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The Most Rapid and Direct Means to Eternal Bliss

Former title: THE IMPOSTOR

 

Chapter 7 -

THE AWARENESS WATCHING AWARENESS
METHOD PRACTICE INSTRUCTIONS

PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Set aside as much time everyday to practice the Awareness Watching Awareness Method as you are willing to set aside.
  2. Everyday, drop as many unnecessary activities as you are willing to drop to create more time for the Awareness Watching Awareness Method practice.
  3. If you are not willing to drop all unnecessary activities in order to create the maximum amount of time everyday for practice, then you can read Chapter Five and Chapter Thirteen everyday until the extremely intense desire for liberation awakens in you.
  4. Eating food and taking a shower are examples of necessary activities.
  5. For some people working to earn a living is an example of a necessary activity.
  6. For some people taking care of their children is an example of a necessary activity.
  7. Examples of unnecessary activities are entertainment, hobbies, etc.
  8. Practice for at least two hours everyday.
  9. If you are retired and can practice for twelve hours everyday, that would be much more effective.
  10. It is better if you can be undisturbed during your practice.
  11. If you practice at home you can ask the people you live with not to disturb you when you are practicing unless there is an emergency.
  12. Or you can find some other place to practice where you will be not be disturbed.
  13. Bodily posture is not important in the Awareness Watching Awareness Method.
  14. However, since one wishes to turn the attention away from the body, it is important that the body is comfortable and relaxed and not causing any pain or strain.
  15. You can do the practice sitting crossed legged or sitting on a chair or sitting on a sofa or couch or even laying down on your bed if you are able to do so without falling asleep.
  16. Make sure the posture is comfortable and does not cause any pain, strain or discomfort.
  17. Make sure the posture helps you to ignore the body and turn your attention away from the body.
  18. For the purposes of this practice the following definitions for the words awareness and thought must be used:
  19. Thought (19 - 21): Thoughts are the words of your native language in your mind.
  20. If your native language is English and the language you think in is English, thoughts are those English words in your mind.
  21. If you think in two languages, then thoughts are the words of those two languages in your mind.
  22. Awareness (22 - 46): When you wake up in the morning awareness is that consciousness that woke up in the morning.
  23. Thoughts come and thoughts go, but the background of awareness remains continuous during all the waking hours until you go to sleep at night.
  24. Awareness is you, your awareness, just your awareness that is looking through your eyes right now.
  25. The words awareness, consciousness, attention, observation, watching, looking, seeing and concentrating all have the same meaning in the practice instructions.
  26. Awareness is not thought.
  27. Awareness is that which is aware of thought.
  28. Both when there are thoughts and when there are no thoughts, the awareness that woke up in the morning is aware, because the awareness that woke up in the morning is continuous during all of the waking hours until you go to sleep.
  29. Awareness is not emotions.
  30. Awareness is that which is aware of emotions.
  31. Both when there are emotions and when there are no emotions, the awareness that woke up in the morning is there, because the awareness that woke up in the morning is continuous during all of the waking hours until you go to sleep again.
  32. Awareness is not the objects seen by the eyes.
  33. Awareness is that which is aware of the objects seen by the eyes.
  34. The awareness that woke up in the morning is there when the eyes are open seeing objects and when the eyes are closed not seeing objects, because the background of awareness is continuous during all the waking hours until you go to sleep again.
  35. Awareness is not the thought ‘I’.
  36. Awareness is that which is aware of the thought ‘I’.
  37. Both when one thinks ‘I’ and when one does not think ‘I’, the awareness that woke up in the morning is there, because the background of awareness is continuous during all the waking hours until you go to sleep again.
  38. Awareness is not desire.
  39. Awareness is that which is aware of desire.
  40. Both when there is desire and when there is no desire, the awareness that woke up in the morning is there, because the background of awareness is continuous until you go to sleep again.
  41. Awareness is not something far off, lofty or mysterious.
  42. Awareness is that which is looking through your eyes reading this.
  43. Just your ordinary, everyday awareness.
  44. Not some special awareness.
  45. Awareness is that which wakes up in the morning and remains aware until you go to sleep at night
  46. Awareness is not any of the things or experiences perceived.
  47. Try an experiment (48 - 52):
  48. Look at an object in the room.
  49. Notice the awareness that is looking through your eyes.
  50. Now shut your eyes and notice that you are still aware.
  51. It is the same awareness that a moment ago was looking at the room.
  52. Now, with your eyes still closed observe your awareness.
  53. The following practice instructions are the Awareness Watching Awareness Method described using carefully chosen slightly different wording.
  54. It is important to use as few words as possible to describe the practice.
  55. Use only one description per practice session.
  56. If you are going to be practicing for one or two or three hours today, then for that entire time you should be using only one description.
  57. Try Description A first.
  58. Try a different description each day until you have tried all of them.
  59. Then choose the description that was easiest for you to understand and to practice, and from then on use only that description.
  60. Some descriptions might for a moment have you start with your eyes open, but once you are instructed to close your eyes, then keep your eyes closed.
  61. In other words, the Awareness Watching Awareness Method is always practiced with the eyes closed.
  62. When you are observing your awareness, just remain with that.
  63. There is no need to do anything else.
  64. Awareness is empty, there is no object you are trying to observe.
  65. It is just awareness being aware of itself.
  66. It is not a special kind of awareness.
  67. It is just your ordinary everyday awareness that you normally go through the day with, looking at itself.
  68. You can record the descriptions below on an audiocassette or CD for personal use.
  69. Record only one description per recording.
  70. It is important to listen to only one description during a practice session.
  71. It is better not to interrupt your practice session by having to turn your recording off.
  72. That is why it is best to record only one description per recording.
  73. Repeat the same description on the recording every 30 minutes.

