Put aside all ideas of good or bad, true or false, right or wrong— any self-judgement, anything you feel proud or ashamed of, any achievements or failures. Our Magick is restrained, we become rats in a race. So we divide the world up into separate “things.” Things that do not exist by themselves. Who you really are is the EXPERIENCER of the emotion of love. We are all in our own separate theaters, witnessing entirely different shows, and yet we behave as it we are in the same audience, watching the very same event we call life. As one of my teachers told me, “Leave the mind alone. I too was very struck by Eckhart Tolle’s book. You are your mind, just not the one you think you have. Everything in your experience would suggest otherwise. We affirm that since we are the experiencer of the thought, they must be true. Use them as tools, but don’t be fooled that you are them. The birth of the father? What is awareness to you? You are the receiver and observer of your thoughts. Is being thankful also emotion? The instrument has taken you over.”. You are whatever touches your soul more deeply than anything. And then “I” came crashing back! A wall of thoughts tumbled back into my head. Yep. Also as I am sure you know, we are bio-chemical beings. The mother? Hi, …”. Put aside all thoughts of the future. An Insight From Bio-Feedback Brain Training. “It’s that idea, or concept of self, that ego that we make up, that gets in the way of experiencing life/reality directly.” — very profound. Here’s to your bliss, Jim Example – waking up today I “feel” like painting (an emotion is attached to that action) or I “feel” I need to organize the house because it causes me to feel stressed. You will receive periodic updates and special offers from me via email. And a lot of regular, everyday people who have meditated and noticed what their consciousness is doing, and seen the truth of life: That is, the self-image that we unconsciously build does not have to control our lives. Don’t touch it at all and you will remain untouched by it.”. However Just reading this has given a feeling hope and that I can find peace of mind once more and enjoy life more. It is one. Without commentary, thoughts, feelings and emotions are neutral events. Hi Richard, I found this article very helpful. If anything, we function more efficiently. If you start thinking something that takes you out of your place of joy (or just generally makes you feel bad), then realise they’re just thoughts, spontaneously arising. MOTIVATION. The observation is order from thought, the feeling turns into observation with thought. Your thoughts appear in your head. How does it feel? To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly — you usually don’t use it at all. It’s the same with your emotions. Thank You. Peaceful? This is the error. You say “I am angry” rather than, “anger is there just now”. How does that work for relationships? Everybody is! Really simply, if I’m not my thoughts and emotions, who or what am I? And where do they come from then? For me, mindfulness has made me a more compassionate and loving person. Your email address will not be published. And yet, the awareness that is aware of thoughts (feelings and emotions too) hasn’t changed one bit. Just as clouds of all shapes and sizes float across the unchanging sky, all kinds of thoughts come and go against the backdrop of your unchanging awareness. Our spoken human languages necessitates the division into objects. If you are not your thoughts. Haven’t rewritten it yet. "The first thought that goes through your mind is what you have been conditioned to think. This is the delusion. Emotion is not just of the mind like a computer printout. You think you are this mind that narrates your life, but that is your ego. Thoughts changes frequently. You can always take a moment to be mindful and become aware of what you are playing on the stage of your mind. Expansive? You are not the thinker of your thoughts (that would be the lizard brain), you're the one who hears them. Stripped of all these concepts, ideas and beliefs, is there still a ‘you’ present? Great article, I recently REALISED that I am not my thoughts. Note that the pen isn’t attached to your hand. When I realised thoughts were just thoughts and I can take them or leave them i felt free but it’s also a little overwhelming.. who have I been all this time ? Hi Wendy, It has power, not only when we judge someone on their appearance, but also with social issues, political issues, family issues. By signing up for this guide, you will also be added to my mailing list. When you transcend the experience of duality — of dividing the universe up into separate “things” — you experience the reality of bliss, love, peace — and oneness. Except those who aren’t. You are not your thoughts. Grasping this is tough when you have “been your thoughts” for many many decades. There is