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July 24, 2013

After summoning the courage to face your FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN, what technique will help you learn to look at, think about, and feel what lies hidden within? The technique is simple. Can you sit? Can you look? Can you breathe? Sit on a chair or cross legged on the floor, focus your outer or inner vision on a single object (e.g. a spot on the floor), and pay attention to your breathing. If you do this for 20 minutes or more, then you will discover things about yourself you have not yet known. Most people cannot do more than five minutes at first. Begin by doing whatever you are able to do, and work your way up to at least 20 minutes. After doing so, take the risk, look within, and accept what you see (without trying to judge it, justify it, blame it on something else, etc.). During this practice, do not use background music, incense, or a mantra. Do not stimulate your mind in any way. The goal is to bring the mind to rest. Simply focus your attention on a spot on the floor (or within your visual field), and on your breathing. At first your mind will try everything to distract you from this focus. Your eyes will begin to move around uncontrollably, and your breathing may become harder. This is normal. Your mind is used to continuous stimulation, so it is simply obeying the law of inertia, attempting to perpetuate its movement. Whenever you notice this happening, refocus and relax your breathing. When you notice your mind wandering, simply refocus on the fixed point and pay attention to your breathing. With practice you may be able to do this uninterrupted for one hour. The goal of this exercise is eventually not to think anymore. So, summon your courage, and let’s get started! This reminds me of a song I wrote and recorded, Courage which, on a material world level is about the courage needed to face fears within a relationship; and on a spiritual level the courage needed to face the truth. After summoning the courage to face your FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN, what technique will help you learn to look at, think about, and feel what lies hidden within?