatest Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Written By: ruchi - Mar• 15•21
The Greatest Secret
I recently read this wonderful book – The Greatest Secret by Rhonda Byrne. I want to be able to refer to it again so I have written a summary as my personal notes for future reference.
Chapter 1 – Hidden In Plain Sight

  • Whether we realize it or not, we have been in search of The Greatest Secret unceasingly every single day of our lives.
  • This great secret is in plain view for every one of us to see, yet we’ve missed it.
  • We’ve missed the truth for thousands of years because we are distracted by our problems, the drama in our lives, the comings and the goings of the events in the world.
  • We’ve accepted many false ideas and beliefs throughout our lives, and they have kept us enslaved.
  • Whenever we suffer, it’s because we’ve mistaken our own identity.
  • Humanity is suffering from a misunderstanding of our true nature.
  • You are having the experience of being a person, but in the bigger picture it’s not who you are.
  • You are supposed to be happy all the time. Happiness is your true nature.
  • Discovering who you really are has been given many names: enlightenment, self-realization, self-discovery, awakening, remembering.
  • Open yourself to the possibility that you can experience the truth of what you are, this very moment.
  • When you fully recognize who you are, you will experience a life without problems, upset, hurt, worry, or fear, and you will be filled with joy, positivity, fulfillment, abundance, and peace.
Chapter 2 – The Greatest Secret Revealed

  • A single belief has prevented us from making the greatest discovery-belief that we are our body and our mind.
  • You are not your body; your body is a vehicle you use to experience the world. Your body is not conscious.
  • Believing you are your body creates the biggest fear of humanity, the fear of death.
  • What you actually are never dies.
  • Whenever we suffer, it’s because we’ve mistaken our own identity.
  • You are not your mind; mind is only thoughts. If there are no thoughts, then there is no mind.
  • You are not a thought, a sensation, or a feeling, because if you were, when they end, you will end too.
  • Your body and mind together make up what we call a person – the imagined self.
  • A person is what you experience, it is not who you are.
  • We can never have true lasting happiness while we hold on to our belief that we are a person.
  • You are experiencing a body, experiencing a mind, and having the experience of being a person, but they are not you.
  • We are pretending we are a small, limited person through constant thoughts of limitation.
  • Who you really are is unlimited, which means absolutely nothing has power over you.
  • You have been aware your entire life. Awareness is and has been the only constant in your life.
  • That awareness is who you truly are. You are awareness.
  • You couldn’t know or experience any of life without awareness.
  • It’s not the mind or the body that is aware of your life. Awareness is what is aware of every single life experience you have.
  • Imagine you have no body or mind, name, life story, past, memory, beliefs, or thought. What is left is awareness.
  • We usually give our attention exclusively to thoughts and to everything we perceive, sowe miss what is always present-awareness.
  • Awareness is present even when you are asleep.
  • When you ask yourself the question, “Am I aware?” immediately awareness is noticed. It didn’t appear; it was always present.
  • Everything other than awareness eventually ends or dies.
  • The “I” that we call ourselves at every age is the ageless “I” of awareness, which has witnessed our entire life.
  • Instead of looking outward to the world for happiness, we need to turn and look inward; it’s only in that direction that we will find everything we are looking for.
Chapter 3 – The Reveal Continued

  • You are Awareness; you are not a person being aware of something
  • A telescope is just an instrument without the astronomer looking through it and your body and mind are instruments of Awareness.
  • There is only one awareness and it’s the same awareness that is operating through everybody.
  • You aren’t aware of thoughts or sensations in another person’s body because Awareness has been funneled through your mind, making it localized to your body.
  • Awareness or consciousness is all through your body and everywhere outside your body.
  • We can put our attention either on the thoughts in our head or on the Awareness that we are. Put your attention on your Awareness as often as you can.
  • The Awareness practice:
    Step 1: Ask yourself, “Am I aware?”
    Step 2: Notice Awareness.
    Step 3: Stay as Awareness.
  • The way to break the mind’s habit of nonstop thinking once and for all is to stay as the Awareness that you are.
  • Shift your attention to Awareness by noticing Awareness multiple times throughout the day.
  • A simple way to stay as Awareness: Open your attention wide like the lens on a camera so you’re not focused on any detail anymore, and Awareness is revealed.
  • To practice, find something close up to focus on and focus your attention on only that. Now open your attention so it’s very wide, taking in as much as possible of your surroundings without focusing on anything in particular.
Chapter 4 – It’s Time To Wake Up

  • Life is a dream. The whole world is nothing but a dream-illusion.
  • In your night dreams your mind creates an entire world and makes everything so real that you don’t question it until you wake up.
  • The waking state is also only an extremely convincing play that consciousness is producing.
  • Because the mind is mechanical, if we live from our mind, our life is mechanical.
  • When our mind is running our life, we’re prevented from seeing the world as it really is.
  • When you wake up, you will be in the world but not of the world.
  • The Mountain of Consciousness is the metaphor for consciousness: Your perspective of life expands as you get higher. At the top of the mountain, you can see the beauty and perfection of absolutely everything.
  • Your mind is made up of thoughts and the thoughts it produces are coming from programs formed by your beliefs and held in your subconscious mind.
  • The subconscious mind stores our beliefs, memory, personality traits, automatic processes, and habits; its operation is no different from that of a computer.
  • The first step to freedom is when we understand that our thoughts create our life. What you think is what manifests.
Chapter 5 – Freedom From The Mind

  • The habit of believing our own thoughts robs us of being able to live in the magnificence and glory of who we really are.
  • It’s your thoughts about a person, circumstance, or event that’s the source of negative situations in your life, not the actual person, circumstance, or event.
  • Thinking was made to order what you want. Thinking isn’t needed for anything else because everything else is taken care of by Awareness.
  • Your mind is not your brain. Your brain doesn’t think. Thoughts come from your mind.
  • Your mind is made up entirely of thought. If there is no current thought, there’s no mind.
  • Most people believe their own thoughts as though they were facts, which explains why life is stressful and challenging for so many.
  • It’s negative thoughts that are the cause of our stress and suffering, so we need to become particularly aware of negative thoughts.
  • When we believe our thoughts, we’re immediately caught in an imaginary mind-made movie that’s playing inside our head and we’re no longer experiencing the world as it really is.
  • Thoughts are also responsible for causing our feelings and then in turn our feelings will cause more thoughts.
  • There’s nothing wrong with the mind; the trouble only begins when we believe its negative thoughts.
  • The one who gets angry, hurt, worried, anxious, or disappointed is not the real you. It’s your mind.
  • The mind only has three different kinds of thoughts. The mind measures compares, and describes.
  • One of the biggest lies our mind has convinced us of is the story that we are a body and a mind.
  • Another story our mind has convinced us of is the story about time. Time is an illusion, a mental concept created by the mind.
  • All that really exists is this present moment. Past and future exist only in the form of thought.
  • You don’t have to eliminate your mind or go to war with your mind. Awareness is your way out of the turmoil of the mind.
  • When you observe your thoughts instead of getting lost in them, you see them what they are; something separate from you that you can either choose to believe or not.
Chapter 6 – Understanding the Power of Feelings

  • When you are free of all negative feelings, what remains is the Infinite Awareness that you are and your life will be absolutely breathtaking.
  • Thoughts create feelings. The kinds of thoughts you have will create the same kind of feelings.
  • What you feel inside will match precisely with your experience in the outside world.
  • Feeling good is true nature. Whenever you feel good, it means you must have let go of bad feelings, enabling good feelings to naturally arise.
  • Positive and good feelings are a result of saying ‘Yes’ to what’s happening in life. Negative feelings are a result of thinking or saying ‘No’ about what is happening in life.
  • Positive feelings are completely effortless because they’re our true nature. Negative feelings require a huge amount of energy to maintain.
  • From the time we were children we have unconsciously suppressed countless negative feelings, which are now stored in our subconscious mind.
  • When you have a negative experience that causes bad feelings unless you let go of the negative feeling completely, it ends up being pushed down and suppressed inside you.
  • Letting off steam or venting isn’t the answer. That will just add more energy to our already suppressed emotion because expressed feelings get suppressed too.
  • A suppressed feeling will find an outlet to take some pressure off the body, so it will find the people, circumstances, or events to enable some of its built-up energy to be released.
  • When you next experience a negative emotion sweeping over you, remember that no matter how it might appear to you, you’re experiencing it because it is already inside you – not because an outside person or circumstance caused it.
  • Negative feelings are energized even further when we believe that a negative feeling is who we are.
  • Question every negative feeling with, “Am I that, or am I the one that is aware of it.”
  • Notice that feelings appear and then disappear and that it’s you, Awareness, that is aware of them coming and going.
  • Don’t expect people, circumstances, and events to change for you to feel better. To change how you feel at any given moment is always an inside job.
Chapter 7 – The End of Negative Feelings

  • Happiness is your natural state of being, so if you don’t feel happiness right now then you have a negative feeling that is stopping that happiness from being present.
  • Be aware of negative feeling without resisting it, expressing it, or judging it in any way and see that it’s just a feeling.
  • The energy behind a negative feeling will naturally release when you allow the feeling to be present. It’s an automatic process.
  • Welcoming is a practice that eradicates negative feelings. Welcoming is the opposite of resiting. Welcoming says to a negative feeling, “Yes, you are welcome here.”
  • In the beginning, it can be helpful if when you open your attention, you also open your arms out to the sides of the body. You can consciously open your heart too.
  • Use the welcoming process for anything that makes you feel bad, any negative thoughts or stories, negative feelings, painful sensations or memories, and limiting beliefs.
  • When you have allowed a bad feeling to be present and you haven’t suppressed it, that feeling will never be as strong in you again.
  • Every negative feeling is there to direct you back home to who you are. They alert you to the fact that you’re believing stories that are not true, so you can welcome those feelings and live your life as the magnificent Awareness that you truly are.
  • A negative emotion only arises when you’re ready to be free of it.
  • When you release your negative feelings around a subject you feel strongly about, you are releasing all the energy you have focused on it and are disempowering the circumstances surrounding the subject.
  • When we welcome a suppressed feeling evoked from a memory, all the hundreds and thousands of thoughts attached to that painful memory will be released with the feelings.
  • The lightness, the happiness, and the high you feel as you release the feelings attached to painful memories cannot be described.
  • The super practice:
    Step 1: Welcome anything negative.
    Step 2: Stay as Awareness (loving Awareness is one way to stay as Awareness).
Chapter 8 – No More Suffering

  • You are not meant to suffer. And when you are living as your true self, Awareness, you will never suffer.
  • Suffering is caused by believing negative thoughts. So suffering is self-imposed.
  • If we resist what’s happened, we’ll hold the situation to us and we’ll continue to suffer.
  • Ask yourself this question, “Am I the one suffering or am I the one aware of suffering?” The truth is that you are the one that is aware of the suffering rather than the one suffering.
  • There is one belief, in particular, that’s the root cause of all the suffering in the world. It’s the belief that we’re a separate person.
  • Problems exist only in the human mind. Problems are not real. Problems are only imagined.
  • To experience a problem-free life, instead of believing your mind, use the power of your Awareness to become aware of your mind.
  • When we give our attention to a problem, we energize the problem and it gets bigger. When we shift our attention away from the problem, the problem disappears because all the energy has been removed from it.
  • Once you have taken your attention off any problem, you can use your mind to create what you want by focusing your mind and your thoughts on what you want.
  • Use the power of your Awareness to be aware of your mind’s negative thoughts and stories, thereby dissolving them and you will be free of all problems and sufferings.
Chapter 9 – Dissolving Limited Beliefs

