The Great Misunderstanding shows that you are not what you seem to be, what you have been conditioned to be. Believing we are a separate somebody, this great misunderstanding is the source of all our suffering. We believe all our experiences and emotions are caused by the world and by other people. This book explains how to develop awareness about ourselves, how to quieten the mind and become witnesses to our lives.
We can dive beneath the busy currents of our lives to find out what is real.We can ask, ‘Why do I have an ego? Why do I struggle? Is it just the play of life?’ We realise that we can connect deeply to the heart and trust in life as it is. We can experience expansion and openness beyond emotions and the thinking mind. We can see that ultimately, when we are simply quiet, we can dissolve into our true nature.Then life can be enjoyed in every moment, naturally expressing itself through us.
264 pages, 20 color pages
What is the Great Misunderstanding?
As human beings we have come to perceive ourselves as
separate from the world around us. We are conditioned
to believe in duality. This great misunderstanding is the
source of all our suffering. If we believe we are separate
then we believe that all our experiences and emotions are
caused by the world and by other people. Deep inside of
us we know what is true and what is not true – we only
forgot it. In Truth there is just one, and in this one there
is and never was any suffering.
Supporting Self Awareness
How much effort do we put into trying to change our
lives to become more happy and content? It is not
about changing anything. It is about becoming aware
of what is, stepping back from our habit of separation,
quietening the busy mind and becoming a witness to
our lives. Spiritual practices such as meditation and
Yoga – alone or with a group – support this awareness,
and there can also be a powerful support in meeting
and working with a spiritual teacher.
What is Real? Life is about Waking Up
Even with deeper awareness, we often still feel a strong
sense of separation. We can ask ourselves why we have
this sense of separation. Why do we struggle? What is
in the way of happiness? What is the meaning of our
lives? If we are not the body then who are we, and what
is death? The answer to all these questions comes back
to the same fundamental message – wake up to who you
really are and see that nothing is separate.
The Way of the Heart
In the West we are very reliant on the mind and
emotions to guide us through life. The Way of the
Heart is about connecting to our inner navigation
system, our intuition, and trusting in the flow of life.
It is about living with an open heart, which means
trust and surrender to what life brings. When you can
trust in life as it is, from the heart, you experience an
expansiveness and openness beyond emotions and the
How we Sabotage Ourselves
Life is flowing through us and we find ourselves losing
touch with our old identity. We become open to life, but
also we become vulnerable. The unknown mystery of life
is opening, so a great fear can arise. We all have the longing
to deeply meet ourselves, but at the same time it is what
we most fear. We have very successful and subtle strategies
to sabotage our own happiness, the meeting with our
own Self. The most common is reverting to old patterns
of thinking and behaviour. We fall into what we know,
choosing relationships and familiar lifestyles instead of
the mystery of living in the unknown.
Reminders to Stay Present
Even with a fairly quiet mind and an open heart, we
can still experience that being present is not so easy. The
greatest pointer to presence is simply to be quiet and
find what is behind the mind, what is your true nature.
This requires a strong focus and a decision to really stop
and not touch the old thoughts any more. Above all,
we can practise Self-enquiry, constantly questioning the
‘I’ that we always relate to in our lives. Self-enquiry is a
powerful device because it questions the core of the false
identification, the ‘I’.
Awake and Free
In this space of stillness, you may come to a moment when
the old perception of the world and yourself drops away
and you have a deep insight into your true nature. If this
glimpse becomes grounded in you, you can live constantly
from your true nature. What will you do when daily life
doesn’t bother you anymore? Will you still be able to
function? Life can be enjoyed as it is in every moment,
expressing itself naturally through you in joyful creativity,
peace and constant celebration of the moment.