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A piece of now brings the peace of Now
Neale Donald Walsch - a spiritual teacher
"I'm going for the big one."
Back in 1986, at the end of an intense ten-day Vipassana course, I said to a fellow student. “I’m going for the big one.” I meant that my major goal in life was now to become ‘enlightened,’ to know what and who I am. Twenty-eight years later I still haven’t become ‘enlightened’ but I have ‘lightened up’ considerably. At age seventy-eight I can state I have never had such long periods of peace as I have nowadays. At times I’m filled with an unexpected joy – the joy of being. I guess you could say, “My cup runneth over.” Very little upsets me nowadays as I move along this path of ‘becoming.’
My quest towards self-understanding
In my quest towards this self-understanding which, I still believe will bring me to a state of knowing far more about myself – and other people, for that matter – I’ve traversed the usual avenues; trodden the common pathways. I’ve read a myriad books on the appropriate subjects. I watched videos on You-tube, and I attended the odd course or demonstration of people more spiritually advanced than myself. I didn’t just read books on spirituality, I studied them. Well, at least some of them. I have been a fairly consistent ‘seeker’ and it is now beginning to pay off.
Roberto Assagioli MD - Psychosynthesis
Some excellent reading for self-understanding
I have a number of favourite authors, or perhaps I should say authors I’ve found to be easy reading and thereby more understandable than others. Most of them are famous. I mention a few here and probably in the rough order I read their books. Dr. Maxwell Maltz his Psycho-cybernetics; Roberto Assagioli and The Act of Will; Dr. Wayne W Dyer (more than half a dozen of his) Neale Donald Walsch (half-a-dozen at least) Louise L Hay (two) Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind. But it is two books by Eckhart Tolle which have had the most profound effect on me during the last few years. But more on Eckhart’s books later.
I have pursued my desire or urge – I know it to be a divine one – to move towards self-realization, over many years. This began with me in my mid thirties. In addition to lots of reading I discovered I had the latent gift for Automatic Writing (which probably all people have) and developed it. So I’ve been able to take automatic writing since 1969. It’s something I’ve pursued and even written books about over the years. A lot of really profound and useful spiritual guidance has come to me via the automatic pen, so to speak.
Eckhart Tolle - teaches us who we are
Then in 1985 I spent a year doing very intense concentration exercises, e.g. twice daily for thirty minutes, keeping my full attention on the moving hand of a stop-watch. After about fifteen months of this practice I’d made pretty good progress and could keep focused around 80% of the time. But it was hard work.
The Power of Now - a guide to spiritual enlightenment
In 1986 I undertook my first of fourteen nine and ten-day Vipassana meditation courses at Blackheath in the Australian Blue Mountains. I’ve kept up this practice of meditating twice daily for nearly thirty years now. So I expect I could be considered a fairly dedicated seeker of self-knowledge. But back to Eckhart Tolle and his two very important books: The Power of Now, subtitle, A guide to spiritual enlightenment, and his second and more-in-depth work (where it comes to describing the ego and its characteristics) A New Earth, subtitle, Awakening to your life’s purpose
Doctor Joseph Murphy - The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
Don't just read these books - study them!
These books need to be more than just read. They need to be studied. They are filled with so much information about ourselves and, in particular, what we are not. I am now reading The Power of Now for the tenth time and still picking up more and more little snippets of information on how to move into that condition of enlightenment that Eckhart enjoys. The other work, The New Earth, I have also read ten times. The beauty of these two books is once you gain an understanding of Eckhart’s simple message you can practice what is taught instantaneously. The one thing to bear in consciousness is that you can ‘step into’ The Now, in an instance. The challenge is to stay there.
Increasing those moments of " awareness "
I have started in on this practice and am finding that I am in a ‘state of awareness’ more often and for longer periods every day. The business of overcoming the habit of being drawn away from Now and into the imaginary future or memories of the past is becoming easier as I continue this practice. An intense, ten-day Vipassana meditation course, involving some 114 hours or more of meditation in Noble Silence will take you to this state also, but you lose it over a period of a day or so once returning to the ‘outside world’ away from the peace and solitude of the meditation centre.
Doctor Maxell Maltz. The surgeon who became a great psychologist
Breaking lifetime habits of mind indentification
What is happening here is the breaking down of our habit-of-mind. We come into this world as infants and are absolutely ‘in The Now.’ But as we develop and grow through those ‘terrible twos’ when our egos begin to exercise what our minds think we are – isolated and discrete entities – we grow into habits based in fear. Our identification with the idea of what we are, the self-image, rather than the real self is the cause of this. We accept it. Society accepts it. We live and indentify with our thought, thinking we are the thought. It can take a long time to overcome the thought habits of a lifetime. Unless, of course, you are the recipient of an Act of Grace, as Eckhart Tolle describes in The Power of Now.
Dr Wayne W Dyer - a man I greatly admire
Today there is a smogasbord of self-knowledge information available
There is so much literature, videos, CDs, courses, and all manner of works now dedicated to self-knowledge and self-understanding that there is virtually a smorgasbord of material to pick from. Indeed, the bookshelves of most bookshops now sell more books of this genre than any other. It was certainly not the case back in the late 1960s when I took to my own pursuit of self-knowledge. However, there were always a few books around that would lead one in the right direction.
I recommend you read and re-read Eckhart Tolle's books
I hope that this essay will lead at least some of you in towards the piece of now which bring you the Peace of Now. Hopefully, as you practice it – I recommend you read Eckhart Tolle’s books - that piece will eventually become the whole cake and you will increasingly experience the Peace that is beyond all understanding. For once this begins to happen you are truly on the road to great changes in your life.