Thoughtless awareness. The state I often refer to and regard as the source of amazing states of my being, like joy, bliss, ease of existence and love.
Thoughtless awareness has been described by Buddha and the Sufis of North Africa, as well as by Saints from India, such as Eknath and Gyanadeva.
It is a higher state of awareness which transcends the past and the future. Usually human beings are most of the time unable to enter into the present moment, because the mind is either thinking about the future (Ego) or the past (Superego). Interestingly, we are only in the present when we watch something in admiration, or enjoy some action to its full extent (like a child).
In the state of thoughtless awareness, we are free to think about whatever we want, but we don’t have unwanted thoughts in our mind at all — we have complete control over our mind. Our mind becomes very relaxed, yet completely focused on any task we need to perform in our daily lives.
Form an ordinary point of view, it is actually almost impossible to reach that state: how to have NO THOUGHTS? And still be aware? Be alert? Be efficient?
The trick is that it is indeed possible and relatively easy to achieve, BUT NOT THROUGH THE HELP OF THE MIND! To tell you the truth, most of the meditation/self-help/yoga techniques make me laugh, as they are geared towards controlling your mind with the help of your mind. Isn`t it absurd?
My experience tells that Self-realization enables one to enter into a new dimension (physically verfiable!) where one can easily go beyond the mind. With me it works this way: I feel the cool breeze over my head, which relaxes the scalp and then somehow the brain. It is absolutely real because I can not force it and sometimes I do not feel it, or I feel a warm breeze – and even if I want very much to have it the other way, I just can not influence that. It is just there – or it is not. It is like the 7th sense!
When I feel it clearly, it is incredibly enjoyable (like drinking the divine nectar) and at this moment I just can not think. I am aware of the surroundings but the power of joy and love is stronger. And if I am lucky to enjoy this pure state for 5 minutes, then I feel charged with tremendous powers and billions of watts of love…
Of course we need to think in order to perform our jobs, to achieve something in life, but that king of thinking is different than incessant rambling of the mind.
I wish from the bottom of my heart that as many people as possible could experience that absolutely incredible state of being. Then we would definitely have far less stupid ideas floating in the air and causing wars, hatred, envy, lust and greed.
And one more thing: in the state of thoughtless awareness, you are resistant to any type of brain-wash! Like in a fortress: still, powerful and truly free…