Who asks this question?
Is not everyone referring to an "I"?
In all these sensations; thoughts, impressions, emotions, feelings, sounds, taste and absolutely everything you are perceiving, what are you among all that? Which one?
We take out your right hand. Stroke the top surface of it. Is this you?
"Well, of course!" you might say. "It`s my fingers stroking my hand, so yes".
When you take out your hand and wave it through the air, is the air you too? "No, the hand is mine and the air is not me".
Ok, so you are the hand, but not the air.
When you take a breath, does not the air enter "you", becoming "you" and when you exhale you call it "my breath"? In the same way, when you eat food the food is not you but when it enters you, it becomes you? Even when the food exits your body and is stated outside and away from you, you still say "that`s my excretion".
What is you, and what is not you, is completely up to your perspective?
An example. A normal glass you would drink from.
We can hold it in our hand in front of us and observe it. Feel it. The temperature. The hardness. The shape. The contrast.
Is it a glass? "Yes". Good. It`s a glass. Now ask: "What is a glass?" And now, look at the glass. Possibilities may start to arise. It is transparent. It is colors. It is hard. It is amorphous. It is an object. It is fusing sand grains. It is the result of the erosion of a rock. It is solidified melt.
It is atoms. It is electrons and protons. It is subatomic particles. It is quarks. Or, is is mainly empty space.
What the glass is, is deeply dependent on what you think about it. The position and perspective of an "I" in relation to the object. What you think about something and your relationship to it.
Is the glass hard? Feel it.
If something is "hard" it can only be hard in comparison to a soft surface. It`s hard to a soft hand. From the perspective of a diamond, the glass would be soft.
Maybe now you start to see that what everything is, is deeply dependent upon you. Look at the computer screen. Look at my words. You are reading these words right now. Are these arranged strokes and dashes words? Why? Are arranged trees in nature when looked upon them creating words for you to read? Are words and trees arranged at all? Does the left letter/tree being read towards the right? It is all an agreement between two observers, saying "I am me" and "you are you". "I am here" and "you are over there".
These words are shapes towards a background being cut out and interpreted.
Look at the glass again. Now ask: "What is this glass REALLY?"
You will come to see, like all objects, that you actually have no idea what it is. Since you don`t know, the glass, or object, is unknown.
Objects derives from an idea, which sprouts out into many more ideas.
You are an idea. Like the glass, you have countless definitions of yourself. Personality, shape, emotions, contrast, weight, sound, smell, DNA, thoughts, etc; an incredibly unique expression.
But what are you REALLY?
"Who am I?"
There is context and content. Content is everything and draws a fine line to context. A foreground and a background. Observer and the observed. The context remains unchanged. That is, until you change perspective. We are seeing and experiencing all from the perspective of an "I". A subject. Now, who is the subject? Who is the I? An idea is a thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action. A thought. What is a thought? Now we are getting to where the action is.
What is a thought? Think about it.
Impermanency. Between your individual thoughts there is a gap. Yes, a real gap. Impossible to think of the gap, so no use to waste energy there.
How do you see the gap, the stillness, find the treasure, when you are looking at the map? You can`t. It is utterly impossible. The map is not the territory. The menu is not the food.
A direct experience into impermanency is one of the most profound and important insight I`ve ever had. It just crushes everything. All stories.
One way is through looking at your thoughts and noticing the gap between them. It is easily accessible.
We want to wake up.
You are pushing the door on one side, and "That" is pushing the door on the other side. Even looking, seeking, trying, is holding you back. But it is a beautiful beginning of an end, and it get us started.
It is in our nature to seek and desire the expansion of understanding, and have more connection and freedom in ourselves.
Identification is the halt.
When you have a character in a computer game - when someone calls that character an idiot or humiliates it, you take it personally and get angry.
First you were your name and your role in a world, and in your forgetting you have taken the identity of a pixel in a virtual world. Where are you?
What you are looking for is understanding, a realization. The Great Aha. Through understanding and realizing you will find acceptance, peace, love, happiness, tranquility, harmony, non-attachment; all of which are individual waves in the ocean. You will SIGH so big when it comes. "Ahhhhhhh, I was not real after all." And you sink so beautifully down, feeling peace and safeness like never before. You can`t be harmed. There is a dept in you nothing can touch. I am unmoved.
When a wave is given rise does it take on cloths and look at its reflection in the other wave, being worried that it`s too big or too small? Afraid what the other waves might think of it? Does the wave think? A tiny humor of life and of seeking.
You are that wave. Unaware that it`s the entire ocean. So, you think subjectively and pay attention to those thoughts as if they are a matter of life and death. The irony is, you are holding on to the thoughts and sensations that makes you suffer! But in seeing clearly, you will learn and see that it was ALL a misunderstanding.
We look and seek without seeing where seeking is being created. Trying to find "home" when you never left it. Always focusing on some external event, a situation you are in.
Staying and noticing what arises now.
You are looking after a destination you are already at. And this is where you lose yourself in all kinds of mind-matter. If it matters to the mind, it will solidify into matter, into external circumstances. Freedom is not solid. Does freedom include a fence? Is a country free if it has laws? The more identity you have, laws and fences, the more of a person you feel like. You feel the edge of your skin, as if you are happening within a body. And there is a world happening independently away from you. You matter. You solidify. When you are angry, frustrated, irritated, annoyed, just not happy, you contract, tense up. Sense of solid is being enhanced. The sense of self gets solid. When we see clearly, same sensations can arise but they will be going through us. Woosh.
When you are happy, thrilled, in peace, in exuberance, the sense of self blows out! Into freedom. Into no-fence. Expanding and expanding, until your body/mind becomes the universe. Infinite mind. And finally implodes into nothing. Like a fart in the wind. And there is Silence.
Naturally, you prefer to be more happy than sad. Naturally, this is very unnatural, and exactly why you are not content. You just want happiness. You just want "a good time". How could you experience happiness if it were not for sadness in contrast? How could you experience that "aaaaahhh" sensation of stepping into a hot shower if there was not cold in contrast? How to know you, without the other? You only know yourself through others. This is your personality, your persona. Directly translated from Latin it means "a role or character adopted by an actor".
And you play this now of your awakening every morning, as the "I-thought" is given rise, and then taking over the nervous system and ultimately your body and its actions. I know for sure, that this made me helpless. I felt scammed. Trapped. Fooled. And in a way, that is exactly what is going on. And you built the cage yourself. Hence the irony and humor of longing for freedom and total peace, but confused about how to get it. You are the captive and the jailer.
How much can the universe forget itself? Take a good look at yourself. What do you see?
To get Right Here is through no effort. You have been trying so much and now I am telling you that it is over.
Our session will silence your world. It will wake you up to yourself. Wake you up to patterns, your life.
Do you go away? No. You will become more you than ever before. A free expression. True authenticity.
You will wake up. You will be alive. You will feel and see what life actually is for the first time. You will be at peace, no matter what.
A self adventure.
Let us illuminate the process of RASA.