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What Am I? A Study in Non-Volitional Living (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Galen Sharp

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OPEN YOUR PERCEPTION TO A HIGHER DIMENSION

What Am I? A Study In Non-Volitional Living shows us, in a practical way, how to examine the nature of our mind’s reality and open the doorway to a higher dimension.

In these pages, Galen Sharp explores a variety of subjects such as science, philosophy, quantum physics and the wisdom of the ancient masters in quest of a higher way of knowing the world and ourselves.

Through eleven dynamic Reality Meditations you will be able to examine your own mental mechanisms and find out how they really work, examine who and what you really are, and discover why you are here.

This unique, practical and transformational book will help you:

• Discover the real reason for unhappiness and lack of fulfillment
• Discover that what you call reality is not what you have assumed it to be.
• Find that change is effortless and spontaneous as this new insight opens

Begin to see the world differently and your mind will begin to operate in a new way – whole, unconditioned and spontaneous, the way it was meant to operate.

Are you ready for an intriguing adventure into some new and virtually unexplored territory?

Biographie de l'auteur

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Galen Sharp is a sculptor and author. In the 1970's he began a correspondence with the brilliant and enigmatic non-duality sage Terrence Stannus Gray, who wrote under the name Wei Wu Wei, that was to last several years. His teaching was to completely transform Galen's worldview and life. This book is the fruit of Wei Wu Wei's influence on a young seeker after truth. www.galensharp.com

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  • Editeur : Tandava Press (10 septembre 2012)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 When the student is ready, the teacher appears! 6 novembre 2012
Par George Kuczek - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
When my older brother, my friend and hero suddenly died in an auto accident my life was instantaneously turned upside-down. What transpired after that, for me, were years of intense soul searching and a quest for understanding life and my purpose for living it. My journey took me down numerous religious/spiritual paths all of which in the beginning seemed to be `the answer' but over time experientially fell short of permanently ending the pain and suffering I was experiencing within; beliefs simply do not have the lasting power to do that. My quest finally ended and the peace of mind and understanding many of the ancient masters spoke about became my permanent experience when I earnestly pondered the pointers Galen reveals and worked with the experiments he lays out in his book; they absolutely work if you work with them. It has been said;"When the student is ready, the teacher appears." And if you are reading this and are considering purchasing Galen's book, it must be for a reason or else you wouldn't find yourself here, you must be ready. That is how it worked for me. If there is an inner pull within you towards a greater truth than your present experience, buy this book, you will not be disappointed.
10 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Practical Guide 17 décembre 2012
Par lydiad - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
It is a very concise and clear explanation of non-duality and a down-to-earth guide on how to apply the principles in everyday life. Many of the current books on non-duality proffer conceptual statements but this provides practical applications. Every word is significant. I highly recommend "What Am I" to seekers on varying levels of spiritual development.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Welcome to the Attention Gymnasium 15 août 2013
Par Jerry Katz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Galen Sharp blends Zen, quantum theory, the teachings of Douglas Harding and Wei Wu Wei (Terence Gray), but never does any one of those teachings dominate his landscape. It's always the exercises, the Reality Meditations, that are up front, making the reader the real subject of the book. The question, What am I?, is for the reader to investigate. It's always that question that's in the forefront of this book, not the author or his sources.

This book is a workout for your process of attention. It's an attention gymnasium. There's lots of exercise equipment in the form of the Reality Meditations. There are also ubiquitous reminders of why you are at this gym: to find out what you are.

A few quotations from the book give you a further sense of what to expect:

"Moving into reality has nothing to do with strict disciplines, or religion, or New Age pseudoscience. It is not learning something new and mystical, but looking openly at what is here-and-now and discovering it for yourself. It is something you can do as you go about your normal daily round. You don't have to change anything about yourself or our life."

"True liberation requires no effort and no willpower, no special principles you have to remember to apply. It causes no guilt and requires no faith. It requires nothing but watching -- simply your attention. That is precisely why nothing else has really worked for you. Everything happens by itself."

