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The new science of inner speech
« on: September 22, 2018, 11:12:46 AM »

Philip Jaekl
Aeon
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
I think, therefore I am,’ the 17th-century philosopher René Descartes proclaimed as a first truth. That truth was rediscovered in 1887 by Helen Keller, a deaf and blind girl, then seven years of age: ‘I did not know that I am. I lived in a world that was a no world … When I learned the meaning of “I” and “me” and found that I was something,’ she later explained, ‘I began to think. Then consciousness first existed for me.’ As both these pioneers knew, a fundamental part of conscious experience is ‘inner speech’ – the experience of verbal thought, expressed in one’s ‘inner voice’. Your inner voice is you.



https://aeon.co/essays/our-inner-narrator-gives-us-continuity-and-a-sense-of-self

https://www.sott.net/article/396065-The-new-science-of-inner-speech
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The New Science of Inner Speech
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2018, 12:07:21 PM »

George Hoben Estabrooks (1895 – 1973) was a Canadian-American psychologist and hypnotist. He fully fit the standard “made man” pedigree that we write about so often on this website. Estabrooks was a Harvard University graduate, a Rhodes Scholar and became a 32nd-degree Knight Templar Freemason. His primary books were “Hypnotism,” “Spiritism,” and “Man, the Mechanical Misfit.”

In “Hypnotism,” first published in 1943, Estabrooks candidly acknowledged that his “main interest has always been the military application of hypnosis.” He estimated that five percent of people were excellent hypnosis candidates. Programs at various levels were pursued. Manchurian-candidate assassins, or the use of patsies, was a common theme. Infiltration of targeted governments and key positions to control a country through kakistocratic infestation or in the interest of a foreign power is right out there.

The best candidates of all were subjects suffering from what used to be termed as multiple-personality disorder (MPD), and what is now termed dissociative-identity disorder (DID). The Crime Syndicate has root-level programs to find and develop such subjects. They can also be created by the therapist.




https://www.winterwatch.net/2018/09/george-estabrooks-sick-godfather-of-hypnotic-mind-control/
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Re: The new science of inner speech
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2018, 10:06:10 AM »

The first “social network” of brains lets three people transmit thoughts to each other’s heads
BrainNet allows collaborative problem-solving using direct brain-to-brain communication.

    by Emerging Technology from the arXiv September 29, 2018


The ability to send thoughts directly to another person’s brain is the stuff of science fiction. At least, it used to be.

 In recent years, physicists and neuroscientists have developed an armory of tools that can sense certain kinds of thoughts and transmit information about them into other brains. That has made brain-to-brain communication a reality.

These tools include electroencephalograms (EEGs) that record electrical activity in the brain and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which can transmit information into the brain.



https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612212/the-first-social-network-of-brains-lets-three-people-transmit-thoughts-to-each-others-heads/
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Re: The new science of inner speech
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2018, 05:17:24 PM »
Jerry Tennant: Healing is Voltage — The Physics of Emotions | EU2017

Sep 29, 2018

Most people have heard of the “mind/body connection” and are aware that emotions affect the way people act. However, few can describe how that works. What is relatively new is our understanding that emotions are stored in and around the body as magnetic fields. Not only do these magnetic fields cause the biochemical effects noted above, but they also block the flow of voltage in the associated muscle battery packs that provide the voltage necessary for organs to function and repair themselves. He will discuss the human body’s battery packs, wiring system, and the physics of how our electronic systems are affected by these emotions. In addition, he will discuss how other magnetic fields and scalar energy can be used to erase these emotions, leaving behind only memories that do not disrupt our health and physiology. Dr. Jerry Tennant is board certified in ophthalmology and ophthalmic plastic surgery (residency, Harvard Medical School and Southwestern Medical School.) He was the director of ophthalmic plastic surgery clinic at Parkland Hospital in Dallas and practiced from 1965 to 1995. He did much of the FDA study for the VISX Excimer laser and performed approximately 1000 surgeries in the United States and Europe. In addition, Dr. Tennant was the founder/director of the Dallas Eye Institute and one of the first surgeons in the US to place intraocular lenses in eyes after cataract surgery and taught these techniques around the world. He holds patents for medical devices including intraocular lenses and several surgical instruments. While licensed in Arizona by the Board of Homeopathic and Alternative Medicine, Dr. Tennant is currently the Director of the Tennant Institute for Integrative Medicine.


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The new science of inner speech/ The Untethered Soul
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2018, 06:39:42 AM »
“In the book, The Untethered Soul, Michael Singer takes you step-by-step through the
process of Gyana, the Yoga of the Intellect, to the Source. Moreover, he does it with elegant
simplicity. Read this book carefully and you will get more than a glimpse of eternity.”


Introduction
Part 1: Awakening Consciousness
1 The Voice Inside Your Head
2 Your Inner Roommate
3 Who Are You?
4 The Lucid Self
Part 2: Experiencing Energy
5 Infinite Energy
6 The Secrets of the Spiritual Heart
7 Transcending the Tendency to Close
Part 3: Freeing Yourself
8 Let Go Now or Fall
9 Removing Your Inner Thorn
10 Stealing Freedom for Your Soul
11 Pain, the Price of Freedom
Part 4: Going Beyond
12 Taking Down the Walls
13 Far, Far Beyond
14 Letting Go of False Solidity
Part 5: Living Life
15 The Path of Unconditional Happiness
16 The Spiritual Path of Nonresistance
17 Contemplating Death
18 The Secret of the Middle Way
19 The Loving Eyes of God



introduction


“This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day,
thou canst not then be false to any man.” —William Shakespeare


Shakespeare’s age-honored words, spoken by Polonius to his son Laertes in Act I of Hamlet, sound so
clear and unambiguous. They tell us that to maintain honest relations with others we must first be true
to ourselves. Yet if Laertes were to be totally honest with himself, he would realize that his father
may as well have told him to catch the wind. After all, to which “self” are we to be true? Is it the one
that shows up when we’re in a bad mood, or the one that is present when we feel humbled by our
mistakes? Is it the one who speaks from the dark recesses of the heart when we’re depressed or upset,
or the one that appears during those fleeting moments when life seems so fanciful and light?
From these questions we see that the concept of “self” may turn out to be a bit more elusive than
initially presumed. Perhaps if Laertes could have turned to traditional psychology, it would have shed
some light on the subject. Freud (1927), the father of psychology, divided the psyche into three parts:
the id, the ego, and the superego. He saw the id as our primal, animal nature; the superego as the
judgment system that society has instilled within us; and the ego as our representative to the outside
world that struggles to maintain a balance between the other two powerful forces. But this certainly
would not have helped young Laertes. After all, to which of these conflicting forces are we to be
true?
Again we see that things are not always as simple as they seem. If we dare to look past the surface
of the term “self,” questions arise that many people would rather not ask: “Are the many aspects of
my being all equally part of my ‘self,’ or is there only one of me—and if so, which, where, how, and
why?”
In the following chapters, we will undertake a journey of exploration of “self.” But we will not
do so in a traditional manner. We will neither call upon the experts in psychology, nor upon the great
philosophers. We will not argue and choose between time-honored religious views, or resort to
statistically supported surveys of people’s opinions. We will, instead, turn to a single source that has
phenomenal direct knowledge on the subject. We will turn to one expert who, for every moment of
every day of their life, has been collecting the data necessary to finally put this great inquiry to rest.
And that expert is you.
But before you get too excited, or decide that you’re not up to the task, first be clear that we’re not
after your views or opinions on the subject. Neither are we interested in what books you have read,
classes you have taken, nor seminars you have attended. We are only interested in your intuitive
experience of what it is like to be you. We are not looking for your knowledge; we are seeking your
direct experience. You see, you can’t fail at this because your “self” is what you are, at all times and
in all places. We simply need to sort it out. After all, it can get quite confusing in there.
The chapters of this book are nothing but mirrors for seeing your “self” from different angles. And
though the journey we are about to embark on is an inner one, it will draw upon every aspect of your
life. The only requirement asked of you is the willingness to honestly look at yourself in the most
natural, intuitive manner. Remember, if we are seeking the root of “self,” what we are actually
seeking is you.
As you read through these pages, you will find that you know much more than you thought you did
about some very deep subjects. The fact is, you already know how to find yourself; you have just
gotten distracted and disoriented. Once refocused, you will realize that you not only have the ability
to find yourself, you have the ability to free yourself. Whether you choose to do so or not is entirely
up to you. But upon completion of your journey through these chapters, there will be no more
confusion, no more lack of empowerment, and no more blaming others. You will know exactly what
must be done. And should you choose to devote yourself to the ongoing journey of self-realization,
you will develop a tremendous sense of respect for who you really are. It is only then that you will
come to appreciate the full depth of meaning in the advice: “This above all: to thine own self be
true.”