one physical world here on earth, but billions of different internal worlds. What does it feel like? That our underlying nature is that of pure, conscious awareness. That’s great Max! Monkey mind. It has no preferences and remains unaffected by whatever thoughts pass through. BE LOVE.” Love is the ground of who you are beyond thoughts, feelings and emotions. Feeling dissociated with thoughts needs to be stressed when you are sad, angry, and other negative emotions. Realising this was the biggest relief I ever experienced! I hope this makes sense. Am I supposed to be completely indifferent to them? We must experience the world in such ways. Love as an emotion that comes and goes and love as the truth of who you are. So deep in its pure, divine form. But think of it logically, You can only be one of two things. I have two pages you might enjoy. It’s perfectly possible to experience feelings of sadness and remain totally happy. It involves body chemistry, hormones, neurons, the gut etc. How to Love Your Little Monster and Virginia Faye my aspiring artist page. Right now. When I love other people, I am also doing a great service to myself. I am at this present time suffering from a period of mental turmoil,anxiety, and feelings of hopeless . …You are not your thoughts. Your email address will not be published. The pen represents any thoughts, feelings or emotions that are present right now. In spiritual parlance, it is immutable, immaculate, eternal. The first is the non-judgemental acceptance of whatever arises in your experience. Most people believe they ARE their emotions and remain slaves to whatever arises. So if the thoughts are not who we are, why are they private for each of us? You would be directionless like an empty zombie not knowing what you want or dont want. It goes against everything we have been conditioned to believe all our lives. I’m really pleased that you got something out of this , Next post: An Insight From Bio-Feedback Brain Training. I am not even the mind” and I got really interested in this concept. He gives us a glimpse now and then, but only when we see Him face to face will we understand, but even then, not all. They are just a part of a happening, part of a process. Some traditions say that who you really are existed before the appearance of this body and will continue to exist long after it is gone—that the body is a garment you wear for this lifetime and thoughts are part of the package that comes with it. Your thoughts, feelings and emotions are not who you really are. I wrote a thought. And it’s over simplistic. That moment of taking a moment to pause before indulging in the emotions attached to a event or situation is such a valuable lesson to learn and you are so right to bring it to attention. One is constantly changing , the other one is timeless and ever the same. To be clear, it’s not okay if these thoughts are distressing, and it’s definitely not okay that you find yourself at the end of your rope. First, find a comfortable position. Well, you could measure the diameter by it’s visible fire. All those enlightened people we read about. Key Bible Verse: Proverbs 23:7. You are not ‘you being present’ or ‘not being present’ . There are two wings in mindfulness. You wouldn’t be free of them even for a single moment. Although the feeling is pretty all-encompassing to me. Am I becoming selfish and emotionless ? If you struggle in your thought-life, then you probably already know that immoral thinking is leading you straight into sin. You are the infinite awareness. This allows one to become removed from the habitual pattern we fall into – believing that we are what we think. Judgements. It can be applied anywhere. What you think next defines who you are." Boy, was this something I struggled with for a long time. Trapped in my thoughts. When you learn to meditate, the first thing you learn is to take a step back and watch the mind objectively—with an attitude of curiosity. Or should I try to enjoy the present? Realising you are not your thoughts is a life-changing discovery, a pivotal moment in each person’s spiritual journey. Jim, this is a marvelous piece of wisdom. 4 - you are jealous. If they were part of your essential nature, they would always be present. “You” are presence itself. now turn your hand to face the floor, unclench your fist, and allow the pen to fall. Mind your own business.”, “Don’t be concerned about the thoughts that come and go. I suppose real power, is when you can engage your thoughts emotions fully, or leave them alone. I see now I have been running with many thoughts for a while …. You might want to try this exercise? A process. I will continue to keep meditating and staying present because the present moment is all there ever is. I’m trying to really understand, but it’s tough. You are not your thoughts because thoughts come and go and you should allow them to do