Excerpts of Edward Salim Michael’s Teaching

Edouard Salim Michael
1998

It is a new formulation, but at the same time deeply traditional of the Perennial Philosophy as outlined in the book of the same name of Aldous Huxley.

As he usually is, the human being is cut off from his Divine Source. He must know this Source by direct experience in meditation, or, in other words, when experiencing illumination. It is the purpose of life and this goal cannot be reached after death, because we need the conditions of the manifested world to achieve it. The greatest mystics of different religions have all pursued this goal, their writings reflect the similarity of their ultimate experience.

Edward Salim Michael addresses his teaching to the seeker or the aspirant who is, as he said, “someone who has embarked on a spiritual path to try to find his True Identity, a state of Vast Consciousness, already present in him, but obscured by his ordinary mind and the clouds of his incessant thoughts. It is a man or a woman who struggles for enlightenment and his emancipation. “

Presentation of Some Topics :

1 –  The potential for inner evolution

The human being has within him the potential for inner evolution, only through which will he be able to find the happiness and fulfillment for which he has been seeking externally in vain.

Consciously or unconsciously, we live in constant dissatisfaction. Pleasures are short-lived; people and things imperfect. Our fragile body, which needs to be nourished and protected, is subject to illness, ageing and death. We are constantly lost in a mental world filled with immediate preoccupations with which to deal, and life passes by in this way until the day death raises its head to face us, without our understanding the meaning of our time spent on this Earth, nor what awaits us after the disintegration of our physical body.

However, the human being has within him the potentialities which would enable him to find both the answers to the mystery of the world and the ultimate satisfaction he has been seeking in vain. It is possible for him to access other levels of consciousness, and in this way discover the Divine Source from which he is usually disconnected.
To know this Source by a direct experience, in other words, to reach enlightenment, is the goal of earthly life. This objective cannot be achieved after death because we require the conditions of the external world to attain it.

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2 – Awakening from a Foggy State of Inner Chatter

To arrive at this experience, the seeker must awaken from the foggy state of inner chatter in which he is internally immersed and which he considers to be normal. He needs to stop the flood of uncontrolled thoughts which follow one another in his mind without respite.

3 – Recognizing a Moment of True Presence

It is possible to experience a moment of true presence through special concentration achieved by the use of exercises, such as those to which Salim Michael gave exposition in his books. Indeed, only by continuous concentration will the seeker be able to sense the difference relative to his ordinary state, and begin to feel in what way he usually “sleeps” inside himself without knowing it.

4 – The Vital Role of Attention

It is from the moment the aspirant has clearly felt this difference between his usual state of “waking sleep,” where he passively follows the associations of thoughts and images which follow one another without respite in his mind, and another state of being where he is attentive, present and conscious of himself in a way which is not usual for him, that he will know in which direction to carry his efforts forward.
He will then see for himself the difficulty of remaining in this state of inner presence, because the slightest thought, the slightest preoccupation, the most fleeting desire suffice to sweep him away again and make him plunge back into his “waking sleep.”

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5 – The Inner Sound – The Nada

The seeker requires concentration aids. Bodily sensation and attention to breathing comprise two excellent methods of returning to oneself in a continual now. In addition to these two aids, there is a particularly effective one to reduce inner chatter: it is the inner sound, the Nada as it is called in India, which can be heard inside the ears and head. This inner Sound known to Buddhist and Hindu traditions is regarded in the Shurangama Sutra as the means, par excellence, of attaining Awakening. Salim Michael relied on this specific method to reach Awakening.

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6 – The Practice of Meditation

Staying motionless for some time during the day is necessary to detach oneself from the impressions which constantly assail us from the outside world, in order to remain empty and available internally in a continual nowness. This requires the seeker’s continual attention and renunciation of the thoughts which will keep on appearing and conflicting with his desire to remain concentrated.

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7 – Unifying Body, Mind and Feeling

The seeker will be greatly assisted in this subtle combat with himself by understanding the importance of uniting his body, mind and feeling. Normally, one is always divided within oneself. One must learn to be whole – at least at certain times – if there is to be any hope for crossing a certain threshold by detaching oneself from what one usually is.


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8 – Habits and Tendencies

Nevertheless, resistance evolving from habit and gravity will appear in him. It is by understanding what is at stake for him that he will be able to succeed in summoning up his interest to surmount these refusals which will continually arise in him for a long time yet.

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9 – A Spiritual Practice Must Be a Preparation for Death

When the seeker manages to remain concentrated for a sufficiently long period, it will be possible for him to recognize at least the premise of a screen of luminous consciousness which is his true being. He will then realize that it is possible for him to exist without his body, which will be of invaluable assistance in order to face the decisive moment when he will have to leave his bodily envelope.

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10 – The Sense of Mystery

To keep his practice alive, the seeker must stimulate and renew his interest by cultivating a sense of mystery.
To keep the sense of mystery within oneself is to feel that what we are seeking is infinitely beyond us; that the meaning of the practice and the insights which we gain from it is always to be called into question so we do not limit ourselves to predetermined answers, even those given by Salim. He always kept to a very high degree the sense of mystery of the Universe within himself, the mystery of our presence on this Earth, of this work on ourselves, and so on.

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11 – The Fruits of Practice

If the seeker can succeed in maintaining an intense state of presence to himself both in meditation and in active life, he will start to reach beyond the boundaries of space and time and know spiritual experiences which will forever transform his understanding of himself and the world which surrounds him.

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12 – Enlightenment is not liberation

There exist several degrees of illumination. If the aspirant has known this experience, i.e., he has unmistakably recognized at least some degree of the higher side of his nature, his work will nevertheless have to continue on another level. Indeed, illumination is not liberation. From that time on, he will have patiently to fight to return again and again to this screen of pure Luminous Consciousness which he will have recognized in himself until he manages to remain there permanently. Only then will he have achieved the liberation of his state of being and ordinary consciousness and will he have conquered death which is not to be found at the physical level.

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Although all the great spiritual traditions attest to the difficulty of the task, it is nevertheless possible to succeed, as did Edward Salim Michael.
The path taught by Edward Salim Michael is the one he followed, without any sort of dogma; personal comprehension and direct experience are its characteristics.

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