My Interview on Buddha at the Gas Pump

I invite you to check out my February 2015 90-minute interview with Rick Archer on "Buddha at the Gas Pump." It is the most in-depth presentation about my work. Click HERE.

To Get the PDF of my new book, Happiness Has No Story, see below...

 

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A private session is a powerful way to experience the awakened space first hand.

After I have introduced you personally to the power of the mantra - "No story - we will then address where you still get stuck, triggered, where you are not yet free.

We'll delve into the "story" - which may very well be unconscious - you tell yourself. Together we'll see how the "story" comes and goes, but "you," as this beautiful, conscious person you are, are always here. Right now, in this moment!

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Other Videos

Check out this 27 minute video, here, that I did at Unity Santa Barbara, Sunday September 13, 2015.

To watch a 20 min video about one man's experience of awakening under my guidance, formerly a "student," now a nondual "teacher" himself, and a good friend and colleague of mine, click HERE.

 

About  Happiness Has No Story...

“The book is centered around the simple mastery practice, and the mantra, “No story….” The practice is a way of coming back to the present moment whenever we get distracted by a thought or “story,” or are suffering in some way. As we become more skilled at embodying or mastering the practice, it heals everything that is broken, or not working, in our lives, and liberates our true creative joy…” 

                —from the Introductory Pages

Below is the table of contentsThere are 108 lessons in all, none longer than two pages, which show us how to integrate awakening into family life, relationships, health, work, money, creativity, and social engagement.

Introductory Pages 

My Yosemite Vision... The Love that Heals Everything... “You are Beautiful as You Are”… The Greatest Gift We'll Ever Give Ourselves... Introduction to the Three Teachings... The 1st Teaching—The Mastery Practice… The Practice—Part 2…The 2nd Teaching—Welcoming our Reactions… Welcoming—Part 2…The 3rd Teaching—Love Everyone… The Signs of Awakening… The Form and Flow of this Book


PART 2—THE 1st TEACHING - THE MASTERY PRACTICE

 

Chapter One—Peace, Love, and Freedom are our True Nature 

Feeling at Ease while Living in the World… Facing Life’s Challenges—My Health Crisis … Two Kinds of Freedom… The Deepest Wisdom… The Big “R” Reality… It is What it Is… It’s all Good… The Buddha’s “Secret”… The Only Thing we can “Know” for Certain… What is Always Here… Meditation and Mindfulness… 
Noticing which “I” is Active in You… Doing the Practice - Worrying about Health, Finances, or Meeting Someone...

Chapter Two—The “Stories” that Get in the Way of our True Nature


Our “Stories”… The Healing Power of Story… No Story, No Suffering… Stop Believing your Thoughts… How our Personal “Story” Began… The Connection between Thoughts and Emotions… Your Unconscious Thoughts and Motivations… Envy, Greed, and Jealousy… Guilt and Shame… Boredom and Regret… Judgment and Self-Judgment… The Difference between Pain and Suffering… Feeling the Emotion without a “Story”… Religious Stories… What to Tell your Children about God… The Dark Night of the Soul… Haunted by a Lover who’d Committed Suicide… 
Doing the Practice - Feeling Guilt, Shame, or Actual Physical Pain

Chapter Three—Seeing through our “Stories” 


The Mastery Practice Revisited… Welcoming our Reactions Revisited … Welcoming- Part 2... Love Everyone Revisited … Stopping the Mind vs. Stepping Back from It… Seeing your Mind as a Virtual Reality… Welcoming What Is… Welcoming Anger as a Path to Freedom… Residues of Old Ego Patterns… The True Letting Go… Doing the Practice… Zeroing in on the Story behind the Emotion… Seeing is Freeing… Releasing your Need to Understand… Freeing yourself from Fear… Realizing that you are the Seeing… 
Doing the Practice - Releasing Real or Imagined Fear

The First Relationship Practice - Looking into a Mirror

 

PART 2—THE 2nd TEACHING - WELCOMING OUR REACTIONS



Chapter Four—Healing the Wounds of our Past


Love is the Healer… The Mother/Father Wound… My Wounding… Embodying our Realization in the Heart… Healing the Mother/Father Wound… Forgiveness… Getting Angry with your Ex… Dealing with Addictions… The Victim Story… An Example of a Victim Story… Ending Self-Doubt and Self-Esteem Issues… Be Easy on Yourself… Loving Yourself… The Gift of a Broken Heart… True Romantic Love… A Woman who wanted to Open her Heart… 
Doing the Practice - Making Peace with our Past


