Pointers, a bit of advice. A lesson or words that set you in motion towards a goal, understanding, knowledge, etc. A style of teaching which leads the way to or hints at explanations words can only describe. The definition includes the fact that words only point. True state of being in situations must be experienced to be known.

The student spoke to the teacher stating, “You have taught me many ways to meditate and I have tasted the joy, peace, and love that comes when I am not engrossed in the thoughts of my mind. Can you elaborate on what some call the positive state of being?” “Yes, of course, meditation teaches you how and allows you to separate from the stream of thought that flows through your mind. I can point to it, I can point to a state of awareness that despite what you may define as negative goes on yet, you remain unaffected. Not in a state of emotionlessness or numb to everything. Rather in a state of acceptance and surrender to what is and to what is going on. Not weakness. Not turning a closed eye to what you define as wrong in the world. A state of presence which includes all the workings of your mind and the world, yet you are unblemished. A point of such understanding that you no longer conflict with reality which includes the cycle of life and death. Then you’re free. Your mind no longer pulls you into negativity and joy and love become your response to everything. It is then you know how to love each other, then when your true compulsions to right the wrongs you define before you goes into action. Despite everything going on… you find that everything is as it is, and you are in such a state of conscious awareness you then can and know how to bring some light to the darkness. Not compelled by a desire to do good, naturally moving in a direction to do well for yourself and the world. As one once said you ‘make presence your goal and peace your greatest gift to the world.’”

Meditation. Try this out here and there when it comes to your mind. Observe a response (which you may label as negative) to a thought or a situation going on in your mind or outside of you. Bring your awareness to the conflict created in your mind over the situation. Point out to yourself the cause of negativity. It may be caused by your lack of acceptance, a conflict with reality, a need to have someone take on your views whatever the cause of the undesirable feelings are; then bring your attention to the part of you observing the situation. Then go back or to wherever the next moment leads. That observing presence is you. A state of being with no thought, no conflict, no negativity.

It’s a new day, your day…

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Inner peace may mean different things to different people. Some may believe that inner peace is different for all of us, which can also make defining inner peace a challenge. For many of us, the desire for inner peace can be clouded by definition or in our inability to possess the knowledge to find such a state of being. For myself, inner peace is a mental state of being not clouded by the repetitive conditioned programmed thinking of my mind. A state of being where my true conscious self is separate from the manipulation of my thought stream. Like too many people, I had a rough start. I was raised in the 1960s during a time where the line between discipline and abuse had not yet been drawn by society and where, in many homes, neglect and victimization was the norm. In too many arenas, it is still the same for many unfortunate children and young people today. As a result of the environment I was raised in, I spent most of my twenties in a state of mental anguish. At the age of 27 I came to the understanding that abusing drugs and alcohol was not the answer for dealing with a tortured mind, and though I was able to accomplish and attain many material things that the world had to offer, I wanted something more, inner peace. After being diagnosed with institutional grade PTSD and several sever forms of depression, I decided to take on the challenge of psychoanalytic therapy. For 13 years, I worked with therapists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and medical doctors to address the disorders that were the result of my upbringing. I included personal studies of psychology and human behavior to add more knowledge in my pursuit of wellness. By the age of 40, as I had always done, I was sharing the knowledge I had gained and my life experience with others with similar situations to my own. Despite my efforts, I could still not separate from the mind of a manic depressive. I could not attain inner peace. My desire for inner peace led me to meditation. Meditation is a practice that separates us from the workings of the conditioned programmed mind and the endless stream of thought. After several months of mediation studies and practice, I began to feel the separation of my true self from the confines and mental torture of my own mind. At that moment a new, although difficult, journey had begun. I spent years of riding the roller-coaster of mental anguish and peace as I continued my struggle to mental freedom. Now, 18 years since my meditation studies commenced, I find myself in a state of conscious presence that allows me to live peacefully with a mind suffering from mental illness. My journey has included sharing my knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of the mind with others to help them attain peace and joy as I have; aiding them in their quest to escape the suffering of the confines of their programmed conditioned minds. I have recently taken my teaching to a new level, carrying myself as a published writer, teaching mediation and sharing the knowledge of the ability for each and every one of us to achieve our natural state of being, which is peace, love and joy.

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