  • A belief is just a thought that we think over and over again until we believe it. All beliefs are limited because they come from the mind.
  • A belief is stored in our subconscious mind where it operates as an automatic program.
  • Beliefs will continually project themselves into your life and make themselves true.
  • Whatever circumstances are appearing in your life currently are being generated by your belief system.
  • Be very aware when you hear yourself say, “I believe” or “I don’t believe,” because immediately following those words is a belief.
  • Be very aware when you hear yourself say, “I think” or “I don’t think,” because most likely what will follow that will also reveal a belief.
  • Question everything. Through questioning, we can discover limiting beliefs we’re holding on to that are obscuring the truth.
  • While beliefs remain stored in the subconscious mind, they will automatically continue to play out in your life. But the moment you become truly aware of a belief you hold, the belief is dismantled.
  • Every belief you become aware of and consequently dissolve will propel your life to heights of freedom, abundance, lightness, and joy.
  • You can give the subconscious mind an instruction to highlight your beliefs for you, so you can become more aware of them, “Show me my beliefs clearly one by one, so I become aware of each and every one of them.”
  • When a belief dissolves, it also takes with it the thousands upon thousands of thoughts attached to that belief, which have also been buried in the subconscious mind.
  • We don’t realize that it’s our beliefs that make our life so heavy and make us feel older and that it’s our beliefs that hold us back from having the life we deserve.
  • To expose your beliefs, be aware of your reactions. Reactions are actually beliefs in disguise.
  • All you have to do when you notice yourself reacting is, become aware of the reaction. When you’re aware of the reaction, you take the power out of it.
Chapter 10 – Everlasting Happiness

  • You are happiness. It is your true nature! Happiness, a never-ending wellspring of happiness, is right here inside you.
  • There’s no other happiness but the happiness of your true self, Awareness. The happiness you have felt at any time in your life is the happiness of Awareness.
  • There’s nothing better for your life circumstances than you feeling happy. The happier you are, the more effortless is your life.
  • When we seek happiness in the world, our happiness is fleeting.
  • We can enjoy all the wonderful things that we want to be, do, or have in the world but we can enjoy those things with the full knowledge that the only place to find real, permanent happiness is within us.
  • Your thoughts determine how you’re feeling, so if you’re not happy it’s because you’re thinking about something you don’t want.
  • Standing between you and permanent happiness and who you really are is one thought – “I don’t want this.”
  • When you feel pain or some hurt from a situation, let that hurtful feeling be a wake-up call telling you that right now you are believing negative thoughts that are not true.
  • Many of us unintentionally resist being happy.
  • Simply by realizing that we’ve been resisting happiness we take most of the power out of the suppressed belief that has been causing us to resist happiness.
  • We don’t have to do anything to be happy. Instead, we need to stop doing what we’re doing that’s making us unhappy.
  • There is only one thing that causes unhappiness – attachment.
  • Attachment comes when we hold on to something for fear of losing it because we believe that we can’t be happy without it.
  • Often our attachments make up the identity of the person we think we are and we feel that if we dropped our attachments we would lose our identity. So we cling to our attachments when all along they rob us of our happiness.
  • What is actually attached is not you but your mind. It’s the mind that has attachments. Who you really are is not attached to a single thing.
  • To free yourself of attachments all you have to do is just stay as Awareness, more and more, and all of your attachments will drop one by one.
  • You can be happy in this very moment no matter what is going around you. Happiness is not something you have to look for or wait for.
  • You can’t acquire happiness; you can only BE it. If you are happy, you are being your true self.
  • If you’re not feeling happy, remember to welcome any feeling that isn’t happiness and allow it to be present without trying to change it or get rid of it.
  • The more you welcome unhappy feelings the more you will feel the happiness of your true self increasing every day.
Chapter 11 – The World All is Well

  • The world as we believe it to be, solid and concrete, out there existing separately from us, the only reality, is an illusion.
  • At its deepest level, the entire physical structure of our world and everything in it is nothing more than empty space.
  • Matter is mind. Everything appearing as solid and material, our whole physical world and Universe, is actually images projected by the mind.
  • The contents of your dream and your experience of the dream are entirely man-made, just as your experience of the world when you are awake takes place entirely in your mind.
  • The power that can turn thoughts into an apparent Universe is Infinite Awareness, the only power there is.
  • The Universe came out of Consciousness and Consciousness, which is infinite, is the very foundation and underlying substance of our Universe and everything in it.
  • The world, the Universe, and everything in it including your body is in Awareness. They are all sitting in and on Awareness.
  • While we remain attached to our own beliefs and the belief that we are separate individuals, the world will never be at peace. Billions of egos will always create strife.
  • Your freedom from any suffering doesn’t depend on the world coming to peace; it depends on your seeing that you have mistaken yourself for only a person, and on your experiencing yourself as the one and only Infinite Being.
  • No matter how things appear in the world, all is always, always well.
Chapter 12 – The End – There is No End

  • There is no such thing as death as we think of it. The body dies but the spirit cannot be touched by death.
  • To die before you die means to die to the idea of being a person and to realize the Infinite Awareness that you really are.
  • When the body ends, Awareness and Consciousness remain as always – fully aware and fully alive.
  • When we know the truth, life becomes light and full of ease. There is a lot of laughter, unbridled love, and total enjoyment of everything that happens. Deep love and compassion arise for humanity and every living thing.
  • Your real self is the only permanence in existence. Everything else comes and goes, appears and disappears.
  • Having a life on earth is like having an avatar in a computer game. In our human life, we also get a new body every time we die until we “finish the game” by waking up and fully realizing who we are – Awareness.
  • As your true self you will have even more fun than you’ve ever had. You will do all the things you did before. The only difference is that you will do everything in continuous happiness and peace.
  • The only purpose in life is to be the totality of who we are.
  • Very often it’s through our sufferings that we begin to wonder what life is all about. For many their sufferings have led them right into the paradise of their very own self.
  • When you know that all is well no matter what, you are finally free from any motion of negativity and your presence will soothe others tremendously in their sufferings.
  • Awareness is your way out of all suffering; it is your ket to immortality, and a life of laughter, joy, abundance, beauty, and bliss.
  • When you see love anywhere in the world, realize it is you.
  • When anything hurts you in life, without exception it’s a wake-up call telling you you’re going in the wrong direction – you’re believing something that isn’t true.
  • The end for all of us is to realize, to remember, and to recognize who we truly are – eternal Awareness.
Practices

  • Affirmation – I intend to be fully conscious of my true nature, Awareness. I intend to fulfill my purpose and live my life in the joy of the Infinite Awareness that I am. I have made the decision to be the eternal, indestructible pure Awareness that I am.
  • The Awareness practice:
    Step 1: Ask yourself “Am I aware.”
    Step 2: Notice Awareness.
    Step 3: Stay as Awareness.
  • Shift your attention to Awareness by noticing Awareness multiple times throughout the day.
  • Give five minutes a day, at the very least, to put your attention on Awareness. You can do it when you first wake up, when you get into bed, or at any other time that suits you.
  • Question every negative feeling with – “Am I that or am I the one that is aware of it?”
  • You can use the same question (“Am I that or am I the one that is aware of it?”) for any negative thoughts or painful body sensations.
  • The super practice:
    Step 1: Welcome anything negative.
    Step 2: Stay as Awareness.
  • Ask yourself this question “Am I the one suffering or am I the one that is aware of the suffering?” The truth is that you are the one that is aware of the suffering rather than the one suffering.
  • Be very aware when you hear yourself say, “I believe” or “I don’t believe” because immediately following those words is a belief.
  • Be very aware when you hear yourself say, “I think” or “I don’t think” because most likely what will follow that will also reveal a belief.
  • You can give the subconscious mind an instruction to highlight your beliefs for you so you can become more aware of them, “Show me my beliefs clearly one by one so I become aware of each and every one of them.”
  • To expose your beliefs, become aware of your reactions.
  • Welcome any and all feelings of resistance.
  • To free yourself of any attachments or problems, welcome them and just stay as Awareness.
  • If you’re not feeling happy, remember to welcome any feeling that isn’t happiness and allow it to be present without trying to change it or get rid of it.
  • Awareness says “Yes” to absolutely everything. Awareness allows for the freedom of everything to be the way it is because the world and everything in it is Awareness – its own self.
  • Stop and be present right now because Awareness can only be recognized in its present moment.

The Biology of Belief

Written By: ruchi - Mar• 15•21
The Biology of Belief
I recently read this wonderful book – The Biology of Belief, by Bruce H. Lipton. I want to be able to refer to it again so I have written a summary as my personal notes for future reference.
PrologueGenes are simply molecular blueprints used in the construction of cells, tissues, and organs. It is a single cell’s awareness of the environment, not its genes, that sets into motion the mechanisms of life. Just like a single cell, the character of our lives is determined not by our genes but by our responses to the environmental signals that propel life. In simple terms, the character of life is based upon how we perceive it.
The EgoWhatever the ego seeks and gets attached to, are substitutes for the Being that it cannot feel. You can value and care for things, but whenever you get attached to them, you will know it’s the ego. Whenever you completely accept a loss, you go beyond ego, and who you are, the I Am, which is consciousness itself, emerges.

One thing we do know – life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment.

The Illusion of OwnershipHow do you let go of attachment of things? Don’t even try. It’s impossible. If you are aware that you are identified with a thing, the identification is no longer total. That’s the beginning of the transformation of consciousness.
Reactivity and GrievancesThe past has no power to stop you from being present now. Only your grievance about the past can do that. And what is a grievance? The baggage of old thoughts and emotions.
Being Right, Making WrongWhen you complain, by implication you are right and the other person or the situation you complain about or react against is wrong. There is nothing that strengthens the ego more than being right. Being right, places you in a position of imaginary moral superiority in relation to the person or situation that is being judged and found wanting. It is that sense of superiority the ego craves and through which it enhances itself.
In Defense of an IllusionIf you say, “Light travels faster than sound,” and the other person says the opposite, you are obviously right and he is wrong. But, if you find yourself saying, “Believe me, I know” or “Why do you never believe me?” then the ego has crept in. It has become contaminated with the false sense of I. The I feels diminished or offended because somebody doesn’t believe what I said.
The Ego is not PersonalThe greatest part of violence that humans have inflicted on each other is not the work of criminals or the mentally deranged, but of normal respectable citizens in the service of the collective ego. One can even say that on this planet normal equals insane. What lies in the root of this insanity? Complete identification with thought and emotion, that is to say ego.

Ego strengthens the sense of separation between yourself and the others, whose otherness has become magnified to such an extent that you can no longer feel your common humanity, nor the rootedness in the one life that you share with each human being, your common divinity.
Whatever you fight, you strengthen and what you resist, persists.

All Structures are UnstableOnce you realize and accept that all structures (forms) are unstable, even the seemingly solid material ones, peace arises within you. This is because the recognition of the impermanence of all forms awakens you to the dimension of the formless within yourself, that which is beyond death.
The Ego’s Need to Feel SuperiorIf someone has more, knows more, or can do more than I, the ego feels threatened because the feeling of less diminishes its imagined sense of self relative to other. It may then try to restore itself by somehow diminishing, criticizing, or belittling the value of other person’s possessions, knowledge or abilities. Or the ego may shift its strategy, and instead of competing with the other person, it will enhance itself by association with that person, if he or she is important in the eyes of others.
Ego and FameA genuine relationship is one that is not dominated by the ego with its image-making and self-seeking. The three predominant states of egoic relationships are, wanting, thwarted wanting (anger, resentment, blaming, complaining) and indifference.
Happiness as a Role vs. True HappinessFacing facts is always empowering. Be aware that what you think, to a large extent, creates the emotions you feel. See the link between your emotions and your thinking. Don’t seek happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness. Happiness is ever elusive but freedom from unhappiness is attainable now. By facing what is, rather than making up stories about it.
Ego RolesEgoic patterns, even the long-standing ones, sometimes dissolve almost miraculously when you don’t oppose them internally. Opposition gives them renewed strength. But even if they don’t, you can accept the behavior of others with compassion, without needing to react to it, that is to say, without personalizing it.

Awareness means presence and only presence can dissolve the unconscious past in you.

Conscious SufferingSuffering has a noble purpose – the evolution of consciousness and the burning up of the ego. The ego says that I should not need to suffer and that thought makes you suffer so much more. The truth is that you need to say yes to suffering before you can transcend it. The ego creates separation and separation creates suffering.
The Secret of HappinessHow to be at peace now? By making peace with the present moment. The present moment is the field on which the game of life happens. Secret to art of living – One With Life. Being one with life is being one with now.
Work With and Without EgoThe stronger the ego in you, the more likely it is that in your perception other people are the main source of problems in your life. It is also more than likely that you will make life difficult for others. The sense of being victim, of being wronged by so many people, makes a person’s ego feel very special.