Chapter Five—Deepening our Experience of the Present Moment


Inner Vigilance… A Rigorous Self-Honesty… “Where are You not yet Free?”… Self-Inquiry and Inner Freedom… Mastering the Practice… The Student and the Teacher… Bringing Consciousness to this Action Now… Staying Calm in the Midst of Chaos… Let Go Your Attachment to Feeling Good… The Final Freedom… Living without a Self-Image… Who are You without your Story?... There is Only One Rule… The Silence that is our True Nature… When Silence is Used as an Escape… Ending the Mind’s Chatter… 
Doing the Practice - Shifting into Mastery

The Second Relationship Practice - Connecting with Someone Close

 

PART 3—THE 3rd KEY - LOVE EVERYONE

 

Chapter Six—Embodying our Realization in Daily Life

Desire… Will and Willpower… Ambition… The Power of Thought and Intention… Personal Affirmations… Pay Attention to the Signs… Don’t Wobble… Experiencing Freedom around Money… Being at Peace with your Work… When Someone Cuts you Off on the Freeway… Waking at Three or Four in the Morning… Watching the News… Solving Problems… Choices and Decisions… Conflict and War… Awakened Leadership... The Inevitability of Death… From Self-Loathing to “Self” Loving… 
Doing the Practice - Thinking about Something our Heart Desires

Chapter Seven—Shining our Light in our World


Knowing you’re Awake and Free… Grace and Gratitude… Faith and Trust… One Moment at a Time… The Time is Always Now… When you Forget the Now… Timing… Live Your Understanding… Living in Openness… You Are the Universe… The Proof that You are Free… A Reverence for Life… Sharing the Message with Others… Love Will Guide You… 
Doing the Practice - Living our Purpose

The Third Relationship Practice - Connecting with our World

Appendix 1 - The 21-Day Awakening Challenge 

Appendix 2: A Story about J. Krishnamurti…

Appendix 3: A Young Man Who Wanted to Know the Secret of Life… 

A Closing Message from Jim… Acknowledgments… About Jim...

 

A Sample Lesson...

 

12. Noticing Which "I" is Active in Us

As we become more awake and free, more present, we realize something quite profound: even though we are now much freer of our ego, our “I” and “me” thoughts, we still have them!

The notion that our ego must be “annihilated,” popular in some spiritual traditions, is a fallacy. Even after enlightenment, the ego is still there. We could call it the “awakened ego,” to contrast it with the “unawakened ego”—or the conscious or functional “I,” which is our true “I,” the “I” of the being we are.

The ego “I” is the ego that we are still identified with—that we think and believe is who we are. I am my name, my story, my emotional history, my nationality, my culture, my religion, and my political affiliation.

“I very definitely am these things and I will react—defensively, even angrily, or with doubts and insecurity—whenever what I believe is challenged or threatened” says the ego “I.” In other words, it is all about me, me, me

The greatest fear of the ego “I” is loss of control, and it will do anything—resort to any rationalization, any action—to maintain at least the illusion of control. It is often unhappy about its past, and is always trying to get somewhere, into a new, better, or different situation in the future. It is only satisfied with the present moment if its needs are being met—“my” needs.

But even as we find the inner freedom we’ve been seeking, we—as the functional “I”—realize that, “Oh, I still have an ego…”

After all, whenever we say “I” or “me,” that’s our ego speaking. The ego is our personal boundary-setter. We use it for planning and goal-setting, and defining our personal wants and needs.

The functional “I,” or the awakened ego, is calm, clear, and very present. We use it for our normal, daily routine, as in “I must speak to my partner about this,” or “I need to get ready for work,” or “I need to visit the doctor.”

Learning to be inwardly vigilant so that we can distinguish which “I” is active in us is essential on the path of awakening. And if there is even the slightest trace of angst or suffering—or pride or self-satisfaction—we can be sure it’s our ego “I.” Be glad that we have seen it, because in the very seeing, we begin to free ourselves from it.

 

Which “I” is active in us right now? Our egoic, reactive “I,” or our conscious, functional “I?” Recognize the difference, and be free…