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You are invited to watch my February 2015 90 minute interview with Rick Archer on "Buddha at the Gas Pump." Click here to see it.
We are Beautiful as We Are: How DIWA Awakens Love & Freedom in our World is the title of my new book, in PDF only at this stage.
Here's the page at the beginning of the book, title DIWA in a Nutshell:
Awakening to the love and freedom that is our true nature is the greatest gift we will ever give ourselves.
This book teaches a simple, powerful, and revolutionary awakening practice, DIWA, which takes only a few minutes.
It allows us to have an almost immediate experience, or taste, of our true awakened nature. It results in a shift that allows us to be mentally and emotionally clear, stress-free, open, present, and filled with a new sense of trust and confidence in our ability to handle anything—wherever we are, and whatever our situation.
DIWA is an acronym that stands for Don’t Identify with Anything. Identification with judgments, desires, expectations, resentments, etc.—and ultimately, with the ego “I” which is behind them—is the root of all suffering.
Here’s the practice, in a nutshell…
To do DIWA, just breathe and be very present, feeling the aliveness in our body, and noticing everything in our environment. Then drop every identification in our mind—thoughts, “stories,” the ego “I” and its worries and problems (knowing we can pick it all up again soon, if we must!)
Just experience ourselves as pure, unconditioned awareness here and now. Begin to notice how we are always this. Everything we experience in our body/mind—thoughts, beliefs, memories, emotions, feelings, and sensations-- comes and goes, shifts and changes but we, as these beautiful, aware human beings, are always here.
In this moment, we are awake and free, more confident and trusting. Everything is seen anew. Creative insights arise, along with a renewed sense of meaning and purpose. We are guided in all our actions by the love and wisdom within us, and we have a new, happy “story” to tell as a result.
The more we do the DIWA practice whenever we notice ourselves getting caught up in or identifying with a thought or “story,” regardless of whether it’s causing an emotional reaction or not, the deeper our realization of the ease, harmony, and flow of our true, awakened nature.
This book has been written to help us see ever more clearly where we still get stuck—the main “stories” and emotions our ego still identifies with.
Welcome to the world of DIWA, and the adventure that is awakening!
Love and blessings,
End Your Story, Begin Your Life
My book, End Your Story, Begin Your Life published by Hampton Roads ($16.95) is in paperback. It has been widely-praised as one of the best and clearest guides to being free while fully engaging in the marketplace of daily life. More details on the Books page. Also available as an audiobook.
An article about Jim and his work, by Joyce Tate Dvoren, is in the December 2011 issue of LA Yoga. Titled ‘Three Steps to Freedom,’ it can be read online at http://www.layoga-digital.com/layoga/201112#pg22
My blog, which I used to call Reflections on Freedom, and is still on the subject I am most passionate about, is now at my Facebook page, link below. I generally make a new entry several times a week, my current musings - including, sometimes, a piece from one of my books - on this timeless and most important subject.
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The Essence of my Teaching
Nonduality, nondual, spiritual, enlightenment, awakening, self-realization, and liberation are all pointers to the ultimate truth of life, but they aren't truth itself. Meditation, awareness, and mindfulness can help us awaken to the truth, but it is only through direct seeing - "Oh, I am not any thought of or story, and not even this 'I' thought" - that we awaken to who and what we really are. Then we discover the peace, happiness, joy, and love that is our true nature. This is the direct path. the path that leads to the awakening to oneness.
My work is in the tradition of Jean Klein, Ramana Maharshi, and Nisargadatta, Maharaj, but it is very contemporary, addressing the challenges of our time, and has been compared to Eckhart Tolle, author of Power of Now, Adyashanti, and Deepak Chopra.