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Topics of the day:

1. Meditation: you are the consciousness

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Date: Sat, 29 May 1999 15:09:01 -0400
From: Mehran Sam <msam@HMS.HARVARD.EDU>
Subject: Meditation: you are the consciousness

You are not limited to your sense perceptions, your thoughts, or your
feelings. You are the infinite awareness.
The more you identify yourself with the Inner Witness, the freer you are
and the more potential you have to control your body, mind, and emotions.


http://www.meditationsociety.com/week2.html


Who Are You? What Is Your Real Self?

Before we discuss who your Real Self is, we must understand who you are not:

You are not your body

You are not your mind

You are not your emotions

Here's why: Your body was first simply one cell that began dividing. Then
you were a fetus, then a
baby, a toddler, a child, a teen, a young adult, middle-aged and finally
old. That means you have
never been consistently in just one type of body over the long term. But
even in any given moment,
your atomic and sub-atomic composition is in a never-ending changing mode.
Every inhalation brings
trillions of atoms into your body and with every exhale, trillions leave.
You have never been your
body. Your body has never been a stable thing that you could call your own
and possess for any
given amount of time and yet you have maintained an identification with
your body. When you think it
looks good, you feel good. If someone says your body doesn't look right in
their eyes, you get
depressed. You constantly seek ways to stimulate the sense receptors in
your body in ways that you
have judged to be pleasant, but you have never found a lasting pleasurable
sensation from these sense
sensations. For instance, you seek to find pleasure from your taste buds
and get and eat a chocolate
ice cream cone. The sensation seems wonderful but soon after, you find you
want another sense
sensation and the chocolate sensation was at best just a momentary good
thing and at worst, the cause
of a stomach ache, a dripped-on or soiled garment, or even a weight gain.
So, why do you chase after
visual, tactile, sonar, odorous and tasty excitement and pleasure? Because
you have an inate
subconscious understanding that bliss is your eternal abode. But trying to
experience bliss through
the body is a mistake, a misunderstanding, an act of ignorance of your Real
Identity.

When you have a stomach ache, you cannot enjoy anything in life. But what
happens when you fall
asleep? Your pain and discomfort are gone. As a matter of fact, you may
even dream that you are
eating and enjoying chocolate ice cream and your stomach never felt better.
From this example, it is
clear that we think we are our body only when our mind is attached to it.

We are also not our mind or emotions. This can be demonstrated by observing
them for any amount of
time. It will quickly become apparent that they change constantly. One
moment, we are thinking of
one subject and in a blink, we are thinking about something else. This is
true even when we are
meditating and trying to be one-pointed. Let's say we are meditating about
water and are reviewing
everything we know about water. Our inner sound track may go something
like, "Water is fluid. It
fills the objects that hold it. When you freeze it, it turns to ice." Now
here comes a typical diversion
-- "Ice is in ice cream. Boy, Ben and Jerry make good chocolate ice cream.
I know they sell it at the
7-11 down the street ... etc." And there you are -- well away from your
goal of meditating on water
and in your car heading for the 7-11 to begin the process of acquiring
another stomach ache.

Your emotions are changeable. One minute you're feeling quite happy and the
next you see a
commercial on T.V. that implies that your will stink if you don't use one
particular brand of
deodarant and then you get depressed because you have been using another
brand and now fear
everyone will reject you, etc.

So, because the body, mind, and emotions are constantly changing and thus
can't be said to be the
permanent you, who are you? You are the consciousness that can witness your
body, mind, and
emtions in action. This is your Real Self. Please appreciate what good news
this is -- you are not
limited to your sense perceptions, your thoughts, or your feelings. You are
the infinite awareness.
The more you identify yourself with the Inner Witness, the freer you are
and the more potential you
have to control your body, mind, and emotions. You can act instead of
react. This freedom is far
greater a wealth than all the gold in the world, for if you had all the
gold in the world, you would
instantly begin worrying that you would lose it. By not attaching yourself
to anything that can be
lost, like your body, mind, or emotions, you cease being a reactive slave
and begin being at Peace,
for your Real Self, your Witnessing Pure Consciousness is infinite,
eternal, blissful Peace.

Meditating on the reality of not being the body, mind, or emotions has
brought Truth, Consciousness,
and Bliss to practioners for thousands of years. You need not sit in any
particular pose or breathe in
any specific pattern. Any time is the right time to do this illuminating
meditation. Your heart has been
yearning for this Wisdom. Filling your mind with these transcendental
concepts is certainly more
beneficial than worrying about egotistical desires or rehashing the past or
fantasizing about the
future. Try it, you'll love it and live happily ever after.

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