Chapter 1

The voice inside your head

“Shoot, I can’t remember her name. What is her name? Darn, here she comes.
What is it… Sally… Sue? She just told me yesterday. What’s the matter with me? This
is going to be embarrassing.”
In case you haven’t noticed, you have a mental dialogue going on inside your head that never stops. It
just keeps going and going. Have you ever wondered why it talks in there? How does it decide what
to say and when to say it? How much of what it says turns out to be true? How much of what it says is
even important? And if right now you are hearing, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I don’t
have any voice inside my head!”—that’s the voice we’re talking about.
If you’re smart, you’ll take the time to step back, examine this voice, and get to know it better. The
problem is, you’re too close to be objective. You have to step way back and watch it converse. While
you’re driving, you hear internal conversations like,
“Wasn’t I supposed to call Fred? I should have. Oh my God, I can’t believe I
forgot! He’s going to be so mad. He may never talk to me again. Maybe I should stop
and call him right now. No. I don’t want to stop the car right now…”
Notice that the voice takes both sides of the conversation. It doesn’t care which side it takes, just
as long as it gets to keep on talking. When you’re tired and trying to sleep, it’s the voice inside your
head that says,
“What am I doing? I can’t go to sleep yet. I forgot to call Fred. I remembered in the
car but I didn’t call. If I don’t call now…oh wait, it’s too late. I shouldn’t call him
now. I don’t even know why I thought about it. I need to fall asleep. Oh shoot, now I
can’t fall asleep. I’m not tired anymore. But I have a big day tomorrow, and I have to
get up early.”
No wonder you can’t sleep! Why do you even tolerate that voice talking to you all the time? Even if
what it’s saying is soothing and nice, it’s still disturbing everything you’re doing.
If you spend some time observing this mental voice, the first thing you will notice is that it never
shuts up. When left to its own, it just talks. Imagine if you were to see someone walking around
constantly talking to himself. You’d think he was strange. You’d wonder, “If he’s the one who’s
talking and he’s the one who’s listening, he obviously knows what’s going to be said before he says it.
So what’s the point?” The same is true for the voice inside your head. Why is it talking? It’s you
who’s talking, and it’s you who’s listening. And when the voice argues with itself, who is it arguing
with? Who could possibly win? It gets very confusing. Just listen:
“I think I should get married. No! You know you’re not ready. You’ll be sorry. But
I love him. Oh come on, you felt that way about Tom. What if you had married him?”
If you watch carefully, you’ll see that it’s just trying to find a comfortable place to rest. It will
change sides in a moment if that seems to help. And it doesn’t even quiet down when it finds out that
it’s wrong. It simply adjusts its viewpoint and keeps on going. If you pay attention, these mental
patterns will become obvious to you. It’s actually a shocking realization when you first notice that
your mind is constantly talking. You might even try to yell at it in a feeble attempt to shut it up. But
then you realize that’s the voice yelling at the voice:
“Shut up! I want to go to sleep. Why do you have to talk all the time?”
Obviously, you can’t shut it up that way. The best way to free yourself from this incessant chatter
is to step back and view it objectively. Just view the voice as a vocalizing mechanism that is capable
of making it appear like someone is in there talking to you. Don’t think about it; just notice it. No
matter what the voice is saying, it’s all the same. It doesn’t matter if it’s saying nice things or mean
things, worldly things or spiritual things. It doesn’t matter because it’s still just a voice talking inside
your head. In fact, the only way to get your distance from this voice is to stop differentiating what it’s
saying. Stop feeling that one thing it says is you and the other thing it says is not you. If you’re hearing
it talk, it’s obviously not you. You are the one who hears the voice. You are the one who notices that
it’s talking.
You do hear it when it talks, don’t you? Make it say “hello” right now. Say it over and over a few
times. Now shout it inside! Can you hear yourself saying “hello” inside? Of course you can. There is
a voice talking, and there is you who notices the voice talking. The problem is that it’s easy to notice
the voice saying “hello,” but it’s difficult to see that no matter what the voice says, it is still just a
voice talking and you listening. There is absolutely nothing that voice can say that is more you than
anything else it says. Suppose you were looking at three objects—a flowerpot, a photograph, and a
book—and were then asked, “Which of these objects is you?” You’d say, “None of them! I’m the one
who’s looking at what you’re putting in front of me. It doesn’t matter what you put in front of me, it’s
always going to be me looking at it.” You see, it’s an act of a subject perceiving various objects. This
is also true of hearing the voice inside. It doesn’t make any difference what it’s saying, you are the
one who is aware of it. As long as you think that one thing it’s saying is you, but the other thing it’s
saying is not you, you’ve lost your objectivity. You may want to think of yourself as the part that says
the nice things, but that’s still the voice talking. You may like what it says, but it’s not you.
There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind
—you are the one who hears it. If you don’t understand this, you will try to figure out which of the
many things the voice says is really you. People go through so many changes in the name of “trying to
find myself.” They want to discover which of these voices, which of these aspects of their
personality, is who they really are. The answer is simple: none of them.
If you watch it objectively, you will come to see that much of what the voice says is meaningless.
Most of the talking is just a waste of time and energy. The truth is that most of life will unfold in
accordance with forces far outside your control, regardless of what your mind says about it. It’s like
sitting down at night and deciding whether you want the sun to come up in the morning. The bottom
line is, the sun will come up and the sun will go down. Billions of things are going on in this world.
You can think about it all you want, but life is still going to keep on happening.
In fact, your thoughts have far less impact on this world than you would like to think. If you’re
willing to be objective and watch all your thoughts, you will see that the vast majority of them have
no relevance. They have no effect on anything or anybody, except you. They are simply making you
feel better or worse about what is going on now, what has gone on in the past, or what might go on in
the future. If you spend your time hoping that it doesn’t rain tomorrow, you are wasting your time.
Your thoughts don’t change the rain. You will someday come to see that there is no use for that
incessant internal chatter, and there is no reason to constantly attempt to figure everything out.
Eventually you will see that the real cause of problems is not life itself. It’s the commotion the mind
makes about life that really causes problems.
Now this raises a serious question: If so much of what the voice says is meaningless and
unnecessary, then why does it even exist? The secret to answering this question lies in understanding
why it says what it says when it says it. For example, in some cases the mental voice talks for the
same reason that a teakettle whistles. That is, there’s a buildup of energy inside that needs to be
released. If you watch objectively, you will see that when there’s a buildup of nervous, fearful, or
desire-based energies inside, the voice becomes extremely active. This is easy to see when you are
angry with someone and you feel like telling them off. Just watch how many times the inner voice tells
them off before you even see them. When energy builds up inside, you want to do something about it.
That voice talks because you’re not okay inside, and talking releases energy.
You will notice, however, that even when you’re not particularly bothered by something, it still
talks. When you’re walking down the street it says things like,
“Look at that dog! It’s a Labrador! Hey, there’s another dog in that car. He looks a
lot like my first dog, Shadow. Whoa, there’s an old Oldsmobile. It’s got Alaska plates.
You don’t see many of those down here!”
It is actually narrating the world for you. But why do you need this? You already see what’s
happening outside; how does it help to repeat it to yourself through the mental voice? You should
examine this very closely. With a simple glance, you instantly take in the tremendous detail of
whatever you’re looking at. If you see a tree, you effortlessly see the branches, the leaves, and the
flowering buds. Why then do you have to verbalize what you have already seen?
“Look at that dogwood. The green leaves are so beautiful against the white
flowers. Look how many flowers there are. Wow, it’s so full!”
What you’ll see, if you study this carefully, is that the narration makes you feel more comfortable
with the world around you. Like backseat driving, it makes you feel as though things are more in your
control. You actually feel like you have some relationship with them. A tree is no longer just a tree in
the world that has nothing to do with you; it is a tree that you saw, labeled, and judged. By verbalizing
it mentally, you brought that initial direct experience of the world into the realm of your thoughts.
There it becomes integrated with your other thoughts, such as those making up your value system and
historical experiences.
Take a moment to examine the difference between your experience of the outside world and your
interactions with the mental world. When you’re just thinking, you’re free to create whatever thoughts
you want in your mind, and these thoughts are expressed through the voice. You are very accustomed
to settling into the playground of the mind and creating and manipulating thoughts. This inner world is
an alternate environment that is under your control. The outside world, however, marches to its own
laws. When the voice narrates the outside world to you, those thoughts are now side by side, in parity,
with all your other thoughts. All these thoughts intermix and actually influence your experience of the
world around you. What you end up experiencing is really a personal presentation of the world
according to you, rather than the stark, unfiltered experience of what is really out there. This mental
manipulation of the outer experience allows you to buffer reality as it comes in. For example, there
are myriad things that you see at any given moment, yet you only narrate a few of them. The ones you
discuss in your mind are the ones that matter to you. With this subtle form of preprocessing, you
manage to control the experience of reality so that it all fits together inside your mind. Your
consciousness is actually experiencing your mental model of reality, not reality itself.
You have to watch this very carefully because you do it all the time. You’re walking outside in the
winter, you start to shiver, and the voice says, “It’s cold!” Now how did that help you? You already
knew it was cold. You’re the one who’s experiencing the cold. Why is it telling you this? You recreate
the world within your mind because you can control your mind whereas you can’t control the
world. That is why you mentally talk about it. If you can’t get the world the way you like it, you
internally verbalize it, judge it, complain about it, and then decide what to do about it. This makes you
feel more empowered. When your body experiences cold, there may be nothing you can do to affect
the temperature. But when your mind verbalizes, “It’s cold!” you can say, “We’re almost home, just a
few more minutes.” Now you feel better. In the thought world there’s always something you can do to
control the experience.
Basically, you re-create the outside world inside yourself, and then you live in your mind. What if
you decided not to do this? If you decide not to narrate and, instead, just consciously observe the
world, you will feel more open and exposed. This is because you really don’t know what will happen
next, and your mind is accustomed to helping you. It does this by processing your current experiences
in a way that makes them fit with your views of the past and visions of the future. All of this helps to
create a semblance of control. If your mind doesn’t do this, you simply become too uncomfortable.
Reality is just too real for most of us, so we temper it with the mind.
You will come to see that the mind talks all the time because you gave it a job to do. You use it as
a protection mechanism, a form of defense. Ultimately, it makes you feel more secure. As long as
that’s what you want, you will be forced to constantly use your mind to buffer yourself from life,
instead of living it. This world is unfolding and really has very little to do with you or your thoughts.
It was here long before you came, and it will be here long after you leave. In the name of attempting to
hold the world together, you’re really just trying to hold yourself together.
True personal growth is about transcending the part of you that is not okay and needs protection.
This is done by constantly remembering that you are the one inside that notices the voice talking. That
is the way out. The one inside who is aware that you are always talking to yourself about yourself is
always silent. It is a doorway to the depths of your being. To be aware that you are watching the voice
talk is to stand on the threshold of a fantastic inner journey. If used properly, the same mental voice
that has been a source of worry, distraction, and general neurosis can become the launching ground
for true spiritual awakening. Come to know the one who watches the voice, and you will come to
know one of the great mysteries of creation.
I know exactly what you mean. Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world.
You don’t know what it is but its there, like a splinter in your mind

