Lesson 33: The Discovery of Spirit

How strange it is that the action needed to become more conscious is not movement of any kind but the absence of it. Conscious action is not the gaining of anything. It is the emptying of everything: judgments, beliefs, opinions, expectations, positions, perceptions, projections. 

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Haydn Hasty
"The Way of Transformation"

When I read an important book, I underline the important messages. Then, I go back and type out each of those underlined messages. It increases my learning and content memory by moving from visual to tactile. Often, I will then review all of my key notes when I want to freshen up.

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Self-AwarenessAshleigh Stoia
Thoughts on Meditation

I maintained a disciplined meditation practice for 10 years from roughly 1979-1990. Over those 10 years, I learned how to "trip the light fandango," have out-of-body experiences, saw all kinds of dazzling lights, and at the end of it all, I realized that meditation was not necessary. But it took those 10 years of practice to learn that.

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Self-AwarenessAshleigh Stoia
"A New Model of the Universe"

In P.D. Ouspensky's 1931 "A New Model of the Universe," the introduction takes the reader back to the author's school days where he borrows a physics book from an older boy. He describes his experience as, "...am reading it greedily and enthusiastically, overcome now by rapture, now by terror, at the mysteries which are opening before me.

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Self-AwarenessAshleigh Stoia
Holiday Horoscope

I am completely ignoring my horoscope which said that I would be better off just to stay in bed from December 17 through January 2. I have to admit I was a little more careful than usual driving in the Holiday traffic this afternoon.

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Self-AwarenessAshleigh Stoia
Thoughts on Pi on Christmas Morning

Following Christmas morning two years ago, I went to the garage to open a new bag of bird seed, having noticed that the feeders were empty. Holding the bag in my left hand and pulling the blade of the box-cutter toward me instead of away from me, I sliced my wrist wide-open.

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Self-AwarenessAshleigh Stoia
A Beautiful Path

In the previous post, I stated that it is separation from one's inner being that is the ultimate source of depression. In fact, one's inner being is the protection from the constant bombardments of life that provides the individual with clarity, the ability to know and to see.

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Self-AwarenessAshleigh Stoia
Master of Depression

I would like to return to the issue of depression just once more. I promise I'll stop after this.My own personal experiences with depression are vast. I often share that it was a dominant condition in my life until I was around 33 years old (I am 62 now). But once I began to understand the true cause of it (it is different for each individual), I never looked back.

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Self-AwarenessAshleigh Stoia
Thoughts on Human Consciousness

In Itzhak Bentov's 1977 "Stalking the Wild Pendulum," Bentov writes, "We all know the human reality, but what probably most of us don't know about it is that human consciousness can be taught to expand and learn how to interact with the whole spectrum of realities we have described in our diagram. This is the real meaning of the phrase 'expansion of consciousness.'

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Self-AwarenessAshleigh Stoia