I made a mistake with his previous book. Not that I read it but that I said Joe recommended it. He actually recommended this book, but I started with the Power Of Now because it spoke to me more at that moment. It was a reasonable mistake because this book is a continuation of it. So I read it in good order, and on top of that, I got more from this one.

In one sentence, this book is a fantastic journey into the EGO. What forms it can take that I had no idea of. How can it identify with anything, but what is essential and useful for you? How can it drives and take over your mind with overthinking and using your won voice in your head to control you? How it always looking for outside enemies to blame. How it can not stand quiet and space in your mind. I found so many profound insights in this book. For example, I always thought that the more I can think of the more I figure out. Now I’m giving more space to just feeling and sensing. Trying to understand myself and my body in a different way. It might be called intuition, but the words are not that important now, it’s how I feel. And I feel great. I feel at peace and have space in my mind that I was lacking.

One disclaimer for me would be the references from the bible or other religions. I understand it exists, and it might have profound meaning for some, but for me quoting Jesus and sentences from the bible doest hit the spot. But I get the point, you need to read it with open mind and lability to translate some of the text into your liking. Overall, its game-changer, if you already been thinking or seeking it. It is not for everybody, But if it spoke to you, I’m open to discussion.

“The greatest achievement of humanity is not its works of art, science, or technology, but the recognition of its own dysfunction, its own madness.”

“What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that. The awareness that is prior to thought, the space in which the thought—or the emotion or sense perception— happens.”

“Apart from objects, another basic form of identification is with “my” body. Firstly, the body is male or female, and so the sense of being a man or woman takes up a significant part of most people’s sense of self. Gender becomes identity. Identification with gender is encouraged at an early age, and it forces you into a role, into conditioned patterns of behavior that affect all aspects of your life, not just sexuality. It is a role many people become completely trapped in, even more so in some of the traditional societies than in Western culture where identification with gender is beginning to lessen somewhat. In some traditional cultures, the worst fate a woman can have is to be unwed or barren, and for a man to lack sexual potency and not be able to produce children. Life’s fulfillment is perceived to be fulfillment of one’s gender identity.”

“Recognize the ego for what it is: a collective dysfunction, the insanity of the human mind. When you recognize it for what it is, you no longer misperceive it as somebody’s identity. Once you see the ego for what it is, it becomes much easier to remain nonreactive toward it. You don’t take it personally anymore. There is no complaining, blaming, accusing, or making wrong. Nobody is wrong. It is the ego in someone, that’s all. Compassion arises when you recognize that all are suffering from the same sickness of the mind, some more acutely than others. You do not fuel the drama anymore that is part of all egoic relationships. What is its fuel? Reactivity. The ego thrives on it.”

“Awareness is the greatest agent for change.”

“The greater part of most people’s thinking is involuntary, automatic, and repetitive. It is no more than a kind of mental static and fulfills no real purpose. Strictly speaking, you don’t think: Thinking happens to you. The statement “I think” implies volition. It implies that you have a say in the matter, that there is choice involved on your part. For most people, this is not yet the case. “I think” is just as false a statement as “I digest” or “I circulate my blood.” Digestion happens, circulation happens, thinking happens.”

“A vital question to ask yourself frequently is: What is my relationship with the present moment? Then become alert to find out the answer. Am I treating the Now as no more than a means to an end? Do I see it as an obstacle? Am I making it into an enemy? Since the present moment is all you ever have, since Life is inseparable from the Now, what the question really means is: What is my relationship with Life? This question is an excellent way of unmasking the ego in you and bringing you into the state of Presence.”

“Nonresistance, nonjudgment, and nonattachment are the three aspects of true freedom and enlightened living.”

“The ego asks, How can I make this situation fulfill my needs or how can I get to some other situation that will fulfill my needs? Presence is a state of inner spaciousness. When you are present, you ask: How do I respond to the needs of this situation, of this moment? In fact, you don’t even need to ask the question. You are still, alert, open to what is. You bring a new dimension into the situation: space. Then you look and you listen. Thus you become one with the situation. When instead of reacting against a situation, you merge with it, the solution arises out of the situation itself. Actually, it is not you, the person, who is looking and listening, but the alert stillness itself. Then, if action is possible or necessary, you take action or rather right action happens through you. Right action is action that is appropriate to the whole. When the action is accomplished, the alert, spacious stillness remains.”

“When doing becomes infused with the timeless quality of Being, that is success.”