Product Name: Welcoming – Peace Beyond Understanding – The direct approach to following the direction of sages who say, "Know Thyself"
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Welcoming – Peace Beyond Understanding
The direct approach to following the direction of sages who say, “Know Thyself”
In today’s world Identity Theft is a huge problem. What if you unknowingly have been programmed to be mistaken regarding your identity? Unfortuntefly this is the case for the majority of human beings, because your parents, siblings, teachers and society are all accomplices in causing you to derive your identity via the content and activity of your thinking mind; to identify with your name, your body and your mind!
This is a kind of theft because it robs you of the understanding of the true nature of your being.
This has been going on for thousands of years and it is the reason why the wisest who have walked among us direct us to “Know Thyself” and they speak of that as the most significant understanding one can have!
My name is James Traverse. First you may want to know a little about my background.
I have been actively involved with yoga study, teaching and practice for over 40 years. I have been blessed with connecting to many teachers who have helped me along the way, yet the one person who I call my teacher was a musicologist, medical doctor and sage named Jean Klein. Jean Klein helped me understand the true nondual nature of being via experience. He did this with his Presence and somewhat with his words. I had studied yoga with B K S Iyengar for many years and I had explored the teachings of folks like J. Krishnamurti, Atmananda Krishna Menon, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj and many others but only Jean Klein’s approach truly helped me understand all of these teachings.
I created this page so that I could share with you a direct experiential approach that is another way of knowing that is distinct from the knowing and knowledge gained via science or language. The foundation of this approach is to first clearly understand the problem.
This approach to the true nature of being is to be clear that self-knowledge is not the knowledge of deriving your identity via the content and activity of the mind, because that is intellectual understanding [and just as the menu is not the meal, the idea of a thing is not the thing itself]. In fact what is realized is that deriving your identity via intellectual understanding veils the understanding of the true nature of your being – that veil blocks the experiential understanding of your true nature.
I wrapped the contents of this material in a software shell – inside this shell is a file with links that you click on to explore the sections and application exercises in ways that you are already familiar with.
Here are screenshots of the Contents and Application exercises – you just click the links to navigate.
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The material uses the metaphor of a whirlpool to represent the Flow of life and the Form called your bodymind. As you explore this metaphor you will see that throughout the material there are over 30 application exercises that help you to make the understanding experiential rather than just intellectual.
The exercises guide you in ways whereby what are called ‘AhA!’ moments flower, yet they do not stop there as you then explore via ‘Welcoming’ you turn your ‘AhA!’ moments into ‘WoW’s!’ by applying the understanding in your life and see that it works, because that is experiential understanding!
As you explore this direct approach you quickly discover that you cannot come to the understanding of your true nature via the activity of your thinking-reasoning mind, yet you also realize that the thinking-reasoning mind can confirm the understanding once it has been understood via experience.
I’ll tell you the introductory price in just a moment but first let me share a brief story that is symbolic of this approach of experiential understanding – don’t worry, it’s affordable.
This story takes place on a very cold winter day and a homeowner is experiencing a serious problem because his heating system, which is a furnace in the basement of his house, is not functioning properly. The homeowner has tried everything he knows to get the furnace working properly but he has failed to get it working at all; he is very concerned because the temperature is below freezing and it is possible that water pipes may break and cause extensive damage to his home.
The homeowner calls a furnace repairman.
The homeowner is somewhat surprised at the amount of the bill because the repairman only took a few minutes to fix the furnace; yet he is quite happy that the furnace is now working and that he has avoided more severe problems. He says to the furnace repairmen, “Would you mind giving me an itemized bill?” The furnace repairman says, “No problem – I’ll be back shortly.”
The furnace repairman goes out to his van and quickly returns with the itemized bill. The homeowner double-checks that the furnace is running well and pays the furnace repairman who then leaves.
The homeowner looks at the itemized bill that the furnace repairman gave him – it says:
This approach of experiential understanding is much like the story of the homeowner and the furnace repairman [who knows via experience]. The material I share with you is a means of experiential self-knowledge, which is akin to ‘knowing which screw to adjust’ as in the story above.
