So you want to become Self realized, you want to come to know yourself, and although you have studied much and have given much thought to what you have read, you still feel that you are somehow blocked from taking that final step back into the Self, to experience the reality of the elusive ‘I’.
You may ask; ‘Why can I not form a clear perception of what I am referring to when I use the word ‘I’ or speak of ‘the Self’, the ‘me’ that is doing the thinking, the observing, the controlling?’
I want to make one thing quite clear. Self-realization has not evaded you through any fault or imagined deficiency on your part. The simple Truth is that all you required was to be set on the right path and given the correct knowledge to follow it to its end. Having been fortunate enough myself to reach the end of that path to Self-realization and even beyond to achieve Enlightenment, it is now my intention to show you the way. I seek no profit for what I do other than the joy of seeing others become all that they can be.
As usual I will do my best not to waste even one word and I will try to make things as simple as possible, so that it may be beneficial to as many people as possible, giving consideration to their various levels of knowledge and understanding.
What we are dealing with here is not fantasy or vain imaginings, it is spiritual science and in that respect it will be entirely testable and provable, therefore we will not be stepping outside the bounds of reality.
I want to start with the basics and understanding to the answers of the following questions, which will give you firm foundations to build the rest of the knowledge upon. They are very important questions that have led to much confusion for the spiritual searcher and the wrong answers have only served to become stumbling blocks, so I want you to be quite sure that you understand the Truth of what I say concerning each question, before you move on to the next.
1. What is Life?
A. Life is not a physical/material thing.
B. Life is something that is experienced.
C. When that which is capable of awareness, becomes aware of something, it experiences life.
D. A spiritual being is the only thing that is capable of awareness and therefore able to experience life.
E. When you use the word ‘I’ or speak of the ‘Self’, you are referring to the spiritual being that you are.

2. What is Consciousness?
A. The state of experiencing life is referred to as: CONSCIOUSNESS

3. Are Awareness and Consciousness the same thing?
A. No. you can be aware of something and not be conscious of what it is that you are aware of and so…
B. Awareness is feeling an effect, and consciousness is recognizing what is causing that effect.
C. Awareness is feeling, consciousness is realization through seeing and knowing.
D. You began your search because you felt something. You became aware of something not related to materiality. You intuitively knew that there was more to life and the Self; something yet to be recognized in your consciousness. It is like being lost in a dark room and searching for a source of light, so that you could see what it was that you were feeling.

4. What is Realization?
A. Realization is to make real, to bring into consciousness that which was hidden. It can also be called reveal-ization or revelation.
B. Realization is a sudden knowing, it is instant, like a flash of lightening, accompanied by thunder that is felt but not heard. It is that WOW moment in which beliefs are confirmed or condemned by the realization of Truth.
C. Realization causes an expansion of consciousness.

5. Degrees of Consciousness
A. Awareness is dependent only on the Self.
B. Consciousness is dependent on the Self and the mind.
C. The degree of Consciousness depends upon the Self’s clarity of perception.
Imagine a lit candle in a very large dark place. Close to the light you would see clearly, but the further you look beyond the candle the less clear things become. That which is seen beyond then becomes vague/cloudy an area of uncertainty. Beyond that is the darkness and the unknown. You have reached the limits of consciousness.
D. Clarity of perception is dependent on focus of attention.
Focus of attention requires contemplation, rather than a passing recognition.
E. Focus of attention is dependent on interest.
It is what you are interested in the most that you will focus on.
F. Interest is dependent on desire.
It is what you desire the most that you will be most interested in.
G. Desire is dependent on a need to experience, or avoid an experience.

6. What is desire?
A. Desire is discontentment with the Self’s state of awareness.
B. The Self’s natural state of awareness is one of peace. In this state, the Self has no perception of need.
C. Peace is first lost when the Self acquires knowledge of a more pleasurable state. It is then that the Self becomes discontented and reasons a way to experience that more pleasurable state.
D. In the struggle for a more pleasurable state, the Self focuses its attention on the problem so much that awareness of the Self fades into the background.
E. The Self is not the only one who is pursuing a higher state of pleasure, there are millions of others, all competing for the same thing. All of them focussing their attention outwards and on worldly things, all are in a state of discontentment because they are set against each other.
F. Eventually the Self loses its true identity, and because it has interacted with the world so much, through the physical body that it commands, it comes to believe that it is the physical body. And from this belief, it creates for itself a new identity. It can no longer distinguish the difference between Self – mind –and matter.
G. The Self that thinks it is a physical being also inherits the perception of fear. Fear of loss or harm to the Self.
H. There is righteous pleasure, and there is unrighteous pleasure.
I. Self-realization can only occur while in a state of peace, a state of no desire, which is a state of contentment, a state of no need.
J. Self-realization is the rebirth of the Self’s true identity, which was lost due to ignorance.
K. It must be realized that the Self is not the mind. Just as a gardener is not the garden. That which is seen is not that which is looking.
L. The Self is not in the world, because the mind exists between the Self and the world, and the body is of the world.
M. Desire must be ended to find the Self, but how can you end desire if you desire peace and to know yourself?

7. The Final Step
A. Desiring to end desire may sound like a paradox, but it’s not
B. The desire for peace has to be the last and only desire, nothing else must matter.
C. When the desire for peace is satisfied, all desire is silenced.
D. ‘I am still’, ‘I want nothing’, ‘I am alone’, ‘I am free’, ‘I am at rest’, because I choose to be so.
Further considerations

8. Spaces
A. At this point it doesn’t matter if you are unable to understand and analyse what the Self and the mind are made of. All you need to realize is that neither you nor your mind are material things, and therefore you are not of the world, not made of atoms.
B. Everything that exists, does so in its own space.
C. The mind exists in its own space, which is separate from the material realm.
The Self that exists in the mind occupies its own space, just like a gardener in the centre of a garden.
D. The Self exists in a space that is separate from all other spaces.
E. Awareness is feeling. Feel the space you are in. Feel the reality of the Self, then you will have come to know your Self.
F. The Universe and the physical body that you control may fade to dust, but not one part of you has or ever will be diminished in any way. You are as aware now as the day you were born, and you will be like that even when this life journey has ended.

9. Before and after Self-Realization
A. Before self-realization there may have been other souls that you loved; they will still be there.
B. Before self-realization you may have had worldly possessions, but they will no longer have a hold on you. You will become their master, instead of them becoming yours.
C. Before self-realization you may have felt insecure, unworthy, hurt by criticism, desperate for Love and acceptance. These things will be no more.
D. After self-realization comes enlightenment, but whether or not you are worthy of it will depend on the Love in your heart for other souls, and the Truth that you have realized and chosen, of your own free will, without coercion.

You are and always have been, your own master, it’s just that you may not have realized.
You are a god in the making, choose Love, choose Truth, and make it so.
No-one can set you free, they can only show you where the keys are, and the door that they unlock.
Now go back and read No. 7 and take what is yours.

Author's Bio: 

My name is William,
What I have to offer is free and probably the most important and amazing gift you will ever receive; a gift that will set you free.
I am an enlightened soul and I have the knowledge that will heal the world. I can tell you now that there is a change coming in this world, and that there is a way to bring peace into the world, a way that will make everyone equal, a way in your lifetime to create a beautiful and safe place for the children. Imagine, no more wars, no famine, imagine a world where everyone can enjoy their life without fear.
The power of the Elite will be taken away, all corruption and greed will be ended, and you will see these things happen. The awakening is only just beginning, Enlightenment will be for everyone.
Love and Peace
William
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