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Awareness is the ability to detach ourselves from what the inner voice is saying and suggesting

overwhelming and appear much more important and real than the deeper feelings of truth or intelligence known by the self. Te self is stronger and can overcome the power of the thoughts generated by the voice. Tese thoughts create experiences that are the result of some insecure thinking. Neill explains we usually feel our

thinking and not our life. Te thinking generated by the voice of the inner roommate is what Singer refers to. Te feelings are real but, because they are based on our thoughts and past experi- ence and not the truth of now, the way we are seeing our life therefore is not real.

Negative thoughts

Negative feelings do, however, give us an insight into the state of our mind. Negative thoughts reflect our energy levels and can be used to check whether we need to slow down. If we are experiencing something

negative, we need to see what is causing it. Doing this helps to realise it is only our thinking and reaction

to an event we are experiencing, the thinking generated by the voice of the inner roommate. Once we do this, it loses its power over us. We can never control our thoughts or stop them coming up. We can, however, control our reaction to them and refuse to be drawn into them. Changing our view of, and our re-

lationship to, our thoughts helps us to change something fundamental about the nature of what we may be experi- encing at any given time. Once we real- ise this, our relationship and reaction to that experience shifts. As a result of that shift, life begins to change. We will always have unpleasant

thoughts. To change, we need to wake

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