The Book of Not Knowing: Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Peter Ralston

The Book of Not Knowing: Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness

North Atlantic Books
Publication date: August 2010
ISBN: 9781583942970
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Over decades of martial arts and meditation practice, Peter Ralston discovered a curious and paradoxical fact: that true awareness arises from a state of not-knowing. Even the most sincere investigation of self and spirit, he says, is often sabotaged by our tendency to grab too quickly for answers and ideas as we retreat to the safety of the known. This "Hitchhiker’s Guide to Awareness" provides helpful guideposts along an experiential journey for those Western minds predisposed to wandering off to old habits, cherished presumptions, and a stubbornly solid sense of self. With ease and clarity Ralston teaches readers how to become aware of the background patterns that they are usually too busy, stressed, or distracted to notice. The Book of Not Knowing points out the ways people get stuck in their lives and offers readers a way to make fresh choices about every aspect of their lives, from a place of awareness instead of autopilot.

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Just the title of this book really appealed to me. How many of us go about our lives just 'doing'? There is always such an onus on being purposeful. The idea is that true awareness comes from not knowing and so I like the advocation of taking time and creating space to process our feelings to arrive at a true sense of self. Ralston asks a lot of probing questions to break down those feelings, to meditate on the root of it, before encouraging you to re-engage with the text. It is a big read, and it will take more than one visit; but it will be worth your time.
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