It is the identification with the mind that prevents us from enjoying the bliss that we already are. Freedom from bonding with our thoughts is the greatest freedom that that any person can experience. It is the trick of the mind to create an imaginary self who is experiencing these thoughts. This imaginary self energizes these thoughts by identifying with them. As a result a story is scripted with the imaginary self as the protagonist. This character then colors every thought feeling and emotion. Reality is now substituted by an illusion. Unfortunately this illusion makes a person feel like a victim to forces beyond control.
The good news is that we can free ourselves from this victim-hood. The projections of the mind need not be considered as the ultimate reality. In fact they cannot survive without the identification of the imaginary self. It is common knowledge that everything that appears to the mind is subject to change. Any thought or feeling that is considered as right in the present may be seen in a different light in an altered context at a later stage.
The natural self
This is where mindfulness plays an important role in our lives. Instead of taking the activity of the mind personally it creates a space where we can be a witness to the imaginary self. It is the state of “watching the thinker”. Becoming a listener to the voice in the head – a witnessing presence. It helps us to realize that ‘there is the voice, and here I am listening to it, watching it’. This I am realization, this sense of our own presence, is not a thought. It arises from beyond the mind. So by listening to a thought we become aware not only of the thought but also of ourselves as the witness of the thought. A new dimension of consciousness has come in.
By becoming a listener to the thought, we experience a conscious presence – our deeper self – behind or underneath the thought, as it were. The thought then loses its power over us and quickly subsides, because we are no longer energizing the mind through identification with it. This is the beginning of the end of involuntary and compulsive thinking. We begin to experience the natural self which is otherwise obscured by the mind. Since this natural self is beyond the mind it can no longer fall prey to vagaries of the mind. With the experience of our natural self the sense of stillness and peace will deepen and bliss will arise from deep within.