The ego’s unconscious core feeling of not enough causes it to react to someone else’s success as if that success had taken something away from me. It doesn’t know that your resentment of another person’s success curtails your own chance of success. In order to attract success, you need to welcome it wherever you see it.

The Birth of EmotionAn instinctive response is body’s direct response to an external situation. An emotion, on the other hand, is body’s response to thought. Although the body is very intelligent, it cannot tell the difference between an actual situation and a thought. It reacts to every thought as if it was a reality. To body, a worrisome fearful thought means, “I am in danger.” and it responds accordingly even though it may be lying in a warm comfortable bed at night.
Pain BodyAll the emotions leave a residue of pain in you. It accumulates as negative field which occupies your body and mind. It’s the emotional pain body. It does not matter what proportion of your pain body belongs to your nation or race and what proportion is personal. In either case, you can only go beyond it by taking responsibility for your inner state now. Even if the blame seems more than justified, as long as you blame others, you keep feeding the pain body with your thoughts and remain trapped in your ego. There is only one perpetrator of evil on the planet – human unconsciousness. That realization is true forgiveness. With forgiveness, your victim identity dissolves and your true power emerges – the power of presence. Instead of blaming the darkness, you bring in the light.
Breaking Free of Pain BodyWhen you feel the pain-body, don’t fall into the error of thinking that there is something wrong with you. Making yourself into a problem – ego loves that, The knowing needs to be followed by accepting. Anything else will obscure it again. Accepting means that you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the isness of the now. Through allowing, you become what you are – vast, spacious.
AbundanceAbundance comes only to those who already have it. It sounds almost unfair but of course it isn’t. It is a universal law. Both abundance and scarcity are inner states that manifest as your reality.
The Ego and the Present MomentYou need to ask what kind of relationship you have with the present moment. Do you want the present moment to be your friend or enemy? The present moment is inseparable from life, so you are really deciding what kind of a relationship you want to have with life. Once you decide that you want present moment to be your friend, it’s up to you to make the first move. Become friendly toward it, welcome it no matter in what disguise it comes, and soon you will see the results. Life becomes friendly toward you; people become helpful, circumstances cooperative. One decision changes your reality but you have to make this decision again and again till it becomes natural to live that way.
The Joy of BeingThe joy of being, which is the only true happiness, cannot come to you through any form, possession, achievement, person or event, through anything that happens. That joy cannot come to you ever. It emanates from the formless dimension within you, from consciousness itself and thus is one with who you are.
Allowing the Diminishment of the EgoIf you are content with being nobody in particular, content not to stand out, you align yourself with the power of the universe. What looks like weakness to the ego is in fact the only true strength.

Another aspect of this practice is to refrain from attempting to strengthen the self by showing off, wanting to stand out, be special, make an impression, or demand attention. It may include occasionally refraining from expressing your opinion when everybody is expressing his or hers, and seeing what it feels like.

The Discovery of Inner SpaceNonresistance, non-judgement and non-attachment are the 3 aspects of true freedom and enlightened living.

The words, This too will pass, brings detachment and with detachment another dimension comes into your life – inner space. These words are pointers toward reality. In pointing to the impermanence of all forms, by implication, they are also pointing to the eternal. Only the eternal in you can recognize the impermanent as impermanent.

Recognizing Inner SpaceHere is another way of finding inner space – become conscious of being conscious. Say or think “I Am” and add nothing to it. Be aware of the stillness that follows I am. Sense your presence, the naked, unveiled, unclothed beingness. It is untouched by young or old, rich or poor, good or bad, or any other attributes. It is the spacious womb of all creation, all form.
Perceiving Without Naming Choose an object around you. Without straining, relaxed but alert, give your complete attention to the object, every detail of it. If thoughts arise, don’t get involved in them. It is not the thoughts you are interested in, but the act of perception itself. Can you take the thinking out of perceiving? Can you look without the voice in your head commenting, drawing conclusions, comparing or typing to figure something out? After a couple of minutes or so, let your gaze wander around the room or wherever you are, your alert attention lighting up each thing that it rests upon. Then, listen to any sounds that may be present in the same way. Allow each sound to be as it is without interpretation.

When you look or listen this way, you may become aware of a subtle and at first perhaps hardly noticeable sense of calm. Some people feel it as a stillness in the background, others call it peace.

The BreathBeing aware of your breath forces you into the present moment – the key to all inner transformation. Whenever you are conscious of the breath, you are absolutely present. You may also notice that you cannot think and be aware of your breathing at the same time. Conscious breathing stops your mind. But far from being in a trance or half asleep, you are fully awake and highly alert. And if you look closely, you will find that those two things – coming fully into the present moment and ceasing thinking without loss of consciousness, are actually one and the same – the arising of space consciousness.
Inner Body AwarenessTake 2 -3 conscious breaths. Now see if you can detect a subtle sense of aliveness that pervades your entire inner body. Can you feel your body from within, so to speak? Sense briefly specific parts of your body. Feel your hands, then your arms, feet and legs. Can you feel your abdomen, chest, neck and head? What about your lips? Is there life in them? Then become aware of the inner body as a whole. You can close your eyes in the beginning but once you feel your body, open your eyes, look around and continue to feel your body at the same time.
Your Inner PurposeYour life has an inner purpose, concerning the being and is primary. Outer purpose concerns doing and is secondary. Your inner purpose is to awaken. Finding and living in alignment with the inner purpose is the foundation for fulfilling your outer purpose.

Some changes may look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge. There may be a period of insecurity and uncertainty. What should I do? As the ego is no longer running your life, the psychological need for external security, which is illusory anyway, lessens. You are able to live with uncertainty, even enjoy it. When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life. It means, fear is no longer a dominant factor in what you do and no longer prevents you from taking action to initiate change. The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise. If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable, it turns into increased aliveness, alertness and creativity.

Inner alignment with the present moment opens your consciousness and brings it into alignment with the whole, of which the present moment is an integral part. The whole, the totality of life, then acts through you.

The whole is made up of existence and being, the manifested and unmanifested, the world and God. So when you become aligned with the whole, you become a conscious part of the interconnectedness of the whole and its purpose – the emergence of consciousness in the world. As a result, spontaneous helpful occurrences, chance encounters, coincidences and synchronistic events happen much more frequently. Synchronicity means there is no casual connection between events on our surface level of reality. But we can be conscious participants in the unfolding of that intelligence, the flowering consciousness.

The Three Modalities of Awakened DoingThere are 3 ways in which consciousness can flow into what you do and thus through you into this world, 3 modalities in which you can align your life with the creative power of the universe. They are acceptance, enjoyment and enthusiasm. Each one represents a certain vibrational frequency of consciousness. You have to be vigilant to make sure that one of them operates whenever you are engaged in doing anything at all – from the most simple task to the most complex. If you are not in the state of acceptance, enjoyment or enthusiasm, look closely and you will find that you are creating suffering for yourself and others.
AcceptanceWhatever you cannot enjoy doing, you can at least accept that this is what you have to do. Acceptance means, for now this is what this situation this moment, requires me to do and so I do it willingly. Performing an action in the state of acceptance means you are at peace with while you do it. That peace is the subtle energy vibration that then flows into what you do. If you can neither enjoy nor accept what you do, stop. Otherwise you are not taking responsibility for the only thing you can take responsibility for, which is also the only thing that matters, your state of consciousness.
EnjoymentThe peace that comes with surrendered action turns to a sense of aliveness when you actually enjoy what you are doing. When you make the present moment, instead of past or future, the focal point of your life, your ability to enjoy what you do, increases dramatically. What is the relationship between something that you do and the state of joy? You will enjoy any activity in which you are fully present, any activity that is not just a means to an end. Here is a spiritual practice that will bring empowerment and creative expansion into your life. Be absolutely present in what you do, any menial chore, and sense the alert, alive stillness within you in the background of the activity. You will soon find that what you do in such state of heightened awareness, instead of being stressful, tedious or irritating, is actually becoming enjoyable.
EnthusiasmEnthusiasm means there is deep enjoyment in what you do plus the added element of a goal or a vision that you work toward. When you add goal to the enjoyment, it turns into enthusiasm. Unlike stress, enthusiasm has a high energy frequency and it resonates with the creative power of the universe. Sustained enthusiasm brings into existence a wave of creative energy, and all you have to do then is ride the wave.

Enthusiasm belongs to the outgoing cycle of life (cycle of expansion). It is only through acceptance that you can align yourself with the return movement (contraction of life, the journey home).Instead of seeing yourself as a famous actor or writer, see yourself inspiring countless people with your work and enriching their lives. Whatever you ask in a prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.

The arising of a new heaven and by implication a new earth are not future events that are going to make us free. Only the present moment can make us free. That realization is the awakening.

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy

Written By: ruchi - Jun• 15•19
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy

I recently read this wonderful book – The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy. I want to be able to refer to it again so I I have written a summary as my personal notes for future reference.

Chapter 1 – The Treasure House Within You

  1. The treasure house is within you. Look within for the answer to your heart’s desire.
  2. The great secret possessed by the great men of all ages was their ability to contact and relate the powers of their subconscious mind. You can do the same.
  3. Your subconscious has the answer to all problems. If you suggest to your subconscious prior to sleep, “I want to get up at 6 am,” it will awaken you at that exact time.
  4. Your subconscious mind is the builder of your body and it can heal you. Lull yourself to sleep every night with the idea of perfect health, and your subconscious, being your faithful servant, will obey you.
  5. Every thought is a cause and every condition is an effect.
  6. If you want to write a book, write a wonderful play, give a better talk to your audience, convey the idea lovingly and feelingly to your subconscious mind and it will respond accordingly.
  7. You are like a captain navigating a ship. You must give the right orders (thoughts and images) to your subconscious mind, which controls and governs all your experiences.
  8. Never use such expressions as “I can’t afford it” or “I can’t do this.” Your subconscious mind takes you at your word and sees to it that you do not have the money or the ability to do what you want to do. Affirm, “I can do all things through the power of my subconscious mind.”
  9. The law of life is the law of belief. A belief is a thought in your mind. Do not believe in things that will harm or hurt you. Believe in the power of your subconscious to heal, inspire, strengthen, and prosper you.
  10. Change your thought and you change your destiny.
Chapter 2 – How Your Mind Works

  1. Think good and good follows. Think evil and evil follows. You are what you think all day long.
  2. Your subconscious mind does not argue with you. It accepts what your conscious mind decrees. If you say, “I can’t afford it,” your subconscious mind works to make it true. Select a better thought. Decree, “I’ll buy it. I accept it in mind.”
  3. You have the power to choose. Choose health and happiness. You can choose to be friendly or you can choose to be unfriendly. Choose to be cooperative, joyous, friendly, lovable and the whole world will respond. This is the best way to develop a wonderful personality.
  4. Your conscious mind is the watchman at the gate. Its chief function is to protect your subconscious mind from false impressions. Choose to believe that something good can happen and it is happening now. Your greatest power is your capacity to choose. Choose happiness and abundance.
  5. The suggestions and statements of others have no power to hurt you. The only power is the movement of your own thought. You can choose to reject the thoughts or statements of others and affirm the good. You have the power to choose how you react.
  6. Watch what you say. You have to account for every word. Never say, “I will fail; I will lose my job; I can’t pay the rent.” Your subconscious cannot take a joke, it makes it happen.
  7. Your mind is not evil. No force of nature is evil. It depends on how you use the power of the nature. Use your mind to bless, heal, and inspire all people everywhere.
  8. Never say, “I can’t”. Overcome the fear by substituting the following, “I can do all things through the power of my own subconscious mind.”
  9. Begin to think from the standpoint of the eternal truths and principles of life and not from the standpoint of fear, ignorance, and superstition. Do not let others do your thinking for you. Choose your own thoughts and make your own decisions.
  10. You are the captain of your soul (subconscious mind) and the master of your fate. Remember, you have the capacity to choose. Choose life! Choose love! Choose health! Choose happiness!
  11. Whatever your conscious mind assumes and believes to be true, your subconscious mind will accept and make it happen. Believe in good fortune, divine guidance, right action, and all the blessings of life.
The Miracle-Working Power of Your Subconscious Mind