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Re: The new science of inner speech Chap. 2
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2018, 07:02:29 AM »
Chapter 2

Your inner roommate

Your inner growth is completely dependent upon the realization that the only way to find peace and
contentment is to stop thinking about yourself. You’re ready to grow when you finally realize that the
“I” who is always talking inside will never be content. It always has a problem with something.
Honestly, when was the last time you really had nothing bothering you? Before you had your current
problem, there was a different problem. And if you’re wise, you will realize that after this one’s
gone, there will be another one.
The bottom line is, you’ll never be free of problems until you are free from the part within that has
so many problems. When a problem is disturbing you, don’t ask, “What should I do about it?” Ask,
“What part of me is being disturbed by this?” If you ask, “What should I do about it?” you’ve already
fallen into believing that there really is a problem outside that must be dealt with. If you want to
achieve peace in the face of your problems, you must understand why you perceive a particular
situation as a problem. If you’re feeling jealousy, instead of trying to see how you can protect
yourself, just ask, “What part of me is jealous?” That will cause you to look inside and see that
there’s a part of you that’s having a problem with jealousy.
Once you clearly see the disturbed part, then ask, “Who is it that sees this? Who notices this inner
disturbance?” Asking this is the solution to your every problem. The very fact that you can see the
disturbance means that you are not it. The process of seeing something requires a subject- object
relationship. The subject is called “The Witness” because it is the one who sees what’s happening.
The object is what you are seeing, in this case the inner disturbance. This act of maintaining objective
awareness of the inner problem is always better than losing yourself in the outer situation. This is the
essential difference between a spiritually minded person and a worldly person. Worldly doesn’t mean
that you have money or stature. Worldly means that you think the solution to your inner problems is in
the world outside. You think that if you change things outside, you’ll be okay. But nobody has ever
truly become okay by changing things outside. There’s always the next problem. The only real
solution is to take the seat of witness consciousness and completely change your frame of reference.
To attain true inner freedom, you must be able to objectively watch your problems instead of
being lost in them. No solution can possibly exist while you’re lost in the energy of a problem.
Everyone knows you can’t deal well with a situation if you’re getting anxious, scared, or angry about
it. The first problem you have to deal with is your own reaction. You will not be able to solve
anything outside until you own how the situation affects you inside. Problems are generally not what
they appear to be. When you get clear enough, you will realize that the real problem is that there is
something inside of you that can have a problem with almost anything. The first step is to deal with
that part of you. This involves a change from “outer solution consciousness” to “inner solution
consciousness.” You have to break the habit of thinking that the solution to your problems is to
rearrange things outside. The only permanent solution to your problems is to go inside and let go of
the part of you that seems to have so many problems with reality. Once you do that, you’ll be clear
enough to deal with what’s left.
There really is a way to let go of the part of you that sees everything as a problem. It may seem
impossible, but it’s not. There is a part of your being that can actually abstract from your own
melodrama. You can watch yourself be jealous or angry. You don’t have to think about it or analyze it;
you can just be aware of it. Who is it that sees all this? Who notices the changes going on inside?
When you tell a friend, “Every time I talk to Tom, it gets me so upset,” how do you know it gets you
upset? You know that it gets you upset because you’re in there and you see what’s going on in there.
There’s a separation between you and the anger or the jealousy. You are the one who’s in there
noticing these things. Once you take that seat of consciousness, you can get rid of these personal
disturbances. You start by watching. Just be aware that you are aware of what is going on in there. It’s
easy. What you’ll notice is that you’re watching a human being’s personality with all its strengths and
weaknesses. It’s as though there’s somebody in there with you. You might actually say you have a
“roommate.”
If you would like to meet your roommate, just try to sit inside yourself for a while in complete
solitude and silence. You have the right; it’s your inner domain. But instead of finding silence, you’re
going to listen to incessant chatter:
“Why am I doing this? I have more important things to do. This is a waste of time.
There’s nobody in here but me. What’s this all about?”
Right on cue, there’s your roommate. You may have a clear intention to be quiet inside, but your
roommate won’t cooperate. And it’s not just when you try to be quiet. It has something to say about
everything you look at: “I like it. I don’t like it. This is good. That’s bad.” It just talks and talks. You
don’t generally notice because you don’t step back from it. You’re so close that you don’t realize that
you’re actually hypnotized into listening to it.
Basically, you’re not alone in there. There are two distinct aspects of your inner being. The first is
you, the awareness, the witness, the center of your willful intentions; and the other is that which you
watch. The problem is, the part that you watch never shuts up. If you could get rid of that part, even
for a moment, the peace and serenity would be the nicest vacation you’ve ever had.
Imagine what it would be like if you didn’t have to bring this thing with you everywhere you go.
Real spiritual growth is about getting out of this predicament. But first you have to realize that you’ve
been locked in there with a maniac. In any situation or circumstance, your roommate could suddenly
decide, “I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to do this. I don’t want to talk to this person.” You
would immediately feel tense and uncomfortable. Your roommate can ruin anything you’re doing
without a moment’s notice. It could ruin your wedding day, or even your wedding night! That part of
you can ruin anything and everything, and it generally does.
You buy a brand-new car and it’s beautiful. But every time you drive it, your inner roommate finds
something wrong with it. The mental voice keeps pointing out every little squeak, every little
vibration, until eventually you don’t even like the car anymore. Once you see what this can do to your
life, you are ready for spiritual growth. You’re ready for real transformation when you finally say,
“Look at this thing. It’s ruining my life. I’m trying to live a peaceful, meaningful existence, but I feel
like I’m sitting on top of a volcano. At any moment this thing can decide to freak, close down, and
fight with what’s happening. One day it likes someone, and the next day it decides to pick on
everything they do. My life is a mess just because this thing that lives in here with me has to make a
melodrama out of everything.” Once you’ve seen this, and learn to no longer identify with your
roommate, you’re ready to free yourself.
If you haven’t reached this awareness yet, just start to watch. Spend a day watching every single
thing your roommate does. Start in the morning and see if you can notice what it’s saying in every
situation. Every time you meet somebody, every time the phone rings, just try to watch. A good time to
watch it talk is while you’re taking a shower. Just watch what that voice has to say. You will see that
it never lets you just take a peaceful shower. Your shower is for washing the body, not for watching
the mind talk nonstop. See if you can stay conscious enough throughout the entire experience to be
aware of what’s going on. You’ll be shocked by what you see. It just jumps from one subject to the
next. The incessant chatter seems so neurotic that you won’t believe that it’s always that way. But it
is.
You have to watch this if you want to be free of it. You don’t have to do anything about it, but you
have to get wise to the predicament you’re in. You have to realize that somehow you’ve ended up
with a mess for an inner roommate. If you want it to be peaceful in there, you’re going to have to fix
this situation.
The way to catch on to what your inner roommate is really like is to personify it externally. Make
believe that your roommate, the psyche, has a body of its own. You do this by taking the entire
personality that you hear talking to you inside and imagine it as a person talking to you on the outside.
Just imagine that another person is now saying everything that your inner voice would say. Now spend
a day with that person.
You’ve just sat down to watch your favorite TV show. The problem is, you have this person with
you. Now you’ll get to hear the same incessant monologue that used to be inside, except that it’s
sitting next to you on the couch talking to itself:
“Did you turn off the light downstairs? You better go check. Not now, I’ll do it
later. I want to finish watching the show. No, do it now. That’s why the electric bill is
so high.”
You sit in silent awe, watching all of this. Then, a few seconds later, your couch-mate is engaged in
another dispute:
“Hey, I want to get something to eat! I’m craving some pizza. No, you can’t have
pizza now; it’s too far to drive. But I’m hungry. When will I get to eat?”
To your amazement, these neurotic bursts of conflicting dialogue just keep going on and on. And as if
that’s not enough, instead of simply watching TV, this person starts verbally reacting to whatever
comes on the screen. At one point, after a redhead appears on the show, your couch-mate starts
mumbling about an ex-spouse and a painful divorce. Then the yelling starts—just as though the exspouse
were in the room with you! Then it stops, just as suddenly as it started. At this point, you find
yourself hugging the far corner of the couch in a desperate attempt to get as far away from this