THE AWARENESS WATCHING AWARENESS METHOD

PRACTICE INSTRUCIONS:

  1. Description A: Shut your eyes. Notice your awareness. Observe that awareness. Turn your attention away from the world, body and thought and towards awareness watching awareness. If you notice you are thinking, turn your attention away from thought and back towards awareness watching awareness.
  2. Description B: Look out at the room and notice your awareness looking out through your eyes. Now shut your eyes and notice that same awareness is still there that a moment ago was looking outward at the room. Observe that awareness. If you seem to be having a lot of thoughts, ignore them and turn your attention away from the thoughts and towards awareness observing awareness.
  3. Description C: Shut your eyes. Notice that you are conscious. Watch that consciousness. Every time you notice a thought, turn your attention away from the thought and continue watching your consciousness. Do not watch your thoughts. Watch your consciousness. Consciousness watching consciousness. Consciousness conscious of consciousness.
  4. Description D: Shut your eyes. Turn your attention away from thought and watch the watcher.
  5. Description E: Shut your eyes. Notice your awareness. Be aware of your awareness. If you notice you are thinking, turn your attention away from thought and towards awareness of awareness.
  6. Description F: Shut your eyes. Just remain in awareness aware of itself. If there are thoughts, bring your attention back to awareness aware of itself.
  7. Description G: Shut your eyes. You observe your awareness. If there are thoughts, turn your attention away from the thoughts and continue to observe your awareness.
  8. Description H: Shut your eyes. Turn your attention towards awareness and concentrate on awareness. Concentrate in a relaxed manner without effort. If thoughts are noticed, turn your attention away from the thoughts and back towards concentrating on awareness.
  9. Description I: Shut your eyes. Be aware of being aware. Now remain in that awareness of awareness. If there are thoughts, turn your attention away from the thoughts and continue being aware of being aware.
  10. Description J: Shut your eyes. Notice you are aware. Look at that awareness. Remain in awareness looking at awareness. If thoughts arise, look away from the thoughts and go back to looking at awareness. Remain in that awareness looking at awareness.
  11. Description K: Shut your eyes. Your present awareness watching your present awareness, while ignoring all else.
  12. Description L: Look at the room. Notice your awareness looking through your eyes. Shut your eyes and turn your attention around to look at itself. Attention attending to attention. Remain with that. Don’t move from that. Don’t attend to anything else. Don’t attend to thought. Attend only to attention.
  13. Description M: Look at the room. Notice your awareness looking through your eyes. Now shut your eyes. Notice that same awareness that was looking through your eyes a moment ago. Now turn that awareness around degrees away from the world, the body and thought and towards itself, towards awareness watching awareness.
  14. Description N: Look at the room. You are the seer. Your awareness is that which sees. Shut your eyes. See the seer. Remain with that. Turn your attention away from thought and towards the seer.
  15. Description O: Shut your eyes. Turn your attention away from the known and know the knower.
  16. Description P: Shut your eyes. Awareness aware only of awareness. Remain there. Dwell there. Be there. Live there.
  17. Description Q: Shut your eyes. One awareness observing one awareness. Not two, one observing the other. Only one. Observe your awareness. If you notice you are thinking, do not attempt to complete the thought. Drop the thought and continue observing your awareness.
  18. Description R: Shut your eyes. Observe your awareness. Relax into your awareness. Remain there, aware only of your awareness.
  19. Description S: Shut your eyes. Turn your awareness away from what it is aware of and towards awareness aware only of itself.
  20. Description T: Shut your eyes. Directly experience your own awareness by observing your awareness and relaxing into your awareness. Rest in your awareness of awareness. Rest in awareness aware only of itself. Remain in awareness. Do not remain in thought.
  21. Description U: There are the things you are aware of. There is the awareness that is aware of the things. Instead of observing the things, observe the awareness. Shut your eyes. There are thoughts and feelings. There is the awareness that is aware of thoughts and feelings. Instead of observing thoughts and feelings, observe the awareness.
  22. Description V: Shut your eyes. Do not observe thought. Observe awareness. Awareness observing awareness is empty. There is no thing to observe there. Don’t complicate it by thinking there is more to it. Awareness is subtle. In awareness observing awareness there is only awareness. It is simple. Remain in awareness observing itself.
  23. Description W: Shut your eyes. Focus on the awareness that thoughts are arising in. Do not focus on the thoughts. Thoughts come and thoughts go. The awareness that thoughts are arising in does not come and go. Be aware of the awareness that does not come and go. When there are thoughts, watch the awareness, not the thoughts. When there are no thoughts, watch the awareness. Thoughts or no thoughts, continue to observe the awareness, not the thoughts. Continue to relax in and be aware of your awareness. Remain there. Be there.
  24. Description X: Shut your eyes. If you see light, turn your attention away from the light and towards awareness of awareness. If you see darkness, turn your attention away from the darkness and towards awareness aware only of awareness. If you notice your breathing, turn your attention away from the breathing and towards awareness aware only of awareness. Whatever you become aware of, turn your attention away from it and towards awareness of awareness.
  25. Description Y: Shut your eyes. Awareness not aware of thoughts. Awareness not aware of emotions. Awareness not aware of anything except awareness. Awareness aware of nothing except awareness. The background of awareness aware only of the background of awareness. Awareness aware only of awareness. Awareness only. Awareness alone.

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Michael Langford