  1. Your subconscious mind controls all the vital processes of your body and knows the answer to all your problems.
  2. Prior to sleep, turn over a specific request to your subconscious mind and prove its miracle-working power to yourself.
  3. Whatever you impress on your subconscious mind is expressed on the screen of space as conditions, experiences, and events. Therefore, you should carefully watch all ideas and thoughts entertained in your conscious mind.
  4. The law of action and reaction is universal. Your thought is action and reaction is the automatic response of your subconscious mind to your thought. Watch your thoughts.
  5. The frustration is due to unfulfilled desires. If you dwell on obstacles, delays, and difficulties, your subconscious mind responds accordingly and you are blocking your own good.
  6. The life-principle will flow through. Feed your subconscious with thoughts of harmony, health, and peace, and all the functions of your body will become normal again.
  7. Keep your conscious mind busy with the expectation of the best and your subconscious will faithfully reproduce your habitual thinking.
  8. Imagine the happy ending or solution to your problem and feel the thrill of accomplishment and what you imagine and feel will be accepted by your subconscious mind, which will bring it to pass.
  9. You must consciously affirm, “I believe that the subconscious power that gave me this desire is now fulfilling it through me.” This dissolves all conflicts.
Mental Healings in Ancient Times

  1. Remind yourself frequently that the healing power is in your subconscious mind.
  2. Know that faith is like a seed planted in ground; It grows its own kind. Plant the idea (seed) in your mind, water and fertilize it with expectancy and it will manifest.
  3. The idea you have for a book, new invention, or play is real in your mind. Believe in the reality of your idea, plan, or invention and as you do, it will manifest.
  4. In praying for another, know that your silent inner knowing of wholeness, beauty, and perfection can change the negative patterns of the other’s subconscious mind and bring about wonderful results.
  5. The miraculous healing you hear about at various shrines are due to the imagination and the blind faith that acts on the subconscious mind, releasing the healing power.
  6. All disease originate in mind. Nothing appears on the body unless there is a mental pattern corresponding to it.
  7. The symptoms of almost any disease can be induced in you by hypnotic suggestion. This shows you the power of your thought.
  8. There is only one process of healing and that is faith. There is only one healing power; namely your subconscious mind.
  9. Whether the object of your faith is real or false, you will get results. Your subconscious mind responds to the thoughts in your mind. Look upon faith as a thought in your mind and that will suffice.
Mental Healings in Modern Times

  1. Find out what it is that heals you. Realize that correct directions given to your subconscious mind will heal your mind and body.
  2. Develop a definite plan for turning over your requests or desires to your subconscious mind.
  3. Imagine the desired end and feel its reality. Follow it through and you will get definite results.
  4. Decide what belief is. Know that belief is a thought in your mind and that’s what you can create.
  5. It is foolish to believe in sickness or in anything that will hurt or harm you. Believe in perfect health, prosperity, peace, wealth, and divine guidance.
  6. Great and noble thoughts upon which you habitually dwell become great acts.
  7. Apply the power of prayer therapy in your life. Choose a certain plan, idea, or a mental picture. Unite mentally and emotionally with that idea. As you remain faithful to your mental attitude, your prayer will be answered.
  8. Always remember, if you really want the power to heal, you can have it through faith, which means knowledge of the working of your conscious and subconscious mind. Faith comes with understanding.
  9. Blind faith means that a person may get results in healing without any scientific understanding of the powers and forces involved.
  10. Learn to pray for your loved ones who may be ill. Quiet your mind. Your thoughts of health, vitality, and perfection operating through the one universal subjective mind will be felt and manifest in the mind of your loved one.
  11. You avoid conflict between your conscious and subconscious in the sleepy state. Imagine the fulfillment of your desire over and over again prior to sleep. Sleep in peace and wake in joy.
Practical Techniques in Mental Healing

  1. Be a mental engineer and use tried and proven techniques in building a grander and greater life.
  2. Your desire is your prayer. Picture the fulfillment of your desire now and feel its reality. You will experience the joy of the answered prayer.
  3. Desire to accomplish things the easy way, with the sure way of mental science.
  4. You can build radiant health, success, and happiness by the thoughts you think in the hidden studio of your mind.
  5. Experiment scientifically until you personally prove that there is always a direct response from the infinite intelligence of your subconscious mind to your conscious thinking.
  6. Feel the joy and restfulness in foreseeing the certain accomplishment of your desire. Any mental picture you have in your mind is the substance of things you hope for and the evidence of things not seen.
  7. A mental picture is worth a thousand words. Your subconscious will bring to pass any picture held in the mind backed by faith.
  8. Avoid all effort or mental coercion in prayer. Get into a sleepy, drowsy state and lull yourself to sleep, feeling and knowing that your prayer is answered.
  9. Remember that the thankful heart is always close to the riches of the universe.
  10. To affirm is to state that it is so and as you maintain this attitude of mind as true, regardless of all evidence to the contrary, you will receive an answer to your prayer.
  11. Generate waves of harmony, health, and peace by thinking of the love and the glory of God.
  12. What you decree and feel as true will come to pass. Decree harmony, health, peace, and abundance.
The Tendency of the Subconscious Mind is Lifeward

  1. Your subconscious is the builder of your body and is on the job 24 hours a day. You interfere with its life-giving pattern by negative thinking.
  2. Charge your subconscious with the task of evolving an answer to any problem prior to sleep and it will answer you.
  3. Watch your thoughts. Every thought accepted as true is sent by your conscious cortex to your subconscious brain structures and is brought into your world as a relay.
  4. Know that you can remake yourself by giving a new blueprint to your subconscious mind.
  5. The tendency of your subconscious is always lifeward. Feed your subconscious mind with premises that are true. Your subconscious is always reproducing according to your habitual mental patterns.
  6. You build a body every 11 months. Change your body by changing your thoughts and keeping them changed.
  7. It is normal to be healthy. It is abnormal to be ill. This is the innate principle of harmony.
  8. Thoughts of jealousy, fear, worry, and anxiety tear down and destroy your nerves and glands bringing about mental and physical diseases of all kind.
How to Get the Results You Want

  1. Mental coercion or too much effort shows anxiety and fear that block your answer. Easy does it.
  2. When your mind is relaxed and you accept an idea, your subconscious mind goes to work to execute the idea.
  3. Think and plan independently of traditional methods. Know that there is always an answer and a solution to every problem.
  4. Do not be overly concerned with the bearing of your heart with the bearings of your lungs or the functions of any organ of your body. Lean heavily upon your subconscious and proclaim frequently that the right action is taking place.
  5. The feeling of health produces health, the feeling of wealth produces wealth. How do you feel?
  6. Imagination is your most powerful faculty. Imagine what is lovely and of good report. You are what you imagine yourself to be.
  7. You avoid conflict between your conscious and subconscious in the sleepy state. Imagine the fulfillment of your desire over and over again prior to sleep. Sleep in peace and wake up in joy.
How to Use the Power of Your Subconscious Mind for Wealth

  1. Decide to be wealthy the easy way, with the infallible aid of your subconscious mind.
  2. Trying to accumulate wealth by the sweat of your brow and hard labor is one way to become the richest man in the graveyard. You do not have to strive or slave hard.
  3. Wealth is a subconscious conviction. Build into your mentality the idea of wealth.
  4. The trouble with most people is that they have no invisible means of support.
  5. Repeat the word wealth to yourself slowly and quietly for about five minutes prior to sleep and your subconscious will bring wealth to pass in your experience.
  6. The feeling of wealth produces wealth. Keep this in mind all the times.
  7. Your conscious and subconscious minds must agree. Your subconscious accepts what you feel to be true. The dominant idea is always accepted by your subconscious mind. The dominant idea should be wealth not poverty.
  8. You can overcome any mental conflict regarding wealth by affirming frequently, “By day and by night I am being prospered in all of my interests.”
  9. Increase your sales by repeating the statement over and over, “My sales are improving every day; I am advancing, progressing, and getting wealthier every day.”
  10. Stop writing blank checks, such as, “There is not enough to go around” or “There is a shortage” and so forth. Such statements magnify and multiply your loss.
  11. Deposit thoughts of prosperity, wealth, and success in your subconscious mind and the latter will give you compound interest.
  12. What you consciously affirm, you must not mentally deny a few moments later. This will neutralize the good you have affirmed.
Your Right to be Rich

  1. Be bold enough to claim that it is your right to be rich. Your deeper mind will honor your claim.
  2. You don’t want just enough to go around. You want all the money you need to do all the things you want to do, when you want to do them. Get acquainted with the riches of your subconscious mind.
  3. When money is circulating freely in your life, you are economically healthy. Look at money like the tide and you will always have plenty of it. The ebb and flow of the tide is constant. When the tide is out, you are absolutely sure that it will return.
  4. Knowing the laws of your subconscious mind, you will always be supplied regardless of what form money takes.
  5. One reason many people simply make ends meet and never have enough money is that they condemn money. What you condemn takes wings and flies away.
  6. Do not make a God of money. It’s only a symbol. Remember that the real riches are in your mind. You are here to lead a balanced life; this includes acquiring all the money you need.
  7. Don’t make money your sole aim. Claim wealth, happiness, peace to all. Then your subconscious mind will give you compound interest in all these fields of expression.
  8. There is no virtue in poverty. It is a disease of mind. You should heal yourself of this mental conflict or malady at once.
  9. You are not here to live in a hovel, to dress in rags, or to go hungry. You are here to lead the life more abundant.
  10. Never use the term “filthy lucre” or say “I despise money.” You lose what you criticize. Money in itself is neither good nor bad but thinking of it in either light makes it so.
  11. Repeat frequently, “I like money. I use it wisely, constructively, and judiciously. I release it with joy and it returns a thousandfold.
  12. Money is not evil any more than copper, lead, tin, or iron that you may find in the ground. All evil is due to ignorance and misuse of the mind’s powers.
  13. To picture the end result in your mind causes your subconscious to respond and fulfill your mental picture.
  14. Stop trying to get something for nothing. There is no such thing as a free lunch. You must give to receive. If you give mental attention to your goals, ideals, and enterprises, your deeper mind will back you up. The key to wealth is to apply the laws of the subconscious mind by impregnating it with the idea of wealth.
Your Subconscious Mind as a Partner in Success

  1. Success means successful living. When you are peaceful, happy, joyous and doing what you love to do, you are successful.
  2. Find out what you love to do, then do it. If you don’t know your true expression, ask for guidance and the lead will come.
  3. Specialize in your particular field and try to know more about it than anyone else.
  4. Those who are successful are not selfish. Their main desire in life is to serve humanity.
  5. There is no true success without peace of mind.
  6. A successful person possesses great psychological and spiritual understanding.
  7. If you imagine an objective clearly, you will be provided with the necessities through the wonder-working power of your subconscious mind.
  8. The power of sustained imagination draws forth the miracle-working powers of your subconscious mind.
  9. If you are seeking promotion in your work, imagine your employer, supervisor, or loved one congratulating you on your promotion. Make the picture vivid and real. Hear the voice, see the gestures, and feel the reality of it. Continue to do this frequently and you will experience the joy of answered prayer.
  10. Your subconscious mind is a storehouse of memory. For a perfect memory, affirm frequently, “The infinite intelligence of my subconscious mind reveals to me everything I need to know at all times, everywhere.
  11. If you wish to sell a property of any kind, affirm slowly, quietly, and feelingly as follows, “Infinite intelligence attracts to me the buyer of this property, who wants it and who prospers in it.” Sustain this awareness and the deeper currents of your subconscious mind will bring it to pass.
  12. The idea of success contains all the elements of success. Repeat the word success to yourself frequently with faith and conviction and you will be under a subconscious compulsion to succeed.
How Scientists Use the Subconscious Mind

