THE ESSENCE

PART ONE: A TREASURY OF PRESENT MOMENT AWARENESS INSIGHTS

MICHAEL BROWN

CONTENTS

OUR INNER STORM...............................................................................................................4 LIVING IN TIME......................................................................................................................5 DEATH......................................................................................................................................7 HELL..........................................................................................................................................8 THE JOURNEY.........................................................................................................................9 INNER WORK........................................................................................................................11 PRESENT MOMENT AWARENESS....................................................................................13 INNER PRESENCE.................................................................................................................18 HAPPINESS, JOY AND LISS..............................................................................................!" JOY, A UNDANCE AND HEALTH.....................................................................................!1 DETACHMENT......................................................................................................................!! ONENESS................................................................................................................................!3 HEALING................................................................................................................................!4 THE INTEGRATIVE APPROACH........................................................................................!# THE CHILD.............................................................................................................................!7 PAIN AND DISCOM$ORT....................................................................................................!9 EHAVIOR.............................................................................................................................3" AUTHENTICITY....................................................................................................................31 PHYSICAL PRESENCE.........................................................................................................33 EMOTIONAL GROWTH........................................................................................................34 EMOTIONAL ODY AWARENESS....................................................................................3# LAUGHTER............................................................................................................................37 UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.....................................................................................................38 $ORGIVENESS.......................................................................................................................4" JUDGEMENT..........................................................................................................................41 THE THINKING MIND..........................................................................................................4! THE EGO.................................................................................................................................43 NEEDS AND WANTS............................................................................................................44 REACTION AND RESPONSE...............................................................................................45 RE$LECTIONS AND PROJECTIONS..................................................................................47 SEDATION AND CONTROL................................................................................................48 E%PERIENCE.........................................................................................................................49 CAUSE AND E$$ECT............................................................................................................5" RELATIONSHIPS...................................................................................................................5! RESPONSI ILITY..................................................................................................................53 PURPOSE................................................................................................................................5# $AITH......................................................................................................................................57 COMPLETION........................................................................................................................58

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FEELING OUR THOUGHTS
THE ESSENCE is an integrative jo rne! "a#e t$ro g$ t$e se o% t$o g$t&'a()ages* A t$o g$t&'a()age is a senten(e+ or a 'aragra'$+ t$at (ontains t$o g$t&'rovo)ing in%or"ation* T$ro g$ t$e 'ro(ess o% (onte"',ation an# asso(iation+ t$ese t$o g$t&'a()ages "a! -e n.ra''e# to revea, #ee'er an# re,ate# insig$ts* A,, t$e t$o g$t&'a()ages (ontaine# in t$is -oo) are a #isti,,ation o% t$e s'irit o% o r jo rne! t$ s %ar into 'resent "o"ent a.areness* T$e! are t$e essen(e o% t$e tea($ings t$at .e en(o ntere# t$ro g$o t T$e Presen(e Pro(ess+ an# are t$ere%ore se% , as a too, %or % rt$er integrating o r e/'erien(e o% t$at 'ro(e# re* T$ese t$o g$t&'a()ages are a,so a 'o.er% , "eans %or ,ea#ing o r a.areness into t$e ne/t ($a'ter o% o r a#vent re0 a(tivating #ee'er e"otiona, -o#! a.areness* T$e invitation e/ten#e# -! THE ESSENCE is t$ere%ore not on,! to a($ieve integration t$ro g$ (onte"',ation an# asso(iation o% t$e t$o g$t&'a()ages+ - t a,so to 1%ee, t$e essen(e2 o% t$eir (ontent* We "a! a((o"',is$ t$is -! 'a sing a%ter rea#ing ea($ t$o g$t&'a()age+ an# as)ing o rse,ves $o. .e resonate .it$ its (ontents* T$is resonan(e "a! (o"e to s in a variet! o% .a!s: • • • • As a .or# t$at .e are %a"i,iar .it$+ s ($ as 1'ea(e% ,2+ 1%r strate#2+ 1"e,an($o,!2+ or even 1not$ing2* As a na"e,ess energeti( e/'erien(e t$at .e "a! 'er(eive as %e,t sensations in o r '$!si(a, -o#!* As an e/'erien(e o% re(ognition an# a %ee,ing o% re,ate#ness .it$ t$e t$o g$t&'a()age* Or+ .e "a! resonate .it$ it t$ro g$ a 'ast o(( rren(e in o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* W$at .e are see)ing to esta-,is$ is a (onne(tion .it$ t$e t$o g$t&'a()age t$at goes -e!on# o r "enta, n#erstan#ing o% it+ an# into t$e arena o% e"otiona, -o#! resonan(e*

3! 'a sing an# 'er%or"ing t$is si"',e e/er(ise a%ter rea#ing ea($ t$o g$t&'a()age+ .e -egin training o rse,ves to 1%ee, o r t$o g$ts2+ an# so to se o r "enta, -o#! as a -ri#ge to (arr! s into #ee'er e"otiona, -o#! a.areness+ instea# o% a.a! %ro" it* T$e intent in sing t$ese t$o g$t&'a()ages to #ee'en o r e"otiona, -o#! a.areness is not a-o t 1tr!ing to %ee, goo#2+ or to %ee, an!t$ing in 'arti( ,ar0 it is ' re,! 1to %ee,2* It #oes not "atter .$at .e %ee,+ $o. .e %ee, it+ .$ere .e %ee, it+ or $o. intense or s -t,e t$e %ee,ing is* T$e s'e(i%i(s o% t$e resonan(es triggere# -! t$ese t$o g$t&'a()ages are o% no i"'ortan(e0 it is t$e a(t a, 'ro(ess o% feeling them t$at $as va, e %or s no.* As s ($+ THE ESSENCE is an e/er(ise in e"otiona, -o#! a.areness* Enjo!4

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OUR INNER STORM
3! -eing -orn into t$is .or,# an# -e(o"ing an a((e'ta-,e (iti6en in o r (o"" nit!+ .e a to"ati(a,,! $ave a stor" raging .it$in s* As " ($ as .e "ig$t ,i)e to #en! t$e e/isten(e o% t$is inner (on#ition+ as " ($ as .e "a! atte"'t to (ontro, an# se#ate it+ it (annot -e $i##en* 3! ga6ing (ons(io s,! a(ross t$e ',anet .e (an see t$e o ter (as a,ties o% t$is inner (on#ition ever!.$ere* It is t$e stor" o% # a,it!* It is t$e .ar -et.een a t$enti(it! an# t$e ina t$enti(* It is t$e great #ivi#e -et.een 'resen(e an# 'reten(e* It is t$e vast (an!on o% %ear+ anger+ an# grie% -et.een o r a# ,t i#entit! an# o r ($i,# se,%* It is t$e vast ($as" -et.een t$in)ing a-o t ,iving an# %ee,ing o r ,i%e* O r 7 est %or 'ea(e is a t$enti( .$en .e enter o r inner stor" (ons(io s,! an# .i,,ing,!* T$e #oor.a! into it is .it$in ea($ o% s* Entering o r inner stor" (ons(io s,! assists s to gro. in .a!s .e (annot !et i"agine* Its .in#s -,ast t$e %og o% living in time %ro" o r ,i%e e/'erien(e+ an# its torrentia, #o.n'o r .as$es s (,ean o% o r i,, sions* O r inner stor" is not an a((i#ent0 it is an invitation an# a #eterrent* It is a #e,i-erate rite o% 'assage %or o r so ,* It se'arates t$e .$eat %ro" t$e ($a%%* It is t$e -ri#ge .e (ross to evo,ve %ro" a ti"e&-ase# 'ara#ig" into 'resent "o"ent a.areness* T$ose o% s rea#! to gro. .i,,ing,! enter it* T$ose n.i,,ing to ,ea' into t$e % ,, %,o. o% ,i%e see) s$e,ter %ro" it*

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LIVING IN TIME
Ti"e is a #riving ,esson %or t$e so ,* Ti"e $as -e(o"e o r "aster* Ti"e is no. go# in t$e e"otiona,+ "enta,+ an# '$!si(a, rea,"* Ti"e #i(tates o r ever! "ove -e(a se it #i(tates t$e "ove"ents o% ever!one e,se* Ti"e #i(tates o r -e$avior* Ti"e a,,ots o r atta($"ents an# o r a"o nt o% ',eas re* Ti"e #e,egates o r astro,ogi(a, in%, en(es an# o r n%o,#ing a''earan(e* Ti"e #eter"ines o r in(o"e an# o t' t* Ti"e $as .oven s ($ a .e- o% 1#oing2 in t$is .or,# t$at ver! %e. o% s ever sto' ,ong eno g$ to 7 estion t$e i"',i(ations o% its a t$orit! over o r e/'erien(e* In ti"e+ a,, .$o $ave #ie# %or 1.or,# 'ea(e2+ $ave given rise to not$ing "ore t$an rit a,s+ (ere"onies+ an# #og"as t$at are inevita-,! se# as too,s o% .ar+ %or 'itting one i#eo,og! against anot$er* T$ere $as never -een .or,# 'ea(e in ti"e* T$ere%ore+ t$ere never .i,,* On,! .$en .e are not 'resent in o r ,i%e e/'erien(e #o .e -e,ieve t$e o t(o"e o% (on%,i(t (o ,# 'ossi-,! -e 'ea(e* None o% s $ave ever ta)en an! o% o r '$!si(a, 'ossessions -e!on# t$e -or#ers o% t$is ,i%e e/'erien(e* T$ere%ore+ a(( " ,ation o% an!t$ing .$i,e "oving t$ro g$ t$is .or,# (annot -e o r ' r'ose %or -eing $ere* 3e(a se o% its (onstant,! ($anging nat re+ not$ing rea, an# t$ere%ore ,asting (an -e a((o"',is$e# in ti"e* Not$ing $a''ens in ti"e0 it on,! a''ears to* A.a)ening to t$e e/'erien(e (a,,e# #eat$ a,.a!s revea,s t$is a.% , #e(e'tion* In ti"e+ 1o r .i,, to ,ive2 is o r rea(tion to o r %ear o% #eat$* We are (o"',ete strangers to .$at Li%e is+ -e(a se Li%e is a res'onse+ not a rea(tion* T$e "o"ent .e -e(o"e (a,( ,ate# a-o t o r -e$avior is t$e "o"ent .e ste' into t$e #o"ain o% ti"e* W$en .e ,ive in ti"e+ .e 'er(eive " ($ o% t$e nat ra, .or,# to -e n(ons(io s an# o-,ivio s o% s* T$is is not an# never $as -een tr e0 nat re on,! a''ears n(ons(io s an# o-,ivio s .$en .e are* Ea($ ',ant t$at .e 'ass an# ea($ -ree6e t$at r %%,es o r $air is inti"ate,! a.are o% s* W$i,e ,iving in ti"e+ o r $eart (enter is (,ose# an# .e (annot %ee, t$e i"'a(t o% o r a(tions on t$e ,i%e %or"s aro n# s* On,! a 'erson ,iving in ti"e )i,,s %or s'ort+ ',eas re+ or 'ersona, gain* Ti"e is an e/'erien(e in .$i($ t$ere is an a''earan(e o% a #e,a! or a 'a se or an e"'t! s'a(e -et.een an! t$o g$t+ .or#+ #ee#+ an# its inevita-,e (onse7 en(e* T$ere%ore+ t$e e/'erien(e o% ,iving in ti"e is ($ara(teri6e# -! t$e ina-i,it! to see t$e (onne(tion -et.een (a se an# e%%e(t*

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Ti"e o-e#ient,! oversees (onse7 en(e* W$en .e ,ive in a ti"e&-ase# 'ara#ig"+ t$e $ar#est tas) is 1to #o not$ing .$en t$ere is not$ing to #o2* W$i,e ,iving in ti"e+ o r %o( s is a,.a!s on t$e -eginning an# en#ing o% o r a(tivities+ an# on ever!t$ing .e initiate -eing a "eans to an en#* So"e '$i,oso'$ers -e,ieve 1Go# is #ea#2* In ti"e t$is is tr e+ -e(a se .$at Go# is (annot e/ist in an e/'erien(e governe# -! -eginnings an# en#ings* In ti"e .e are atte"'ting to $ave a good time -e(a se .e %ee, so -a# an# to "a)e to t$ings easier %or o rse,ves -e(a se o r ,i%e e/'erien(e %ee,s so $ar#* W$i,e .e s'en# o r ti"e ($asing one e/'erien(e so t$at .e (an %,ee anot$er+ a,, .e are doing is -o n(ing o%% t$e .a,,s o% a se,%&(reate# 'er(e't a, 'rison (e,,* 3! %,eeing one e/'erien(e in sear($ o% anot$er .e give -irt$ to 'o,arit! "enta,it! an# #isso,ve an! 'ossi-i,it! o% e/'erien(ing oneness* W$i,e .e ,ive in ti"e+ o r e/'erien(e is an n(ons(io s #ra"a in .$i($ t$e 'ast an# t$e 'roje(te# % t re .rite t$e s(ri't* T$e %irst ste' in a.a)ening %ro" t$is #ra"a is ,earning $o. to ta)e t$e ( e %or o r -e$avior %ro" .$at is n%o,#ing in t$e 'resent "o"ent* In a ti"e&-ase# 'ara#ig"+ .e a,.a!s $ave ,ots o% ',ans a-o t .$at .e .i,, #o .$en 1t$e ti"e is rig$t2* Ho.ever+ t$e ti"e is never rig$t .$en .e s'en# it re%,e(ting on t$e 'ast an# ,onging %or t$e % t re* T$e rig$t ti"e (an on,! -e right now* O r 'ast #oes not e/ist as so"et$ing -e$in# s+ or as so"et$ing t$at .e (an 1go -a() to2* T$e nreso,ve# e/'erien(es o% o r 'ast #o+ $o.ever+ e/ist as (on#itions .it$in o r e"otiona, -o#! t$at re7 ire o r (o"'assionate attention* 3! (ons(io s,! reso,ving t$e" .e are not going 1-a()20 .e are going 1in2* So ,s .$o s,ee' on in t$e ti"e&-ase# (ons(io sness -! "oving t$ro g$ t$eir ,i%e e/'erien(es n(ons(io s,! #o so -e(a se t$e! sti,, nee# t$eir rest* T$e e/'erien(e .e (a,, 1,iving in ti"e2 is T$e 8ar) Nig$t o% T$e So ,*

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DEATH
Living in ti"e is #eat$* Unti, .e sto' #.e,,ing on o r 'ast an# o r 'roje(te# % t re+ an# instea# ($oose to (ons(io s,! a.a)en o rse,ves to t$e ra#ian(e o% t$e 'resent "o"ent+ .e re"ain #ea# to .$at Li%e is* W$en .e are #ea# to t$e 'resent "o"ent+ .e are a,ive to o r e/'erien(e+ - t na.are o% o rse,ves* We are a.are o% t$e re%,e(tion in t$e "irror+ - t na.are o% .$o is stan#ing in %ront o% t$e "irror* We are o-,ivio s to .$at is rea, an# on,! intereste# o% .$at is i,, sionar!* T$e ga' in o r a.areness (reate# -! s not a()no.,e#ging o rse,ves in t$e 'resent "o"ent is o r #eat$*

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HELL
He,, is a 'er(e'tion+ not a ',a(e* We " st see o r .or,# %or .$at it is+ %or .e " st )no. .$ere .e are -e%ore .e (an s ((ess% ,,! navigate -e!on# t$is e/'erien(e* Ti"e is $e,, an# (onse7 en(e its gate)ee'er* T$e (areta)ers o% $e,, are t$e ones .$o te,, s+ 1He,, is a ',a(e .e "ig$t on,! go to after #eat$2* He,, is a "enta, state in .$i($ .e n(ons(io s,! ri#e -et.een so"e 'ast an# so"e % t re in t$e -e,ie% t$at .e are getting so"e.$ere* He,, is a state o% -eing in .$i($ t$e Inner Presen(e o% Go# is 'roje(te# o t.ar#,! as a -e,ie% in i#o,s+ (ere"onies+ rit a,s+ an# #og"as* We are in $e,, .$en .e $ave "ore %ait$ in t$e 'o.er o% ($e"i(a,s+ -oo)s+ (r!sta,s+ .an#s+ %eat$ers+ sa(re# s!"-o,s+ #i',o"as+ an# #egrees+ t$an in t$e %o( se# attention an# intention o% o r $eart an# "in#* He,, n%o,#s .$en .e a,,o. o rse,ves to -e,ieve t$ere is so"et$ing outside s t$at $as t$e 'o.er to ,ea# s -a() into o rse,ves* He,, is a #e, siona, state in .$i($ .e -e,ieve o r (ons(io s entr! into eterna, Li%e is a((o"',is$e# t$ro g$ an n(ons(io s #eat$ e/'erien(e* He,, is a state o% -eing t$at .ors$i's t$e ,iving - t never a()no.,e#ges Li%e*

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THE JOURNEY

T$e greatest jo rne! .e (an (o""en(e in t$is .or,# is to %in# a .a! to e/tra(t o r attention %ro" ti"e so t$at .e "a! a($ieve an ongoing state o% 9::; 'resent "o"ent a.areness* Un,ess .e a((o"',is$ t$is %or o rse,ves+ .e are o% no a t$enti( se to ot$ers* On(e .e "a)e t$e ($oi(e to enter 'resent "o"ent a.areness+ ever!t$ing in o r ,i%e e/'erien(e n%o,#s on ' r'ose* O r intent re"ains inta(t .$et$er .e rea,i6e it or not* A,ong t$e .a! .e are s rro n#e# -! $e,'ers* W$en .e resist t$eir atte"'ts to %a(i,itate s+ t$e! a''ear as #e"ons* W$en .e s rren#er to t$eir g i#an(e+ t$e! a''ear as ange,s* As .e e"-ar) on o r jo rne! into 'resent "o"ent a.areness+ .e rea,i6e .e (an ta)e not$ing an# no one .it$ s* We " st ,eave -e$in# o r $a-its an# o r so(ia, (r t($es an# ri# o rse,ves o% o r nee# %or o ter a()no.,e#ge"ent* A,, o r assistan(e (o"es %ro" t$e si,ent+ sti,,+ an# invisi-,e (ontent o% o r Inner Presen(e* Present "o"ent a.areness is an inner e/'erien(e t$at is re%,e(te# o t.ar#,!* T$e "e($anis"s o% o r jo rne! are a((o"',is$e# t$ro g$ inner .or) an# not an! #e'en#en(! on o ter a(tivities or (ir( "stan(es* We " st -r s$ asi#e o r (ere"onies+ rit a,s+ #og"as+ #is"iss o r 1s'irit g i#es2+ an# over(o"e o r s 'erstitions* T$ere is no (orre(t or in(orre(t e/'erien(e .e are s ''ose# to $ave as .e jo rne! into 'resent "o"ent a.areness0 t$ere is on,! our e/'erien(e* O r e/'erien(e is a,.a!s t$e "ost %a(i,itating %or s* Entering 'resent "o"ent a.areness #oes not re7 ire n#erstan#ing0 it is a jo rne! o% %e,t& 'er(e'tion t$at a(tivates )no.ing* A ($i,# #oes not $ave to n#erstan# t$e .or#s a "ot$er sings to -e soot$e# to s,ee' -! $er voi(e* T$e 7 a,it! o% o r jo rne! into 'resent "o"ent a.areness is #eter"ine# -! $o. (ons(io s,! .e .ie,# o r attention an# intention* T$ere is no 'oint $ rr!ing into 'resent "o"ent a.areness* We .o ,# #o -etter to s$oot o rse,ves in t$e %oot* We not entertain t$e i,, sion t$at 1i% .e j st get t$is #one2 or 1get t$is over .it$ as soon as 'ossi-,e2+ t$at 1ever!t$ing .i,, -e a,rig$t2* We are not so"et$ing .e are tr!ing to get #one so .e (an get on .it$ so"et$ing e,se* W$en .e inten# to a(tivate 'resent "o"ent a.areness+ t$e %irst ste' is to ',a(e o r arrogan(e at t$e %eet o% o r ignoran(e* On,! t$en (an .e a,,o. o rse,ves to -e ,e#* We are inten#ing to enter a 'ara#ig" .e $ave se,#o"+ i% ever+ e/'erien(e#* Not$ing .e 'resent,! )no. (an assist s in t$is jo rne! -e(a se ever!t$ing t$at .e re7 ire .i,, (o"e %ro" .$at .e #o not )no.*

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As .e jo rne! into 'resent "o"ent a.areness+ .e are invite# to -e o'en to t$e 'ossi-i,it! t$at .e #o not )no. .$o .e are+ .$ere .e are $ea#ing+ .$at .e see)+ an# t$ere%ore $o. to a($ieve it* We "a! $ave -een .rong a-o t ever!t$ing* I% .e )ne. .$at .e .ante# an# $o. to a((o"',is$ t$is+ .e .o ,# $ave a($ieve# it -! no.* To "a)e t$e transition into 'resent "o"ent a.areness re7 ires a .i,,ingness to trans(en# o r vi(ti" "enta,it!* O r s ((ess% , entr! into t$is .on#er% , state o% -eing n%o,#s a to"ati(a,,! .$en .e a((e't % ,, res'onsi-i,it! %or t$e 7 a,it! o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* O r jo rne! into 'resent "o"ent a.areness re7 ires surrender* S rren#er in t$is res'e(t #oes not "ean giving up; it "eans not giving up, no matter what.

