Chapter 2 - Beyond the Thinking Mind

Most people spend their entire life imprisoned within the confines of their own thoughts. They never go beyond a narrow mind-made, personalized sense of self that is conditioned by the past.

In you, as in every human being, there is a dimension of consciousness far deeper than thought. It is the very essence of who you are. Finding that dimension frees you and the world from the suffering you inflict on yourself and others when the mind-made “little me” is all you know and runs your life. Love, joy, creativity, and inner peace come into your life through the deeper unconditioned dimension of consciousness.

The thinking mind is useful and powerful and also very limiting when it takes over your life completely—when you don’t realize that it’s only a small aspect of the consciousness that you are. Whenever you are immersed in compulsive thinking, you are avoiding what is. You don’t want to be where you are, which is here and now. Spiritual awakening is awakening from the dream of thought. When you no longer believe everything you think, you step out of thought and see clearly that the thinker is not who you are.

Actions to take

Principles to follow