  1. Remember that the subconscious mind has determined the success and wonderful achievements of all great scientific workers.
  2. By giving your subconscious attention and devotion to the solution of a perplexing problem, your subconscious mind gathers all the necessary information and presents it full-blown to the conscious mind.
  3. If you are wondering about the answer to a problem, try to solve it objectively. Get all the information you can from research and also from others. If no answer comes, turn it over to your subconscious mind prior to sleep, and the answer always comes. It never fails.
  4. You do not always get the answer overnight. Keep on turning your request over to your subconscious until the day breaks and the shadows flee away.
  5. You delay the answer by thinking it will take a long time or that it is a major problem. Your subconscious has no problem, it knows only the answer.
  6. Believe that you have the answer now. Feel the joy of the answer and the way you would feel if you had the perfect answer. Your subconscious will respond to your feeling.
  7. Any mental picture, backed by faith and perseverance will come to pass through the miracle-working power of your subconscious. Trust it, believe in its power, and wonders will happen as you pray.
  8. Your subconscious is the storehouse of memory and within your subconscious are recorded all your experiences since childhood.
  9. Scientists meditating on ancient scrolls, temples, fossils, and other evidence are able to reconstruct scenes of the past and make them alive today. Their subconscious mind comes to their aid.
  10. Turn over your request for a solution to your subconscious prior to sleep. Trust it and believe in it, and the answer will come. It knows all and sees all but you must not doubt or question its powers.
  11. The action is your thought, and the reaction is the response of your subconscious mind. If your thoughts are wise, your actions and decisions will be wise.
  12. Guidance comes as a feeling, an inner awareness, an overpowering hunch whereby you know that you know. Follow it with the simplicity of faith.
Your Subconscious Mind and the Wonders of Sleep

  1. If you are worried that you will not wake up on time, suggest to your subconscious mind prior to sleep the exact time you wish to wake up and it will awaken you. It needs no clock. Do the same thing with problems. There is nothing too hard for your subconscious.
  2. Forgive yourself and everyone else before you go to sleep and healing will take place much more rapidly.
  3. Guidance is given to you while you are asleep, sometimes in a dream. The healing currents are also released and in the morning you feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
  4. When troubled by the vexations and strife of the day, still the wheels of your mind and think about the wisdom and intelligence lodged in your subconscious mind, which is ready to respond to you. This will give you peace, strength and confidence.
  5. Sleep is essential for peace of mind and health of the body. Lack of sleep can cause irritation, depression, and mental disorders. You need eight hours’ sleep.
  6. Mental research scholars point out that insomnia sometimes precedes psychotic breakdowns.
  7. You are spiritually recharged during sleep. Adequate sleep is essential for joy and vitality in life.
  8. Your tired brain craves sleep so hungrily that it will sacrifice anything to get it. Many who have fallen asleep at the wheel of an automobile can testify to that.
  9. Many sleep-deprived people have poor memories and lack proper coordination. They become befuddled, confused and disorientated.
  10. Sleep brings counsel. Prior to sleep, claim that the infinite intelligence of your subconscious mind is guiding and directing you. Then, watch for the lead that comes, perhaps on awakening.
  11. Trust your subconscious completely. Know that its tendency is always lifeward. Occasionally, your subconscious answers you in vivid dream and a vision in the night.
  12. Your future is in your mind now based on your habitual thinking and beliefs. Claim infinite intelligence leads and guides you and that all good is yours and your future will be wonderful. Believe it and accept it. Expect the best and invariably the best will come to you.
  13. If you are writing a novel, play, or book, or are working on an invention, speak to your subconscious mind at night and claim boldly that its wisdom, intelligence, and power are guiding directing, and revealing to you the ideal play, novel, book or are revealing the perfect solution, whatever it may be. Wonders will happen as you pray this way.
Your Subconscious Mind and Marriage

  1. Ignorance of mental and spiritual laws is the cause of all marital unhappiness. By praying scientifically together, you stay together.
  2. The best time to prevent divorce is before marriage. If you learn how to pray the right way, you will attract the right mate for you.
  3. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman who are bound together by love. Their heart beat as one and they move onward, upward and Godward.
  4. Marriage does not guarantee happiness. People find happiness by dwelling on the eternal truths of God and the spiritual value of life. Then, the man and the woman can contribute to each other’s happiness and joy.
  5. You attract the right mate by dwelling on the qualities and characteristics you admire in a woman or a man. Then your subconscious mind will bring you together in divine order.
  6. You must build into your mentality the mental equivalent of what you want in a marriage partner. If you want to attract and honest, sincere, and loving partner in life, you must be honest, sincere, and loving yourself.
  7. When you really believe you can have the type of man or woman you idealize, it is done unto you as you believe. To believe is to accept something is true. Accept your ideal companion now mentally.
  8. Do not wonder how, why, or where you will meet the mate you are praying for. Trust implicitly the wisdom of your subconscious mind. It has the power to carry out its mission. You don’t have to assist it.
  9. You are mentally divorced when you indulge in peeves, grudges, ill will, and hostility towards your partner. You are mentally dwelling with error in your mind. Adhere to your marriage vows, “I promise to cherish, love, and honor him or her all the days of my life.”
  10. Cease projecting fear patterns to your marriage partner. Project love, peace, harmony, and goodwill, and your marriage will grow more beautiful and more wonderful through the years.
  11. Radiate love, peace, and goodwill to each other. These vibrations are picked up by the subconscious mind resulting in mutual trust, affection, and respect.
  12. A nagging partner is usually seeking attention and appreciation. He or she is craving love and affection. Praise and exalt their many good points. Show them that you love and appreciate them.
  13. Partners who love each other do not do anything unloving or unkind in word, manner, or action. Love is what love does.
  14. In marriage problems, always seek expert advice. You would not go to carpenter to pull a tooth; neither should you discuss your marriage problems with relatives or friends. If you need counsel, go to a trained person.
  15. Never try to make over your spouse. These attempts are always foolish and tend to destroy the pride and self-esteem of the other. Moreover, they arouse a spirit of resentment that can prove fatal to the marriage bond. Cease trying to make the other a second edition of yourself.
  16. Pray together and you will stay together. Mentally picture your wife as she ought to be, joyous, happy, healthy, and beautiful. See your husband as he ought to be, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and kind. Maintain this mental picture and you will experience the marriage made in heaven, which is harmony and peace.
Your Subconscious Mind and Your Happiness

  1. William James said that the greatest discovery of the nineteenth century was the power of the subconscious mind touched by faith.
  2. There is tremendous power within you. Happiness will come to you when you acquire a sublime confidence in this power. Then you will make your dreams come true.
  3. You can rise victorious over any defeat and realize the cherished desires of your heart through the marvelous power of your subconscious mind. This is the meaning of, “Whosoever trusts in the Lord (spiritual laws of the subconscious mind), happy is he.
  4. You must choose happiness. Happiness is a habit. It is a good habit on which to ponder often.
  5. When you open your eyes in the morning, say to yourself, “I choose happiness today. I choose success today. I choose right action today. I choose love and goodwill for all today. I choose peace today.” Pour life, love, and interest into this affirmation and you have chosen happiness.
  6. Give thanks for all your blessings several times a day. Furthermore, pray for peace, happiness, and prosperity of the members of your family, your associates, and all people everywhere.
  7. You must sincerely desire to be happy. Nothing is accomplished without desire. Desire is a wish with wings of imagination and faith. Imagine the fulfillment of your desire, feel its reality, and it will come to pass. Happiness comes in answered prayer.
  8. By constantly dwelling on thoughts of fear, worry, anger, hate, and failure, you will become depressed and unhappy. Remember, your life is what your thoughts make of it.
  9. You cannot buy happiness with all the money in the world. The kingdom of happiness is in your thoughts and feelings.
  10. Happiness is the harvest of a quiet mind. Anchor your thoughts on peace, poise, security, and divine guidance and your mind will be productive of happiness.
  11. There is no block to your happiness. External things are not causative. They are effects not causes. Take your cue from the only creative principle within you. Your thought is cause and a new cause produces a new effect. Choose happiness.
  12. The happiest person is the one who brings forth the highest and the best in himself.
Your Subconscious Mind and Harmonious Human Relations

  1. Your subconscious mind is a recording machine that reproduces your habitual thinking. Think good of the other and you are actually thinking good about yourself.
  2. A hateful or resentful thought is a mental poison. You are the only thinker in your universe and your thoughts are creative.
  3. Your mind is a creative medium. What you think and feel about the other, you are bringing to pass in your own experience.
  4. Your subconscious mind records your inner motivations, thoughts and feelings. When these are negative, loss, limitation, and trouble come to you in countless ways.
  5. The good you do, the kindness proffered, the love and good you send forth will all come back to you multiplied in many ways.
  6. You are responsible for the way you think about the other.
  7. Become emotionally mature and permit other people to differ from you.
  8. The thoughts that you believe are hidden are actually broadcast by your voice, your facial expressions, and your body language. This is true both for positive and negative thoughts.
  9. Your inner speech, representing your silent thoughts and feelings, is experienced in the reactions of others towards you.
  10. Wish for the other what you wish for yourself. This is the key to harmonious human relations.
  11. Another person cannot annoy or irritate you except if you permit them to.
  12. Love is the answer to getting along with others. Love is understanding, goodwill and respect for the divinity of the other.
  13. Have compassion and understanding for those whose negative conditioning has made them difficult and unpleasant.
  14. Rejoice in the success, promotion, good fortune of others. In doing so, you attract good fortune for yourself.
  15. Never yield to others’ emotional scenes and tantrums. Appeasement never wins. Adhere to what is right.
  16. All you owe anyone in this world is love, and love is wishing for everyone what you wish for yourself-health, happiness and all the blessings of life.
How to Use Your Subconscious Mind for Forgiveness

  1. Life plays no favorites. Life or God seem to favor you once you begin to align yourself with the principles of harmony, health, joy and peace.
  2. God or life never sends disease, sickness, accidents or sufferings. We bring these things on ourselves by our own negative destructive thinking, based on the law – as we sow, so shall we reap.
  3. Your concept of God is the most important thing in your life. If you really believe in God or love, your subconscious mind will respond by bringing countless blessings to you. Believe in God of love.
  4. Life or God holds no grudge against you. Life never condemns you.
  5. God or life does not punish or judge you. You do this to yourself by the subconscious effects of your false beliefs, negative thinking and self condemnation.
  6. If someone criticizes you and you have those faults, rejoice, give thanks and appreciate the comments. This gives you an opportunity to correct yourself.
  7. You cannot be hurt by criticism when you know that you are the master of your thoughts, reactions and emotions. This gives you the opportunity to pray for and bless the other and thereby blessing yourself.
  8. When you pray for guidance and the right action, take what comes. Realize that it is all good. Then there is no cause for self-pity, criticism, and hatred.
  9. There is nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so.
  10. Forgive yourself and everybody else by pouring out love, life, joy, and goodwill to all who have hurt you. Continue until you are at peace with them.
  11. To forgive is to give love, peace, joy, wisdom and all the blessings to other until there is no sting left in your mind.
How your Subconscious Mind Removes Mental Blocks

  1. The solution lies within the problem. Infinite intelligence responds to you as you call upon it with faith and confidence.
  2. Habit is a function of your subconscious mind.
  3. You form habit patterns in your subconscious mind by repeating a thought or act over and over until it establishes tracks in the subconscious mind and becomes automatic.
  4. You have freedom to choose a habit.
  5. Whatever mental picture, backed by faith, you behold in your conscious mind, your subconscious mind will bring to pass.
  6. The only obstacle to your success and achievement is your own thought or mental image.
  7. When your attention wanders, bring it back to the contemplation of your good or goal. Make a habit of this. This is called disciplining the mind.
  8. The only jinx that follows anyone is a fear thought repeated over and over in the mind. Break the jinx by knowing that whatever you start you will bring to a conclusion in divine order. Picture the happy ending and sustain it with confidence.
  9. To form a new habit, you must be convinced that it’s desirable.
How to Use Your Subconscious Mind to Remove Fear

  1. Do the thing you are afraid to do and the death of fear is certain.
  2. Fear is a negative thought in your mind. Supplant it with a constructive thought.
  3. Fear is a person’s greatest enemy.
  4. Counter fear with opposite positive suggestions, such as, I sing beautifully, I am serene, I am calm. It will pay fabulous dividends.
  5. If you are afraid to swim, swim freely and joyously in your imagination. Make it vivid. As you do this subjectively, you will be compelled to go into the water and conquer it.
  6. If you are afraid of closed spaces, bless all of its parts and you will be amazed how quickly the fear is dissipated.
  7. You were born with only two fears, fear of falling and fear of noise. All other fears were acquired, get rid of them.
  8. Normal fear is good. To constantly indulge in fear thoughts results in abnormal fear.
  9. You can overcome abnormal fear when you know the power of your subconscious mind can change the conditions. Give your immediate attention and devotion to what you desire, which is opposite of your fear.
  10. If you are afraid of failure, give attention to success.
  11. Expect the good. Mentally concentrate on the good and know that your subconscious mind answers you always.
  12. The things you fear do not really exist except as thoughts in your mind.
  13. Learn to laugh at your fears.
How to Stay Young in Spirit Forever

  1. The neurotic fear of the effects of time may well be the cause of premature aging.
  2. Age is the dawn on wisdom in human minds.
  3. Welcome the advancing years. It means you are moving higher on the path of life, which has no end.
  4. Nature slows your body so that you may have the opportunity to meditate on things divine.
  5. You are as young as you think you are. You are as strong as you think you are. You are as useful as you think you are.
  6. You grow old when you cease to dream and when you lose interest in life.
  7. Your retirement is a new venture. Give your attention to living life.
  8. The secret of youth is love, joy, inner peace and laughter.

