You seek to know yourself to create a better life, change your experience, become a better person, and help others become better.
You seek the right knowledge; you desire to know reality to uncover the causes of suffering and change those causes for reasons that produce happiness, harmony, and joy.
The root of all those experiences is precisely within us; our power is in our Consciousness. Our happiness is not dependent upon external conditions, and any one of us can verify that. We may acquire some external situation that we long desired, we may experience fleeting happiness, but it does not last.
No matter our psychological addictions and habits, if we apply conscious analysis to ourselves from moment to moment, we can discover where our Consciousness is most trapped. Only when we find out the prison or cages can we become free of them. This is why conscious self-analysis is crucial from moment to moment; it is best to empty the glass every day than to accumulate and store it like a trapped lockbox.
We want to know the truth directly, and the capacity to do that is in our consciousness. Yet, as you are now, the Consciousness cannot see the truth; it cannot see reality as long as it is trapped inside of a lie. The main thing we have to do is extract the Consciousness from the lie. Then, naturally, the Consciousness can see. So you need to know in yourself where your Consciousness is trapped.
Each one of us is different. Some of us have our Consciousness trapped in the sense of identity-related with our background, culture, country, education, religion, musical tastes, or fashion choices and nowadays choice of sexual preference. We build a powerful sense of self in these cultural aspects related to personality(from Greek word Persona or mask).
If you dare to analyze these parts of yourself where you find this sense of self, you discover that they are impermanent. When you start to experience that this sense of self is a lie, an illusion, many, many people run away terrified from themselves, they run and find some other way or belief that makes them feel good about themselves, that supports their illusion of a The “I” for identification.
Our power is in our Consciousness. That is the power we used to create our ego, and that is the same power that can be used to destroy it. The emphasis is in our hands(inside of us); it is not outside.
Self-observation and remembering.
When we use that through self-observation and self-remembering, that continuity of cognizance can be deepened and be on the path of awakening your true authentic self.
Furthermore, it must be deepened by learning how to meditate in silence to hear that inner voice. Meditation and self-observations are the same; they are the same activity: the activation of consciousness, to be awakened, to watch without distraction, to perceive actively, and receive all impressions from all possible directions with complete cognizance. We have that ability, but we do not develop it because of fear, ignorance, laziness, etc.
If we make an effort to awaken, our perceptions and beliefs will change radically. We start to develop the ability to penetrate things, see beyond what we usually saw, and see deeper.
This is something intuitive. It is something spontaneous that can never be faked, and it is something beautiful: it is called realization. “To realize” is to see the inherent truth in something. We can begin to have realizations now by looking into what has caused us to be caught in illusion.
When we have a sense of self or identity with a lot of consciousness trapped in it when we begin to look into that and question that sense of self, we are looking to realize what is real and what is not; an example is that some people choose to be vegetarians; in itself, there is nothing wrong with this. Being a vegetarian is a beautiful idea with many benefits, but some people make an “I” out of it.
They make a religion out of the kitchen; they become fanatics. They make sense of themselves out of being vegetarian, and because of this sense of “I,” they can become enraged at other people, angry, proud, envious, jealous, fearful. In other words, they have trapped a vast amount of their consciousness in that self, which in itself is a lie.
The same is true of any of our tastes in our personality. We all do this. Each of us has our ways of finding a sense of self in self-created illusions. We become very much attached to memories, ideas, concepts, theories, perceptions, etc., that we have put our Consciousness into and trapped it there.
Self-realization is the realization of the authentic self, a direct perception, and experience of what that real self is. That is what you long to know: who you are, what of you is truly real, reliable, consistent, happy. It is not difficult to discover when you sincerely observe that you are not compatible, reliable, or content.
You are not alone; we are full of contradictions, full of unhappiness, and very, very unreliable and unpredictable. We say one thing and do another. We believe one thing and perform the opposite. Our inconsistency, unreliability, and unpredictability are very much involved with our experience of existence. The fundamental unhappiness that we have, the suffering we have, the fear, and the doubt are intimately related to our present condition’s qualities.
Time to question the self?
By questioning yourself as you are now and investigating, analyzing: who is this self that I think I am? Is it a real self? What is it that makes up this self? Where is it? And when questioning and investigating yourself in this manner, you are confronted with inescapable conclusions that you cannot find a single self. You cannot find a consistent self, a reliable self, a predictable self.
