When our inner peace and well-being depend on forces outside
ourselves (circumstances, the marketplace, other people) the
stress and anxiety that result in personal conflict, and that get
in the way of our effectiveness, are always close at hand. Our
buttons get all too easily pushed.
But as we become more established in our true, awakened nature,
we are far less at the effect of those outer forces. We then bring
greater clarity, confidence, and focus to the problems needing our
attention. We are able to act decisively and generate results with
more consistency and predictability. In those instances where
events do not work out favorably, we are able to more quickly
make the adjustments needed to get things back on track.
The simplest and most direct method for making the shift back
to our true nature is as follows: As often as you remember
throughout the day, pause and take the time to breathe slowly
and consciously. Then bring your awareness slightly behind and
above your head. This is more the real you. From this place,
make your body, sense, and mind/personality objects of
observation. It is as if you are witnessing all that is arising within
If you are being bothered by a particular thought, belief, or story
(for example, “What if I fail?”) examine it objectively. Be very still
for a moment or two, and look at the belief as you would any
object from this detached place slightly behind and above yourself.
Do not judge it or analyze it. Become aware of yourself as the
awareness, or consciousness, that is looking at this particular belief.
Now be aware that what you are looking at, you cannot be. You are
what is looking.
The belief, “What if I fail?” is just a thought form arising within the field
of awareness that you are. When you stop identifying with it through
the practice of presence, you cease giving it power. Through applying
this technique many times a day, eventually the belief will lose its charge.
It will no longer be a button for you. No belief or thought form can
persist for long in the light of clear, sustained awareness, or conscious
After you have freed yourself from one limiting belief, then take the
next one that is causing conflict, and work with it in the same way.
The more you do this, the more your head will clear, and you will
come to a place of authentic inner freedom. Instead of living from
your mind and its worries, you will live from an alert yet relaxed
sense of awareness in the present. Then you will be able to use
your mind for the powerful creative tool that it is, but it will no
longer be a source of conflict or stress for you.
©Jim Dreaver, 2007