Direct Meditation: Finding Your Authentic Self | Ken Wells | Skillshare

Direct Meditation: Finding Your Authentic Self

Ken Wells, Best-Selling Instructor, Self-Realization Coach

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5 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Why Should I Take This Class?

      1:49
    • 2. How to Escape the Prison of the Mind

      5:20
    • 3. How to Leave a Review for This Class

      1:01
    • 4. How to Complete the Class Project

      1:11
    • 5. Conclusion and Next Steps

      1:43

About This Class

This short class is for anyone who wants to learn to meditate or is currently practicing but wants to deepen their practice. 

When you enroll, you will be taught one of the simplest and most profound methods of meditation that I've personally ever found.

It's often referred to as the direct path to enlightenment.

It's called "Self-Enquiry" (that's the correct spelling).  This was the primary method popularized by Ramana Maharishi one of the most revered and respected Hindu sages in history.

The method itself is thousands of years old originally discussed in the Upanishads, which is one of the oldest recorded spiritual texts on the planet.

Why should you care?  What does it do?

Not only does this method provide a powerful road to enlightenment but it also can help you to effectively stop the wheels of negative thinking quickly.

Through this simple practice, layers of false ideas can be shed as you uncover our true self.

Although this practice is very simple, I would encourage you to proceed with humility as it isn't necessarily easy.

I invite you to go ahead and enroll in this class now to start using this powerful method to more fully live from the most authentic place inside yourself.