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INNER WORK
No a"o nt o% a'',a se assists o r evo, tion* Inner .or) "eans t$at .e are going to ,eave t$e .or,# a,one* We are not going to (,ean t$e "irror in an atte"'t to re"ove t$e -,e"is$es %ro" t$e %a(e o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* Instea#+ .e are going to se t$e "irror+ o r e/'erien(e o% t$e .or,#+ as a "eans to see o r -,e"is$es (,ear,!* 3! an($oring o r attention in t$e 'resent "o"ent+ .e a to"ati(a,,! sti" ,ate an a.areness o% .$ere .e are n(ons(io s,! atta($e# to t$e e/'erien(es o% o r 'ast* T$is gives s an o''ort nit! to (ons(io s,! 'ro(ess t$ese nreso,ve# e/'erien(es an# ne tra,i6e t$e negative a%%e(t t$e! are $aving on o r ,i%e rig$t no.* T$e essen(e o% an! o ter e/'erien(e .e are "oving t$ro g$ is it is an interna, (on#ition -eing re%,e(te# e/terna,,!* W$i,e .e on,! 'er(eive it as so"et$ing o(( rring o tsi#e o rse,ves+ .e are ,ost in a re%,e(tion* W$i,e o r attention is so,e,! 'reo(( 'ie# .it$ o ter a(tivit!+ .e are $oo)e# into an effect* C$ange is on,! 'ossi-,e at t$e (a sa, 'oint o% o r e/'erien(es* W$i,e o r attention is 'reo(( 'ie# .it$ an e%%e(t+ .e (an "a)e no rea, a#j st"ents to t$e 7 a,it! o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* We on,! (ons(io s,! enter o r inner rea,it! .$en .e+ on so"e ,eve,+ (o"e to t$e rea,i6ation t$at t$ere is no.$ere <no. $ere= e,se to go an# not$ing <no t$ing= e,se .ort$ a((o"',is$ing* 3! re&#ire(ting o r attention into o rse,ves+ an# -! 'arti(i'ating in an! a(tivit! t$at #oes not a## to o r o ter #oings+ .e a to"ati(a,,! steer o r a.areness to t$e (a sa, 'oint o% a,, o r e/'erien(es* Unti, .e e/'erien(e rea, "ove"ent <,asting ($ange= in o r ,i%e e/'erien(e+ .e a,.a!s resort to o ter #ra"a* W$i,e 'reo(( 'ie# .it$ o ter #ra"a+ .e #o not atte"'t to a(tivate an! rea, "ove"ent in o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* Inner .or) is not %or s$o. or a "eans to attra(t attention* S ($ -e$avior is #ra"a an# a($ieves not$ing* We (annot #o inner .or) to satis%! so"eone e,se>s o ter #e"an#s or re7 ire"ents o% s* No a"o nt o% o ter a()no.,e#ge"ent va,i#ates o r inner e/'erien(es* W$i,e sti,, striving to i"'ress t$e .or,#+ .e %in# inner .or) a great str gg,e* I% ot$ers te,, s $o. great an# no-,e an n#erta)ing o r inner .or) is+ t$en it is easier to atten# too+ -e(a se .e are a-,e to re'ort -a() an# re(eive a((o,a#es %or o r va,iant e%%orts* 3 t t$en .e gain not$ing rea, %ro" o r e%%orts+ -e(a se an!t$ing .e gain on,! a''ears to $ave s -stan(e in t$e (o"'an! o% ot$ers* In t$e en#+ o r va,i#ation o% o rse,ves " st -e s %%i(ient* W$en it (o"es to inner .or)+ (onsisten(! is a,.a!s "ore 'o.er% , an# 'ro# (tive t$an s'ora#i( an# #rasti( a(tivit!*

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O r i""e#iate %a"i,! is t$e (,earest "irror o% t$e inner .or) t$at a.aits o r (o"'assionate attention* Unti, .e rea,i6e $o. t$is "irroring .or)s+ an# nti, .e (ons(io s,! ($oose to ,oo) into t$ese re%,e(tions as a "eans to gro. e"otiona,,!+ .e %in# it ($a,,enging to -e in t$e (o"'an! o% o r i""e#iate %a"i,!* T$e! (onstant,! s$o. s as'e(ts a-o t o rse,ves .e #o not .ant to see* W$en .e -egin t$e inner .or) re7 ire# to gro. e"otiona,,!+ .e no ,onger see o r iss es -eing re%,e(te# -a() -! t$e"* We t$en e/'erien(e in(rease# (o"%ort+ jo!+ an# 'ea(e in t$eir (o"'an!*

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PRESENT MOMENT AWARENESS
T$e 'resent "o"ent is a ro'e ,a##er o% a.areness t$at is #ro''e# into t$e to"- o% ti"e t$at .e "ista)en,! t$o g$t .as o r ,i%e* Present "o"ent a.areness is not sa,vation %ro" t$is .or,#0 it is sa,vation %ro" o r ( rrent 'er(e'tion o% it* 3! entering 'resent "o"ent a.areness+ .e (o""it to s"as$ t$e "o ,# o% .$at .e -e,ieve to -e t$e "ost e%%i(ient (ontainer to $o se o r rea,it!* We inten# a.a)ening -e!on# t$e (on%ines o% an! "o ,#* W$en .e are as,ee' in ti"e .e ta,) o% our dreams, - t .$en .e a.a)en to t$e 'resent "o"ent .e a(t on our visions. An a-r 't a.a)ening to 'resent "o"ent a.areness %ee,s ,i)e #eat$ -! astonis$"ent* In ti"e&-ase# 'ara#ig"+ .e %ee, a (o"' ,sion to t$in)+ ',an+ an# re%,e(t* Yet not$ing $a''ens n,ess .e trans'ort o r a.areness into t$e 'resent "o"ent an# a(t* In t$e 'resent "o"ent t$ere is not$ing to t$in) a-o t+ to ',an+ or re%,e(t on* S ($ a state o% .$o,eness an# (o"',etion is in(on(eiva-,e .$en .e ,ive in a ti"e&-ase# 'ara#ig"* W$en .e are 'resent+ .e #o not s'en# o r ti"e ',anning* O r % t re -e(o"es an ongoing intention t$at .e set an# t$en s rren#er to* We -e(o"e ver! (,ear on t$e ? what" o% o r ,i%e+ - t .e ,eave t$e how to t$e niverse* T$e how is t$en revea,e# to s -! -eing .oven into ea($ "o"ent in .$i($ .e are (a,,e# 'on to a(t* T$e "ista)en 'er(e'tion t$at a''ears rea, to s .$en ,iving in a ti"e&-ase# 'ara#ig" is t$at a,, o r '$!si(a,+ "enta,+ an# e"otiona, #is(o"%orts a''ear to -e $a''ening to s right now* Yet+ .$en a(tivating 'resent "o"ent a.areness+ .e rea,i6e a,, t$ese e/'erien(es are g$ost,! re%,e(tions o% t$e 'ast* In 'resent "o"ent a.areness+ .$en .e se t$e .or# real, .e are re%erring to that which never changes. Not$ing in o r o ter '$!si(a,+ "enta,+ an# e"otiona, e/'erien(e is rea,+ -e(a se t$e on,! e,e"ent t$at is (onstant t$ro g$ it a,, is ($ange* Present "o"ent a.areness is a 'ort$o,e into o r a t$enti( rea,it!* It is an eterna, inner t$rea# o% (ons(io sness t$at re"ains n($ange# #es'ite a,, o r o ter e/'erien(es in ti"e* Meta'$or is t$e ,ang age o% 'resent "o"ent a.areness -e(a se t$e tr t$s $e,# .it$in a "eta'$or are not restri(te# to t$e ,itera, #e%initions o% ti"e0 t$e! are s!"-o,i(* In t$e 'resent "o"ent o r eart$,! 'arents an# o r si-,ings are a,, e/terna,i6e# "eta'$ori( re'resentatives o% s'e(i%i( interna, as'e(ts o% o r o.n -eing* O r .$o,e o ter .or,# e/'erien(e is*

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In t$e 'resent "o"ent t$ere is on,! one 'arent+ one so r(e* We are t$ere%ore a,, ($i,#ren* It #oes not "atter i% .e (a,, t$is so r(e Go#+ or -! an! ot$er na"e* In t$e S$a"ani( 'ara#ig" t$e na"e so"eti"es given to Presen(e is power. S$a"ans -e,ieve t$at a (ertain a"o nt o% 'o.er " st -e gat$ere# -! an in#ivi# a, -e%ore t$e! (an (ontain+ an# $en(e gras'+ s'e(i%i( )no.,e#ge a-o t t$e"se,ves* T$e sa"e is tr e o% o r jo rne! into 'resent "o"ent a.areness0 on(e .e $ave a(( " ,ate# a (ertain a"o nt o% Presen(e+ .e .i,, n(over n#erstan#ings a-o t o r o.n -e$avior an# (ir( "stan(es t$at .as see"ing,! invisi-,e to s -e%ore* W$en .e enter 'resent "o"ent a.areness+ .e are no ,onger #riven n(ons(io s,! into rea(tion -! o r #estin!0 .e "eet it (ons(io s,! an# res'onsi-,! in ea($ "o"ent o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* W$en .e are 'resent .e are grate% , %or ever! event t$at $as ever $a''ene# to s+ no "atter $o. s"a,, or $o. #i%%i( ,t* We see (,ear,! t$at ea($ 'ast event ,ai# t$e %o n#ation o% t$e ,i%e e/'erien(e .e are e/'erien(ing rig$t no.* In t$e 'resent "o"ent+ t$e 'ast an# t$e % t re are no ,onger #is(onne(te# 'ie(es o% a ,inear e/'erien(e0 -ot$ are ra#iating %ro" .it$in s* T$e 'resent "o"ent is t$e eterna, see# t$at gives ,i%e to ever!t$ing* 3! n rt ring t$is see# .e ens re t$at a,, t$at .i,, ever -e+ .i,, -e e/'erien(e# at its $ig$est 'otentia,* Present "o"ent a.areness is a state o% -eing in .$i($ .e e%%ort,ess,! integrate t$e 8ivine Presen(e .e are .it$ ea($ Go#&given "o"ent .e are in so .e are a-,e to res'on# (ons(io s,! to ever! e/'erien(e .e are $aving* Present "o"ent a.areness is not on,! a state o% -eing0 it is a 3eing* Present "o"ent a.areness is in#ee# a Presence. 3! entering it .e -e(o"e it* Present "o"ent a.areness is t$ere%ore a state o% -e(o"ing0 o% -e(o"ing a,, .e (an -e* Present "o"ent a.areness re7 ires no reason to -e* Present "o"ent a.areness just is. On,! .$en .e reenter 'resent "o"ent a.areness $ave .e a((o"',is$e# a t$enti( j sti(e in o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* T$ere is no 7 a,i%i(ation %or entering 'resent "o"ent a.areness ot$er t$an o r .i,,ingness to a.a)en to t$is ra#iant state o% -eing* We (annot (ontro, 'resent "o"ent a.areness0 .e (an on,! ,a! a %o n#ation t$at ena-,es s to rea.a)en to it* A re,ia-,e in#i(ator t$at .e $ave entere# 'resent "o"ent a.areness is .$en o r ,i%e e/'erien(e+ no "atter $o. it "a! a''ear o t.ar#,! in an! given "o"ent+ is in% se# in.ar#,! .it$ t$e resonan(e o% #ee' gratit #e* W$en .e ,ive in ti"e+ .e s'en# o r ,i%e see)ing t$e "eaning o% ,i%e* In t$e 'resent "o"ent+ .e enjo! a ,i%e sat rate# .it$ "eaning*

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T$e (onse7 en(e o% entering 'resent "o"ent a.areness is+ t$at t$e #istan(e -et.een o r t$o g$ts+ .or#s+ an# #ee#s+ an# t$eir inevita-,e '$!si(a,+ "enta,+ an# e"otiona, (onse7 en(es+ a''ear to -e(o"e in(reasing,! s$orter* T$is s$i%t o%ten gives s t$e sensation o% ti"e s'ee#ing '* T$e e/'erien(e o% 'resent "o"ent a.areness is a((essi-,e to s .$erever .e are* We #o not $ave to go an!.$ere or enter it* It is not a-o t #oing so"et$ing0 it is a-o t -eing so"et$ing* We (annot (ons(io s,! an# res'onsi-,! navigate t$e 7 a,it! o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e+ -e a t$enti(a,,! avai,a-,e to s ''ort ot$ers aro n# s+ or e/'erien(e o r inti"ate re,ations$i' .it$ a,, ,i%e+ n,ess .e $ave attaine# a (ertain ,eve, o% 'resent "o"ent a.areness* A(tivating 'resent "o"ent a.areness is t$ere%ore not on,! t$e greatest gi%t .e (an give o rse,ves+ it is a,so t$e "ost res'onsi-,e (ontri- tion .e (an "a)e to o r $ "anit!* 3! entering 'resent "o"ent a.areness .e -e(o"e avai,a-,e as a"-assa#ors o% Li%e an# -egin .a,)ing a"ong o r %a"i,ies an# (o"" nities as 'ea(e"a)ers* W$en .e enter 'resent "o"ent a.areness .e (annot )no.ing,! (a se $ar" to ot$er ,i%e %or"s+ -e(a se t$e inti"ate,! (onne(te# nat re o% t$is a.a)ene# state ena-,es s to %ee, t$e (onse7 en(es o% o r a(tions* Entering 'resent "o"ent a.areness is not a-o t ($anging .$o or .$at .e are* It is not a-o t -e(o"ing so"et$ing or so"e-o#! e,se* It is a-o t re,easing o r atta($"ent to o r "an %a(t re# i#entit! so t$at .e "a! gent,! ret rn to an a.areness o% o r a t$enti( Presen(e* Entering 'resent "o"ent a.areness is not a-o t ($anging t$e nat re o% .$at t$e stars $ave "ar)e# on o r %ore$ea#+ $an#s+ an# %eet* It is a-o t e"-ra(ing t$e % ,,est 'otentia, o% ea($ "o"ent t$at is a,rea#! #estine#* It is a-o t res'on#ing to o r ,i%e as it is n%o,#ing rig$t no.+ not rea(ting to it as i% so"et$ing e,se .as s ''ose# to -e $a''ening* Present "o"ent a.areness revea,s to s t$at it is in t$e nat re o% o r intera(tion .it$ .$at is $a''ening to s right now t$at .e se. t$e see#s %or .$at is to (o"e -e!on# t$e -or#ers o% t$is ,i%e e/'erien(e* Present "o"ent a.areness ena-,es s to see t$at t$e 7 a,it! o% t$e see#s .e se. in an! given "o"ent #e'en#s on .$et$er .e ($oose to react or respond to o r e/'erien(es* One o% t$e insig$ts .e gain as .e enter 'resent "o"ent a.areness+ is t$at a,, t$e (ir( "stan(es o% o r ,i%e $ave 7 ite -een a ',a! #e,i-erate,! stage# %or o r -ene%it* T$is $as o(( rre# so t$at .e (an see re%,e(te# o tsi#e o% o rse,ves .$at .e $ave s ''resse# so #ee',! .it$in* W$en .e "eta'$ori(a,,! ro,, ' o r s,eeves an# - r! o r $an#s in t$e eart$ .it$ a (,ear intent to % ,,! 'arti(i'ate in o r ,i%e e/'erien(e+ .e a to"ati(a,,! -ring 'resent "o"ent a.areness to t$e 7 a,it! o% a,, o r en(o nters* Present "o"ent a.areness ne tra,i6es o r 'retentio sness*

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As .e enter 'resent "o"ent a.areness+ .e #is(ontin e o r sear($ %or t$e e/traor#inar!* We rea,i6e t$at i% .e are tr ,! 'resent .it$ ea($ "o"ent o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e+ t$en o r entire ,i%e -e(o"es e/traor#inar!* It is e%%ort,ess to -e o'ti"isti( .$en ,i%e is eas!+ - t it ta)es 'resent "o"ent a.areness to -e o'ti"isti(+ not matter what* Present "o"ent a.areness #oes not e"-ra(e a %or(e# 'ositive attit #e* A %or(e# 'ositive attit #e is a %or" o% #enia,* An/iet! is a state in .$i($ .e see) to es(a'e o r a.areness o% t$e 'resent "o"ent in %avor o% t$e i,, sion t$at t$ere is somewhere else* In t$e 'resent "o"ent+ o r .a! o% a''roa($ing .$at Go# is %or s is % e,e# .it$ a t$enti(it!* It is #evoi# o% 'retentio s o ter rites+ rit a,s+ an# (ere"onies* We )no. t$at t$is Go#& e/'erien(e is on,! a((essi-,e t$ro g$ t$e si,en(e an# sti,,ness t$at is to -e %o n# .it$in t$e 'ea(e o% o r -o#!&te"',es* We t$ere%ore t rn o r attention .it$in+ an# .e #o so .it$o t o ter 'reten(e or 'er%or"an(e* T$e )e! to e/'erien(ing 'resent "o"ent a.areness is in o r .i,,ingness to e"-ra(e t$e entire s'e(tr " o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* Present "o"ent a.areness is in(, sive* T$ere are "an! ot$er intrig ing ',a(es an# e/'erien(es in t$e niverse+ .it$in an# .it$o t* 3 t rig$t no. .e are rig$t $ere -e(a se t$is is .$ere .e are s ''ose# to -e* On,! -! being here, now+ (an .e gain t$e .is#o" an# "o"ent " re7 ire# to jettison o r a.areness (ons(io s,! -e!on# t$e ,i"itations o% o r 'resent $ "an (on#ition* A (onse7 en(e o% a(( " ,ating 'resent "o"ent a.areness is rea,i6ing t$at t$ere is a ti"e an# ',a(e %or ever!t$ing* It is 'oint,ess to %or(e into "otion t$at .$i($ .i,, not "ove+ or atte"'t to sto' t$at .$i($ is in(,ine# to "otion* As .e a(( " ,ate 'resent "o"ent a.areness+ t$e resonan(e o% non&inter%eren(e is a to"ati(a,,! a.o)en .it$in s* We -egin to .a,) gent,! t$ro g$ t$is .or,#+ an# (onse7 ent,! t$e nat ra, .or,# starts to .a,) gent,! a,ongsi#e s* T$e on,! e/'erien(e .e ever $ave t$at is $o"e to s .$i,e .e are in t$is .or,# o% (onstant,! ($anging (on#itions is in t$e eterna, 'resent "o"ent in .$i($ .e a,rea#! resi#e* We #o not $ave to (ons(io s,! )no. t$e a%%e(t o% o r 'resent "o"ent a.areness on ot$ers %or it to ,eave its "ar)* Present "o"ent a.areness ra#iates e%%ort,ess,! an# a to"ati(a,,!* It "oves -eneat$ t$e s r%a(e o% a,, %or"+ -ringing t$e ,ig$t o% re"e"-ran(e to t$e #ar)ness o% %orget% ,ness* @ st a "o"ent o% o r 'resent "o"ent a.areness is eno g$ to to ($ anot$er in s ($ a .a! as to (on%ir" t$e -,essing o% ,i%e itse,%* Present "o"ent a.areness is $ig$,! (ontagio s* An!one e/'ose# to t$e ra#ian(e o% o r Inner Presen(e is a to"ati(a,,! ins'ire# to "a)e -ene%i(ia, ($anges .it$in t$eir o.n ,i%e e/'erien(e*