so with little attachment. Take a few deep breaths and as you exhale, do so with a sense of releasing, a sense of letting go. I am glad to be your friend. We need to realize that “The Essence of Life is … Life Itself” and Life Is “Now” The Moment. Until now! 5 - excited. The only thing that makes an emotion positive or negative is mental commentary. You created this mental shell when you were a kid. When I first experienced bliss in meditation for that split second… “I” ceased to exist. PAGES OF. Or you could choose to measure it by how far its light beams travel. You continue your answer: "Because it's completely random, out of my control. Many thanks! Hope this helps. They appear by themselves, apparently out of nowhere, linger in your awareness for a moment or two and then disappear again— like clouds passing across the sky. Your real mind is almost unknown to you. For each negative thought you have, become aware of it first of all, then examine why you are having such thoughts and let the negative thought go. You might have made this same assumption, or you might think of yourself being your ego, or personality, or self-image. But focusing too much on your thoughts, especially dark ones, can often end up reinforcing them, and giving them more solidity than they actually have. View my privacy policy. The passing traffic (ie the thoughts, feelings, emotions that come and go) or the awareness that is aware of it. Every thought supposedly happens for a reason because your identity is connected to everything you think—so if you were to have what some religions consider to be “impure” thoughts, you would be considered an impure person or a sinner by those guidelines. If we are not our thoughts how are we holding conversations of meaning with one another? But this mental division, creates the illusion that the world contains separate things, when it does not. If all of those things go away, who are you? It would be more accurate to describe it not as a flower, but as a flowering. It is the idea of Unity that will help everyone break free of their limitations and feel a breath of fresh air, maybe for the first time in their lives. Oops, one last question I had that I forgot to add to my first comment is if we are not our thoughts (slowly grasping that) then how do we move through our day when many things may fall under “what should I do today” which may be based on an emotion? Because the pen is not part of the hand, you can choose to drop it in any moment. But after you’ve been on the planet for a few years, you begin to see that this doesn’t reflect reality. This is freedom. Positive or negative emotions both? Say, your GF who you love so much is screaming at you, you notice the anger and sadness in you arising, so you observe it, don’t name them. But when I speak out words of hatred toward someone else, I am pointing them directly to myself. You … https://www.thinklessandgrowrich.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/youarenotyourthoughts.m4a, 8 Signs You May Be Having A Spiritual Awakening, Why You Don’t Need A Peaceful Mind To Experience Peace, What You Resist Persists—How To Embrace Life Just As It Is, Gratitude Is The Bridge To Your Authentic Self, How To Quieten The Mind And Unlock Your Inner Treasure. According to the self-created theory, your thoughts are a direct extension of your identity—your character, personality, and true desires. I have read it twice, and I am still learning. I go into this topic in more detail in my book “Awaken The Happy You.”. In fact, I am honored. Here’s another. No thoughts, no ego, no mental model of reality being conceptualized. I understood the concept before, but I really experienced it now. And the idea of myself came back too. It goes against everything we have been conditioned to believe all our lives. I think there is a danger of seeing emotion as something alien, and therefore every time strong emotions arise – we think there is something wrong. Since you are now divested of your thoughts by not identifying with them. The person only APPEARS solid because there seems to be continuity. Now, what did that flower need to grow? As God looks down upon us, we only understand our little world, but never all the complexities of His. Thoughts occur through you, like a radio transmitting a frequency signal. The sperm? Learn how to direct and refine your focus to help guide you in the right direction. © Copyright 2008-2020 Alchemedia Limited. All rights reserved. Can you speak to that please? If you want to read more about making peace with a busy mind,  check these articles out: Why Trying To Fix Your Thoughts Will Never Give You The Peace You Are Looking For, How To Stay Calm, Even With A Head Full Of Negative Thoughts. I have recently been reading a lot about how we are not our thoughts, but I was stuck with the ‘why’. The accuracy and power of that statement is amazing. I