We received an email questioning the meaning of
the term Witness that is found very often on our
web site, Meditation Station
There actually is a technique there that is titled
"Witness Meditation (#42)" that pretty well describes
the Witness and its functioning. I hope this will be
of benefit to you. Enjoy!
Witness Meditation (#42)
You have a Witness within you that can observe
your mind, body, and emotions. As long as your
consciousness 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
It all starts with knowing your Witness and this
can start now. As you read this, be conscious 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 consciousness 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.