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The Illusion of Self – The Coaching Room

The Moment Seven Model

This article is based on commentary regarding the Samadhi movie, Maya, the Illusion of Self. The video is steeped in strong Eastern spiritual information and uses metaphors and imagery suitable for Western consumption.  It segues from East to West and to the development of the Moment Seven systematic approach to awakening.

The purpose and evolution of the Moment Seven is a model to reach enlightening and awakening.  It is a systematic approach to awakening that tends to negate grace and simply hoping that one is worthy for the process of awakening. It directly and pragmatically requires humanity to make an effort by providing a system to follow to your actual outcome. It is based on meta-reality, critical realism, and dialectics to give us a model of negation and a clear process to achieve awakening.

As with Maya, the illusion of being, people tend to be vested in an identity tied to what they do. Our desire is for the occupant to become somebody that is valuable and worthy of love from people and relationships that are not really there in the First Moment.  We are conditioned to believe we are Moments Two and Three and we spend the formative part of our lives invested in becoming what is not real.



Reality Versus Illusion

Starting at the bottom of the model is the First Moment which is reality as it is, the first order. In NLP, this would be the objective reality. It is the moment before birth, the pre-human moment of perfection.

Next, we move into the start of the illusion in Moment Two, with the thinking being, and Moment Three, the feeling being. Moment Two and Moment Three are the illusion of self, accompanied by suffering. Maya, the illusion of self, is the embodiment and mistake of Moment Two thinking and the investment in the thinking being of Moment Three.

Inside the illusion, we are caught in our understanding of Western enlightenment, science, and knowledge. From a spiritual perspective, people are caught in the Moment Two of thinking and understanding, and knowing the self. The energetic experiences associated with self and thinking become a twisted circle in the system of Moment Two and Three. Through generalisations, the occupant tends to think that it knows who the human being actually is.  A good percentage of awakened human beings and spiritual seekers sense that they are awake and feel they have reached their enlightenment realisation when they are actually in a very clever Moment Two / Moment Three combination.

The Process of Samadhi

Moving up into Moment Four, we come to the apex of the circle as we start the process of Samadhi, bringing together the mind.  We start to shed the egoic embodiment. In Moment Four, Samadhi shows the state of being human in contrast to Moment Two and Moment Three, human doing.

Moment four is the departure from knowing through Moment Two and knowing through feeling.  Moment Four begins with the recognition that it can only happen through realisation and not through recognising. It is not an understanding, it is a process of awakening through awareness.  This is where dialectics comes in to bring about the truth of what is not actually there.


Through the Moment Four self-realisation, you can unfold into Moment Five, witness and spirituality. The occupant or embodied personality is reabsorbed at Moment Five. This happens initially in Moment Four where there is still some semblance of the occupant in the early stages.

It begins with seeing through the investment in identity and a realisation that these things are transient and constructed. In moments of stillness, there is a sense of awareness that can be accessed. This is part of the awakening process into Moment Four self-realisation. Here, you begin to see what you’re not as self-realisation is the negation of who you believe yourself to be. This process of undoing is necessary for us to be able to reflect on the structures and formation in Moment Two and the energy and motion in Moment Three.

The conviction of your history starts to clear out as you bring in the ontological practices and awareness of Moment Four. Half of moment four is looking at Moments Two and Three, while the other half is recognising the ontological truth of you that facilitates the truth of Moment Five. There is still a very subtle sense of individuality as we move toward the end of Moment Five and to Moment Six.  

Universal Realisation

Moment Six begins universal realisation.  This is the God realisation and the classic embodiment and expression of the Bodhisattva vow.  This resonates within the person leading to Moment Seven as the individual awakens to a view of reality with a nondual or trans dualistic lens going back to the First Moment which is the duality of the human condition.

As that happens, Moment Six organically comes online in an engaged causal reality where there is the recognition of the singularity of being. In this state, nothing is necessary, and everything is available.  From this process, the clearing into Moment Seven is simply an individual human being with all of the illusions of duality removed, going back to the First Moment as it was at birth.

Spiritual Retreat

The Coaching Room offers a seven-day spiritual retreat in Sydney that explores the Moment Seven model in depth. This is a learning space with each day dedicated to a particular moment. We begin with Moment Two on the first day and end with Moment One on the seventh day, at which point we will have deeply explored the entire system ontologically and epistemologically. This is a profound and simple, yet pragmatic systematic approach to your own awakening to classical enlightenment.


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