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O r 'resent "o"ent a.areness a.a)ens s to t$at .$i($ .e a,, s$are0 o r Inner Presen(e* T$ere%ore+ it a to"ati(a,,! invites s to t$e e/'erien(e oneness* Present "o"ent a.areness is t$e on,! -a," t$at (an soot$e an# $ea, a,, e/'erien(es t$at $ave -een in%e(te# -! t$e "enta, 'er(e't a, vir s (a,,e# ti"e* W$en .e are 'resent .e #o not $ave to $ave a reason to %ee, goo#* Nor #o .e rea(t to "o"ents in o r ,i%e e/'erien(e .$en .e #o not %ee, goo#* We sta! 'resent .it$ .$at .e are %ee,ing+ .it$o t rea(ting to or r nning %ro" t$e "o"ent* O r 'resent "o"ent a.areness is an eterna, %,a"e o% (ons(io sness t$at on(e s$are# ra#iates in%inite,!* T$ere is no 'o.er t$at (an e/ting is$ it -e(a se it is t$e so r(e o% a,, a t$enti( 'o.er* Present "o"ent a.areness a,,o.s .$atever Go# is %or s to -e '$!si(a,,!+ "enta,,!+ an# e"otiona,,! 'resent in o r e/'erien(e o% t$is .or,#* It t$ere%ore ena-,es n(on#itiona, ,ove to -e e/'resse# #es'ite a,, (on#itions* Present "o"ent a.areness ena-,es s to a($ieve .$o,eness an# t$ s restores a.areness o% o r Ho,iness* T$e "o"ent t$at .e ($oose to e/tra(t o r (ons(io sness %ro" t$e 'ara#ig" o% ti"e+ ever! ,i%e %or" -e(o"es o r tea($er an# s t$eir .i,,ing st #ent* E/'erien(ing t$is to -e so is an in#i(ator t$at .e $ave entere# t$e jo rne! into 'resent "o"ent a.areness*

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INNER PRESENCE
T$e "ost 'o.er% , intention .e (an set is to o'en o rse,ves to an a t$enti( re,ations$i' .it$ o r Inner Presen(e* T$e "o"ent .e (o""it to #eve,o'ing a (ons(io s re,ations$i' .it$ t$e ns'ea)a-,e A t$e ns'ea)a-,e enters a (ons(io s re,ations$i' .it$ s* O r Inner Presen(e (annot to -e neart$e# in or va,i#ate# -! (on(e'ts* It (annot -e e/',aine# to s -! so"e-o#! e,se* We $ave to e/'erien(e it %irst$an# -e%ore .e (an )no. .$at t$e .or# Presen(e "eans* O r Inner Presen(e #oes not re7 ire ti"e to a((o"',is$ an!t$ing* It is s t$at re7 ire t$e e/'erien(e o% ti"e to rea,i6e .$at $as o(( rre#* W$en .e ,ive in a ti"e&-ase# 'ara#ig"+ o r Inner Presen(e )no.s "ore a-o t s t$an .e #o* It )no.s e/a(t,! .$at e/'erien(e .e re7 ire to % ,%i,, o r 'otentia,* It $as no egoA-ase# agen#as an# t$ere%ore $as o r ' rest interest at $eart* W$en .e ($oose t$e -,oo#+ s.eat+ an# tears 'at$ t$at is 'ave# .it$ %ear an# ,a() o% %ait$ in t$e (onne(te#ness o% a,, ,i%e+ o r Inner Presen(e a,,o.s s .a,) t$is .a! t$ro g$ o r e/'erien(es nti, .e e/$a st o rse,ves* 3 t .$en .e re,ease o r (ontro, an# a,,o. o r Inner Presen(e to -ring to s .$at .e re7 ire+ so -e it* T$ere is on,! one Inner Presen(e+ an# it resi#es .it$in ever!one an# ever!t$ing* It is t$e #ire(tor -e$in# a,, o% Li%e>s e/'ressions* T$e "ore .e t ne into it .it$in o rse,ves+ t$e "ore t$is inner re,ations$i' is re%,e(te# in o r o ter .or,#* We nat ra,,! start resonating .it$ a,, Li%e>s e/'ressions* O r a.areness o% o r Inner Presen(e enters o r (ons(io sness .$en .e ,east e/'e(t it* T$is te,,s s so"et$ing a-o t t$e #isa#vantages o% $aving e/'e(tations* T$ere is on,! one e/'erien(e t$at o%%ers s a-so, te %ree#o"* T$is e/'erien(e is .$at .e (a,, Go#* On,! Go# is %ree* T$e "ore .e go .it$in an# a,ign o rse,ves .it$ Go#+ t$e %reer .e are* We (an (onne(t .it$ .$at .e (a,, Go# t$ro g$ o r Inner Presen(e* T$is (onne(tion is not #eter"ine# -! $o. .e "ove a-o t in t$e o ter .or,#+ - t -! $o. .e enter t$e si,en(e an# sti,,ness .it$in o rse,ves* T$e si,ent voi(e o% o r Inner Presen(e (o"" ni(ates to s 'ri"ari,! t$ro g$ o r int ition* O r int ition a,.a!s te,,s s e/a(t,! .$at .e nee# to )no.+ .$en .e nee# to )no. it* It s'ea)s t$ro g$ si,en(e an# sti,,ness* We ,earn $o. to ,isten to it -! tria, an# error0 -! ignoring an# o-e!ing o r int ition+ an# t$en .itnessing t$e (onse7 en(es* W$en .e $ave an o'en ($anne, o% (o"" ni(ation .it$ Go#+ .$! #o .e nee# to as) an!t$ing o% an!one e,seB W$! #o .e nee# to ,oo) %or so"et$ing in a -oo)B W$! #o .e nee# to ',an an!t$ingB S re,! t$e ver! (on(e't o% nee# is o-,iterate# %ro" o r e/'erien(eB A((o"',is$ing t$is o'en ($anne, o% (o"" ni(ation t$ere%ore a((o"',is$es ever!t$ing*

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O r Inner Presen(e #oes not entertain #ra"a* It #oes not atte"'t to "enta,,! "ani' ,ate or e"otiona,,! s.a! s* It #oes not ' nis$ s %or not 'a!ing attention to it* It #oes not .it$#ra. %ro" s -e(a se .e ignore its g i#an(e* It is not ego(entri(*

T$e instr (tions (o"ing %ro" o r Inner Presen(e o%ten #o not "a)e sense to s* T$is is -e(a se o r Inner Presen(e s'ea)s %ro" -e!on# ti"e+ an# so it )no.s a$ea# o% ti"e .$at is going to o(( r in o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* For t$is reason+ its (o"" ni(ation is not a,.a!s ,ogi(a, or in s!n($ .it$ .$ere o r attention is (ons(io s,! an($ore# in ti"e* We " st t$ere%ore tr st o r sense o% knowing, es'e(ia,,! .$en .e a''ear to $ave no ,ogi(a, n#erstan#ing to -a() it '* W$en .e are "enta,,! 'reo(( 'ie#+ .e str gg,e to a((e't an e/'erien(e as -eing rea, an# tr e %or s n,ess .e n#erstan# it %irst* T$is ' ts s at a #isa#vantage -e(a se o r Inner Presen(e knows as o''ose# to understands* It #oes not t$in)+ 'on#er+ or re%,e(t+ an# t$ere%ore is not a((essi-,e to s .$en .e t$in)+ 'on#er or re%,e(t* I% .e insist on atte"'ting to gain in%or"ation on,! t$ro g$ t$e 'ro(ess o% t$in)ing an# n#erstan#ing+ .e re"ain #ea% to it* O r Inner Presen(e on,! gives* T$e ego on,! gets*

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HAPPINESS, JOY AND BLISS
Ha''iness is a state o% ',eas re .e enter .$en so"et$ing happens t$at is ',easing to s* It re7 ires s #oing so"et$ing to "a)e t$is $a''en* I% .$at .e ass "e -rings s ',eas re #oes not $a''en in s'ite o% a,, o r #oings+ .e -e(o"e n$a''!* T$e ',eas re o% $a''iness on,! ,ast as ,ong as t$ese $a''enings (ontin e to ',ease s* T$e "o"ent a ',eas ra-,e $a''ening s -si#es+ .e t$en re7 ire anot$er $a''ening to sti" ,ate "ore ',eas re* Ha''iness is t$ere%ore transient an# (o"',ete,! #e'en#ent on e/terna, $a''enings* It is an a##i(tion to ',eas re* T$e ' rs it o% $a''iness is t$e #rive to se#ate an# (ontro, e/terna, (ir( "stan(es so t$at .e (an %ee, at ease .it$in o rse,ves* It is %i##,ing .it$ an e%%e(t in an atte"'t to a#j st a (a se* T$e ' rs it o% $a''iness #ire(ts o r attention o t.ar# into t$e .or,#+ % rt$er an# % rt$er a.a! %ro" t$e in$erent jo! t$at is a,rea#! avai,a-,e to s .it$in t$e 'resent "o"ent* @o! is a state o% inner $ar"on! t$at is not #e'en#ent 'on e/terna, (ir( "stan(es* It is -orn %ro" t$e rea,i6ation t$at a,, o r e/terna, e/'erien(es are (onse7 en(es o% o r interna, state* It re7 ires an e,e"ent o% #eta($"ent %ro" t$e e/terna, .or,#* T$is is a($ieve# t$ro g$ (ons(io s,! investing ti"e an# energ! to ( ,tivate o r interna, .or,#* A t$enti( jo! )no.s t$at as $a''iness is a ti"e %or ,a g$ter+ rest+ an# ',a!+ o r "o"ents o% see"ing n$a''iness are ne(essar! %or gro.t$+ intros'e(tion+ an# gaining strengt$ %or o r eterna, jo rne!* In t$is ,ig$t+ .$at .e t$in) o% as $a''iness an# n$a''iness -egin to -, r into one* We are jo!% , in -ot$ states -e(a se .e a((e't -ot$ as essentia, ingre#ients %or a((o"',is$ing a -a,an(e# ,i%e e/'erien(e* @o! is not a-o t %ee,ing goo#0 it is a-o t %ee,ing ever!t$ing* 3,iss is not #eter"ine# -! t$e events o% t$e .or,#+ nor is it #eter"ine# -! an! (on#ition we initiate .it$in o rse,ves* 3,iss is on,! e/'erien(e# .$en .e e,evate o r a.areness -e!on# t$e ,i"its o% t$is .or,# an# .$at .e initia,,! 'er(eive o rse,ves to -e in t$is ( rrent ,i%e e/'erien(e* Ha''iness (an -e ',anne#+ jo! (an -e n#erstoo# an# (o"" ni(ate#+ - t -,iss (an on,! -e e/'erien(e#* Ha''iness "o"entari,! trans(en#s t$e e/'erien(e o% #is(o"%ort an# #is&ease* @o! 'er"anent,! trans(en#s t$e ($anging ti#es o% e/terna, (on#itions* 3,iss eterna,,! trans(en#s t$e 'er(e'tions o% t$e )no.n se,%* As evo,ving -eings .e %irst "ove t$ro g$ $a''iness+ t$en into jo!+ an# %ina,,! A .$en it is in o r #estin! A into -,iss*

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JOY, ABUNDANCE AND HEALTH
@o!+ a- n#an(e+ an# $ea,t$ are t$e a to"ati( %r its o% a(tivating 'resent "o"ent a.areness* @o! is t$e state in .$i($ .e a,,o. o rse,ves to e/'erien(e ever!t$ing .it$o t j #g"ent or (on(ern* A- n#an(e 'ertains to -eing grate% , %or a,, t$e '$!si(a,+ "enta,+ an# e"otiona, energies t$at %,o. t$ro g$ o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* Hea,t$ 'ertains to atten#ing to t$e .e,,-eing o% ever! as'e(t o% o r '$!si(a,+ "enta,+ an# e"otiona, e/'erien(e* A t$enti( jo!+ a- n#an(e+ an# $ea,t$ are not a "eans to an en#* T$e! are e/'erien(e# .$en .e are at 'ea(e .it$ t$e eterna, "o"ent in .$i($ .e a,.a!s resi#e* Li)e o r Inner Presen(e+ t$e! are a,rea#! .it$in s* W$en .e #o not e/'erien(e t$e"+ it is -e(a se o r attention is e,se.$ere* T$e #i%%eren(e -et.een e/'erien(ing jo!+ a- n#an(e+ an# $ea,t$+ an# a(7 iring "one!+ a goo# a''earan(e+ an# $a''iness+ is vast* T$e %or"er are in(, sive+ .$i,e t$at ,atter are e/(, sive* @o! is in a- n#an(e+ a- n#an(e is in $ea,t$+ an# $ea,t$ is in jo!* I% .e e"-ra(e one o% t$ese 7 a,ities in o r ,i%e e/'erien(e+ .e a to"ati(a,,! e"-ra(e t$e" a,,* Finan(ia, a- n#an(e in t$e 'resent "o"ent #oes not "ean $aving a ,ot0 it "eans $aving .$at .e re7 ire .$en .e re7 ire it* It is %o n#e# on t$e %ait$ t$at .e are in#ee# res'onsi-,e %or o r o.n e/'erien(es+ an# t$ere%ore .e s$a,, not nne(essari,! "ani%est e/'erien(es o% ,a()* T$ere is no greater .aste o% energ! t$an to a(( " ,ate %or t$e sa)e o% a(( " ,ation* To -e ri($ %or t$e sa)e o% -eing ri($ is a "enta, i,,ness -orn o% %ear* We $ave a,, a,rea#! e/'erien(e# so " ($ '$!si(a,+ "enta,+ an# e"otiona, #is(o"%ort in t$is ,i%e+ .$i($ o r ten#en(! is to (ons(io s,! an# n(ons(io s,! see) a state in .$i($ .e are eterna,,! jo!% ,* S ($ a state o% -eing is 'ossi-,e $ere+ - t it #oes not (o"e %ro" ($oosing a 'at$ t$at $as a #estination+ or one t$at 'ra(ti(es e/(, sivit!* An! 'reo(( 'ation .it$ .anting to %ee, goo# a,, t$e ti"e+ or to $ave o r (ir( "stan(es -e eas! a,, t$e ti"e+ or .anting to a($ieve (o"',ete an# instant reso, tion in ever! as'e(t o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e+ is rea(tive an# t$ere%ore #oes not serve s* Li%e is -ot$ si#es an# ongoing* Li%e is a,.a!s an# a,, .a!s* T$e 'at$ into an a t$enti(a,,! jo!% ,+ $ea,t$!+ an# a- n#ant ,i%e e/'erien(e is on,! 'ossi-,e .$en .e e"-ra(e ever! sing,e e/'erien(e t$at ,i%e serves onto o r ',ate*

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DETACHMENT
1Ea($ nig$t t$at .e go to s,ee' .e #ie to t$e #a!* Ea($ "orning t$at .e a.a)e .e are re-orn*2 T$is is t$e $!"n o% #eta($"ent* One rain! a%ternoon a Master an# #is(i',e .ere .a,)ing a,ong a river -an) to.ar#s a -ri#ge* As t$e! neare# t$e -ri#ge t$e! sig$te# t$e -ea ti% , %ig re o% a !o ng .o"an stan#ing in t$e soa)ing rain* T$e #is(i',e noti(e# t$at t$e .etness $a# "a#e $er .$ite (otton (,ot$ing trans'arent+ revea,ing $er entire na)e# -o#!* He ,o.ere# $is %a(e+ e"-arrasse# at t$e sig$t o% $er na)e#ness* T$e Master .a,)e# straig$t ' to $er an# sai#: 1He,,o sister+ are !o a,rig$tB2 1I nee# to get $o"e to "! $ s-an#+2 s$e sai# .orrie#,!* 13 t t$e .ater o% t$e river $as risen an# is a,rea#! ,a''ing a(ross t$e -ri#ge* I a" a%rai# to (ross as t$e ( rrent is strong*2 18o not .orr!+2 sai# t$e Master* 1I .i,, assist !o *2 Wit$ t$is $e 'i()e# $er '* 1Ho,# tig$t,! to "! ne()+2 $e sai#* T$e sig$t o% t$e Master .it$ a .et+ see"ing,! na)e# .o"an (,inging to $i"+ #ee',! #ist r-e# t$e #is(i',e an# $e (o ,# on,! %,as$ a %,eeting g,an(e at t$e" as t$e! (rosse# t$e -ri#ge* As t$e! rea($e# t$e ot$er si#e+ t$e Master ' t t$e .o"an #o.n+ -o.e# -e%ore $er+ an# (ontin e# .a,)ing to.ar#s t$e #ire(tion o% t$eir As$ra"* For t.o $o rs t$e t.o "en .a,)e# in si,en(e -e%ore t$e #is(i',e sai#: 1Master+ I (annot -e,ieve t$at !o 'i()e# ' an# (arrie# t$at .o"an*2 1I 'i()e# $er '+2 sai# t$e Master+ 1an# t$en I ' t $er #o.n on t$e ot$er si#e o% t$e -ri#ge* Ho.ever -rot$er+2 $e s"i,e# (o"'assionate,!+ 1!o are sti,, (arr!ing $er*2 T$e o''osite o% #eta($"ent is atta($"ent+ an# t$e %r its o% atta($"ent are o ter #is',a!s o% e"otiona,+ "enta,+ an# '$!si(a, #ra"a* I% a 'o,iti(ian stoo# ' in Par,ia"ent an# sai#+ 1I .o ,# ,i)e to 'ass a ,a. -anning t$e "an %a(t re o% a,, %a(e "a)e& '+ -e(a se "onies s'ent on t$ese ite"s (o ,# -e -etter s'ent on a7 e# (ts2+ "ost 'eo',e .o ,# ,a g$ an# not give t$e re7 est an! "ore t$an a $ "ore# res'onse* Ho.ever+ a 'erson o-sesse# .it$ t$eir a''earan(e "a! invest ti"e in (a"'aigning against t$is 'o,iti(ian* T$e! .o ,# not -e a-,e to #eta($ t$e"se,ves %ro" t$e ri#i( ,o s s ggestion -e(a se o% t$e #is(o"%ort in t$eir e"otiona, -o#! re,ate# to t$eir o.n a''earan(e* 8 ring t$e ti"e t$e! s'ent ra,,!ing resistan(e against t$e 'o,iti(ian>s re(o""en#ation+ t$e! .o ,# -e(o"e se,ess an# navai,a-,e to a,, t$e 'eo',e aro n# t$e"* A #eta($e# 'erson .o ,# ,a g$ an# instea# t rn t$eir attention to t$at .$i($ .as va,i#+ (onstr (tive+ an# 'ro# (tive* We "a! "ista)en,! ass "e t$at #eta($"ent is t$e sa"e as -eing e"otion,ess+ #isintereste#+ .it$#ra.n+ an# n "-* T$is is not so* 8eta($"ent is t$e res ,t o% -eing 'resent+ gives rise to (o"'assion+ an# res ,ts in -eing avai,a-,e an# se% , in ever! "o"ent*

