Who or what are we? Isn’t it so that we tend to assume that our thoughts are essential to what we are or we consider them to be our innermost and precious “core”? The language we use however already indicates a distinction when we say; “my thoughts”. Who is this “me” who says these thoughts are “mine”?
It is quite obvious that we are not actually our thoughts, since thoughts come and go and we do not experience that we “disappear” when that happens. When you sit quietly for a few minutes with the strong intention to “not think”, you will see that you can’t even control your thoughts. At one point they appear anyway and then disappear. So what are you then?
In some traditions the word “witness consciousness” was introduced, which suggests that you are the witness to everything you think, feel or experience. This does however introduce a duality of the awareness and the object it is aware of.
One of the problems of language is that it introduces frames or boxes into which we try to squeeze reality and through which we look at reality or analyse reality. One of the limitations our language and our thinking introduces is the “noun”. A noun suggests an entity, a something or what we usually call; an object. This is how we humans tend to interpret the world; subject versus object. We assume that the subject is a something (me) and the object is another something (that).
What if our language and thinking in terms of “nouns” is misguided?
What if a “verb” is a much more accurate form to express what we are?
So instead of a “something” (witness consciousness) being aware of another “something” (a thought, a feeling, etc.), there is no such thing, but rather what really is happening, is “being”, “experiencing”, “feeling”, itself?
For ages we have assumed that there must be something at the center of this activity, a “something”, a subject, which we call “me”, but when you look carefully into this, the latest insights from Neuroscience as well as your experience in fact, will show otherwise.
Isn’t it wonderful that what we are is not any “something”, but rather what we are is feeling, thinking, experiencing itself? In that the distinction between the experience and the experiencer falls away, it is one and the same. (“no-thing”)
This is what “non-duality” points to. To our human mind, which thinks in terms of separation and division between subjects/objects this is a complete paradox and can’t be understood.
For the “awaring” or the “being” that we are, it is completely natural.
Somehow when this is seen all of life becomes very simple and very profound at the same time. All of our humanness, our whole human experience is included in it…
Isn’t that a way to describe Love?