Craig Holliday: Universal contemplative instructions (beyond the hemispheres)

  • Craig Holliday: Universal contemplative instructions (beyond the hemispheres)

    Posted by Don Salmon on April 14, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    Find a quiet space and notice the thoughts floating through your consciousness.

    Notice that there are thoughts and the one who sees the thoughts.

    There are emotions and the one who feels the emotions.

    There is a body and the one who sees and feels the body and its sensations.

    Who is it that notices the thoughts, emotions, sensations, and body?

    Who or what is here that is beyond the movement of thought, emotions, and sensations?

    Who is it that is here and inhabits this body?

    Rest and experience what you are beyond the movements of mind.


    While sitting quietly, contemplate these questions:

    Who am I when no thought is present?

    Who is it that observes thoughts?

    What does this presence that I am, feel like?

    Can I feel and experience the spaciousness and silence of my own nature? What is here that is already perfectly quiet and universally good?

    Allow awareness to notice the thoughts, emotions, and sensations floating through your consciousness. Now, stop looking outward and allow awareness to turn inward and look directly at your own self.

    Rest here, in this space of silence and luminosity.

    If you find yourself lost in thought again, simply turn awareness upon itself again. Become aware of awareness and rest here. Smile and let go into the beauty and silence of your true nature.

    When you have completed your formal meditation practice of turning awareness upon itself and you are walking forward throughout your day, keep these questions in mind:

    Can I notice the quiet presence of awareness, right here, right now?

    Can I notice that there is a quiet presence continually witnessing every moment of my everyday life?

    Can I notice that this awareness requires no effort, no doing?

    Do I realize that I am awake awareness already, right here and right now?

    Lucy Fleetwood replied 1 year, 1 month ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Lucy Fleetwood

    April 17, 2023 at 1:32 pm

    Hi Don, you are posting some lovely pieces of advice. Sometimes I ask myself, what is looking out of my eyes, I find it a great way of coming back into the present moment.

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