observing ourselves

“We can learn to transcend our ego, gradually, by placing ourselves more and more in the position of the transcendental Self, which knows no likes and dislikes but simply witnesses all experiences and states of existence. As our capacity for witnessing – mindfulness – increases, we automatically slip more and more into our true nature.”

Georg Feuerstein

When we have a mindfulness practice our ego begins to lose its power over us. We start to see ourselves as connected beings rather than separate.

What does this look like? We notice our self reflected in others. We have more compassion for our self as well as others. We become part of  humanity and beingness. We learn to let go of expectations of how things should be and trust in each moment as it unfolds.

The more we practice and connect to our higher Self, the more we let go of the past and our worries about the future.

There is no need to escape, because we are already home.

We learn to trust and live in place of love rather than fear.

This is our true nature.

Some sages say it takes years of practice with discipline and willpower, while other modern sages  say that we are able to open to it in the moment when we live from our true nature. Georg Feuerstein’s words capture both elements of the traditional long path and the modern short path on the spiritual journey.

31 comments on “* Inspiration – Our True Nature

  1. “There is no need to escape, because we are already home.” – and to accept this, is the answer…

    Remind me of:

    Every Ego consists of thousand tiny egos which seek liberation…When will they let me go? (http://inexistique.tumblr.com/post/133732378944/every-ego-consists-of-thousand-tiny-egos-which)

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  2. I too love this line — There is no need to escape, because we are already home.

    I am already home — where ever I am, how ever I am.

    How beautiful.

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  3. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature

    Great post, Val. Thanks. It’s nice to be home.

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  4. Beautiful description Val and you are so right 🙂

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  5. Thanks for sharing this, Val. This is a very useful practice.

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  6. That idea of being home is great.

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  7. More good stuff, thanks, Val! ❤

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  8. We learn to let go of expectations of how things should be and trust in each moment as it unfolds. ~> YES!

    Authentic being
    is revealed, floating in a
    sea of contentment

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  9. I appreciate your concision and clarity in the matter Val, whilst remaining a little sceptical as regards certain contemporary Short Path propositions, most notably Neo-Advaita as against the tested and authentic Classical Advaita. I gather that George Feuerstein was not a proponent of the former movement, being rather a learned scholar and interpreter of classical teachings – an altogether safer bet it seems. H ❤

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    • Thank you Hariod for picking up this point. It is one that fascinates me. I think I would refer to Georg as a non judgmental traditionalist.
      I do enjoy Ekhart Tolle, Paul Brunton, Adyashanti and John Prendergast too!

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  10. I am intrigued by the concept of mindfulness being ‘witness’ to oneself.

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  11. I love this post, Val. Every single little thing about it!! ❤

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  12. Carol Ferenc

    “There is no need to escape, because we are already home.” Lovely and wise words, Val. Thank you1

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  13. I like this, as I love who I am, but also love the journey that I’m always on to be my true self!

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  14. I definitely think it’s a continuous practice to connect and live from our true nature. I love the opening quote. So true.

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