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When the world is upside down, the knowledge of our True Nature as the Self becomes a precious sanctuary. Since the dualistic nature of the mind is trapped by the limited options of right or wrong or good or bad, how is it possible to actually know ourselves as the Self?

We are aware that the human mind is not equipped to fully grasp the vastness of the Self. It can form concepts and ideas about it, but the direct knowing of the Self will always elude the human understanding. It doesn't mean however that we can't use the power of our minds to stretch and expand our understanding towards knowing the fullness of the Self.

Sampriya Meditation Blog - Know that you ARE the Self

Analogies and metaphors can be helpful tools to expand the grasp of the mind. One of the most potent ones in regards to understanding the difference between the Self and the individual mind came to me when I was reading an article about virtual reality games. The player sits in a chair wearing goggles through which s/he is entering a whole new universe. In this virtual reality the person plays a specific role, acts, makes decisions and lives an entire storyline, including all the details of the chosen situation. Virtual reality games create situations that appear so real, that it is easy to get deeply absorbed in them. So much so that the participant may forget that s/he is actually sitting in a chair, being completely free from any involvement in the situation unfolding in the virtual reality. Even though the player can become utterly identified with the role s/he is playing, it is obvious that none of the virtual reality exists without the watcher sitting in the chair....

Just like the watcher of a VR game, the Self is always free and uninvolved. If the player of the "game of life" knows the Freedom and Oneness of the Watcher and is aligned with it, any action s/he takes will be imbued with the all-inclusive vision of that Oneness. It will be action inspired by the knowledge of the Self as opposed to action coming from duality, fear or anger. This is definitely a time to choose the source of our action wisely....

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Our judgmental ego/mind has strong opinions about our ability to get things done. It is conditioned to make us believe that "if we just made a bit more of an effort", "if we were just a bit smarter, stronger or more efficient" then things would be better - we would be better...

Mental scenarios like these run our lives and often go undetected. They keep us believing that we are somehow small or weak or not good enough.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. Who we truly are has nothing to do with the stories our mind is telling us. Our True Nature is the very Self that is the Source of the mind and all its imaginary powers. As the Self, the mind is our instrument. It will serve us to deal with the logistics of life, but it will never define who we are. The Self is free from definitions and free from qualifications. It is the Source of all and it includes all.

The Self is free

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My teacher used to say: "you know that you are the Light of the Self, but you don't accept it".

He was right of course. We accept that we are a human being every morning upon waking up and we practice and confirm it with every breath we take. We accept the story in our mind as the sole truth of our existence just because it is there. Even though we know that the sun is shining above the clouds, we accept the rain and the fact that we are getting wet as the only reality...

In the same way and with the same awareness that we accept our human form every morning, we can accept that our True Nature is the Self. In using the faculties of our mind to do so, our attention shifts from human awareness to the unchanging Self, the peaceful space of the Knower. Acceptance of the Self as our True Nature is effortless and instantaneous from the perspective of the Knower.

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