disturbed person as you possibly can.
Will you dare to do this experiment? Don’t try to make the person stop talking. Just try to get to
know what you live with inside by externalizing the voice. Give it a body and put it out there in the
world just like everybody else. Let it be a person who says on the outside exactly what the voice of
your mind says inside. Now make that person your best friend. After all, how many friends do you
spend all of your time with and pay absolute attention to every word they say?
How would you feel if someone outside really started talking to you the way your inner voice
does? How would you relate to a person who opened their mouth to say everything your mental voice
says? After a very short period of time, you would tell them to leave and never come back. But when
your inner friend continuously speaks up, you don’t ever tell it to leave. No matter how much trouble
it causes, you listen. There’s almost nothing that voice can say that you don’t pay full attention to. It
pulls you right out of whatever you’re doing, no matter how enjoyable, and suddenly you’re paying
attention to whatever it has to say. Imagine that you’re in a serious relationship and are about to get
married. You’re driving to the wedding and it says,
“Maybe this is not the right person. I’m really getting nervous about this. What
should I do?”
If someone outside of you said that, you’d ignore them. But you feel you owe the voice an answer.
You have to convince your nervous mind that this is the right person, or it won’t let you walk down
the aisle. That’s how much respect you have for this neurotic thing inside of you. You know that if you
don’t listen to it, it will bother you every day of your life:
“I told you not to get married. I said I wasn’t sure!”
The bottom line is undeniable: If somehow that voice managed to manifest in a body outside of
you, and you had to take it with you everywhere you went, you wouldn’t last a day. If somebody were
to ask you what your new friend is like, you’d say, “This is one seriously disturbed person. Just look
up neurosis in the dictionary and you’ll get the picture.”
That being the case, once you’ve spent a day with your friend, what is the probability you’d go to
them for advice? After seeing how often this person changed their mind, how conflicted they were on
so many subjects, and how emotionally overreactive they tended to be, would you ever ask them for
relationship or financial advice? As amazing as it seems, you do just that every moment of your life.
Having taken its rightful place back inside of you, it is still the same “person” who tells you what to
do about every aspect of your life. Have you ever bothered to check its credentials? How many times
has that voice been totally wrong?
“She doesn’t care for you anymore. That’s why she hasn’t called. She’s going to
break up with you tonight. I can feel it coming; I just know it. You shouldn’t even
answer the phone if she calls.”
After thirty minutes of this, the phone rings and it’s your girlfriend. She’s late because it’s your oneyear
anniversary and she was preparing for a surprise dinner. It was definitely a surprise to you, since
you completely forgot the anniversary. She says she’s on her way over to pick you up. Well, you’re
very excited and your inner voice is chatting about how great she is. But haven’t you forgotten
something? Haven’t you forgotten about the bad advice the inner voice gave you that caused you to
suffer for the last half hour?
What if you had hired a relationship advisor who had given you that terrible advice? They had
completely misread the entire situation. Had you listened to the advisor, you never would have picked
up the phone. Wouldn’t you fire them on the spot? How could you ever trust their advice again after
seeing how wrong they were? Well, are you going to fire your inner roommate? After all, its advice
and analysis of the situation were totally wrong. No, you never hold it responsible for the trouble it
causes. In fact, the next time it gives advice, you’re all ears. Is that rational? How many times has that
voice been wrong about what was going on or what will be going on? Maybe it’s worth noticing
whom you’re going to for advice.
When you’ve sincerely tried these practices of self-observation and awareness, you’ll see that
you’re in trouble. You’ll realize that you’ve only had one problem your entire life, and you’re looking
at it. It’s pretty much the cause of every problem you’ve ever had. Now the question becomes, how do
you get rid of this inner troublemaker? The first thing you’ll realize is that there’s no hope of getting
rid of it until you really want to. Until you’ve watched your roommate long enough to truly understand
the predicament you’re in, you really have no basis for practices that help you deal with the mind.
Once you’ve made the decision to free yourself from the mental melodrama, you are ready for
teachings and techniques. You will now have a real use for them.
You will be relieved to know that you are not the first person to have this problem. There are
those who have gone before you who found themselves in the same situation. Many of them looked for
guidance from those who had mastered this field of knowledge. They were given teachings and
techniques, such as yoga, which were created to help in this process. Yoga is not really about getting
your body healthy, although it does that too. Yoga is about the knowledge that will help you out of
your predicament, the knowledge that can free you. Once you’ve made this freedom the meaning of
your life, there are spiritual practices that can help you. These practices are what you do with your
time in order to free yourself from yourself. You will eventually catch on that you have to distance
yourself from your psyche. You do this by setting the direction of your life when you’re clear and not
letting the wavering mind deter you. Your will is stronger than the habit of listening to that voice.
There is nothing you can’t do. Your will is supreme over all of this.
If you want to free yourself, you must first become conscious enough to understand your
predicament. Then you must commit yourself to the inner work of freedom. You do this as though your
life depended on it, because it does. As it is right now, your life is not your own; it belongs to your
inner roommate, the psyche. You have to take it back. Stand firm in the seat of the witness and release
the hold that the habitual mind has on you. This is your life—reclaim it.
I know exactly what you mean. Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world.
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Re: The new science of inner speech Chap. 3
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2018, 08:07:46 AM »
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who are you?
Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950), a great teacher in the yogic tradition, used to say that to attain inner
freedom one must continuously and sincerely ask the question “Who am I?” He taught that this was
more important than reading books, learning mantras, or going to holy places. Just ask, “Who am I?
Who sees when I see? Who hears when I hear? Who knows that I am aware? Who am I?”
Let’s explore this question by playing a game. Make believe that you and I are having a
conversation. Typically, in Western cultures, when someone comes up to you and asks, “Excuse me,
who are you?” you don’t admonish them for asking such a deep question. You tell them your name, for
example, Sally Smith. But I’m going to challenge this response by taking out a piece of paper and
writing the letters S-a-l-l-y S-m-i-t-h, and then showing it to you. Is that who you are—a collection of
letters? Is that who sees when you see? Obviously not, so you say,
“Okay, you’re right, I’m sorry. I’m not Sally Smith. That’s just a name people call
me. It’s a label. Really, I’m Frank Smith’s wife.”
No way, that’s not even politically correct nowadays. How could you be Frank Smith’s wife? Are you
saying you didn’t exist before you met Frank, and you would cease to exist if he died or you got
remarried? Frank Smith’s wife can’t be who you are. Again, that’s just another label, the result of
another situation or event you participated in. But then, who are you? This time you respond,
“Okay, now you have my attention. My label is Sally Smith. I was born in 1965 in
New York. I lived in Queens with my parents, Harry and Mary Jones, until I was five
years old. Then we moved to New Jersey and I went to Newark Elementary School. I
got all A’s in school, and in the fifth grade I played Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. I
started dating in the ninth grade, and my first boyfriend was Joe. I went to Rutgers
College where I met and married Frank Smith. That is who I am.”
Wait a minute, that’s a fascinating story, but I didn’t ask you what has happened to you since you were
born. I asked you, “Who are you?” You’ve just described all these experiences, but who had these
experiences? Wouldn’t you still be in there, aware of your existence, even if you had gone to a
different college?
So you contemplate this, and you realize that never in your life have you asked yourself that
question and really meant it. Who am I? That is what Ramana Maharshi was asking. So you ponder
this more seriously and you say,
“Okay, I am the body that is occupying this space. I am five foot six and I weigh
135 pounds, and here I am.”
When you were Dorothy in the fifth grade play you weren’t five foot six, you were four foot six. So
which are you? Are you the four foot six person or are you the five foot six person? Weren’t you in
there when you were Dorothy? You told me you were. Aren’t you the one who had the experience of
being Dorothy in the fifth grade play and is now having the experience of trying to answer my
questions? Isn’t this the same you?
Perhaps we need to step back for a moment to ask some exploratory questions before returning to
the core question. When you were ten years old, didn’t you look in the mirror and see a ten-year-old
body? Wasn’t that the same you that now sees an adult body? What you looked at has changed; but
what about you, the one who is looking? Isn’t there a continuity of being? Wasn’t it the same being that
looked in the mirror throughout the years? You have to contemplate this very carefully. Here’s another
question: When you go to sleep every night, do you dream? Who dreams? What does it mean to
