John Saward – January 08, 2018 at 11:13PM

“As soon as her mind began withdrawing from deep samādhi, she detected a subtle movement of consciousness — almost imperceptible, at first — as it started to flow out from the mind’s essence, and move away from the center.

As the momentum of consciousness grew, she clearly observed a strong and immediate urge for the mind to turn its attention outward, in the direction of external perceptions. The tendency was so much a part of her nature that she had hardly noticed it before.

Suddenly, this conscious outflow stood out clearly against the background of the serene tranquility of the mind’s true essence. In order to reverse the normal course of consciousness and keep her awareness firmly centered inside, she was forced to put up a mighty struggle against its out-flowing inclination.

She thought of Ajaan Mahā Boowa and reflected on his severe admonitions. Now certain that he was right, she renewed her resolve to rein in her mind’s wayward tendencies.”

— Mae Chee Kaew, by Bhikkhu Dick Sīlaratano

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