The other thing that you will notice if you sincerely undertake this form of observation, the observation of yourself, is that you cannot maintain it. Conscious observation of oneself requires a great deal of effort, a great deal of energy. If you do not know what I am talking about, you will have to experiment and after you finish reading this article, try to maintain a dispassionate, objective point of view of yourself right now – and don’t stop.
Look at your experience of self as though you are observing an actor on stage. Do not judge, do not evaluate, do not praise or blame, but merely watch, merely observe. You will discover that this form of observation is challenging to keep consistent to maintain. In other words, what we need to do is to become conscious, to be mindful of ourselves from moment to moment.
Our pride wants to feel superior, or it wants to feel inferior. We may have a sense of pride that wants to feel the same as everyone else – some people have a sense of pride that wants to be perfectly average, which does not want to stand out. We give extreme examples to give examples, but we have to realize that every ego happens within a scale of possibilities.
There are two extremes, which would be, you could say, positive and negative. There is also a whole range in the middle(the gray area or the balancing of the two extremes).
For example, with laziness they are many forms of inactivity; however, when we think of the word laziness, we believe that means sitting on the couch, watching TV, not doing the dishes, not working, not being engaged with our vocation, not cleaning up after ourselves, etc. That is one form, but laziness refers to the passivity of the consciousness.
But there is a more profound way to be lazy, well I do not want to meditate or know thyself, so I keep myself busy with a lot of other things to produce the illusion that I am too busy to contemplate one possibility.
But being hyperactive, being very busy, is a form of laziness when it is the laziness of the consciousness. When our Consciousness is asleep, it is because we are lazy as a Consciousness. People who are extremely busy, who are always rushing and never have time to do things, are sluggish. They can physically look very busy, but psychologically, consciously, they are the laziest people on the planet.
And where are most of them now?
Right here, in the United States. Because this culture loves this illusion, this culture loves for us to be super, hyper-busy, always running from here to there, and we seek that. If we have a moment’s rest, we feel fear; we feel agitated, we feel guilty that we are not getting things done! So we fill up our lives with many other activities, completely unnecessary things – but we do it to feel ‘successful.’
When we study more deeply and look into this science of psychology, we understand that the sense of self we have is much deeper than the personality, which is just the visible shell.
This visible mask rests in front of something else and your project to the world. The personality is the part that we can see easily in our daily life, but it is not real. You can demonstrate this for yourself, and look in your history, and see how you have changed or modified your personality according to circumstances. For example, when you were young, in school, you had a particular way of talking, of dressing, specific interests, maybe music or art or movies, and those cultural aspects of your personality formed an element of that mask that you utilized to relate to your friends and family.
So you dressed in a certain way, projected your self-image in a certain way, to relate well to your friends or to reject your parents’ authority, or the head of the school, or the power of your guardians or older people whatever forces are present there.
The personality becomes a projection device that we use to display the sense of false self. Later, let’s say you get a job, so you have to change that personality you have to wear a suit or dress, maybe or a tie or not, or a uniform, and perhaps you go to the military.
You have to use a different personality; you have to use a different kind of language, speak differently, and have different mannerisms and interests. Your politics might change; you may have been a democrat a liberal( everything goes) before and then become a republican (conservative with some boundaries).
Where is your true authentic self in all these changes? Some people move from one city to another. When they get into a new environment, new friends, new people, they may change religion (dogma), may change political parties, or instead become independents, they may change their diet. Where is a real self during these types of changes that we make concerning our external conditions? And here we can see how this sense of self is unreliable, inconsistent, and unpredictable. We change all the time, so as you can see, the false self changes as conditions changes, but when you finally reach to know your authentic self, that is different; you know your true self.
By awakening our consciousness right now, by becoming so incredibly aware that we see through these veils(illusions) and perceive the truth. But when you attempt to know yourself, you may find that you do not have the strength because your Consciousness has been so asleep for so long.
There are many books and articles written as well as videos on the subject of consciousness and be awake to what is real and what is not, so go and do your research, learn at your own pace, and do not take my word for it, because what is written here has been reported in different ways before with a twist or spin. Yet, the message remains at the same time to awake yourself from the illusions and know thyself.
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Coach Lionel Sanabria