dream? You answer, “Well, it’s like a motion picture plays in my mind and I watch it.” Who watches
it? “I do!” The same you who looks in the mirror? Does the same you who is reading these words
also look in the mirror and watch the dreams? When you awake, you know you saw the dream. There
is a continuity of conscious awareness of being. Ramana Maharshi was just asking some very simple
questions: Who sees when you see? Who hears when you hear? Who watches the dreams? Who looks
at the image in the mirror? Who is it that is having all these experiences? If you try to just give honest,
intuitive answers, you are simply going to say, “Me. It’s me. I’m in here experiencing all of this.”
That’s about the best answer you’ll have.
It’s actually pretty easy to see that you’re not the objects you look at. It’s a classic case of subjectobject.
It’s you, the subject, that is looking at the objects. So we don’t have to go through every object
in the universe and say that object is not you. We can very easily generalize by saying that if you are
the one who is looking at something, then that something is not you. So right away, in one fell swoop,
you know what you’re not: you’re not the outside world. You’re the one who is inside looking out at
that world.
That was easy. Now at least we’ve eliminated the countless things outside. But who are you? And
where are you if you’re not outside with all the other things? You just have to pay attention and realize
that you would still be in there experiencing feelings even if all the outside objects disappeared.
Imagine how much fear you would feel. You might also feel frustration, and even anger. But who
would be feeling these things? Again you say “Me!” And that’s the right answer. The same “me”
experiences both the outside world and the inside emotions.
To take a clear look at this, imagine that you’re watching a dog play outdoors. Suddenly you hear
a noise right behind you—a hiss, like a rattlesnake! Would you still be looking at the dog with the
same intensity of focus? Of course not. You’d be feeling tremendous fear inside. Though the dog
would still be playing in front of you, you’d be completely preoccupied with the experience of fear.
All of your attention can very quickly become absorbed in your emotions. But who feels the fear?
Isn’t it the same you who was watching the dog? Who feels love when you feel love? Can’t you feel
so much love that it’s hard to keep your eyes open? You can become so absorbed in beautiful inner
feelings, or frightening inner fears, that it’s hard to focus on outer objects. In essence, inside and
outside objects compete for your attention. You are in there having both inner and outer experiences—
but who are you?
To explore this more deeply, answer another question: Don’t you have times when you’re not
having emotional experiences and, instead, you just feel quiet inside? You’re still in there, but you’re
just aware of peaceful quiet. Eventually, you will begin to realize that the outside world and the flow
of inner emotions come and go. But you, the one who experiences these things, remain consciously
aware of whatever passes before you.
But where are you? Maybe we can find you in your thoughts. René Descartes, a great philosopher,
once said, “I think, therefore I am.” But is that really what’s going on? The dictionary defines the verb
“to think” as “to form thoughts, to use the mind to consider ideas and make judgments” (Microsoft
Encarta 2007). The question is, who is using the mind to form thoughts and then manipulate them into
ideas and judgments? Does this experiencer of thoughts exist even when thoughts are not present?
Fortunately, you don’t have to think about it. You are very aware of your presence of being, your
sense of existence, without the help of thoughts. When you go into deep meditation, for example, the
thoughts stop. You know that they’ve stopped. You don’t “think” it, you are simply aware of “no
thoughts.” You come back and say, “Wow, I went into this deep meditation, and for the first time my
thoughts completely stopped. I was in a place of complete peace, harmony, and quiet.” If you are in
there experiencing the peace that occurs when your thoughts stop, then obviously your existence is not
dependent upon the act of thinking.
Thoughts can stop, and they can also get extremely noisy. Sometimes you have many more thoughts
than other times. You may even tell someone, “My mind is driving me crazy. Ever since he said those
things to me, I can’t even sleep. My mind just won’t shut up.” Whose mind? Who is noticing these
thoughts? Isn’t it you? Don’t you hear your thoughts inside? Aren’t you aware of their existence? In
fact, can’t you get rid of them? If you start to have a thought you don’t like, can’t you try to make it go
away? People struggle with thoughts all the time. Who is it that is aware of the thoughts, and who is it
that struggles with them? Again, you have a subject-object relationship with your thoughts. You are
the subject, and thoughts are just another object you can be aware of. You are not your thoughts. You
are simply aware of your thoughts. Finally you say,
“Fine, I’m not anything in the outside world and I’m not the emotions. These outer
and inner objects come and go and I experience them. Plus, I’m not the thoughts. They
can be quiet or noisy, happy or sad. Thoughts are just something else I’m aware of. But
who am I?”
It starts to become a serious question: “Who am I? Who is having all these physical, emotional,
and mental experiences?” So you contemplate this question a little deeper. This is done by letting go
of the experiences and noticing who is left. You will begin to notice who is experiencing the
experience. Eventually, you will get to a point within yourself where you realize that you, the
experiencer, have a certain quality. And that quality is awareness, consciousness, an intuitive sense of
existence. You know that you’re in there. You don’t have to think about it; you just know. You can
think about it if you want to, but you will know that you’re thinking about it. You exist regardless,
thoughts or no thoughts.
To make this more experiential, let’s try a consciousness experiment. Notice that with a single
glance at a room, or out a window, you instantaneously see the full detail of everything that’s in front
of you. You are effortlessly aware of all the objects that are within the scope of your vision, both near
and far away. Without moving your head or eyes, you perceive all the intricate detail of what you
immediately see. Look at all the colors, the variations of light, the grain of wood furniture, the
architecture of buildings, and the variations of bark and leaves on trees. Notice that you take all this
in at once, without having to think about it. No thoughts are necessary; you just see it. Now try to use
thoughts to isolate, label, and describe all the intricate detail of what you see. How long would it take
your mental voice to describe all that detail to you, versus the instantaneous snapshot of
consciousness just seeing? When you just look without creating thoughts, your consciousness is
effortlessly aware of, and fully comprehends, all that it sees.
Consciousness is the highest word you will ever utter. There is nothing higher or deeper than
consciousness. Consciousness is pure awareness. But what is awareness? Let’s try another
experiment. Let’s say you are in a room looking at a group of people and a piano. Now make believe
the piano ceases to exist in your world. Would you have a major problem with that? You say, “No, I
don’t think so. I’m not attached to pianos.” Okay then, make believe the people in the room cease to
exist. Are you still okay? Can you handle it? You say, “Sure, I like being alone.” Now make believe
your awareness doesn’t exist. Just turn it off. How are you doing now?
What would it be like if your awareness didn’t exist? It’s actually pretty simple—you wouldn’t be
there. There would be no sense of “me.” There wouldn’t be anyone in there to say, “Wow, I used to be
in here but now I’m not.” There would no longer be an awareness of being. And without awareness of
being, or consciousness, there is nothing. Are there objects? Who knows? If no one is aware of the
objects, their existence or nonexistence becomes completely irrelevant. It doesn’t matter how many
things are in front of you; if you turn off the consciousness, there is nothing. If you are conscious,
however, there can be nothing in front of you but you are fully aware that there is nothing. It’s really
not that complicated, and it’s very enlightening.
So now if I ask you, “Who are you?” you answer,
“I am the one who sees. From back in here somewhere, I look out, and I am aware
of the events, thoughts, and emotions that pass before me.”
If you go very deep, that is where you live. You live in the seat of consciousness. A true spiritual
being lives there, without effort and without intent. Just as you effortlessly look outside and see all
that you see, you will eventually sit far enough back inside to see all your thoughts and emotions, as
well as outer form. All of these objects are in front of you. The thoughts are closer in, the emotions
are a little further away, and form is way out there. Behind it all, there you are. You go so deep that
you realize that’s where you’ve always been. At each stage of your life you have seen different
thoughts, emotions, and objects pass before you. But you have always been the conscious receiver of
all that was.
Now you are in your center of consciousness. You are behind everything, just watching. That is
your true home. Take everything else away and you’re still there, aware that everything is gone. But
take the center of awareness away, and there is nothing. That center is the seat of Self. From that seat,
you are aware that there are thoughts, emotions, and a world coming in through your senses. But now
you are aware that you’re aware. That is the seat of the Buddhist Self1, the Hindu Atman2 and the
Judeo-Christian Soul. The great mystery begins once you take that seat deep within.
1As explicated by the Buddha in the Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra (trans. Kosho Yamamoto
1973).
2Atman: Hinduism - The innermost essence of each individual (Merriam-Webster 2003).
I know exactly what you mean. Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world.
You don’t know what it is but its there, like a splinter in your mind

