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the amazing and beneficial effects of inner body awareness, the sense of freedom that comes from letting go of self-identification with one’s personal history and life-situation, and a newfound inner peace that arises as one learns to relinquish mental/emotional resistance to the “suchness” of the present moment.156

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I realized that nothing I ever did could possibly add anything to what I already had.200

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“I want what you have. Can you give it to me, or show me how to get it?” And I would say: “You have it already. You just can’t feel it because your mind is making too much noise.”213

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Those who have not found their true wealth, which is the radiant joy of Being and the deep, unshakable peace that comes with it, are beggars, even if they have great material wealth. They are looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfillment, for validation, security, or love, while they have a treasure within that not only includes all those things but is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.279

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your natural state of felt oneness with Being. It is a state of connectedness with something immeasurable and indestructible, something that, almost paradoxically, is essentially you and yet is much greater than you. It is finding your true nature beyond name and form.283

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Buddha’s simple definition of enlightenment as “the end of suffering.”287

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Being is the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.293

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When you are present, when your attention is fully and intensely in the Now, Being can be felt, but it can never be understood mentally.296

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Nobody can claim exclusive possession of Being. It is your very essence, and it is immediately accessible to you as the feeling of your own presence,311

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This incessant mental noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from Being.317

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“I think, therefore I am.” He had, in fact, given expression to the most basic error: to equate thinking with Being and identity with thinking.320

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Thinking has become a disease. Disease happens when things get out of balance.332

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can you be free of your mind whenever you want to? Have you found the “off” button? You mean stop thinking altogether? No, I can’t, except maybe for a moment or two. Then the mind is using you. You are unconsciously identified with it, so you don’t even know that you are its slave.340

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You have probably come across “mad” people in the street incessantly talking or muttering to themselves. Well, that’s not much different from what you and all other “normal” people do, except that you don’t do it out loud.353

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It is not uncommon for the voice to be a person’s own worst enemy. Many people live with a tormentor in their head that continuously attacks and punishes them and drains them of vital energy. It is the cause of untold misery and unhappiness, as well as of disease.360

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Start listening to the voice in your head as often as you can. Pay particular attention to any repetitive thought patterns,363

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So when you listen to a thought, you are aware not only of the thought but also of yourself as the witness of the thought. A new dimension of consciousness has come in. As you listen to the thought, you feel a conscious presence — your deeper self — behind or underneath the thought, as it were. The thought then loses its power over you and quickly subsides, because you are no longer energizing the mind through identification with it. This is the beginning of the end of involuntary and compulsive thinking.370

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Instead of “watching the thinker,” you can also create a gap in the mind stream simply by directing the focus of your attention into the Now. Just become intensely conscious of the present moment.387

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you draw consciousness away from mind activity and create a gap of no-mind in which you are highly alert and aware but not thinking. This is the essence of meditation.389

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In your everyday life, you can practice this by taking any routine activity that normally is only a means to an end and giving it your fullest attention, so that it becomes an end in itself.390

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So the single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this: learn to disidentify from your mind.397

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Your mind is an instrument, a tool. It is there to be used for a specific task, and when the task is completed, you lay it down. As it is, I would say about 80 to 90 percent of most people’s thinking is not only repetitive and useless, but because of its dysfunctional and often negative nature, much of it is also harmful.402

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The term ego means different things to different people, but when I use it here it means a false self, created by unconscious identification with the mind.411

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To the ego, the present moment hardly exists. Only past and future are considered important. This total reversal of the truth accounts for the fact that in the ego mode the mind is so dysfunctional.413

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The present moment holds the key to liberation. But you cannot find the present moment as long as you are your mind.419

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Thinking and consciousness are not synonymous. Thinking is only a small aspect of consciousness. Thought cannot exist without consciousness, but consciousness does not need thought.424

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Enlightenment means rising above thought,426

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All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.433

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Emotion arises at the place where mind and body meet. It is the body’s reaction to your mind446

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If you really want to know your mind, the body will always give you a truthful reflection, so look at the emotion, or rather feel it in your body.463

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