Transcripts

1. Why Should I Take This Class?: this short classes for anyone who wants to learn to meditate or for someone who is currently meditating but wants to deepen their practice. When you enrol, you're gonna be taught one of the simplest and most profound methods of meditation that I've personally ever come across. And this is after over 12 years of meditation, practice in teaching, meditation and reading hundreds of books on the topic and trying various different forms of meditation. This is absolutely one of the most powerful methods I've ever come across, and it's often referred to as the direct path to enlightenment. It's called self inquiry Now. This was the primary method popularized by Ramana Mahar she, which is one of the most revered and respected Hindu SAGES in history. The method itself is thousands of years old, originally discussed in the U Panish ads, which is one of the oldest recorded spiritually texts on the planet. But why should you care? I mean, what does it actually do for you? Not only does this method provide a powerful road to enlightenment, but it can also help you to effectively stop the wheels of negative thinking quickly and through this simple practice, layers of false ideas can be shed as you uncover your true self. Now, although this practice is very simple, I would encourage you to proceed with humility as it isn't necessarily easy. You're gonna need toe watch this, these videos a few times, and you're gonna need to practice this technique to really understand and really benefit from it. So at this point, I invite you to go ahead and enroll in the class Now to start using this powerful method to more fully live from the most authentic place inside yourself. 2. How to Escape the Prison of the Mind : how to escape the prison of the mind. In this lecture, I want to cover a practice known as self inquiry, and I realized that this spelling on that might look a little weird to you. But that's how it was spelled when it was originally made popular by Hindu sage named Ramana Mahar she. But the technique itself is thousands of years old, and essentially the idea is that you keep your attention firmly fixated on your inner awareness of the sense of your own being. On your sense of I and the false self is the thought that there is an individual self having a separate experience. And while this seems to be apparently the case, the reality may surprise you if you take the time to actually investigate this for yourself now, since this is not a course on self inquiry, what I want to do is leave you with a book recommendation so that you can learn mawr and also look in the resource section for a few YouTube video links that will go into the subject in more depth. But I do want to provide you with the basic practice, which is extremely simple. It's extremely direct, but I do want to caution you to not let the simplicity of this practice fool you. This is often referred to as the most direct path to enlightenment. Some people practice for years just to prepare themselves to be able to properly do this exercise. I don't think that it's necessary to practice for years. I think that's just creating additional mental obstacles that you need to overcome. But nevertheless, let me reveal the instructions to you. So here's Here's what you dio What you want to do is you start by keeping your awareness on your inner feeling of I okay, your inner sense of being. So we're not necessarily talking about your body here, but just your inner sense of identity, your inner sense of being alive. Next, when you notice any thoughts, arise. What you want to do is you inquire or investigate into who is having the experience. So, for example, you might do that by simply saying who is having this thought or simply asking, Who am I or where do these thoughts arise? Now it's important to note that this is not a conceptual practice, okay, because you may notice when practicing this, that there's a tendency to simply answer that question with mawr thoughts. So, for example, you might say, Well, who am I? And then your mind offers up another thought that says, Well, I'm me, I'm Ken or I'm Susan or whatever the name a whatever your name is I'm this I'm that I'm obviously this body that's going to be the tendency that arises. But when that happened, you want to realize that this is the point of this exercise is not to answer the question conceptually, it's actually to look in the present moment at what your direct experiences. Okay, so the purpose here is to go beyond thought and to investigate what you're actually experiencing. So that's very, very important, because if if you just do, this is a merely conceptual practice is not gonna is gonna be useless now. You can also practice self inquiry as you go about your day to day life while you're doing any task. So you simply practice keeping your awareness on your inner sense of I as you're performing tasks you can. That's one way is just to notice your inner feeling of I as you're going about your day through your daily tasks. In addition to that, you can also investigate. So let's say that you're looking at something like a tree. You could practice self inquiry by saying, Who is it that's seen the tree? And the purpose of that again is to put your awareness on the experience or not what is being experienced? See, we're so used to being hypnotized by our senses and by everything that's in our perceptual field. Whether that's the five senses or your thoughts, your feelings were always looking at something outside ourselves. But we're rarely have our attention on where we're looking from, and so that this practice is all about reversing that. Now you may be surprised at what you begin to notice about this fictitious I character. It can't be found now. This may sound strange and alarming to hear, but I invite you to investigate for yourself what you find. Be gentle with this practice and approach it with a lightness and ease, not strain. You're just looking to see if you can actually find this so called I that we all believe is there. Now please join me in the next lesson. 3. How to Leave a Review for This Class: a lot of people don't know how to leave a review on skill share. So I wanted to just give you a quick video showing you how you can leave a review and help me continue to improve this class and future classes moving forward. So when you're on your course dashboard here, um, all you do is you go down to this little button here Ah, with the three dots, and then you scroll down to leave a review, and you can put a yes or no thumbs up or thumbs down, and you can include private feedbag, public feedback. What I would encourage you to do is, if you do decide to put a thumbs down for any reason, please leave a public review with some sort of statement of why you chose that so that I I can actually have feedback on how to improve. Um, And if you choose to instead put a thumbs up for the course, I would also encourage you to leave some comments so that I know what I'm doing, right. So again, thank you for your time and join me in the next video 4. How to Complete the Class Project: Now that you've gone to the lessons, it's time to put what you've learned into action. So go ahead and practice what you've learned. And then to complete the project for this class, simply scroll down to here where it says, Start your project, Go ahead and add a title to your project and then in this space here simply include a comment, a question you have or a challenge that you'd like additional help with. And this could be a simple as a description of your experience. Then, once you've got this filled out, simply go down to this button. Click Create project and you're done. Now I invite you to go ahead, and you also have the opportunity to share your project as well on social media by clicking these buttons here or sharing the link to your project. So go ahead and take a moment and complete your class project now and then join me in the next video 5. Conclusion and Next Steps: congratulations on finishing the class. Thank you so much for enrolling and taking the time to go through the lessons. To really get the most out of this class, I invite you to review and practice this material multiple times. I'm not sure if you're aware, but we only retain about 7 to 10% of information that were presented with one time to really get the most benefit. It's advisable to review the material and practise the exercises at least 10 to 15 times to really get it now. You can also revisit the project area and continue to keep us updated on your progress by posting comments with your experiences, questions and challenges that you'd like additional help with. So what are the next steps from here? If you find this class to be really helpful, I invite you to go ahead and enroll in my other classes and give those a shot as well. Now, if you really enjoyed your experience, I also encourage you to go ahead and share this class with other friends, family members or colleagues that you feel would benefit also. And finally, if you'd like to be notified of free Webinars and resource is that will help you on your own journey of personal and spiritual growth. You can do that by going to my website in joining our email list for the Academy of Self Mastery. And some of the things I would invite you to notice is that the webinars that you're given access to for free the recordings of those air actually used commercially. So you're literally getting paid content for free when you choose to join our email list. So again, thank you so much for your time and for enrolling in the class. And I will see you next time.