"It all boils down to where your thoughts come from and where your actions come from. Is any of it really from you or your 'doing?' How could it be? Can you see how the 'loss' of ownership of these things is actually liberation?"

"We will soon be forced to move from the dualistic Newtonian world model to the true nondual reality."

"This New Reality must be personally witnessed, personally explored and observed deeply and thoroughly in your own experience to manifest in actuality."

Galen Sharp is a teacher who stands his own ground, well-seasoned within a world of nonduality that barely knows him. But I've known about Galen Sharp through his writings since almost the day I went online in 1997 and began looking up stuff on nonduality. At the time there was one website which stood as a model for my own vision of an internet nonduality. It was Peter's (I never knew his last name) now defunct sentient.org. (Use the Wayback Machine to enjoy past versions of the site.) Galen Sharp was one of a handful of featured authors/self-realized beings. In that way he was, and remains, legendary.

Galen Sharp offers a view of nonduality no other current teacher can offer. This is a seasoned view from someone has has seen it all and been a part of it all. Galen has been immersed in the teachings on nonduality for over thirty years. He studied personally with the legendary Wei Wu Wei, was friends with Peter, knew Douglas Harding, and even met Paul Reps. To use a generational analogy, if Galen Sharp were part of the Beat Generation he would have been best friends with Kerouac and Ginsburg. I highly recommend getting to know Galen Sharp, but mainly yourself, through this book that I know you'll love.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 My review of "What Am I?" from CE Magazine Oct. 2013 Issue 14 octobre 2013
Par M. Jeffreys - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
“We may ask ourselves: “What am I?” Notice that thoughts of what we are immediately arise. Yet we could never be any of those thoughts. Why? Because a thought can’t think.” –Galen Sharp

In What Am I?, Galen Sharp (who had a unique pen-pal relationship during the 1970s with non-duality sage Terrence Gray, who wrote eight profound books under the name Wei Wu Wei), explains with potent clarity exactly why most spiritual seekers fail to find enlightenment: because they do not realize that the one seeking it does not exist! If something doesn’t actually exist, it obviously can’t be enlightened much less the cause of our actions.

Upon direct examination, it is possible to see that the “self” we believe ourselves to be exists solely by inference, and is not a tangible thing. The analogy Galen uses in the book is that of a “fist.” A fist does not actually exist; what exists is a hand that is curled into a ball. So the label “fist” exists in language to describe something this is never actually there! A balled up hand, yes, a fist, no.

Can you find any “me” who is doing the thinking, or only the process of thinking? (In which “me” is just one of those thoughts.) –Galen Sharp

Why is this illusion of being a “me” so hard to see through? In a word, conditioning. Just about everyone is under this hypnotic spell of being a separate person with free will, and so it is simply a given, and thus rarely investigated. Once the mind believes it knows what something is, it slaps a label on it—a shortcut, so it doesn’t have to figure out what it is every time it encounters it—and moves on to something else. Therefore, the question of “What am I?” rarely occurs to most people simply because they already think they know the answer: I am “me,” and everything else is “not me.”

This sense of being a separate “self” does not come empty handed; it comes loaded down with a whole raft of beliefs, opinions, and judgments about itself, others, and the world. In fact, it doesn’t think of its own beliefs as beliefs at all, but facts or the way it really is! Galen calls this “mindset”:

“Once the mind has constructed a world-view, it does everything it can to maintain it, even going so far as to distort the facts to protect the belief system from being wrong. Politics and religion are prime examples of this. We assume we have excellent judgment and find it hard to understand how others could be so blind, even stupid, not to see what is obvious to us. This is mindset and it is very powerful.”
–Galen Sharp

This sense of “self,” with all its beliefs, prejudices, and neuroses, is a tremendous burden to maintain and is energetically exhausting. But because we are all operating from this illusion, it passes for normalcy. And yet, it’s the root cause of all our suffering:

