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    The Stillness Within

      To become the spectator of one�s own life is to escape the suffering of life. � Oscar Wilde

      Ironically, the key to lasting inner peace is to stop believing in yourself. I first heard of this concept while reading J. Krisnamurti, and later Ramana Maharshi and Eckhart Tolle. But it was only when I experienced the state of No-Self personally � for a brief half hour � that my life changed forever.

      You must stop believing in yourself to find inner peace. How ironic is that? How totally opposite of everything we�ve been told since childhood. And yet, if you look closely at �yourself,� you will quickly see that most of �you� is made up simply of thoughts. Often these thoughts are yours: �I�m a responsible and caring mother.� Or they are made up by someone else: �He�s a great guy!� But these are really just descriptions of personality traits, and since these traits aren�t permanent � they can be changed or lost � they cannot be who you really are. Even the physical aspects of yourself aren�t permanent, your hair thins, your body changes, your health deteriorates. Still, if you look closely enough, you will find that there is something permanent about you, something that has never changed since as far back as your impermanent memory can recall.

      Explore thyself. Herein are demanded the eye and the nerve. � Henry David Thoreau.

      Sounds kind of mystical, I know, but if you look closely, if you look within and drop every temporary trait, every impermanent quality, you will find this wonderful, expansive, fully alive� Stillness. It sounds like a paradox � a Living Stillness � but only because the mind tries to grasp it, to understand it and put it in a box. This �need to categorize� quality of the mind is exactly what got us into this mess in the first place � the mind confusing a mental concept with reality.

      If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. � Jesus Christ

      Now by simply reading this I don�t expect you to experience this Stillness � but take a moment now and look outside yourself. Look down at your cat, napping in the shaft of light. Look at the seagull, sitting on the beach, staring out to sea. See the flower turned to the sun, the rock sitting in the stream. Can you feel the Stillness? Can you see what lies below the activity of Life? Can you see this Stillness as the source of life? Most importantly, can you see that the Stillness is exactly the same in all life? In everything?

      If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. � William Blake

      When you stop believing in yourself, when you drop all the traits, when you drop the self-importance, you find, ironically, that instead of being less than you were � your find that you are so much more. At your core, it turns out, that you are everything that is, or was, or ever will be.

      Look at any photo that I have taken in the book preview on my website, can you see the Stillness within? Can you see the One without an Other? Can you see your Self?

      � Wayne Wirs is the author of Fading Toward Enlightenment - Life between the Ego and the Ethereal. A preview of the book is available on the website. Wayne can be contacted at wayne@waynewirs.com or through his website: Wayne Wirs. This article may be freely reproduced in its entirety as long as this paragraph is included.