View Full Version : How to look inward

20th November 2013, 08:58 AM
I found some great stuff on THIS SITE (http://www.thefearoflife.org/) to help people looking inward. Here it is:

Try to bring to mind a memory of a moment in your early childhood. It doesn't need to be anything important: being in a room with adults, leaving a movie theater, looking out the window, any memory will do, so long as you can evoke a reasonably accurate memory of the feel of it. Now, just for a second, see if you can remember what it felt like to be you then. Not what the event felt like, but what it felt like to be you. You may get just a fleeting whiff of it and, if you do, you will almost certainly recognize that it is exactly the feel of you now;

Notice the fact that you are certain of your own existence, in a way that you are certain of nothing else in the world. Look there, at that certainty, because that certainty itself is just another name for you;

Look for what is always here, what never moves, or changes, or comes, or goes. Everything in the universe moves. Everything moves but you;

Look for the person-ness of you. Nothing in the universe feels like a person but you;

See that there is literally nothing inward but you. Many sensations and experiences are thought to be inward that are not. Emotions, thoughts, visions, dreams, desires, aversions, pains, pleasures, experiences of all kinds that appear in the interior of your mind are outward from you, and when you attend to them, you are looking outward — no matter how inward they may feel. It's not that there's anything wrong with looking outward, it might even be said that looking outward is the main occupation in human life. It's just that when you are seeking to look at yourself, outward is the one direction in which you cannot be seen. If you can understand this distinction, you might find your way home using outward phenomena to funnel your attention into the right orientation. When attention is turned truly inward, it is looking directly at you, and nothing else.

20th November 2013, 01:49 PM
Very enjoyable.

20th November 2013, 02:35 PM
Great post old friend! Thanks for sharing.