A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

Written By: ruchi - Feb• 06•19
A New Earth - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

I recently read this wonderful book – A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, by Eckhart Tolle. I couldn’t leave the book down once I started reading it. I could relate to so many things in the book. I want to be able to refer to it again so I I have written a summary as my personal notes for future reference.

Identification with Things

A large part of many people’s lives is consumed by an obsessive preoccupation with things. This is why one of the ills of our times is object proliferation. When you can no longer feel the life that you are, you are likely to to try to fill it up with things. As a spiritual practice, I suggest that you investigate your relationship with the world of things through self-observation. Find out if your sense of self-worth is bound up with the things you possess.

The Ego

Whatever the ego seeks and gets attached to, are substitutes for the Being that it cannot feel. You can value and care for things, but whenever you get attached to them, you will know it’s the ego. Whenever you completely accept a loss, you go beyond ego, and who you are, the I Am, which is consciousness itself, emerges.

One thing we do know – life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment.

The Illusion of Ownership

How do you let go of attachment of things? Don’t even try. It’s impossible. If you are aware that you are identified with a thing, the identification is no longer total. That’s the beginning of the transformation of consciousness.

Reactivity and Grievances

The past has no power to stop you from being present now. Only your grievance about the past can do that. And what is a grievance? The baggage of old thoughts and emotions.

Being Right, Making Wrong

When you complain, by implication you are right and the other person or the situation you complain about or react against is wrong. There is nothing that strengthens the ego more than being right. Being right, places you in a position of imaginary moral superiority in relation to the person or situation that is being judged and found wanting. It is that sense of superiority the ego craves and through which it enhances itself.

In Defense of an Illusion

If you say, “Light travels faster than sound,” and the other person says the opposite, you are obviously right and he is wrong. But, if you find yourself saying, “Believe me, I know” or “Why do you never believe me?” then the ego has crept in. It has become contaminated with the false sense of I. The I feels diminished or offended because somebody doesn’t believe what I said.

The Ego is not Personal

The greatest part of violence that humans have inflicted on each other is not the work of criminals or the mentally deranged, but of normal respectable citizens in the service of the collective ego. One can even say that on this planet normal equals insane. What lies in the root of this insanity? Complete identification with thought and emotion, that is to say ego.

Ego strengthens the sense of separation between yourself and the others, whose otherness has become magnified to such an extent that you can no longer feel your common humanity, nor the rootedness in the one life that you share with each human being, your common divinity.
Whatever you fight, you strengthen and what you resist, persists.

All Structures are Unstable

Once you realize and accept that all structures (forms) are unstable, even the seemingly solid material ones, peace arises within you. This is because the recognition of the impermanence of all forms awakens you to the dimension of the formless within yourself, that which is beyond death.

The Ego’s Need to Feel Superior

If someone has more, knows more, or can do more than I, the ego feels threatened because the feeling of less diminishes its imagined sense of self relative to other. It may then try to restore itself by somehow diminishing, criticizing, or belittling the value of other person’s possessions, knowledge or abilities. Or the ego may shift its strategy, and instead of competing with the other person, it will enhance itself by association with that person, if he or she is important in the eyes of others.

Ego and Fame

A genuine relationship is one that is not dominated by the ego with its image-making and self-seeking. The three predominant states of egoic relationships are, wanting, thwarted wanting (anger, resentment, blaming, complaining) and indifference.

Happiness as a Role vs. True Happiness

Facing facts is always empowering. Be aware that what you think, to a large extent, creates the emotions you feel. See the link between your emotions and your thinking. Don’t seek happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness. Happiness is ever elusive but freedom from unhappiness is attainable now. By facing what is, rather than making up stories about it.

Ego Roles

Egoic patterns, even the long-standing ones, sometimes dissolve almost miraculously when you don’t oppose them internally. Opposition gives them renewed strength. But even if they don’t, you can accept the behavior of others with compassion, without needing to react to it, that is to say, without personalizing it.

Awareness means presence and only presence can dissolve the unconscious past in you.

Conscious Suffering

Suffering has a noble purpose – the evolution of consciousness and the burning up of the ego. The ego says that I should not need to suffer and that thought makes you suffer so much more. The truth is that you need to say yes to suffering before you can transcend it. The ego creates separation and separation creates suffering.

The Secret of Happiness

How to be at peace now? By making peace with the present moment. The present moment is the field on which the game of life happens. Secret to art of living – One With Life. Being one with life is being one with now.

Work With and Without Ego

The stronger the ego in you, the more likely it is that in your perception other people are the main source of problems in your life. It is also more than likely that you will make life difficult for others. The sense of being victim, of being wronged by so many people, makes a person’s ego feel very special.

The ego’s unconscious core feeling of not enough causes it to react to someone else’s success as if that success had taken something away from me. It doesn’t know that your resentment of another person’s success curtails your own chance of success. In order to attract success, you need to welcome it wherever you see it.

The Birth of Emotion

An instinctive response is body’s direct response to an external situation. An emotion, on the other hand, is body’s response to thought. Although the body is very intelligent, it cannot tell the difference between an actual situation and a thought. It reacts to every thought as if it was a reality. To body, a worrisome fearful thought means, “I am in danger.” and it responds accordingly even though it may be lying in a warm comfortable bed at night.

Pain Body

All the emotions leave a residue of pain in you. It accumulates as negative field which occupies your body and mind. It’s the emotional pain body. It does not matter what proportion of your pain body belongs to your nation or race and what proportion is personal. In either case, you can only go beyond it by taking responsibility for your inner state now. Even if the blame seems more than justified, as long as you blame others, you keep feeding the pain body with your thoughts and remain trapped in your ego. There is only one perpetrator of evil on the planet – human unconsciousness. That realization is true forgiveness. With forgiveness, your victim identity dissolves and your true power emerges – the power of presence. Instead of blaming the darkness, you bring in the light.

Breaking Free of Pain Body

When you feel the pain-body, don’t fall into the error of thinking that there is something wrong with you. Making yourself into a problem – ego loves that, The knowing needs to be followed by accepting. Anything else will obscure it again. Accepting means that you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the isness of the now. Through allowing, you become what you are – vast, spacious.

Abundance

Abundance comes only to those who already have it. It sounds almost unfair but of course it isn’t. It is a universal law. Both abundance and scarcity are inner states that manifest as your reality.

The Ego and the Present Moment

You need to ask what kind of relationship you have with the present moment. Do you want the present moment to be your friend or enemy? The present moment is inseparable from life, so you are really deciding what kind of a relationship you want to have with life. Once you decide that you want present moment to be your friend, it’s up to you to make the first move. Become friendly toward it, welcome it no matter in what disguise it comes, and soon you will see the results. Life becomes friendly toward you; people become helpful, circumstances cooperative. One decision changes your reality but you have to make this decision again and again till it becomes natural to live that way.

The Joy of Being

The joy of being, which is the only true happiness, cannot come to you through any form, possession, achievement, person or event, through anything that happens. That joy cannot come to you ever. It emanates from the formless dimension within you, from consciousness itself and thus is one with who you are.

Allowing the Diminishment of the Ego

If you are content with being nobody in particular, content not to stand out, you align yourself with the power of the universe. What looks like weakness to the ego is in fact the only true strength.

Another aspect of this practice is to refrain from attempting to strengthen the self by showing off, wanting to stand out, be special, make an impression, or demand attention. It may include occasionally refraining from expressing your opinion when everybody is expressing his or hers, and seeing what it feels like.

The Discovery of Inner Space

Nonresistance, non-judgement and non-attachment are the 3 aspects of true freedom and enlightened living.

The words, This too will pass, brings detachment and with detachment another dimension comes into your life – inner space. These words are pointers toward reality. In pointing to the impermanence of all forms, by implication, they are also pointing to the eternal. Only the eternal in you can recognize the impermanent as impermanent.

Recognizing Inner Space

Here is another way of finding inner space – become conscious of being conscious. Say or think “I Am” and add nothing to it. Be aware of the stillness that follows I am. Sense your presence, the naked, unveiled, unclothed beingness. It is untouched by young or old, rich or poor, good or bad, or any other attributes. It is the spacious womb of all creation, all form.

Perceiving Without Naming

Choose an object around you. Without straining, relaxed but alert, give your complete attention to the object, every detail of it. If thoughts arise, don’t get involved in them. It is not the thoughts you are interested in, but the act of perception itself. Can you take the thinking out of perceiving? Can you look without the voice in your head commenting, drawing conclusions, comparing or typing to figure something out? After a couple of minutes or so, let your gaze wander around the room or wherever you are, your alert attention lighting up each thing that it rests upon. Then, listen to any sounds that may be present in the same way. Allow each sound to be as it is without interpretation.

When you look or listen this way, you may become aware of a subtle and at first perhaps hardly noticeable sense of calm. Some people feel it as a stillness in the background, others call it peace.

The Breath

Being aware of your breath forces you into the present moment – the key to all inner transformation. Whenever you are conscious of the breath, you are absolutely present. You may also notice that you cannot think and be aware of your breathing at the same time. Conscious breathing stops your mind. But far from being in a trance or half asleep, you are fully awake and highly alert. And if you look closely, you will find that those two things – coming fully into the present moment and ceasing thinking without loss of consciousness, are actually one and the same – the arising of space consciousness.

Inner Body Awareness

Take 2 -3 conscious breaths. Now see if you can detect a subtle sense of aliveness that pervades your entire inner body. Can you feel your body from within, so to speak? Sense briefly specific parts of your body. Feel your hands, then your arms, feet and legs. Can you feel your abdomen, chest, neck and head? What about your lips? Is there life in them? Then become aware of the inner body as a whole. You can close your eyes in the beginning but once you feel your body, open your eyes, look around and continue to feel your body at the same time.

Your Inner Purpose

Your life has an inner purpose, concerning the being and is primary. Outer purpose concerns doing and is secondary. Your inner purpose is to awaken. Finding and living in alignment with the inner purpose is the foundation for fulfilling your outer purpose.

Some changes may look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge. There may be a period of insecurity and uncertainty. What should I do? As the ego is no longer running your life, the psychological need for external security, which is illusory anyway, lessens. You are able to live with uncertainty, even enjoy it. When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life. It means, fear is no longer a dominant factor in what you do and no longer prevents you from taking action to initiate change. The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise. If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable, it turns into increased aliveness, alertness and creativity.

Inner alignment with the present moment opens your consciousness and brings it into alignment with the whole, of which the present moment is an integral part. The whole, the totality of life, then acts through you.

The whole is made up of existence and being, the manifested and unmanifested, the world and God. So when you become aligned with the whole, you become a conscious part of the interconnectedness of the whole and its purpose – the emergence of consciousness in the world. As a result, spontaneous helpful occurrences, chance encounters, coincidences and synchronistic events happen much more frequently. Synchronicity means there is no casual connection between events on our surface level of reality. But we can be conscious participants in the unfolding of that intelligence, the flowering consciousness.