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Re: The new science of inner speech Chap. 4
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2018, 08:23:11 AM »
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the lucid self
There is a type of dream, called a lucid dream, in which you know that you’re dreaming. If you fly in
the dream you know that you’re flying. You think, “Hey, look! I’m dreaming that I’m flying. I’m going
to fly over there.” You are actually conscious enough to know that you are flying in the dream and that
you are dreaming the dream. That’s very different from regular dreams, in which you are fully
immersed in the dream. This distinction is exactly the difference between being aware that you are
aware in your daily life, and not being aware that you are aware. When you are an aware being, you
no longer become completely immersed in the events around you. Instead, you remain inwardly aware
that you are the one who is experiencing both the events and the corresponding thoughts and emotions.
When a thought is created in this state of awareness, instead of getting lost in it, you remain aware that
you are the one who is thinking the thought. You are lucid.
This raises some very interesting questions. If you are the indwelling being who is experiencing
all this, then why do these different levels of perception exist? When you are seated in the awareness
of Self, you are lucid. Where are you when you are not seated deeply enough inside the Self to be the
conscious experiencer of all you are experiencing?
To begin with, consciousness has the ability to do what is called “focus.” It is part of the nature of
consciousness. The essence of consciousness is awareness, and awareness has the ability to become
more aware of one thing and less aware of something else. In other words, it has the ability to focus
itself on certain objects. The teacher says, “Concentrate on what I’m saying.” What does that mean? It
means focus your consciousness on one place. Teachers figure you know how to do that. Who taught
you how to do that? What class in high school taught you how to take your consciousness and move it
somewhere in order to focus on something? Nobody taught you this. It was intuitive and natural.
You’ve always known how to do it.
So we do know that consciousness exists; we just don’t normally talk about it. You probably went
through grade school, high school, and college without anyone discussing the nature of consciousness.
Fortunately, the nature of consciousness has been studied very closely in deep teachings such as yoga.
In fact, the ancient teachings of yoga are all about consciousness.
The best way to learn about consciousness is through your own direct experience. For example,
you know very well that your consciousness can be aware of a wide field of objects, or it can be so
focused on one object that you are unaware of anything else. This is what happens when you get lost
in thought. You can be reading, and then suddenly you’re not reading anymore. It happens all the time.
You just start thinking about something else. Outside objects or mental thoughts can catch your
attention at any time. But it’s still the same awareness, whether it is focused on the outside or on your
thoughts.
The key is that consciousness has the ability to concentrate on different things. The subject,
consciousness, has the ability to selectively focus awareness on specific objects. If you step back,
you will clearly see that objects are constantly passing before you at all three levels: mental,
emotional, and physical. When you’re not centered, your consciousness invariably gets attracted
toward one or more of those objects and focuses on them. If it concentrates enough, your sense of
awareness loses itself in the object. It is no longer aware that it is aware of the object; it just becomes
object-conscious. Have you ever noticed that when you’re deeply absorbed in watching TV, you have
no awareness of where you’re sitting or what else is going on in the room?
The TV analogy is perfect for examining how our center of consciousness shifts from awareness
of Self to being lost in the objects we’re focused upon. The difference is that instead of sitting in your
living room getting absorbed in the TV, you’re sitting in your center of consciousness getting absorbed
in the screens of mind, emotions, and outside images. When you concentrate on the world of the
physical senses, it draws you in. Then your emotional and mental reactions draw you in further. At
that point, you are no longer sitting in the centered Self; you are absorbed in the inner show you’re
watching.
Let’s look at your inner show. You have an underlying pattern of thoughts that goes on around you
all the time. This pattern of thoughts stays pretty much the same. You are as familiar and comfortable
with your normal thought patterns as you are with the living space of your home. You also have
emotions that are your norm: a certain amount of fear, a certain amount of love, and a certain amount
of insecurity. You know that if certain things happen, one or more of these emotions will flare up and
dominate your awareness. Then, eventually, they will settle back down to the norm. You know this so
well that you are very busy inside making sure nothing happens to create these disturbances. In fact,
you are so preoccupied with controlling your world of thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations
that you don’t even know you’re in there. That is the normal state for most people.
When you are in this lost state, you get so totally absorbed in the objects of thoughts, feelings, and
the senses, that you forget the subject. Right now, you are sitting inside the center of consciousness
watching your personal TV show. But there are so many interesting objects distracting your
consciousness that you can’t help but get drawn into them. It’s overwhelming. It’s three-dimensional.
It’s all around you. All of your senses draw you in—sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch—as well as
your feelings and your thoughts. But you are really sitting quietly inside looking out at all these
objects. Just as the sun does not leave its position in the sky to illuminate objects with its radiating
light, so consciousness does not leave its center to project awareness onto the objects of form,
thoughts, and emotions. If you ever want to re-center, just start saying “hello” inside, over and over.
Then notice that you are aware of that thought. Don’t think about being aware of it; that’s just another
thought. Simply relax and be aware that you can hear “hello” being echoed in your mind. That is your
seat of centered consciousness.
Now let’s move from the small screen to the big one. Let’s study consciousness using the example
of a movie. When you go to a movie, you let yourself get drawn in. It’s part of the experience of
watching the movie. With a movie you use two senses: seeing and hearing. And it’s very important
that these senses synchronize. You wouldn’t get as involved in the film if they didn’t. Imagine if you
were watching a James Bond movie and the soundtrack didn’t synchronize with the scenes. Instead of
getting drawn into the magical world of the movie, you would remain very aware that you were sitting
in a theater and that something was wrong. But because soundtracks and scenes normally synchronize
perfectly, movies capture your awareness and you forget that you’re sitting in the theater. You forget
your personal thoughts and emotions, and your consciousness gets pulled into the film. It’s actually
quite phenomenal to contemplate the difference between the experience of sitting next to strangers in a
cold, dark theater versus being so absorbed in the movie that you are totally unaware of your
surroundings. In fact, with an engaging film, you may go for the full two hours without any awareness
of yourself. So the synchronization of sight and sound is very important if your consciousness is to
become absorbed in the movie. And that’s just two of your senses.
What will happen when your experience of a movie includes smell and taste? Imagine that you’re
experiencing a film in which someone is eating and you taste what they taste and smell what they
smell. You would surely get caught in that one. The sensory input has doubled and therefore the
number of objects drawing on your consciousness has also doubled. Sound, sight, taste, smell, and we
haven’t mentioned the big one yet—would you even go to a theater that has touch? When they get all
