Free from Thought (when you choose to be)

Why would anyone want to be free from thought?

Quite simply, because thought is the source of ALL your pain and suffering. So unless you are masochistic by nature and like to suffer – actually fairly common from what I have observed, although admittedly unconsciously as I don’t think any sane person would consciously choose to suffer – it seems logical to me that you would choose to aleviate yourself of the cause of pain.

I’m not talking about thought in terms of the skills you have learnt or useful knowledge to perform tasks, but about psychological knowledge which constitutes your world view, opinions and beliefs (memory).

Not sure what the heck I’m talking about or what that actually means? Okay, so just sit in a comfortable position for a moment, take a few deep breaths and consciously relax your body. Now consciously relax your mind while still breathing deeply and slowly become more and more relaxed…

Negate all thought, even if just for a few seconds and while your mind is free of thought, albeit for a brief moment, be aware of the feelings and sensations.

Is there pain? Suffering? Anguish, worry, fear…? Judgement, criticism, complaint…?

Is there peace, harmony, tranquility? An absence of need, want or desire?

Is anything important?

That’s what I’m talking about. Regardless of whether or not it is possible to remain in such a state for any significant length of time, I consciously and clearly desire to be there.

“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory” Albert Schweitzer

“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind” Lionel Hampton

“People don’t realize that now is all there ever is; there is no past of furture except as memory or anticipation in your mind” Eckhart Tolle


It’s not about What, it’s about How

What’s the meaning of life? What’s the point of living?

All of us ask ourselves at one time or another (or regularly!) questions like “What should I do with my life to be happy?”, “What can I do to improve my life?”, “Am I doing what I was born to do?”, “If I could only do…..then things would be better”. Ad infinitum.

We spend our lives focused on what. What to do now, what not to do, what to do next, what we did, or didn’t, do days, weeks or years ago, what we should, shouldn’t, must, mustn’t, would like to do etc. while at the same time what we really want is simply to feel good, regardless of what we are doing.

If we are doing something we would usually identify as pleasant but are not feeling good then it’s not a nice experience, is it? But if we are doing something we would usually identify as unpleasant but are feeling good then it would be a nice experience, despite the circumstances, wouldn’t it?

So WHAT you are doing matters but little my friend – peace, joy, happiness and pleasantness are only found in the HOW of things. How I am doing what I am doing is the key to a joyful life. As the adage goes, it’s about the journey and not the destination. It’s true!

Now HOW is all about awareness. The more awareness you bring to what you are doing, the more you are focused on the how, rather than the what. Awareness lets in the joy of simply living and closes the door to memory and its interminable mind games.

Yeh; i know, theory is always the easy part and intellectually understanding something doesn’t change a damn thing. Well, actually understanding intellectually IS the first step in change. Once an intellectualy understanding is assimilated emotionally then it starts to become real change.

To take the step from intellectual understanding to emotional requires you to have a heightend awareness of your physical body – Emotion being e-motion, or energy-in-motion. Energy in motion within your body creates your feelings, thoughts and actions, so it really is the building block of your life experience.

When you are aware of the energy flowing through your body at any given time (where it is, how strong, pleasant or unpleasant…) then you have a heightened appreciation of your state and are consequently living in the HOW rather than the what.

When you are actually aware of something you are able to make a conscious choice to either stay with it or change it, aren’t you? A lack of awareness is when you lose control and become a victim of your mind’s madness.

As always, you mind would love you to think that true peace either doesn’t exist or requires you to be an extraordianary human being or requires you to live and die thousands of times first, when in reality it’s a consequence of just being outside of the mind.

Breathe deep, relax and feel the energy!

“How can one ever know anything if they are too busy thinking?” Gautama Buddha

“Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life” Buddha




Law of Attraction

When the now famous book The Secret came out around 10 years ago I tried intently to understand it and apply the lessons in the book in my life. Considering my business was sold, I lost my home and then was divorced within the five years following reading the book I think I could safely say I didn’t get the message.

In the last five years, however, my life has gone from strength to strength and I have achieved everything I have set out to achieve (only limited by my own expectations of what is possible). Without being consciously aware of it, I have improved my understanding of, and application of, one of the most powerful laws of life – the Law of Attraction.

There are many ways to name and describe this law but for me the greatest realisation has been through the concept of vibration. The Law of Attraction is also known as the Law of Vibration. In its essence, everything is energy: we are energy. That is, we are constantly vibrating and those vibrations are determined by what we are thinking and feeling.

Now, for me, the real breakthrough was when I finally understood that the vibrations created from our thoughts and feelings happen inside us, and only inside us. It makes no difference who or what you are thinking about, who or what you are looking at or who or what you are talking to -everything happens inside our own bodies. That is why “what goes around comes around”. In fact, its not even going around, we are simply just creating it inside ourselves with every thought and every feeling.

Anger, sadness, frustration, bitterness, despair, spite and all negative thoughts are creating negative emotions inside our body, regardless of who these thoughts are directed at. They may or may not affect the other person, but they sure as hell affect ourselves. We are our own worst enemy!

Oh, and our own best friend, if we choose to be so.

That brings me to my second realisation and that is how fundamental it is to love and appreciate yourself. I cannot stress this enough!! I am not talking about arrogance or pride, but of an essential self-respect and tenderness towards oneself. You cannot be to another as you are not to yourself – fact. To love and care for you is to love and care for others. It really is that simple.

Oh, and you are the only one who can do this. This is your greatest responsibility and your key to all.

When you see that every thought and every feeling is created within you and literally changes who you are, you must come to a realisation of how important it is to treat every thought and feeling with its due attention because with every vibration they create, they are defining your tomorrow.

“All that we are is a result of what we have thought” Buddha

“It is the combination of thought and love which forms the irresistible force of the law of attraction” Charles Haanel


The Meaning of Life

Ah! If only I knew the answer to this question, I would finally live in peace. Ring a bell? It certainly rings true for me. After a lifetime of existential pondering, principal of which is the aforementioned question, there can be only one logical answer: life itself.

Our brains will insist that there must be something more. There must be some higher purpose for each of us to make this crazy life seem meaningful. Surely! But what has your life taught you? Have you found peace? Have you discovered a meaning in your life which has responded to all your doubts and taken away all your suffering?

If you have, then stop being selfish and share it with us all!! 🙂

As we have previously looked at, you will never find peace or the meaning of life searching within your own limited brain – that is, your past experiences and acquired knowledge. How can you? Your brain only knows what you have done, learnt and seen up to this moment so there is nothing new that it can offer you.

So any meaning to life can only be found outside of your past. That is, beyond the limitation of your thinking brain, and beyond this there is no “meaning of life”; the question itself simply doesn’t exist. Beyond thought there is no need to search , become or give meaning to anything.

Just live. Don’t fall into the trap of asking the cause of your problems to solve itself – that is madness. The only sane way to live is beyond thought, which is to say free of the need to ask questions at all. That will take a load off your shoulders to start with!

Thought is the cause of all your problems. Thought wants you to believe there is a meaning to life and so keeps you anxiously seeking an answer. You will likely receive a dozen possibilities and continue exploring one or many until the day you die without getting a truly satisfying answer. Because there isn’t one.

We can be free only when we finally internalise the FACT that thought is the source of suffering and therefore cannot be the source of true freedom. True peace, freedom and meaning lies beyond thought and can never be described, labeled or experienced. It just is and that can never be understood by thought.

Unsatisfied with the explanation? This is a pill you brain will downright refuse to swallow – but that’s your choice to listen to it or not. Yes, you can!

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.” Joseph Campbell

“Life has to be given a meaning for the obvious fact that it has no meaning.” Henry Miller