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ONENESS
Oneness is -eing a.are o% o r inti"ate re,ations$i' .it$ ea($ ot$er an# a,, e/'ressions o% Li%e* Oneness is in(, sive an# a,,&e"-ra(ing* It is a,, .a!s+ a,.a!s* E"-ra(ing a oneness 'ers'e(tive re7 ires t$e a-i,it! to "eta'$ori(a,,! 'er(eive o rse,ves as a sing,e (e,, in t$e -o#! o% a,, t$at is* T$is vis a,i6ation assists to (o"'re$en# $o. .e are si" ,taneo s,! in#ivi# a, an# inter#e'en#ent* T$e #istan(e t$at .e 'er(eive -et.een an! ,i%e %or" an# o rse,ves is t$e #istan(e t$at ,ies -et.een o r e/'erien(e o% .$at Go# is an# o rse,ves* A,, o r e/'erien(es o% ,a() an# ,one,iness+ a,, o r %ear+ anger+ an# grie%+ ste" %ro" t$in)ing+ s'ea)ing+ an# a(ting as i% .e are se'arate# %ro" ever!one e,se* T$e niverse (o ,# never s ''ort s ($ t$o g$ts+ .or#s+ an# #ee#s+ -e(a se t$e niverse (annot s ''ort .$at is not rea,* We $ave $a# to s ''ort t$is i,, sion .it$ o r o.n -,oo#+ s.eat+ an# tears* Living as i% .e -e,ieve in se'aration is ,i)e atte"'ting to ' s$ a river -a() to its so r(e* Living as i% .e -e,ieve in oneness is ,i)e a,,o.ing t$e river to (arr! s to t$e o(ean* Oneness is t$e )no.ing t$at t$e o(ean is t$e so r(e o% t$e river*

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HEALING
We -e(o"e a t$enti( $ea,ers .$en .e do unto ourselves as we would have others do. O r #ire(t ,in) to t$e $ea,ing 'o.er o% .$at Go# is to s is a((esse# in t$e 'resen(e o% o r (ons(io s,! an# (o"'assionate,! .ie,#e# attention an# intention* O r intention to $ea, ourselves is "isg i#e#* T$ere is a #i%%eren(e -et.een o r Se,% an# o r e/'erien(e* O r Se,% is eterna, an# t$ere%ore 'er%e(t+ .$ereas o r e/'erien(e is ever& ($anging an# v ,nera-,e to (on#itions s ($ as #is(o"%ort* It is o r e/'erien(e t$at is n-a,an(e# an# in nee# o% a#j sting+ not o r Se,%* We are not t$e e/'erien(e .e "an %a(t re# to %ee, sa%e an# a((e'te# in t$is .or,#* Atte"'ting to ($ange ourselves is ,i)e "oving a ra#io aro n# a roo" to t ne into a #esire# station* O r nreso,ve# e"otiona, iss es are t$e ingre#ients %or a,, o r #is(o"%ort* T$e! si""er as agitate# "enta, states .$i($+ .$en ,e%t natten#e#+ er 't as '$!si(a, s!"'to"s o% #isease* To ret rn to an e/'erien(e o% inner -a,an(e an# o ter $ar"on!+ .e "eta'$ori(a,,! ($oose to -e re-orn* O r 'er(e'tion o% .$at $as -een #one " st -e n#one* T$is undoing is initiate# -! an! 'ra(ti(e o% not-doing. 3! re"e"-ering $o. to not&#o+ .e rea(tivate o r "e"or! o% $o. to be. W$en .e give o rse,ves gent,eness an# (o"'assion+ t$e .or,# "irrors t$is* We t$en e/'erien(e a gent,e an# (o"'assionate .or,#* It is on,! o r n(ons(io s sense o% $e,',essness an# nee#iness t$at #rives s to sa(ri%i(e o rse,ves in t$e na"e o% $e,'ing ot$ers* T$e -e$avior o% o-sessive,! atte"'ting to help everyone is % e,e# -! t$e re%,e(tion .e see o% o r o.n $e,',ess ',ig$t "irrore# in t$e .or,#* On,! Li%e (an 're'are s to $ave t$e integrit! to %a(i,itate anot$er into .e,,-eing* It a((o"',is$es t$is -! inviting s to %a(i,itate o rse,ves into an e/'erien(e o% .e,,-eing* We (an on,! a t$enti(a,,! assist ot$ers .it$ .$at .e $ave -een t$ro g$* Ot$er.ise+ .e % n(tion %ro" a 'oint o% understanding an# not knowing* Un#erstan#ing -ree#s -e,ie%+ .$i,e )no.ing -irt$s %ait$* We (an -e,ieve in $ea,ing+ - t it (annot o(( r .it$o t %ait$* T$e roa# 'ave# .it$ goo# intentions ,ea#s to a $e,,is$ o t(o"e i% o r (ons(io s or n(ons(io s agen#a is to ($ange ot$ers so t$at t$e! %it into o r #esire# 'ortrait o% t$e .or,#* W$en .e 'i() ' an!one an# (arr! t$e" o t o% s!"'at$! or (on(ern+ t$e "o"ent .e ' t t$e" #o.n+ t$eir %eet ,an# in t$e e/a(t sa"e s'ot %ro" .$i($ .e 'i()e# t$e" '* T$e ,a() o% 'ea(e .e %ee, .it$in is re%,e(te# as t$e ongoing ($aos .e 'er(eive o t.ar#,!* O r ,a() o% inner 'ea(e is a,so re%,e(te# in t$e .a! t$at .e s$! a.a! %ro" an! e/'erien(e o% sti,,ness+ si,en(e+ an# so,it #e*

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W$en .e integrate t$at not$ing out there (an $ave an! rea, an# t$ere%ore ,asting i"'a(t on $o. .e %ee, .it$in o rse,ves+ .e are rea#! to (o""en(e t$e inner jo rne! t$at restores -a,an(e to o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* W$en .e see) 'ea(e+ .e " st %irst -e(o"e a.are o% t$e ($aos in o r ,i%e e/'erien(e+ -e(a se it is on,! -! reso,ving o r inner ($aos t$at .e are a-,e to reenter t$e 'ea(e t$at is a,rea#! 'resent .it$in s* On,! -! ,oo)ing #ee',! .it$in o rse,ves (an .e #ee'en o r re,ations$i' .it$ o r Se,%* On,! -! #ee'ening o r re,ations$i' .it$ o r Se,%+ (an .e esta-,is$ an a t$enti( re,ations$i' .it$ .$at Go# is %or s* It is o r .i,,ingness to -e(o"e a.are o% o r i"-a,an(es+ an# to %ee, t$e" .it$o t j #g"ent or (on(ern+ .$i($ restores -a,an(e* Hea,ing is not an a t$enti( se o% o r energ!* Hea,ing is transitiona,0 it is a te"'orar! 'ro(e# re o% energeti( re&a,ign"ent* I% .e re"ain %i/ate# .it$ t$e $ea,ing '$ase o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e+ .e -e(o"e ,i)e a #og ($asing its tai,* To -e (ontin a,,! (on(erne# .it$ t$e 'ro(ess o% $ea,ing is to ,i"it o rse,ves to -eing -ro)en $ "an doings+ instea# o% evo,ving into (reative $ "an -eings* W$en .e ($oose $ea,ing as a profession+ .e are in #anger o% n(ons(io s,! ($oosing to re"ain -ro)en as a .a! o% ,i%e* Hea,ing is t$e e/'erien(e t$at trans%or"s o r 'er(e'tions into Go#&(ons(io sness* On(e trans%or"e# .e no ,onger $ea,0 .e (reate*

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THE INTEGRATIVE APPROACH
Ever!t$ing is 'art o% an# (ontains ever!t$ing e,se* T$e integrative a''roa($ to $ea,ing .or)s .it$ a,, t$e 'arts o% t$e .$o,e+ - t )ee's its e!e on t$e (a sa, 'oint* It )no.s .it$ (ertaint! t$at .$en ($ange is a(tivate# at t$e (a sa, 'oint o% an!t$ing+ t$e e%%e(t .i,, a to"ati(a,,! "ani%est in t$e .$o,e* It a,so a((e'ts t$is ri'',e e%%e(t .i,, n%o,# at a 'a(e t$at is -est %or t$e .e,,&-eing o% t$e .$o,e* T$ere is no ' r'ose in $ rr!ing* H rr!ing (a ses o r ,i%e e/'erien(e to -e(o"e in#igesti-,e an# (onsti'ate#* H rr!ing inevita-,! "ani%ests ,ateness* Ever! $ea,ing e/'erien(e t$at is a(tivate# " st -e % ,,! #igeste# %or t$e n tritiona, -ene%its to -e a-sor-e# an# in(or'orate# into o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* process is t$e str (t ra, 'ro(e# re t$at o'ens a s'a(e in ti"e %or t$is to n%o,#* A.a)ening to t$e -ene%its o% process-work (annot -e a((o"',is$e# -! "enta, investigation* It (an on,! -e a((o"',is$ t$ro g$ an integrate# e"otiona,+ "enta,+ an# '$!si(a, e/'erien(e* Co"'re$en#ing t$e 'o.er in t$e r$!t$" o% process-work "a! not initia,,! i"'a(t or a((e,erate o r a-i,it! to earn a ,iving+ - t it .i,, i""e#iate,! en$an(e o r a-i,it! to o'en o rse,ves to t$e $eart-eat o% Li%e*

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THE CHILD
O r ($i,# se,% is t$e (areta)er o% o r e"otiona, (on#ition* E"otiona,,!+ it is in ($arge* Ever! e%%ort .e "a)e to re&esta-,is$ a ,oving re,ations$i' .it$ o r ($i,# se,% is re.ar#e# .it$ ever&in(reasing e"otiona, -o#! a.areness* O r ($i,# se,% is o r $ar-or o% inno(en(e+ jo!+ an# (reativit!* It is t$e .e,,s'ring %ro" .$i($ .e #ra. t$e ,ove .e give to o r .or,#* 3! integrating o r nreso,ve# ($i,#$oo# "e"ories+ .e re,ease o r o.n ($i,#ren %ro" $aving to (arr! o r e"otiona, -aggage* T$eir #!s% n(tiona, -e$avior t$en a to"ati(a,,! trans%or"s .it$o t o r inter%eren(e* O r g i,t at $aving -etra!e# o r ($i,# se,% "ani%ests as a##i(tive -e$aviors an# in #oing ever!t$ing in o r 'o.er to )ee' o r attention an($ore# in t$e o tsi#e .or,#+ .$ere .e $o'e its #es'erate %a(e #oes not a''ear* Yet+ its %a(e is ever!.$ere0 it is j st .e t$at (an no ,onger re(ogni6e it* Ever! angr! %a(e .e see is its %a(e* Ever! sa# event is its %a(e* Ever! 'roje(te# %ear is its %a(e* W$en .e $ave o r o.n ($i,#ren+ t$eir ne/',aine# #isease an# #is(o"%ort is its %a(e* On(e .e rea,i6e .e are n(ons(io s,! re(reating t$e e"otiona, resonan(e o% o r ($i,#$oo#+ .e are a.a)ening o rse,ves %ro" t$e #rea" (a,,e# ti"e* I% a )itten re(eives a s ##en %rig$t it #as$es into t$e #ar)est+ "ost re"ote $i#ing ',a(e it (an %in#* T$is is .$at $a''ene# to o r a t$enti( ($i,# se,%* T$e a# ,t .or,# .it$ a,, its insensitivities an# (a,, se# $eart (a se# o r s'ontaneo s inno(en(e to r n an# $i#e* We $i# so .e,, t$at .e #o not even rea,i6e o r a t$enti( ($i,# se,% is $i##en a.a!+ an# t$at t$e 'erson .e are no. is a ver! 'oor i"itation o% o r origina, essen(e* A %rig$tene# )itten (an $i#e a.a! so .e,,+ an# (o.er in s ($ sti,,ness+ t$at -! a,, a((o nts its 'resen(e is invisi-,e* To %in# o t t$at t$e -est 'art o% .$o .e are is in $i#ing in t$e #ar)est re(esses o% o r -eing is one t$ing+ to get it to (o"e -a() o t is anot$er* W$en a )itten r ns an# $i#es in %ear+ no a"o nt o% (a,,ing to it+ no ,ist o% #e"an#s+ no stern (o""an#s+ are $e,'% , in 'ers a#ing it to (o"e o t* It #oes not - #ge nti, it %ee,s sa%e* Even .$en it #oes -egin to %ee, sa%e+ it on,! 'o)es its $ea# o t a ,itt,e to see i% t$e (oast is (,ear* A,, .e (an #o is sit sti,,+ -e 'atient+ an# s'ea) to it soot$ing,! an# re&ass ring* On,! .$en t$e )itten %ee,s se( re again A not .$en we %ee, it is sa%e A #oes it (o"e o t o% $i#ing* T$en it is sti,, (a tio s* As it e"erges+ .e stro)e it gent,!+ soot$ing,! reass ring it t$at ever!t$ing is a,rig$t* We ,et it )no. t$at it is 'rote(te# an# ta)en (are o%* Event a,,!+ in t$e ver! "o"ent it %ee,s a-so, te,! sa%e+ it re,eases its "e"or! o% t$e %rig$tening e/'erien(e an# -egins to e/',ore an# ',a!* T$is is .$at inner ($i,# .or) a((o"',is$es %or o r %rig$tene# s'irits* Inner ($i,# .or) is ($oosing to -e(o"e o r o.n 'arents -! res( ing o r a t$enti( ($i,# se,% %ro" t$e %rig$tening e/'erien(es o% t$e 'ast* W$en .e s ((ess% ,,! a((o"',is$ t$is tas)+ ever! "o"ent o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e -e(o"es 'regnant .it$ t$e 'ossi-i,it! %or ',a!+ ( riosit!+ jo!+ an# ,oving re,ations$i's* For a ($i,#+ t$ere is no greater (a se %or grie% t$an to o'en itse,% to t$e e/'erien(e o% n(on#itiona, ,ove+ an# instea# to -e $ rt*

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T$ere is no jo! greater t$an t$e jo! o% t$e ($i,# re-orn .it$in s+ ,i-erate# an# set %ree to ',a! s'ontaneo s,! on t$e stage o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* To get on .it$ o r a# ,t ,i%e+ .e $a# to ' t o r n(o"%orta-,e ($i,#$oo# e/'erien(es behind us* 3! #oing so .e s ((ess% ,,! $i# t$e (a ses o% "an! o% o r 'resent #a! #is(o"%orts %ro" a.areness* T$e (onse7 en(e is .e are no. na-,e to (ons(io s,! "a)e t$e (onne(tion -et.een t$ese ear,! (a sa, events an# t$eir ongoing i"'a(t on o r 'resent (ir( "stan(es* T$is is .$at generates a ,i%e e/'erien(e t$at a''ears to -e $a''ening ($aoti(a,,!* T$ere are no a# ,ts in t$is .or,#0 t$ere are ($i,#ren t$at are a,ive+ 'resent+ an# ',a!% ,+ an# t$ere are ($i,#ren t$at are #ea#+ serio s+ an# .or)ing ver! $ar# to )ee' ' ver! i"'ortant a# ,t 'reten(es* 3e(a se .e a# ,ts "eta'$ori(a,,! )i,, Go#+ .e t$en $ave to r n t$e .$o,e .or,#+ an# .e )no. .$at an i"'ortant an# e/$a sting jo- t$at is4 W$en .e are ($i,#ren+ .e a to"ati(a,,! -,a"e o rse,ves %or ever!t$ing t$at goes .rong* T$is is -e(a se .e int itive,! )no. t$at .e are res'onsi-,e %or t$e 7 a,it! o% o r e/'erien(e* Ho.ever+ in o r inno(en(e+ .e ass "e t$at .e are a,so res'onsi-,e %or t$e 7 a,it! o% o r 'arents> an# si-,ings> e/'erien(es* T$is ,ea#s to a ,i%e e/'erien(e o% tr!ing too $ar#+ o% "a)ing nne(essar! sa(ri%i(es+ an# o% -e(o"ing the helper* It .o ,# -e a(( rate to sa! t$at .e $ave a,,o.e# o r "isin%or"e# ($i,# se,% to -e in ($arge o% #eter"ining .$at is -est %or s -ase# on its inter'retations o% t$e .or,#* Its inter'retations are t$e stories .e to,# o rse,ves as ($i,#ren+ stories .e $ave esta-,is$e# as o r n(ons(io s ,i-rar! o% (ore -e,ie% s!ste"s* None o% t$ese stories are tr e* T$ere%ore+ it is $a6ar#o s to (ontin e a,,o.ing t$ese n(ons(io s -e,ie% s!ste"s to -e t$e 'ara"eters -! .$i($ t$e 7 a,it! o% o r 'resent ,i%e e/'erien(e is #eter"ine#* On(e o r ($i,# se,% (o"es to 'ea(e+ so #o .e* I% .e are not at 'ea(e+ it is o r ($i,# se,% t$at is in (on%,i(t* It is t$at si"',e an# t$at 'o.er% ,*

