“Though we seem to be sleeping,
there is an inner wakefulness
that directs the dream,
and that will eventually startle us back
to the Truth of who we are.” Jalal al-Din Rumi
“Be mindful of this ‘inner wakefulness’ that is the clarity amidst the confusion, and the stillness amidst the turbulence of your life. Cultivate it and let its Presence grow in your life.” Joel & Michelle Levey
"When we are continually lost in thoughts and concepts, we miss the immediacy and the fullness of life in the here and now — the only place we can ever experience it. In our attempts to find peace, we create more suffering for ourselves and others.
That is, until we discover Presence (‘awareness,’ ‘inner wakefulness’) ...
Presence is the arising of a dimension of consciousness from where you can become aware that there is a voice in the head. That awareness is beyond thinking. It’s a space of consciousness where you can be the observer of your own mind — the awareness behind the thought processes.
For human beings to discover this dimension is extraordinarily important. It is in fact, as I see it, the next step in the evolution of humanity. When you no longer look to the mind to provide you with your sense of identity — because your sense of identity now comes now from a deeper place — that’s the shift that changes everything, dramatically. It is the most important thing that can happen in your lifetime.
As Presence arises you’ll find in many areas of your life enormous improvements. One is that the voice in the head that before created such anguish and unhappiness no longer has that power over you. As the mind’s conditioning begins to subside, you can be with people, events, and situations in a non-dysfunctional way, aligned with whatever arises in the present moment.” Eckhart Tolle