Accept your thoughts and feelings without judgement.
Observe your thoughts and feelings, acknowledge them. They are a message sent to
tell you something, even if that thing, on reflection, may or may not seem “silly”.
If you listen to them, they have delivered their message and done their job.
I think that the sweetness and bliss of inner peace, instead of neutrality, comes
from the Healing Principle or nature’s universal pressure to flourish which exists
within each individual biological organism.
... the shifters [people who have had a spiritual awakening] are in touch with a
source of happiness which isn't normally accessible to us: the natural well-being
of our true nature. They've become grounded at a deeper level of self, the source
of consciousness and energy inside us that we're normally alienated from by our strong
egos. This energy has a natural quality of well-being in the same way that sugar
has a natural quality of sweetness. We sometimes tap into it in meditation, or at
other times when our minds become quiet, but the shifters are permanently in contact
Steve Taylor – “Out of the Darkness – from turmoil to transformation”
In deep meditation, you might find yourself in a state of complete mental quietness
and emptiness, with no thoughts, no perceptions, no information processing, no concentration.
In fact, this state can be seen as the ‘goal’ of meditation (at least according to
some traditions). The philosopher Robert Forman has called it the ‘pure consciousness
event’ – a state in which consciousness exists without content, and rests easefully
within itself. I have experienced this state myself, and am familiar with its qualities.
Paradoxically, although consciousness is empty, it has a quality of fullness too.
It appears to be full of energy – a powerful energy which has a quality of well-being,
or even bliss. (This is what Indian Vedanta philosophy describes as satchitananda
– being-consciousness-bliss.) There is also a quality of spaciousness – somehow my
own consciousness seems to become wider and larger, to spread beyond my own brain
or body. This can lead to a sense of connection or even oneness – a feeling that
my consciousness is merging with a force or energy which somehow seems fundamental
to the world, or the cosmos.