LIGHTNING RELEASES: Phoenix, AZ (5/28/2014) – The iconic phrase first uttered by French philosopher René Descartes: “I think, therefore I am.” With five simple words, Descartes placed man’s sense of identity firmly in the mind and forever altered the direction of human history.

We tend to believe our mind – that voice in our head when we’re thinking – is who we really are, but how often does that voice produce anything relevant or useful? Society has trained us to multitask our thoughts away from the present moment, so we dwell on the past, hope for the future and treat today as something to get through. But the past and future only exist in your mind.

James Westly is a licensed psychotherapist and the author of My Journey to Now Plus Tools for the Seeker: A Spiritual Memoir, the remarkable story of his pursuit for higher consciousness by separating thought from self.

“You are not your mind. Your mind is something you have, a tool,” explains Westly. “It’s probably the most powerful tool we know of in the universe, but we don’t use it correctly. We ask it to do things it cannot do like predict the future or produce original thought. Ask anyone who has created or discovered anything: the mind is the obstacle.”

Westly says he completely withdrew from society at the age of 35 to study higher consciousness at the Gurdjieff Ouspensky Center in Northern California. Years later he would mainstream his spiritual practice, earning a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Phoenix. Westly has been practicing psychotherapy since 1986.

As a therapist, Westly specializes in the practice and dissemination of techniques to awaken and develop the Human Spirit. Westley teaches his clients how to stop thought and focus their mind fully into the present moment through a very powerful concentration meditation that demonstrates your mind is not who you are.

“I call my approach to therapy Presence Therapy,” says Westly. “I’ve used the tools of higher consciousness to develop healing modalities and I can heal all the things you would come to a therapist for using these techniques. I’m on a mission to help people awaken. They don’t know what they’ve bargained for when they sign up with me.”

According to Westly, our lives are governed by fear. We are the product of fear, and everywhere we go we are faced with fear.

“Fear is one of two fundamental human emotions. The other is love. If we learn how to stop thought, there is no fear,” says Westly. “So we have to train people to change their perception of reality. There is no future except what you create. All we have is now.”

Close-Up Talk Radio will feature James Westly in an interview with Jim Masters on May 30th at 2pm EST.

Listen to the show If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.

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