Summary of John Butler ‘Discovering Stillness – Part 1’ Interview by Iain McNay.

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John Butler discusses his journey to discovering stillness, which has led to a more peaceful and successful life. He describes how stillness has helped him to overcome negative thoughts, connect with his spiritual side, and find true happiness.

  • 00:00:00 John Butler tells of how his father taught him to observe nature and pay attention to what he was doing, which has helped him in his work. His mother also contributed to his upbringing, teaching him about Russian hearts and how to care for a household. John tells of how, when he was sent to boarding school, he found his solitude and balance again by praying when needed.
  • 00:05:00 John Butler describes his time as an Army officer, farmer, and volunteer agriculturist in Peru. He reflects on the importance of discovering stillness and committing to doing good in life.
  • 00:10:00 John Butler discusses his discovery of stillness and how it helped him to overcome fear and achieve success.
  • 00:15:00 John Butler describes discovering stillness, which led to a deeper understanding of the spiritual dimension. He explains that this discovery was a starting point for a journey of self-discovery that has led to greater peace and understanding in his life.
  • 00:20:00 John Butler "discovered stillness" in his 30s, and this discovery led him to explore different forms of meditation. He eventually found Buddhist meditation, which helped him overcome negative thoughts and assumptions about his career, city life, and Christianity.
  • 00:25:00 John Butler's life changed when he realized that his love of farming and meditation were not mutually exclusive. After selling his farm and moving to the city, he found stillness in the midst of chaos.
  • 00:30:00 John Butler "Discovering Stillness – Part 1" Interview provides an example of how the experience of "stillness" can lead to a shift in perspective and open up a doorway to a deeper understanding of oneself.
  • 00:35:00 John Butler discusses his discovery of stillness and how it helped him to release his sense of separation and find true oneness. He also discusses the difficulty of practicing stillness in a society that offers many false paths.
  • 00:40:00 John Butler's time in Africa altered his view of life, and he now believes that the only way to find true happiness is to be in a state of stillness. He discusses this idea in a video interview, and describes his experiences living in the wide open spaces of Africa.
  • 00:45:00 John Butler discusses his journey of self-discovery, which included meditation and studying with a teacher in America. After being exposed, he experienced a profound change and became more aware of his ego.
  • 00:50:00 John Butler describes his experience of a "breakthrough" in which he realized that he was not alone in his struggles with depression, and that he could find help from others. He recalls a time when he was driving into the desert, and felt the presence of Jesus beside him. This experience led to him writing a poem about his experience, and eventually beginning to heal from his depression.

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