26 February 2013
Of Course There is a Self!
Many say there is no Self to be realized. This is a common belief, both of Buddhists and neo-Advaitins.
But there is indeed a Self to "discover," or uncover, just as elements of the unconscious mind can be uncovered through introspection or dream analysis. Those who say there is no Self just have not discovered it yet, probably because they do not believe it exists. They have this concept blocking even an attempt to find Self, or they convince themselves of no-self by doing an hour's introspection, and find no I, no-I-sense, and no Self. If only it were that simple!
You have to dive deep into your personal consciousness to find the sense of "I-Am," and follow it, abide in it, love it, until the Self, YOU, decides to show ITSELF to you, the small you. This requires passion, dedication, and belief in the efficacy of the introspective process. Next you have to love that I-Am sense, care for it, nurture it, and abide in the I Am until something happens.
The Self first appears as something divine, as god or goddess, as "Other," until the small you, the human you, recognizes that God, that divine state, Christ or Krishna Consciousness, is you also. Then your identity switches from you, to YOU and you.
This process is well-described in my book "Self Realization and Other Awakenings," and in Nisargadatta's Self-Knowledge and Self Realization found on the wearesentience.com website.