mettā letter 7
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Dear fellow soul,
In the previous mettā letter I wrote about an alternative conception of who you really are. You are consciousness, who happens to reside in a body with a mind and heart.
This may not be obvious though. Why is that?
It may be because one is unfamiliar with one’s ability to move their awareness or even ignorant their awareness exists.
Awareness is the key to experiencing consciousness.
Awareness can be deliberately moved. You can move your awareness.
Awareness can be focused on the physical sensations. This is simple, open your eyes and see the view in front of you. Take a bite of fruit and taste its flavor. Grab a steel doorknob and feel its coolness. Breathe in the smell of a freshly-brewed pot of coffee. Hear your footsteps crunch on crisp snow.
Awareness can be focused on the mental formations. Figure out how to drive the shortest route home. Think about the meal you ate earlier. Listen to the voice narrating your thoughts inside.
Awareness can be focused on the emotions. Experience the feeling from a thoughtful gesture. Experience the emotion of a close call. Experience the feeling of finding a lost glove.
These are all common areas to place one’s awareness. Notice that it isn’t in all areas at all times. Sometimes you sit without awareness in your foot, and when you get up you realize it is asleep. Sometimes you drive on a familiar route and you don’t recall what you saw because your awareness was in your daydream. Sometimes you are focusing on a project and you suddenly realize the huge sensation of hunger.
And if you are lucky, perhaps one day you learn that you can move your awareness higher. You can place your awareness in the observer. Place your awareness in the observer, and observe that your body is getting warm from the space heater. Place your awareness in the observer, and observe that the voice inside your head is telling you to stop wasting your time. Place your awareness in the observer, and observe the feeling you experience when you learn about the cold weather spell ahead.
The observer is consciousness. The observer is the soul. The observer is the higher self.
You can practice placing your awareness in the observer.
When your awareness is in the observer, you can observe the sensations of the body.
When your awareness is in the observer, you can observe the thoughts in the mind.
When your awareness is in the observer, you can observe the emotions of the heart.
When your awareness is in the observer, you are in the “seat of the soul.”
Why would anyone want to move their awareness out of their body, mind, or heart and into the observer?
Once you distance your awareness from the body, mind, and heart, you are on the path of releasing your attachments. Attachments is a big topic so for now let’s just call it your “baggage,” your “garbage,” or your “stuff.” You can be aware of your baggage, your garbage, your stuff in your body, mind, and heart. You can be aware of everything that is weighing you down from the experience life truly has to offer.
And you can let all that baggage go. (Let me be honest here, it might not be easy nor quick, but it is worth it.)
As you move your awareness out of your body, mind, and heart, you can be aware of the words you use and actions you take that perpetuate the cycle of ignorance, violence, separation — of lessons unlearned. As you move your awareness to the observer, you can be aware of the judgmental and critical voice in your head that keeps you afraid, angry, or sad. As you move your awareness to your higher self, you can be aware of the limiting beliefs that tie you up. As one moves one’s awareness to one’s soul, one can be aware of the expressed — as well as suppressed — emotions that affect the quality of one’s experience of life.
What would your experience of life be without all that baggage holding you down?
The road to that answer begins with becoming awake to your awareness and the ability to move it through all aspects of your being: your body, mind, heart, and soul.
Dharamkot, Himachal Pradesh, India
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