I do not often go into or describe stressful experiences. The reason is that any success that I have had from talking or writing has come from describing my own life story and experiences in a way that is inspiring to me. What has always captured my attention is the great possibilities available to me and to any earnestly seeking individuals. We are after all looking to get out of harmful experiences. I always feel great when I am profoundly enthused about something in my life. Is this not what we all want? But frequently we feel that our achievements are limited and have only a small and transitory value. The experience of integrated perpetual well-being is considered out of reach, maybe even undesirable. Undesirable in that this inner evenness of awareness is sometimes thought of as flat and might override the excitement and passions of regular living. (Ask my wife if this has happened!) Of course we look for some kind of fulfillment in everything we do in work or play. The inner contentment of self-aware individuals does not hide any aspect of inner or outer life. Nor is it flat or in any way devoid of enthusiasm or excitement. It is a great disservice to the awakened experience to describe it in these limiting terms. Awakening establishes all aspects of our life, including the up-and-down extremes of regular life in relation to our own unbounded experience. Then there is no experience so over-powering that a expanded consciousness cannot effectively deal with it.