Cultivation of the Observer

The nights become longer, I write later and later and fall into melancholy. What I have become more and more aware of in the last weeks. Now I am sitting here, late at night, next to me the tea. And I wonder how we have become. Who we have become, who I have become. I wonder what I should have told you. The night so warm and yet so cold. I will always be at your side and we will fight to change something. I know where we belong, I know we belong together. When I think about myself, about others, and about being awake in such moments. I always end with the thoughts of freedom and the observer and how we cultivate an awakened state.

One way to free oneself from attachments is to cultivate the role of the observer, to become a neutral observer of one's own life. The observer in you is the simple consciousness, the part of you that is aware of everything - just perceiving, observing, not judging, just being present, being here and now.

The awakened observer is actually another level of consciousness. The observer coexists alongside your normal consciousness as another level of consciousness, as the part of you that awakens. Some friends of mine deal with dual waking states and what it actually means to keep a waking state permanently. I believe man has the unique ability to be in two states of consciousness at the same time. To witness yourself is like pointing the beam of a flashlight at yourself. In every experience - sensory, emotional, or conceptual - there is the experience, the sensory or emotional or mental data, and there is your awareness of it. This is the observer, the consciousness, and you can cultivate this consciousness in the garden of your being.

The observer is your awareness of your own thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Being an observer is like waking up in the morning and then looking in the mirror and perceiving yourself - not to judge or criticize, but simply to neutrally observe the quality of being awake. It is the part not to react immediately but to reflect. This process of withdrawal leads you out of the immersion into your experiences and thoughts and sensations and into self-awareness.

With this self-knowledge comes the subtle joy of just being here, being alive, and enjoying being present in this moment. It also puts you in the conscious position to act differently, to perceive and process information differently. When you finally float in this subjective consciousness, the objects of consciousness dissolve and you enter the spiritual self that is Atmān, the pure consciousness, joy, compassion, the One. The immersion in something that we can rarely describe. It is freedom.

The observer is your way to strengthen yourself, to center yourself. He directs the work you do on yourself. Once you understand that there is a place inside you that is not attached, you can free yourself from attachments. Almost everything we perceive in the universe is a reflection of our attachments. And if we do not understand, observe, and free ourselves from these attachments, we cannot be free.

Longing creates your universe; that is simply how it works.

So your first task is to work on yourselves. The greatest thing you can do for another person is to put your own house in order and find your true spiritual heart. If you need help with that, read my first newsletter again, and first, find your tribe heals your wounds.

Sleep Well, my Love…


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