used to like to think myself in others’ shoes when I watch movie, anime, or in real life because I loved getting emotional and feel for the individuals, but after practicing mindfulness, I lose interest and find it pointless to make emotional rollercoaster. Those who live life directly. There is not a you with thoughts and a you without thoughts. . It offers an interesting perspective on our relationship with thoughts (you’ll find an, You have no idea what the next thought will be. It is what the whole Universe, including you, is made of. This is PROOF that the thoughts are not ‘who you are’. It asks you to have another look at the way you’ve got things set up in your mind. You’re not defined by the things that make you human, otherwise known to some as “flaws.” The physical are just descriptors that make you easier to identify by others, they don’t define who you are. Not your idea of yourself, your self image. A combination of the things I’ve mentioned above plus this extra almost divine little spark? How could they not be who you are? You are presence itself, believing you are ‘your’ thoughts. You are the awareness of your awareness. Acting mindfully and being aware of the now changed everything for me. If You Are Not Your Thoughts, Then Who Are You Really? Realising you are not your thoughts is a pivotal moment in each person’s spiritual journey. You are the radio receiving and transmitting thoughts, but not the thoughts themselves. Conscious? I just can’t grasp it. Look to the child for guidance in spirit and truth. They speak in your voice. It is gotten more as an inner knowingness than a mental understanding. Who we take ourselves to be is really an ever-changing kaleidoscope of all the above. That speaks of the flower. Thoughts are many, awareness is one. Now, temporarily put aside all thoughts of who you are, any image you have of yourself, any ideas associated with a personal identity—all notions such as male or female, rich or poor, young or old. Love is a beautiful emotion to experience but can you truthfully say that it is always present. "Eat and drink!" Everything in your experience would suggest otherwise. This article really helped me to see the distinction between consciousness and thought/emotion, and I will be exploring more of your work and books. A system. Knowing exactly what you are doing at all moments. A collection of ideas, or thoughts. And, you are right. Your thoughts appear only to you, and are not being heard by anyone else whatsoever. Almost like eating a tasty pizza and not being able to enjoy its taste fully. Does that make sense? Is love just a passing emotion not continuous and is to be observed but not really a part of who we are? In that space is our power to choose our response. Perhaps the closest we can come through words is “that which is?” It is the impersonal aspect of existence. I loved this article! I shared this article (to aid someone) and was warned that this was spiritual bypassing. Thank you Shilpan. Check out this free 4-Part Video Workshop with Eckhart Tolle, who speaks with such wisdom and clarity on the topic of awakening. I had read many transformational books before that, but this one blew my mind. I’d say that awareness is neither a thought nor a feeling. They may be a part of who you are in this moment. There is one physical world here on earth, but billions of different internal worlds. Quite the opposite—it allows me to feel fully alive and to actually be fully present for others. Should I dissociate myself from my feelings and let it pass? “… You’ve told me that “You are not your thoughts” something I am trying to grasp still. How do you carry on a conversation in that state or do day-to-day activities? 16.3k Likes, 0 Comments - Maxi Lopez (@officialmaxilopez) on Instagram: “if you are not your thoughts, Then Who are you ?” Please repeat that to yourself three more times, as it can be an important realization on your path to emotional peace. You are not judged by these thoughts but they are presented to you, through you. You are not your thoughts, ideas, beliefs, concepts and models. The notion that you are not your thoughts is a radical one. Experienced through your physical being. Your thoughts, feelings and emotions are not who you really are. There is a remedy. You identify with the anger. I have been on this journey for some time now and I still feel a bit lost. We are like the ants. If I am in a situation that makes me feel happy – what should I do? You don’t have to engage with them at all if that’s what you choose. You are not your thoughts, ideas, beliefs, concepts and models. There were no thoughts (mind chatter). If it lands on 3, then you are bored. Tiffany, this is a great question. How would you describe the ‘you’ that remains? When does life begin for a person? As Eckhart Tolle so wisely wrote, “…the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. One