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With this kind of awakening
experience, you have little control over
what's happening to you, and there's
also the risk of not being prepared for
the intense realities to which you gain
It's more sensible to try to induce the
second type of awakening experience,
by making a conscious effort to intensify
your life energy. An important part of
this is learning to be inactive, and how to
relax. Many of us spend our lives rushing
from one activity to the next, filling our
free time with endless entertainments
and distractions, never allowing ourselves
to do nothing or to be alone with
ourselves. But once we learn how to do
this, there is a whole host of activities we
can do -- dancing, playing or listening to
music, swimming, meditation, walking
in the countryside, sex -- with the aim
of generating awakening experiences.
Simply knowing that we're likely to "wake
up" once these activities have helped our
minds to become quiet and still will
increase the likelihood of us having the
experiences. (see Text Box 1)
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But, ultimately, we need to make
wakefulness our normal, everyday state.
This might seem impossible: surely we
would find life impossible if we were
continually aware of the beauty and
harmony of the world, and of our own
oneness with it? But if we were naturally
awake, this awareness could be a state that
was always potentially there, and that we
could tune into whenever we desired, at
the same time as dealing with the tasks of
Becoming permanently awake means
having a permanently high intensity of life
energy inside us. We can achieve this by
trying to make sure that our lives are never
too stressful or hectic, that we have regular
periods of silence and solitude, and that we
regularly meditate or do some other form
of "energy intensifying" practice. Service
is important too. Whether it's bringing up
children, doing voluntary or community
work, helping elderly neighbours,
performing service for others helps us to
connect to a wider reality, a shared human
consciousness beyond our individual
selves. As a result -- hopefully -- the
boundaries of the ego become softer,
which helps us to move towards
In a sense, wakefulness is natural. Some
of the world's indigenous peoples seem to
live in a natural state of wakefulness. They
naturally possess a heightened perception,
a sense of the aliveness of things and an
awareness of spirit-force pervading the
world. Young children are naturally awake,
too. They see the world in a much more real
and intense way than adults, experience
a powerful natural wellbeing and often
have intense spiritual experiences, where
they become one with the world, or see it
pervaded with an intense spiritual radiance.
So by having awakening experiences,
or even moving to a state of permanent
wakefulness, we're really only going back to
our original state, returning to the state of
wellbeing, wonder and connection that is
our birthright. (see Text Box 2)
Steve Taylor is the author of Waking From Sleep (Hay
House), described by Eckhart Tolle as, "One of the
best books on spiritual awakening I have ever come
across." He lives in Manchester, England, with his three
young children and is a lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan
University and Salford College.
His website is www.stevenmtaylor.com.
Tips on generating awakening
● Go running in natural surroundings,
such as a park or field. Give yourself up
to the rhythm of your legs, and allow
your thinking mind to become quiet.
● Listen to music with full attention, and
with a quiet mind. Let the music wash
over you, fill your whole being, until you
forget yourself and your surroundings.
● Meditate for 20 minutes, focusing
on a mantra, or on the rhythm of your
breathing. Let the chatter of your mind
fade away, and be conscious of your own
inner energy, filling your body inside.
After meditation, walk into your garden,
or into some nearby fields, and become
aware of its beauty and is-ness.
What can we do to make
wakefulness our normal state?
To become permanently and constantly
"awake", we need to build up a
permanent high intensity of life energy
inside us, which we can do by following
Meditate regularly: Regular meditation
has a cumulative effect. It makes our
minds permanently quieter, and so
permanently intensifies our life energy.
Practise mindfulness: Mindfulness
is a form of meditation which you can
practise in your daily life. As you walk,
be mindful of your feet touching the
ground, and of your surroundings.
When eating, be fully attentive to the
taste of the food, and the sensations it
creates in your mouth.
Enjoy Silence and Solitude: Many
of us try to avoid solitude and silence,
but we should learn to relish them as
an opportunity to completely relax and
make contact with our true selves.
Service: Helping and supporting others
makes us less self centred and more
connected to the universe.
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