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PAIN AND DISCOMFORT
Pain an# #is(o"%ort are .or#s .e se to #es(ri-e an energeti( (on#ition in o r e"otiona, -o#! t$at .e "enta,,! an# '$!si(a,,! 'er(eive as -eing .rong+ n',easant+ n'ro# (tive+ n(o"%orta-,e+ against s+ $ar"% ,+ or nnat ra,* 8 e o% o r (on#itione# "enta, an# '$!si(a, 'er(e'tion o% t$is e"otiona, (on#ition+ o r a to"ati( rea(tion to it is gro n#e# in %ear an# t$ere%ore % e,e# .it$ resistan(e* We are "ista)en,! ,e# to -e,ieve 'ain an# #is(o"%ort are o r ene"ies+ an# t$at .$en t$e! "ani%ests in o r e/'erien(e+ .e " st es(a'e or (on7 er t$e" at a,, (osts* It is (r (ia, .e (onsi#er t$e 'ossi-i,it! t$at o r e/'erien(es o% 'ain an# #is(o"%ort are #e,i-erate an# t$ere%ore on purpose* T$e! are essentia, %or"s o% (o"" ni(ation t$at $ave a ne(essar! an# va, a-,e % n(tion .it$in o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* Pain an# #is(o"%ort o-e#ient,! -ring t$e %o( s o% o r attention to a s'e(i%i( ',a(e in o r '$!si(a,+ "enta,+ or e"otiona, e/'erien(e* O r rea(tive -e$avior to.ar#s o r 'ain an# #is(o"%ort never a((o"',is$es reso, tion0 it "ere,! .ie,#s resistan(e as a too, to te"'orari,! s ''ress an# 'ost'one it* T$e "ost 'ain% , t$ing a-o t 'ain an# #is(o"%ort is o r resistan(e to it* A,, o r 'ains an# #is(o"%orts (arr! an e"otiona, signat re* T$e i#entit! o% t$is signat re .i,, -e one o% t$e "an! e"otions t$at arise %ro" t$e trinit! o% %ear+ anger+ an# grie%* It is t$e e"otiona, signat re (ro ($e# -e$in# o r 'ains an# #is(o"%orts t$at % e, o r (o"' ,sion to "enta,,! %,ee %ro" t$e 'resent "o"ent* Instea# o% resisting o r 'ain an# #is(o"%ort+ 'resent "o"ent a.areness invites s to (ons(io s,! e/',ore t$e e/'erien(e* It invites s to resist t$e a to"ati( re%,e/ to $an# t$is e/'erien(e over to so"eone e,se+ or to s ''ress it* It invites s to ste' -e!on# an! -e$avior t$at "as)s it an# t$at a,,o.s s to go on 'reten#ing t$at .e are fine, okay, alright, or .$atever ot$er e"otiona,,! n "- .or#s .e se. It is not 'ossi-,e %or so"eone e,se>s attention to integrate o r '$!si(a,+ "enta,+ an# e"otiona, e/'erien(es on o r -e$a,%* Having anot$er $ "an -eing a($ieve s ($ a %eat is (a,,e# "agi(* Magi(+ in t$is res'e(t+ is an i,, sion in t$e "in# o% a -e,iever an# a #e, sion in t$e $an#s o% t$e 'ra(titioner* Pain an# #is(o"%ort #ire(ts o r a.areness into t$e 'resent "o"ent* 3! ',a(ing o r attention on o r 'ain an# #is(o"%ort .it$o t j #g"ent+ (on(ern+ or (o"',aint+ .e e/'erien(e an i""e#iate in(rease o% 'resent "o"ent a.areness* It is o r inti"ate ,oving attention -eing (a,,e# %or .$en an nreso,ve# e/'erien(e sen#s s signa,s o% i"-a,an(e t$at .e (a,, 'ain an# #is(o"%ort* 5ee'ing o rse,ves 'resent -! ',a(ing o r ,oving attention .it$in t$e (enter o% o r 'ain an# #is(o"%ort is % ,%i,,ing o r 'art o% t$e 'ro(ess o% restoring -a,an(e to o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* Un(on#itiona, (o"'assion to.ar#s o r o.n 'ain an# #is(o"%ort re,eases .it$in s t$e energeti( too,s o% $ea,ing+ instea# o% t$e ar"or an# .ea'ons o% inner (on%,i(t*

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BEHAVIOR
A,, -e$avior is ,earnt* T$is is .$! e/a"',e is t$e $ig$est %re7 en(! o% tea($ing* W$i,e .e ,ive in a ti"e&-ase# 'ara#ig"+ .e are not t$e s " o% o r -e$aviors0 t$e! are an energeti( %re7 en(! t$at .as '$!si(a,,!+ "enta,,!+ an# e"otiona,,! i"'rinte# into s # ring ($i,#$oo#* 5no.ing t$at .e are not o r -e$avior #oes not entit,e s to -,a"e o r 'arents %or t$e state o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e an# $o. .e $ave navigate# t$ro g$ it* T$e! are not t$eir -e$aviors eit$er* T$e #!s% n(tiona, -e$avior in o r %a"i,! is not .$o o r %a"i,! is0 it is an e/'erien(e .e $ave -een s$aring .it$ o r %a"i,!* Not on,! is t$is #!s% n(tiona, -e$avior "irrore# t$ro g$o t t$e generations o% o r %a"i,!+ - t it is a,so "irrore# in (o"',etion .it$in s* It is "irrore# .it$in o r e"otions+ .it$in o r "enta, -e,ie% s!ste"s+ as '$!si(a, s!"'to"s+ an# as t$e (o#ing o% o r 8NA* We are t$e "i(ro(os" o% a "a(ro(os"* W$en .e trans%or" t$is #!s% n(tiona, -e$avior .it$in o r o.n -eing+ .e trans%or" it .it$in o r entire %a"i,!* T$e "o"ent .e no ,onger 'er(eive t$is #!s% n(tiona, -e$avior .it$in o r e/'erien(e+ it (annot e/ist in o r rea,it!* T$is is t$e a t$enti( a,($e"!* It is t$e e"otiona, (o"'onent o% o r -e$avior t$at " st -e a#j ste# %or it to n#ergo a t$enti( trans%or"ation* W$en .e enter 'resent "o"ent a.areness+ o r -e$avior no ,onger ta)es its ( e %ro" .$at $a''ene# in t$e 'ast or .$at "a! $a''en in t$e % t re0 it is #eter"ine# -! .$at is n%o,#ing in t$e 'resent "o"ent* 3e(a se it is no ,onger #eter"ine# -! a re'etitive e"otiona, 'attern+ it -e(o"es s'ontaneo s+ ni7 e+ an# jo!% ,*

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AUTHENTICITY
W$i,e .e ,ive in a ti"e&-ase# 'ara#ig"+ an a# ,t is a ($i,# in resistan(e* I% .e #o not (o""it to e/(avating o r a t$enti( inner ($i,# nat re %ro" t$e ina t$enti( 'rogra""ing .e $ave (o"e to a((e't as o r a# ,t ,i%e e/'erien(e+ t$en .e " st -e 're'are# %or a jo rne! t$at re'eate#,! #e,ivers s into #is(o"%ort an# #isease* On,! .$en a 'arent -e(o"es a t$enti( is a ($i,# %ree to -e$ave a t$enti(a,,!* Un,ess .e re(,ai" o r a t$enti( se,% t$ro g$ #e,i-erate e"otiona, gro.t$+ .e a,.a!s attra(t a (o"'anion or "arriage 'artner .$o is e7 a,,! ina t$enti(* One o% t$e %irst ste's .e ta)e to s ((ess% ,,! enter t$e a# ,t .or,# is to ,earn $o. to sa! 1no2 .$en .e "ean 1!es2 an# 1!es2 .$en .e "ean 1no2* T$is a-i,it! to -e #is$onest an# -etra! o r a t$enti( i"' ,ses t$ro.s a -,an)et o% %orget% ,ness over t$e 'resen(e o% o r ($i,# se,%* 1No2 is a (o"',ete a senten(e* So is 1!es2* 3! a,,o.ing o rse,ves to sa! 1no2 .$en .e "ean 1no2+ an# 1!es2 .$en .e "ean 1!es2+ .e ,i-erate o r a t$enti(it!* Tr!ing to -e a nice person to ever!one sa-otages o r a-i,it! to -e $onest* A t$enti(it! #estro!s a,, o r (ere"onies+ rit a,s+ an# #og"as* It a,so revea,s t$e trans'aren(! o% o r s 'erstitions* To rea.a)en to o r a t$enti( state+ .e jo rne! t$ro g$ t$e 'resent (on#ition o% o r e"otiona, -o#!* T$is jo rne! initia,,! ta)es s t$ro g$ o r s ''resse# %ear+ anger+ an# grie%* T$ese e"otiona, states $ave -een a to"ati(a,,! s ''resse# %ro" o r a.areness -e(a se .e are ta g$t -! e/a"',e to -e,ieve t$at .$en t$e! o(( r+ 1so"et$ing is .rong2* T$ere is not$ing .rong .it$ a,,o.ing o rse,ves to %ee, .$at is $a''ening to s* O r a t$enti( essen(e is t$at .e are n(on#itiona, -eings+ an# so entering t$e (on#itiona, e/'erien(e .e (a,, living is tra "ati(* W$en .e are ,iving %or t$e a()no.,e#ge"ent an# a''rova, o% ot$ers+ t$en .$en .e ta)e t$e %irst ste' to.ar#s #oing an!t$ing rea, %or o rse,ves+ .e "a! en(o nter a "assive energeti( .ave o% resistan(e* T$e energeti( .ave is invisi-,e+ - t it "a! %ee, see"ing,! i"'enetra-,e at %irst* W$at is not a''arent to t$e .or,# is t$at s'ontaneo s -e$avior never sto's .$en interr 'te# -! en%or(e# #is(i',ine0 it trans%or"s into so"et$ing e,se* O r ($i,#&,i)e 'resen(e is re',a(e# -! a# ,t 'reten(e* O r (a,( ,ate# #ra"a is s ((ess% , in t$at it "a)es s a((e'ta-,e to t$e a# ,t .or,#+ - t it a,so ren#ers o r a t$enti( se,% na((e'ta-,e to s* T$is (reates an inner (on%,i(t+ an# t$is (on%,i(t is re%,e(te# o t.ar#,! in a,, t$e .a!s .e (onj re ' to gain attention %ro" an# -e a((e'te# -! t$e .or,#*

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On(e .e rea,i6e# t$at (ertain as'e(ts o% o r a t$enti( -e$avior .ere no ,onger a((e'ta-,e+ .e (reate# ,itt,e a(ts to %in# .a!s to re"ain a((e'ta-,e* O r ga ge on .$et$er t$ese a(ts .or)e# %or s .as -ase# on $o. " ($ attention t$e! garnere# %ro" o r 'arents an# i""e#iate %a"i,!* An! attention+ even i% it .as negative an# $a# n(o"%orta-,e (onse7 en(es+ .as -etter t$an no attention at a,,* As a# ,ts o r o ter #ra"as sti,, serve t$is ' r'ose* T$at .$i($ "a)es s #i%%erent %ro" ot$ers is t$e 'art o% o rse,ves t$at is t$e "ost ,i"ite# an# se'arate#* 3e(a se .e .ere not n(on#itiona,,! ,ove# as ($i,#ren+ .e -e(a"e n(o"%orta-,e .it$in o rse,ves* We -e(a"e n(o"%orta-,e .it$ o rse,ves* T$is inner #is(o"%ort set o%% a ($ain o% events t$at initiate# o r "isg i#e# sear($ %or 'ea(e in o ter .or,#* O r ina t$enti(it! is ,i)e a (oat o% ar"or t$at 'revents s %ro" -eing v ,nera-,e to t$e a.areness o% o r Inner Presen(e* T$e ego en(o rages s to .ear t$is ar"or 'ro #,!* It ,ea#s s to -e,ieve t$is ar"or is ne(essar! to 'rote(t s %ro" 1t$e n're#i(ta-,e o tsi#e .or,#2* T$is is .$! t$e ego en(o rages t$e ro,e o% vi(ti" or vi(tor* 3! )ee'ing o r attention %o( se# on 1t$e 'otentia, ene"! o t t$ere2+ on t$e "irror an# o r re%,e(tion in it+ .e re"ain na.are o% o r 8ivine Presen(e stan#ing in %ront o% t$e "irror* O r a t$enti( nat re (an -e(o"e so n%a"i,iar to s+ t$at i% 'eo',e -e(o"e s'ontaneo s,! jo!% , aro n# s+ .e "a! -e(o"e n(o"%orta-,e+ anno!e#+ irrita-,e+ or even e"-arrasse#* Ho.ever+ .e are se(ret,! attra(te# to 'eo',e .$o #is',a! t$eir a t$enti(it!* We (a,, t$e" %ree s'irits+ %,a"-o!ant+ artisti(+ or e((entri(* We ,a-e, t$e" as i% t$e! are so"e$o. %a ,t!+ #a"age#+ an# in nee# o% re'air* Yet t$e! o%ten -e(o"e o r $eroes+ an# .e "o rn t$e ,oss o% t$eir 'resen(e .$en t$e! are gone* T$e! are t$e -ea ti% , "irrors t$at re"in# s o% t$e s ''resse# ($i,# .it$in s* So-riet! is a 'rere7 isite %or a($ieving a t$enti(it!*

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PHYSICAL PRESENCE
It .as # ring ($i,#$oo# t$at .e -egan o r $a-it o% "enta,,! eva( ating o r '$!si(a, -o#! an# entering t$e i,, sionar! "enta, e/'erien(e (a,,e# ti"e* We #i# t$is -e(a se .e .ere a%rai# o% .$at .as $a''ening to s in t$e 'resent "o"ent* We sti,, are* P$!si(a, 'resen(e is a(tivate# .$en .e ,earn $o. to (ons(io s,! an($or o r a.areness .it$in o r '$!si(a, -o#!* We "a! -e,ieve t$at .e 'er"anent,! o(( '! o r -o#!+ !et .e #o not0 "ost,! .e o(( '! o r "enta, -o#!* To t$in) a-o t t$e 'ast or t$e % t re "eans .e enter t$e "enta, -o#!* T$e "enta, -o#! is not (on%ine# to t$e ,o(ation o% o r '$!si(a, -rain* It e/ten#s as %ar as .e (an t$in)* T$e '$!si(a, -o#!+ a,t$o g$ it s!"'to"ati(a,,! re%,e(ts o r #istra(tions .it$ t$e 'ast an# t$e % t re+ is a,.a!s 9::; 'resent* T$ere%ore+ .$en .e (ons(io s,! ',a(e o r attention .it$in o r '$!si(a, -o#!+ .e are a(tivating 'resent "o"ent a.areness* I% .e $ave a %rien# .$ose $o se .e visit %or an $o r or so on(e a .ee)+ an# $ave -een #oing t$is %or a %e. !ears+ .e "a! ass "e t$at .e )no. t$e insi#e o% t$eir $o se* 3 t i% t$is %rien# as)s s to $o sesit %or t$e"+ .e "a! -e(o"e 7 ite s r'rise# at .$at n%o,#s: .e .i,, start to noti(e t$ings .e never sa. -e%ore* It (o ,# -e a (ra() in t$e .a,,+ a (ertain 'i(t re+ or an orna"ent t$at .as a,.a!s t$ere - t so"e$o. re"aine# nnoti(e#* T$e ,onger .e sta! in o r %rien#>s $o se+ t$e "ore #etai, .e .i,, a-sor-* We "a! .on#er+ 1Ho. (o"e #i# .e not see a,, t$is -e%oreB2 T$e ans.er is si"',e: .e .ere a,.a!s j st 'assing t$ro g$* We .ere never 'resent in t$eir $o se %or an! rea, ,engt$ o% ti"e* T$is is o r 're#i(a"ent .$en .e ,ive in a ti"e&-ase# 'ara#ig"0 .e are never (onsistent,! '$!si(a,,! 'resent+ .e are j st 'assing t$ro g$ t$e -o#! on o r .a! to anot$er "enta, (on(e't* T$e $ig$est a'',i(ation o% o r '$!si(a, -o#! is as a %o(a, 'oint to (ons(io s,! an($or t$e % ,, "agnit #e o% o r a.areness into t$is '$eno"ena, .or,#* It is an o''ort nit!+ .$i,e .e are $ere+ %or o r so , to a($ieve % ,, (ons(io sness+ or .$at .e "a! (a,, 9::; 'resent "o"ent a.areness*

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EMOTIONAL GROWTH
To $ave a #ee'er n#erstan#ing o% emotion, .e (an inter'ret t$e .or# as an a--reviation %or 1energ! in "otion2* T$e res ,ting 'ers'e(tive revea,s to s t$e i"'ortan(e o% ta)ing res'onsi-i,it! %or o r e"otiona, .e,,-eing an# gro.t$* T$e $ig$est a'',i(ation o% o r e"otiona, -o#! is (ons(io s,! sing it to % e, t$e "o"ent " o% o r intentions* E"otiona, gro.t$ re7 ires t$at .e %irst %ree o r s ''resse# an# -,o()e# e"otions+ an# t$en re,earn $o. to ($anne, t$is energ! res'onsi-,! so t$at it en$an(es t$e 7 a,it! o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* E"otiona, gro.t$ is a ($a,,enging tas) -e(a se it re7 ires t$e .i,, to -e(o"e a t$enti(* A#j sting t$e (on#ition o% o r e"otiona, -o#! a,,o.s s to ste' into a ne. ,i%e e/'erien(e .it$o t '$!si(a,,! going an!.$ere* O r .i,,ingness to (ons(io s,! intera(t .it$ o r inner #is(o"%ort is t$e a,($e"! t$at initiates reso, tion* A(tivating ($anges in t$e e"otiona, -o#! is a " ($ ,i)e ($o''ing #o.n a -ig tree* We ($o'+ ($o'+ an# ($o'* T$e tas) "a! a''ear en#,ess* It "a! a''ear as i% not$ing is $a''ening* T$en+ .it$o t .arning+ .e $ear a (ra()ing so n# an# t$e tree %a,,s* On(e it is %a,,ing+ not$ing (an sto' it* On(e it is ,!ing on t$e gro n#+ .e (annot ' t it ' again* On(e o r e"otiona, -o#! re,eases a -,o()age+ .e (annot reverse t$is a((o"',is$"ent* W$en .e n#erta)e e"otiona, gro.t$+ it is inevita-,e .e $ave e/'erien(es in .$i($ .e %ee, as i% .e #o not )no. .$ere .e are going+ or in .$i($ .e #o not n#erstan# .$at is $a''ening to s* T$is is nor"a, an# is s ''ose# to o(( r* O r "ost a((e,erate# 'ersona, gro.t$ .i,, o(( r # ring t$ese "o"ents o% not knowing. Fee,ing nice, alright, fine, an# okay, are t$e t!'es o% .or#s .e se .$en .e are e"otiona,,! n "-* T$e! "ean not$ing* T$e! re%,e(t t$at .e are not %ee,ing an!t$ing0 .e are #evoi# o% e"otiona, -o#! a.areness* I% t$e 7 a,it! o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e is n(o"%orta-,e+ %a(ing o r #is(o"%ort is .$at -eing rea, is+ not 'reten#ing it a.a!* Fee,ing rea, "a! initia,,! in(, #e e/'erien(ing s ''resse# e"otiona, states s ($ as %ear+ anger+ an# grie%* Fear+ anger+ an# grie% are t$e e"otiona, trinit! o% #is(o"%ort t$at gives rise to a,, t$e states o% #is&ease .e 'er(eive* O r ongoing intention to atte"'t to feel good ste"s %ro" o r (ontin a, #esire to s ''ress t$e 're#i(a"ent t$at .$at .e are %ee,ing is a%rai#+ angr!+ or % ,, o% grie%*

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W$en .e reso,ve o r o.n %ears+ .e (ease to enter %ear -e(a se o% ot$ers* W$en .e inten# to gro. e"otiona,,!+ o r n(ons(io s "e"ories -egin to s r%a(e so .e (an (ons(io s,! ne tra,i6e t$eir negative i"'a(t on t$e 7 a,it! o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* 3e(a se .e t rne# s ''ressing n.ante# "e"ories into a %ine art+ t$e! #o not s r%a(e as 'i(t res or i"ages in o r "in#+ - t as o ter (ir( "stan(es an# 'eo',e>s -e$avior t$at e"otiona,,! 'set s* 3eing (on% se# an# n(o"%orta-,e .$en (,earing e"otiona, -,o()ages is a %avora-,e (on#ition* Initia,,!+ it is a %avora-,e (onse7 en(e* T$is is not .$at t$e .or,# tea($es s to 'er(eive as a((o"',is$"ent+ or as a -aro"eter %or s ((ess* We " st ,earn t$ro g$ e/'erien(e not to %ear or resist t$e inevita-,e #is(o"%orts t$at arise %ro" e"otiona, 'ro(essing* We " st ,earn to e"-ra(e t$e #is(o"%orts o% e"otiona, 'ro(essing as a sign o% o r inner 'rogress* We " st .i,,ing,! ri#e o r inner #ragon an# to ,earn t$at o r inner #ragon is on,! ta"e# .$en .e ($oose to ri#e it (ons(io s,!* O r %ear is t$e %ear .e $ave o% o r o.n rage* O r rage is t$e anger at $aving o r $earts -ro)en* O r $earts %ee, -ro)en -e(a se .e .ere not ,ove# n(on#itiona,,!* Cr!ing #eto/i%ies t$e e"otiona, -o#! ,i)e no ot$er $ "an a(tivit!* A,,o.ing o r 'ent ' tears to %,o. %ree,! ena-,es s to reenter t$e %,o. o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* T$e tears .e #i# not (r! as a ($i,# " st r n %ro" o r a# ,t e!es to ret rn s to 'ea(e* It is nat ra, t$at t$e .or,# aro n# s -e(o"es (on(erne# .$en .e inten# to gro. e"otiona,,!* T$e .or,# instin(tive,! atte"'ts to "a)e s %ee, -etter .$en o r s ''resse# e"otions -egin s r%a(ing* It en(o rages s to re-cover; to (over ' t$e s ''resse# iss es o r e"otiona, 'ro(essing is atte"'ting to e/'ose* E"otiona, gro.t$ (a,,s 'on s to tra#e re(over! %or discovery. !iscovery is t$e art o% e"-ra(ing o r s r%a(ing iss es as gro.t$ o''ort nities* Re(over! ,ea#s to ,iving in 7 iet #es'eration* 8is(over! ,ea#s to Li%e* Re(over! ',a(es its attention on the effect* 8is(over! #ives into t$e #e't$s o% the cause* Re(over! a((o"',is$es not$ing* 8is(over! revea,s ever!t$ing* Cons(io s,! atten#ing to o r e"otiona, gro.t$ ena-,es s to %ee, at $o"e aro n# o r %a"i,!* It t$ere%ore ena-,es s to %ee, at $o"e in t$is .or,#* T$e reason .$! .e (ontin e ra#iating negativit!+ instea# o% t$e ',i%ting ra#ian(e o% o r Inner Presen(e+ is -e(a se instea# o% ($oosing to #eve,o' t$e e"otiona, "at rit! re7 ire# to give o rse,ves t$e attention t$at .e see)+ .e 're%er to "ani%est ongoing o ter #ra"a so t$at .e (an get t$is attention %ro" ot$ers*

