How to Awaken

Look what I found, thanks to standinginanopenfield … instructions for awakening! Actually they are easy, the normal practices we have learnt from the yogis, and many of us go through these steps of awareness each time we practice yoga nidra, or even when we meditate. It is about recognising what is you, and what is not you. A practice in consciousness.

How to Get EnlightenedThis is a featured page (reblogged from Kenneth Folk)

What would I say if I had just five minutes to give comprehensive instructions for awakening?

You are unenlightened to the extent that you are embedded in your experience. You think that your experience is you. You must dis-embed. Do that by taking each aspect of experience as object (looking at it and recognizing it) in a systematic way. Then, surrender entirely.
Do these practices, exactly as written:
First Gear:

1) Objectify body sensations. If you can name them, you aren’t embedded there. Notice sensations and note to yourself: “Pressure, tightness, tension, release, coolness, warmth, softness, hardness, tingling, itching, burning, stinging, pulsing, throbbing, seeing, tasting, smelling, hearing.” If I am looking at something it is not “I”.
2) Objectify feeling-tone. Are sensations pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral? If you can sit there for five minutes and note pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral every few seconds, you are not embedded at that layer of mind.
3) Objectify mind states. Investigation, curiosity, happiness, anxiety, amusement, sadness, joy, anger, frustration, annoyance, irritation, aversion, desire, disgust, fear, worry, calm, embarrassment, shame, self-pity, compassion, love, contentment, dullness, sleepiness, bliss, exhilaration, triumph, self-loathing. Name them and be free of them. These mind states are not “you;” we know this because if there is a “you” it is the one who is looking, not what is being looked at. Below, we will challenge the notion that there is any “you” at all.
4) Objectify thoughts. Categorize them: planning thought, anticipating thought, worrying thought, imaging thought, remembering thought, rehearsing thought, scenario spinning thought, fantasy thought, self-recrimination thought. Come up with your own vocabulary and see your thoughts as though they belong to someone else. The content of your thoughts is not relevant except to the extent that it helps you to label and therefore objectify them.
Second Gear:

5) Objectify the apparent subject. Who am “I”? Turn the light of attention back on itself. Who knows about this experience? Are you causing this experience in this moment? To whom is this happening?

Third Gear:
6) Surrender entirely. This moment is as it is, with or without your participation. This does not mean that you must be passive. Surrender also to activity.
May you awaken now. (If it takes you another twenty years it will have been worth every minute.)

Kenneth Folk
March, 2010
(Revised March 2011)

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4 thoughts on “How to Awaken

    • yes me too Gilly, what helps me is to think of myself in the third person, “Christine is thinking this, Christine is thinking that” so a step closer that way! i have to try to catch the hidden thoughts, or maybe instincts is a better word, they come to light when i wonder “what is she doing here now?” oh yes, …. she is looking for the reward of a reply to her post!

      • I’m happy to comply, Christine. Consider yourself rewarded. 🙂

        Besides, you deserve second helpings of your reward for posting that lovely photograph of the lotus. In addition to the beautiful flowers, pods and dragonfly, the bluish colorcast is a touch of perfection.

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