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Who are you really? Not who are you in other people’s eyes, or in the mirror,
or according to your beliefs and unexamined assumptions, but in your own direct
Great spiritual teachers say you are not your appearance – deep down, secretly,
nearer to you than your breathing, you are capacity for the world. They say
that to discover this wonderful truth about yourself you must look simply and
innocently, as a child looks. Where do you look? Right where you are, at the
Looker. When? Now.
To see Who you really are, carry out the following experiment.
When you point anywhere in the world you point at appearances. You are distant
from what you are looking at and you see things, you see objects. Observe this
– direct your attention at things by pointing at them. (The following images
are a guide only -- it"s imperative to actually DO the experiment.)
For example, I can see the shapes and colours of this room…
of my foot...
...of my knee
In all these instances attention is directed outwards, at objects.
What do you see? You are now looking inwards – turning the direction of your
attention round 180˚ from the objects out there to you the Subject, to the
place you are looking out of. Do you see your face? Do you see anything at all
there - any colour or shape, any movement?
Now point where others see your face.
Looking in to the place where others see my face, I find no colour or shape
here. I find boundless capacity or awareness this side of my pointing finger.
This capacity is empty, clear, transparent. It is self-evidently awake, aware.
At the same time this capacity is full of everything happening in it: my
finger, my view of the scene beyond, sounds, feelings…
I am now seeing Who I really am – seeing the boundless One at the very heart of
myself, the One in whom the world is happening.
What do you find? Are you also looking out of this wide-open, crystal clear,
Author Bio :
Richard Lang met the author, Douglas Harding, in 1970, and has been involved in sharing this method of awakening since then. He has two books published and travels widely giving workshops. http://www.headless.org/english-welcome.htm
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