up to ourselves describes a whole new level of being self-aware. We no
longer know ourselves simply through the thoughts we have about
ourselves, but we can now see these formerly self-defining thoughts as
being only one small aspect of who we really are. So it can be said
that awakening begins with being able to see that we have been asleep
in the state of thought. Looking at this same idea from the other way
around, to be spiritually asleep means that we are not conscious of our
own thoughts, and are convinced these thoughts and feelings are the
same as us. This sleep state has far-reaching implications.
we don't know we are in thought, then the choices these thoughts make
can't be said to be our choices. This discovery explains much about how
we often unwittingly choose our own undoing!
Now, add to this
insight that our lives move at the speed of our thoughts. Suddenly we
can see why we tend to crash as often as we do. There is no real driver
aboard! Once this discovery is confirmed in us—through observation of
it by a part of us that can see into this thought nature instead of
seeing from it—we become interested in making a whole new kind of
choice in life. We want to be awake to ourselves more than we want the
comfort of the dreams that our thought nature creates. We are willing
to invest more of our attention in seeing where we go to sleep to
ourselves in ourselves.
When we will come wide awake, bringing
ourselves fully into the present moment, thoughts cannot travel into it
with us. With even a small willingness on our part to enter the Perfect
Present, it is possible for us to experience the consistently new,
thought-free, and untroubled Now.
In this higher, timeless
realm, we are free not to do what we no longer find worthwhile. For
instance, we don't have to relive our past again and again. We don't
have to fear the future, because it ceases to exist as a fearful place
in the true here and now. With all of this in mind, use the following
special lessons and exercises to help you come awake and remain in the
Whenever you do find you have suddenly come
awake to yourself, your first inner task (besides welcoming this
awakening) is to work to remain within this self-elevating presence.
The difficulty is that this still, small, briefly awake part of you
gets quickly overruled and run over by habitually sleeping "I's"
effectively returning you back into a state of undetected psychic
slumber. This is why, whenever you do find yourself a bit more awake
than the moment before— wherever you may be, or whatever you may be
doing— deliberately align yourself with this inwardly breaking light.
Will yourself over to its will that you be awake. Seek ways to lengthen
its stay within you by embracing these moments this awakened-ness has
brought you. In other words, do all that you can to stay awake.
exercise in self-awakening is to begin to see that when certain types
of thoughts or feelings pour into you, they bring certain pre-known
qualities with them that lull you to sleep in their welcome
familiarity. When detecting these agents, voluntarily struggle not to
go to sleep. Refuse to recline in the comfort of these habitual states.
inner practices may include deliberately speaking with people at an
undetected fraction of your normal speed so that while you are
conversing, you will start to see and feel inside of yourself a whole
host of thoughts never before known by you because of their formerly
habitual pace and place within you. Through this
contrast created by consciously slowing yourself down you will be kept
awake and rather than falling to sleep, and into trouble, you will gain
new strength and insights into the truth of yourself.
you can, and as often as you are able (right now for instance,) just
come aware of yourself, of that to which you are inwardly
connected. This awareness of what you are in relationship
the moment instantly changes your relationship. Come awake
and over again in this way, and watch how new and higher
energies, and their commensurate inner states, make a happy home in
Excerpted from Seeker's
Guide to Self-Freedom, © by Guy Finley.
Published by Llewellyn Publications.