five senses working together, you don’t stand a chance. If they all synchronize, you’ll be completely
absorbed into the experience. But then again, not necessarily. Imagine you’re sitting in the theater, and
even with this overwhelming sensory experience, you still become bored with the movie. It just isn’t
capturing your attention, so your thoughts start to wander. You begin thinking about what you’ll do
when you get home. You start thinking about something that happened to you in the past. After a while,
you’re so lost in your thoughts that you’re hardly aware that you’re watching a movie. This occurs
despite the fact that your five senses are still sending you all these movie messages. This can only
happen because your thoughts can still occur independently of the movie. They provide an alternative
place for the consciousness to focus.
Now imagine that movies are made that not only engage the five senses, but also make your
thoughts and emotions synchronize with what’s happening on the screen. With this movie experience,
you’re hearing, seeing, tasting, and suddenly you begin feeling the character’s emotions and thinking
the character’s thoughts. The character says, “I’m so nervous. Should I ask her to marry me?” and
suddenly insecurity wells up inside of you. Now we have the full dimension of the experience: five
physical senses, plus thoughts and emotions. Imagine going to that movie and getting plugged in.
Careful, that would be the end of you as you know yourself. There would be no object of
consciousness that is not synchronized with the experience. Any place your awareness falls would be
part of the movie. Once the movie gets control of the thoughts, it’s over. There is no “you” in there
saying, “I don’t like this movie. I want to leave.” That would take an independent thought, but your
thoughts have been taken over by the movie. Now you are completely lost. How will you ever get
out?
As scary as it sounds, that is your predicament in life. Because all of the objects you’re aware of
are synchronized, you get sucked in and are no longer aware of your separateness from the objects.
The thoughts and the emotions move in accordance with the sights and the sounds. It all comes in, and
your consciousness gets totally absorbed in it. Unless you’re fully seated in witness consciousness,
you’re not back there being aware that you’re the one watching all this. That is what it means to be
lost.
The lost soul is the consciousness that has dropped into the place where one human’s thoughts,
emotions, and sensory perceptions of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell are all synchronized. All
these messages come back to one spot. Then the consciousness, which is capable of being aware of
anything, makes the mistake of focusing on that one spot too closely. When the consciousness gets
sucked in, it no longer knows itself as itself. It knows itself as the objects it is experiencing. In other
words, you perceive yourself as these objects. You think you are the sum of your learned experiences.
That is what you would think when you go to one of these advanced movies. At such a movie, you
would first get to select which character you want to be. Let’s say you decide, “I’ll be James Bond.”
Okay, but once you push the button, that’s it. The button had better be on a timer! You, as you currently
know yourself, are no longer there. Since all of your thoughts are now James Bond’s thoughts, your
entire existing self-concept is gone. Remember, your self-concept is just a collection of thoughts about
yourself. Likewise, your emotions are Bond’s and you are watching the movie through his visual and
auditory perspective. The only aspect of your being that remains the same is the consciousness that is
aware of these objects. It is the same center of awareness that was aware of your old set of thoughts,
emotions, and sensory input. Now someone turns off the movie. Immediately, Bond’s thoughts and
emotions are replaced with your old set of thoughts and emotions. You’re back to thinking that you’re
a forty-year-old woman. All the thoughts match. All the emotions match. Everything looks like, smells
like, tastes like, and feels like it did before. But that doesn’t change the fact that it is all just something
consciousness is experiencing. It is all just objects of consciousness, and you are the consciousness.
What differentiates a conscious, centered being from a person who is not so conscious is simply
the focus of their awareness. It’s not a difference in the consciousness itself. All consciousness is the
same. Just as all light from the sun is the same, all awareness is the same. Consciousness is neither
pure nor impure; it has no qualities. It’s just there, aware that it’s aware. The difference is that when
your consciousness is not centered within, it becomes totally focused on the objects of consciousness.
When you are a centered being, however, your consciousness is always aware of being conscious.
Your awareness of being is independent of the inner and outer objects you happen to be aware of.
If you really want to understand this difference, you must begin by realizing that consciousness
can focus on anything. That being the case, what if consciousness were to focus on itself? When that
happens, instead of being aware of your thoughts, you’re aware that you’re aware of your thoughts.
You have turned the light of consciousness back onto itself. You’re always contemplating something,
but this time you’re contemplating the source of consciousness. This is true meditation. True
meditation is beyond the act of simple, one-pointed concentration. For the deepest meditation, you
must not only have the ability to focus your consciousness completely on one object, you must also
have the ability to make awareness itself be that object. In the highest state, the focus of consciousness
is turned back to the Self.
When you contemplate the nature of Self, you are meditating. That is why meditation is the highest
state. It is the return to the root of your being, the simple awareness of being aware. Once you become
conscious of the consciousness itself, you attain a totally different state. You are now aware of who
you are. You have become an awakened being. It’s really just the most natural thing in the world. Here
I am. Here I always was. It’s like you have been on the couch watching TV, but you were so totally
immersed in the show that you forgot where you were. Someone shook you, and now you’re back to
the awareness that you’re sitting on the couch watching TV. Nothing else changed. You simply stopped
projecting your sense of self onto that particular object of consciousness. You woke up. That is
spirituality. That is the nature of Self. That is who you are.
As you pull back into the consciousness, this world ceases to be a problem. It’s just something
you’re watching. It keeps changing, but there is no sense of that being a problem. The more you are
willing to just let the world be something you’re aware of, the more it will let you be who you are—
the awareness, the Self, the Atman, the Soul.
You realize that you’re not who you thought you were. You’re not even a human being. You just
happen to be watching one. You will begin to have deep experiences within your own center of
consciousness. These will be deep, intuitive experiences of the true nature of Self. You will find that
you are tremendously expansive. When you start to explore consciousness instead of form, you realize
that your consciousness only appears to be small and limited because you are focusing on small and
limited objects. That’s exactly what happens when you’re focusing solely on the TV—there’s nothing
else in your world. If you pull back, however, you can see the whole room, including the TV.
Likewise, instead of just focusing so intently on this one human being’s thoughts, emotions, and
sensory world, you can pull back and see everything. You can move from the finite to the infinite. Isn’t
this what they’ve been trying to tell us—Christ, Buddha, and the great saints and sages of all time and
all religions?
One of these great saints, Ramana Maharshi, used to ask, “Who am I?” We see now that this is a
very deep question. Ask it ceaselessly, constantly. Ask it and you will notice that you are the answer.
There is no intellectual answer—you are the answer. Be the answer, and everything will change
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The new science of inner speech
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2018, 02:10:06 PM »


