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There is a single basic principle which runs like a thread through all these higher contemplation exercises. It is this: if we can desert the thoughts of particular things, the images of particular objects raised by the senses in the field of consciousness, and if we can do this with complete and intelligent understanding of what we are doing and why we are doing it, then such desertion will be followed by the appearance of its own accord of the element of pure undifferentiated Thought itself; the latter will be identified as our innermost self.

-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation > Chapter 7 : Contemplative Stillness > # 9

-- Perspectives > Chapter 23: Advanced Contemplation > # 40