But this illusion, this perceptual mistake, does affect the thought process simply by being a basic concept in the belief system and world-view. Because the “volitional me” is such a basic concept it causes the development of a host of mental conditioned reflexes and actions required to save, protect and fulfill that “me.” –Galen Sharp

Another aspect of believing we are a separate “self” is that we are constantly looking for ways to improve this “self.” But alas, nothing seems to work… at least not for long:

All the systems of self-improvement we will find, whether philosophical or religious, assume we must add to, fix up, save and improve this individual, volitional self. You’ve tried them and they don’t work or you wouldn’t be reading this book. –Galen Sharp

I understand that for some the idea of there not being a “self” that is autonomous is quite scary and can bring up intense feelings of fear and anxiety. And for those they simply may not be ready to do this type of self-inquiry work, and that is completely fine. All is unfolding exactly as it is meant to.

Of course, it’s one thing to say, “There is no self,” and it’s quite another to have it be your actual experience. Because we have identified with this mental image of who we think we are our entire lives, the illusion can be quite persistent. The key is to observe your thoughts. This is different than identifying with them. You are not agreeing or disagreeing with them, but merely observing them like you would a bird flying through the sky.

At some point it can dawn on you that YOU are aware of your thoughts, and NOT the other way around. It sounds strange, but in a way your thoughts are none of your business:

By seeing that the mind is not you or yours and that its thoughts are not your thoughts, the power of identification, and thus belief, is removed from negative fearful thoughts and emotions and they can be more easily ignored. They don’t have to be denied or suppressed, which just gives them power. Simply recognize that they don’t belong to you and you can remain detached. –Galen Sharp

Another common misconception in self-inquiry is the thought, “Well, if there is no ‘me’ than I will just sit on the couch all day and not do anything.” What is missed with this statement is that there NEVER has been a self! So regardless of what thought says, all is just happening spontaneously and always has been. Thought is always a story about what’s not.

So, rather than attempting to live from the mind’s artificially contrived notion of what should or should not be currently happening (based on what the mind believes is best for it!), you find yourself silently living in harmony with the natural flow of Life. It’s as if “you” and Life merge, and the mental “you” dissolves leaving only Life. Like a salt doll in water. Once you start to get the hang of this, you naturally stop believing your thoughts. This lack of attention cuts off their energy supply, and like a fan blade spinning down, they slowly begin to lose their power.

This is why seeking is so painful; because it’s starting from an erroneous assumption: that there is an actual “you” that can awaken! Furthermore, it assumes that what we are looking for is not already here now. And yet, when we really stop and look, it can be seen that the eternal now is all that exists. And so everything that has ever happened, is happening, or will ever happen, only happens NOW.

Remember, any self you think of as an entity can only be an unreal, conceptual self. -Galen Sharp

FINAL THOUGHTS

I really like this book and find it to be one of the clearest and most helpful non-duality books I have ever read. I especially like how Galen takes it the extra-step by pointing out, repeatedly, that if there is no “self,” than there is no one here who can actually choose to do or not do anything.

All is spontaneously happening and you have a front row seat. And as Galen points out, you remain a spectator at all times, despite appearances. When this is seen clearly (which this book helps you do), what is left is an abiding peace that does not come or go, but is the substratum of all appearances
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Lastly, I want to mention a unique and welcomed feature of the book, Galen’s 11 “Reality Meditations.” There is one at the beginning of each chapter and they invite you to go beyond mental concepts to a direct experience of reality. They are quite powerful IF they are actually done.

For example, in the first one you are asked to write down what you think are. Once it’s down on paper, it’s easier to see that those words on the paper are not an actual, separate, real thing, but merely dead thoughts/labels/concepts. What is aware of these appearances? That cannot be put into words.

-Michael Jeffreys
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 slain and risen. 9 octobre 2012
Par lawrence carter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
It was the wisdom in this book that brought about direct experiential insight of the Illusionary,conceptual self. This book will find wherever you are on the path,comfirm insights,dispel illusions and bring closure to the journey.
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