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Entering What Is

When you maintain a memory of “what was” while processing in parallel “what is,” you end up with a sense of self.

When you let go of “what was” and just stay with “what is,” the sense of separate self disappears.

It is not that difficult to experience this kind of ego-death for a split second.

When this way of being/non-being goes on autopilot, the subjective distinction between you and the Universe at large disappears.

Entering What Is

Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Somov has conducted numerous workshops on mindfulness-related topics and appeared on a number of radio programs. Somov's book website is and his practice website is

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).

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APA Reference
Somov, P. (2017). Entering What Is. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 21, 2018, from


Last updated: 21 Dec 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Dec 2017
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