End Your Story, Begin Your Life
“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
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 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
Essentially, my life since that spring of 1995 has been a smooth, harmonious flow. This is what happens when you wake up: you are always in the flow, and it basically always feels good. There is little emotional reactivity because you are not holding onto any personal story which could trigger a reaction. You truly are identified with being, with the consciousness which is your true nature. You feel deeply humbled, and immensely grateful.
When the daily problems and challenges of life arise, as inevitably they do, you just face them from a clear, grounded, open, and present space. For example, consider what happened to me.
Between September, 2003 and the end of January, 2004 I experienced a health crisis which literally turned my life upside down. I had three strokes, each worse than the last. The third stroke landed me in the hospital for six days, four in intensive care. When I came out, I couldn’t move the right side of my face, my right arm and hand were severely impaired, I walked with a limp on the right side, and I had difficulty thinking and speaking.
While I was recovering, people who didn’t know me very well would say things like, “Gosh, it must have been really scary for you,” or “You must have been terrified.” But the truth was, I wasn’t afraid. After all, I had already realized my true nature, years before. I knew myself as pure consciousness, that which was not born and does not die. When you live knowingly as the awareness you are, fear and other negative emotions cannot touch you, other than momentarily. I tell the story of my strokes and subsequent recovery at the end of the last chapter, in the section called “Facing Life’s Challenges.”
As I see it, this is the litmus test of our awakening, our enlightenment: how we deal with life’s changes and challenges. The more unconscious and unaware we are, the more such challenges will cause us to spiral down into fear, unhappiness, depression, despair, suffering, and misery. The more conscious and aware we are, the more we will discern the difference between real and imaginary challenges.
From this place of clarity and present-time awareness, we will deal with whatever actual challenge may be confronting us, meeting it calmly and confidently, with wisdom and love. Whether it is a relationship issue or conflict, a work problem, a financial crisis, a health situation, a natural disaster unfolding, or a terrorist act in the making, we will draw upon all the creative powers at our disposal to address it. We will stay with it and respond to its call for as long we need to.
This is how we deal with a crisis or a challenge when we are awake. This is why awakening is so important for humanity.