of the first things you notice is that thoughts are self-arising. That would seem like we are dissociating from negative ones or ones we may not want to act on. It’s a buzzing mind I reckon that keeps me alive, re-think, helps me perceive life experiences and dig out simple wisdom from quiet introspection. How does a tiger hunt without thinking? The moment we try to define it, it is not IT any more. You have no idea what the next thought will be. It’s that idea, or concept of self, that ego that we make up, that gets in the way of experiencing life/reality directly. Aware? If you’re not your thoughts, or your emotions, then when you sense these things arising, you can let them go, just as easily as they arose. And that LIFE is another name for you. I realize this probably means that we’re not our bodies either. The “self-created” theory argues that you arethe voice behind your thoughts. "Of course not!" If you don’t, you… Empty? Why not? Uni — meaning “one.”. We only limit it and call it a flower because of convenience. But it’s work I’m very willing to do! Just empty. When you know you are not the mind, you no longer have to take it so damn seriously. Just enjoy the moment, whatever passing feelings are there… whether happy or sad. The mind has a mind of its own. Really good article. He has two great qualities that will see him go far: His question today is an important one, because if you’ve ever wondered who you really are, then this will help shed some light. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. The more you can focus your thoughts on something, the more likely you’ll be able to achieve it. Your thoughts appear only to you, and are not being heard by anyone else whatsoever. Or would it begin with the creation of the egg? Here are my thoughts on this, and I would like others to share. Simply be present here and now, just as you are—breathing in, breathing out. The universe is a system. You say “it seems very robotic or zombie-like being present without thought”. For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. We can either build a better one, consciously. How could they not be who you are? Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. The ‘you’ you take yourself to be today is very different from the 10 year-old, 20 year-old or 40 year-old you. I believe it’s also possible to get too stuck in the negative aspects of ourselves… to become a therapy junkie. I know you have to just let it be and observe. I enjoyed this article pretty much. We usually say that it begins when they are born, but the fetus lives before that so we could say life begins at a certain number of weeks of pregnancy. Instead of Fighting Your Thoughts, Learn to Observe Them. But these are all just abstractions of the truth. Eckhart Tolle says “you are not your thoughts” because when we are in observation of our mind, you are the observer OF your thoughts, not the other way around. I had always assumed that “I” was my thoughts, or my intellect. “The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Leave them alone and they will leave you alone. There is more to the picture. So what are we? Or choose to live in the moment at all times, and do away with the patterns a self-image creates altogether. Your thoughts appear in your head. My question is , what do we do of the emotions then, even if we don’t identify myself with the emotions, are you saying we just let them pass? It offers an interesting perspective on our relationship with thoughts (you’ll find an audio version below). The second, and equally important, aspect is the attitude with which you observe your inner world—the attitude of kindness, compassion and empathy for the human condition. It is well worth checking out. The Bible offers good news! More accurately, it blew apart my ideas of what I thought the mind was. Whereas someone who isn’t being the observer, lets their thoughts control them, there is a huge difference here. Claire Weekes in her book “Self Help For Your Nerves” describes these thoughts as “Tired thoughts in a tired mind” – this is a wonderfully simple description You believe that you are your mind. To realise that you are not your thoughts is when you begin to awaken spiritually —Eckhart Tolle. Thanks for that Abe. You observe and choose to act or not act upon the ideas, even the happy ones. It goes on and on! Let’s take a closer look. Thank you for this beautiful article. I understand this practice when done in stillness but not as you go through you day in between stillness with self and interacting with other people. You are grown now. Just like that flower. The feeling of happiness, which comes and goes, and the happiness of your true nature, which is eternal and unchanging. When I realised a couple years ago that I was not my thoughts I felt liberated from my mind. 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