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. Thanks.

      Regarding “The mind is meant to think – it is it’s own perfect voice.” – is meant by who? perfect voice for who? That’s the difference that makes a difference: where it’s coming from. This is what am pointing readers to: to live without an agenda, without a goal, without a purpose, to be who they are.

      You said, “Nothing wrong with thinking…” as I mentioned, it depends on what kind of thinking it is. Suffering – the reason folks come to teachings and teachers – goes along with psychological thinking, thinking that is a symptom of the underlying belief to be a human being, to be separate. This is why Robert Adams always said, “You’re only freedom is to not react”. Some learned reactions are useful – such as turning the wheel to the right when driving your car, or digesting your food, or fingering on a guitar we’ve practiced, or the words we’ve learned to express poetry, which you do without conscious thinking. But some reactions, such as anger, fear, desire which are disturbances covering our real nature – which we identify with and which are old patterns we learned, repeating themselves. That’s what we want to not hold onto, once we admit we are really after happiness and love – in all the seeking, and trying-to-be-something or someone.

      As far as “silence penetrates in a lasting way” that’s an interesting phrase. In the silence of Being, there is presence and intelligence, and the self-ing activity evaporates naturally, without any need to penetrate anything. But in daily life, active out in the world, the background of peace, true happiness and love, infuses the doing more and more, and thoughts, perceptions, and actions become re-orchestrated according to a new understanding. So in that sense you could say it penetrates or diffuses, dissolving old patterns and the ego.

      By the way, I changed the sentence “Right now you are covering it with thinking.” to “Right now you *may be* covering it with thinking.” since some readers may have quite silent minds (in general or while reading), though it’s safe to assume if they are reading these articles, they are seeking something!


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