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Four qualities with which one will succeed in Self-realization:
Discrimination, Dispassion, Peace and Desire for Liberation

Discrimination held to softly is a great benefit, discrimination being remaining aware of that which is changeless while noticing that the changing passes on.

In discrimination, “Nothing real can be threatened” is understood;
I am that.

In contemplative discrimination, “Nothing real can be threatened” and “Nothing unreal exists” penetrate beyond intellectual understanding, held in the breast as a peaceful realization beyond all words.

Therefore, one has/is peace.

The desire for liberation is the catalyst for consistent contemplative discrimination. Therefore, it is “of course” necessary.



My dictionary defines restraint as a type of prevention. For example, you may restrain/prevent yourself from shouting by making a decision not to shout. You may restrain a child in a car seat in the hopes of preventing injury.

In the context of this quote, what is there to prevent?

The quote says, “If you really have a desire for liberation, avoid the senses from a great distance, as you would poison …”

What is to be prevented? Seeing? Hearing? Touching? Tasting? Smelling?

No, as long as there is a human experience, these things cannot be prevented.

What is the wisdom of this quote?

The answer that continually comes to me is this: Going out.
Attention that is outward focused, absorbed in thought, is completely lost.
Habitual going out is to be prevented.

How does one prevent habitual going out?

One meditates, watching awareness, as much as possible.
One tunes into intuition instead of the mind.
One looks frequently at awareness during the day … many, many short glimpses.
One makes awareness her primary interest through her desire for awakening, through her curiosity about the Self, and through her love of eternal truth.




Interestingly, my dictionary defines calm as the absence of violence, nervousness, anger and similar emotions. My dictionary defines “absence” as nonexistence.

For me, this invites the inquiry, “What is calm?”
Not “What is calm?” as in “How is calm defined?”
“What is calm?” as in “Is the mind calm?” or “Is awareness calm?”

In order to be calm, I must abide as That which is calm, as That where violence, nervousness, anger and similar motions are naturally nonexistent.

Abiding as That is calm.



My dictionary defines honesty as the quality of being honest, with honest defined as “free of deceit and untruthfulness.”

I realize honesty cannot be accomplished through the ego mind. Whatever one perceives through the ego mind is untrue. One may think she is being honest when she shares “honestly” what she thinks or perceives, but if it was thought or perceived with ego, it is naturally deceiving and therefore not honest.

The only way to be honest is to abandon the ego entirely.
One must see and think with the heart instead.

Therefore, honesty is living from intuition and presence instead of from the personal thinking mind.



My dictionary defines forbearance as “patient self-control; restraint and tolerance.”

To me, this speaks of coming from wisdom instead of from self-centered limited perception, which is ignorance. It also indicates that loud and active shadows of self-centered ignorance may be present in me and in the outer picture, but even-so, the focus is to remain below the surface of things with quiet present wisdom so that true perception is the chosen perception and wisdom is listened to and followed in both thought and action (or non-action).

This is something I can do.
I gratefully and generously commit to forbearance.



My dictionary defines compassion as “sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.”

My feeling is this: In order for compassion to be true compassion, one must also reflect on truth while having sympathetic pity and concern for the suffering or misfortune of others.

Jesus asked us to love our neighbors as ourself. This implies a great concern for others. We cannot be coldly-detached and disassociated from the suffering and misfortune of others and love them as ourself too.

What is the best way to be with the suffering and misfortune of others?
What is the best way to be with my own suffering and misfortune?
To me, the two questions are the same.
Therefore, the answer is the same.

If the suffering is mine, I practice rest, accept and trust.

  • I rest from the stories of the mind; I rest in awareness, in presence, without believing the stories; I realize the stories are temporary spinning of mind; I remain still with faith in silent clarity as the stories come and go.
  • I accept emotions that may be present; I accept outer circumstances as they are; I be with what is in quiet patience.
  • I trust my choice to rest and accept while also trusting all things; I trust the universe as perfect benevolence without defining benevolence as a specific outcome.

In addition, if there is enough sanity present, I practice self-inquiry; I watch awareness.

Therefore, I pledge to show compassion by:

  • Acknowledging the suffering of others as a genuinely-felt experience that isn’t to be denied.
  • Resting my wrong-minded thinking, including righteous ideas of how to correct wrongs and fix the outer picture.
  • Accepting my own feelings without denial or artificial justification.
  • Trusting the benevolence of the universe without having the need to understand.
  • Watching awareness, while remembering that the untouched awareness I am is also what others are too.
  • Being directly kind and helpful when it is my opportunity to do so.
  • Watching my thoughts and actions to see where my thinking contributes to outer reflections of suffering and misfortune.
  • Correcting myself by letting go of harmful thinking patterns.
  • Seeking ever-more-deeply to discover truth and abandon untruth.

This, to me, is true compassion.


Now I will begin contemplation of “the nectar-like qualities.”


My dictionary describes contentment as “a state of peaceful happiness.” It also says that one who is content is “not wishing for more.”

I will contemplate these definitions while looking at myself to see when I am not fully content. I will bring lack of contentment into awareness. Awareness is a state of peaceful happiness. Therefore, shifting to awareness resolves imagined lack of contentment.

Seeking out lack of contentment is seeking out circumstances where the ego is still unconsciously believed. I am sure there is some habitual lack of contentment remaining. I am excited to see and resolve those unconscious habits.

I will not rush through this contemplation. It deserves time and attention.

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