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EMOTIONAL BODY AWARENESS
To -egin re)in#,ing o r a-i,it! to 'er(eive t$e energeti( t$rea# t$at r ns t$ro g$ a,, t$e e/'ressions o% ,i%e+ .e " st on(e again re,earn $o. to 'er(eive o r ,i%e as an e/'ression o% energy in motion. We initiate t$is a#j st"ent in o r 'er(e'tion -! (ons(io s,! training o rse,ves to -e(o"e a.are o% t$e e"otiona, (ontent o% o r o.n e/'erien(es* T$is a.areness is a to"ati(a,,! re%,e(te# in t$e .or,# aro n# s* E"otiona, -o#! a.areness re7 ires not $aving an agen#a a-o t .$at e"otions .e #esire to e/'erien(e* It is an a#j st"ent to o r 'er(e'tions t$at restores o r ne tra, re,ations$i' .it$ energ!* T$en t$ere is no goo# or -a# e"otion0 t$ere is j st energ! in "otion* We (annot t$in) o r .a! into t$e e"otiona, rea,"0 .e %ee, o r .a!* As .e -egin rea(tivating e"otiona, -o#! a.areness+ e/'erien(ing a sense o% "enta, (on% sion is -ene%i(ia,* It is a sign o% 'rogress* Menta, (on% sion 'revents s %ro" atte"'ting to -arge o r .a! into t$e e"otiona, rea," on t$e -a() o% o r ego* As .e e"-ra(e e"otiona, -o#! a.areness+ .e -egin re(ogni6ing t$e %a"i,iar energeti( ( rrent t$at %,o.s -eneat$ t$e (onstant,! ($anging (on#itions o% t$e .or,#* Conse7 ent,!+ .e a.a)en to t$e invisi-,e %or(e an# inte,,igen(e o% .$at Go# is %or s*

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LAUGHTER
La g$ter is t$e "e#i(ine t$at .e are a%ter* Inno(ent+ $eart! ,a g$er #isso,ves a,, sense o% se'aration* It is a "is(on(e'tion t$at s'irit a,,! a.are -eings are serio s+ -oring+ an# in #ee' (onte"',ation o% t$e $eaviness o% Go#,iness* T$e "ore .e a.a)en+ t$e "ore .e ,a g$* As .e -egin to a(( " ,ate 'resent "o"ent a.areness+ .e enjo! a goo# ,a g$ at o r o.n 'retentio s -e$avior* T$is ,a g$ter ret rns o r e/'erien(e to a t$enti(it!* It is o r ,a g$ter at o rse,ves t$at %rees s %ro" o r #ra"as* W$en .e ,earn to ,a g$ at o rse,ves+ .e t$en $ave a((ess to see"ing,! en#,ess ,a g$ter*

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UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
It is "ore 'o.er% , to ,ove t$an to -e rig$t* Love is a (on(entration o% Go#+ an# Go# is a (on(entration o% ,ove* Love is not '$!si(a,+ "enta,+ or e"otiona,+ a,t$o g$ t$e Presen(e t$at is ,ove "a! to ($ s '$!si(a,,!+ "enta,,!+ or e"otiona,,!* Love is e/'resse# t$ro g$ a,, t$ree -o#ies an# !et is neit$er* On so"e ,eve, .e are a,, angr! -e(a se .e .ere not ,ove# n(on#itiona,,! as ($i,#ren* We .ere a,, (on#itiona,,! ,ove#* T$is is not an a(( sation0 it is t$e 're#i(a"ent o% an n(on#itiona, -eing -irt$ing into a .or,# o% (onstant,! ($anging (on#itions* Sin(e ($i,#$oo#+ .e $ave n(ons(io s,! s'ent o r energ! atte"'ting to ,ive ' to t$e (on#itions .e t$o g$t .o ,# earn s n(on#itiona, ,ove* T$is $as "ani%este# as t$e en#,ess '$!si(a,+ "enta,+ an# e"otiona, doings t$at .e $ave initiate# in an atte"'t to gain attention an# a((e'tan(e* Un(on#itiona, ,ove is not an e/'erien(e t$at .e (an %or(e ot$ers to ($anne, in o r #ire(tion t$ro g$ t$e "ani%estation o% #ra"a* A,, attention t$at .e attra(t t$ro g$ #ra"a is -! its ver! nat re (on#itiona,* Un(on#itiona, ,ove is not "one!0 it is not so"et$ing .e $ave to or (an earn* Love is not so"et$ing .e $ave to a($ieve t$ro g$ "erit* We #o not $ave to 7 a,i%! to -e ,ove#* W$en .e #o not re(eive n(on#itiona, ,ove as ($i,#ren+ .e ass "e t$at it is -e(a se .e are not #eserving o% it* T$is ,ea#s to n(ons(io s -e$aviors o% se,%&' nis$"ent an# se,%& -e,itt,e"ent* Wit$o t e/(e'tion+ ever!one .e en(o nter+ no "atter $o. t$eir -e$avior "a! a''ear to s on t$e s r%a(e+ is ,oo)ing %or t$e e/'erien(e o% n(on#itiona, ,ove* A,, -e$aviors .itnesse# # ring o r intera(tions .it$ ot$ers t$at are not a(ts o% n(on#itiona, ,ove+ are (ries %or n(on#itiona, ,ove* W$en .e rea,i6e t$at .e $ave n(ons(io s,! "ani%este# a ,i%e e/'erien(e -ase# on o r ($i,#$oo# #e%inition o% .$at .e t$in) ,ove is+ .e (an a((e't t$e (o"i( trage#! o% o r 're#i(a"ent* As a# ,ts+ .$enever .e see) to "ani%est an e/'erien(e o% ,ove %or o rse,ves+ .e n(ons(io s,! "an %a(t re a '$!si(a,+ "enta,+ or e"otiona, s(enario t$at .i,, at so"e 'oint re(reate t$e e"otiona, resonan(e .e e/'erien(e# # ring o r initia, ($i,#$oo# intera(tions .it$ o r 'arents* T$is resonan(e #oes not $ave to -e (o"%orta-,e+ or in an! .a! ',easant* It on,! $as to -e si"i,ar or %a"i,iar* E/a"ining t$e e"otiona, signat re -e$in# t$e o t(o"e o% a,, o r %ai,e# inti"ate re,ations$i's e%%e(tive,! revea,s .$at o r n(ons(io s #e%inition o% ,ove is*

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O r n(ons(io s #e%inition o% ,ove is not so"et$ing t$at is e/(, sive to s* We in$erite# it %ro" o r 'arents j st as t$e! in$erite# it %ro" t$eirs* I% it .as 'asse# onto s+ it .as a,so 'asse# onto o r si-,ings* It is an n(ons(io s -e,ie% s!ste" s$are# .it$ t$e rest o% o r i""e#iate %a"i,!* In a .or,# o% (onstant,! ($anging (on#itions+ t$e e/'erien(e o% n(on#itiona, ,ove is "eta'$ori(a,,! t$e rarest o% a,, ge"s* A.a)ening to n(on#itiona, ,ove in t$is .or,# is ,i)e atte"'ting to %in# a -reat$ o% %res$ air in t$e #e't$s o% t$e o(ean* Un(on#itiona, ,ove " st -e given to -e e/'erien(e#+ %or it is on,! t$ro g$ t$e a(t o% giving it t$at it is e/'erien(e#* I% .e .ant %res$ air in t$e #e't$s o% t$e o(ean+ .e " st ',a(e it t$ere* W$en .e integrate t$at t$ere is no ,ove %or s to get in t$is .or,#+ an# t$at .e are t$e ones .$o $ave (o"e to ',a(e n(on#itiona, ,ove into o r e/'erien(e o% t$is .or,#+ .e enter a ne. an# 'ro%o n# ,i%e e/'erien(e* O r jo rne! into t$e ar"s o% n(on#itiona, ,ove starts .it$ t$e a(t o% giving o rse,ves t$e n(on#itiona, ,ove t$at .e $ave -een see)ing %ro" ot$ers*

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FORGIVENESS
3e!on# t$e e/'erien(e o% %orgiveness is o r ret rn to 'ea(e o% "in#* Forgiveness is a (o,,a'sing o% o r 'ositioning* Forgiveness (annot -e %or(e#+ nor (an it -e a((o"',is$e# -e(a se it is 1t$e rig$t t$ing to #o2* 3eing a-,e to ,a g$ at o r o.n #ra"as is evi#en(e t$at se,%&%orgiveness $as ta)en ',a(e* No "atter $o. .e 'er(eive t$e 7 a,it! o% an!one>s -e$avior+ o% t$e a''earan(e t$e! 'roje(t+ or t$e ,i%e (ir( "stan(e t$e! "ani%est+ ever!one is #oing t$e -est t$e! (an .it$ t$e e/a"',e t$at .as #e"onstrate# to t$e"* O r anger+ n,ess .e ($oose to re,ease it+ .i,, ens re .e .i,, not easi,! a((e't t$at ot$ers+ es'e(ia,,! o r 'arents+ #i# t$e -est t$e! (o ,# .it$ t$e $an# t$e! .ere #ea,t -! t$eir 'arents* T$e 'eo',e in o r ,i%e e/'erien(e .e ($oose to ' nis$ an# to (on#e"n -! .it$$o,#ing o r %orgiveness are o r saviors in #isg ise0 -! %reeing t$e" .e are %ree#* 3! %orgiving o rse,ves %or t$e ,earne# errors in o r o.n -e$avior+ .e a to"ati(a,,! %orgive t$e .or,#*

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JUDGEMENT
W$en .e ,oo) at a 'arent t$ro g$ t$e e!es o% 'resent "o"ent a.areness+ .e .i,, see a ($i,# .$o a,so ', nge# %ear% ,,! into t$is (on#itiona, .or,#* T$is ($i,#+ ,i)e t$e ($i,# se,% t$at is .it$in s+ see)s on,! to -e ,ove# n(on#itiona,,!* Over(o"ing o r anger+ o r nee# to -,a"e+ an# o r insi#io s #esire to ta)e revenge+ re7 ires .e over(o"e one o% t$e greatest o-sta(,es set -e%ore s on t$e 'at$ o% o r o.n e"otiona, evo, tion: arrogan(e* Arrogan(e 'revents s %ro" -eing a-,e to re(ogni6e o r ',ig$t %,o.ing t$ro g$ t$e ,i%e e/'erien(es o% ot$ers* Negative,! j #ging 'eo',e aro n# s is t$e a(t o% seeing a (r! %or ,ove as -eing so"et$ing e,se* Negative j #g"ent is t$e (onse7 en(e o% ,oo)ing at t$e .or,# in %ront o% s rig$t no.+ an# seeing t$e %ears o% o r 'ast an# 'roje(te# % t re re%,e(te# in it* @ #g"ent is a ,a() o% (,arit!+ a vir s t$at $as in%e(te# o r 'er(e'tion* It is arrogan(e -orn o% ignoran(e*

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THE THINKING MIND
T$e $ig$est a'',i(ation o% o r "enta, -o#! is sing it to (ons(io s,! navigate t$e %o( s o% o r attention* T$e t$in)ing "in# #oes not a''rove o% ($ange* It en(o rages it an# even .i,,ing,! (o"es to o r ai# in s ggesting "an! .on#er% , an# inventive .a!s .e (an e"',o! to ($ange t$e 7 a,it! o% o r 'resent (ir( "stan(es* Yet+ t$e "o"ent .e initiate an! o% t$ese s ggestions+ t$e t$in)ing "in# inje(ts o r t$o g$ts .it$ .or#s ,i)e -a#+ .rong+ #angero s+ $ar"% ,+ evi,+ an# n(o"%orta-,e* T$ese .or#s (a se s %ear+ an# so .e #o -t an# 7 estion t$e ne. #ire(tion .e are "oving in* T$e t$in)ing "in# a,.a!s en(o rages s to s(ra"-,e -a() to .$at is %a"i,iar n#er t$e 'rete/t o% restoring o r sense o% (o"%ort+ even i% it is a $a-it t$at is )i,,ing s* T$e t$in)ing "in# (annot sit on a -ea($ an# 7 iet,! .at($ t$e en#,ess .aves* Nor (an it savor t$e si,en(e o% a s nset or t$e sti,,ness in$erent in t$e (o"'an! o% a tree* On(e t$e t$in)ing "in# $as seen one .ave+ one s nset+ one tree+ it -e,ieves it $as seen t$e" a,,* Living t$ro g$ t$e t$in)ing "in# -,in#s s to t$e ni7 e -ea t! o% t$e 'resent "o"ent* An!one .$o tries to (onvin(e s t$at .e (an "a)e an! rea, an# ,asting a#j st"ent to t$e 7 a,it! o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e .it$o t e/'erien(ing .$at t$e t$in)ing "in# 'er(eives as #is(o"%ort or (on% sion is to -e vie.e# # -io s,!* Ho. " ($ .e think .e 'resent,! n#erstan# rig$t no. is e/a(t,! $o. " ($ 'resent,! stan#s in o r .a! o% s $aving an a t$enti( e/'erien(e o% knowing*

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THE EGO
T$e ego is an ina t$enti( i#entit! .e "an %a(t re# to sa%e,! enter t$e see"ing,! trea($ero s a# ,t e/'erien(e* It is o r "as) o% "a)e&-e,ie%* T$e ego is a,,ergi( to -eing 'resent -e(a se it is a ti"e&-ase# i#entit!* Its s -stan(e is %o n#e# on t$e transient trinit! o% o r -e$avior+ o r a''earan(e+ an# o r ,i%e (ir( "stan(es* T$e ego a,.a!s (overs ' its ,i"itations -! "a)ing e/( ses an# (asting -,a"e* T$e ego #es'erate,! -e,ieves in %ree .i,,* Ho.ever+ it -e,ieves t$at %ree .i,, is 1-eing a-,e to #o e/a(t,! .$at I .ant to #o .$en I .ant to #o it2* T$e ego -e,ieves t$at %ree .i,, is t$e a-i,it! to % n(tion (o"',ete,! se'arate,! %ro" t$e .$o,e* In t$e $ "an -o#!+ i% a (e,, invo,ves itse,% in t$is sort o% #e, #e# -e$avior+ .e (a,, it (an(er* T$e ego .ants s to ,ive o r ,i%e e/'erien(e -e,ieving t$at i% .e (annot )no. so"et$ing t$ro g$ t$e t$in)ing 'ro(ess+ .$at .e are atte"'ting to )no. is eit$er not tr e+ #i# not $a''en+ #oes not "atter+ an# is t$ere%ore o% no rea, i"'ortan(e to s* T$e #i%%eren(e -et.een t$e ego an# o r Inner Presen(e is t$at t$e ego $as to think in an atte"'t to understand+ .$i,e o r Inner Presen(e instant,! )no.s*

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NEEDS AND WANTS
O r nee#s ste" %ro" o r nreso,ve# 'ast* O r .ants arise %ro" o r % t re 'roje(tions* W$at is not o-vio s to s in a ti"e&-ase# 'ara#ig" is t$at o r nee#s an# .ants a,.a!s ,i"it t$e 7 a,it! o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e -e(a se t$e! ro- s o% 'resent "o"ent a.areness* Sin(e ($i,#$oo#+ t$e e/tent to .$i($ .e $ave -een a-,e to s -# e o r nee#s an# .ants $as -een o r (ons(io s an# n(ons(io s -aro"eter %or a($ieve"ent* I% .e #o not s -# e t$ese rest,ess inner voi(es+ .e a to"ati(a,,! ass "e t$at .e are not a((o"',is$ing an!t$ing* I% .e #o+ .e %ee, s ((ess% ,* In t$e "o#ern .or,# .e are a##i(te# to instant grati%i(ation* Ho.ever+ .e are never tr ,! grati%ie# -e(a se even t$o g$ .e are "a)ing ever!t$ing 'ossi-,e NOW+ .e are never 'resent to enjo! it NOW* T$e "o"ent .e re(eive .$at .e #esire+ o r attention instant,! j "'s o t o% t$e 'resent "o"ent into t$e ',otting o% o r ne/t a(7 isition* A nee# or a .ant is an e"otiona, $ nger t$at (an never -e satis%ie#* Entering 'resent "o"ent a.areness is not a-o t satis%!ing t$ese #esires0 it is a-o t entering a state o% -eing t$at #e,ivers s -e!on# t$e"*

