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By James Westly
[James Westly Photograph] James Westly combines Hindu Satsanga, hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in a technique that by-passes ego structure to heal inner blocks and traumas. He also leads a group of seekers working with the ideas described in the Practical Wisdom material.

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The pursuit of Enlightenment involves departure from the known, the secure, the predictable, to embark upon a multi-dimensional journey into the unknown, that must, of necessity, include a passage through madness as a necessary part of the process.

The seeker of wisdom is in search of Self, a quality of being where we directly experience our spirituality, our divinity. It is a perilous seeming, non-linear journey into the unknown, in search of a human expression of who we truly are. Non-linear means that it is a state of being that is constantly available to any one of us at any time, under any conditions. So its not really a "journey" at all, but more like a shift in perception.

  • Intimacy: The Final Frontier

    Intimacy is a work in progress for our race. So too then, are these comments upon it. Expanding the edges of a frontier is journeying into the unknown. No rules exist. They are made up as we go along, so we must have some awareness of the principles of intentional creation. Otherwise, we create from thoughts that exist below the threshold of our awareness, producing experiences, relationships, that appear to be random, or accidental.

The only thing certain about external reality, is the flow of change, which produces instability, and can tend to evoke anxiety. How we then deal with that anxiety determines what we experience as personal reality.

"For many of us, the pursuit of Enlightenment involves the unveiling of our Essence. This means that we find those things in life that truly give us joy, and devote our vital energy to the pursuit of these things."

  • Inclusive Thinking

    "We might notice that many of us, if not all, have the habit of frequently focusing attention on what we wish to exclude from our creation, and while this may seem beneficial in helping us to become clear about what we don't want in our life, since it is an attention focus, to the degree it is, it becomes included in our creation."

  • The Way of the Seeker

    "It is important to believe nothing. One of humanity's greatest weaknesses is its capacity to believe without verification. On the other hand, disbelieve nothing. This is merely the other side of the same coin. It is easy to become a cynical disbeliever who criticizes everything that is presented. The third alternative is to simply take new ideas into a neutral place within and hold them there for possible future verification or rejection."

  • The Opportunity of Change

    "This is a time of spiritual and psychological cleansing and renewal. Nothing less is required now than complete and total integration with our truer existence. We must detach ourselves from all that is now swirling about us. The changes are arriving so swiftly that we can no longer delude ourselves with the belief that we have any idea at all what the next moment will bring. Likewise, the energies are becoming so intense that we dare not lapse into dreams of the past, be the past be a moment, a week or a year ago. To do so is to become lost, out of contact with present moment reality."

  • Who are You?

    "Who am I? What am I doing here? What is the meaning of life? Philosophical questions? Not to one who seeks an escape from the Illusion. To such a one these questions have a deep practical significance. We search for our identity as if it were something we had lost or forgotten. In the process, we attach our identity to the myriad of things and roles of our external world. Thus who we are becomes what we do, how we earn our livihood, who we're connected to, what we own. There is much discussion in Metaphysical circles about personal power; how we have lost it, how we might regain it. This too is connected to who we are."

  • The Journey Inward

    "To 'Know Thyself' is an ancient aphorism. Yet, initially we avoid it. It is painful to not only look at your 'stuff', but to study it in detail over a long period of time. We have built intricate obstacles in our inner world that are the very fabric of what is called the Illusion or the Veil. Everything in life is a process. Thus it follows that the inner obstacles that prevent us from a deeper penetration of the "Truth" are processes, psychological processes."

  • Where's Freedom?

    "Freedom is an inner quality of being that is intimately connected to our inner world. If our inner reality is chaotic and confused, if it is bound up with considerations connected to an outer world existence over which we have no control, there can be little freedom. We have enslaved ourselves in a myriad of ways by striving to gain control over that which is not in our power, and ignoring that which is potentially within our control."

  • Forging a New Reality

    "We are forging a new reality. Humanity is Awakening. We are becoming part of the solution. Who ever you are, reading this, know that you are not alone. If you feel alone, reach out."

  • The Value of Experience

    "To consider that life's difficult experiences were somehow 'placed' on our path as part of our spiritual growth, may, at times, boggle the rational mind. Yet, when we begin to assume the attitude that everything we experience was meant to serve us in some way, we have to opportunity to perceive the events of our life in an entirely different light."

  • Security

    "The search for security is driven by a fear for survival, we wish to make ourselves secure from death, disease and pain. However, as long as we remain in this realm, we will experience some level of insecurity."

  • Practical Presence

    "How do we approach total presence? Presence is not attained through mental effort alone, but through sensory awareness. Under ordinary circumstances we tend to forget we are housed in a physical body. When we are distracted by some external event, which is nearly all the time, our self-awareness leaves the body to attach itself to whatever distracted it." (includes experiential exercises)

  • Spirituality and Relationships

    "When we have a history with a relationship we tend to relate from that history, rather than from the perceived truth-of-the-moment. We begin to think we "know" how the other person will respond to particular events and we react from that knowing, rather than from our in- the-moment perceptions of the other person. So, through the relationship we discover our level of inability to live in the present moment."

  • Releasing Our Need for Approval

    "Who is more important? The facade we project into the world, or the inner being that works so hard to support that facade? The metaphysical 'right answer', of course, is the inner being. Yet, even though we may 'know' the 'right answer', the question remains, are we able to live that answer?"

  • The Law of Attraction

    "It is not uncommon in Metaphysical circles to hear the idea that your thoughts create your reality. The question then arises, if my thoughts create my reality, how is it that my reality is not always exactly what I want? What is not taken into account is the Law of Attraction."

  • Mastering Our Life

    "To have more mastery over our daily lives, we need to consciously intend each segment of our day with a clear thought as to what we want from that segment, while attending to our emotional state to determine whether or not we are in alignment with our deeper purposes."

Practical Wisdom © James Westly, All Rights Reserved


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