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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

There is a Beauty Within You #11: Are You More Than Culture Can Speak

Reflection: Who are we? We know we are flesh and blood with about 3 pounds of material we call the brain. It is capable of running our body, including generating thoughts and awareness, in particular self-awareness.

Self-awareness is a very mysterious phenomenon. How is it that matter can be self-aware? Is matter somehow creating you and me? Or is matter revealing you, allowing your expression in time and space, through flesh and blood? Who are you? Are you more than culture can speak or personhood can contain? What is the universe trying to say through you, this mix of matter and self-awareness?

Exercise: In this exercise we will continue to ground our self in being a point of awareness, shifting our focus away from the content of our thoughts to the thinker of the thoughts - you.

Intention: By watching and consciously experiencing our self as the thinker of our thoughts we will know our self as a point of awareness, capable of self-awareness.

Meditation: Once again, as in the previous exercise (see There Is a Beauty Within You #10: When Love and Awareness Meet ), become conscious of the location of yourself in the area of the frontal lobe, just behind the center of your high forehead. Then imagine looking around inside your head, watching the thought, "I am," come into existence. As we saw in the last exercise, we created the thought. Focus on the location where the thought came into existence. This is where you reside as a point of awareness capable of generating thoughts and being self-aware.

Look into that point of awareness, the "I" that is conscious, as though you are looking into a deep, dark well that seems to go down forever, deeper and deeper, down into an ocean of silent awareness. While looking into this well of awareness capable of generating your thoughts, of saying, "I am," ask the question, "Who am I?" Listen to the sound as it echoes down into the well, falling deeper and deeper. "Who am I? Who am I?" Listen to the questions fade away.

Inquiry: Who is generating your thoughts? How can matter be doing this? How can matter be thinking and be self-aware?

Intention Renewal: Renew your intention for this exercise. By watching and consciously experiencing our self as the thinker of our thoughts we will know our self as a point of awareness, capable of self-awareness. Give this intention permission to unfold within you.

Service: Meet others with the respect and deference due to an expression of the universe that is not yet understood.

Background Reading:
Talks with Ramana Mahrashi - On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness, Inner Directions Publishing, 2001.