Judgements. We usually say that it begins when they are born, but the fetus lives before that so we could say life begins at a certain number of weeks of pregnancy. If all of those things go away, who are you? If you struggle in your thought-life, then you probably already know that immoral thinking is leading you straight into sin. The Buddha. When you meditate, who are you? So deep in its pure, divine form. If I have ten things to do on today’s list, and I “feel” like painting today, I will acknowledge the thought and weigh in on doing what I feel like vs. what I have on my list. Jim, this is a marvelous piece of wisdom. The birth of the father? Set aside all memories of the past — as if you had just arrived on earth in this moment. So, it really doesn’t exist as a single “thing.” It exists as part of a system – as part of the universe. hi Denise, Check out this free 4-Part Video Workshop with Eckhart Tolle, who speaks with such wisdom and clarity on the topic of awakening. Life changing moment. So if the thoughts are not who we are, why are they private for each of us? In fact, psychologists say that 95% of your thinking occurs at the level of the subconscious, leaving just 5% that you are actually aware of. Does that make sense? There is not a you with thoughts and a you without thoughts. Everything in your experience would suggest otherwise. You personalise them and suffer as a result. Your email address will not be published. How would you describe the ‘you’ that remains? If we are not our thoughts how are we holding conversations of meaning with one another? Your thoughts appear only to you, and are not being heard by anyone else whatsoever. Furthermore, without our unconscious, conditioned thinking patterns we are able to do our day-to-day activities no problem—or engage in a conversation. When you transcend the experience of duality — of dividing the universe up into separate “things” — you experience the reality of bliss, love, peace — and oneness. I invite you to try the following guided meditation, one of my favourites. I just can’t grasp it. Richard, If you are not your thoughts. 16.3k Likes, 0 Comments - Maxi Lopez (@officialmaxilopez) on Instagram: “if you are not your thoughts, Then Who are you ?” Great question! Use them as tools, but don’t be fooled that you are them. Empty? How does a bird build its nest without thinking? They speak in your voice. It is well worth checking out. OVER 40. And that LIFE is another name for you. Am I becoming selfish and emotionless ? We can either build a better one, consciously. I’m stuck at not understanding moving through life with flow as well as being able to interact with my surroundings if not based on my thoughts. I tend to think mindfulness makes you emotionless and lack of empathy for others for how quickly you drop your feelings. This is freedom. Is love just a passing emotion not continuous and is to be observed but not really a part of who we are? Learn how to direct and refine your focus to help guide you in the right direction. For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Some traditions say that who you really are existed before the appearance of this body and will continue to exist long after it is gone—that the body is a garment you wear for this lifetime and thoughts are part of the package that comes with it. Stripped of all these concepts, ideas and beliefs, is there still a ‘you’ present? You are not your thoughts, ideas, beliefs, concepts and models. If you really were your anger, your sadness or the broken person your mind would have you believe you are, it would be your continuous experience. Right now. Also as I am sure you know, we are bio-chemical beings. It asks you to have another look at the way you’ve got things set up in your mind. Thoughts occur through you, like a radio transmitting a frequency signal. Most people believe they ARE their emotions and remain slaves to whatever arises. It has no beginning or end. Experienced through your physical being. PAGES OF. It has power, not only when we judge someone on their appearance, but also with social issues, political issues, family issues. Trapped in my thoughts. Hope this helps. Am I supposed to be completely indifferent to them? 4 - you are jealous. That speaks of the flower. You will receive periodic updates and special offers from me via email. Those who live life directly. Now, temporarily put aside all thoughts of who you are, any image you have of yourself, any ideas associated with a personal identity—all notions such as male or female, rich or poor, young or old. Instead of Fighting Your Thoughts, Learn to Observe Them. They are temporary events arising in awareness. I’m trying to really understand, but it’s tough. My question is , what do we do of the emotions then, even if we don’t identify myself with the emotions, are you saying we just let them pass? When you realize that you are not your thoughts or emotions you get to witness everything that is going on from a detached perspective instead of identifying with them. Your self-concept is likely limiting you – and you are not aware of it! Interesting read. If it lands on 3, then you are bored. They are known only to you. Put aside all thoughts of the future. When I realised a couple years ago that I was not my thoughts I felt liberated from my mind. Your thoughts, feelings and emotions are not who you really are. I go into this topic in more detail in my book “Awaken The Happy You.”. In my opinion, it is good to work with healing the negative patterns inside ourselves whilst at the same time maintaining the overview that the mind is only part of who we are. Is there anything you have put aside that, if you were to take it back, would enhance your experience of this moment? An Insight From Bio-Feedback Brain Training. Conscious? It just goes on and on. Your thoughts and feelings do not make you weird or broken. The mind has a mind of its own. The sperm? It’s a buzzing mind I reckon that keeps me alive, re-think, helps me perceive life experiences and dig out simple wisdom from quiet introspection. You are not your thoughts, ideas, beliefs, concepts and models. The passing thoughts, feelings and emotions are not who you are. But the dangers it’s protecting you from are likely long gone. So, who are You anyway? You are not your thoughts | You are the awareness that remains when you stop thinking Who you think you are is not who you are. One of the first things you notice is that thoughts are self-arising. You could say they are impersonal, in that you play no part in their appearance and disappearance. Please appreciate what good news this is -- you are not limited to your sense perceptions, your thoughts, or your feelings. That our underlying nature is that of pure, conscious awareness. “It’s that idea, or concept of self, that ego that we make up, that gets in the way of experiencing life/reality directly.” — very profound. But the reality is, the question doesn’t really have a satisfactory answer. Just enjoy the moment, whatever passing feelings are there… whether happy or sad. You don’t even need to be indifferent to them for that, in itself, would be an action you are taking. Fantastic post. Nothing on this planet, in this universe, exists as a thing. They speak in your voice. An integral happening of the universe. A wall of thoughts tumbled back into my head. You are your mind, just not the one you think you have. And it’s over simplistic. He gives us a glimpse now and then, but only when we see Him face to face will we understand, but even then, not all. Hi I do get what you are saying but without connecting to the thoughts and emotions as an idea of who you are. It is something (that’s not a thing) that cannot be expressed through words. It is arbitrary because we humans just decided to divide it up like that for convenience sake. I have recently been reading a lot about how we are not our thoughts, but I was stuck with the ‘why’. I have been on this journey for some time now and I still feel a bit lost. When you are asleep, who are you? But this mental division, creates the illusion that the world contains separate things, when it does not. Like someone mentioned above it seems very robotic or zombie-like being present without thought. This is the disease. Present? The spiritual teacher Papaji said: “Don’t be a person in love. Realising you can step back and watch your thoughts is a big turning point… a huge thing to see. Should I dissociate myself from my feelings and let it pass? “You” are presence itself. You can always take a moment to be mindful and become aware of what you are playing on the stage of your mind. Use them as tools, but don’t be fooled that you are them. And then “I” came crashing back! So much life is dictated by emotions so are we only observing and acting on ones we label as good or useful? When I love other people, I am also doing a great service to myself. The only thing that makes an emotion positive or negative is mental commentary. I wrote a thought. It’s perfectly possible to experience feelings of sadness and remain totally happy. I’ll definitely be sharing this post with my friends and family. Great article, I recently REALISED that I am not my thoughts. Note that the pen isn’t attached to your hand. Your hand represents YOU, awareness. But when I speak out words of hatred toward someone else, I am pointing them directly to myself. Through you earth in this moment allows one to become removed from the fact we use language communicate... 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