Author: Alain Herriott

To become whole


The Tao te Ching says: “If you want to become whole, let yourself be partial.  If you want to become straight, let yourself be crooked…..”  They mean we most often learn by comparison.  In effect we can’t perceive the concept of being straight unless there is some awareness of being crooked.  As the mind quiets through allowing the sensation within ourself to arise, that which felt partial becomes whole and so on.  We are now more and more at peace, balanced and in harmony with our surroundings.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

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Listening to our self talk

So much of our life is spent in listening to our self talk and believing it.  It’s not that what it is saying is good or bad, it’s that it never stops, no rest.  That is what drives us nuts.  In order to bridge the gap between the overactive mind and a harmonious state, we simply feel the sensations within us that are always there.  Feeling our feelings vs simply talking about them brings us into “presence” and balance in our lives. ~Alain & Jody Herriott

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The Lazy Man’s Guide

In The Lazy Mans Guide to Enlightenment, Thaddeus Golas says: Enlightenment doesn’t care how you get there.  So many rules are told to us about how we have to do something in order to be worthy. When things are balanced the how is less important than the willingness to embrace possibility. The sheer act of beginning our search for who we really are is the first step on this path, and whatever takes you there is exactly the path to follow.  No judgement, simply the pursuit of self.  Feeling and the unfolding of inner judgement is the way we have found that works beautifully on the path of self discovery.  Enjoy ~Alain & Jody Herriott

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Nothing is as soft

The Tao te Ching says:  Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water. Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible, nothing can surpass it. Each time we feel a feeling, truly allowing it to be experienced, we are beginning to balance ourselves.  With each repetition we dissolve a layer of resistance to what we see or are upset about.  Eventually we are balanced.  Mind and body are integrated and we are at peace.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

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Living in resistance

Most of us are living a life of resistance. We resist certain thoughts, people and memories. In The Wonder Method, these resistances become opportunities. Once we are aware we are resisting something we have the option to feel that sensation as oppposed to pushing it away. The act of feeling the sensations also makes it possible for those sensations to change and evolve, reducing our reaction to the original trigger. As TWM is applied the resistance gradually drops away (often a matter of minutes) and balance is the result. This approach is always available, it is simply a choice to feel or resist.  Enjoy ~Alain & Jody Herriott

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Being and non Being

We join spokes together in a wheel, but it is the center hole that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house, but it is the inner space that makes it livable.

We work with being, but non-being is what we use.

In our life we are always looking at what is around us and believe what we see there is what is useful.  Yet as the quote tells us how we choose to use something can be viewed from a very different perspective.  We can choose to draw from innovation, from a place of inspiration that moves well beyond the norm and many will say amazing, yet we know that living in that quiet space of non-being all possibilities exist.  Enjoy ~Alain & Jody Herriott

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Can you coax your mind from its wandering and keep the original oneness?…..  (Tao te Ching #10). There are so many views on oneness and what it means to be present.  This particular stanza for us means: will you allow yourself to simply experience you and let the mind relax? Reduce the mind’s focus, let the harmonious side of you come to the forefront and simply BE.  Feeling is what takes you there and will always support you. ~Alain & Jody Herriott.

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In the Tao te Ching

In the 2nd Tao te Ching it says “When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly.  When people see some things as good, other things become bad.” It goes on to say “Being and non being create each other.  Difficult and easy support each other….” Our judgement of circumstances cause internal conflict. If we view right and wrong as being absolute we get caught in the mind trap that there are no alternatives to the way we are living.  Yet if we choose to experience the gentle sensations inside of us, these seeming judgements begin to drop away and we again return to harmony and a life in balance.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

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Awakening. What does it mean

Awakening.  What does it mean? For us, within the experience of The Wonder Method exercises, it allows us to have a quiet mind, peacefulness and a sense of balance and wholeness.  Hand in hand with this is allowing ourselves to feel the sensations within knowing they lead us to an ever deeper experience of balance and happiness.  We encourage you to feel what is inside you and let it carry you to ever greater fulfillment. ~Alain & Jody Herriott

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The Nature of Being and the Tao te Ching

The Tao te Ching in Stephen Mitchells translation says in #2

When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly.  When people see some things as good, other things become bad.

Being and non-being create each other.  

Difficult and easy support each other.  Long and short define each other.

High and low depend on each other.  Before and after follow each other…….

Comparisons, in our lives we tend to compare most everything.  It is how we relate to different experiences and it is what underlies our need to Judge.  While these comparisons have their place, the need to be right or wrong, to justify an action, leads us deeper into drama vs balance.  The art of sensating is what allows us to move beyond the need to be right or wrong, to bypass the mind and enter being.  We invite you to feel the sensations that arise within you, especially when feeling conflict, and to let them change, evolve and in so doing allowing yourself to BE.

~Alain & Jody Herriott