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You have covered over your true Self with the false thief thought of "I am this physical body." That potent hypnosis is more than enough to steal from you your glorious birthright as the blessed supreme Self. In the process of waking up from the sleeping state, there is a gap between dreaming and waking where the pure conscious state, the eternal non-state of the supreme Self, emerges and provides support for this major transition. When you think about it, you are moving from one world to another. You are transitioning from the dream or astral universe to the the waking state or physical universe. This is a huge leap in vibrations and consciousness levels, so the Self itself emerges briefly in order to enable continuity during the transition. Being in the astral body while in the dream state, and then suddenly and without warning being conscious in the physical body waking state, it would be noticed that a major leap had occurred. However, unless you are looking for the Self in this gap, you are not likely to see it. This self-luminous Awareness is more subtle than dreams, although the practice of dream recall will support this practice of Self-recall in the morning. Anything that helps you insert the conscious waking state into the sleeping state may help. Although this Awareness is extremely subtle, in this special moment it comes forward. Therefore, this is the time when it is most easily perceived and grasped. The practice itself is very straightforward. If you cannot be aware of the entire waking up process itself, then immediately assert being consciously aware of your conscious awareness (waking state) the instant that you become aware of it. In other words, the VERY INSTANT that you recognize that you have become conscious and are transitioning into the waking state associated with the physical body, in that instant you choose to WAKE UP. What happens is that you then wake up WITHIN THE GAP. You deliberately become conscious within this gap. You relax awake into clear seeing and an opening appears that you did not see before. This opening becomes your entry point from which you can unravel the entire addiction mechanism. Likewise, you can enter as lucid clear knowing when you wake up in the morning by using the special effortless Morning Meditation. With practice, you will discover that you are not the body. In fact, you are the Light of the Awareness. The gap will get longer and longer. You will gain confidence that you are, indeed, the Self. Eventually, you will be able to stabilize in the Self and your perception of who you are and what the world is will be changed forever. You will know directly from within that you are the Self and that the world is the Self. You will know for sure that "I AM THAT." TABLE OF CONTENTS WHY ANOTHER BOOK ON SELF-INQUIRY MEDITATION? JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF TRUTH 12 SIMPLE STEPS ONE AT A TIME STEP ONE: WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR MIND? STEP TWO: WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR BODY? STEP THREE: WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT "WHO AM I"? STEP FOUR: THE EFFORTLESS MORNING MEDITATION PRACTICE EASY "WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY" MORNING MEDITATION Q&A: PRACTICAL POINTERS ON THE EFFORTLESS MEDITATION STEP FIVE: THE SECRET OF THE MORNING MEDITATION PRACTICE STEP SIX: IS THE WAKING STATE BASED ON THE PHYSICAL BODY? STEP SEVEN: WHAT IS THE CONSCIOUS WAKING STATE? STEP EIGHT: WHO IS IT EXACTLY THAT CLAIMS THE BODY? STEP NINE: THE PRACTICAL TWO-STEP "WHO AM I?" MEDITATION STEP TEN: HOW TO DO "WHO AM I?" MEDITATION DURING THE DAY Q&A: SELF-INQUIRY MEDITATION WHEN DOING ACTIVITIES STEP ELEVEN: PEACE NOW FROM THE "WHO AM I?" MEDITATION Q&A: THE PEACE THAT RESULTS FROM THIS MEDITATION STEP TWELVE: REVIEW, SUMMARY AND "WHAT COMES NEXT?" THE 12 QUESTIONS AGAIN SUMMARY OF WHAT WE COVERED WHERE DO YOU GO FROM HERE? RECOMMENDED READING MEET THE AUTHOR
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Ramaji had a Kundalini awakening at the age of 16. This experience of enlightenment and ego death in a lucid dream set his life on an irreversible course of profound investigation of spiritual truth. No longer could he be content to just live life as it appeared to be on the surface. He was forced by destiny to get to the root of his suffering. After chasing gurus and studying various forms of yoga and meditation, he settled down as a serious student of Buddhist Vipassana (Insight) meditation under the tutelage of Ven. Shinzen Young. He stayed with that discipline for 7 years, meditating without fail one to two hours a day. As part of this discipline of body-sweeping meditation, he also went on several 10 day meditation retreats. Eventually, even though the practice had been rewarding, he found himself needing something else. He didn't know what it was, but when he met the Advaita guru Ramesh Balsekar, he knew that he had found it. In the late 1980s, he asked Ramesh a question about meditation. Ramesh's answer was "There is nothing you can do." His seeking burned out to the point of being a burden, this was precisely what he needed to hear. Ramesh's words acted like a surgical strike, shattering the accumulation of decades of spiritual seeking into tiny fragmented bits. A few years later, while meditating on his living room couch, Ramaji experienced the sudden flash of awakening. He soon realized that he could not find himself, meaning the separate entity that had identified with the body. He also quickly discovered that he was no longer the "doer." He now lived spontaneously, at one with the joyful and playful Tao of Life. After many years of living in voluntary obscurity, Ramaji decided to come forward as a public teacher and give Satsang. He lives in San Diego and makes himself available in person and via phone and Skype to seekers and students around the world. Because of his special interest in and understanding of Divine Mother and Kundalini, many of his students have a background of devotion to Kali and Kundalini experiences. He gives an awakening transmission he calls RASA (Ramaji Advaita Satsang Attunement). This attunement opens the crown chakra to facilitate the enlightenment of the meditator. It is given over Skype or in person in San Diego, California. We live in times where enlightenment is easier to achieve than ever before. Please take advantage of this wonderful historical window for spiritual awakening!
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