‘What we commonly think of as constituting the “I” is an idea which changes from year to year. This is the personal “I.” But what we feel most intimately as being always present in all these different ideas of the “I,” that is, the sense of being, of existence, never changes at all. It is this which is our true enduring “I.”‘
- Paul Brunton. An excerpt from The Notebooks of Paul Brunton.
Sit down at a quiet place and think about yourself.
Are you your thoughts and feelings? They always change.
Are you your moods and state of mind? They too change often.
Are you your body?
Now watch your thoughts. They come and go like the waves of the ocean. If you are able to watch them, then you must be apart from them. You are the one watching your thoughts. Then who are you? You are “THIS” that is always here, beyond thoughts and feelings.
If you are able to separate yourself from your thoughts, from your personality, even for a brief moment, you become aware of your true “I”.