The Gentler Way
Dear Blessed One,
Consciousness is here. It’s always been here just waiting for you to notice its alive presence. Like a seed waiting for water to crack its protective shell and begin the germination process, consciousness is waiting for the light of awareness to crack the shell of ego.
When I had my awakening experience in August of 2008, there was an incredible sense of presence. I couldn’t imagine what had been operating this body vehicle previously. It was like arriving for the first time in my body. Awe, wonder, and gratitude permeated my being. Belief structures dissolved without any effort or doingness. I recognized (more like a remembering) everything as sacred.
Consciousness is here. Where are you? Are you able to redirect your attention from thought to the still presence of the moment? Some are still too attached to their stories to have the willingness to relinquish them. However, continuing a thought pattern which creates suffering eventually burns itself out of its own accord. The gentler way is to consciously let go of the mind-machine. Ego dissipates when thought is surrendered.
Don’t trade one set of beliefs for another (even if they are better beliefs). Ideas of who you are, even if these ideas allow you to feel better about yourself, are still based in the mind. Be willing to die to who you think you are and watch to see what arises from the state of emptiness or not-knowing.
Follow the breath, bring attention to where your body is in space and what it is doing in the moment without letting the mind wander to something else. Pay attention to each intricate detail. Be as focused as a free-climber! Simultaneously know where your hands, feet and torso are in each unfolding moment. Do this two or three times a day for five minutes as a practice to retrain your attention.
Life unfolds magically and organically without mental machinations attempting to force it. The gentler way is to let go of the mind and allow life to lead you. Presence is all that’s needed. Once here, there’s nowhere else to be.
Much Love and Blessings to You,
“Awakening is about liberating yourself from the prison that is the world of the mind and daring to be here as all that you are.”
~ Leonard Jacobson