The Hall Of Mirrors

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 28 March, 2017 Q: Hi James: Hi (long, silent connecting) Q: So it’s interesting. I feel like I haven’t offered enough content to have access to this space – the connection. It’s like I have to pay a price, of like: “Where’s all my shadow that I’ve gotta bring up here and show everyone?” So this is not ok. James: Great. Yes. This is ok. You can have it for free. Q: Oh really! Can I have that tenner back?! (lots of laughter in the room) Oh, money’s not an issue, really….

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The Need To Make It ‘Right’

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 28 March, 2017 Q: Before the first person came up to sit on the chair, I went through a real dance. I felt so good when I came in – I was so relaxed, and in such a nice space – and then when nobody came up I got in a panic, in a real panic. The heat was rising up as if my head would explode. I always feel a bit uncomfortable when nobody comes up, but never like today. James: That’s interesting. Why is that do you think? Q: I…

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Seeking The True Ground

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 18 March, 2017 Q: I realise that what happens for me, in relationships, is that I want the other one to give me the ground, to give me THAT. I don’t know it, but I want the other one to give me THAT. Whatever else the other gives me, I don’t want it. Because I want THAT. And I don’t know what it is, but I want THAT. James: Yes. That’s seeking you’ve just described. It could be another person, it could be a job, it could be money. Whatever it is,…

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Trying

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 18 February, 2017 Q: I noticed lately that when I’m going through something, and I try to open up to it, that I do the opposite: somehow I focus on it and it gets worse and worse. For example yesterday we invited somebody to lunch who has a severe illness and it’s getting worse, and I got so tired that I had to leave them and lie down; and afterwards all this guilt came up, ‘I should have given them more.’ And I was sitting with it and it got worse, because…

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Describing Discomfort

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 18 February, 2017 Q: I’m sitting here to experience the extraordinary uncomfortableness of sitting here. James: Yes. Great. See if you can describe it as it happens. Really get precise. Q: There’s a change in my mouth, in my saliva, there’s tightening in my chest, in my breath, my heart is doing strange things, my belly’s doing strange things, my eyes feel tight. James: Just let it all do whatever it needs to do. Here you are. (silent connecting) Q: There is a sense of wanting to weep. And everything changing and…

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Going Beyond The Witness

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 18 February, 2017 Q: I think I get that I am ‘that’ which watches what arises; I am experiencing what arises and falls away again. I see that everything arises and falls: my body and mind arise and fall, my pains in my joints arise and fall, and I can sometimes get sucked into them. But if I just breath enough, however terrifying or scary or whatever, it’s just part of what’s going on. But it still feels like I’m missing something. James: Recognising you are the aware presence, the ‘witness’, is…

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What’s Behind Anxiety?

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 18 February, 2017 Q: I’m pretty good at just being with life. Still… luminous… it’s great, really great. I don’t want to dismiss that. But when I move into action, then there’s a whole lot of different stuff that comes into play. James: Ok, so let’s look at that right now. What’s different? Q: I’m anxious. There’s a disturbance in the nervous system which I call anxiety. James: So that’s the starting point. That becomes the thread that leads us back. So what’s behind anxiety? (long silence) Q: I am! James: Exactly….

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Getting Lost On A Ride

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 18 February, 2017 Q: My ability to stay with ‘what is’ is a bit thin. It’s there, but I can get sucked in to all sorts of dramas. And the drama starts to become a closed loop and I identify with it and it keeps me awake at night. James: When you realise that you’ve just been lost on a ride, then there’s simply a realisation of that. It’s not that you got it wrong. Who got it wrong? Nobody got it wrong. You, as life, just got lost on a ride….

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A Cage Within A Cage

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 29 January, 2017 Q: I’m just sitting up here if only to get rid of the tightness that’s in my chest James: So let’s really welcome it, let’s really make friends with it. Because it feels like we want to get rid of these things, but actually, what if it’s an invitation? Here it is. Q: Now my heart is beating, thumping in my chest. James: You are alive! Q: I’m having trouble breathing. My heart is thumping so much that it’s difficult for me to take a breath. James: Yes, the…

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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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