“To us Jim’s teaching is most similar to Eckhart Tolle, but unlike Tolle, who had an unexpected spontaneous awakening, Jim’s awakening came after years of spiritual seeking. His book, End Your Story, Begin Your Life, makes his teaching easy to relate to and his guidance down-to-earth and helpful.”
Lyra Mayfield & Charlie Stein, Boulder, CO
“This is the real deal. Such a beautiful teaching. So lucid and clear.”
Erich Schiffmann, yoga master, author of
Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness
The revolutionary practice… simple… powerful… amazingly effective…
End Your Story Begin Your Life is an inspiring, life-transforming guide to the depth of inner freedom also known as awakening, enlightenment, or self-realization.
Through his words and his presence on every page of this eBook, Jim Dreaver, a former student of European spiritual master, Jean Klein, teaches the revolutionary three-step practice that helps you stop identifying with the stories inside your head (which aren’t real), and awaken to your true nature, to the peace, love, and creative joy within you:
Step 1: Learn To Welcome Your Experience. Normally we avoid, deny, resist, or try to push away unwanted experiences, but if you are in conflict, upset, or suffering, you must learn to accept it, and ultimately, welcome it. After all, it is showing you where you are not yet free.
Step 2: Notice The Story. Behind every reactive emotion, whether it is stress, self-doubt, guilt, anger, envy, jealousy, loneliness, anxiety, depression, or fear there is always a story, belief, or thought. You must examine the stories that run you. Play out the worst-case scenarios.
Then realize they are only that—made-up stories, imagined worst-case scenarios—and that you are the awareness behind the story. If it helps, you can remind yourself: “I am not my story... I am the pure awareness that is present right now...”
Step 3: Be Present. Now take a deep, slow breath, and relax into the feeling of being present. Observe any residual feelings or emotions, but don’t create a new story around them. Be the awareness behind the story. Notice how “you,” as an aware being, the witness, are still very much here. Feel the shift in your energy, the new sense of ease and well-being. Feel how you are more truly present, more centered and grounded. You see everything anew, and can deal with what’s in front of you from a place of confidence and strength.
In time, as you get freer, you will inevitably inquire into this “me,” this “I” that you take yourself to be. This is the “fourth” step needed to fully awaken. When you see that it is just a story too, the story-teller, your emotional energy harmonizes and living becomes rich in meaning, love, and purpose. Then the stories in your life become a whole lot more fun, and you use the power of them, of your goals and dreams, to create what you are passionate about.