The mind is always on a journey that begins by judging the present. Most of the time the judgement brings regret about the past or worry about the future. The journey is primarily to seek a solution to this uneasiness. But since the mind can conjure up unlimited amounts of possibilities it is hard to meet its challenge using the mind. The good news is that you can free yourself from your mind. This is the only true liberation. The answer lies not in fighting or avoiding the mind but in transcending it. Beyond the changing mind is a changeless background. The Higher self remains untouched by the dreams of the mind just as the movie screen remains unaffected by the images projected on to it. The realization that the witness of the mind is not affected by the rulings of the illusory mind brings an end to the journey.
I AM realization
Listen to the voice in your head. When you listen to that voice, listen to it impartially. Do not judge or condemn what you hear. For doing so would mean that the same voice has come in again through the back door. You’ll soon realize: There is the voice, you are listening to it, watching it. This I am realization, this sense of your own presence, is not a thought. It arises from beyond the mind. So when you listen to a thought, you are aware not only of the thought but also of yourself as the witness of the thought. A new dimension of consciousness has come in. As you listen to the thought, you feel a conscious presence – your deeper self – behind or underneath the thought, as it were. The thought then loses its power over you and quickly subsides, because you are no longer energizing the mind through identification with it. This is the beginning of the end of involuntary and compulsive thinking.