Over on Tom Stine’s blog, one of the commenters, Kevin, mentioned a book, The Most Rapid and Direct Means to Eternal Bliss by Vernon Howard. Tom had read it, describing it as odd but very helpful. The site in question includes a description of the author’s own awakening I thought interesting. There is one process of awakening but as many ways of experiencing it as there are people. I’ve not read the rest of the book but it seems to be available on-line from the link at the top of the page. The teachers he recommends are top notch.
Typically only advanced teachers talk about awareness watching awareness or more deeply, awareness being aware of awareness aware of itself. This is the actual mechanics of what is, beyond comprehension by the mind.
It immediately struck me that his technique does not account for the work he did to reach the point where he could be aware of awareness watching awareness. “If one is ready for it”, as Tom put it. That is rather a gap in understanding, though his book does apparently talk about The Impostor, his apt term for the ego. It may cover this but it’s worth being alert to. The teachers he prefers are examples who awoke spontaneously so have minimal tradition or background in techniques. Very much the KISS principle but best if you have some sense of Self and don’t have an intense mind. Reading Ramana Maharishi and Nisargadatta Maharaj would be beneficial in any case.
I’ve always found it useful to share awakening stories. One never knows what may trigger the collapse of ones own illusion. Speaking of which, this is an old site I don’t think I’ve mentioned that includes several awakening stories: When I Awoke. Just remember, awakening is not the goal. It is the beginning.
ADDENDUM: see Tom’s feedback in comments
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