Have you noticed the voice in your head? The one that always begins its sentences with ‘I’ and ‘my’? The voice is sometimes known as ego or mind. For your entire lie, you have been so absorbed in everything it says, and you’ve believed its stories about who you are. But this voice is nothing more than a bundle of thoughts and emotions, based on past experiences, pretending to be you. When it says nice things, you feel good whereas when it says unkind ones, you don’t.
As long as you are absorbed in the voice, you will suffer definitely. But what happens when you simply watch the voice, instead of becoming absorbed? No analysing, judging, effort or action. Just choiceless observation. Does the mind become quiet, still? Do you feel a moment of peace and presence? Is this experience beyond words? What if the ‘person’ you think you are is no more than a voice in your head?
Most of us have accepted suffering, in the form of fear, anxiety and despair; as a part of our lives. We have been born into a totally dysfunctional society that operates in complete opposition to a harmonious, free and happy way of being. Our entire lives, we have been programmed to function from a state of fear. We work jobs we can’t stand for a mere pay cheque, stay in toxic relationships because we are afraid of being alone, and continually deny happiness (only available to us in the here and now) because we have been falsely taught that happiness is a future destination that arises from struggle and success. When one steps back from this way of life and observes it objectively, it is obvious why we suffer, no?
Thankfully, freedom is possible, should one decide they want to opt out of the hamster wheel of anxiety. And it begins with observing the mind to clearly see the fearful nature of thought that keep one stuck in pain. When one looks into themselves with honesty, the roots of suffering are obvious. We have become ignorant to our true nature and instead believe we are the voice in our heads. We believe all the stories of the mind, and live life through the lens of accumulated memory—dragging our personal history around with us everywhere, like a suitcase.
But what if one could be empty of the past? Of the stories, traumas, fears and desires that one clings to? What if we could start fresh in each moment? With a still, silent mind that lacks cleverness? When one ceaselessly observes the mind, without judgement, analysis or preference; the old thought patterns that have kept us stuck in a life of suffering begin to dissolve, like salt in water.
And all that is left behind is Truth. Freedom. Awareness. When one returns their attention to awareness, there is instant liberation. Resting in awareness, life takes care of one without effort. Can you imagine a life free of thinking, where every moment unfolds in breathtaking perfection? It’s yours if you want it, but you must be willing to continually return your attention to the awareness that exists before thought. This is the direct path to freedom.