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REACTION AND RESPONSE
One o% t$e "ost 'o.er% , trans%or"ations .e (an invite into o r ,i%e e/'erien(e is o r evo, tion %ro" rea(tive to res'onsive -e$avior* T$is sing,e a#j st"ent to o r intera(tion .it$ t$e .or,# trans%or"s t$e 7 a,it! o% o r entire ,i%e e/'erien(e* Rea(ting to o r e/'erien(es "eans t$at .e are "a)ing o r #e(isions -ase# on .$at .e think $a''ene# to s !ester#a!+ an# .$at .e think "a! $a''en to s to"orro.* We are on,! res'on#ing to o r e/'erien(es .$en .e "a)e ($oi(es -ase# on .$at is $a''ening to s rig$t $ere+ rig$t no.* It is on,! 'ossi-,e to res'on# to o r e/'erien(es .$en .e (ons(io s,! n,earn t$e -e$aviors an# -e,ie% s!ste"s t$at ,ea# s into rea(tion* 3! -e(o"ing a.are o% -e$avior 'atterns t$at #o not serve s+ .e e,evate t$ese -e$aviors %ro" -eing n(ons(io s to (ons(io s* 3e(o"ing (ons(io s o% an!t$ing a to"ati(a,,! trans%or"s o r re,ations$i' .it$ it* Rea(tive -e$avior is %o n#e# on a -e,ie% t$at the world is happening to us, an# it is t$ere%ore o r # t! to en%or(e o r .i,, 'on it* A,, rea(tive -e$avior is ,earnt0 .$enever .e are '$!si(a,,!+ "enta,,!+ an# e"otiona,,! triggere#+ .e 'er%or" an a(t t$at .e origina,,! (o'ie# %ro" so"e-o#! -! o-serving t$eir -e$avior .$en t$e! .ere triggere#* W$en .e ,ive rea(tive,!+ t$e on,! a(tivit! t$at a''ears to $ave an! rea, va, e to s is a(tivit! t$at is s ''orte#+ a()no.,e#ge#+ an# re.ar#e# -! ot$ers* 3e$aving rea(tive,! 'revents s %ro" #oing an!t$ing on purpose. T$ere is no %ree .i,, in rea(tive -e$avior* T$ere is no %ree .i,, in a ti"e&-ase# 'ara#ig"* A,, ti"e&-ase# a(tivit! is an e"otiona, '$oto(o'! o% .$at $as gone -e%ore* Free .i,, is on,! a va,i# (on(e't .$en .e enter 'resent "o"ent a.areness* On a ver! #ee' ,eve,+ .e )no. o r ,i%e e/'erien(e is a,.a!s t$e s " o% o r 'ast t$o g$ts+ .or#s+ an# #ee#s+ an# t$at rea(ting to an!t$ing .it$ -,a"e is #enia, o% t$is tr t$* Rea(tive -e$avior is t$ere%ore se,%&#e(e'tion* T$e "ore (ons(io s .e -e(o"e+ t$e ,ess ,i)e,! .e are to entertain t$is state o% #enia,* Investing in %ear+ anger+ an# grie% on an! ,eve, is e/$a sting* Ho,#ing gr #ges an# n(ons(io s,! ',otting revenge %or .$at $a''ene# to s in t$e 'ast is #raining* Atte"'ting to (ontro, t$e % t re so t$at t$e 'ast .i,, not reo(( r tires s o t* T$e "o"ent .e ,et go o% a,, o r invest"ents in t$ese sorts o% rea(tive -e$aviors+ .e i""e#iate,! $ave in(rease# energ! an# vita,it!* A Res'onse is a (ons(io s ($oi(e to (ontain an# (onstr (tive,! interna,i6e o r energ!+ .it$ t$e intent o% sing it to integrate o r n(ons(io sness* T$e t$e"e o% a,, res'onsive -e$avior is 'ersona, res'onsi-i,it!*

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O r ($oi(e to res'on# ne tra,i6es o r see"ing,! n(ons(io s an# a to"ati( i"' ,se to rea(t* W$at .e initia,,! 'er(eive# to -e ran#o" events $a''ening ($aoti(a,,! to s -e(o"e ge"s o% insig$t into o r o.n -e$avior 'atterns* We e"-ra(e t$e" as ra. "ateria, %or e"otiona, gro.t$* W$en .e )no. .e are res'onsi-,e %or t$e 7 a,it! o% a,, o r ,i%e e/'erien(es+ .e are ,ess ,i)e,! to rea(t negative,! to o r o ter (ir( "stan(es+ no "atter $o. ($a,,enging t$e! "a! -e*
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REFLECTIONS AND PROJECTIONS
An! o(( rren(e in o r ,i%e t$at e"otiona,,! triggers s in an n(o"%orta-,e .a! is an nreso,ve# "e"or! %ro" t$e 'ast -eing (o"" ni(ate# to s in o r e/'erien(e o% t$e 'resent* O r s ''resse# "e"ories an# t$eir (orres'on#ing e"otiona, signat res are so #ee',! i"-e##e# .it$in o r n(ons(io s+ t$e! are o%ten on,! a''arent to s+ i% at a,,+ as na"e,ess sensations* 3e(a se o% t$is+ it is not eas! %or s to re(a,, t$e" as "enta, i"ages in o r "in#>s e!e+ as .e .o ,# t$e "e"or! o% a re(ent event t$at o(( rre# in o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* T$ere%ore+ .e re(a,, t$e" as re%,e(tions an# 'roje(tions* reflection is an o(( rren(e in o r ,i%e e/'erien(e t$at re"in#s s o% so"et$ing %ro" o r 'ast* projection is t$e -e$avior .e a#o't .$en .e rea(t n(ons(io s,! to s ($ a "e"or!* A re%,e(tion o(( rs %irst+ an# is t$en %o,,o.e# -! a 'roje(tion* O r re%,e(tions are not rea,+ - t o r 'roje(tions $ave i"'a(t an# (onse7 en(e* 3e%ore .e -egin a(( " ,ating 'resent "o"ent a.areness+ o r re%,e(tions initia,,! a''ear as i% t$e! are $a''ening to s+ in#e'en#ent,! o% o r -e$avior* T$e! a''ear (,oa)e# in t$e g ise o% see"ing,! ran#o" an# ($aoti( e/terna, (ir( "stan(es+ or as t$e n'rovo)e# -e$avior o% 'eo',e aro n# s* As .e a(( " ,ate 'resent "o"ent a.areness+ .e attain t$e a-i,it! to see t$at .$enever .e are triggere# in a "anner t$at (a ses s e"otiona, #is(o"%ort+ .e are #e,i-erate,! -eing visite# -! g$osts o% o r 'ast so .e $ave t$e o''ort nit! to (ons(io s,! e/or(ise t$e" %ro" $a nting o r 'resent* O r Inner Presen(e is inti"ate,! an# (onstant,! (onne(te# .it$ t$e Presen(e .it$in ever!one e,se* T$is ena-,es o r Inner Presen(e to a(tivate t$e 'eo',e an# (ir( "stan(es in o r ,i%e e/'erien(e into re',i(ating -e$aviors an# (on#itions t$at re"in# s o% intera(tions an# in(i#ents t$at .e $ave ,ong sin(e s ''resse#* T$is is (a,,e# -eing set '* We )no. .e are -eing set ' .$en .e are 'set* T$e $ "oro s as'e(t o% -eing set ' -! o r Inner Presen(e to (,eanse o r 'ast is o%ten on,! avai,a-,e to s in $in#sig$t* W$en .e see $o. t$is n%o,#s+ .e ,a g$ at $o. .e,, an# $o. o%ten .e %a,, %or it .it$ #ra"a* On one ,eve,+ ,i%e is a (o"',ete set '* T$is is t$e so&(a,,e# (os"i( jo)e* W$en .e (ons(io s,! ($oose to res'on# to o r re%,e(tions+ instea# o% rea(ting to t$e"+ t$at .$i($ anno!e# an# irritate# s a-o t o r ,i%e e/'erien(e a''ears to "ira( ,o s,! #isa''ear* In a(t a,it!+ it #oes not* I% .e ,oo) (are% ,,!+ .e see t$at t$ese (ir( "stan(es are sti,, 'resent an# n($ange#* It is s .$o $ave a#j ste# o r inner (on#ition+ an# $en(e o r o ter re,ations$i' .it$ t$e"* Rea(ting to o r re%,e(tions is .$at tr e insanit! is*

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SEDATION AND CONTROL
W$enever .e #o an!t$ing to %or(e o r agen#a in t$e .or,#+ .e are resorting to (ontro, or se#ation* "ontrol is atte"'ting to re&#ire(t t$e energies o% ,i%e to "ove in t$e .a! .e t$in) t$e! s$o ,#* Se#ation is atte"'ting to s ''ress t$e energies o% ,i%e %ro" -eing in "otion at a,,* Contro, is a #!s% n(tion o% o r "a,e si#e* It is t$e intent to over'o.er o r #is(o"%ort* Se#ation is a #!s% n(tion o% o r %e"a,e si#e* It is an atte"'t to anest$eti6e o r a.areness o% o r #is(o"%ort* O r resistan(e to -eing e"otiona,,! a t$enti( (reates $eat .it$in o r e"otiona, -o#! -e(a se a,, resistan(e (a ses %ri(tion an# %ri(tion (a ses $eat* We (an t$in) o% t$is $eat - i,#& ' as a charge* It is t$is ($arge t$at -e(o"es t$e (ore&(enter o% a,, o r '$!si(a,+ "enta,+ an# e"otiona, #is(o"%ort* T$is ($arge -e(o"es e"otiona,,! e/terna,i6e# an# #e%ine# -! s as %ear+ anger+ or grie%* As .e jo rne! % rt$er into a# ,t$oo#+ .e n(ons(io s,! #eve,o' -e$aviors o% se#ation an# (ontro, in an atte"'t to n "- or (ontro, t$e #is(o"%ort o% t$is negative e"otiona, ($arge* O%ten+ in t$e "i#st o% ($aos+ .e sa! 1no2 to so"et$ing t$at is -ene%i(ia, to s+ -e(a se sa!ing 1no2 is t$e on,! .a! .e t$in) .e (an $ave an! (ontro,* 1Letting go o% (ontro,2 "eans not j #ging t$e '$!si(a,+ "enta,+ an# e"otiona, (on#itions t$at o(( r in o r ,i%e e/'erien(e as -eing goo# or -a#+ rig$t or .rong+ -ene%i(ia, or not*

For "an! o% s ,i%e a''ears to -e an event t$at is $a''ening -e!on# o r (ontro,* Cons(io s,! an# n(ons(io s,! .e s'en# ever! .a)ing "o"ent tr!ing to se#ate or (ontro, o r 'er(eive# e/'erien(e o% t$is a''arent ($aos* W$en .e )ee' (ontro,,ing ever! as'e(t o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e+ .e )ee' re',i(ating t$e sa"e 7 a,it! e/'erien(e* T$is ,eve, o% (ontro, $as to )ee' gro.ing in intensit! -e(a se (ontro, goes against t$e 'ro'ensit! o% a,, '$!si(a,+ "enta,+ an# e"otiona, e/'erien(es A .$i($ is to ($ange* T$e "ore .e atte"'t to %or(e (on#itions to sta! t$e sa"e+ t$e "ore 'o.er% , t$e er 'tion is .$en t$e inevita-,e "o"ent " o% ($ange -rea)s t$ro g$ a,, t$e -e$aviora, -arri(a#es .e $ave set '* W$en .e atte"'t an# 7 it o r a##i(tive -e$aviors+ a ($arge - i,#s ' in o r e"otiona, -o#! an# trans%or"s into an energeti( e/'erien(e t$at a''ears n-eara-,e to s* O r #rive to se#ate or (ontro, t$is inner #is(o"%ort % e,s a,, re,a'ses*

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O r atte"'t to (ontro, t$e .or,# is o r atte"'t to (ontro, Go#* We (annot (ontro, Go#0 .e on,! 1t$in)2 .e (an* In t$e en# .e a((o"',is$ not$ing* I% .e are on a $orse an# -e(o"e ,ost+ it is 'oint,ess )ee'ing o r $an#s on t$e reins* We #o not )no. .$ere to go an# so ever!.$ere .e #ire(t t$e $orse is o t o% ignoran(e* A,, .e nee# #o is ,et go t$e reins an# .ait* W$en t$e $orse -e(o"es $ ngr!+ it .i,, a to"ati(a,,! (arr! s $o"e* Letting o r e"otiona, nat re ta)e its (o rse is t$e $ ngr! $orse %or s* 3! gra# a,,! #i"inis$ing o r -e$aviors o% se#ation an# (ontro,+ .e a,,o. t$e e"otiona, -o#! to energeti(a,,! ,ea# s $o"e to a t$enti(it!*

EXPERIENCE
Ti"e is given to s as t$e "e#i(ine to ( re o r ,a() o% e/'erien(e* T$e nat re o% a,, e/'erien(e is t$at it is (onstant,! ($anging* It ($anges in %or" an# 7 a,it!* T$e %or" o% an! given e/'erien(e ta)es s$a'e -ase# on o r 'revio s t$o g$ts+ .or#s+ an# #ee#s* T$e 7 a,it! o% o r e/'erien(es is entire,! #e'en#ent on t$e e"otiona, (ontent n#er,!ing o r inter'retations* Rea,i6ing t$at ($ange is .$at re"ains (onstant t$ro g$o t a,, o r e/'erien(es is a "assive insig$t+ -e(a se t$en .e )no. t$at i% .e #o not ,i)e t$e 7 a,it! o% t$e e/'erien(e t$at .e are $aving+ .e (an ($ange it* #nterpretation is t$e )e! t$at eit$er o'ens t$e #oor o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e to "agni%i(en(e or to "iser!* Un(ons(io s inter'retation a,.a!s o'ens t$e #oor to "isinter'retation+ an# t$ere%ore "iser!* In a ti"e&-ase# 'ara#ig" it is a((e'te# as nor"a, to a(( " ,ate "enta, in%or"ation .it$o t an! a((o"'an!ing '$!si(a, or e"otiona, e/'erien(e+ an# t$en to 'ass t$is o%% as -eing )no.,e#ge* T$is "a)es s "enta,* A s ((ess% , tea($er or -oo) a,.a!s en(o rages s to e/'erien(e .$at .e .is$ to ,earn+ -e(a se on,! .$en in%or"ation is ' t into 'ra(ti(e #oes it $ave an! va, e* In%or"ation+ .$en (o"-ine# .it$ rea, ,i%e e/'erien(e+ -e(o"es )no.,e#ge* W$en t$is )no.,e#ge -e(o"es t$e %re7 en(! 'on .$i($ .e -ase o r t$o g$ts+ .or#s+ an# #ee#s+ t$en .e enter t$e resonan(e o% .is#o"*

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CAUSE AND EFFECT
We (annot ($ange t$e (a se o% an!t$ing -! %i##,ing .it$ its e%%e(t* W$en .e )no. t$at o r ever! t$o g$t+ .or#+ an# #ee# $as (onse7 en(es+ an# t$at t$ese (onse7 en(es -are %r it as t$e 7 a,it! o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e+ .e are %ree* W$et$er .e ,i)e it or not+ .$et$er .e agree .it$ it or not+ .$et$er .e -e,ieve it or not+ .e are -o n# -! t$e (onse7 en(es o% o r ever! t$o g$t+ .or#+ an# #ee#* T$is is t$e ,a. o% (a se an# e%%e(t+ a(tion an# rea(tion+ or )ar"a+ as it is a,so (a,,e#* T$is ,a. sets s %ree to #o+ sa!+ an# t$in) e/a(t,! as .e ($oose* Un#er t$is ,a. .e are an# a,.a!s .i,, -e o r o.n an(estors an# o r o.n investors* We are t$ere%ore -o n# on,! -! o rse,ves+ j st as .e are o r o.n ,i-erators* W$at .e t$in) o% as Go# #i# not (reate o r (ir( "stan(es0 t$e! .ere "an %a(t re# -! o r t$o g$ts+ .or#s+ an# #ee#s* T$ere is no -,a"e+ t$ere are no vi(ti"s+ an# t$ere is no %or(e - t ignoran(e an# %orget% ,ness to over(o"e* W$enever t$e e%%e(ts o% o r t$o g$ts+ .or#s+ an# #ee#s are signi%i(ant,! #e,a!e#+ t$e! a''ear to s to o(( r in#e'en#ent,! o% an! (a se* T$e (onse7 en(e is t$at .e t$en ass "e t$at t$e (ir( "stan(es o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e are $a''ening to us an# not because of us* T$is ena-,es s to enter vi(ti" or vi(tor "enta,it!* 3eing a vi(ti" or a vi(tor "eans .e are eit$er (o"',aining a-o t o r e/'erien(es+ or (o"'eting .it$ t$e e/'erien(es o% ot$ers* It se,#o" o(( rs to s .e are (o"',aining a-o t o rse,ves an# t$e (onse7 en(es o% o r o.n a(tions+ or .e are (o"'eting .it$ o rse,ves -e(a se o% t$e o-sta(,es .e $ave ',a(e# in o r o.n .a!* On(e .e -egin t$e tas) o% res( ing o rse,ves %ro" a ti"e&-ase# 'ara#ig"+ .e insta,, t$e %re7 en(! o% res'onsi-i,it! at t$e (a sa, 'oint o% a,, o r e/'erien(es -! -eing (ons(io s o% o r intentions* We no ,onger (on(ern o rse,ves .it$ t$e o t(o"e o% events ot$er t$an to )no. .e are res'onsi-,e %or t$e"* It is as)ing t$e 7 estion t$at is i"'ortant* T$e ans.er a to"ati(a,,! (o"es to s i% .e )ee' an o'en "in#* 5ee'ing an o'en "in# "eans n#erstan#ing t$at t$e ans.ers .i,, not on,! "ani%est as "enta, t$o g$t&%or"s in o r "in#>s e!e+ - t a,so as rea, '$!si(a, an# e"otiona, e/'erien(es in o r %ie,# o% e/'erien(e* O r ,i%e e/'erien(e is an n%o,#ing ans.er to a,, t$e 7 estions .e $ave -een as)ing* I% .e #o not enjo! o r e/'erien(e+ .e " st as) #i%%erent 7 estions* No-o#! in t$is .or,# nee#s nso,i(ite# $e,'+ -e(a se t$e n%a,tering ,a. o% (a se an# e%%e(t ren#ers s a,, e7 a,* Ever! -eing on t$is ',anet is $aving an e/'erien(e #eter"ine# -! t$e (onse7 en(es o% t$eir 'ast t$o g$ts+ .or#s+ an# #ee#s* T$is is $ar# %or s to (o"'re$en#+ es'e(ia,,! a"i#st trage#! an# "iser!* T$e energeti( (onne(tion -et.een a,, (a ses an# t$eir inevita-,e e%%e(ts "ani%ests in t$e 'resent "o"ent* T$e 'resent "o"ent+ .$en .e are not a.are o% it+ is a -,in# s'ot in o r a.areness* T$is -,in# s'ot "a)es it ($a,,enging to 'er(eive t$e (ontin it! r nning t$ro g$ a,, o r ,i%e e/'erien(es*

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S!n($roni(it! is an e/'erien(e t$at o(( rs .$en .e enter 'resent "o"ent a.areness an# are a-,e to 'er(eive t$e energeti( (onne(tion -et.een (a se an# e%%e(t*

W$en .e ,ive in t$e "enta, 'ara#ig" (a,,e# ti"e+ t$e (onne(tion -et.een (a se an# e%%e(t (annot easi,! -e 'er(eive#* Ho.ever+ o r ,a() o% a.areness a-o t it #oes not ren#er t$is ,a. ina(tive* To -e(o"e (a sa, is to -e(o"e Go#&,i)e*

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RELATIONSHIPS
As .e enter 'resent "o"ent a.areness+ .e 'er(eive o r i""e#iate %a"i,! as a 'er%e(t nest %or o r in#ivi# a, evo, tion* 8 ring ($i,#$oo# .e a,, re(eive an e"otiona, -aton %ro" o r 'arents so t$at .e (an (o""en(e o r 'art in t$e $ "an ra(e* T$is is t$e n%o,#ing o% a sa(re# agree"ent .e $ave .it$ ea($ ot$er* We are o r 'arents nti, .e n,earn an# over(o"e t$e -e,ie% s!ste"s t$e! i"'rinte# 'on s* In t$e sa"e ,ig$t+ o r ($i,#ren are s nti, .e sto' -e$aving ,i)e o r 'arents* It is (onse7 en(e t$at )ee's in#ivi# a, so ,s -o n# toget$er in gro 's t$at .e (a,, %a"i,ies* We are not on,! re,ate# to t$ese s'e(i%i( so ,s0 a,, so ,s are e7 a,,! re,ate#* O r (,ose intera(tion .it$ an!one in t$is ,i%e e/'erien(e is 're#eter"ine# -! 'ast intera(tions* 3e%ore .e (ons(io s,! atten# to o r e"otiona, gro.t$+ .e are attra(te# to ot$ers -e(a se t$e! re%,e(t o r nreso,ve# iss es* T$e i#ea t$at 1t$is 'erson (an "a)e "e $a''!2 is an n(ons(io s )no.ing t$at i% .e reso,ve t$e iss es t$is 'arti( ,ar 'erson is re%,e(ting+ t$e 7 a,it! o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e .i,, i"'rove* O r s ((ess in a((o"',is$ing e"otiona, gro.t$ a,.a!s trans%or"s o r 'er(e'tions o% t$e 'eo',e (,ose to s0 .e -egin to see t$e" %or .$o an# .$at t$e! are+ as o''ose# to .$o an# .$at o% o r 'ast t$e! $a# -een re%,e(ting*

