An Empty Mind – The Way Of Illumination

I would like to share some beautiful words that arrived in my mailbox today, written by my own Coach and Founder of Transformative Coach Institute, Joshua Elijah Benavides.

I hope they inspire you just as much as they inspired me:

‘In life, you can either learn through suffering and pain or through love and joy.

Suffering and pain come when you’re not paying attention to the wisdom of your Soul.

Ease, insight and flow come when you’re listening deeply and following the guidance within you.

This is the Way of Illumination.

It is the way of being open and receptive to Life’s insight and guidance.

There will be times when you feel lost. 

It’s at these times that you may feel most compelled to try to escape your life through food, entertainment, sex, drugs and pretty much anything that may make the pain go away temporarily.

The problem with this approach is that you’re engaged in a self-perpetuating loop, one aimed at attempting to get rid of the feeling you’re experiencing.

This is simply another way of being in a state of not listening, not seeking to understand and not being available to what this feeling is trying to tell you about you, your life and your state of being.

Every state of being, every feeling, is your wisdom speaking to you.

Your wisdom is speaking to you 24/7.

The question is: Are you listening?

The Way of Illumination is the way of insight.

Insight comes when we’re receptive and welcoming of its presence.

Insight comes when we’re present with a clear, empty mind.

Insight cannot come when your mind is full and cluttered with thoughts of tomorrow and yesterday.

Insight is a gift of the Now.

And the Now is just another word for your Consciousness, that ever-present part of you that is simply aware.

When you are here, in this moment, as Consciousness, as yourself prior to thoughts, you are connected and available to receive the wisdom of the ages, the wisdom that will guide your life to its most beautiful expression.

When you are here, in this moment, as your thoughts, beliefs, opinions and judgements, you temporarily lose that sense of connection to your wisdom.

Instead, you see a world of thoughts that disguise themselves as your circumstances, conditions, other people etc.

The moment you slow down to Now, you will once again regain Vision and you will see that all your troubles and problems were only just thoughts you were believing to be true. Nothing more.

And from this space, you become open to new thoughts, new insights and new points of view.

There are an infinite number of points of views.

We live in an infinite universe. 

There is no one way to see anything.

Don’t get lost in trying to find the right way or the right answers.

Instead, pay attention to how you feel.

When you’re aligned with your wisdom, you feel wonderful. 

Being connected to your wisdom is being connected to your bliss. It feels warm, open, expansive in every direction. It feels deep, grounding and peaceful. It shows up as a knowing, an awe, a wonder.

This is always available to you.



The door is always open. 

But it is up to you to walk through it.


The only exchange is your current point of view, your current thoughts, opinions, judgements and evaluations.

Would you exchange your certainty in these thoughts…for not knowing?

Would you be willing to empty your cup so that it may be filled with new possibilities, new answers, new solutions?


An empty mind is the Way of Illumination.

An empty mind is the welcome sign for insight.

An empty mind is no mind at all.

It is simply awareness, consciousness, beingness, presence.

You have a capacity for insight that will never run out.

Insight is your guide.

It has always been here, helping you to see what you currently cannot see.

Nurture this relationship.

Be grateful that you have this guidance always available and you will be blessed with even more clear, loving and wise guidance.

This is the Way of Illumination.



Joshua Elijah Benavides
Founder of TCI – Transformative Coach Institute



Transformative Coach

Love & Blessings,

Luna Surya Joy

Transformative Life Coach | Functional Nutritionist (in training) |Founder/Director of Young Yogis® Academy | Creator of Yogadance® Kids Method | (Kids) Yoga Instructor | Biodanza/Vitaldanza Facilitator | Waldorf Primary School Teacher | Teacher Trainer | Profound Well-being Practitioner | Cat and Ice cream lover | Wife & Mother |Dutch | Traveling House sitter


  1. Kirsti

    Thank you for this inspirational post. I have learnt to trust my insight through yoga and Konmari method. The big decisions in life should be based on insight, how does something you feel. When choosing your lover / partner do you trust your insight or rational thoughts? Hopefully the answer is insight. Why should it be different with other big decisions in life, like choosing an occupation?

    1. Luna Joy

      Touché Kirsti, I totally agree. Follow what lights you up, your own intuition and wisdom. It takes fine-tuning and trust. Thanks you for stopping by.

  2. Mike Adkins

    This is Excellent and touches very strongly on feelings and understanding that I have had over the last 10 to 15 years, the gift of now and awareness of ones self is amazing and can be life changing. Your post is really accurate and has lovely and concise wording.
    Regards Mike

    1. Luna Joy

      Thank you Mike, and thanks for stopping by. I’m so glad you resonate so strongly with those words, written by Joshua Elijah Benavides. They are or can be life changing indeed.

  3. Jay

    Really powerful words on the mind. The mind is our guide and it speaks to us regularly. If we are intending to listen we can be guided to paths we never imagined we would take.
    If we want our minds to feed us with the right words then we also have to be willing to feed our minds with right positive thoughts and positive energy.

    1. Luna Joy

      If you mean with mind the Big Mind (the divine intelligence of the Universe or our own Wisdom), yes totally Jay! It takes deep listening indeed. So important to allow our minds to settle so we have access to this within ourselves. Thank you for stopping by.


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