One last thing before I share the price with you and that is that although this material can benefit everyone it is not for everyone, because you have to do you part in helping me share self-knowledge with you. This means that I cannot tell you what the true nature of your being is [I can tell you but it will not have any meaning unless and until you have had the experience] and that means that it is necessary for you to explore the exercises and the rest of the material such that your understanding is experiential. In this way you make the understanding your own and then you will no longer need my guidance. In this light I ask that you only get this material if you are willing to explore it fully – I can assure you that it is not what you think, because its nature is beyond thinking.
Please understand that the price may increase as this is an introductory price that is available as long as you are seeing this page. I reserve the right to remove this offer and/or adjust the price as I can only work with a limted number of people at a time.
Welcoming – Peace Beyond Understanding is a complete work that does not need anything else to prop it up. Yet my 40 years of continuous yoga practice makes me want to share with you another work I produced that I know will benefit you. It is called Nisarga Yoga. Nisarga means without parts, and Nisarga Yoga is yoga practice that honours the original intention of the founders of yoga. Even if you are not a yoga practitioner, simply reading this material will help deepen your understanding, because it is yet another means of seeing and applying what is presented in Welcoming – Peace Beyond Understanding.
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ps – This approach provides information about the nature of being, yet its core is about facilitating Insight via the information and application exercises. The difference between intellectual understanding and the experiential understanding accessible via this approach is the difference between seeing with the mind [intellectual] and seeing through the mind [experiential].
pps – Is your understanding of the true nature of being an intellectual understanding or is it experiential understanding? The vast majority of human being understand the true nature of being via intellectual understanding, which means that their understanding is conceptual and since the concept of a thing is not the thing itself, their lives are full of conflict and suffering. On the other hand sages have an experiential understanding of the true nature of being and use intellectual understanding only for functional purposes; thus for sages there is an ease of being – which one are you?
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You cannot make knowledge out of the true nature of being, yet it can be experienced.
In this light the way to Know Thyself is via experiential understanding, and that is a way of knowing that is different than knowing via the content and activity of the mind – because it is the way of Insight.
The approach of ‘Welcoming – Peace Beyond Understanding’ is to describe the situation and to come to the solution of the question ‘How to Know Thyself’ via Insight that is fostered by exploring the application exercises.
Can you give an example of experiential understanding?
Yes – Consider the question, ‘What is Time?’
Time is an elegant concept that describes experience. The experience is true yet the description, the concept, is not the thing itself.
Time [psychological time] is a concept as the description and measure of motion that is experienced as constant change. An analogy that helps with the understanding of time is a ship traveling at a constant speed in the open ocean. The place where the ship has been, the wake, is called the past, the place where the ship is yet to go is called the future, and the ship’s current position is called now. In this way what is called the past, present and future are descriptions of the ship’s position and motion.
The experience of constant, orderly, change allows us to define units of time as seconds, minutes, hours and days etc. and we use this elegant concept to be able to plan things like the ship’s future position. Thus the concept of time is very useful for functional purposes, yet it is highly significant to understand that this concept is ultimately untrue, because it is a concept and not the thing itself. The thing itself is motion as that is the experience.
Thus the experiential understanding is to see the functional usefulness of the concept of time and yet be very clear that this is never truly experienced other than as the mental description of experience [note that you had to learn to tell time as a child].
The power of experiential understanding is that it is not a belief or some form of wishful thinking. For example it is self-evident that experience as what is described as ‘now’ is never not the case [this applies to current experience as you are reading this; it also applies when you have a psychic experience or a memory as these things are experienced and described as happening ‘now’].
Oscar Wilde said, “Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first and the lesson afterward.” This is true because it is only after the experience that the mind describes the experience and renders it as knowledge.
Can you give another example of experiential understanding?
Yes. Ask the question ‘Are you aware?’ and note how it is answered.
Notice that you understand the question intellectually, which means your mind [head]. The answer comes when you drop out of your head and into your core [heart] and experience that indeed you are aware. Then your mind conceptualizes the experience of being aware and answers the question ‘Yes I am aware’.
In this way the experiential answer comes from the wisdom of the heart and it is rendered as knowledge by the activity of the mind [the head].
Can you give a simple example of the difference between intellectual understanding and experiential understanding?
Yes. Science is intellectual. Art is experiential.
Science is experiential when it is applied. Art is intellectual when it is analyzed.