Permission To Be

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 10 January, 2017 Q: I came up because I just saw something that I hadn’t seen before… some kind of… the best way I can label it right now is like a fear of intimacy. James: How is it showing up? What is it you’re noticing? Q: It’s kind of here, in the heart. James: Is it hot, cold, tight, heavy? Q: It’s tight. James: Really feel into that tightness, right now. Just as we are here, just here, allow it into this aware openness that you are. Welcome it in, no agenda, let it do…

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No Agenda

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 4 December, 2016 Q: I wish, but at the same can’t imagine, how to just live joyfully, how to live without these fears and this sadness. James: This isn’t about trying to get rid of fear and sadness. There’s a common thought that says: “Ok. So if I can just realise what I am, then I can get rid of all the stuff I don’t want.” But there’s a contradiction there, because what you truly are has no agenda, doesn’t need to get rid of anything; that’s the mind talking. It’s so slippery this. And this…

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Embracing Shame

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 19 November, 2016 James: Just take a moment. Check in with the body, see what it’s doing. Q: I feel the beating of my heart, and a dryness in my mouth, and this thing in my head. James: Yes, what’s that? Q: It like someone scraping cotton wool on the inside of my scull. James: Good description! This is what’s beautiful about coming up in front of everyone; we get a chance to really feel this beating heart, really feel all that’s going on. And normally when we start to feel that,…

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Nothing to Hold

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 19 November, 2016 I used to sing in a certain way: using a lot of tension in my jaw, in my tongue, and my larynx was quite tight and high. Then I met an amazing singing coach, who was very useful at making me notice all these different muscle groups that I was using that had got nothing to do with singing! They’re compensatory muscles that are completely unnecessary, that have somehow got involved in the act of singing, that actually make you sing less well. So working with someone like that is about…

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From Judging to Loving

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 30 October, 2016 Q: When I feel into my body, it feels like an iron hand here (indicates at her head), and lots of tension behind the eyes, as if something would press down on the eyes. It never goes, even if I feel relaxed and great. James: Yeah, for me, when I would sit and drop down into the deeper, more obscure layers of experience, there was an image of – I think I shared this before – of certain characters standing over me, pointing their fingers, telling me what to do and how…

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Feeling Vulnerability

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 29 October, 2016 Q: I have to have another go, because I’m not getting it you know. James: Ok, so tell me a belief, any belief that you have now. Q: That I am this (points to his body), and this (points to his legs), and all these people are here… James: So that’s a very useful way of expressing what’s going on here, and that’s part of this dance, so now we can have a conversation, and a meeting, and then we’ll have lunch together and we’ll be chatting and enjoying each other, all…

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Honouring Rage

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 26 June, 2016 Q: I really resonated with just everything that you said yesterday. I’ve had a lot of old pain, and sorrow and new trauma and all this kind of stuff going on, and I’ve had to really sit with it for the first time, because there’s been such a long time impulse to shove it down or wish it away or be advaita about it: “it’s not me, it’s not me” (laughs) James: Well said, well said. Q: And the rage; I had it come up one time. I knew it was sort…

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The Fear of Being Seen

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 14 June, 2016 Q: Having said to you I never want to come up here to the front, it felt like from what you said, how beneficial it was to come up. So when we came in I was thinking, “so perhaps I ought to go up”. Then I was surprised at all the fear that’s still there that came up, all the butterflies, feeling sick. So I thought, “I better do it!” James: It’s great, isn’t it. There’s such an amazing revolt that goes on in the body, because we feel…

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Waking Up From Waking Up

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It can be incredibly exciting when we first start to ‘wake up’ to the wonder that, “Yes, I am Presence. I am this Knowing. And yes, experience is not what I ever thought it to be. I don’t experience a world of solid, independently existing things. There is an ever fresh flow of colours, sounds, smells and tastes, of sensations, thoughts and feelings arising, that is indivisible from the Knowing of it. That includes the very ‘me’ I imagined myself to exclusively be! Yes! Yes! Wow!!!” For me, I was then lucky enough to meet my wife and have children…

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The Most Glorious Song of All

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I breath in this silent, formless, invisible breath… and as it flows out, my vocal cords come alive with vibration, chopping the breath into waves of sound; my head and chest buzzing with resonance; my mouth, tongue and lips sculpting the breath further giving rise to the sound of my singing voice, singing my song. And what is this music made of? That same silent, formless, invisible breath, shapeshifting into colourful, intricately detailed tones. It is the sound of silence. Our true essence is the silent, formless, invisible ‘breath’ that gives rise to the music of life itself. To an…

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