Everything is as it is. Above thought, in solitary awareness, things appear as they are: undefinable – the true nature of reality. Beyond the subjective reasoning of thought, reality is seen.
Say we look at a wall. We can think it is a wall and many other things about it. But beyond these thoughts, is it a wall? Nothing at all and yet everything. This reality is a whole experience – without thought, our awareness sees reality as one stream of consciousness, where things simply are without further explanation or the need for further explanation.
But this is only talk if we cannot achieve the state of thoughtless awareness. Without being in a state of awareness without thought, reality will continue to be clouded with our own mental intervention.
The easiest way to get into the state of thoughtless awareness is through the process of self realization. To realize the self means to realize reality. As mentioned before, reality is a seamless whole, which is one. That one is the self, hiding behind mental intervention, the identification with a separate self (the body), and emotions.
What follows is the process of self realization, developed by a great spiritual teacher, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi. It requires only yourself and a willingness to achieve self realization.
Self Realization Process
Sit comfortably with your eyes closed. Place your hands on your lap with your palms up. Repeat each phrase in quotation marks, until you feel peaceful and ready to move on.
1. Take a few slow, deep breaths. This will help you to relax and meditate better.
2. The following steps will help you calm your thoughts. For best results, do them slowly:
- Put your right hand on your lower left side, just above your hip and quietly say, either out loud or to yourself, “I want to experience the pure knowledge.”
- Move your right hand up along your side until it is just below the rib cage and say, “I am my own teacher.”
- Place your right hand on your heart and say, “I am not this body, these thoughts, or these emotions. I simply am.”
- Move your right hand to your left shoulder, where it meets the neck, and say, “I do not condemn myself.”
- Next, put your right hand across your forehead, lower your head slightly and say, “I forgive everyone, including myself.”
- Lastly, put your right hand on the crown of your head, the center of your palm making firm contact with the top of your head, and rotate it slowly in a clockwise direction. While doing this say, “Let me experience the state of meditation.”
3. Raise your right hand about six inches over your head, palm down. Slowly move your hand up and down until you feel an energy, possibly warmth or coolness, on the palm of your hand. If you do not feel it or are uncertain, simply sit and observe what you are feeling inside.
4. Sit quietly for approximately 5-10 minutes. Without trying, without effort, notice the mental silence — how your thoughts have calmed. If a thought does pop into your head, let it rise and fall away.
5. At the end of your meditation, slowly open your eyes and repeat Step 3.
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