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Nicolai: Dear James, actually I have no questions for you. I had simply the impulse to write to you and offer to you all my gratitude for your wonderful work. I recognize the intelligence of your job, bringing to the Western world a true, tested, ancient and meaningful body of knowledge, which is absolutely different from the approach of many other modern teachers, enlightened or not, who involuntarily generate too much confusion to desperate seekers due to the lack a structured teaching.
This little “I” is living with a mixture of curiosity, peace and a subtle bliss, and I am happy standing as awareness. The little me is 52 years old, two divorces (living now with his third wife), a good childhood and a hard suffering later, no friends and never alone. Retrospectively, the path went through Ramana, Nisargadatta, David Carse (first glimpse of reality), Wei Wu Wei, many others. When your website was visited there was a direct recognition, a strong feeling of remembrance and something similar to love. I can’t explain it but I know it. I am waiting for your book.
Now, because I just recently realized who I am… or more exactly, who I am not… this knowledge will take years to effortlessly integrate into the little me. There are many mysteries, but it doesn’t matter. I think that the path never ends. There has been a shift of perspective that has not been dramatic. I am amazed by the previous strong and false identification with the apparent body-mind entity. Grace caused the non-identification. There is a sense of love which is new for me; it is not the same love that one feels for people. There is a sense of clarity and a lack of interest in daily work (that should be corrected) and a great interest to stay in silence.
Again, thanks. Your work is a glory for humanity.
~ Love, Nicolai
James: Hi, Nicolai. Very nice to hear from you. This is such an eloquent and powerful letter. I appreciate it very much. This kind of letter makes my day. I am happy that the book has had such a good impact on you. It will take time to integrate the knowledge, but it is inevitable because the shift to awareness from the little “I” has taken place. But as you say, there is no hurry. Just turn your attention to awareness whenever an obstacle develops and it will hasten the integration. Good luck with everything.