The Three Modalities of Awakened Doing

There are 3 ways in which consciousness can flow into what you do and thus through you into this world, 3 modalities in which you can align your life with the creative power of the universe. They are acceptance, enjoyment and enthusiasm. Each one represents a certain vibrational frequency of consciousness. You have to be vigilant to make sure that one of them operates whenever you are engaged in doing anything at all – from the most simple task to the most complex. If you are not in the state of acceptance, enjoyment or enthusiasm, look closely and you will find that you are creating suffering for yourself and others.

Acceptance

Whatever you cannot enjoy doing, you can at least accept that this is what you have to do. Acceptance means, for now this is what this situation this moment, requires me to do and so I do it willingly. Performing an action in the state of acceptance means you are at peace with while you do it. That peace is the subtle energy vibration that then flows into what you do. If you can neither enjoy nor accept what you do, stop. Otherwise you are not taking responsibility for the only thing you can take responsibility for, which is also the only thing that matters, your state of consciousness.

Enjoyment

The peace that comes with surrendered action turns to a sense of aliveness when you actually enjoy what you are doing. When you make the present moment, instead of past or future, the focal point of your life, your ability to enjoy what you do, increases dramatically. What is the relationship between something that you do and the state of joy? You will enjoy any activity in which you are fully present, any activity that is not just a means to an end. Here is a spiritual practice that will bring empowerment and creative expansion into your life. Be absolutely present in what you do, any menial chore, and sense the alert, alive stillness within you in the background of the activity. You will soon find that what you do in such state of heightened awareness, instead of being stressful, tedious or irritating, is actually becoming enjoyable.

Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm means there is deep enjoyment in what you do plus the added element of a goal or a vision that you work toward. When you add goal to the enjoyment, it turns into enthusiasm. Unlike stress, enthusiasm has a high energy frequency and it resonates with the creative power of the universe. Sustained enthusiasm brings into existence a wave of creative energy, and all you have to do then is ride the wave.

Enthusiasm belongs to the outgoing cycle of life (cycle of expansion). It is only through acceptance that you can align yourself with the return movement (contraction of life, the journey home).Instead of seeing yourself as a famous actor or writer, see yourself inspiring countless people with your work and enriching their lives. Whatever you ask in a prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.

The arising of a new heaven and by implication a new earth are not future events that are going to make us free. Only the present moment can make us free. That realization is the awakening.

Wherever you go there you are – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Written By: ruchi - Jun• 16•18
Wherever you go there you are - Jon Kabat-Zinn
I recently listened to this audio book – Wherever you go there you are – Jon Kabat-Zinn. I found it to be a very easy read and the concept seemed pretty simple. I want to be able to refer to it every now and then hence these are my personal notes for future reference.
Part One explores the rationale and background for taking on or deepening a personal practice of mindfulness. It challenges the reader to experiment with introducing mindfulness into his or her life in a number of different ways. Part Two explores some basic aspects of formal meditation practice. Formal practice refers to specific periods of time in which we purposefully stop other activity and engage in particular methods of cultivating mindfulness and concentration. Part Three explores a range of applications and perspectives on mindfulness.
Part 1
What is mindfulness

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally. When we commit ourselves to paying attention in an open way, without falling prey to our own likes and dislikes, opinions and prejudices, projections and expectations, new possibilities open up and we have a chance to free ourselves from the straitjacket of unconsciousness.
Simple but not easy
Meditation means learning how to get out of this current, sit by its bank and listen to it, learn from it, and then use its energies to guide us rather than to tyrannize us.
Stopping
TRY: Stopping, sitting down, and becoming aware of your breathing once in a while throughout the day. It can be for five minutes, or even five seconds. Let go into full acceptance of the present moment, including how you are feeling and what you perceive to be happening. For these moments, don’t try to change anything at all, just breathe and let go. Breathe and let be. Die to having to have anything be different in this moment; in your mind and in your heart, give yourself permission to allow this moment to be exactly as it is, and allow yourself to be exactly as you are. Then, when you’re ready, move in the direction your heart tells you to go, mindfully and with resolution.
This is it
Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are.

When we let go of wanting something else to happen in this moment, we are taking a profound step toward being able to encounter what is here now. If we hope to go anywhere or develop ourselves in any way, we can only step from where we are standing. If we don’t really know where we are standing—a knowing that comes directly from the cultivation of mindfulness—we may only go in circles, for all our efforts and expectations. So, in meditation practice, the best way to get somewhere is to let go of trying to get anywhere at all.

TRY: Reminding yourself from time to time: “This is it.” See if there is anything at all that it cannot be applied to. Remind yourself that acceptance of the present moment has nothing to do with resignation in the face of what is happening. It simply means a clear acknowledgment that what is happening is happening. Acceptance doesn’t tell you what to do. What happens next, what you choose to do, that has to come out of your understanding of this moment. You might try acting out of a deep knowing of “This is it.” Does it influence how you choose to proceed or respond? Is it possible for you to contemplate that in a very real way, this may actually be the best season, the best moment of your life? If that was so, what would it mean for you?

Capturing your moments
TRY: Asking yourself in this moment, “Am I awake?,” “Where is my mind right now?”
Keeping the breath in mind
TRY: Staying with one full inbreath as it comes in, one full outbreath as it goes out, keeping your mind open and free for just this moment, just this breath. Abandon all ideas of getting somewhere or having anything happen. Just keep returning to the breath when the mind wanders, stringing moments of mindfulness together, breath by breath. Try it every once in a while as you read this book.
You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf
Meditation is neither shutting things out nor off. It is seeing things clearly, and deliberately positioning yourself differently in relationship to them.
In praise of non doing
TRY: Recognizing the bloom of the present moment in your daily meditation practice if you have one. If you are up early in the morning, try going outside and looking (a sustained, mindful, attentive looking) at the stars, at the moon, at the dawning light when it comes. Feel the air, the cold, the warmth (a sustained, mindful, attentive feeling). Realize that the world around you is sleeping. Remember when you see the stars that you are looking back in time millions of years. The past is present now and here. Then go and sit or meditate lying down. Let this or any time you practice be your time for letting go of all doing, for shifting into the being mode, in which you simply dwell in stillness and mindfulness, attending to the moment-to-moment unfolding of the present, adding nothing, subtracting nothing, affirming that “This is it.”
Doing non doing
TRY: During the day, see if you can detect the bloom of the present moment in every moment, the ordinary ones, the “in-between” ones, even the hard ones. Work at allowing more things to unfold in your life without forcing them to happen and without rejecting the ones that don’t fit your idea of what “should” be happening. See if you can sense the “spaces” through which you might move with no effort in the spirit of Chuang Tzu’s cook. Notice how if you can make some time early in the day for being, with no agenda, it can change the quality of the rest of your day. By affirming first what is primary in your own being, see if you don’t get a mindful jump on the whole day and wind up more capable of sensing, appreciating, and responding to the bloom of each moment.
Patience
TRY: Looking into impatience and anger when they arise. See if you can adopt a different perspective, one which sees things as unfolding in their own time. This is especially useful when you are feeling under pressure and blocked or stymied in something you want or need to do. Hard as it may seem, try not to push the river in that moment but listen carefully to it instead. What does it tell you? What is it telling you to do? If nothing, then just breathe, let things be as they are, let go into patience, continue listening. If the river tells you something, then do it, but do it mindfully. Then pause, wait patiently, listen again. As you attend the gentle flow of your own breathing during times of formal meditation practice, notice the occasional pull of the mind to get on to something else, to want to fill up your time or change what is happening. Instead of losing yourself at these times, try to sit patiently with the breath and with a keen awareness of what is unfolding in each moment, allowing it to unfold as it will, without imposing anything on it…just watching, just breathing…embodying stillness, becoming patience.
Letting Go
To let go means to give up coercing, resisting, or struggling, in exchange for something more powerful and wholesome which comes out of allowing things to be as they are without getting caught up in your attraction to or rejection of them, in the intrinsic stickiness of wanting, of liking and disliking.
Non-Judging
Imagine how it might feel to suspend all your judging and instead to let each moment be just as it
is, without attempting to evaluate it as “good” or “bad.” This would be a true stillness, a true liberation.
A non-judging orientation certainly does not mean that you cease knowing how to act or behave responsibly in society, or that anything anybody does is okay. It simply means that we can act with much greater clarity in our own lives, and be more balanced, more effective, and more ethical in our activities, if we know that we are immersed in a stream of unconscious liking and disliking which screens us from the world and from the basic purity of our own being.

Trust
Trust is a feeling of confidence or conviction that things can unfold within a dependable framework that embodies order and integrity.
Generosity
TRY: Noticing the resistance to the impulse to give, the worries about the future, the feeling that you may be giving too much, or the thought that it won’t be appreciated “enough,” or that you will be exhausted from the effort, or that you won’t get anything out of it, or that you don’t have enough yourself. Consider the possibility that none of these are actually true, but that they are just forms of inertia, constriction, and fear-based self-protection. These thoughts and feelings are the rough edges of self-cherishing, which rub up against the world and frequently cause us and others pain and a sense of distance, isolation, and diminishment. Giving sands down such rough edges and helps us become more mindful of our inner wealth. By practicing mindfulness of generosity, by giving, and by observing its effects on ourselves and others, we are transforming ourselves, purifying ourselves, discovering expanded versions of ourselves.

Initiate giving. Don’t wait for someone to ask. See what happens—especially to you. You may find that you gain a greater clarity about yourself and about your relationships, as well as more energy rather than less. You may find that, rather than exhausting yourself or your resources, you will replenish them. Such is the power of mindful, selfless generosity. At the deepest level, there is no giver, no gift, and no recipient…only the universe rearranging itself.

You Have to Be Strong Enough to Be Weak
If you are a strong-willed and accomplished person, you may often give the impression that you are invulnerable to feeling inadequate or insecure or hurt. This can be very isolating and ultimately cause you and others great pain. Other people will be all too happy to take in that impression and to collude in propagating it by projecting a Rock of Gibraltar persona onto you which doesn’t allow you to have any real feelings. In fact, you can all too easily get out of touch with your own true feelings behind the intoxicating shield of image and aura. This isolation happens a lot to fathers in the nuclear family and to people in positions of relative power everywhere.

TRY: Recognizing the ways in which you meet obstacles with harshness. Experiment with being soft when your impulse is to be hard, generous when your impulse is to be withholding, open when your impulse is to close up or shut down emotionally. When there is grief or sadness, try letting it be here. Allow yourself to feel whatever you are feeling. Notice any labels you attach to crying or feeling vulnerable. Let go of the labels.

Voluntary simplicity
The impulse frequently arises in me to squeeze another this or another that into this moment. Just this phone call, just stopping off here on my way there. Never mind that it might be in the opposite direction.
It has me unavailable to others at those times, missing the play of light on the table, the smells in the room, the energies of the moment, including arguments and disputes, as we come together before going our separate ways for the day.

Voluntary simplicity means going fewer places in one day rather than more, seeing less so I can see more, doing less so I can do more, acquiring less so I can have more.

A commitment to simplicity in the midst of the world is a delicate balancing act. It is always in need of retuning, further inquiry, attention. But I find the notion of voluntary simplicity keeps me mindful of what is important, of an ecology of mind and body and world in which everything is interconnected and every choice has far-reaching consequences. You don’t get to control it all. But choosing simplicity whenever possible adds to life an element of deepest freedom which so easily eludes us, and many opportunities to discover that less may actually be more.

