The Nine Tiles

The contents of this website and its companion site, Tile9, are made up of nine areas distilled from the work I have done over the last 20 years. Those areas, or Tiles as they are depicted, guide you through what you will encounter, or what you need to be aware …

One Instruction: Let Go

This post is an intriguing example of what happens when you let go. It reaffirms the old issues of how easily the mind can dominate; how convinced we can be by its stories; how it takes effort and intent to release ourselves from their entanglement; and how life really looks …

Five Years Later

When I began, there was no thought about making it beyond the first 100 days. However, the more I carried on, the more inevitable it became. Each milestone made it easier to continue, and each played its part in carrying me to where I am now, five years later. I …

A Shift Of Perspective

In the previous post, I talked about how it can take years for certain steps to be taken, even when things seem to be in place for progress to occur. Sometimes we are simply not ready. This is due in part to our conviction that the way we see the …

The Silence Was Beautiful

Before leaving for the retreat, I reasoned that the silence might take a day or two to get used to. How wrong I was. Even in my initial distraction on that first afternoon, I felt as though I had come home. Nobody talking, no eye contact, no communication of any kind. Just …

Effortless & Empty

After the challenge from the previous day, day four felt more normal as I became increasingly familiar with the state of pure awareness (or is-ness). I was never there for extended periods, and I felt no exultation, but in the calmness there was peace. And some relief. The excitement of …

Jonathan Lewis

Coach & Trainer

Founder of The Instruction Manual and author of the book 'Evolution by Natural Reflection', Jonathan coaches individuals and groups, guiding and supporting them through the process of discovery as they write their own Instruction Manual.