Learning to recognize these consequences can help lead us to the source of them--the assumptions that govern our experience of life and of self. Whatever we believe about ourselves will be perceived as part of us. Since we are already programmed to believe in our assumptions and to regard their presence and effects as an aspect of ourselves, our inclination will be to excuse and defend them. In order to approach their dissolution with the necessary intent, we must clearly experience that the pain of these consequences is caused by our own assumptions. Only then will we be able to regard these beliefs and reactions as separate from us, and as unnecessary. Once it becomes clear that our assumptions and their consequences are indeed not our real-selves, our resistance begins to subside and we become empowered to let them go.
- Peter Ralston, The Book of Not Knowing
According to Ron Rathbun, author of The Silent Miracle (1999),
Upon learning to liberate yourself from your most obvious psychological baggage, you will realize that you are no longer being distracted by, or wasting time on, annoying thoughts and feelings; therefore, you will have more free time to enjoy yourself. It will seem as if time appears out of nowhere because you are no longer being consumed by your problems. You will begin to have time to really live your life and feel your connection with yourself and the word around you. You will begin to see sunrises as if for the first time. You will begin to notice the wind caressing your face. You will become more aware of the beauty of nature. All of life will appear sharper and more vibrant because your mind is calm enough to experience and feel the magnificence surrounding you.
It is here, that you may begin anew to enjoy the inner gift, to become most familiar with it, and in the process learn to more fully love yourself. The most wonderful thing about this discovery is that it has no age restriction. Therefore, you may delight in it regardless of your external conditions and at any point across your entire lifespan. So, go ahead and breakout!