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Using Spirituality As Another Escape From Life

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 13 May, 2017 James: Realising what it is that you truly are, and that life itself isn’t separate from that, that you are being life, that You, capital Y, or whatever else you want to call ‘it’ – Awareness, Presence, whatever – is actually being life itself, can be a real “Wow!” recognition. But even so, for most of us, all the psychological suffering that’s been going on for a lifetime will still carry on. I had a real wake-up call once. I was hearing someone praying – praying for all the people…

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Crucifixion And Resurrection

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 15 April, 2017 Q: I like sitting up here with you James and there’s sort of a taste for it somewhere, and then there’s a frustration at it too. James: Tell me about the frustration. Q: I can’t f****ng get it! James: How’s that frustration showing up. Try and get wise to the body now. “I can’t f****ng get it.” How is that showing up physically? Q: I suppose now immediately it comes back as a sadness here. (points to the chest) James: Great. There it is. Bring it back. Follow the…

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Working With Gritty Sensations

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 15 April, 2017 Q: I can drop the story momentarily, but there is still sensation. And the sensation is, not constantly, but typically recently, is pretty heavy. James: Great. So we come back to the start again. Simple. Child-like. Here we are. Whatever-we-are. And we notice that whatever-we-are, that’s here, has this quality of being aware. Aware of the visual image, of sounds, smells and tastes, as well as thoughts, feelings and sensations, all coming and going, while this that we are, that is aware, doesn’t come and go, but remains constant…

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The difference between Freedom and Self-realisation

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 15 April, 2017 Q: I read something a couple of weeks ago, and it stayed in my head and I’ve been looking at it, because it was saying there’s a difference between freedom and Self-realisation. They don’t go hand in hand. I think I had a wrong belief or something there. I had always thought, like most people, that Self-realisation is the destination. And yet your approach, which seems to me to be not unique but slightly different, is almost like the Self-realisation bit, which I kind of get – the impersonal…

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Gratitude is the flavour of You

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 15 April, 2017 Q: Hearing you say “Thank You” has reminded me of what I’m constantly curious about, which is gratitude. I’m very curious about where it comes from, and where it goes to. Particularly where it goes to. Because I don’t really know. And sometimes I’m really aware of it being a bargaining tool. Sometimes it just arises out of nowhere and just floods and fills and I go, “Where did you come from? And where are you going?” (Silent connecting) James: For me, as this starts to open up and…

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The True Ground

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 28 March, 2017 James: I love the image of a sapling, a young tree – the ground is there supporting its growth, so that its branches and leaves can dance with the wind, can be flowing and open. But it’s rooted, it has that stability in which to play, in which to express, in which to reveal its full glory. This ground (the earth) is like a metaphor for the ultimate, true ground – for wholeness. In this human experience we all come from wholeness and then, at a young age, we…

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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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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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