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Mountain View ©2019 Eric Platt
Mountain View ©2019 Eric Platt

On Beyond Thinking – How To Be Present

How to be more loving and happy and at peace?

Be more present. To what is real.

How to be present? Quiet down the thinking, the mind, without introducing the doer.

Don’t try and stop thinking.

Just observe benevolently (with curiosity if it’s there).

The doer can’t squelch (forcefully silence or suppress) the doer – the doer that is trying to quiet the mind. That’s the bad news.

“To ask the mind to kill itself is like making the thief the policeman. He will go with you and pretend to catch the thief, but nothing will be gained. So you must turn inward and see where the mind rises from, and then it will cease to exist.” ~ Ramana Maharshi

You don’t have to try and stop all thinking – that is a misunderstanding of spiritual or meditation or non-dual teachings.
There is practical thinking that’s needed, in the moment, that is quiet and clear. But it has no emotional charge.
There is celebratory thinking, that is fun, happy, joyous, loving, interested – in hobbies, friends, arts, nature, intellectual pursuits…
There is thinking that is about the Truth, Consciousness, that eventually becomes celebratory.
The only problematic thinking is the psychological thinking. That is the ‘dis-ease”. It’s root is the sense of a separate self, the feeling or thinking of a fake me. It’s about a person, an “I” sound that has no real substantial independent existence except through effort, maintained by or in fear. When that evaporates the real I Am is there.

The good news is you already have silent mind. It’s what you are. Right now you may be covering it with thinking.

There is a background, always there, always observing, knowing, loving, being. Always happy, present. Knowing all, loving all. Because it *is* love.



  1. Lori Ann Lothian on July 11, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    The mind is meant to think –it is it’s own perfect voice. Nothing wrong with thinking but ironically thinking stops (thinking about stops) once silence penetrates in a lasting way. I have written about this a lot on my blog over the years, The Awakened Dreamer. In meantime, so glad to read your posts here. Love your vignettes of insight.

    • meestereric on July 15, 2019 at 12:47 pm

      Hi Lori – “Vignettes of insight”. I like that. You have a way with words (as a fellow writer). Thanks.

      Your other comments were rather ambiguous as far as their intent or what you’re driving at – beside advertising your blog (which is considered spam) – so I’ll just have some brief comments in general (until I talk with you) to help readers:

      If you want to discover the silent awake intelligence, it’s best to lose interest in the importance of thinking – so to say “the mind is meant to think” – might be taken as an excuse for something that doesn’t really exist in the first place (the mind). This is why I emphasize the inherent conflict in efforts to quiet the mind.

      Secondly, does thinking really ever stop, or is it identification with thinking: the experience of a silent mind is that thinking takes place but it has no charge – a “burnt rope” is the metaphor one sage used (Robert Adams) – so instead of it being an angry dog biting your leg, it becomes, or is, more like a distant conversation: one you don’t take seriously or personally. So I would call it paradoxical, not ironic. Everything in the land of liberation is paradoxical (such as “who awakens?”). That’s my experience.

      And as far as a “perfect voice”, well I wish I had one. No perfection in the human phenomenon, at least at it’s level, as you are well aware. 🙂


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