Present State Awareness

I have always been fascinated by time and what it is.  The concept of eternity in realtionship to time is not an easy leap.  How does one exist outside of time?  I found a book that helped called the Power of Now by Tolle.  It is fascinating and I love the quote "There is no past or future only the eternal now".  His concept is that everything but the present moment is conceptual and exists in our mind.   For a fellow who worships his intellect this was hard to swallow.  Also I found the translation of the concept into something practical difficult but I knew it was possible.

Recently I was pointed to another book called The Presence Process – A Guide to Present State Awareness" by Michael Brown which is a more practical approach to experiencing Now I think.  The book is a process and I am about to embark on the process.  I will use this blog to chart my progress.  One of the key parts of the process is conscious continuous breathing.  It is a key to present state awareness.  Most of really breath very much out of our awareness.  Another aspect of the process is exploring the causes of our the effects we have which restrict us.  His theory is that are emotional development occurs in the first seven years, then our physical development follows and then our mental development.  It kind of fits with Adlerian Psychology which talks about the importance of our development before continuous memory.  So the book has a process which involves breathing, activating questions and reading each week.  The initial question before one starts is what is you intention for this process.  Mine is greater integration of my whole being so I am at peace with myself and take more responsibilty for the world where I find myself.   So in December 2005 I am about to embark on this journey.  An subsidiary intention would be more at peace with my golf game and my singing.

I invite comments.

  1. Jim Reply

    Finished the third week and I am certainly aware of the messenger and the message. I find it difficult not to react. However I am developing more present state awareness and am encouraged. My emotional energy is certainly aroused. My current feelings may rooted in a long held feeling of unfairness when I was a child. I recall very frequently saying “It’s not fair.” I am looking forward to reintegrating this old baggage. Stay tuned.

  2. Jim Reply

    Finished the second week. It was a week of becoming conscious of my reflections in the world. My perceptions are gradually changing. Also I am recalling early childhood feeling that are interesting and challenging.
    Present state awareness is not as dramatic as I expected but I am accumulating lots of the exercise time. Stay tuned. This week I am to work on responding conciously to all my experiences.

  3. Jim Reply

    The book has exercises that has an exercise for each week for ten weeks and I have just finished the first week. I am pleased that I can already see some improvement in my attitude. We are busy getting ready for Christmas and I am not as stressed out as I had been. I am in the seconded week and it has to do with an idea that I first encountered in a talk by a fellow from Vancouver on the Law of Attraction. It has to do with what we encounter in the world is a reflection of what we put out there. I expect these are at the emotional level which he call energy in motion, e-motion. The things that we encounter that cause strong reactions in us he says are messengers to us about what we put out there. Interesting. This weeks exercise is all about that and I sure have a lot to learn in that area. Stay tuned.

  4. Deb Raython Reply

    This is a fantastic guide to what I would call Intentional Living – being in the moment, being aware of what the author calls your Inner Presence – the little piece of God within each of us. Solid and deep information leads to practical “hands on” sessions including breathing exercises. This is a book that is an excellent companion to Eckhart Toll’s Power of Now. I’m going to call it the “Power of How”!

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