How to Identify the Silent Observer
As one seeking spiritual enlightenment, you will try many ways to find or align your awareness to your true self. There is a way, a small experiment that you can do now to sense the awareness of what you are seeking.
Often writers and teachers will tell you that what you are is already within you. They will call it spirit, soul, God, true self and many other things. The truth is these things are not in you because it would create a duality—there would be you and it.
Your true self cannot be within in you no more than it can be outside of you. There is only the silent observer, the one who watches and listens, and says nor judges anything. It is just there and it knows what you are thinking—what you are feeling. It is always there because it is all that is. There is no separation between you and what you are thinking. You are the awareness, that knowing—thinking out loud in the chasms of your mind and body. You are the silence listening and feeling the rhythm of life in what you assume is your body.
To get a sense of this other thing that is part of your body try this:
Close your eyes for a couple of minutes. Begin to notice your mind thinking, but don’t concentrate on the thoughts. Now listen to the noises around you and don’t pay any attention to them. Do you smell anything, can you taste your own saliva. Are you comfortable and do you have any physical sensations—notice them!
Now, as you continue listening to your thoughts which are loud and crystal clear in your head—try to notice who is listening to your thoughts. Who is it in your head doing the listening? There is a presence there that is hearing everything. There is an awareness that knows what you are feeling or sensing. Who or what is this presence. You cannot ignore it, it is there. You are completely aware of everything that is going on in your body, but who are you—the one thinking or the one listening? This awareness is who you truly are. It is what you may call spirit, soul, or true self. It is what you have been looking for. It is why you meditate and pray. It is always there and you didn’t have to find it. It is the silent observer—the witness to your physical life. It is always in the background—it is not your ego or personality—it’s your true self.
Roy is a resident of British Columbia, Canada. An international published author, a student of NLP, spiritual philosopher, New Age Light Worker, Teacher and Phenomenologist. Roy's books and articles are thought provoking, and designed to empower your imagination.Review Roy's new book at: http://www.yourlifewasnevermeanttobeastruggle.com