The Secret Liberating Power of Self-Observation
The Secret Liberating Power of Self-Observation
  • Posted: August 22, 2016
  • 449 words
Key Lesson

Taking thought is the futile attempt to harmonize an "event" that is already come and gone -- and with it the reason for its appearance that can't be separated from your purpose in that same moment.


The purpose of all true teachings has always been to help make us aware that seeking the higher life through mind-made ideals is like trying to row a raft to the stars. Once this understanding is clear, we no longer spend our vital energies trying to think ourselves into some happiness or greatness as we conceive it.

Christ often spoke of the futility of using thought as a foundation for knowing our True Self. In countless ways he asked, "What man, taking thought, can add one cubit to his stature?" To his disciples he taught, "take no thought for the morrow." And yet, as significant as his mindful teachings may have been in days past, they are meaningless to us today unless we're able to discover, for ourselves, the freedom and fearlessness of the thought-free life. Can such a lofty life level be attained? Yes!

Please understand that we're not talking about giving up and living an empty, thoughtless life. No, we're not. But this is exactly what the "me" mind will whisper to us in its secretly worried, self-serving thoughts.

To free ourselves from this imposter nature and its imposed reality of whirling thoughts and feelings, we are called to see that its world is not the same as ours. This discovery begins with the conscious action of deliberately stepping back from our thoughts. We become an observer of ourselves, watchful of both the content -- and the intent -- of everything arising from our own mind and heart.

Practice self-observation by becoming aware, right now, without thinking about it, that you are thinking. See that there are thoughts and feelings coursing through you. As you watch their movements, be their silent witness. Just observe.

To observe yourself, assume no position on the thoughts and feelings you see moving through you. Don't put yourself on either side of any thought's content. In other words, be neither for nor against any thought with any other thought. And should you get temporarily caught in the web of any thinking, then watch that event with impartial intent and simply start over. Just let your awareness of these thoughts and feelings be there.

The foundation of self-observation is a higher self-awareness that puts you in direct contact with a new and superior Intelligence, a silent wisdom that immediately goes to work in your favor. This initial level of a free mind knows exactly what to do with all that passes before it. It can see the mindless, self-serving antics of the "me" mind coming from a thousand miles away... which is the same as taking you out of harm's way. For this elevated nature, incisive actions are effortless... and require no thought.

Excerpted From: Freedom From the Ties That Bind, pages 42-45

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