|Self Observation. The Awakening of Conscience||Source|
This book is an in-depth examination of the much needed process of 'self'-study known as self observation. Know thyself is the most ancient of teachings for awakening. Self observation is the means.
We live in an age where the "attention function" in the brain has been badly damaged by TV and computers - up to 90 percent of the public under age 35 suffers from attention-deficit disorder!
This book offers the most direct, non-pharmaceutical means of healing attention dysfunction. The methods presented here are capable of restoring attention to a fully functional and powerful tool for success in life and relationships.
This is also an age when humanity has lost its connection with conscience. When humanity has poisoned the Earth's atmosphere, water, air and soil, when cancer is in epidemic proportions and is mainly an environmental illness, the author asks: What is the root cause? And he boldly answers: failure to develop conscience! Self-observation, he asserts, is the most ancient, scientific, and proven means to develop this crucial inner guide to awakening and a moral life.
This book is for the lay-reader, both the beginner and the advanced student of self observation. No other book on the market examines this practice in such detail. There are hundreds of books on self-help and meditation, but almost none on self-study via self observation, and none with the depth of analysis, wealth of explication, and richness of experience which this book offers. This book details how to recognize and dealt with the habits of a lifetime, whether in personal, spiritual or work life.
Prologue: The Teaching
About the Author
Chapter 1: Self Observation – Know Thyself
Chapter 2: The Mammal Instrument – Inner Processes
Chapter 3: How To Observe – Fundamental Principles
Chapter 4: Will of Attention
Chapter 5: What To Observe
Chapter 6: The Left Hemisphere Is a Binary Computer – Intellectual Center
Chapter 7: The Blind Spot – The Capture and Consume Cycle
Chapter 8: The First Responder – The Default Position
Chapter 9: Multiple I’s
Chapter 10: The Denying Force – Resistance To Work
Chapter 11: Buffers
Chapter 12: Seeing and Feeling
Chapter 13: Becoming A Hypocrite
Chapter 14: Voluntary Suffering
Chapter 15: The Awakening of Intelligence – Thinking Outside the Box
Chapter 16: Being-Shock
Chapter 17: The Shift In Context – Not-Doing
Chapter 18: The Deer in the Tall Grass
Chapter 19: The Awakening of Conscience – Carrying My Own Cross
Chapter 20: Higher Centers
Glossary of Terms
For Yogi Ramsuratkumar: Source
For Mister Lee: Inspiration, Outlaw Saint, True Friend
For Andre Enard: Information about the crucial function of sensation in self observation; Teacher of Dancing
For Maxie: Feeling and feedback
For Rain Drop & Little Wind: Reasons to begin
For Iain, Jett & Jayce: Reasons to continue
For Regina Sara Ryan: Great help in editing
It is as old as the stones.
It came with Humans to the Earth
and it offers them a way out
of the web of sorrows
but at a price:
we must observe ourselves,
our behavior, our
inner and outer responses,
objectively. This means
without taking a personal interest
or doing anything about
which self observation uncovers:
like a bad boy with a stick
overturning a stone
and finding a mass of crawling things
from stomping on them.
(Red Hawk. The Way of Power, 67)
Red Hawk was the Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and currently teaches at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. His other books are:
He has published in such magazines as The Atlantic, Poetry, and Kenyon Review, and has given readings with Allen Ginsberg (1994), Rita Dove (1995), Miller Williams (1996), Tess Gallagher (1996), and Coleman Barks (2005), and more than seventy solo-readings in the United States. Red Hawk is available for readings, lectures, and workshops.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Self observation : the awakening of conscience : an owner’s manual / Red Hawk.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-1-890772-92-5 (trade pbk. : alk. paper)
1. Observation (Psychology) 2. Introspection.
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