Do not rely on your mind for liberation. Go beyond it altogether. Be aware of being aware.
Broaden and deepen the field of awareness. You are beyond space and time, uncaused,
the very matrix of existence, the Supreme Absolute.........
the Source of being, life and consciousness. ~ Nisargadatta
You may be more busy and distracted than you realize or even want to admit. The mind tends to get fixated on thoughts about your survival, as it keeps itself occupied with getting all those ever so important things done so you can remain happy, successful, loved, at peace and free. The mind tends to form habitual ways of thinking which give you a sense of security in life and can experience yourself as you and not someone else. If you only had brand new and original unique thoughts all day long and all life long, you probably wouldn't have any clue about who or what you are. So there are many positive and negative aspects to repetitive thinking patterns, yet this is not what creates the suffering you experience in your life. It's the lack of stillness, silence and total quietness of mind where all of life's apparent problems can be found.
Most people tell me that they just don't have the time to relax, meditate or sit still and do nothing. They are too busy, too worried, too hooked into their desires to get everything done that needs to get done so they don't feel even more stressed, overwhelmed and more tired tomorrow. If this sounds like you on any level, my advice is that if you ever want to get out of the rat race, you have to stop thinking like a rat. You will need to entice your mind to step completely out of its busy comfort zone, and start slowing everything down. If you ever want to win this insane rat running race, you have to slow down. It may seem preposterous, illogical, and that you'll only fall far behind, yet do you remember who won the race between the tortoise and the hare? The hare fell asleep because he was so tired, and then missed the entire journey while the tortoise slowly strolled on by.
Perhaps the most essential and vital foundation to lay down before you attempt to find this omnipresent silence inside you, is knowing about the background of thoughts, beliefs and programs that are playing out in your subconscious mind. This deeper mind is a bit more difficult to hear than the incessant chattering noise in the head, yet its always there. Its there just like all the things in your basement and storage closet are there even though you don't see them everyday. You cannot know what is hiding in your basement until you go down there to look. It will never be cleaned and organized unless you make it your #1 priority, as if the fulfillment of your entire life depended on it. The devotion to unraveling yourself is huge and will pay off for many years to come! This is why I'm urging you now to start the process of slowing everything down, just so that one day you can make it down to the very bottom basement floor and see exactly what has been stored away in your deepest subconscious programming.
Through intense deep meditation you reach a state that is beyond thought, beyond change,
beyond imagination, beyond differences and duality. Once you can stay in that state for a while
and come out of it without losing any of it, then the inner divine love will begin to pour through you.
You will not see people as different, separate individuals. You will see your own Self in everyone
around you. Then the flow of love from within you will be constant and unbroken. ~ Swami Muktananda
To slow your life down do everything with more consciousness, grace, and ease. Move everywhere at a speed where you truly can be relaxed inside your body. This will create a spacious and timeless experience inside, which is the secret to raising your vibration and manifesting anything you desire. It will help you to spiritually wake up and realize that there is no finish line, and you are on an endless journey that continues forever even after your body is gone. Slowing down will also drop you deeper into your heart center, where you'll feel more loved, become more loving, and experience the real richness of your life. This depth allows you to taste the texture of what enlightenment is like. There is a freedom here that is like nothing you've ever known before. It is beyond anything you've ever comprehended. The more you can slow down everything you do, you'll find that your every breath can feel close to orgasmic.
Now you may think its impossible to bring your mind into complete silence because you've never experienced anything like this before. It can feel daunting, even terrifying, and you might notice yourself avoiding this exploration and suddenly get distracted again and again with something that is more practical and important. You also may feel unprepared and vulnerable, as if you were going to climb Mt. Everest in your summer bathing suit with a small water bottle in your hand. That is why I'm going to give you these essential secrets today. These 3 steps below will act like your own personal high tech cozy helicopter which will drop you off at the top of Everest in a warm protective suit and take you back home immediately after. Enjoy!!
You need not leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen,
simply wait. You need not even wait, just learn to become quiet, still and solitary. The world will
freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no other choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet. ~ Franz Kafka
#1 Relax your Entire Body... For 5 minutes a day, at the same time and same spot, sit comfortably in a chair (or lie on the floor) and release any tension in your body from head to toe. Imagine your body is filling with sparkling golden healing light that calms and releases ANY tension held inside. Find whatever your most comfortable posture is where you can let go of your body. If you're sitting, perhaps lean against a wall to keep your back vertical yet relaxed. Pretend your spine is a gently balanced stack of golden coins. Let you hands rest comfortably wherever they are and do nothing.
#2 Sit very very still... Do not move a muscle, yet do not try not to move. Simply pretend you are a crystallized statue that just happens to breathe on its own. The magic happens when all your attention is resting inside you, and you are relaxing into the core of "you". If there is any effort at all, its about relaxing deeper, letting go of everything and becoming completely unmoving. Yet you must let go of all effort, on all levels. The key is simply to be very still and this will eventually allow your mind to relax.
#3 Be Unfocused and Experience your Presence... When your mind wanders bring it to focus on being unfocused and experiencing your own presence. Just relax into experiencing your own soft sweet presence that you already are. Be patient with your mind, it is very slippery and needs your total devotion and love to find this freedom. Keep feeling the quality of "unfocusedness" inside, while relaxing into your being and presence. Stay in the rich presence experience for as long as you possibly can!
If you have been using the mind to meditate, focusing on a mantra, or this or that, you are still engaging the mind and perhaps not connecting with the enlightened presence of absolute unbounded pure empty consciousness. This is the goldmine. So let go of all your techniques, drop them because they are just heavy baggage. With enough trust, patience, and surrender you will find the real gold. The secret is what are you doing with your mind the other 16 hours of your day? When you slow your entire life down the mind will soon stop all its mental chatter and meditation becomes easy and effortless.
Whenever thoughts arise throughout your day, just watch them. Don't follow them like a lost sheep would, and don't try to get rid of them. Every thought is a new gift from the Universe to unwrap and unravel. Just play the game of watch and release. As soon as they come, let them go. Notice which thoughts you cannot release, or don't want to let go of, and which ones keep getting caught in your net! Allow your thoughts to be whatever they need to be, and then return to the practice of being unfocused pure presence. This is your golden key to Nirvana. Practice of being empty, quiet and free as much as possible. Absolute unbounded joy and freedom is your natural state, yet it may take from 3 minutes to 3 months to find it, so just be patient because it is worth it.
Written by Jafree Ozwald