How to see your self properly
The Self-seeing Method is the practice of simply seeing thoughts (ideas and emotions) that arise and then fade away, as they are, without any criticism or judgment. You can do it in your everyday life, just like watching scenery, for one to three minutes (or longer when you get used to doing it).
The purpose of this method is to realize the following: it’s the “great being,” not the body, the thoughts nor the emotions that is exactly what your true self is; and your true self exists permanently, without death or harm, under any circumstance.
Once the above has been clarified, you’ll be free from all suffering.
The Self-seeing Method is an excellent practice anyone can perform easily.
This is why I recommend this method to many people, some of whom say they can’t do it properly.
Asking them how they do it, I find that most people seem to do it the wrong way, based on assumptions or preconceived notions.
The preconceived notion is to see thoughts while being conscious that it is “you” that are thinking these thoughts when they arise.
That is to say, the concept of “yourself” is attached to thoughts that appear, right from the beginning.
For this reason, people see thoughts in such a way that makes these thoughts almost equal to the self, which prevents them from seeing at a distance.
The fact is that thoughts simply arise from nowhere, stay for a while, and then fade away into nothing, in the same manner that white clouds appear on their own in a blue sky, stay there for a while, and then fade away into nothing.
However, because people unconsciously take it for granted that “I” am thinking so and attach the idea of self to thoughts that appear, they cannot clearly define their true selves apart when seeing these thoughts from a distance.
You do not personally create white clouds, and neither do you create thoughts, likewise. Thoughts simply arise by themselves and then fade away.
When you see white clouds in the sky, the clouds and the self that is seeing them are clearly separate from each other.
When you feel pain in a part of your body, the pain in the body and the self that is seeing it are obviously separate, as long as you don’t have the preconceived notion or assumption that the body is “me.”
The point of the Self-seeing Method is to realize the wrong assumptions, “my sensations” and “my thoughts,” and simply see the sensations of the body or the thoughts arise, stay, and fade away by themselves, just like watching the scenery.
If a thought arises, followed by a critical or judgmental thought regarding the first, the only thing you should do is simply see the latter thought.