Here's another excerpt from my new book...
Stopping the Mind
The first time I awakened to the truth that I was not my mind, but rather the clear, spacious, and always-present awareness behind the coming and going of my thoughts, was when I was studying the work of Krishnamurti, who was my first spiritual guide.
In Chapter Four of his book, On Education Krishnamurti talks about the importance of denying thought, of wiping away thoughts as they arose.
“Do I deny when I am shaving and I remember the lovely time I had in Switzerland?” he wrote. “Does one deny the remembrance of a pleasant time? Does one grow aware of it, and deny it? That is not dramatic, it is not spectacular, nobody knows about it. Still this constant denial of little things, the little wipings, the little rubbings off, not just one great big wiping away, is essential.”
When I read these words, their effect on me was profound. I’d be lost in my thoughts, would remember Krishnamurti’s “method” (though the man himself, with his disdain for “techniques,” would have denied it), follow his suggestion of wiping thoughts away, and soon my mind would be clear.
I called this process “stopping the mind.” I would still have thoughts, but now they were no longer a problem. I’d be senior to my thoughts, or behind my thoughts. I could think about anything, even something that I’d previously judged as “negative,” yet my thoughts had no power over me.
Space would open up in my mind, my consciousness, and I’d be one with that “deeper dimension” Krishnamurti spoke of. I was still a long way from living this realization, from being awake and free, but it brought a definite and welcome respite from my mental obsessions.
Try it out for yourself, this denying, or stopping of thought. It really just is another way of seeing without a story. Of course, we cannot stop thought permanently, nor would we want to, but if we do this simple “practice” that Krishnamurti suggests, we will have more and more thought-free moments.
Love and blessings,
The Nondual Path
The nondual path, when it is fully understood, leads to awakening, or self-realization.
And what is there to understand?
That this timeless now is all there is, and everything between our ears is a "story" - including the "story" of "I" and "me" - that comes and goes...
Once we see this, our emotional experience is always, essentially, one of ease, harmony, and flow.
We are established in our true nature, in other words, and take action guided by wisdom and love.
Then we have new, happy, inspiring "stories" to share with those in our world...
NEW! 8 Audio Meditations
From my book, The Simple Truth of Happiness. The eight meditations are titled: 1) The Perfection of this Moment, 2) Choosing Thoughts, 3) Knowing Yourself as the Changeless, 4) Forgiveness, 5) Revisiting Past Traumas, 6) Deeper Levels of Resistance, 7) The Experience of Oneness, and 8) Looking into a Mirror.
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My Book in Softcover
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
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