Look closely for all of the inner gold locked within the wisdom of the following fact. Your extra efforts here will pay off handsomely. If you can’t see some thought or feeling as it goes through you, then you don’t have the choice whether to be that thought or feeling or not.
Before we can choose not to compromise ourselves, we must first become acutely aware of those thoughts of ours that may be holding some secret seed of self-defeat.
For example, these harmful inner voices and emotional forces may tell us to resent someone or to hate our life; or to give up, and accept fear as a way of life. Our own thoughts may instruct us, without our ever knowing it, to cling to doubts or to jump headlong into pools of self-pity and because we don’t know there’s any alternative, we do as we’re instructed. What we don’t know yet, but what we’re learning even now, is that we can wake up right in the middle of these mental ordeals.
“I’ve had a few moments being aware of my own thoughts, but it doesn’t seem to me like anything’s happening when I watch. And there have been other times when I felt very uncomfortable with what I saw within myself. What should I do?”
Just keep going. Your persistent wish to silently watch your own thoughts and feelings cannot be denied. So have no concern that your initial efforts to be self-observing may not reveal that much about yourself. Which brings us to an important point. Never mistake any discovery about yourself for being yourself. In other words, don’t look at your present level of insight, whatever it may be, as being a negative. Instead, observe it as a fact that’s for you, not against you.
There are many mistaken notions dwelling there in the darkness of the unawakened mind. To think they won’t squeal as you bring this light to bear on them would be naive on your part. But, with the persistent practice of self-observation, you can even learn to use the mind’s howling to live thought-free.
To begin with, always take a conscious step back from anything which howls at you from within. Once removed, in this special fashion, now see that any shriek of discomfort, worry, anxiety or shame can never be a part of who you really are. It’s time for you to realize the freedom in this discovery. It can be done. Others have gone before you.
1. Casually, but definitely, consciously defy any feeling that tells you you’re stuck with it.
2.Stepping back from your own thoughts and learning to watch them is the same as stepping up to a free mind.
3.Being receptive to a higher fact about yourself lifts you to the level of that insight where the fact you once feared no longer frightens you, just as eagles don’t fear sharks.