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You see, most people are not used to seeing this world as total illusion, all the time, moment-by-moment.
Most of us don’t yet feel comfortable questioning every thought, feeling, and belief that arises… and feel totally comfortable with that. 🙂
No worries, here’s two things that will help:
1) Please download a copy of my new “instant release meditation” here. It’s super-peaceful. It will help you enter a state of profound meditation and relaxation really quickly. Enjoy 🙂
2) A funny happened when I was in Bali, maybe a month ago….
On a whim, my cool German friend (Frank) and I, decided to take our motorbikes for a spin through Ubud’s beautiful rice fields.
We darted through the green rice paddies, speeding along several narrow paths and tight passes.
It’s actually very safe and really fun. 🙂
Then, suddenly, I was aware that we had a tail.
No idea who.
I thought this person probably wanted to pass us. So when the path opened onto a wider plateau, Frank and I pulled over to one side and we stopped between two green rice fields.
But instead of passing, the young woman on the motorbike just stopped and STARRED at us, wide-eyed. I mean starred right at us for a LONG time.
I thought maybe she still wanted to pass us, so I gestured that there was plenty of room for her to pass by.
But she didn’t. She just stood there frozen and stared at us, for what seemed like an eternity.
After a long pause, I broke silence.
“Are you alright?” I asked.
She just stared back, expressionless.
So I parked my bike and gently approached her from the side (less threatening).
Again I asked, “Are you alright?”
It was very weird, even by my standards. 🙂
At this point, I think I probably asked myself if I was dreaming, which I frequently do all the time anyway.
And of course, the answer is always yes, even in this so-called “waking dream”.
This time, it was as if she was sharing the experience with me.
But still, nobody said a word.
I detected very clear and quiet perception, but also intense fear. It was as if I inwardly felt her saying, “Oh my God. None of this is real, is it?”
Without saying a word, and still holding her gaze, I responded “Yes, this waking dream is normal for me now. But are YOU okay with it?” 🙂
Frank broke the silence with something a little more down to earth.
“Where are you going?”
She just froze, and without saying anything, she started to drive away.
But her hand was gripping the throttle of her motorbike too tight. It looked like she might veer of the path into a ditch.
But somehow, she managed to get control of the bike, and she drove safely away, much to our surprise (and relief that she hadn’t crashed).
Frank and I looked at each other in shock. (I’m not making this up – this actually happened by the way.)
We considered following her to make sure she is okay. But she’d already long gone.
Later that evening, Frank and I talked about what had happened and how weird it was. I offered my perspective:
“When we looked into each other’s eyes, to me it was like some kind of “instant Samadhi” or “enlightenment” experience. It was like in that moment, we both knew ‘the truth’.”
“Yes, that’s it.” Frank agreed.
“In that moment, I remembered thinking about how the world around us isn’t real… and we seemed to be sharing that insight together for that moment. To me, this “illusion” is pretty “normal” these days, but to her, she seemed to be quite shocked by it.”
Frank agreed – “Yes, that’s exactly how I saw it, too.”
We talked about whether there was more we could have done to help. We both regretted not being able to help her feel more conformable and at ease.
And looking back on what happened, here’s how I see it now…
If I could go back in time and live that moment again, I would like to have done more to help.
I would like to have created a totally safe place for her where she could feel completely at ease…. take as much time as she needed to unwind and let the shock unravel….
Maybe a friend’s house or some other safe place?
I would have put the kettle on to make her a nice comforting drink. 🙂
I would have played some soft, relaxing music and said to her:
“Welcome to my world. Won’t you come on in….” LOL 🙂
Whatever it would take to help her feel comfortable and at ease, I would have done it.
Now, that’s not always easy when you’re talking to people all over the world via the power of the inter-webs! 🙂
So, if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed in YOUR life, here’s what I would suggest.
Find a way to put yourself at ease. Find a meditation practice that relaxes you, puts you at ease, and helps you enter a state of tranquility.
Even if you already have a meditation practice, why not download a copy of my “instant release meditation” that I just re-did for you HERE:
Giving yourself a moment to relax and unwind is soooooo important in this crazy world.
I don’t care if you’re a Zen master who’s lived in the mountains all his life. In today’s crazy world, we need to constantly re-learn how to relax and put ourselves at ease.
Please, take a moment today to relax and enjoy!
– Matt Clarkson
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Thank you 🙂