Someone I know recently asked me for a suitable meditation method as that person is experiencing chronic pain and mindfulness of breathing and body have caused more awareness of that pain that is hard to bear. Although an advanced practitioner may choose to remain mindful of pain until one experiences a state of transcendence devoid of duality and fabrications, I do not think it is a suitable advice for beginners.

For someone with such conditions as chronic pain (and even those without may choose to practice this), I recommend that they practice Awareness Watching Awareness. Turn your attention away from body, mind and world towards Awareness being aware of itself as I AM alone. John Tan (Thusness) confirmed with me that this method is suitable for the person.

Basically, if one sense door is not suitable (say, bodily sensation) you may need to choose another sense door. The I AM door is the subtlest mind of clear light, formless and unperturbed by the pain and afflictions of other sense doors. It is therefore a suitable candidate for meditation and contemplation, for realization and developing mental stillness and stability.

Told that person to read this and get this book:

This is also similar to the “turning the radiance around” of Shurangama Sutra and Zen Master Chinul, et al.
3 Responses
  1. Anonymous Says:

    How complete is the book? Does it go beyond advaitic reification of consciousness, or must one suffer through the worship of an abstraction as an idol?

  2. Soh Says:

    The book only leads to Thusness Stage 1 - the realization of I AM, as in .

    I think you are having a misunderstanding of the I AM realization. It is a very important realization and is not a "worship of an abstraction as an idol", although it is true that at the phase, there is reification of consciousness. It is thus not liberating IN the view of Buddhadharma, but experientially it is blissful and a form of release.

    The reason why I AM realization is important for further progress is explained in

  3. Soh Says:

    I often tell people to start with self-enquiry and read books like The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, Ramana Maharshi, etc, which is also about the I AM.