When Aldous Huxley, Dying of Cancer, Left This World Tripping on LSD, Experiencing “the Most Serene, the Most Beautiful Death” (1963)


The “spiritual adepts” of Tibet’s modern period, writes Huston Smith in his comprehensive introduction to the Bardo Thodol, or “The Tibetan Book of the Dead”, “were inner-world adventurers of the highest daring, the Tibetan equivalent of our astronauts—I think it is worth coining the term ‘psychonaut’ to describe them. They personally voyaged to the furthest frontiers of that universe which their society deemed vital to explore: the inner frontiers of consciousness itself, in all its transformations in life and beyond death.”

Western modernity—its energies focused entirely on shaping, subduing, and expropriating the material world—did not begin to take such complex inner journeys seriously until the 20th century. When it did, it did so largely through the popular influence of pioneers like Aldous Huxley and Timothy Leary, who introduced the inner journey through a syncretism of Eastern spirituality, Indigenous religious practices, and psychotropic drug use—something of an accelerated course to the frontiers of consciousness for those who had failed for so long to investigate its limits.



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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2018, 12:19:21 PM »

Learn About Your Mind: Self-Hypnosis 101

Phillip J Watt

    Nov 2, 2018

I just want to speak to you right now.

How’s your mind going? Forget your outside world for a moment, and think about how you feel inside. You taking care of yourself? You organizing your mind wisely?

Those questions are introspective, which is a process we should commonly do for ourselves. Like. Every. Day.

Because when we undertake introspection – which can result with many epic and more mundane rebirths – we’re attempting to create more order out of the chaos, regardless if that order sometimes results as chaos in disguise.

In other words, we’re witnessing the stories that are so hardwired into us and then hopefully changing them according to our conscious will.



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« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2018, 02:42:07 PM »

YOU ARE THE GREATEST TEACHER YOU WILL NEVER KNOW
November 8, 2018

Gary Z McGee, Staff Writer
Waking Times

    “To find a mountain path all by oneself gives a greater feeling of strength than to take a path that is shown.” ~Karen Horney

Find the nearest mirror. Look deeply into it. There, hidden within that fabulously flawed human being staring back at you, is the greatest teacher you will never know.

Yes. It’s yourself. And yes, you will never really know it.

The famous inscription at the Temple of Delphi, “know thyself,” is ultimately unattainable. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to obtain it. Enlightenment is equally unattainable, but there’s nothing wrong with striving for it. Self-improvement is still healthy regardless of the fact that you will never be perfect. Socrates’ dictum still stands: “The unexamined life is not worth living.”


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« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2018, 08:59:47 AM »

Your Shadow Self: How To Face It, Bring It To Light & Transcend It
November 30, 2018

By Milan Karmell
IN BRIEF

    The Facts:We all carry a darkness inside that we wish to keep hidden from ourselves and others. Without understanding and facing it, we remain unaware of it.
    Reflect On:Are you open to meet your own totality without setting conditions for this essential encounter? Are you willing to face your own darkness in order to truly transcend it?




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People Know When They are Dead, Can be Aware of Their Surroundings
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2018, 06:33:26 AM »

The question of what happens when we pass away has been one of the most compelling, common sense questions a human being could ask, for as long as we have existed from what we can tell. What is more important than what happens after we leave this life? Unfortunately an uncertainty about this seems to be something every single person has to go through.

It feels like a common sense thing to have faith that something happens after this life: how would we exist now if we didn’t go somewhere when we leave this place? How could we even have peace on Earth without believing in some kind of existence after this one? Some people believe in reincarnation, some believe in a kind of heaven or even hell for people who harm others or go against some moral codes that certain people believe in, sometimes as part of a religious belief system.

Some people hold the bleak belief that when you pass away, your consciousness is fully gone forever, and you simply cease to exist.


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