Vision
TRY: Asking yourself why you meditate or why you want to meditate. Don’t believe your first answers. Just write down a list of whatever comes to mind. Continue asking yourself. Also, inquire about your values, about what you honor most in life. Make a list of what is really important to you. Ask yourself: What is my vision, my map for where I am and where I am going? Does this vision reflect my true values and intentions? Am I remembering to embody those values? Do I practice my intentions? How am I now in my job, in my family, in my relationships, with myself? How do I want to be? How might I live my vision, my values? How do I relate to suffering, both my own and others’?
Meditation develops full human being
TRY: Being open to the prince and the princess, the king and the queen, the giant and the witch, the wild man and the wild woman, the dwarf and the crone, and the warrior, the healer, and the trickster within yourself. When you meditate, put the welcome mat out to all of them. Try sitting like a king or queen, or a warrior, or a sage. In times of great turmoil or darkness, use your breath as the string which will guide you through the labyrinth. Keep mindfulness alive even in the darkest moments, reminding yourself that the awareness is not part of the darkness or the pain; it holds the pain, and knows it, so it has to be more fundamental, and closer to what is healthy and strong and golden within you.
Practice as a path
TRY: Seeing your own life this very day as a journey and as an adventure. Where are you going? What are you seeking? Where are you now? What stage of the journey have you come to? If your life were a book, what would you call it today? What would you entitle the chapter you are in right now? Are you stuck here in certain ways? Can you be fully open to all of the energies at your disposal at this point? Note that this journey is uniquely yours, no one else’s. So the path has to be your own. You cannot imitate somebody else’s journey and still be true to yourself. Are you prepared to honor your uniqueness in this way? Can you see a commitment to the meditation practice as an intimate part of this way of being? Can you commit to lighting your path with mindfulness and awareness? Can you see ways in which you could easily get stuck, or have in the past?
Going inside
TRY: The next time you feel a sense of dissatisfaction, of something being missing or not quite right, turn inward just as an experiment. See if you can capture the energy of that very moment. Instead of picking up a magazine or going to the movies, calling a friend or looking for something to eat or acting up in one way or another, make a place for yourself. Sit down and enter into your breathing, if only for a few minutes. Don’t look for anything—neither flowers nor light nor a beautiful view. Don’t extol the virtues of anything or condemn the inadequacy of anything. Don’t even think to yourself, “I am going inward now.” Just sit. Reside at the center of the world. Let things be as they are.
Part 2 the heart of practice
Sitting meditation

TRY: Setting aside a time every day for just being. Five minutes would be fine, or ten or twenty or thirty if you want to venture that far. Sit down and watch the moments unfold, with no agenda other than to be fully present. Use the breath as an anchor to tether your
attention to the present moment. Your thinking mind will drift here and there, depending on the currents and winds moving in the mind until, at some point, the anchorline grows taut and brings you back. This may happen a lot. Bring your attention back to the breath, in all its vividness, every time it wanders. Keep the posture erect but not stiff. Think of yourself as a mountain.

Dignity
Pay attention to the present moment. Your thinking mind will drift here and there, depending on the currents and winds moving in the mind until, at some point, the anchorline grows taut and brings you back. This may happen a lot. Bring your attention back to the breath, in all its vividness, every time it wanders. Keep the posture erect but not stiff. Think of yourself as a mountain.

What to do with your hands
TRY: Being aware of subtle emotional qualities you may be embodying at various times of the day, as well as during your sitting practice. Pay particular attention to your hands. Does their position make a difference? See if you don’t become more mindful by becoming more “bodyful.” As you practice being more in touch with your hands in sitting meditation, see if this doesn’t have an influence on the way you touch. Everything from opening a door to making love involves touch. It is possible to open a door so mindlessly that your hand doesn’t know what your body is doing and you hit yourself in the head with it. Imagine the challenge of touching another person without automaticity, with no gaining idea, just presence and caring.

Coming out of meditation
TRY: Bringing awareness to how you end your meditations. Whether they are lying down, sitting, standing, or walking, zero in on “who” ends it, how it ends, when it ends, and why. Don’t judge it or yourself in any way—just observe, and stay in touch with the transition from one thing to the next.
How long to practice
TRY: Sitting for varying lengths of clock time. See how it affects your practice. Does your concentration lapse as you sit longer? Do you get hung up in how much longer you “have” to be present? Does impatience come up at some point? Does the mind get reactive or obsessive? Is there restlessness? Anxiety? Boredom? Time pressure? Sleepiness? Dullness? If you are new to meditation, are you finding yourself saying, “This is stupid,” or, “Am I doing it right?”, or, “Is this all I am supposed to be feeling?” Do these feelings start right away or do they only come up after a while? Can you see them as mind states? Can you observe them without judging them or yourself for even brief periods? If you put the welcome mat out for them and investigate their qualities and let them be, you may learn a lot about what is strong and unwavering in yourself. And what is strong in you may become even stronger as you nourish inner stability and calmness.
No right way
TRY: Being aware of all the times in meditation when the thought comes up: “Am I doing this right?” “Is this what I should be feeling?” “Is this what is ‘supposed’ to happen?” Instead of trying to answer these questions, just look more deeply into the present moment. Expand your awareness in this very moment. Hold the question in awareness along with your breathing and with the full range of this particular moment’s context. Trust that in this moment, “This is it,” whatever and wherever “this” is. Looking deeply into whatever the “this” of the present moment is, keep up a continuity of mindfulness, allowing one moment to unfold into the next without analyzing, discoursing, judging, condemning, or doubting; simply observing, embracing, opening, letting be, accepting. Right now. Only this step. Only this moment.
The mountain meditation
TRY: Keeping this mountain image in mind as you sit in formal meditation. Explore its usefulness in deepening your capacity to dwell in stillness; to sit for longer periods of time; to sit in the face of adversity, difficulties, and storms or drabness in the mind. Ask yourself what you are learning from your experiments with this practice. Can you see some subtle transformation occurring in your attitude toward things that change in your life? Can you carry the mountain image with you in daily life? Can you see the mountain in others, and allow them their own shape and form, each mountain uniquely itself?
The lake meditation
TRY: Using the lake image to support sitting or lying in stillness, not going anywhere, held and cradled in awareness. Note when the mind reflects; when it is embroiled. Note the calm below the surface. Does this image suggest new ways of carrying yourself in times of turmoil?
Walking meditation
Try walking formally as well. Before or after you sit, try a period of walking meditation. Keep a continuity of mindfulness between the walking and the sitting. Ten minutes is good, or half an hour. Remember once again that it is not clock time we are concerned with here. But you will learn more and understand walking meditation more deeply if you challenge yourself to keep at it past your first or second impulse to stop.
Standing meditation
TRY: Standing like this wherever you find yourself, in the woods, in the mountains, by a river, in your living room, or just waiting for the bus. When you are alone, you might try opening your palms to the sky and holding your arms out in various positions, like branches and leaves, accessible, open, receptive, patient.
Lying down meditation
TRY: Tuning in to your breath when you find yourself lying down. Feel it moving in your entire body. Dwell with the breath in various regions of your body, such as the feet, the legs, the pelvis and genitals, the belly, the chest, the back, the shoulders, the arms, the throat and neck, the head, the face, the top of your head. Listen carefully. Allow yourself to feel whatever is present. Watch the sensations in the body flux and change. Watch your feelings about them flux and change. Try meditating on purpose lying down, not just around bedtime. Do it out of bed, on the floor, at different times of the day. Do it in fields and meadows on occasion, under trees, in the rain, in the snow. Bring particular attention to your body as you are going to sleep and as you are waking up. Even for a few minutes, stretch yourself out straight, on your back if possible, and just feel the body as a whole breathing. Give special attention to any regions that are problematic for you and work at letting the breath invite them back into a sense of membership and wholeness with the rest of your body. Keep your emotional body in mind. Honor “gut” feelings.
Getting your body on floor at least once a day
TRY: Getting down on the floor once a day and stretching your body mindfully, if only for three or four minutes, staying in touch with your breathing and with what your body is telling you. Remind yourself that this is your body today. Check to see if you are in touch with it.
Non practicing is practicing
TRY: Noticing the difference in how you feel and how you handle stress in periods when you are into the discipline of daily meditation and yoga practice and in periods of your life when you are not. See if you can become aware of the consequences of your more mindless and automatic behaviors, especially when they are provoked by pressures stemming from work or home life. How do you carry yourself in your body in those periods when you are practicing and when you are not? What happens to your commitment to remember non-doing? How does the lack of regular practice affect your anxiety about time and about achieving certain results? How does it affect your relationships? Where do some of your most mindless patterns come from? What triggers them? Are you ready to hold them in awareness as they grip you by the throat, whether your formal practice is strong this week or not? Can you see that not practicing is an arduous practice?
Loving kindness meditation
TRY: Touching base with feelings of loving kindness within yourself at some point in your meditation practice. See if you can get behind any objections you may have to this practice, or behind your reasons for being unlovable or unacceptable. Just look at all that as thinking. Experiment with allowing yourself to bathe in the warmth and acceptance of loving kindness as if you were a child held in a loving mother’s or father’s arms. Then play with directing it toward others and out into the world. There is no limit to this practice, but as with any other practice, it deepens and grows with constant attending, like plants in a lovingly tended garden. Make sure that you are not trying to help anybody else or the planet. Rather, you are simply holding them in awareness, honoring them, wishing them well, opening to their pain with kindness and compassion and acceptance. If, in the process, you find that this practice calls you to act differently in the world, then let those actions too embody loving kindness and mindfulness.
Part 3
Harmony

TRY: Drawing back the veil of unawareness to perceive harmony in this moment. Can you see it in clouds, in sky, in people, in the weather, in food, in your body, in this breath? Look, and look again, right here, right now!
Early morning
TRY: Making a commitment to yourself to get up earlier than you otherwise might. Just doing it changes your life. Let that time, whatever its length, be a time of being, a time for intentional wakefulness. You don’t want to fill this time with anything other than awareness. No need to go over the day’s commitments in your head and live “ahead” of yourself. This is a time of no-time, of stillness, of presence, of being with yourself. Also, at the moment of waking up, before getting out of bed, get in touch with your breath, feel the various sensations in your body, note any thoughts and feelings that may be present, let mindfulness touch this moment. Can you feel your breathing? Can you perceive the dawning of each in breath? Can you enjoy the feeling of the breath freely entering your body in this moment? Ask yourself: “Am I awake now?”
Direct contact
TRY: Thinking that your life is at least as interesting and miraculous as the moon or the stars. What is it that stands between you and direct contact with your life? What can you do to change that?
Wherever you go there you are
Have you ever noticed that there is no running away from anything? That, sooner or later, the things that you don’t want to deal with and try to escape from, or paper over and pretend aren’t there, catch up with you—
It is so much easier to find fault, to blame, to believe that what is needed is a change on the outside, an escape from the forces that are holding you back, preventing you from growing, from finding happiness. You can even blame yourself for it all and, in the ultimate escape from responsibility, run away feeling that you have made a hopeless mess of things, or that you are damaged beyond repair. In either case, you believe that you are incapable of true change or growth, and that you need to spare others any more pain by removing yourself from the scene.

There is always something to dislike. So why not let go and admit that you might as well be at home wherever you are? Right in that moment, you touch the core of your being and invite mindfulness to enter and heal. If you understand this, then and only then will the cave, the monastery, the beach, the retreat center, offer up their true richness to you. But so will all other moments and places.

Going upstairs
TRY: To use ordinary, repetitive occasions in your own house as invitations to practice mindfulness. Going to the front door, answering the telephone, seeking out someone else in the house to speak with, going to the bathroom, getting the laundry out of the dryer, going to the refrigerator, can all be occasions to slow down and be more in touch with each present moment. Notice the inner feelings which push you toward the telephone or the doorbell on the first ring. Why does your response time have to be so fast that it pulls you out of the life you were living in the preceding moment? Can these transitions become more graceful? Can you be more where you find yourself, all the time? Also, try being present for things like taking a shower, or eating. When you are in the shower, are you really in the shower? Do you feel the water on your skin, or are you someplace else, lost in thought, missing the shower altogether? Eating is another good occasion for mindfulness practice. Are you tasting your food? Are you aware of how fast, how much, when, where, and what you are eating? Can you make your entire day as it unfolds into an occasion to be present or to bring yourself back to the present, over and over again?
What is my job on this planet with capital j
You can start asking this question any time, at any age. There is never a time of life when it would not have a profound effect on your view of things and the choices you make. It may not mean that you will change what you do, but it may mean that you may want to change how you see it or hold it, and perhaps how you do it. Once the universe is your employer, very interesting things start to happen, even if someone else is cutting your paycheck. But you do have to be patient. It takes time to grow this way of being in your life. The place to start of course is right here. The best time? How about now?
Wholeness and oneness
When we are in touch with being whole, we feel at one with everything. When we feel at one with everything, we feel whole ourselves.