Observation has been thought to be the best method of study. Most of science is based on observations. The same kind of critical thinking can be applied to the deeper questions of life. What is available for us to observe? We have the senses…
“Who am I is an ancient question.”
In moments like this I find myself wondering who is it that is watching thoughts? Who is living in the this body, aware that it is growing up? This is an ancient question. Ever since humans have been here and aware of ourselves being here this question pops up. We know that humans have lived before us. Were they all concerned with the things I am concerned with? On some levels no, life is change and change is getting faster and faster these days, yet on a more basic level this humans that have been here before did have similar challenges in understanding what life is. Observation has been thought to be the best method of study. Most of science is based on observations. The same kind of critical thinking can be applied to the deeper questions of life. What is available for us to observe? We have the senses. Everything you see is the act of seeing that which is ‘outside myself’. We have hearing. Everything that you hear is a short lived vibration of energy between objects in air. We have touch. Sensations on the skin and within the body gives us a moment to moment ‘reality’ of embodiment. But who is aware of these? When the event stops does experience stop? When the light goes out is everything gone? Who or what is left when the senses are quiet?
“What is this energy that inhabits awareness we call mind?”
What is this energy that inhabits awareness we call mind? Thoughts are distinct events in themselves, they can give definition to our experiences in the senses and our conceptual world. When thought stops does life end? I mean does life depend on a stream of un broken thought to continue? Of course not, much of life can be experienced in the absence of thought. Thought is in addition to the moment. The moment is here whether you are alive or dead, This moment is not dependant on you thinking. Thoughts are useful you might say! And they can be, but lets face it, most of them are not. It is possible for thought to even get in the way of our life feeling in flow. So again I bring it back to the questions given my our forefathers and mothers; who is it that is aware of thought?