My Personal Summary
This book is an exploration of the “self.”
- There is an internal dialogue going on inside your head that never stops.
- “There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind – you are the one who hears it.”
- The voice that is always talking in your head is never content. It constantly comes up with problems to solve. It’s like an annoying roommate.
- The key to spiritual growth is realizing that you are not this voice. This “roommate” is not you.
- “As you pull back into consciousness, this world ceases to be a problem. It’s just something you’re watching. It keeps changing, but there is no sense of that being a problem. The more you are willing to just let the world be something that you’re aware of, the more it will let you be who you are – the awareness, the Soul.”
- “Your realize that you’re not who you thought you were. You’re not even a human being. You just happen to be watching one.”
- “How do you free yourself? In the deepest sense, you free yourself by finding yourself. You are not the pain you feel, nor are you the part that periodically stresses out. None of these disturbances have anything to do with you. You are the one who notices these things.”
- “Once you learn that it’s okay to feel inner disturbances, and that they can no longer disturb your seat of consciousness, you will be free.”
- “You are not the thinking mind; you are aware of the thinking mind. You are the consciousness that is behind the mind and is aware of the thoughts.”
- We mistakenly think that solving external problems will bring inner peace, but this is never the case.