In answer to an email question asking "What is the inner Witness that
you often refer to", I have copied technique #42 from our web site,
Meditation Station http://www.meditationsociety.com
I hope this will be educational and beneficial to you. Enjoy!
You have a Witness within you that can observe your mind, body, and
emotions. As long as your conciousness is attached to a human body,
there will be stimuli impacting you from the environment. You will
react physically, mentally, and emotionally - one way more than the
other two. The predominant way you react is your primary problem; you
are controlled by it.
To demonstrate this, let's call a physically reactive person "Human
#1", a mentally reactive person "Human #2", and an emotionally
reactive person "Human #3".
If you punch Human #1 in the arm, he may punch you back. Human #2 may
start to analyze the situation in a way such as "I have just been
struck. I may have suffered cellular damage. Perhaps I should run
away." Human #3, when punched, may simply start crying. Everyone is
either Human #1, #2, or #3. One is neither better nor worse than
another; each one is a slave to reaction and suffers because of it.
If you can quiet your mind, which will happen with meditation, your
Witness can see in which way you are predominantly reactive. This will
be the start of gaining inner freedom. Ultimately you will gain
control of that primary controlling aspect and strengthen the other
two until all are equally strong. You will then be a well-balanced,
self-controlling person, able to act and not just react. This is Human #4.
It all starts with knowing your Witness and this can start now. As you
read this, be concious of your body; is there any unnecessary tension?
Check your feet, legs, torso, arms, neck, head; are you using any
unnecessary muscles? Command them to relax - they will. Now be
conscious of your emotions; witness them now; are you happy, sad,
joyous, depressed, feeling, or non-feeling? What is your intellect
doing now? Are you fantasizing about something? Are you judging or
Witness without comment, passion, or any reactivity. Simply witness.
There is a conciousness looking out of your eyes, listening with your
ears, smelling with your nose, tasting with your tongue, and feeling
with your skin. It is aware of your emotions and mentation. Merge with
this Conscious Witness. It is your Real Self. Know your Self, and know
true infinite freedom, transcendent of mind, body, and emotions, which
are all finite.