• Hi Blake,

    I am super interested in taking this course. I meet all requirements except – Minimum of 7 days experience in residential silent intensive meditation retreat experience (this does not need to be consecutive days).

    Unfortunately, I do not have this experience and I plan to do it sometime in future. But, for this course i was wondering…[Read more]

  • I have a few technical queries to understand introspective awareness. Could you please be kind enough to provide guidance.

    Lets just take example of Introspective awareness of content of mind: I understand this is the awareness of thoughts, emotions, ideas etc appearing in Peripheral awareness.

    To be crystal clear on this topic of cultivating…[Read more]

  • Hello Blake and Bobby,

    Thank you so much for taking your time and providing me guidance. It took me a while to digest this information. This is excellent. When attention hones in on the snapshot of the introspective awareness it creates a conceptual state of the mind. There is no singular thing called state of mind that attention can hone into.…[Read more]

  • Hi Blake,
    Thank you so much for the reply. I really appreciate your guidance.

    I now understand that checking in is meant to be brief and the purpose is to just briefly take a snap shot of what’s happening in the mind to strengthen introspective awareness and check for gross distractions.
    I also understand we cannot attend to attention (…[Read more]

  • Hi Blake ,

    Trust me I have read and re read your explanation many times. But I am still not very clear on “introspective attention”.

    Hoping I am clear in expressing my thought this time:

    In the first interlude it is mentioned – “If you do turn your attention introspectively, it takes a ‘snapshot’ from peripheral awareness of your mental sta…[Read more]

  • Hello Blake,

    Thank for all your help so far. So, I have been meditating daily and have reached Stage 4. One question that’s still comes to my mind is regarding checking in –

    If you do turn your attention introspectively, it takes a ‘snapshot’ from peripheral awareness of your mental state right before you looked.”

    Why does attention only ta…[Read more]

  • Thanks Blake.

    Is it safe to assume that the narrating mind produces the moments of attention with the activity and state of mind when we check in. Right? ? That’s why we can only notice a snapshot of what was happening in in the mind a few moments before I shifted attention.

  • Thanks Blake for the clear explaination.

    One last thing regarding checking in is that more often than not when I look internally in the mind with attention I don’t find anything. It’s blank. I don’t find any information on activity or stare of mind. Why would this happen? How do I correct it or am not I checking in properly?


  • Thanks Blake for the explanation.

    From what I experienced so far I feel that when awareness alerts me that attention has moved from breath to distraction I know it only when that realization becomes an object of attention. Another real life example is that if I am crossing the road and my awareness picks up a car it immediately alerts my…[Read more]

  • Hi Blake ,

    Your explanation totally makes sense and clarified most of my issues.

    In reference to my final note, I Just want to understand mechanics behind awareness acting as an “ watchful alert system” from a moment of consciousness model. Would you be able to explain this from using an example when awareness alerts you to gross dis…[Read more]

  • Thank you so much Blake for the kind explanation.

    If you could confirm or shed light on the following assessment I would appreciate it:

    Taking your example of birds – If I pay attention to birds it will increase my awareness of birds.

    If I pay attention to a certain bird then the sub mind will alert me to that bird via introspective…[Read more]

  • Hi Fredric,

    Yes I want to understand how the process of checking in works from a mind system model. And also want to understand the meaning of the sentence” attention trains and strengthens introspective awareness”.

    Question 1. – does the statement mean attention trains the submind? Is this what you mean by “attention trains awareness ”? Do…[Read more]

  • Hello,

    I would like to thank you for making me a part of this forum. I have been practicing and reading the Mind Illuminated from a couple of months. I would like to ask 2 questions that have been plaguing me from a technical aspect. If you could shed some light it would immensely help me!

    Question 1

    I am getting confused by this statement in…[Read more]