Who Is Here? A practice

Right now, sitting where you are, reading these words, take a few moments to close your eyes and feel your body. Settle yourself . . . relax . . . come fully into this moment.

Can you see the print on this page? It is seen, right? But seen by whom? In this very moment, outside memory or concept or images, who is seeing? 

Shift your attention for just a moment from the words on the page back to yourself. Perhaps you find thoughts and feelings. Shift your attention again from the thoughts and feelings, which are also experiences that are coming and going, back to yourself. What do you find when you look for the real thing, what you have called “me”? Do you find anything? Is there something there with substance, with form and edges?

Pause for a moment and listen to the sounds around you. I can hear the hum of my computer; I can hear the tap-tap of the keys as I type. I can faintly hear the sound of the wood crackling in the stove next door. If I listen hard, I can even hear the sound of air moving in my nostrils as I breathe.

What can you hear? 


Now, again shift the attention from the sounds here in this moment to you, to the one hearing them. Is that making any sound? Pay attention to yourself; find out what that is like, even deeper than thought and movement. 

Feel your body. Can you feel any sensations? Can you feel your lower back? Can you let go and relax your belly, and feel the sensations there? Can you feel your feet just now? Can you feel your neck, the inside of your mouth? Can you feel the air passing as you breathe?

Who feels all that? You say, “My body, my belly, my feet.” So you know you are experiencing the body’s kaleidoscope of changes. Who are you, the one who has a relationship to the body and its sensations? Is that itself an object with substance? Is that a part of the swirling of birth and dying? Try to find out for real, in a way that satisfies you more than spiritual ideas, more than anything you have ever read or thought or heard or understood. Try to find out what is really true about you, deeper than thinking.

Keep asking this question again and again: “Who am I really?” If you reach an answer like, “I am the soul,” or “ I am the higher self,” that’s fine. But then ask yourself, “What was that?” It was a thought, wasn’t it? Maybe a spiritual thought, but still a thought. A thought that comes and goes. Unreliable. Arguable. We can keep inquiring more deeply, to find out who is aware of all these thoughts. Give yourself the gift of some relaxed and focused consideration of this question before you go about your day.


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2 Responses to “Who Is Here? A practice”

  1. Avtar March 23, 2013 at 12:51 pm // Reply

    Dearest Arjuna,
    I wish to express my thanks to you. I live in relative isolation, here at Eden Atenas Costa Rica, where I spend my days teaching meditation, writing, posting to FB and You Tube, working in the gardens, and otherwise being available to what arises. Sometimes that isolation, privelaged though I may be to enjoy it, can also engender a sense of being alone in this Shift. How wonderful that you have come to my atttention and that I can feel the purity of resonance in your words. Surely there is but One Voice rising in many.


  2. pete March 23, 2013 at 4:05 pm // Reply

    Is there a right answer to the question, who am I really?


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