“There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.”Rumi
Now before I introduce this practice, let me say one thing.
This may or may not work for you.
In fact, you mind find this exercise inaccessible, absurd and even grim.
If that’s the case, don’t worry about it. There are lots of other ways to access your intuitive awareness and I promise to share those soon.
I came across this exercise in Sam Harris‘ book Waking Up where he gives a similar disclaimer to the one I just gave you.
It’s a simple exercise, but won’t work for all.
If you’d like to give it a try, it only takes 2 minutes, and you can follow the instructions below.
Find Your Intuitive Awareness
Simply imagine yourself as if you didn’t have a head.
Imagine your head was gone but you were still here. Still functioning. Still able to be in this world.
If this totally freaks you out, imagine yourself pulling a turtleneck up over your head. A soft, warm, knit sweater that dulls your senses and soothes the overworked brain in your head.
You’re pulling the turtleneck up for a few minutes and will take it off again soon.
Tell yourself you’ll be back to normal in no time.
Now contemplate the following questions:
Where does your attention go without your head?
Where do you perceive the world from?
Where do you access knowing?
What sensations or qualities open up to you in a world without your head?
If this exercise works for you, repeat it a few times throughout the day.
Give it a try and see what shifts. And post your comments below! I’d love to hear how it works for you