The greatest obstacle to “Happy You”

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“Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world.”
Amit Ray, Living in the moment – Living in the breath

We all know the phrase “you are not your mind”, but we don’t understand (not fully!) what does it mean. I’m reading the book “The Power Of Now”, written by Eckhart Tolle, and I’d like to say there’re a lot of great thoughts there, even if I’m personally think the language is a bit too “spiritual”. That’s why I’m going to organise it and put the ideas in order for your better “digestion”. Haha!

1. We are a beggars. All of us. We are busy looking outside for pleasure or fulfilment, for validation, security, love, while all that (or the treasure we are looking for) is already within us. It is even greater than anything the world can offer.

2. “Being” is you, or any life. You can experience it ONLY when your mind are still (that means – almost never, because you are surrounded by voices and you are troubled by everything around you!).

You can feel Being – BUT! – You can’t understand Being.

3. The word “God” has become empty of meaning through thousands of years of misuse by people (or a closed concept). There’s NO “Our God is the only true God, and your God is false”. The God is not “Being”.

4. If you are not able to stop thinking, if you are experiencing the incessant mental noise – you are probably very sick, and living inside of an illusion (I’m sure you knew that already, right?). Thinking has become a disease. Why? Because of very destructive power:

Your mind uses you – you usually don’t use it at all => This is the disease.
You believe you are you mind => This is the delusion.

5. Can you be free of your mind whenever you want? If the answer is no – then the mind is using you. You are unconscious and you are identifying yourself with your mind = you are it’s SLAVE!

Virtually everyone hears a voice or voices in the head all the time. Continuous monologues or dialogues. Many people live with a tormentor in their head that continuously attacks and punishes them, and drains them of energy. It is the cause of unhappiness (=disease).

6. The good news is that you can free yourself from your mind:

Step 1. Start listening to the voice in your head as often as you can.
Step 2. Pay particular attention to any repetive thought-pattern (it repeats like old gramophone records).

Step 3. ‘Watch’ the thinker, but do not communicate => listen to the voice, BE THERE, BUT DO NOT JUDGE or condemn what you hear.

Soon you’ll realise: THERE’S THE VOICE – and HERE I AM, listening to it, watching it.

This is very important realisation: I AM, this is you, the sense of your own presence, which is not the thought! It arises from beyond the mind.

You are aware not only of the thought, but also of yourself as the witness of the thought. This is the beginning of the end of the compulsive thinking (which is in general an addiction, or a drug).

7. I have to say…you can (any person) learn it! Because I did. It is some kind of the GAP OF NO-MIND (as Eckhart Tolle call it). You can start from 10-20 seconds and then gradually it will be longer and longer. In the moment of the gap-no-mind you’ll feel the stillness and peace inside of you. This is the beginning of your natural state of Being.

Be totally present. Learn to disidentify yourself from your mind.

Here is my old post, review of my brain, which I keep empty most of the time. I call it “white brain or white room” 🙂 -> REVIEW OF MY BRAIN


Based on the book “The Power Of Now” Eckhart Tolle 
Next post – Book Review “Alex” Pierre Lemaitre  


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62 Responses

  1. Simon says:

    Wow… I think I’ve gone mad…

  2. I just love your fucking mind. Your writing. 🙏🏽👏🏼

  3. Kris says:

    I’ll be jiggered. I needed this tonight. Today…whatever. Big squashy hug to you, Ray.

  4. doubledacres says:

    Thanks for sharing. A lot of great advice.

    • Yep, the book built as “question-answer”-story & very interesting ideas r there. We def know it all in our hearts, but we so seldom listening lol

  5. Scarpoe says:

    Thanks for decluttering that cluster fuck. It saved me time.

  6. I love that Cream song White Room.

  7. InspiresN says:

    great post and thought provoking , love the 3 points to free the mind!

  8. Eckhart Tolle i love him and yes; i have read the power of now. and trust me, it is powerful. I m going to put practice into this

  9. Excellent post, Ray.

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  11. Myuga says:

    Great post. 🙂

  12. masercot says:

    Sounds like Buddhist-talk to me…

  13. fitnessgrad says:

    Quite the post, you always talk about stuff that never really crosses mind mind, lol
    I find your topics different & never mundane, I like them because they stretch my thinking and give me more understanding at times.


    • Thank you 😊 I’m very glad 🙂 I have to tell u some stuff never really crossed my mind as well 😂 haha but kinda found in those books/films I’m reading, watching ☀️

  14. The best tool that I ever learned was that I don’t have to listen to all of my thoughts. Life is really what you make it and recognizing that you can sometimes say things to yourself that you would never ever say to any other living person, is testament my first statement. This was a great post – made for unique content.

    Best, Jess ||

    • Yes, agreed. We don’t have to listen to all our thoughts. Hopefully this idea will strike more people, because it is a first step to a happier *you* and consciousness

  15. Eliza says:

    Someone recently mentioned the book to me. I forgot about it especially as I feel like we have to tune into the present in our own way not someone else’s way. I may be wrong though…
    Do you think it’s worth buying?

  16. “Your mind uses you – you usually don’t use it at all” That’s scary but so true… Another great post “The Spoiler Lady” 😀 Lol… No, but I wish to read this one. There must be so much more to it than just the main points which you covered wonderfully like you always do. 🙂

  17. Paolo B. says:

    I tried reading the power of now but couldn’t finish as to what you mentioned of it being to spiritual wordy ish. I’m glad for this post though in plain English 🤗 There’s lots of good stuff. Compulsive thinking is hard to stop but for sure something to recognise. Thanks for this!

    • Yes, true 🙂
      the first part is easier a bit, at the end too much “spirituality” for the simple human beings as we r… I read 4-5 pages each evening. So I’m finally done. It was difficult at the end 🙂 but the Idea of the book is awesome!

  18. The world of overthinking has proven to be a disappointing world. I am happy just planning ahead fro what I need and going about what I need to do, on any given day.

  19. You are a great writer! Loved it.

  20. Thank u 💓💓

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