This talk introduces the first obstacle that must be contended with in the process of liberating the mind from distress and confusion–the Five Hindrances–disturbances in the ability to clearly perceive how the mind creates a self-experience, either through cognitive distortion or an imbalance of energy flow in consciousness.  Various ways to redirect the energy of attention away from the hindrances are suggested which will support the process of Awakening.  Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  2022 Setting Aside The Five Hindrances