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How To Sit Quietly
In A Room Alone
Epilogue: On Becoming a Truly Good Person
Foreword: Adrian Charles Smith
Prologue: The Bedrock of Personhood
Preface: Can Moral Uprightness be Attained by Will-Power?
Introduction: The Voice in the Head
There are some forms of knowledge which come to us by experiencing an array of opposites: the good and evil, the light and dark, the happiness and joy. But there is another, higher, form of knowledge which cannot be accessed this way because the greatest virtues of God’s mind have no opposite.
Why should we be in a small quiet room when, instead, we could be out there building something, or helping others, or doing something important?
The Antics of a Fretful Two Year-Old
You Cannot Find Yourself 'Out There'
"You must measure success and failure within, not by anything I or anyone else might think."
The Consciousness That Says 'I Am'
The Present Moment versus The Life Within
Feeling "Less" When Others Have "More"
Trying to Outrun the Sadness
Vincent van Gogh: “When facing a flat landscape, I see nothing but eternity. Am I the only one to see it?”
Dr. Joseph Campbell: "You must have a room, a sacred place, a center of transformation."
How To Answer A Question
Sun Tzu and The Art Of War: highest-grade military strategy begins in a quiet small room
Dr. Daniel Robinson of Oxford: experience must be held together in a unity of consciousness, which implies a unity of self, and this inner integration is as much an object of experience as anything is. The quiet small room helps us to discern and make real the inner unity of self.
The small quiet room as venue of determining the authenticity of any proposed course of action. It's where we apply the 'touchstone test,' resulting in an internal resonance with truth.
Thoreau’s Walden Pond as “Quiet Room” of Transformation
hey man, let's hear about God realization for a change
Concert for George
Royal Albert Hall
November 29, 2002
Horse To Water
you can take a horse to the water but you can't make him drink, oh no, oh no, oh no, preacher at my church likes to talk about Satan, could be that he knows him, he acts like he's possessed, I said, "hey man, let's hear about God realization for a change," he said, "we ain't got time for that, first hear of the evils of fornication," you can take a horse to the water but you can't make him drink, oh no, oh no, oh no, you can have it all laid out in front of you, but it won't make you think, oh no, oh no, oh no
listen to Sam Brown’s sensational version of “Horse to Water” at the Concert for George
Soren Kierkegaard, Instructed By Dread
Charlotte Dresser’s channeled writings reveal that people who cross over in a darkened frame of mind are required, in effect, to enter a “small quiet room.” It’s what they should have been doing all along.
Where are the first-class mediums today? They've been lost in an avoidance of the small quiet room.
Eckhart Tolle: “You're in a room, you’re facing a wall, just sitting, and then you observe your mind, what it comes up with, and you learn to ‘just be with what is.’ This simple Zen meditation, some would say, is the most difficult meditation - just sitting and being with what is.”
An ancient Spirit Guide, 3500 years on the other side, asserts that crushing burdens of sin and guilt are caused by humankind’s failure to enter into higher self-realization, a relationship between the thinking mind and the deeper person.
The amazing psychic abilities of WWII veteran Bob Feland serve, in principle, as signpost to the kind of intuitions and premonitions that each of us can and should develop.
You're industrious, you say? busy? proactive, get out there and make it happen? - really? or is it a way of escape and cover-up, a work-ethic fueled by neediness? "I don't have enough," fear and doubt, and "I am not enough"?
The Course In Miracles makes, what seems to be, the unreasonable and far too generalized, assertion that each and every aspect of the unenlightened mind represents some form of attack-thought. This struck me as too much and inaccurate; however, here’s what I found.
Beyond charitable works and service we will discover another, higher meaning for existence. But this reason for living will come to light only in the small quiet room.
"God speaks to us. Shall we not speak to Him? He is not distant. He makes no attempt to hide from us. We try to hide from Him, and suffer from deception. He remains entirely accessible." Course In Miracles, lesson 168
Editor's note: We speak of “searching" for God. But the Course offers a counter-intuitive take on this. God is not "distant,” does not “hide,” but we “hide from Him.” The truth is, we are given as much revelation of God as we can process or receive. This plenitude is experienced by “going within” via the small quiet room.
Jiddu Krishnamurti: Can we rise above all of the provincial cultural conditioning afflicting us, can we transcend our own parochial “html programming” and begin to see reality as it is, not as society says it should be?
August Goforth: The nature of the Authentic Self is to enjoy, rather than endure, an experience. It is always at rest – resting in joy.
The small quiet room as venue of the famous life-review: why wait till you cross over?
The Last Kiss: John and Mary are constitutionally unable to sit quietly in a room alone.
"Safe in my garden, an ancient flower blooms."
How to Sit Quietly in a Room Alone
Conclusion: Kairissi and Elenchus, the "anthropic principle"
Epilogue: Can people change? – no, really, I mean real change
all I want to do is try and find myself
in searching for the way to go I've followed all the rules, the way they say to choose between the wise men and the fools, I listen to the words they say, I read what I should read, I do whatever's right to do, try to be what I should be, someone let me in I think the sky is falling, seems I've gotten lost on my way, all I want to do is try and find myself, come and let me look in your eyes, come and let me look in your eyes, but wisdom isn't underground nor on a mountainside, and where am I to take myself, there's no place here to hide, where can I hide, all across the universe the stars are fading, seems we've gotten lost on our way, all I want to do is try and find myself, come and let me look in your eyes, come and let me look in your eyes, come and let me look in your eyes…
all I want to do is try and find myself, come and let me look in your eyes