Not ever!one see)s to e"-ra(e 'resent "o"ent a.areness* Not ever!one see)s to ,ive (ons(io s,!* T$ose .is$ing to $o,# onto .$at $a''ene# !ester#a!+ an# to "a)e %ear% , 're'arations %or a,, t$e a''arent terri-,e&ness t$at is to (o"e to"orro.+ %ee, n(o"%orta-,e in t$e (o"'an! o% t$ose .$o ($oose to (ons(io s,! a.a)en t$e"se,ves %ro" s ($ #ra"a* O r i""e#iate %a"i,! "e"-ers are o r (,earest re%,e(tions* An!t$ing an# ever!t$ing t$at .e 'er(eive to -e 1.rong2 .it$ t$e"+ to t$e 'oint t$at it e"otiona,,! 'sets s+ are o r nreso,ve# iss es* T$is is $ar# "e#i(ine to s.a,,o.+ - t t$ere is no e/(e'tion to t$is r ,e* W$en .e "a)e t$e "ista)e o% atte"'ting to (,ean t$e "irror+ instea# o% interna,,! 'ro(essing o r n',easant re%,e(tions+ .e a## to t$e o ter #e-ris o% n$a''iness t$at a,rea#! 'er"eates t$is ',anet* As .e ta)e t$e ste's to restore o r inner -a,an(e+ .e -egin to see o r 'arents+ o r %a"i,!+ an# a,, o r ,ove# ones o% t$e 'ast in a ne. ,ig$t* T$e vei, t$at o r n(ons(io s -e,ie%s (ast 'on t$e" -egins to ,i%t* We t$en see t$e" a,, as t$e ones .$o ,ove# s eno g$ to ta)e on t$e 'ain% , ro,es o% re%,e(ting o r o.n $i##en 'ain -a() to s+ so t$at .e $ave t$e o''ort nit! to see it+ %ee, it+ an# integrate it* 3e$in# t$eir "as)s $as a,.a!s -een t$e n(on#itiona,,! ,oving energ! o% o r s$are# Inner Presen(e #oing ever!t$ing 'ossi-,e to a.a)en s to o r o.n ra#ian(e .it$o t ro--ing s o% o r in$erent res'onsi-i,it!*

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RESPONSIBILITY
O r o.n %oot'rints " st ,ea# s into .$at is rea,* W$en .e #is(over .$at %ree#o" is+ .e .i,, -e re,ieve# it .as not .$at .e initia,,! t$o g$t it .as* It is .on#er% , to -e res'onsi-,e+ -e(a se it is .on#er% , to -e %ree* As .e -egin seeing as'e(ts o% o r o.n ,i%e e/'erien(e t$at re7 ire "en#ing an# a,tering+ .e a,so -e(o"e a.are o% t$ese as'e(ts in t$e ,i%e e/'erien(es o% ot$ers* It is not an# never .i,, -e o r res'onsi-i,it! to a,ert ot$ers o% t$eir i"-a,an(es+ j st -e(a se .e are a.are o% t$e"* T$e! are not a.are o% t$eir o.n i"-a,an(es -e(a se t$e! #o not !et $ave t$e 'resent "o"ent a.areness to restore $ar"on!* O r 'ast t$o g$ts+ .or#s+ an# #ee#s .rote t$e s(ri't no. -eing ',a!e# o t as o r ( rrent ,i%e e/'erien(e* Present "o"ent a.areness tea($es s $o. to re&.rite t$is s(ri't so t$at it trans%or"s into t$e %i," .e a,.a!s )ne. .as s$o.ing+ - t $ave not !et seen* T$e (ons(io sness o% res'onsi-i,it! #oes not (o"e e7 i''e# .it$ a to"ati( 'i,ot* T$ere is not$ing n(ons(io s a-o t ,iving res'onsi-,!* For o r jo rne! to -e a t$enti(+ t$e ste's to.ar#s o r ,i-eration %ro" ti"e&-ase# (ons(io sness are ta)en %or an# -! o rse,ves* O r #evotion to t$is 7 est a to"ati(a,,! ra#iates a.areness into ever! (e,, o% ever! ,i%e %or" .e -,ess .it$ o r Presen(e* E"-ra(ing t$e tas) o% ra#iating o r 'resent "o"ent a.areness res'onsi-,! "eans a,igning o rse,ves .it$ t$e intent o% doing unto ourselves as we would have others do. We are 'arti(i'ating (ons(io s,! in o r #estin! .$en .e -egin #e(reasing o r n(ons(io s rea(tive -e$avior -! to ne tra,i6ing t$e #is(o"%ort in o r e"otiona, -o#!* T$e ,ess .e rea(t+ t$e "ore .e res'on#* T$e "ore .e res'on#+ t$e "ore .e ,ive on purpose. Ta)ing res'onsi-i,it! %or t$e e"otiona, (ontent o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e is t$e #oor.a! to a t$enti( 'ersona, %ree#o"* As .e -e(o"e in(reasing,! 'resent+ .e rea,i6e .e (an on,! -e res'onsi-,e %or t$e 7 a,it! o% our e/'erien(e* Conse7 ent,!+ .e (ease to se o r ti"e an# energ! atte"'ting to (ontro, t$e o ter .or,# an# t$ose .$o %re7 ent it* We (annot #en! t$at .$ere o r attention is %o( se# is e/a(t,! .$ere o r ,i%e e/'erien(e o(( rs* Or+ t$at t$e 7 a,it! o% a,, o r e/'erien(es is #eter"ine# -! t$e resonan(e o% o r intentions* T$is ',a(es s a,, on a ,eve, ',a!ing %ie,#* W$atever .e give o r attention to in(reases* W$atever .e $ave "ost o% in o r ,i%e e/'erien(e rig$t no. is .$at .e $ave -een giving "ost attention to* T$is is t$e 'o.er o% appreciation.

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I% .e #o not ,i)e t$e 7 a,it! o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e+ it is o r res'onsi-i,it! to go .it$in to a((ess an# a#j st o r n(ons(io s (a sa, -e,ie%s* No one (an a((o"',is$ t$is %or s* Having t$e a-i,it! to a((o"',is$ t$is %or o rse,ves is .$at %ree .i,, is* 3! (ons(io s,! ta)ing res'onsi-i,it! %or ($anging t$e e/'erien(es t$at #o not serve s+ .e a to"ati(a,,! ,i-erate o rse,ves %ro" .aiting %or t$e .or,# to ($ange so t$at .e (an %ee, -a,an(e#* 3,a"e is t$e a(t o% a(( sing t$e "irror %or t$e (ontent o% its re%,e(tion* We resort to -,a"e as ,ong as .e are not rea#! to ta)e res'onsi-i,it! %or t$e 7 a,it! o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* 3,a"e is one o% t$ose ni7 e -e$aviors in .$i($ o r #ra"a is not on,! se# to gain attention+ - t a,so %or ta)ing t$e attention o%% s an# ',a(ing it on so"eone or so"et$ing e,se* 3! reso,ving o r 'ersona, iss es+ .e ,earn t$e too,s t$at e"'o.er s to (ons(io s,! an# res'onsi-,! #rive t$e e/'erien(e (a,,e# ,iving* On(e .e gain eno g$ 'resent "o"ent a.areness+ .e are a-,e to ta)e o r attention an# intention o%% o r 'ersona, iss es an# ',a(e t$e" 'on t$e .or,# .it$ intent on -eing se% ,* 3e(o"ing avai,a-,e+ an# t$ere%ore se% ,+ is t$e res'onsi-i,it! o% t$ose .$o ($oose to .a,) a.a)e a"ongst t$ose sti,, tosse# n(ons(io s,! -! t$e s,ee' o% ti"e* We (annot evo,ve t$ro g$ #enia, an# #istra(tion* We (annot evo,ve -! .is$ing .e .ere so"e.$ere or so"e-o#! e,se* We (an on,! evo,ve t$ro g$ res'onsi-,! %a(ing an# e"-ra(ing t$e (ir( "stan(es an# o''ort nities -e%ore s+ $ere an# no.* It is o r res'onsi-i,it! to #is(over .$at n(on#itiona, ,ove is so .e (an ',a(e it into o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* T$is is t$e greatest servi(e .e (an o%%er $ "anit!* W$en .e ,earn $o. to -e(o"e o r o.n 'arents+ an# t$ s to g i#e+ tea($+ n rt re+ an# $ea, o r o.n e/'erien(es+ .e ,et go o% o r ten#en(! to "ani%est o ter #ra"a* T$ose .$o are not rea#! to over(o"e vi(ti" an# vi(tor "enta,it!+ a to"ati(a,,! #istan(e t$e"se,ves %ro" an!one a((e,erating into t$e (ons(io sness o% res'onsi-i,it!* To inter%ere in an!one>s ,i%e is to -,atant,! #en! t$at .e are a,, 9::; res'onsi-,e %or t$e 7 a,it! o% o r o.n e/'erien(es* We are an# a,.a!s .i,, -e t$e (enter o% o r o.n e/'erien(e* O r e/'erien(e is on,! $a''ening -e(a se .e are in it* Un,ess .e are 'resent in o r ,i%e e/'erien(e+ .e (annot "a)e res'onsi-,e ($oi(es t$at .i,, serve s* 8e(isions "a#e -ase# on .$at $a''ene# in t$e 'ast+ an# .$at "a! $a''en in t$e % t re+ are s a,,! rea(tive an# t$ere%ore a,.a!s se,%&#estr (tive* We are eit$er in ($arge o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e+ or .e are (arr!ing a ($arge t$ro g$ it* To .a)e ot$ers ' to 'resent "o"ent a.areness j st -e(a se .e (an see t$at t$e! are as,ee' to it is %oo,is$ness* S,ee' is not a "ista)e0 it $as ' r'ose* A see# s,ee's nti, it s'ro ts*

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It s'ro ts not on,! -e(a se it is rea#! to ,ive+ - t -e(a se a,, ,i%e aro n# it is a,so rea#! to s ''ort its a.a)ening* To %or(e a see# to s'ro t is to see it in iso,ation*

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PURPOSE
In a ti"e&-ase# 'ara#ig"+ o r ' r'ose is a doing* We (annot sa! .$at t$is is -e(a se in ti"e a,, doings are v ,nera-,e to ($ange* T$ere%ore+ o r ' r'ose is (onstant,! in %, /* It $as -eginnings an# en#ings* In one "o"ent o% ti"e .e "a! %ee, t$at #oing one 'arti( ,ar tas) is % ,%i,,ing o r ' r'ose+ - t as soon as (ir( "stan(es ($ange+ t$is "a! no ,onger -e so* T$ere%ore+ o r ' r'ose in ti"e is not #one on purpose as " ($ as it is ',anne#+ anti(i'ate#+ (a,( ,ate#+ an# a((e'ta-,! in(onsistent* In a ti"e&-ase# 'ara#ig"+ .e -e,ieve t$at i% .e %in# o t .$at it is .e are "eant to -e #oing A .$at o r s'e(ia, (a,,ing or gi%t is A t$at .e s$a,, %ee, % ,%i,,e#* T$is i#ea is a "is n#erstan#ing t$at is initiate# # ring o r ($i,#$oo#0 -e(a se .e .ere not n(on#itiona,,! ,ove# %or .$o .e are+ .e -egan atte"'ting to %ig re o t .$at .e $a# to do to -e #eserving o% n(on#itiona, ,ove* W$en .e enter 'reset "o"ent a.areness+ o r ' r'ose is a state of being. As it is a state o% -eing+ .$i($ is -ase# on an interna, (on#ition+ it #oes not #e'en# on .$at .e are #oing o t.ar#,!* We (an t$ere%ore -e % ,%i,,ing o r ' r'ose .$en .e are eating+ ta,)ing to a (as$ier+ s.ee'ing a street+ or 'rogra""ing #ata into a (o"' ter* O r a t$enti( ' r'ose is to be here, now+ .$ere .e $ave -een ',a(e#* T$ere is no $ig$er ' r'ose t$an to -e avai,a-,e an# se% , ' re,! t$ro g$ -eing % ,,! 'resent an# 'a!ing attention* 3! a((o"',is$ing t$is+ .e -e(o"e Go#>s e!es+ ears+ $an#s+ an# %eet* We .a,) %or Go#+ ta,) %or Go#+ ,ive %or Go#+ an# ,ove %or Go#* W$en .e ,ive on purpose+ o r Presen(e is Go#>s Presen(e*

As .e enter 'resent "o"ent a.areness+ it -e(o"es o-vio s t$at o r $ig$est %re7 en(! o% a(tivit! is to serve t$e .$o,e -! ta)ing (are o% t$e 'art t$at is .it$in o r e/'erien(e* T$e ent$ sias" to serve er 'ts a to"ati(a,,! %ro" .it$in s+ an# .$en .e %o,,o. its -e()oning+ it ,ea#s to a jo!o s an# #ee',! satis%!ing ,i%e e/'erien(e* T$e "ost -,esse# ',a(e to -e is in t$e (enter o% a ,i%e t$at is #e#i(ate# to n(on#itiona, servi(e* T$is is t$e so r(e o% t$e eterna, %o ntain o% n(on#itiona, ,ove* T$is is t$e to' o% t$e $ig$est "o ntain .e (an (,i"-* To $ave an o''ort nit! to .ear t$e .ings o% jo!% , servi(e is t$e greatest gi%t .e (an give to an# %ro" o r o.n $earts* T$e %oot'rints o% ,oving servi(e a,.a!s e"erge %ro" an# ,ea# into t$e (enter o% Go#>s $eart* We serve o r ',anet -est -! inviting .$at Go# is %or s to %,o. to t$e %ore%ront o% o r a.areness an# t$ro g$o t a,, o r e/'erien(es*

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Fait$ is t$e ,ti"ate a(t o% not&#oing* Fait$ is t$e )no.ing t$ere is a greater 'o.er+ an# i% .e a,,o. it to ta)e t$e reigns+ it .i,, a((o"',is$ t$e see"ing,! i"'ossi-,e on o r -e$a,%* Fait$ $as not$ing to #o .it$ 'ra!ers -eing ans.ere#* T$is is -e(a se 'ra!er+ in t$e (onventiona, sense+ is t$e ,ti"ate ,a() o% %ait$* To as) Go# %or an!t$ing is to a(t as i% Go# is ignorant+ is not .it$in s+ an# (o ,# %orget s an# o r nee#s* T$e on,! 'ra!ers t$at #o not s$o. a ,a() o% %ait$ are to as) Go# %or Go#+ or to give t$an)s %or ,i%e e/a(t,! as it revea,s itse,% to s* 3ot$ are t$e sa"e 'ra!er* Fait$ is tr sting t$at ever!t$ing $a''ens as 'art o% Go#>s n%o,#ing ',an+ assisting s to rea,i6e .$at .e are so t$at .e (an (o"'re$en# .$at Go# is*

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COMPLETION
In 'resent "o"ent a.areness+ completion #oes not "ean -eing %inis$e#0 it "eans arriving at a 'oint in o r jo rne! .$ere .e are a-,e to a((e't t$at .e are 9::; res'onsi-,e %or o r ,i%e e/'erien(e* On(e .e rea,i6e t$at o r entire ,i%e e/'erien(e is a gro.t$ o''ort nit!+ .e no ,onger $ave an! reason to %ear* We (annot enter o r in$erent $o,iness+ o r .$o,eness+ -! e/(, #ing an! o% t$e '$!si(a,+ "enta,+ an# e"otiona, e/'ressions .e see 'on t$e %a(e o% Go#* No "atter $o. .e "a! inter'ret it in an! given "o"ent+ ever! as'e(t o% o r ,i%e e/'erien(e is an e/'ression 'on t$e %a(e o% Go#* We are not "eant to -ring 'ea(e to t$is ',anet* S ($ a notion is a #istra(tion* T$is ',anet is ne tra,* As s ($ it is t$e 'er%e(t set up %or an! so , rea#! to evo,ve t$ro g$ t$e %re7 en(! o% res'onsi-i,it!* We are $ere -e(a se .e $ave ($osen to be. T$is eart$ s($oo, is t$e gran#est o% a,, $a,,s o% "irrors* We are $ere+ no.+ to #is(over t$at .e (an on,! tr ,! e/'erien(e 'ea(e .$en .e o%%er it to o r o.n $earts* W$en .e o%%er 'ea(e to o rse,ves+ t$e "irror t$at t$is .or,# is -egins to ,a g$ at t$e ',a! o% it a,,* T$en 'ea(e (o"es (as(a#ing in %ro" ever! #ire(tion* T$e Pat$.a! o% A.areness .e "ove# t$ro g$ as .e entere# t$is .or,# ena-,e# s to arrive an# an($or o r (ons(io sness $ere* T$is+ $o.ever+ is on,! $a,% t$e jo rne!* O r intent to rea.a)en to 'resent "o"ent a.areness a(tivates t$e ot$er $a,%* It e"'o.ers s to (ons(io s,! stan# in t$is o ter .or,# an# to si" ,taneo s,! retra(e o r ste's to reesta-,is$ a (ons(io s (onne(tion .it$ o r Inner Presen(e* Conse7 ent,!+ .e esta-,is$e# an o'en ,ine o% (o"" ni(ation t$at ena-,es s to (ons(io s,! -e in t$is (on#itiona, .or,#+ an# si" ,taneo s,! (onne(te# to t$e n(on#itiona, So r(e t$at ena-,e# ever! as'e(t o% o r e/'erien(e to (o"e into -eing* T$is e,evates s into a state o% -eing in .$i($ .e are 1in t$e .or,# - t not o% it2* It ena-,es s to to ($ t$is .or,# #ee',! t$ro g$ o r s$are# Inner Presen(e+ - t re"ain nto ($e# -! it* It trans%or"s s %ro" vi(ti"s an# vi(tors into ve$i(,es o% t$e $ig$est servi(e* In t$e rea,"s o% $ "an e/',oration+ t$is jo rne! trans%or"s s into $eroes o% (ons(io sness* O r ,i%e e/'erien(e is o r #ivine #estin!+ n%o,#ing #e,i-erate,! a((or#ing to a sa(re# -, e'rint t$at invites s to e"-ra(e o r $ig$est 'otentia,* It is a -ea ti% , gi%t revea,e# -! o r (ons(io s n.ra''ing o% it* Enjo!+ an# go in Pea(e*

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A,so .ritten -! Mi($ae, 3ro.n
THE PRESENCE PROCESS: A Hea,ing @o rne! Into Present Mo"ent A.areness P -,is$e# -! Na"aste P -,is$ing In(* ...*na"aste' -,is$ing*(o"
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A(tivating t$e n,i"ite# 'o.er an# 'ossi-i,ities o% o r inner PRESENCE is t$e intent o% THE PRESENCE PROCESS* O r inner PRESENCE ,itera,,! )no.s no or#er o% #i%%i( ,t! an# so a(tivating t$is as'e(t o% o rse,ves ena-,es s to 'ro(ess t$e nat re o% an! nintegrate# ,i%e e/'erien(e* Ho.ever+ o r PRESENCE a.areness is not a (on(e't* It (annot -e e/',aine# to s -! an!-o#! e,se* We $ave to e/'erien(e it an# t$e (onse7 en(es o% a(( " ,ating it -e%ore .e (an -egin to gras' .$at t$e .or# PRESENCE "eans* THE PRESENCE PROCESS is an e/'erientia, jo rne! t$at ena-,es s to a((o"',is$ t$is*
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