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Thoughtless awareness. The state I often refer to and regard as the source of amazing states of my being like joy, bliss, easiness of existence and love.
Thoughtless awarenesshas been described by Buddha and the Sufi’s of North Africa as also by Saints in India such as Eknath and Gyanadeva.
This state is a higher state of awareness which bisects the past and the future. Usually human beings are most of the time unable to enter the present because the mind is either thinking about the future (Ego) or the past (Superego). Interestingly, we are only in a present when we watch something in admiration, or enjoy some action to its full measure (like a child).
In the state of thoughtless awareness we are free to think about whatever we want but we don’t have unwanted thoughts in our mind at all, we have complete control over our mind. Our mind becomes very relaxed yet completely focused on any tasks we need to perform in our daily lives.
Form a regular point of view it is actually almost impossible to reach that state: how to have NO THOUGHTS? And still be aware? Be alert? Be efficient?
The trick is that it is indeed possible and relatively easy to achieve BUT NOT WITH THE HELP OF THE MIND! To tell you the truth, most of the meditation/self-help/yoga techniques make me laugh as there you learn to control your mind with the help of your mind. Isn`t it absurd?
My experience tells that Self-realisation enables one to enter into the new dimension (physically perceptible!) where one can easily do beyond the mind. With me it work this way: I feel the cool breeze over my head which relaxes the scalp and then somehow the brain. It is absolutely real because I can not force it and sometimes I do not feel it/ or feel warm – and even if I want very much to have it the other way, I just can not influence that. It is just there – or it is not. It is like the 7th sense!
When I feel it clearly it is incredibly enjoyable (like drinking the divine nectar) and at this moment I just can not think. I am aware of the surroundings but the power of joy and love is stronger. And if I am lucky to enjoy this pure state for 5 minutes than I feel like charged with tremendous powers and billions Watt of Love…
Of course we need to think to perform our jobs, to achieve something in life, but that thinking is of a different nature to the incessant rambling of the mind.
I wish from the bottom of my heart that as many people as possible could experience that absolutely outrageous state of being. Then we would definitely have far less stupid ideas floating ín the air and causing wars, hatred, envy, lust and greed.
And one more thing: in the state of thoughtless awareness you are brain-wash resistant! Like in a fortress: still, powerful and truly free…