Why not? It takes just one look. It's simple and easy and requires no training or understanding. It will cost you no money and it takes very little time.
You will discover what it feels like to be you and that your life, just as it is, is all that you have ever wanted.
Try it and find out. This simple approach is for everyone. Problems are completely optional, and you are not required to change anything at all.
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Actually, it takes just one look. All that is needed is a sincere desire to feel what it feels like to be you. Then, whenever it occurs to you, take another look at yourself. It's that simple.
No. Looking at yourself requires no belief or allegiance in any form. There is no requirement for membership. You are simply invited to turn the beam of your own attention inward and get a glimpse of what it feels like to be you. The looking needs no new understanding or the abandonment of any old understanding, no new belief or the abandonment of any old belief. The looking does not even require that you believe in the looking itself. It requires only that you try it.
Absolutely. This simple act requires no belief, nor the abandonment of any belief. (See FAQ #7)
This simple act requires no belief, nor the abandonment of any belief. (See FAQ #7)
No, I am not.
Truth is, the feel of you permeates all of your experience, and it is completely possible to get a brief taste of it if you try. What we are asking you to 'look' at is, after all, only you. Try this: bring to mind the memory of some moment in your childhood and see what it felt like to be you then. Isn't that exactly what it feels like to be you now? That's the feeling of 'me'. It never changes.
No. Self-inquiry is an ancient spiritual practice that may well have been an attempt to achieve the result that looking at yourself actually produces, but it has had very little success over the thousands of years of its existence. Self-inquiry as taught is an extremely frustrating and complicated practice, with many forms. What's needed is stark simplicity. Look at yourself. Period.
Looking at yourself means turning the beam of attention inward and making direct contact with what it actually feels like to be you - what you refer to when you say 'me'.
This is not about knowing who you are. This is about performing a simple act to feel what it feels like to be you.
The amount of time before seeing results varies from person to person. You can read and listen to reports covering a variety of personal experiences in our Community Center Forums.
The looking is not intended to bring about any preferred or idealized state. The act of looking at yourself eliminates the root cause of all human disaffection with life. When that goes, you will gradually discover that your life, just as it is, is all you ever really wanted.
Yes, all that is needed is a sincere desire to get a momentary taste of what it feels like to be you. You can look at yourself while washing the dishes, or walking down the street, or changing diapers. All that is required is that you try it whenever it occurs to you to do it.
The most consistent and reliable indication seems to be that you find yourself wanting to try to look again and again, even if nothing seems to happen.
In time, your relationship with the events in your own life will change, and what seemed to be a problem will not bother you so much anymore.
I believe that one look is enough. If the intent of the looker is focused on touching the feel of me, it cannot fail. I know that even if the intent is not so clear, the looking can still succeed, because that was the case with me. Continue reading...
The main difference between what I say and what Nisargatta says in your quote is a simple matter of nomenclature. I believe he is pointing to exactly the same thing, but his advice is excessively abstract (mine is also an abstraction, but less so). The concept "I am" is steeped in religious and spiritual assumptions, and open to a wide range of different understandings as to its meaning. Continue reading...