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I’ve learned through many a New Age modality that where we place our focus is not just relevant but it also has a creative aspect in our lives.  Yet when I’ve found myself down the rabbit hole, it often feels like a spiral quite difficult to remove myself from.  There’s lots of reasons for this, part habitual but also there’s a whole range of neuro-chemicals that flood the brain once we attach ourselves to a series of thoughts and its attendant feelings.  This is one of the reasons why it can be difficult to get out of a cycle of fear, anxiety, depression, guilt, etc.

A former mentor of mine was quite gifted at what he dubbed “the alarm clock” method.  It’s a question you ask someone who is suffering in unwanted thoughts and feelings.  The question is designed to wake someone up out of the cycle of emotional pain.  The question, however, is unique to each individual’s experience.  But recently a friend of mine reminded me about self-inquiry that can also replicate this alarm clock method, so I can wake myself up.  She shared a process from Mooji; his videos can be found on youtube.  The question to ask yourself is: “who says this, who is witnessing this?”, “who is witnessing the witness?”.

I decided to try that process on.  I went to the eye doctor for a corneal abrasion I currently have.  I am loathe to have someone messing with my eyeball.  Pelvic exams, no problem but mess with my eyeball and instant fear ensues.  So, I’m in the chair at the doctor’s office, having my eye examined.  I can feel that I am holding my breath and tensing my muscles.  My first response was to tell myself to breathe and relax my muscles.  I call that the band-aid approach.

But, wait, I just learned a new tool!   I asked myself – who is having this experience?  Boom, the alarm clock went off and the whole process shifted.  Neuro-chemicals dissipated, my body relaxed and I began to breathe freely on my own.  All it took was a moment of choice which allowed me to step out of the immersed, trance-inducing state of mind.

I’ve repeated this question many times since – who is having this experience?  It’s worked every time.  I’ve also used it while suspended in a moment of pure joy and let me tell you, that just sent wave upon wave of goosebumps through me.  Talk about milking and savoring the moment!

Consider trying the question on yourself.  I’d love to hear how it went for you.  Also, if you have a favorite alarm clock method, please do share that, too.

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We are beings of vibrating, oscillating energy and we can operate on both receive and transmit.  I note that I sometimes do quite a bit of transmitting.  There’s an inner conversation often running in the background relating to things I observe: I like this, I prefer that, this is good, don’t like that and so on.

What happens when I begin to allow myself to be in an open, receptive mode?  I take a few conscious deep breaths, feel myself grounded in this body and allow the inner commentary to quiet.  I slow down and enter the still waters of just pure awareness.  Pure awareness which is free from my personal take on anything; an observer largely aloof and uninterested in drawing conclusions or forming opinions about people, situations or events.  And I cease being the proverbial blade of grass blowing whichever way outer conditions are blowing today.  I pay things “no mind” — literally.  Now, I am one who receives.  Resting in receiving, I discover an intelligence and a wisdom that transcends my experience as a locally focused being.

Imagine this profound peace found while resting in pure awareness.  Situations that seemed dense and immovable now seem porous and malleable when I discontinue the running commentary about what looks like the facts and outer conditions.  To discontinue, to break the continuity, interrupt the transmission of a particular consciousness I hold towards anything is exactly what allows these situations to become more fluid and flexible.

Anything can change in an instant and these things do change as we do.

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